Dogs - lost and strays

Lost and stray dogs

To report a lost dog complete the online report form, you will be contacted if your dog is found.

Report or claim a stray dog

To report or claim a stray dog please:

  • Call 01594 810000 9am-4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday or
  • email council@fdean.gov.uk

Out of office hours the kennels are open from 8am to 11pm, including weekends and bank holidays. For more details, please:

  • call the kennels on 07876 641854 or 07505 820220 

If you pick up a stray dog, we will collect it and take it to our council-appointed kennels. The owner will then have seven days to claim him/her.

If a dog is microchipped with up-to-date contact details we will get in touch with the owner to confirm we have their dog. The quicker we can contact the owner, the lower the kennelling charges.

Kennelling charges for stray dogs

Charges to release an impounded dog are as follows:

Details Amount
Statutory fee             £25.00
Kennelling per day  £8.50
Veterinary fees At cost
To claim the dog the owner must provide a description together with personal identification and pay all outstanding costs.  After 7 days, if the dog has not been reunited with its owner it will be offered for adoption and found a suitable new home.

For a summary of our stray dog procedure, please:

Dangerous dogs

Dangerous dog incidents are dealt with by Gloucestershire Constabulary so to report an incident please:

  • phone 101 non-emergency number

Microchipping and responsible dog ownership

It is a legal requirement that your dog is microchipped. Microchipping helps us reunite you with your pet quickly. If you would like one of our Street Wardens to micro-chip your dog: 

  • at your home costs £15.00 per dog or
  • at the council offices in Coleford for £10.00 per dog

If you are thinking about owning a dog, or if you already have one:

  • Make sure that your dog is trained in basic obedience. Look for a local training class.
  • Worm your dog about every 4 months, puppies more frequently. Ask your vet for advice.
  • Clean up after your dog - bag it and bin it!
  • Make sure your dog has a collar and tag with your address details. This is a legal requirement and without it, you could be fined. Your telephone number and postcode are optional, but useful.
  • Read our dog owner's guide

Ignorance of the law is no defence. Please contact us if you need advice.

Community Animal Welfare Footprints Award 2016

The Forest of Dean District Council's dog warden service has been awarded a Gold standard RSPCA award in recognition for our policies and procedures for stray dogs: