Lost pets

Losing a pet can be a very stressful time, and we want to help reunite you with your animal, find tips and how we can help here.

Epping Animal Welfare Facility

The animal pound for Darebin is the Epping Animal Welfare Facility. It was built by the City of Darebin in partnership with the Cities of Whittlesea and Merri-bek.

The facility also cares for injured or sick animals and provides vaccination and de-sexing for unclaimed animals so they can be adopted.

Epping Animal Welfare Facility (map)
20 Companion Place, Epping
Phone: 03 8401 6200

Search for lost pets at the Epping Animal Welfare Facility

Tip: change the "Date your pet was lost" to an earlier date on the search form to search for pets that arrived before today's date.

Change of management at the Epping Animal Welfare Facility

In October 2022 the City of Whittlesea took over management of the Animal Welfare Facility in Epping, in collaboration with Merri-bek and Darebin councils.

Read more information about the transition of management for the Epping Animal Welfare Facility.

Tips on looking for a lost pet

  • Check hiding places in your yard and garage.
  • Ask your neighbours (and several houses each side of yours) to check their yards and garages.
  • Call local vet clinics and the local pound to lodge a lost report. Ensure you include as much detail regarding your pet and current contact details for yourself.
  • Contact the company your pet’s microchip is registered with to ensure your contact details are up to date, and to change your pet’s status to missing. If you are unsure what company your pet’s microchip is registered with, but know what their microchip number is, visit www.petaddress.com.au. Your vet may have the microchip number on record if you cannot find it.
  • If you have access to social media such as Facebook, consider joining Darebin Lost Animals or other lost animal pages relevant to your area. You can post a photo and a description of your lost pet on the visitor’s post page so that followers and visitors to the page can assist you with your search.
  • If you live close to a neighbouring Council, check which pound they use as your pet may be taken to another Council’s pound if found.

Reporting a found animal

If you have found a stray pet, contact us on 03 8470 8888. A request can be lodged for an Animal Collections Officer to collect the animal. The Officer can then check the animal for identification and attempt to reunite it with its owner. If you call outside of business hours you will be directed to Council’s after hours service on 03 8470 8889.

Alternatively, you can take the animal directly to the Epping Animal Welfare Facility.

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

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.