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Animal shelter and pound

The Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (Pound) is run by the RSPCA on behalf of Council.

Surrendering an animal

If you can no longer look after your pet, you can surrender your animal to the Animal Shelter.  If you require your animal to be collected please contact Council, fees apply.

Alternatively, the Animal Welfare League (new window) may be able to assist you.

Lost & found animals

If you find an unattended dog, or a lost cat, you can take it to a vet or the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter where it will be scanned for a microchip to get the owner's contact details. Alternatively, contact Council and an Animal Management Officer will attend and scan the animal.

If your dog or cat is lost, you must report it to Council. You should also confirm your contact details.

If the animal has been taken to the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter, there will be a cost when you collect it, and this amount will increase the longer the animal has been in care. Before a lost pet is returned to the owner, it must be microchipped and lifetime registered under the NSW Companion Animals Act, even if the animal would normally be exempt from registration such as a working dog or a cat or dog under the age of six months.

Animals that are not microchipped will be held by the Animal Shelter for seven days. Microchipped animals will be held for 14 days. After that time, the animal will be considered for re-homing.


If you are considering getting a new pet, contact the Animal Shelter for details of the animals looking for a new home.  Alternatively you can visit the RSPCA (new window) to view animals that are available for adoption.

Location of Shoalhaven Animal Shelter

Flatrock Road, West Nowra

Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Thursday: Closed to Public. Open for reclaims only: 9am to 4pm

Shoalhaven Animal Shelter
Phone: (02) 4429 3410

Phone: (02) 4429 3433

Council After Hours
Phone: (02) 4421 3100

Animal Welfare
Phone: 0429 429 885

Useful links
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Animal Welfare League

Companion Animals Act