Finding my Lost Pet
- Call and visit your local animal pounds, shelters and vet clinics regularly. Leave a description of your pet, where they were lost, and your contact details.
- Ask neighbours if they have seen your pet.
- Put notices up in local shop windows, include a photo (ask for permission first).
Darebin Lost Animals Facebook
We encourage you to look through our Facebook Darebin Lost Animals page, and see if you can find your lost pet or help other pet owners track down their lost pets.
Facebook Darebin Lost Animals
Epping Animal Welfare Facility
The Epping Animal Welfare Facility will take over from the Lost Dogs’ Home as Council’s pound provider from Monday 16th October 2017. The new pet shelter, which sets new standards for animal welfare, has been built by the City of Darebin in partnership with the Cities of Whittlesea and Moreland.
The facility will be managed and operated by the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and will provide shelter, accommodation and adoption services for all lost, abandoned and unidentified animals from the City of Darebin.
The facility will also care for injured or sick animals and provide vaccination and de-sexing for unclaimed animals so they can be adopted.
Epping Animal Welfare Facility
20 Companion Place (previously 20 Pound Rd)
Epping VIC 3076
Ph: 8401 6600
Hours of Operation:
Mon, Wed, Fri : 11am to 7pm
Tue, Thu : 7am to 3pm
Weekends and Public Holidays : 9am 4pm
Reporting a found animal
If you have found an animal in Darebin contact Council Ph 84708888. If you call outside of business hours you will be directed to Council’s after hours service*.
- If the animal is native i.e. possum, call Wildlife Rescue on 1300 094 535.
- If the animal is injured, you can take it to a local vet, Bundoora Veterinary Clinic & Hospital, 17 Plenty Road, Bundoora Ph 9467 2255 or Lort Smith Animal Hospital, 24 Viller Street, North Melbourne Ph 9328 3021.
After Hours Service
Council offers a 24/7 emergency collection service. This deals with animal management emergencies including dog attacks, injured animals and any other situations deemed by an authorised officer to be an emergency.
Found animals reported after 7pm not deemed an emergency will be noted and collection will be arranged during business hours.
If you are not able to hold the animal you can take it to a local vet, Bundoora Veterinary Clinic & Hospital, 17 Plenty Road, Bundoora or to Epping Animal Welfare Facility, 20 Companion Place Epping, phone 8401 6600. If you are not able to assist with transport, report this when you are speaking with the after hour’s service.
Collected animals are transported to Council’s holding facility while all efforts are made to return registered lost animals avoiding the need to go the pound. This process is in line with Darebin’s Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-21.
Wandering Dogs and Cats
If you can't find the owner of a lost animal, please contact Council as wandering dogs can be a danger to themselves and other people.
Ph: 8470 8888