Found an animal?
What to do if you find a lost animal
If you find an animal and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you must contact Council as soon as possible. If you call after hours, you will be directed to Council's after hours service.
It is against the law to keep any animal that you find.
It is important to be cautious when approaching strange animals. A lost animal may be afraid and attack, so if you are unsure leave any contact to Council officers.
If the animal is friendly, contain it as soon as possible with a leash or on your property. This will ensure it is safe from traffic or any other dangers.
If you find a native Australian animal, call Wildlife Rescue on 1300 094 535.
If the animal is injured, take it to:
- Lort Smith Animal Hospital, 24 Viller Street, North Melbourne
- Animal Referral Hospital (Essendon), 72 Hargrave Avenue, Essendon Fields, or
- a local vet.
What happens to the animal?
All dogs and cats found in Moreland by Council are taken to Council's pound, The Epping Animal Welfare Facility. This facility is managed by RSPCA Victoria.
Address: 20 Companion Place, (formerly Pound Road), Epping
Phone number: 8401 6600
Hours of operation
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11 am - 7 pm
- Tuesday and Thursday 7 am - 3 pm
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 9 am - 12 pm
Christmas and New Year hours of operation
- Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2018: 9am - 5pm
- New Year's Eve, Monday 31 December 2018: 9am - 5pm
Release fees are payable to RSPCA prior to collecting your animal.
In December 2017, Council adopted the Domestic Animal Management Plan 2017-2021. One of the initiatives was compulsory cat desexing. Desexing not only reduces the population of stray, unwanted animals, but it also helps pets to live longer and healthier lives. An exception applies when a veterinarian has advised against desexing for health reasons or where a cat is being kept for recognised breeding purposes. Owners will need to provide Council with a letter from their veterinarian or a copy of the breeding certificate.
Adopting an animal
You can contact the Epping Animal Welfare Centre if you are interested in adopting an animal.