Skip NavigationMenu

Animal Services

Masterton District Council’s Animal Services team are responsible for ensuring that animals are looked after in a humane manner and are not menacing or a nuisance to the public.

For all animal control enquiries or complaints, including wandering or loose stock, contact Animal Services on 06 370 6300 (weekdays from 8am – 5pm) or 06 378 7752 (after hours).


Do I need to tell you if I've transferred from another district?

Yes. You need to register your dog with us. There’s no charge if they were registered with another council but you need to complete a Transfer of District Form Online »

Can I pay part-year fees?

If you got your dog midway through the registration year (1 July – 30 June) you can pay for the months remaining.

Can I get a replacement tag?

Yes, a replacement tag costs $5.00 and these are available at our Council Office, 161 Queen Street.

How many dogs can I have?

You can have 2 dogs per property in the urban area. You can apply for a permit to keep more than two in the urban area. You can find the application form in the related resources sidebar.

I’ve lost my dog. What do I do?

Ring Animal Services on 06 378 7752 (24 hours) to see if it has already been picked up and to let the bylaws officers know to keep an eye out for it. You can also visit Lost and Found Dogs to check if they have been picked up or to complete our lost dog form online.

My dog has died. Can I get a refund of my registration fees?

Yes. If your dog has died, please notify the council by filling out a Deceased Dog Declaration online ». You’re entitled to a refund of the current year’s registration. We calculate the refund from the date you notify us that your dog has died until the end of the registration period.

What is microchipping?

A microchip is a transponder the size of a grain of rice permanently implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades of your animal. The microchip helps to identify your animal and carries a unique number that can be read by a scanner. Talk to your vet to schedule a microchipping appointment or contact us and a member of the Animal Services team can perform the procedure.

What are the benefits of microchipping?

If your dog is lost or stolen, microchips allow it to be easily identified anywhere in NZ so you can be reunited with your dog quickly.

  • Was this Page Helpful ?
  • YesNo