Our friendly Animal Management team encourages care and control of animals in the Whanganui District.

Whanganui District Council has a capable and experienced Animal Management team that works hard to prevent animal inconvenience, nuisance or safety issues for the community.

The Dog Control Policy 2021 and Dog Control Bylaw 2021 were introduced in June 2021. They aims to improve community safety by reducing the number of unwanted dogs, roaming dogs and dogs likely to attack people.

Our team issues dog registrations, provides advice about the housing and welfare of animals, responds to calls about wandering stock, patrols suburban streets, maintains the dog pound and deals with incidents involving aggressive dogs.

We have an Animal Management Education Officer who takes a preventative approach to community safety by educating people, especially children, about caring for animals and interacting with them safely.

Hours and contact details

The Animal Management team is based at the Animal Pound, Airport Road, and can respond to a variety of requests around the clock. Full cover is provided from 8.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. We also provide a limited range of after-hours services for issues with dog attacks, serious aggressive animal behaviour, stock wandering on roads, roaming dogs secured on private property and incidents with police involvement.

You can contact us on 06 349 0001 at any time.