Important please READ FIRST
Yorkshire Animal Welfare Society can not pick up stray dogs or currently cats.
if you have found a stray dog roaming around looking lost, what should you do? firstly if safe to do so try and confine the dog to get it safe, then if during normal office hours contact the local dog warden service at the local council offices
Important Information on lost & found Dogs
Healthy but Lost & Straying
Important Information on lost & found Dogs the following info is for guide purposes only, if the dog is injured, go to your closest vet with the dog and leave it there, vets have a duty of care to provide emergency treatment and they will be able to scan the lost dog for a microchip, it won't cost you anything as you have only found it.
if you confine the dog its assumed you have taken responsibility for it, you are then required to look after it under the conditions of the animal welfare act 2006 and as such required to ensure it is free from pain so ensure it sees a vet if you have retained it.
Remember it is also a legal requirement that you must contact the local dog warden as soon as reasonably possible after finding the dog. You, however, are within your rights to retain the dog for a predetermined time as directed by the dog warden then you can keep or re-home the dog yourself.
But please do try and find the dog's true owner because they will be worried about their lost dog so please do as much as you can to locate them before you get too attached to him/her.
See below for contact details for your local council if you're in Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Leeds.
Remember the RSPCA doesn't collect stray dogs, only the dog warden deals with strays so call the dog warden including out of hours and at weekends.
Confine the dog if safe to do so
If injured take it to the nearest vet or if he/she is healthy but you are near a vet take it to them and get them to check for a microchip, they will likely have a scanner and be able to get the details off of the chip and contact the owner.
Put a post on your local social media lost and found pages, put a poster up in the local shop.
Do make sure anyone claiming the dog as theirs that you ask for proof of ownership, unfortunately people scouring free to good home sites looking for dogs to be used as bait for fighting dogs will prey on the misfortune of people losing their dog and try to claim the stray as theirs, a genuine owner will be happy o show pictures or paperwork showing ownership
Lost and found Dogs
Y.A.W.S Found Dogs
Y.A.W.S Lost & Found Dogs
From (6th of April 2016) it will be compulsory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped
Halifax & Surrounding Areas
If you find a stray and confined it you can contact the council and they will collect it, scan it and return it to an owner or take it to the councils contracted kennels for a holding period.
Contact the dog warden service on - 01422 288001
Out of Hours -
From the council website
The council does not operate an out of hours collection service, if you find a stray you must report it to the councils out of hours emergency support number 01422 288000 - You can then take it to the Council's kennels.
The council uses Hird and Partners Address: 2 King St, Halifax HX1 1SR Phone: 01422 354999 and direct them to call 08451111137 to authorise up to £200 Emergency Treatment
West Yorkshire Lost & Found
with warden contacts
Owners will be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they could face a fine of up to £500
Bradford & Keighley
Bradford MBDC Covers Bradford incl Keighley and surrounding areas
Bradford Council dog wardens will respond to Straying and dangerous dogs, also during normal office hours, they will also respond to sick and injured dogs.
Healthy unchipped strays go to Cliffe Kennels, Barnsley,
contact the dog warden service on 01274 433927
Out of hours - From the council's website - call the councils emergency number and get a log number and you will have to either keep the dog overnight until it can be collected by the dog wardens.
Alternatively, you can take the dog to the kennels yourself. Now you have noticed the dog is injured, with your log number you can take the dog to their vets.
Abbey House Vets, Morley
Covering Huddersfield, Holmfirth, Dewsbury and surrounding areas
Cliffe kennels now hold the collections and kennelling of confined stray dogs from this councils area, these cannot attend welfare complaints the hours are 9am-10pm.-7 days a week they can be contacted on
01484 502 216
Remember the RSPCA will not collect stray dogs, only the dog warden deals with strays, so call the dog warden/Vet including out of hours and at weekends.
Covering all LS Postcode areas
Please contact the council direct for the service they provide during office hours -
0113 224 406
Please note the Council does not provide an out of hours collection service to confined dogs, you can take the dog to the council's kennel (Flush dyke) and if injured can be taken to
Abbey House vets at Morley see Bradford's OOH information. OOH number )07584 483 397
Dogs from breeders have to be microchipped before leaving the birth home.
Compulsory dog microchipping came into effect in 2016 meaning From (6th of April 2016) it will be mandatory for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped
Lost and straying dogs now will hopefully be quickly reunited with their owner's thanks to new microchipping laws which come into effect in April 2016, aims to improve dog welfare
Under the new measure, all owners must ensure their dog is microchipped, and their details are kept up to date. Not only will this mean the UK’s 8.5 million dogs can be returned to their owners more quickly if they wander too far from home, but it will also make it easier to track down the owners of dogs that carry out attacks on people. (6 April 2016) Owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and owners will be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they could face a fine of up to £500, Dogs from breeders have to be microchipped before leaving the birth home.
Covering all WF Postcode areas
Dog wardens enforce various laws regarding dogs, stray dogs, dangerous dogs and dog fouling to improve the environment and tackle anti-social behaviour.
We also here to promote responsible dog ownership by offering welfare advice and services including:
Issuing fixed penalty notices for dog fouling offences
Patrolling the district seizing stray dogs
Returning stray dogs, where identifiable and practical, to their owners or taking them to appointed kennels.
Seizing any dangerous and out-of-control dogs in public
If you find a stray dog, you can contact us and our dog wardens will collect the dog (if it is from a known location) and where possible, the dog will be returned to its owner.
To report a stray dog, you may be asked to provide the following information:
your contact details (name, address, telephone, email)
a description of the dog, for example, its type, colour, size, age
the time and date when you found the dog
where you found the dog
where the dog should be collected from
Report Lost or stray dogs...
Phone the Contact Centre on 0345 8 506 506 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Report a lost and stray dog online using the Dog Warden reporting form
Lost and stray dogs are taken by dog wardens to the following kennels during normal office hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm:
Cliffe Kennels, Hoylandswaine, Barnsley - 01226 762391 (during office hours)
Flushdyke Kennels, Wakefield Road, Ossett - 01924 271028
Mount Pleasant Kennels, Hampole, Doncaster - 01302 722 748
Out of hours
Members of the public can take stray dogs to Mount Pleasant Kennels: Monday to Friday - 6pm to 9pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays - 8am to 9pm:
Mount Pleasant Kennels, Hampole, Doncaster - 01302 722 748 or 07835 535879