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.

Tips on looking for a lost pet

  • Check hiding places in your yard/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 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.

Facebook Darebin Lost Animals

View a list of pets currently held at the Epping Animal Welfare Facility at

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.

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 a stray pet, contact Council on 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 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 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.