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Found and Impounded Animals

Question: What is an impounded animal?

Answer: It is an animal in the lawful custody of the Poundkeeper.

  • The impound period can last up to 96 hours if the animal was picked up in the City of Victoria or Esquimalt, or can last up to 120 hours if it originated from Oak Bay. This 4 or 5 day period should allow the owner or their agent sufficient time to locate and claim their missing pet.

  • All animals are checked for identification tags, tattoos & microchips. Photos are posted in this section (below) and on our Facebook page in the Found Animals Album. 

  • Impounded animals can be claimed at the Pound by an owner or their agent. All fees, licences and veterinary costs incurred (if any) while the animal was impounded must be paid in full before the animal can be released.

  • Impounded animals can be claimed at the Pound from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. On Sundays the Pound is closed but animals can still be claimed by calling the on-duty Animal Control Officer and arranging a time to meet the Officer at the Pound. We accept cash, debit, and VISA.

Our goal is to reunite the animal with its lawful owner, however...

  • If an animal is not claimed the animal is usually made available for adoption. Its legal status changes from impoundment to adoption - we can then lawfully adopt the animal to a new owner.
  • If your animal has been missing for more than 96 hours, be sure to check the PETS FOR ADOPTION page to see if your animal has been moved into this category.

Updated November 16, 2019

Photos of any new impounded animals will be posted below when they arrive. Website is updated from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday.

Found on the 00 block of Wellington on Nov 10.
Found on the 00 block of Wellington on Nov 4.
All black with a few white hairs on chest female with no ID found on the 900 block of Inskip St. on Nov 4, 2019. It appears as though at one point she has fed a litter of kittens.  
Found on the 1300 block of Merritt St on Oct 24.