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Tauranga dog pound

If your dog is lost or missing, call us and we'll check if it's being held at the Tauranga dog pound

We'll also put your dog on our lost and found register.

Council will always try to return or if necessary rehome impounded dogs. We hold unregistered dogs where the owner is unknown, for a minimum of seven days. If the dog is registered we will hold it for a minimum of 14 days. Dogs that are wearing a registration tag or are microchipped can normally be returned quicky.
To prevent your dog from being impounded, make sure:

  • your dog is registered and microchipped and tell us the details 
  • your dog is securely contained at home and can't wander the streets
  • your dog is under your control when exercising
  • you let us know immediately if your dog is lost or missing.

A dog that isn’t registered won't be released from the dog pound until its registration has been paid.


The dog pound is located at 88 Hewletts Road, Mount Maunganui in front of Higgins Yard and opposite the Z Petrol Station. The dog pound is open Monday to Friday from 2pm until 4.30pm, excluding public holidays.  

In special circumstances dogs may be collected outside of these hours if staff are available.

Tauranga dog pound (1.3mb pdf)

Paying for your dog

The fee is set by Council to cover the cost of maintaining the dog pound, feeding the dogs and maintaining security. Depending on the circumstances of your dog’s impoundment other fees may apply.  

You can't pay any dog fees at the dog pound, any fees owing for the release of your dog need to be paid at our customer serive centre on Willow Street, Tauranga.

Dog fees and charges

Last Reviewed: 28/08/2019

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