The Pound

Lost or stray cats and dogs are cared for at the City of Darwin Animal Pound. If you are looking for a lost pet, view our listing page to see current impounded animals.

Location: 78 Boulter Road, Berrimah (next door to RSPCA)

Phone: 8947 2099

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday

9.00am to 6.00pm


9.00am to 1.00pm

Sundays and Public Holidays


Collecting your pet from the Animal Pound

Animals cannot be released from the pound unless the appropriate fees are paid - this includes animal registration and microchipping fees. Fees are payable on site with EFTPOS and credit card facilities available.

You will be required to provide staff with proof of identity prior to the rescued pets being released to you.

Release fees

If your pet is impounded, a release fee will apply upon collection at the Animal Pound.  

Unregistered cats and dogs

$249 release fee + registration and microchipping fee

Unregistered cats and dogs must be registered and micro-chipped at time of release.

Registered cats and dogs

$103.00 release fee

First time impoundment for registered and microchipped pets

Registered and microchipped cats and dogs can be collected on the same day of impoundment without incurring a release fee, a Dog At Large infringement will still apply. This waiver of registered release fee applies for the first impoundment only. If there is a record of previous impoundment, release fees and infringements will apply.

Out-of-hours fee

$77.00 (additional fee) for pets impounded outside of Council's normal hours.

Micro-Chipping Now Available:

Microchip Fee:

$30.00 per animal

Micro-chipping is a condition of registration and a requirement for the release of all animals from the Animal Pound. Staff are now able to microchip your pet upon release (fees apply).  

Microchipping is now available to all pets and can be arranged Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 4.00pm.

To enquire about services offered at the Animal Pound call 8947 2099.

Lost Pets

If you are looking for a lost pet that is not listed at the Animal Pound, Top End Lost and Found (TELAF) may help.

TELAF is a free service targeting the Darwin area and aims to reunite lost animals with their owners. Volunteers also endeavour to find homes for some homeless animals.