Lost & Found Pets

Helping All Pets Find Home

Enfield Veterinary Hospital is the pound for Burwood & Strathfield councils.

Please note we can only accept dogs and cats with prior ranger approval and if this is not received we cannot accept the animal.

When we take in stray cats and dogs from these areas and hold them for a period of 7 days if they don’t have a microchip, or 14 days if they are identified with a microchip.

After the holding period they are put up for adoption to be re-homed.

We update the website & our Facebook page with photos of all the pound animals that are looking for a new loving home.

If you have found a stray dog, the best first step is to ring the Animal Control Officer for the council area in which the dog is located. They will then advise you if they will come and collect the dog or where you can take it.

If you cannot reach a ranger take the dog to the CLOSEST vet, not a vet you know. If a pet is taken out of area, it often becomes problematic about which council needs to take responsibility for them.

  • BURWOOD – 9911 9911
  • STRATHFIELD – 9748 9999
  • ASHFIELD – 9392 5000 (Inner West Council) – Pets held at Sydney Dogs & Cats Home 9587 9611
  • CANTERBURY/BANKSTOWN – 9707 9000 – Pets held at Rossmore Vet 9606 6984
  • CANADA BAY – 9911 6555 – Pets held at Blacktown Animal Holding Facility 9839 6161

If it is outside normal hours or the rangers don’t answer, you should take the dog to the closest vet to be scanned for a microchip.

If you have found a cat that seems lost – if it is friendly and allows touching, it is likely owned and not far from its home. The best advice is to NOT feed it, and ask if anyone around the neighbourhood knows where it belongs. If it has been unclaimed for more than a few days you can bring it to be scanned for a microchip, however Council have no obligations to take in cats the way they do with dogs and if there is no microchip it should be returned to its original location.

If the cat is wild/feral and does not allow approach or touching and is menacing your own pets/people, you can hire a humane trap from Council or Kennard’s Hire and most councils will then collect them for removal (Please call and check with your own council first, as they all have different policies regarding this).

Lost Pet Checklist

Tips for Finding Your Pet

If you have lost a dog or cat you should:

  • ask around the neighbourhood
  • check any usual walking routes/favourite houses/parks
  • call your local council and make sure the contact details on your pet’s microchip are current and have them listed as “Missing”
  • call any local vet clinics and leave your contact details
  • make some posters/notes with a recent photo to leave in letterboxes around where the pet was last seen.

There are now some very useful online resources as well:

Available Dogs and Cats

You Could Be Their New Home


Adoption fee from $300 (dependant on size). All of our dogs come desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm tested, treated for fleas & intestinal worms, and the adoption fee also covers their lifetime council registration.


Adoption Fee $250. All of our cats come desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, treated for fleas & intestinal worms, and the adoption fee also covers their lifetime council registration.

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