Found Animals

If you find an animal that appears to be sick or injured you should take it to the nearest vet immediately. If you can't take it to a vet, Please call us on (03) 349 7057.

Dogs and livestock
If you find a dog without any identification, or if you find wandering livestock, you need to call Marlborough Animal Control, 24hr phone (03) 520 9033.

If the wild animal does not appear sick or injured, but is in danger (eg. on/near a road), if it is safe to do so, you can attempt to relocate it to a safer place.

If the wild animal is not sick, injured or in danger, our advice is to leave it alone. We recommend that you monitor the animal for at least 24 hours. Remember, the parents of young and baby animals are often not very far away. Removing a wild animal from its natural habitat can often do more harm than good.

Domestic pets
If you find an animal that you think is a lost domestic owned pet, please do as many of the following, before you bring him/her to our Animal Centre:

  • Ask as many of your neighbours as possible if they have lost their pet.
    If possible take a picture of the animal to show your neighbours. Remember, an animal can sometimes wander a long way from home, so don't just ask your nearest neighbours.
  • If you find a stray healthy cat you can print a paper collar to help locate the owner. Click here for information and to download the file.
  • Go to - this is free to use.
    Register the animal as found. Check the Lost pets section for any animal reported missing that resembles the animal you have found.
  • Put up 'Found' posters in your neighbourhood - in shops, libraries, on lamp-posts etc.
    If possible include a photo of the animal on the poster. Make sure your poster clearly states 'FOUND' and that you include more than one contact phone number and details of where the animal was found.
    Download a 'Found' poster template here and distribute it in your local area.
  • Place an advert in your local newspaper.
  • Contact other animal welfare organisations, (eg. Cats Protection League) to see if the animal has been reported missing to them.

If you still have any questions or queries, please contact us.

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