Stray dogs

We collect stray dogs which have been captured or tied up.  We cannot catch loose dogs. The dog must have been both found and currently located within the Waverley Council area.

Our service is provided by SDK Environmental Limited.

Report a found stray dog

Please call the stray dog collection service (available 7 days a week 24/7) on 03444 828 346 to report a found stray dog.

This line will be open over the Christmas period.

Has your dog been found?

Visit to see what stray dogs have been found.

Claiming stray dogs

Please call 03444 828 300 to pay the stray dog collection charges and arrange the return of your dog.

The service is available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. However, the service is not available:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day

Fees (include VAT where applicable)

You need to pay the fees in full before any dog can be released. Our contractor has no authority to waive these fees.

  • £70 collection and call out charge, plus £25 statutory fixed fee.
  • Other charges include:
    • £35 to return your dog to you
    • Kennelling fees - £21 per day
    • any emergency veterinary treatment
    • any other additional costs.

What is a stray dog?

A stray dog is defined as 'any unattended dog in a public place' and a public place means on the highway or any other place to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access.

I have found a stray dog and wish to keep it

You can choose to keep the dog if SDK's dog warden finds that your home is suitable. You must be willing to keep the dog for at least one month, after which you can choose to keep it or rehome it. The legal title of the dog will remain with its original owner.


By law, all dogs must:

  • be microchipped and registered to an approved database 
  • wear a collar and tag giving the owner's name, address and telephone number. This still applies despite the requirement for microchipping your dog.

Dangerous dogs

A dangerous dog is either a member of a breed that has been defined as a dangerous dog in legislation or it is a dog that is out of control and may have attacked someone causing physical injury. Please report dangerous dogs to the Police on 101.

Page owner: Paul Shrimpton. Last updated: 11/12/2019 12:54

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