Lost Pet Help Sheet

If your pet is lost, act fast!

Most lost dogs are picked up almost immediately and taken to a council pound. Under the dog control act any dog “seized”, will legally become the property of the council/pound after 72 hours from the time of seizure. For cats there is no holding time. Your quick action can save your pet.

Checklist of things you need to do:

  • Contact your local council immediately
  • Enquire at the AWL daily 8348 1300 between 10am and 3pm
  • Ensure that you visit the AWL. You know your pet better than anyone; the only way to be sure is to look for yourself.
  • Enquire at the RSPCA daily: 1300 477 722
  • Submit a lost pet report and upload a photo by clicking here
  • Leave a photo of your pet if available.
  • Enquire at your local vet during office hours. Find a vet

Have you lost a pet recently? Have you found someone's pet? CLICK HERE

Below is a list of organisations you will need to contact if you have lost or found a pet.

Animal Rescues

AWL:  (08) 8348 1300

RSPCA: 1300 477 722 After Hours: 1300 264 625

SES: (08) 8463 4171 or 1300 300 177

Fauna Rescue: (08) 8289 0896

Animal Cruelty Report

RSPCA: Business Hours: 1300 477 722 After Hours: 1300 264 625

Lost Animals

AWL: (08) 8348 1300

RSPCA: Business Hours: 1300 477 722 After Hours: 1300 264 625

Local Veterinarian Clinics

Local Council

Stray Animals

Local Council

Animal Difficulties

Animal Welfare League (If adopted from Animal Welfare League)

RSPCA (If adopted from RSPCA)

Local Council (If an animal behavioural complaint)

Vets (If a medical problem with own pet)

Animal By-Laws & Legislation

Local Council

Dog & Cat Management Board: (08) 8124 4975 or (08) 8124 4962

AWL: Wingfield: (08) 8348 1300

RSPCA: 1300 477 722 After Hours: 1300 264 625

Other things you can do

  • Put a note in every letterbox of homes on your own and adjacent streets.
  • Display a lost per poster at your local supermarket, library, school or community facility.
  • Put an advertisement in the paper stating breed, sex, colour, age, any identification or distinguishing features, where and when your pet went missing and your telephone number. Repeat your advertisement frequently.

Act promptly, ensure your description is precise and give your telephone number and/or your address.

Please ensure your pet has been microchipped and has a current ID tag. Remember, it is your responsibility to look for your pet. We can only help.


It is recommended that you use at least two forms of identification on your dog or cat. In the event that it strays or becomes lost it is more likely to be returned to you. Two forms of identification ensure that if one fails (i.e. your pet’s collar falls off) there is another way to identify your cat.

Tag and collar

Tags should have your current contact details. They are readily available and inexpensive, but can easily be removed or fall off, and therefore may not be considered permanent.


Microchipping your dog or cat is a permanent form of identification which can be used to rapidly reunite owners with their lost or injured pets.

A microchip is a tiny computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, which has an identification number programmed into it. The microchip will last for the life of the animal. It is inserted under your cat’s skin between the shoulder blades. The procedure, which can be performed by your vet, is simple and causes no side effects.

To identify the animal, a scanner is passed over the cat and the scanned number is checked against a central registry database, which provides details of the cat’s owner. It is important to ensure that your contact details are kept up to date on the registry database.

Some councils offer incentives if your dog or cat is implanted with a microchip.

Please remember that if you move house or change your details you must update your personal details the microchip database. You can contact your local vet or the AWL for more details.