Lewisham Council - Stray dogs and cats

Stray dogs and cats

The Animal Welfare Team aim to help collect stray dogs and cats and reunite them with their owners.

Stray dogs

According to the law, a dog is straying if it is unsupervised in any public place or any private area without the owner's consent. If you allow your dog to stray, you may be fined.

Report a stray dog – call 020 8314 2098

During office hours we will try to collect the dog, where possible. Outside of office hours call 020 8314 6000 and our switchboard operators will redirect you. If you see a dangerous dog please contact the police.

Stray cats

In the eyes of the law there is no definition of a stray cat. Before we remove a stray cat we need to establish whether the cat is a stray or just an opportunist feeder.

Report a stray cat – call 020 8314 2098

If the cat appears to be healthy and well cared for, we will place a temporary collar on the cat asking the owner to call us. If no one comes forward the cat will be placed on a waiting list to get into a rescue centre.

If the cat appears to be sick or injured we will collect the straight away, where possible and take it to a veterinary surgeon. We will do everything possible to contact the owner. However, if no one claims the cat, it will be placed on a waiting list to get into a rescue centre. 

Keeping stray dogs

If you find a stray dog and wish to keep it, you should notify us, your local police station and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The dog should then be brought into us, so that it can be scanned for a microchip. The Animal Welfare Team will need to make an appointment to visit your home and assess your suitability to care for the dog, so that the correct procedures can be followed.

After one month, if no one has claimed the animal, it is considered yours.

Please note: if the owner of the dog is looking for it, and has registered it missing, we will be inform them that the dog has been found.