STRAY AND LOST DOGS

Cherrybrook Vet Hospital commits a significant amount of time and effort , at no charge, to scanning stray and lost dogs for microchips and then trying to locate their owners and re-unite pet with owner. It is not unusual for us to have several stray brought to us each week or even, occasionally, in one day.

Because our practice is located in a residential area we have very stringent restrictions placed on us regarding noise from barking dogs, particularly at night, and for this reason WE DO NOT AND CANNOT ADMIT STRAY DOGS into our hospital, particularly where there is no microchip or an owner cannot be contacted immediately. It is also technically illegal for us to do so given that were are not an Approved Premises for that purpose.

Thankfully the vast majority of people who bring strays to us understand and respect this situation and, where it is not possible for us to contact owners immediately, are prepared to take an animal home till an owner can be contacted or to deliver the dog to a council officer/pound or to an Approved Premises. 

Where a lost dog is known to us (i.e. is on our client database) we do usually (the exceptions may be just prior to closing time when owner cannot be contacted or for  particularly noisy dog) make an exception re admitting the dog in the knowledge that we are able to resort to physically take him or her home before we close in the evening. It is certainly not unknown for us to walk or drive a dog home in these circumstances. We do admit stray cats until an owner can be found or until collection by a Council officer, The difference is of course being that cats do not present a noise problem.

The legislated situation is clearly covered by the Companion Animal Act NSW which states that

"seized (including found) animals must be delivered to the owner, a council pound OR an approved premises "

Hornsby Shire Council should be able to supply a list of Approved Premises in the area.

CHERRYBROOK VETERINARY HOSPITAL IS NOT AN APPROVED PREMISES FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ACT.

There are certainly some veterinary practices in the area which are registered as Approved Premises for the purpose of taking in stray dogs but Cherrybrook Vet Hospital is not one of them.

Hornsby Shire Council does not currently (2017) provide a Pound within the Shire and instead uses the Richmond Pound as its stray animal base. There is a dog pound more conveniently situated at 180 Pennant Hills Road, Thornleigh but it will only accept animals that are presented as having been found in Ku-ring-gai Shire. 

We know from the occasional unfortunate  experience that doing our best to assist with a stray dog can be a no-win situation for us but thankfully the unpleasantness of such instances is far outweighed by the gratitude we receive from the vast majority of people, both owners and finders of stray dogs, who understand and respect our situation.