Lost and found pets

The Animal Pound provides a safe haven for lost and abandoned pets within our Shire, as well as a very successful animal adoption program.

Lost your pet or spotted someone else's?

Let us know by using any of the methods below:


Report a lost or found animal using our online form

Report a lost or found animal


Let us know about a lost or found animal via email.

You can email us anytime at info@moorabool.vic.gov.au


Let us know about a lost or found animal by calling us on 03 5366 7100

In person

You can visit us at any of the locations below:

Ballan Office 
15 Stead Street, Ballan
Open: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm

Darley Civic and Community Hub 
182 Halletts Way, Darley
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm  

Lerderderg Library 
215 Main Street, Bacchus Marsh
Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
           Saturday 9am-2pm


You can mail correspondence to PO Box 18, Ballan, Victoria 3342

To view current pets impounded as well as animals available for adoption, please go to the Pet Adoption Facebook page

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are lost pets housed?

  • Dogs and cats found at large, are held at the Council Animal Pound for 8 days - a safe haven until their owner collects them
  • Any pet not claimed after this period will be assessed for suitability for adoption
  • All cats and dogs adopted from the Animal Pound are vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, and desexed

How much does it cost to have my pet released from the pound?

If you pet is impounded, fees apply prior to release. 

You may also be liable for infringements, for your pet being at large and if it isn’t registered with Council. 

  • Impound fee: $117.40 per animal (dog/cat)
  • Maintenance fee: $37.10 per day, per animal (dog/cat)
  • Registration fee dog (if pet unregistered and desexed): $69.00
  • Registration fee cat (if pet unregistered and desexed): $62.00
  • Registration fee dog and cat (if pet unregistered and not desexed): $213.20
  • Microchip: $36.00
  • Declared dogs : $420.20
  • Menacing & Restricted breed dogs : $315.20

Why do you hold animals for 8 days at the pound?

All pounds and shelters in Victoria must comply with the State Government code of practice. The code outlines how these facilities are to operate, including the mandatory holding time for stray animals.

For more information http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/domestic-animal-businesses/shelters-and-pounds