Lost and found animals

Pet gone missing?

Pets handed to us are listed on this page and kept at Maitland Animal Management Facility located at 11 Metford Road, East Maitland. Owners should contact them on 0438 742 541 to arrange collection as soon as possible.

If you can't find your loved one on our list, it may have been handed directly to Maitland Animal Management Facility or a local vet. Please check with these organisations directly.

How long will my animal be held for?

Microchipped animals are held for 14 days before ownership is transferred to Maitland Animal Management Facility.

Non-microchipped animals are held for seven days before ownership is transferred to Maitland Animal Management Facility.

After these periods, animals may be advertised for adoption by Maitland Animal Management Facility.

Will I need to pay a fee?

Yes, you will have to pay a release fee.

Impound and sustenance fees are charged to recover some of the costs associated with the service. The fee depends on the amount of time your pet is impounded for. The sooner you pick up your animal, the less it costs.

All fees must be paid at Maitland Animal Care Facility prior to the release of the animal.

If your dog is impounded, including a working dog, registration fees must be paid prior to the release of the animal.


Lost and found 

Found a stray or lost pet?

  1. If you find a lost dog wearing a collar or tag with identification, try contacting its owner first.
  2. If you cannot contact the owner, arrange for the animal to be collected by our Ranger team.
  3. You can also take the animal to an approved animal welfare organisation or your local vet.

Rangers are available Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 3.30pm. Phone: (02) 4993 4100.

Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF Inc)

If you find a sick, injured or orphaned native animal in the Cessnock area, please call Hunter Wildlife Rescue on their 24 hour hotline 0418 628 483 or visit their website.