Lost and Found Pets – What to do2019-04-12T13:47:47+10:00

What to do if you lose or find a pet?

Phone the council rangers to find out if your missing pet has been picked up or reported to them, or alternatively, to see if anyone has been enquiring about the missing pet you have found.

  • Byron Rangers : 66267107
  • Byron Council : 66267000
  • Ballina Ranger : 66861210
  • Lismore Ranger : 1300 878 387

You have 14 days to claim an animal from the council pound from the day of impoundment if the animal is chipped, but ONLY 7 days if it is not chipped. Dogs that remain unclaimed after that time can be rehomed by the rangers, or signed over to BYRON DOG RESCUE (or another rescue organisation) for rehoming.

  • Contact a local vet: If you have lost a pet, phone local vets as pets are sometimes taken to the vets by a member of the public to see if they are microchipped. If you have found a pet, take it to a vets as soon as possible – they may be able to find a microchip and trace the owner that way, which saves a lot of time and grief.
  • You can ask us to post details of lost and found pets on this website or our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/cawidogs/– we need a photo, location of lost/found animal and your contact details. Please let us know as soon as the situation is resolved so that we can remove the listing.
  • You can also post it on the Lost & Found Pets Northern Rivers Facebook page. https://m.facebook.com/groups/161087194281192?ref=share
  • Put up notices in the area where you lost/found the pet with clear phone numbers for contact and a description and/or a photo of the animal.
  • Ring Bay FM (66807999) or your local radio station and ask them to put a community announcement  over. Many a pet has been reunited through this instant media avenue.
  • Put an advert in the local papers.

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Donations to CAWI translate into second chances for some of the homeless companion animals in our shire. Your generosity will enable us to cover the costs of:

  • extensive veterinary expenses (including, but not limited to, de-sexing, micro-chipping and vaccinating)
  • food, bedding, parasite prevention, collars, leads, ID tags, toys and other on-going canine maintenance costs
  • advertising of dogs for adoption on the radio and in newspapers
  • professional dog trainers where necessary, to bring out the best in our dogs (and their owners)

MOST importantly your contribution will add to our building fund for CAWI’s Animal Adoption Centre.

Volunteers …

If you’d like to become a Byron Dog Rescue or CAWI Op Shop Volunteer, see the HOW TO HELP page (opportunites include FOSTER CARING).


is our main fundraiser. The Op Shop is open Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Op Shop sells (and would welcome donations of) clothes, household items, books, crockery, bric-a-brac and some pet supplies.

Elements of Byron, Byron Bay’s upscale resort, was the setting on 27/7/18 for the very generous donation to CAWI of 5 new dog kennels. The kennels were the creations from a team design competition held by 4impact, the respected IT consultancy, and will be used to house rescued dogs in our upcoming dog shelter. Stay tuned for details. Team SPOT won the design prize to much cheering and celebration,with treats for the dogs who had come along to join it.  A big thanks to Elements, 4impactand Corporate Challenge for making the connection. 

We love finding homes for our dogs

Dogs need love and safety to really flourish. If you think you can help please contact us!

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