Missing Dogs

Who To Call If Your Dog Is Missing

If your dog is missing, telephone your closest Dogs’ Home and leave all the details about the dog with the receptionist. The phones can be very busy so please keep trying. If you leave a message a member of staff will return your call as quickly as possible. Click on link for open hours.

Hobart: Ph: (03) 6243 5177
Burnie: Ph: (03) 6431 6199
Devonport: Ph: (03) 6427 2178                                                                                                                                      Launceston: Ph: (03) 6349 1999

Alternatively, please download the following LOST REPORT, complete the report and Email or drop in to our relevant Home with a current clear photo of your dog.

  • Hobart Dogs’ Home is the official pound for the Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Brighton Councils.
  • Burnie Dogs’ Home is the official pound for the Burnie and Waratah Wynyard Councils.
  • Devonport Dogs’ Home is the official pound for the Devonport, Latrobe and Kentish Councils.
  • Launceston dogs’ Home is the official pound for the City of Launceston Council.


If you are close to one of our Homes and you’re welcome to call in during opening hours to speak to our team and provide a current photo of your missing dog. Click on link for open hours. If your missing dog is not at the pound when you first call or drop in, please phone every two days. Have a recent colour photo of your dog that you can leave at the relevant Dogs’ Home to help with identification or email the photo of your dog to our relevant Home. Click on link for Email contacts.

If you have lost your dog, also contact the Animal Control Officer at your local Council, your local Vets, AHVEC in North Hobart if local, and the RSPCA. Your dog may have been injured so checking with Vet Clinics is important. Please also contact the Tasmanian Lost Pet Register Facebook group and report your dog missing (www.facebook.com/Tasmanianlostpets).


Help us locate you quickly by having your pet registered, attaching the registration disc to your dog’s collar and by ensuring your dog is micro-chipped and your contact details are up to date. If your dog is registered and/or microchipped, our staff will make every attempt to contact you regularly during the legal holding days. If your dog is not registered or micro-chipped or your micro-chip details are no longer current, it may be impossible to find you.


A dog not wearing a registration disc is held in the pound for 3 working days.
A registered dog is held for 5 working days.
A microchipped dog is held for 5 working days.

If you do not collect your dog by the end of the legal holding days, your dog will become the legal property of the Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania and our rehoming assessment process will commence straight away.

FEES PAYABLE On Collection of Your Dog From the Pound

The Dog Control Act requires the owner of an impounded dog to pay a maintenance fee which covers the daily care of their pet whilst at the pound, a release fee and a registration fee if the dog is not currently registered and a fee for microchipping your dog, if he/she is not already microchipped. Separate Council fines and fees may also apply and will be sent to you by the relevant Council directly.

Daily maintenance Fee: $30 per day per dog ($30 applies to same day collection)

Council Release Fee (for council impounded dogs): Varies from $25 – $136 per dog depending on the council

  • Burnie Council $51 per dog
  • Waratah Wynyard Council $69 – $136 per dog
  • Devonport City Council $35 per dog
  • Latrobe Council $25 per dog
  • Kentish Council $25 per dog
  • Clarence, Brighton, Glenorchy & Hobart Councils $70 per dog

Dogs’ Homes Release Fee (for public strays): $66 per dog (Hobart Dogs’ Home), $41 per dog (Devonport Dogs’  Home), $51 per dog (Burnie Dogs’ Home)

Registration Fee: Varies depending on the council, age of dog, desexed or entire, working dog, dangerous dog etc. Not relevant to dogs already registered. It is a legal requirement in Tasmania for all dogs 6 months of age and older to be registered.

Microchipping Fee: $50 per dog.  Not relevant to dogs already microchipped. It is a legal requirement in Tasmania for all dogs 6 months of age and older to be microchipped.

All fees need to be paid in full on collection of your dog.


The majority of dogs not reclaimed by their owners are made available for adoption to new homes. Sadly, some dogs need to be euthanised if they have an incurable health condition, a very poor prognosis from recovery from an illness or injury or are unsafe to rehome due to human or animal aggression.

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