Found Animals

If you find any animal that appears to be sick, injured or very young you should take it to the nearest vet (or after-hours vet) immediately (vets are obliged to provide emergency treatment to any animal - you will not be charged). If you can't take it to a vet, you can call us on 04 389 8044 (we operate a 24-hour 7 day-a week emergency service).

Dogs and livestock

If you find a dog without any identification, or if you find wandering livestock, you need to call your local council's animal control.

Wildlife

If you find any wildlife that appears to be sick or injured you should take it to the nearest vet (or after-hours vet) immediately (vets are obliged to provide emergency treatment to any animal - you will not be charged). If you can't take it to a vet, you can call us on 04 389 8044 (we operate a 24-hour 7 day-a week emergency service).

Sick or injured native birds can also be taken to Wellington Zoo

If the wild animal does not appear sick or injured, but is in danger (eg. on/near a road), if it is safe to do so, you can attempt to relocate it to a safer place.

If the wild animal is not sick, injured or in danger, our advice is to leave it alone. We recommend that you monitor the animal for at least 24 hours. Remember, the parents of young and baby animals are often not very far away. Removing a wild animal from its natural habitat can often do more harm than good.

Domestic pets

If you find an animal that you think is a domestic owned pet that is lost please try as many of these suggestions below as possible.

  • Ask as many of your neighbours as possible if they have lost their pet
    • If possible take a picture of the animal to show your neighbours
    • Remember, an animal can sometimes wander a long way from home, so don't just ask your nearest neighbours
  • Put up 'Found' posters in your neighbourhood - in shops, libraries, on lamp-posts etc. (don't forget some animals can wander a long way from home)
    • If possible include a photo of the animal on the poster
    • Make sure your poster clearly states 'FOUND' and that you include more than one contact phone number and details of where the animal was found
  • Place an advert in your local newspaper
  • Contact other animal welfare organisations (eg. Cats Protection League) to see if the animal has been reported missing to them

If you still have any questions or queries, you can call us on 04 389 8044 during normal office hours



 

 

 

 

 

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