Lost and found pets

What to do if you lose your pet

If your pet is missing contact Merri-bek's pound provider Epping Animal Welfare Facility.  The facility is operated by RSPCA. 

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

Epping Animal Welfare Facility

Location: 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 Merri-bek.

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 Council as soon as possible. If you call after hours, you will be directed to Council's 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?

All dogs and cats found in Merri-bek are taken to Epping Animal Welfare Facility

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