Dubbo City Animal Shelter

The Dubbo City Animal Shelter is managed by Council. The Shelter is provided as a service to residents in the Local Government Area for lost and stray cats and dogs.  The Shelter also offer microchipping, registration, sale of dangerous dog merchandise and adoption of unclaimed animals.

The Shelter is a safe haven for lost and stray cats and dogs, keeping them protected until their owner (or a new owner) can be found. Fees apply for the release of impounded animals and animals must be registered before release.  

Location and Opening Hours

The Dubbo City Animal Shelter is located at 189 Boothenba Road, Dubbo at the corner of Yarrandale Road. 

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Open Monday - Saturday: 11.30 am - 1.30 pm

The Shelter is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Animal Shelter: 6882 1934

Ranger Services: 6801 4000



In accordance with the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 if you find a lost animal, you are required to deliver it to a Council shelter (pound) or a vet within 72 hrs.  The owner may be looking for the animal and therefore Council need to check the microchip and contact the owner.  All Dubbo vets can check the microchip and contact the owner, or if not microchipped they will contact Council for collection.  After hours pens are available at the Animal Shelter for the public to drop off lost and stray dogs and cats at any time and are checked daily. Please complete the appropriate form when leaving animals as information provided can assist in finding the owner or re-homing the animal as soon as possible. Once impounded, unless surrendered by the registered owner, identified animals must be kept for 14 days, unidentified animals must be kept for 7 days.  If the animal remains unclaimed it then becomes the property of Council and may be made available for adoption or offered to rescue groups. 


If you have lost your dog or cat, please contact the Animal Shelter as soon as possible.  If we do not yet have your pet impounded we can take all the necessary details and contact you if it is impounded.  Social media can also be very effective and there are a number of pet lost and found facebook pages for the Dubbo area.  The Animal Shelter also have a facebook page where you can post a picture of your lost pet.  We regularly post animals that we impound on our page but please do not rely on these posts as not all animals are included.  Give us a call or drop in during opening hours to check the animals that are currently in our care. 

I want to surrender my dog/cat

We understand that the unexpected can occur which may mean you can no longer care for your pet.  To give your pet the best chance of a loving home it is suggested that you make your own enquiries to rehome your pet before contacting us.  If you have no other option you may surrender your dog or cat to us.  The microchip or legal owner must complete a signed Surrender Form.  A small surrender fee also applies to cover the cost of assessing and keeping your animal while arrangements are made for it.  If your pet is already impounded with us and you do not wish to claim it we request a Surrender Form to be completed so that we can commence rehoming immediately.

Surrender Form (DOC 182.5KB)

FEES and charges

By law all animals must be microchipped and registered before leaving the Shelter. Registration fees are prescribed by the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.  Council cannot reduce these fees and they must be paid in full before your pet is released.

2016/2017 Council Fees

  • Release - $31

  • Release (repeat offender) - $88

  • Maintenance - $28 / day

  • Vet Costs - actual cost + 12.5%

  • Microchipping - $33  

  • Engraved ID Tag - $10

  • Animal Surrender - $54

  • Dangerous Dog signs - $52

  • Dangerous Dog collars S, M, L XL - $40-$54 

2016/2017 REGISTRATION fees

  • Not desexed - $195

  • Desexed - $53

  • Desexed, pensioner - $22

 Further information on Microchipping and Registration


Many of our unclaimed animals are made available for adoption.  All animals undergo a basic behaviour assessment and vet check and are vaccinated, wormed, desexed, microchipped and registered. 

Animals available can be viewed on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Dubbocityanimalshelter

Once you have chosen to adopt, paid the relevant fees and completed the necessary paperwork the animal will be booked in for desexing and you will be advised when you can collect it directly from the vet.  If it is already desexed, you can take it home straight away.  Our adoption fee includes a small sale fee, cost of microchipping and the associated vet fees.

Adoption Fees

  • Dog/Cat already desexed - $119 + rego*

  • Not already desexed:

    • Male dog - $288+ rego*
    • Female dog - $344 + rego*
    • Male cat - $198 + rego*
    • Female cat - $288 + rego*

*registration only required if animal is not already lifetime registered in NSW. Registration fee for adoptions from a Council Shelter is currently $26.50 or $22 pensioner.


Last Edited: 13 Oct 2016