What to do if you find a dog
If you find a dog that you think is a stray there are a number of things you can do to make sure that it does not get harmed or cause harm to others, and increase its chances of being returned to its owner.
Look to see if the dog is wearing any identification. If it is, contact the owner to let them know you have found their dog and to arrange collection with them. Some vets will scan a stray dog to see if it is microchipped. If it is the vet will try to contact the owner. You could try this as long as you are happy to transport the dog.
Alternatively, if you call the dog warden before 4pm Monday to Friday we will arrange to collect the dog from you. Please note we do not attempt to collect dogs that are running loose.
If the dog is found outside of normal working hours, there are different arrangements which are detailed below. You can also register a found dog using the report lost/found dogs form.
The dog needs to be reported to the council that covers the area where it was found. For example, if you find a dog in Earls Barton, you will need to contact the Borough Council of Wellingborough. This map shows the boundaries of other nearby council areas (PDF 3.39MB).
Out of office hours
If you have lost or found a dog outside office hours you need to contact 01832 733530.
We do not provide a collection service after 4pm but members of the public can take stray dogs to our drop off point at:
- Forest Lodge Kennels, Forest Road, Quinton, Northampton, NN7 2EQ. Telephone: 01604 862239, Opening times for dropping dogs off are Mon - Sat 8am to 6pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays 8am-4pm.
Alternatively, you can keep the dog until the next working day and arrange for the dog warden to come and collect the dog from you.
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