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Lost or found animals - Council Pound


The Mount Alexander Shire dog and cat pound is located at the Mt Alexander Animal Welfare (MAAW) facility in Langslow Street, Castlemaine. All reports of lost and found animals should be directed to the Shelter Manager during business hours on 5472 5277.

Business hours

Monday to Saturday
10.00am - 2.00pm

Closed on Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.

There are no release fees payable if the dog or cat is collected within three days after that release fess will apply. All animals must be currently registered with Council on their release. Proof of registration must be supplied by the owner of an impounded animal. If no proof can be supplied, the animal must be registered at the time of release. The Shelter Manager can accept payment for registrations with the Mount Alexander Shire Council and will issue animal owners with a current registration tag upon payment.

Animal registrations

Release fees

Dogs - $25.00 - Per Day from Day Three
Cats - $20.00 - Per Day from Day Three

MAAW also provides a shelter facility for dogs and cats. If you are considering the purchase of a new pet, contact the Shelter Manager for details of animals available for sale. All sale animals are sold after a thorough vet check and are desexed and fully immunised.

MAAW is urgently seeking volunteers to assist in all aspects of the shelters day to day activities. If you can spare time to assist with cleaning, dog walking and general duties, please register your details with the Shelter Manager.

Animal neglect and cruelty

All reports of animal cruelty or neglect should be directed to the RSPCA Victoria, via their cruelty report hotline on 92 242 222 or by following the link below. Please note, the Castlemaine MAAW (Previously Castlemaine RSPCA) is a pound and shelter only and does not handle any such complaints.

All reports of lost and found animals should be reported to Councils Local Laws Department by contacting us.

The RSPCA is Australia’s most well-known and trusted animal welfare organisation, with a long history of providing evidence-based animal welfare advice to the public. In 2018, RSPCA launched the Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy at Home. This is a free resource aimed at advising cat owners on how to provide for their cat’s welfare and also help protect native wildlife by keeping their cat contained to their home, with safe outdoor access (e.g. through a cat-enclosure).

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