Published on: 3 Jun, 2020
Pound facts - Queensland
All dogs must be registered within their respective council areas while cats must be registered in some but not all council areas. Owners may also require a permit if owning more than two dogs or three cats. Owners have 14 days from taking ownership of their new pet to register it with their local council (while all dogs must be registered owners should double-check whether this is required in their local council area for cats). Owners have seven days to notify of any changes such as a change of address once registered.
Local council contact details can be found here.
What should I do if my pet is missing?
The RSPCA has a lost pet register which owners can register their lost pets details on. For a fee, the RSPCA will do the searching for owners for 30 days including checking in with local pounds.
Owners should also take the usual steps of reporting their animal missing to their local and neighbouring Councils and ensuring that microchip and registration details are up to date. More information about steps you can take can be found here.
What happens if I find a stray animal?
In most instances, the local council should be contacted. Councils will collect and endeavour to reunite animals with owners based on microchip and registration information or alternatively they will refer a call on to the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ). If the animal is found on private property, councils may provide a trap for you to collect the animal rather than enter the property.
Are Councils required to collect stray animals?
As noted above, councils may provide animal traps when an animal is on private land; collect the animal once reported or delegate the responsibility to the RSPCA or other organisation such as AWLQ.
How long will my pet be held in the pound?
Varies between council areas although three to five days is common practice after which time a council may seek to rehome the animal either through their own pounds or via a rescue organisation (both the AWLQ and RSPCA are frequently used by local councils)
Is a payment required for collection?
Yes, however, this will vary between councils. The amount payable may also vary depending on whether the animal is registered; desexed and microchipped or not.
Will they rehome or euthanise my pet?
While there is no express requirement, either way, most if not all councils will endeavour to rehome animals either through their own pound system or animal rescue organisation. If an impounded animal is deemed unsuitable for rehoming; is sick or injured this may, however, result in them being euthanised.
Will my pet be desexed?
Animals are required to be desexed prior to rehoming so this may occur if there is a delay in claiming a pet.
Who is responsible for registering/maintaining microchip details?
All dogs and cats must be microchipped and while all dogs must be registered in Queensland, for cats this requirement varies from council to council. Owners have seven days to update microchip information from when a change is made (i.e. change of owner; change of address). If an animal cannot be reunited with its owner, the microchip details may be transferred to the council which is holding the animal (and in turn transferred to the new owner upon rehoming).