Reporting animal concerns
Our Animal Management team has experience working with animals of all breeds, sizes, and behaviours. Our team members are trained and skilled in responding to the varied types of situations that they are called upon to handle.
You can help us better manage the control of dogs and other animals. Contact us if:
- you're concerned about roaming or threatening dogs or other animals
- your dog has gone missing
- you have other animal shelter, food or water concerns.
Better dog control equals safer communities; we need to know about these things to allow us to follow up, monitor, investigate and prevent any future incidents.
Our Customer Services team will refer the details to the Animal Management Team.
Cats are New Zealand’s most popular companion animal, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have published a Code of Welfare for Cats – pet or companion, outlining owners' responsibilities. The SPCA also provide information on Responsible cat ownership.
You don’t need to register your pet cat with Council. For:
- questions about micro-chipping and desexing, contact your local vet
- cat welfare concerns or questions – contact the SPCA
- management of pest cats – contact Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Other domestic animals
If you have welfare concerns about other domestic animals, contact the SPCA.
Feral and pest animals
A feral animal is any wild animal that's descended from a domesticated species. Greater Wellington Regional Council works with landowners to manage pests across the region. You can find out more at Pest management.
Under our bylaw members of the public shouldn't provide or care for feral animals in a way that causes them to become a nuisance or health and safety risk.
If you're concerned about native birds or animals, call the Department of Conservation emergency hotline (0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468)), or check out Report sick, injured or dead wildlife.