Stray animals


We can help you report or retrieve a lost or stray dog.

How to report a stray

Any dog that is at large in a public space and does not have a person in charge of it is considered a stray.

This includes those that have been let out to exercise themselves rather than being walked by the owner.

To report a stray please use our lost or found dogs online form.

If you have concerns about animal welfare or behaviour or you want to make an enquiry about animal licensing please use our Make an animal advice or licensing enquiry form.

What we do Click to get info

We will try to locate the owner by checking for dog tags on the collar (if it’s wearing one) and microchips.

If we find the owner, we’ll contact them as soon as possible.

If we cannot find the owner, we'll keep the dogs in our kennels for 7 days and then try to find them new homes.

First instance

Report your lost dog using our lost or found dogs online form.

If that doesn’t work

Contact surrounding local authorities and the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Put its details on lost dog websites such as or


  • Remember to remove the details from the website once your dog has been found
  • If your dog is micro-chipped contact the microchip company to make sure your details are up to date
  • The police no longer collect or accept stray dogs.

If we find your dog, you’ll be charged a retrieval fee plus reasonable expenses.


  • Offence £70

Pay your dog retrieval fee online

Expenses include:

  • Daily kennelling fees £26
  • Transport fees
  • Administration fees
  • Veterinary fees and medication

For information on micro-chipping your pet see dog microchippping.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report.  Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​