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Lost and found dogs

Contact us if your dog has gone missing, and check our Dog Pound Register

You should also check the SPCA and local social media pages.

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Impounded dogs

Check the Impounded Dog Register

If your dog is impounded and currently registered, microchipped and wearing its tag, we'll have all their details and know who it belongs to.
It may be quickly returned to you, provided it hasn't been seized because it's attacked a person or animal.

If your dog's not registered or microchipped, we won't have any details apart from the date and time it was picked up, the breed, sex and colour.

We only release dogs once all impounding fees are paid.  There could be additional charges for registration, kennel or any veterinary fees.

We hold dogs in the pound for 7 days before adoption or euthanasia.

We assess all dogs while they’re in the pound. We'll rehome suitable dogs.

We won’t rehome unsuitable or aggressive dogs. We’re reluctant to rehome bull terrier type dogs due to their unpredictable nature. We match dogs with the youngest member of the family for best fit.

We don’t foster dogs. Legally to leave the pound they must be registered and microchipped and we abide by this law.

Impound fees and charges

Description Fees
Weekdays between 8am and 4.30pm
First impounding
Second impounding
Subsequent impounding
After hours and weekends
First impounding
Second impounding
Subsequent impounding
Sustenance per day
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Animal shelter hours and location

Our animal shelter is open every day between 8am - 8.30am.  If you want to visit outside these hours, please contact us

The shelter is located at the end of Dunstan Road, Matawhero.

Found a dog?

If you find a dog, contact us

If the dog's friendly and you're happy to hold it until the owner can be contacted, let us know. Otherwise staff will collect the dog and hold it in the pound.

Roaming dogs

Contact us to report roaming dogs. We need as much details as possible, including a good description, time and where it was last seen, the direction it's heading in and if you know where it lives.

We don't expect people to restrain a roaming dog. But if the dog's approachable and you can do so safely, our animal control team will pick it up as soon as possible.

If the dog's not approachable or aggressive our advice is don't approach it and we'll attend as soon as we can. Our staff may be out on other call-outs so it's as soon as we can get there.

Adopt a dog

We'll try to re-home suitable dogs that have been abandoned or surrendered. Talk to our animal control team.