Lost and found animals

Brisbane City Council maintains a register for lost and found animals in Brisbane.  

To search for your pet you can:

  • do an online animal search to see if your lost animal is at a Council animal shelter. If your animal is on the list, claim it as soon as possible. If your lost animal is not listed online you can still contact Council to register your details
  • check with the animal shelters daily
  • contact RSPCA and local vets
  • contact Council 

Reporting a lost pet

If you have lost your pet, contact Council and provide this information:

  • your name and contact details
  • your pet’s name
  • your pet’s registration number 
  • a description of your pet 
  • where and when your pet was last seen
  • your pet's microchip number (if applicable)

Sometimes animals can appear different in a photo to what they actually look like. If you cannot locate your pet or livestock via the website, you can visit the two animal shelters.

Registered animals, except livestock, are held for five days and may be put up for adoption or euthanased if unclaimed.

Unregistered animals are also held for five days and may be put up for adoption or euthanased if unclaimed.

Unclaimed livestock may be sold through an expression of interest process.

Reporting a found pet

If you have found someone’s pet or livestock, contact Council and provide this information:

  • your name and contact details  
  • the registration tag number (if available)
  • a description of the animal 
  • where and when it was found
  • the microchip tag number (if available)

Claiming your animal from a Council animal shelter

Stray animals are impounded in the animal shelters for at least five working days. If your animal is impounded you will need to pay an animal release fee.

You can claim your animal by:

  • contacting the shelter and quoting the Animal ID number shown on the animal details screen

You will need to bring a form of identification to collect the animal. Council will not enter into any dispute over ownership of the animal should more than one person claim to be the owner.

When you collect your animal from the animal shelter, you:

  • will need to pay fees to cover the time your animal has spent in the shelter
  • will need to register your cat or dog (if not already registered) 
  • may be issued an infringement notice if the animal was found to be in breach of Council's local laws

Animal shelter fees

Release fees to reclaim your pet from the animal shelter valid from 1 July 2013.

Dogs

Number of days your dog is held Fee
Microchipped or wearing ID tags - released on the first day $31
Not microchipped or wearing ID tags - released on the first day $46.40
Fee for every subsequent day $20.60

Cats

Number of days your cat is held Fee
Microchipped or wearing ID tags - released on the first day $23.80
Not microchipped or wearing ID tags - released on the first day $36.20
Fee for every subsequent day 11.90

Seized Dogs

Amount of time your dog is held for Fee
First day $88
Each day thereafter $25.20

Council can microchip your impounded cat or dog for a fee of $30. This service is available from Warra animal shelter only.

If an animal other than a dog or cat is impounded, you will need to ask the relevant animal shelter to provide you with the release fee information.

Fees to surrender a dog or cat 

Animal type  Fee
Dog $31.40
Cat $31.40