Council pounds


Found a Lost Animal?

If you have found a stray dog, contact us on 02 6591 7222. We will collect the animal if it has been restrained, and when our staff are available.

If you find a dog

Stray dogs are often distressed and reporting them quickly assists us to locate and collect them and reunite them with their owners. While our rangers can patrol the area of the sighting, picking it up from a known location is much easier. If you are able to secure the animal by tying it up out the front or securely in your backyard, we will pick up the stray from your property. Our Rangers are able to pick up stray dogs during business hours Monday to Friday.

Dog attacks in progress, dogs to collect, and straying dogs in CBD areas are all acknowledged as priority and will always be attended to by a ranger as quickly as possible.

Barking dogs are not classified as urgent but will be attended to according to our procedures. Find out more.

If you find a dead animal

Dead animals on public property can also be reported to us and we will remove them. For reasons of public health, we are required to dispose of animals immediately and they cannot be recovered by owners.

We don’t remove dead animals from private property.



What Happens When My Pet is Impounded?

If your animal is identifiable (microchipped, or has a tag with contact details) then we will endeavour to contact you with notice that your animal has been impounded. 

If the animal is microchipped, it is required to remain in Council custody for a period of 14 days, unless recovered by the owner. 

If Council cannot find a microchip on the animal, it will remain impounded for a minimum of 7 days to give the owner an opportunity to collect it. 

Prior to any animal leaving the Pound, the prescribed fees including impounding, microchipping and registration (if applicable) will need to be paid. 

Unfortunately, the animal may have to be sold or destroyed if it is not claimed. 

All enquiries regarding impounding should be directed to Council on 02 6591 7222. 

We are committed to animal welfare and the futures of the animals that we have to impound. When the owners of an animal cannot be traced, or the animal cannot be returned to them, we try our best to find the pet a new loving home. 



Adopting a Pet

If you wish to adopt a dog or cat please contact one of the various rescue groups listed below:



How Council pounds operate

Council pounds operate, as a place of last resort, to protect the public from dangerous dogs and to temporarily house animals that have been abandoned or have strayed and owners cannot be identified. Our community expects that we will keep dangerous and abandoned dogs off the streets. If everyone always did the right thing, there would be no animals requiring this service. Sadly, there will always be a need for animal pounds, in order to meet this community need.

NSW legislation provides:

  • specific powers and responsibilities to enable councils to undertake their role
  • requirements that you, as a dog or cat owner, must comply with - including microchipping and registering your pet.
Keep your best mate safe

Council rangers will pick up pets that are wandering around without an owner present.

If your pet is found by a ranger, it will be scanned for a microchip, and if found, the ranger will contact you and make arrangements for it to be returned home.

If the ranger can’t make contact with the owner, which can happen if your details aren’t updated, or the animal is not microchipped, it will be taken to the pound. Our primary aim is to return animals to their owners. All animals that are microchipped with up-to-date details are returned to their owners as soon as possible, without needing to go to the pound.

You can keep your best mate safe, by microchipping and registering.

MidCoast Council meets the standards and employs professional and qualified staff

 All MidCoast Council pounds meet the requirements of the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 - Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments. This code of practice sets out how animals should be housed – including the construction, size, drainage, temperature, lighting and ventilation. 

All MidCoast Council rangers are well qualified, and have received the training required under the above Code of Practice and the Work Health Safety ACT 2011.

Pound fees

There is a charge to release an animal from the pound. This is because there is a cost involved in housing an animal, including food and care. Fees are charged on a daily basis, so the sooner an animal is claimed, the less it costs. 

If your pet is at the pound, you will need to fill in a release form and pay this fee before it is released.

The NSW Companion Animals Act requires all impounded animals be microchipped and lifetime registered prior to release from a pound (at the owner’s expense). We are unable to waiver these fees, however desexed animals are cheaper to register.



Questions and Answers about Council's pounds

Recently, we've been asked many questions about the operation of our Council pounds. Below you'll find the answers to most of the questions we've heard. 

Q:Why can’t I volunteer at the pound?

 A: Unfortunately, our pound facilities are not public places and do not operate in the same manner as animal shelters.   

 Our pounds are managed strictly in accordance with the Companion Animals Act 1998 and are operated in accordance with the ‘NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 - Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments’.

 Because our pound facilities primarily deal with dogs which have had to be removed from their owners because they are a threat, only well trained staff and our accredited rehoming partners are permitted within the pound.

 This is both a requirement of the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 - Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments and the Work Health Safety ACT 2011.

Q:Why can’t I adopt an animal from the pound?

 A: We work closely with several organisations to rehome suitable animals from the Taree pound. If you are interested in a rehomed animal, contact can be made directly with the following:

 We don’t offer direct adoptions from our pounds. Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 all animals need to be microchipped and desexed before they can be adopted out.

 Q: How are animals cared for at the pound?

A: All animals in the pound are cared for by Council staff on a daily basis. We don’t have specific times or time limits on when our staff attend the pound, a number of factors affect this: how many animals are in the pound, other demands on ranger time. However, all animals are adequately cared for, and checked on at least twice daily. The pound really is a place of last resort which keeps animals safe and cared for until their owners can be located. If animals are microchipped – our rangers return them to their home address first, so they don’t end up at the pound.

We understand members of the community are concerned about the heat at the pound during the middle of summer, however both the inside and outside temperatures are constantly monitored.

Dogs have access to shaded areas and a continuous supply of water, while cats are housed in an air conditioned area.

Our pounds meet the requirements of the NSW Animal Welfare Code of Practice No 5 - Dogs and cats in animal boarding establishments. This code of practice sets out how animals should be housed – including the construction, size, drainage, temperature, lighting and ventilation.

Q: I’d like to make a donation to the pound – what would help?

 A: We understand members of the community would like to provide donations to support those animals in the pound. While we appreciate this, we can only accept certain items.

The most useful thing to donate is blankets and towels to assist during the winter months.

The best thing all members of the community can do is to ensure their animals are microchipped and details are kept up to date – this will assist us in returning animals to their owners and not needing to take them to the pound.

Q: Why do animals end up at the pound?

A: Our primary aim is to return animals to their owners. All animals that are microchipped with up-to-date details are returned to their owners as soon as possible, without needing to go to the pound.

Our pound facilities primarily deal with dogs which have had to be removed from their owners because they are a threat or dogs that are dumped, without any identification and are not microchipped.

If you don't update your address details on the register when you move, we can't return your pet, and it will go to the pound.

Q: I’ve lost my dog, how do I know if it is at the pound?

A: Council rangers will pick up pets that are wandering around without an owner present.

If your pet is found by a ranger, it will be scanned for a microchip, and if found the ranger will contact you and make arrangements for it to be returned home.

If the ranger can’t make contact with the owner, which can happen if details aren’t updated, or the animal is not microchipped, it will be taken to the pound.

Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date so your pet can be returned to you - microchipping, registering and keeping details up to date is a legal requirement.

If you have lost a cat or dog, the best way to check if it is in the pound is to ring Council on 7955 7777 to enquire if your pet has been picked up. 

Sometimes a member of the public may find your pet and take it to a local vet, so also check with local veterinary practices.

Q: Why do I have to pay to get my animal out of the pound?

 A: There is a charge to release an animal from the pound. This is because there is a cost involved in housing an animal, including food and care.

 Fees are charged on a daily basis, so the sooner an animal is claimed, the less it costs.

 If your pet is at the pound, you will need to fill in a release form and pay this fee before it is released.

The NSW Companion Animals Act requires all impounded animals be microchipped and lifetime registered prior to release from a pound (at the owner’s expense). Council is unable to waiver these fees, however desexed animals are cheaper to register.

Q: What is the address for the pound?

A: Our pounds are not public facilities, and we cannot cater for public visits. If you think your pet is in the pound, please visit the Lost your pet? page on our website, and contact our Rangers, who will make arrangements with you direct. We do not offer adoptions direct from our pounds, but work closely with local animal shelters to rehome unclaimed pets. You can view contact details for the shelters on the 'Adopting a pet' section above on this page. 


Click here to see the current temperature inside the Taree pound facility.

Click here to see the list of animals currently in our pounds.