Lost and found dogs
Just as dogs with registration tags and microchips can be easily identified and reunited with their owners, it always helps if you notify the council of any change in your contact details, so we can reach you if your dog comes into the Animal Control Centre.
If you have lost or found a dog, here are some suggestions.
First, arrange a visit to the Animal Control Centre to see if your dog is there. This is strongly recommended because many dogs are cross-breeds, their descriptions can differ, and no dog can be accurately identified over the telephone. You can reach the pound by phoning (06) 871 5000.
Also, phone the Royal New Zealand SPCA in Hastings on (06) 878 8733. Your dog may have been injured and someone may have taken it to them.
If your dog is not collected within seven days of being taken into the pound, the council may re-home your dog, or (if it is not wanted) euthanise it.
Any person can seize a dog found alone in a public place. If you have, contact the Animal Control section at the council on (06) 871 5000.
Alternatively, you can take it to the Animal Control Centre.
Do not attempt to handle or restrain an aggressive dog. Instead, try to enclose it, for example by locking it in a shed or behind a gate. Then contact us at the council for assistance.
Animal Control Centre (the pound)
Hastings Animal Control Centre
- Monday to Friday 9am -10am and 3.30pm - 4.30pm
- Saturday 11am - 12noon
- Sunday 11am - 12noon
You are advised to call first to ensure the centre is open.
Fees are charged to cover the time spent at the Animal Control Centre, the dog's food, and other costs. These fees must be paid before taking your dog home. Find fees