Stray Animal Policy

Often animals are found outside their family homes. If you find a suspected stray animal, it is worthwhile door knocking to see if it is local to the area you have found it.

For cats, this is mandatory as there is no legal notion of a stray cat, therefore there is no offence in a cat straying. Generally a cat should be left alone if it is not causing a nuisance. It is a known trait that cats cover a wide territory and will generally return to their home.

If you seize a cat it must be returned to its owner as soon as possible if the owner can be identified. If you cannot identify the owner you may deliver the cat to the Animal Shelter but you must have checked with a minimum of 4 neighbours that they do not own, or know who owns the cat. You must bring the names and addresses of the neighbours you checked with when delivering the cat.

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If you find an injured animal it is recommended to take it to the Picton Vet as they are linked with Wollondilly Animal Shelter, which is the best chance of uniting it with the owner whilst ensuring appropriate medical care is provided.


By appointment only, Monday – Friday & closed weekends.

If you have any questions you can call our Animal Shelter on (02) 4677 1100 or email [email protected] between 8.30am – 4.30pm on weekdays. Weekend contact number is (02) 4677 0462 (strictly for weekends only).

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