Lost & found dogs

If you have lost or found a dog, please phone the City of Unley on (08) 8372 5111. If your call is received after business hours you will be transferred to the City of Unley’s after-hours service.

If your dog becomes lost

If your dog becomes lost, you should act quickly and:

  • Contact us on (08) 8372 5111

  • Contact local vets

  • Contact surrounding Councils

  • Check the Lost Dogs of Adelaide facebook page

  • Contact the Animal Welfare League Wingfield on (08) 8348 1300

  • Contact the RSPCA on (08) 8382 0888

  • Place an advertisement in your local newspaper, shopping centres and vet

  • Do a letterbox drop in your local area.

Under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 any dog that becomes impounded is required to be held by the animal shelters for three working days only after which time the dog will be assessed for re-homing.

Dogs that are properly identified need not be subjected to this process as they can be quickly returned to their owners. A current telephone number on another disc on your dog's collar is also advisable.


What happens to dogs that are found?

The Council will collect any dogs found wandering at large and if the dog can not be reunited with its owner the dog  will be impounded at the Animal Welfare League.  

 The Animal Welfare League can be contacted on (08) 8348 1300.

Expiations may be issued for dogs found wandering at large and/or unregistered.


Register of Found Dogs

This is a record of dogs currently impounded by the City of Unley. Prior to release of a dog, impound and dog registration fees may be charged. Dogs will appear on this register within 24 hours. For further information please phone our office on (08) 8372 5111.

No dogs are currently listed.


If you find a stray dog

If you find a stray dog, try to contain the animal safely if you can, and contact us on (08) 8372 5111 (if after hours you will be transferred to our after-hours service).

If you are unable to contain the animal, advise us of the description of the dog and its whereabouts. Every endeavor will be made to reunite the dog with its owner.

It is important you do not keep a stray dog you have found as the animal may have been reported missing. It may be in need of medication and you will be preventing authorities from returning the dog to its rightful owner.

Only Dog Management Officers appointed by Councils are empowered to deal with stray or wandering dogs.

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act 1995 it is an offence to abandon a dog and penalties are severe.