Lost and Found Dogs

Lost your Dog?

The best way to find a lost dog is by ensuring it is registered. That way if it wanders, escapes or gets lost, someone can identify it and you can be contacted.

If you have lost your dog please contact us on 0800 10 58 90. You may also want to contact neighbours and post photographs and descriptions on local notice boards.

Found Dogs (and Other Animals)

If you have found a stray animal call us on 0800 10 58 90 and we will help. We deal with all animals except cats.  If you have a cat problem call the SPCA on (09) 438 9161.

We can list the found dogs or stock on our Lost and Found list.  We will need an accurate description of the animal you have found:

  • Height
  • Colour
  • Breed
  • Sex
  • Distinguishing features

and your contact details in case the animal is reported after you have called.

If you have contained a dog, an Animal Management Officer can pick up the dog and take it to the Animal Management kennels Lost and Impounded

Strays and Impounding

Owners are legally responsible for keeping their dog under control at all times. Failure to do so is an offence under Section 53 of the Dog Control Act with a fine of up to $3,000 or an infringement fee of $200.

Any dog found at large can be impounded at the owner's expense.

If the dog is identifiable, the owner will be notified by telephone or written notice.

Dogs that are unclaimed after seven days become the property of Kaipara District Council and they can be adopted or put down.


No dog will be released until all costs have been paid. Failure to claim an impounded dog does not relieve the owner from costs.

Refer to Councils current Annual Fees and Charges 2016/2017.

In our current fees and charges we also have a charge for the 3rd impounding in the same registration year of $210.00

Transport of dog/s to Whangarei - per occasion - $260.00

After hours callout does not apply under the current contract with Armourguard.

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Lost a Pet?

Lost Pet Finders provides a free online resource for anyone who has lost a pet along with advice and a mass notification service. Lost Pet Finders provides a free online resource for anyone who has lost a pet along with advice and a mass notification service.  Use the link to the right to access their website.


Lost Pet Finders Website




Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 3123
Email: council@kaipara.govt.nz


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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