Dog Pound

The dog pound is a holding facility for dogs before being returned to their rightful or sometimes new owner. Once a dog is impounded, every attempt is made to contact the owner.

To have your dog released from the pound you will need to pay impounding fees to cover our costs of picking up and caring for your dog. If your dog is not registered you will also need to pay the registration fee before your dog is released (it’s much cheaper to register your dog the usual way).

Address and opening hours

The dog pound is on Rifle Range Road. It is open to the public from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, phone 06-757 5470. The Dog Pound is closed on public holidays.

The pound has an outside holding pen for dogs delivered by the public outside of opening hours. If you deliver a dog when the pound is closed, please phone us on 06-759 6060 and leave your name, address, date and details about where the dog was found. If it is a dog for re-housing please advise whether or not it is neutered and some details about the dog, e.g. its name and breed.

If the dog has any severe injuries, you may need to take it to a veterinary clinic or the SPCA.

Rehoming unwanted or unclaimed dogs

Dogs available for adoption are listed on our Dogs for Adoption page. They have undergone a behavioural and temperament assessment by our experienced Animal Control Officers and are suitable to be rehomed.

It costs $260 to rehome a dog. This includes desexing, registration and microchipping. If the dog is already desexed then it is half the price.

Our Animal Control Officers will discuss the suitability of the match between the dog and the prospective new owner. The final rehoming of the dog will be at the discretion of the officer.

Pound fees 2018/19

If your dog is picked up by our Animal Control Officers (and is impounded) you will have to pay one of the following fees to have your dog released.

Registered dog:

  • $70 first impounding.
  • $150 second impounding.
  • $270 third impounding.

Unregistered dog: $150 (plus penalty, registration and microchipping fees).

Sustenance fee: There is a $7.30 per day, per dog fee for food for dogs impounded longer than 48 hours.

Sale of dog from pound: $260 (includes registering, desexing the dog and microchipping).

Microchipping dogs: $45 per dog (impounded dogs only).