Animal welfare

Lost and found pet?

Hammersmith & Fulham Council provides a Dog Warden Service which collects stray dogs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

What to do if you find a stray dog

We will collect stray dogs that are confined and under your direct control and care.

To arrange a collection please call: 

  • 03444 828 346 - operational 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

When a lost or stray dog is collected by the Dog Warden Service, all reasonable steps are taken to contact the owner. If we cannot identify the owner, the dog is taken to kennels. Suitable dogs not claimed within seven days are re-homed.

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog and think they may have been collected by the Dog Warden Service, please visit www.lostdogsuk.co.uk - this website has details of found dogs.

Details of dogs collected by the council are uploaded to the Lost Dogs UK website within 24 hours.

You can also call the service on 03444 828 300 (during office hours) and a member of staff will be able to check the website for you.

How to reclaim a dog

If we have collected your dog, you can reclaim them by calling 03444 828 300 (during office hours).

You will be asked to provide:

  • proof of residential address (for example, utility bill); and
  • proof of ownership (for example, kennel club registration, family pet photo, vet bill)

Dog problems?

For advice on animal welfare please contact The Mayhew Animal Home on 020 8969 0178.

Animal welfare licensing

Information and advice on applying for an animal welfare licence for boarding establishments, dangerous wild animals, dog breeding, pet shops and riding establishments or registering performing animals.

Animal welfare licensing

Microchipping of dogs 

By law, if your dog is over eight weeks old, it must be microchipped. This became law on 6 April 2016. There's one exception for microchipping - certified working dogs are exempt.

Reuniting lost dogs with their owners is much easier if the dogs are microchipped. Vets usually charge about £15 for this.

Your dog's full details (name, age, gender, breed, description) and your full name, address and phone number must be recorded on the database.

If the keeper is also the breeder this should be recorded on the database. If a breeder sells a dog over eight weeks old it must be chipped before they sell it, with the details showing them as the first recorded keeper of the puppy.

If a dog is transferred to a new keeper, the new keeper must record changes in details on the relevant database. You can't transfer a dog to a new keeper until it has been microchipped.

If your dog isn't microchipped, you could be fined up to £500.

There's more information available at microchipping on GOV.UK.

Dog control orders

The following dog control orders are in effect in Hammersmith & Fulham. Failure to comply with these orders will mean a £80 fine or prosecution. 

The Control of Dogs Order (1992)

All dogs must wear a collar and an identity tag in a public place. The identity tag must show the name and address of the owner. Failure to do this could lead to a £5,000 fine. Your dog must still wear an identity tag even if it is micro-chipped. Dogs not wearing a collar or tag can be seized, even if the owner is present.

Dangerous Dogs Act (1991)

The Dangerous Dogs Act (1991), as amended in 1997:

  • prohibits people from having in their possession dogs belonging to types bred for fighting (Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentiono, Fila Braziliero)
  • imposes restrictions in respect of such dogs
  • enables restrictions to be imposed in relation to other types of dog which present a serious danger to the public
  • makes further provision for securing that dogs are kept under proper control.

Animal Welfare Act (2006)

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 you commit an offence if you cause or take part (are present) in an animal fight. This can lead to imprisonment and a fine up to £20,000. The act provides protection for animals. You must tend to the needs of an animal for which you are responsible to the extent required by good practice. You commit an offence if you cause an animal to suffer. The act provides for certain specific enforcement powers for the police and inspectors including the power of entry, inspection and search and the power to seize documents.

Environmental Protection Act (1990)

If a dog barks excessively (so as to be a statutory nuisance in law) the dog owner can be served with a legal enforcement notice requiring abatement of the noise. If the notice is not complied with the council can prosecute the owner and/or confiscate the dog. We have the power to seize stray dogs and put them in kennels. You will have to pay a charge to have the dog returned. This may include kennel costs, detention costs and a prescribed amount (currently £25). If you do not claim the dog within seven days of us seizing it, it becomes our property. We can give the dog a new home or destroy it. Under this act we must keep a register of dogs seized or brought to us.

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