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Last reviewed: Thu, 21 May 2015

Animal shelter

The Council’s animal shelter ensures lost and found animals receive sufficient care and welfare during their stay.

Picture of a small dog at the animal shelter.

Christchurch has the highest dog ownership per capita in New Zealand, but not all of them are registered. The Animal Management Shelter is often over-stretched with housing impounded dogs.

The animal shelter is not a fun place for dogs – it is noisy and often stressful for a dog.

To prevent your family pet from being impounded in the shelter, it is essential to ensure the following:

  • Your dog is registered and micro-chipped, to assist in the dog’s return home.
  • Your dog is securely contained at home and not left to wander the streets.
  • Your dog is under your control when exercising.
  • You report your dog immediately to Animal Management if it is lost.

Animal shelter fees
There are pound and seizure fees [PDF 175KB] for the impoundment of a dog in the shelter. These can be made directly to the shelter upon collection of your dog.

Shelter location

Picture of dog in a holding cell at the animal shelter.

10 Metro Place

Opening hours
Monday-Friday, 1pm-5.30pm
Saturday, 11am-1pm
Closed Sunday and public holidays

Contact us

Animal Management
Inspections and Enforcement Unit
Christchurch City Council

Phone: (03) 941 8999

PO Box 73037
Christchurch 8154


Authorising Unit: Inspections and Enforcement

Last reviewed: Thursday, 21 May 2015

Next review: Saturday, 21 May 2016

Keywords: animal health, animal shelter, animal welfare