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. We also advertise impounded animals in the Classified section of the Times Colonist (section # 364).
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.