Animal Holding Facility

Council has an animal holding facility for the impoundment of animals or for the voluntary surrender of animals.

Impounded Animals

All impounded animals are kept at the facility for 24 hours.  After 24 hours all animals are transported to Rutherford RSPCA.

Surrendering an Animal

Companion animal owners are able to voluntarily surrender their cat or dog to Council’s Holding Facility upon the completion of a surrender Form.  Fees are applicable for the use of this service.

Cats must be securely contained in a cat basket or approved cat trap that provides adequate ventilation.


Lake Macquarie City Council Depot|
18-32 Creek Reserve Road, Boolaroo
Phone 02 4921 0333

Opening Hours

Monday  9am - 4pm
Tuesday   9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday  9am - 4pm
Friday     9am - 4pm
Saturday    By appointment
Sunday         By appointment
CLOSED Public Holidays


For Companion Animal Fees including registration and release fees, please refer to the Rangers Activities section of the Fees & Charges document.


Payments for the release of seized animals should be made at Council’s Customer Service Centre during normal office hours.  Cash, eftpos, or cheque is accepted.

Receipts should be presented at the Animal Holding Facility when collecting your pet.