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  • Epping Animal Welfare Facility is temporarily operating on reduced opening hours due to COVID-19. The EAWF will be open to the public 10:am-4:00pm Monday to Sunday. 

Lost and found pets

What to do if you lose your pet

If your pet is missing contact our pound provider Epping Animal Welfare Facility.  The facility is operated by the RSPCA. 

You can check the Lost and Found Pets list or complete a RSPCA Lost Pets report

Epping Animal Welfare Facility

RSPCA VIC Epping, 20 Companion Place, Epping, 3076
Phone: 8401 6600

What else you can do

  • Ask your neighbours if they have seen your pet
  • Check your property including any hiding places
  • List your pet on a local community lost animals Facebook page such as Lost and Found Pets and Animals Moreland

Help prevent your pet from getting lost

To help prevent losing your pet, make sure you:

  • Microchip and register your dog or cat so we can locate you if your pet is found
  • Put name tags on your pet with a contact phone number
  • Check fences so your pet cannot escape and close gates
  • Keep your pet inside at night

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 us as soon as possible. If you call after hours, you will be directed to our after hours service.

Please remember:

  • 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

What happens to the animal I found?

All dogs and cats found in Moreland are taken to Epping Animal Welfare Facility

Release fees are payable to RSPCA prior to collecting your animal.

Watch this space for exciting news about the Epping Animal Welfare Facility

In October 2022, the City of Whittlesea will take over management of the Animal Welfare Facility in Epping, partnering with Moreland and Darebin councils.

The decision to take pound services in-house will allow Council more flexibility in their operating model, allow the needs of the community to be locally serviced and to take ownership of the shared municipalities’ domestic animal management priorities.

The in-house model will provide the same standard and quality of care for animals ensuring compliance with relevant codes. The Facility will continue to be managed and resourced by experts in animal care and welfare. Council will establish partnerships with local rescue groups and vets to support its delivery of service.

The service offered will not change and will continue to provide stray, abandoned and surrendered animals with refuge and a new life, protecting animals from cruelty, treating sick and injured animals, promoting pet wellbeing, and providing education regarding responsible pet ownership.

The Facility will be renamed and launched to the community later in the year, with more information to come shortly.