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Stray animals

We collect all stray dogs found in a public place and those which have wandered onto private property.

We do not collect other stray animals, but we may be able to help you find a lost pet.

Stray dog in a dogs home

Report a stray dog

To report a stray dog:
If we are busy and cannot answer the telephone, leave a message and an officer will contact you.

What happens next

We will:
  • collect the stray dog and try to trace the owner
  • call the contact number on any identification tag
  • check for a microchip and telephone the contact number registered on the appropriate database
  • report it to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and police stations.

Missing or found dogs

Missing dogs

If your dog is missing:
Make sure you tell us your name, address, contact details and full description of your lost dog.
We also suggest that you call the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’s Lost Dogs and Cats Line on 020 7627 9245 in case your dog has been found by someone else.

Found dogs

When we find a stray dog we will keep it for at least seven days. After this time, if the dog is not collected by its owner, it becomes the property of Newham Council. We will then try to rehome it using rescue organisations and rehoming centres.

Charges for reclaiming stray dogs

Service​ ​Charge

Stray dog collection: first time we collect your stray dog


Stray dog collection: second time we collect your stray dog


Stray dog collection: third time we collect your stray dog


Added charge per night​


Missing or stray cats

Missing cats

If you have lost your cat:

Stray cats

We do not collect stray or lost cats.

If you find a cat and believe it might be a stray, follow the advice on the Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT) website.

Help to rehome stray dogs and cats

We do not accept pets for rehoming, but we can advise you and give you information about rescue and rehoming organisations.

If you want to give a home to a stray dog or cat, contact a reputable animal rescue or rehoming centre:

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