Lost and stray dogs

Dog tags and microchips 

Dog owners are required by law to have: 

  • a tag on their dog’s collar stating the owners: 
    • name 
    • address 
  • their dog microchipped 

We do not provide a microchipping service. 

To find out more about tags and microchips, please visit the Dogs Trust (external link).   

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Stray dogs 

When a lost or stray dog is picked up by the dog warden, all reasonable steps are taken to contact the dog owner.  

If the owner cannot be identified, the dog is kept for 7 days. After 7 days, the dog is transferred to All Dogs Matter (external link)


Stray dogs are cared for in kennels and there are charges for this. The dog will not be returned to its owner until the fees are paid, or arrangements for fee payment made. 

Stray dog fees
Initial kennel fee£70
Kennel fee per day£25
Other fees incurred Various
Vet feesVarious


Report a stray dog 

To report a stray dog, please call the dog team

The dog warden collects stray dogs. 

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If your dog is lost 

If your dog is lost, please call the dog team

A register is kept of all stray and lost dogs picked up or reported. 

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You can contact the dog team during the following times: 

  • Monday to Friday, 7 am – 10 pm (last call out 9 pm) 
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm (last call out 7 pm) 

Telephone: 07815 512 833  

This service is provided by Waltham Forest Council. 

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Page last updated:

October 24, 2022

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