Animal holding facility
Council has an animal holding facility for the impoundment or the voluntary surrender of animals. Our animal holding facility is located at the Council Depot, 18-32 Creek Reserve Road, Boolaroo. You can also contact us on 02 4921 0333.
Before picking up your pet from our animal holding facility, you will need to pay a release fee. EFTPOS facilities are available at the Council Depot, altenatively cash payments will only be accepted at our Customer Service Centre at the Administration Building, from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, at 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point.
The animal holding facility is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only. We close on public holidays.
Surrendering an animal
Pet owners are able to voluntarily surrender their cat or dog to our animal holding facility upon the completion of a surrender form.
You must secure your cat in a cat basked or approved cat trap that provides adequate ventilation.
A companion animal surrender fee is payable upon surrender. EFTPOS facilities are available at the Council Depot, altenatively cash payments will only be accepted at our Customer Service Centre at the Administration Building, from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, at 126-138 Main Road, Speers Point.
Change of owner
If you sell or give your pet to a new owner, you need to complete the change of owner/details form. You can return it by post, email or dropping it off at the Council Administration Building.
The Companion Animals Act 1998 requires that any change of owner of an animal must be notified within 14 days of the change, even if the animal is moving out of NSW.
Keeping non-domestic animals
For various reasons, many people choose to keep birds or other non-domestic animals at their home.
To ensure you keep your animal in a happy and safe environment without affecting your neighbours, read our keeping animals in residential areas brochure.
If you would like to build a structure to contain birds or other non-domestic animals, you should check with Council's Development Assessment and Compliance (DAC) Team to see if a Development Application (DA) is required.
Call us on 02 4921 0333 for more information.
Lost and found animals
Listing of animals currently collected by Lake Macquarie City Council and…
Missing animal information
Find out more about missing pets or stray animals
Microchipping and registering
Dogs and cats must be microchipped by the time they are 12-weeks-old
Learn about pet laws, off-lead areas and nuisance dogs and cats
Page last updated: 24 August 2016