Lost and Impounded Animals

For the vast majority of us our dogs and cats are our friends and companions. They are much loved members of our families and are well looked after. However, there are a small number of people who do not care for their animals responsibly. These animals often become problems for the community.

If you have lost your pet, have found someone else’s pet or want to adopt a pound animal, please explore the FAQ’s below to find out more information.

Lost & Impounded Animals FAQs

If your animal has been found by the Shire Ranger, it will be taken to the Council’s Animal Pound, which is located within the grounds of the Materials Recycling Facility on the Glen Logan Road. Details of current animals Lost & impounded is available on the Adopt a Pound Pet page.

If your animal is microchipped and registered, the following process will apply:

  1. The animal’s microchip will be scanned.
  2. Council will contact you (in writing and by telephone) to advise that we have your animal.
  3. You will have to pay Council impounding fees before the animal is released.
  4. Council will impound the animal for a period of 7 days, before it will be rehomed.

If your animal is not microchipped and registered, the following process will apply:

  1. Council will impound the animal for a period of 7 days, before it will be rehomed.
  2. You can claim the animal within this period, but you must verify that you are the owner.
  3. The animal must be mcirochipped and registered before release.
  4. You will have to pay Council impounding fees before the animal is released. 

If Council has not already contacted you and you wish to collect an impounded animal, you will need to arrange this by speaking to Cowra Ranger Services on (02) 6340 2052 or Council on (02) 6340 2041.

If your animal is microchipped and registered, you will still be required to pay an impounding fee before your animal can be released. The impounding fee is currently set at $13.50 per day that the animal has been impounded.

If your animal is not microchipped and registered, you will need to arrange for this to occur before your animal can be released. Microchipping can cost as little as $30.00. Lifetime Registration costs are:

  • For a de-sexed animal - $55 or $23 for pensioners
  • For a non-desexed animal under 6 months - $55
  • For all other non-desexed animals - $201 or $55 for registered breeders. 
  • For an assistance animal or working dog - Free
  • Animals purchased for eligible pound or shelter - $27.50

If you have found a stray animal, you should contact Cowra Ranger Services on (02) 6340 2052 or Cowra Council on (02) 6340 2041.

Adopt a Pound Pet Program

Cowra Council’s Adopt a Pound Pet Program aims to reduce the euthanasia of animals that are brought to the pound.

If you are interested in viewing an impounded animal or adopting an animal, you should contact Cowra Ranger Services on (02) 6340 2052 or Council on (02) 6340 2041. Details of current animals available for rehoming is located on the Adopt a Pound Pet page. 

Fees

Pound animals that are adopted are microchipped by Council to reduce the cost of registration by the new owner.

To adopt a pound animal you need to pay the following registration fees only.

  • For a desexed animal - $55.00 or $23 for pensioners.
  • For a non-desexed animal under 6 months - $55
  • For a non-desexed animal - $201.00 or $55.00 for registered breeders.
  • For an assistance animal or working dog – Free.
  • Animals purchased for eligible pound or shelter - $27.50

Tips

Before you decide on adopting an animal from the pound, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I prepared to care for the animal for its whole life? Dogs can live up to 16 years of age, and cats can live up to 20 years of age.
  • Can I afford a pet? In addition to the upfront registration costs, there are ongoing costs associated with feeding the animal, annual health checks, grooming, worming, toys and treats.
  • Do I have time for a pet? Most animals require a huge time investment associated with training, entertaining, exercising and grooming.
  • Do I live in suitable accommodation for a pet? Most animals will require a suitably sized and enclosed yard. Some rental properties do not allow pets.
  • Will a pet suit my lifestyle? Working long hours, spending lots of time away from home, or having no one to look after your pet when your away are all relevant considerations.

If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are a fantastic candidate for Council's Adopt a Pound Pet program and we would love to hear from you. 

 

Lost and Found Animals