Small Animal Pound

Bathurst Regional Council's Rehoming Organisation Number: R251000098

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      Bathurst Regional Council's Animal Holding Facility is located at 58 Vale Road (Cnr Lloyds and Vale Roads) South Bathurst.  Entrance to the facility is from Lloyds Road. 

      Dog Attack Incidents

      Dog owners in Bathurst are reminded that recent changes to the Companion Animals Act have increased the fines for the owner or person in charge of a dog that rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases a person or animal from $550.00 to $1320.00 with  other penalties also applying in some cases.   Since most dog attack incidents are as a result of the dog escaping their owners property, Bathurst Regional Council urges all dog owners to check their boundary fences and gates and ensure their dogs are properly contained within their yards and cannot escape.   

      Operating Hours (During COVID-19)

      The Pound is open by appointment only until further notice.

      Customers can make an appointment by ringing the Pound on 6333 6190. Appointments can be made at the following times:

      - 12:30pm

      - 1:00pm

      - 1:30pm

      - 2:00pm

      Customers must provide a name, contact number and purpose of visit eg. release an impounded animal, view an animal available for adoption.

      Customers will be able to enter once the previous customer has left the Pound. Please ensure that you have your telephone with you and the team member will call you when you can enter. Please stay in your car until contacted by the team member.

      All services from the Pound and Rangers will continue to operate, including attendance at customer requests. Payments for purchase or release of animals can be made over the telephone or electronically.

      Council encourages all members of the community to consider pet adoption at this time. Don’t forget that you can view all available animals online, and speak to a team member on the telephone to discuss which pet might be right for you.



      Many of our unclaimed animals are made available for adoption. All animals undergo basic behaviour assessment and vet check and are vaccinated, wormed, microchipped and registered. Animals available can be viewed at the top of this page, or via Bathurst regional Council's Facebook page.

      Once you have decided to adopt, paid the relevant fees and completed the necessary paperwork, the animal can be booked in for desexing (if you choose to desex the animal) and you will be advised when you can collect the animal. If the animal is already desexed, you can take your new pet home straight away. Our adoption fees includes the cost of microchipping and the associated vet costs and therefore are subject to change depending on the vet's costs.

      Adoption Fees

      Dog and cat sales are $103.50 which includes vaccination, micro-chip and worming. 

      As of 1 July 2021, free lifetime pet registration for people who adopt a rescue pet from council pounds and animals shelters has been introduced by the NSW Government to ensure more dogs and cats find a furever home!

      Note: From 1 July 2020, owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit.

      From 1 July 2020, owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit. 

      More information can be found here


      My animal is lost/runaway, who do I contact?

      I want to change the details of my animal, how do I do this?

      I would like to report cruelty to animals, how do I go about this?

      What do I do about dangerous and menacing dogs?

      Does Council provide incentives or education surrounding pet ownership?

      What are the rules around microchipping and registration?

      Does Bathurst have any off-leash areas?

      What is my responsibility as a pet owner?

      How do I go about purchasing an animal from Council?

      What dog breeds are classed as restricted?

       I have found a stray animal, what do I do?

      I need to surrender an animal, how do I go about this?