Found an Animal

If you find a sick or injured animal please contact us immediately on (04) 389 8044 so that we can advise you of the best steps to take. If the animal you have found is not sick or injured please read the advice below for further information.

FOUND A DOG

If you have found a stray dog please contact Animal Control. If the animal is registered then they'll be able to quickly reunite it with its owner. You may also want to visit your local Council animal shelter and check their lost board.

FOUND A CAT

If a cat that has been visiting your home and it doesn’t appear to be sick or injured, please try the above options before bringing it to our Animal Centre. We suggest you do NOT feed it, and don't encourage it to stay around as it may have a home to go to.

You might also like to try attaching a paper collar – download a copy here and print it out (thin card is less likely to rip off than paper). Write your details on the collar and put the collar on the cat. If this cat is owned, the owner is likely to see it within 48 hours and will hopefully get in touch with you to reassure you it is owned.

If after a few days you haven't heard from an owner and you have tried all of the suggestions listed, then contact us for further advice. Please remember that cats have large home ranges so it is natural for them to roam around the neighbourhood.

FOUND A BIRD

If you have found a bird please contact Bird Rescue who will be able to give you further advice on what to do.

ASK THE NEIGHBOURS

Knocking on the door and asking neighbours if they own the animal, or if they know who does, can speed up the process of reuniting the animal with its owner.

PETS ON THE NET

Check the 'lost' listings and create a 'found' listing at www.petsonthenet.co.nz. This is a national database and the key website we recommend everyone uses.

CHECK TRADE ME

Look on the Trade Me Lost & Found section to see if anyone is looking for their lost pet. You can also advertise your found animal on here for free.

VISIT THE VET

Take the animal to your local vet and ask them to scan it for a microchip. If the animal is microchipped then they will be able to quickly reunite it with its owner.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA

Embrace the power of social media to spread the word and try to find the owners. There are plenty of lost and found pages on Facebook that can be used.

CREATE A FLYER

Make a flyer with a clear picture, description and your contact details. Distribute it locally via notice boards, mailboxes, neighbours, community centres etc.

Report cruelty

How to report cases of animal cruelty or what to do if you're concerned about the welfare of an animal

Lost an animal

Our tips on what to do if your beloved pet has gone missing

Animal care

Learn about caring for your pet as well as legal Minimum Standards for care.