Lost dogs

Each year we record around 500 lost dogs and pick up about 200 dogs which have strayed. We will collect stray dogs which have been detained by a member of the public but we can't chase after dogs which are just running loose. Where the dog can be identified from its collar, tag or from a microchip, we will try to return it to its owner. We do make every effort to match calls about 'lost and found' dogs and to reunite strays with their rightful owners at the earliest opportunity.

Fees and charges for lost and found dogs

In some cases we may be able to be able to reunite dogs and owners without kennelling charges but there will always be a fee of at least £25. Where the owner can't be found, identified or contacted (or on a second or subsequent straying), the dog will be taken to kennels. All costs incurred, including vets fees, will be recharged to owners.

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Found Monday to Friday 8am-5pm £37 £49 £61 £73 £85 £97 £109
Found at any other time £85 £97 £109 £121 £133 £145 £157

An owner reclaiming a dog will be asked to provide both proof of identity (for example, a passport, driving licence or bank card) and proof of address (for example, a utility bill or bank statement).

Every stray dog will be looked after for up to seven days. If a dog is not claimed within this period, every effort will be made to re-home it. No dog will be destroyed unless a vet advises so.

It is a legal requirement for all dogs to be tagged, and ideally microchipped too (this became law in 2016). This is in the best interests of the dog and its owner as straying dogs can then be returned straight home without involving our service.

If you have lost your dog, you might also want to contact local vets or animal rescue groups. Putting up posters in your local shop window or leafleting the local area has also proved successful with some dog owners in the past, as well as using social media such as Facebook.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) would normally take in injured stray dogs. Please call the RSPCA Exeter on 01392 439898.