Stray Dogs

Stray Dogs

The police no longer have responsibility for accepting or dealing with stray dogs. Since April 2008, responsibility for the catching and safe-keeping of stray dogs is with the local authority.

Members of the public who find stray dogs should contact their local dog warden for advice. The RSPCA and other animal charities cannot pick up or accept healthy stray dogs.

Dog Warden Service

Lambeth Council: 0207 926 1000
Southwark Council: 0207 525 5000
Lewisham Animal Welfare: 0208 314 2098
Greenwich Council: 0208 854 8888

Collected dogs may be taken to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home during opening hours and can be reclaimed provided the appropriate fee is paid. You can also take stray dogs to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home yourself. Contact them direct for directions, opening hours and to check if space is available:

Tel: 0207 622 3626

Information on lost and found dogs

Details of lost and found dogs can be given to your local Dog Warden Service.
You may also wish to contact Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Dog collars

Every dog in a public place is required to wear a collar with the name and address of the owner attached to it. The owner, or any person in charge of it, is guilty of an offence if it is not wearing it and the dog will be treated as a stray if found.


Microchipping involves inserting a microchip under the skin of your pet and is a reliable method of identification as long as contact details are kept up-to-date. It is not an alternative to a dog collar. Check our events page for details of forthcoming microchipping days.