Lost and Found Dog

Have you lost your dog?

Lost and found dogs can be reported to the Veterinary Department Dog Control Service.  Please ensure that you provide the correct description/ information in order to assist the Dog Control Service.

If you wish to provide this information directly, you can make contact with us at the Veterinary Department on 021-4285405 during office hours.

Have you found a dog straying?

Any person who finds and takes possession of a stray dog must:

  1. return the dog to its owner, or
  2. deliver the dog to a dog warden, or
  3. detain the dog and give notice in writing containing a description of the dog, the address of the place where it was found, and the address of the place where it is detained to a dog warden in accordance with Section 13 of the Control of Dogs Act, 1986. 

Where a person has found a stray dog and has retained possession of the dog for a year after the date on which he gave notice to a dog warden regarding finding the stray dog, and the dog has not been claimed by its owner within that year, the finder of the dog shall become the owner of the dog and the title of the former owner to the dog shall be extinguished.

What do I do now?

You may wish to provide information regarding a lost or found dog by emailing us at  vets@corkcoco.ie  . 

Please include the following details in your email:

  • The breed if known, size, colour, age, any distinguishing marks, general character i.e. friendly, nervous.
  • Gender of the dog
  • Details of tag and collar
  • Date and location where the dog was last seen
  • Your contact details (name, address, telephone number) 

The above details are then sent to all the County Dog Wardens and cross-referenced with the Pound Service.


A microchip is a tiny (grain of rice sized) inert metal implant containing a unique electronic barcode number. The microchip is inserted into dogs under the loose skin over the shoulder region in a simple procedure carried out by a veterinary surgeon using a special hypodermic syringe. The unique barcode is read by a scanner and registered by the veterinary surgeon at a central microchip database. This code identifies the dog for life specifically to the registered owner of the dog.