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I've found a dog

Anyone who finds a stray dog must inform us and has a legal obligation to hand the dog to either its owner or us.

Your safety is most important. Do not attempt to restrain or handle a dog that is showing signs of aggression.

Report a stray dog online

or contact Birmingham Dog Warden on 0121 303 6007.

Out of hours

We do not provide a stray dog collection service outside of office hours. If you find a stray dog at these times, you can either:

  • look after the dog until the next working day if safe to do so
  • check the dog for a collar and ID tag for the owner’s details
  • take the dog to the nearest vet or animal charity where it can be scanned for a microchip and the owner can be contacted
  • report the dog to K9 Search, an animal charity dedicated to reuniting lost dogs with their owners. The owner may already be looking for their dog

  • take the dog direct to Birmingham Dogs Home on Saturdays between 11:00am and 4:00pm

To arrange for a stray dog to be collected on the next working day, contact Birmingham Dog Wardens by telephone on 0121 303 6007 or complete our online form.

If you find a dog outside of Birmingham, you must contact the relevant local council.

Any dangerous dog should be reported to the police on 101 or 999 in the case of an emergency.

Injured dogs should be referred to the RSPCA by telephone on 0300 1234 999.

What else can I do?

Most dogs are microchipped and many wear a collar and tag. If there are no details on the collar, take the dog to any vet to check for a microchip. This should be done free of charge. If a chip is found, the vet will contact the microchip company for the owner's details. The microchip company or vet will then contact the dog's owner.

Many lost dogs in Birmingham are reported as missing with K9 Search. You can or call 07988 433187. The owner may already be looking for their dog.


Page last updated: 27 February 2024