To view any currently impounded pets, visit the Douglas Pets Facebook page or check the news feed below.
There are a lot of myths about what happens to dogs when Council is called to collect them or when they’re found wandering at large.
This is what happens when a dog is impounded in Douglas:
Of the 112 dogs impounded in the last financial year, 67 were claimed by their owners, 28 were re-homed and 17 were euthanized.
Of the 17 that were euthanized, 13 of those dogs were surrendered to Council by their owners following a dog attack or for behavioural issues.
If you find a lost or injured dog in the Douglas Shire, please contact Council and let one of our officers help. Our aim is to reunite dogs with their owners as quickly as possible and ensure that they are looked after in the meantime.
Animals may only be released from the pound after full payment of impounding and sustenance fees, and where applicable registration fees. All impounded dogs and cats are required to be registered prior to release.
To release an animal from Council’s pound you will be required to:
Payment should be made during business hours and prior to the collection of the animal by visiting the Douglas Shire Council’s Customer Service Centre in Mossman. EFTPOS and credit card facilities (Visa & MasterCard) are available at this location.
Collection times at Council’s pound can be made by contacting Council’s Customer Service Centre on telephone 4099 9444. Please have your receipt available when collecting the animal.
Council fully promotes the re-homing of unclaimed cats and dogs and endeavours to work with recognised animal re-homing and adoption organisations to re-home suitable animals. This ensures that animals are re-homed responsibly.
Council may accept dogs or cats that an owner no longer wants, however it is preferred that the owner either have the animal destroyed by a vet or find an alternative home themselves.
If you see or have any concerns about the treatment of any animals, the responsible agencies are RSPCA and Biosecurity Queensland – [Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry – DAFF].
Biosecurity Queensland generally handles matters involving commercial activities – call 13 25 23 and the RSPCA handles matters involving companion animals – call 1300 852 188.
Mossman Administration Building
64-66 Front St, Mossman, QLD 4873
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 4pm
*Closed on public holidays
Port Douglas Community Hall
13-29 Mowbray St, Port Douglas QLD 4877
Phone: (07) 4099 9444 or 1800 026 318
After Hours Emergencies: (07) 4099 9444
Fax: (07) 4098 2902
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