What to do if you have lost or found an animal. Home What we do Lost and Found I’ve found a pet What we do Adoptions Dogs and Puppies Cat and Kittens Pocket Pets Birds Livestock Exceptional Owners Animal Welfare Our Inspectorate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) Care for Animals Birds Bathing and Grooming Housing Identification Nutrition Training Veterinary Care Cat Care Bathing and Grooming Breeds Housing Identification Keeping Wildlife Safe and Your Cat Happy Kitten Care Nutrition Training Veterinary Care Dog Care Barking Bathing and Grooming Breeds Dog Training Tips and Videos Dog Walking Guidelines Enrichment Housing Identification Nutrition Parvovirus in Dogs Puppy Care Veterinary Care Livestock Owning a Pet Adopting a New Pet Costs Disaster Management Plans Enrichment Locating a Lost Pet Pets and Rental Properties The Chain Exchange Veterinary Care Pet Hazards Bushfires and House Fires Christmas Season Droughts Fireworks and Storms Heat Stress Snake Bites and Pets Toxic Plants for Pets Pocket Pets Disaster and Alerts Bushfires and House Fires Droughts Fireworks and Storms Hot weather Education Animal Ambassadors Community Groups Early Learning Primary Early Stage 1 OOSH Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 School Holiday Program Secondary Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Tertiary Lost and Found I’ve lost my pet I’ve found a pet Rescue and Rehabilitate Animal Ambulance Behaviour Drives For Lives Pet Rehabilitation Program Surrender Intervention Rescue Partners Training Basic Animal First Aid Certificate II in Animal Studies Microchip Implantation Veterinary Services RSPCA Broken Hill Veterinary Hospital RSPCA Hunter Veterinary Hospital (Rutherford) RSPCA Rouse Hill Care Centre RSPCA Sydney Veterinary Hospital RSPCA Tighes Hills Veterinary Hospital Working in Communities Community Aged Care Program Community Animal Welfare Scheme (CAWS) Community Branches and Programs Community Domestic Violence Program Community Homelessness Program Home Ever After Indigenous Community Animal Health Program (ICAHP) Volunteering for Community Programs Youth and Community Programs Headspace Collaboration Pathways Lost and FoundI’ve lost my pet I’ve found a pet I’ve found a pet If you’ve found a cat, dog or any other companion animal who you believe is a stray, check whether she is wearing a collar and tag. If she is, use the contact details on the tag to contact the owner. If you cannot contact the owner, then you should arrange for the animal to be taken to a council pound, an approved animal welfare organisation or an approved premise e.g., a veterinary practice. The shelter or premise can scan the pet for a microchip and try to contact her owner. While councils are not obliged to collect stray animals, many offer this as a complimentary service for their ratepayers. I’ve found a pet – what should I do? Check for a collar or tag Contact the owner using the contact details on the tag. Scan the microchip Take the animal to a council pound, shelter or veterinary clinic to have him scanned for a microchip. Make posters Put up found posters in your area. Include a clear photograph and a note letting the owner know the council pound, shelter or veterinary clinic where you have left the animal. Use social media Use your network, ask for help, and post on all the lost and found pages you can find.