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Confined stray dog collection service

Report a lost / confined stray dog

Mon - Fri 9am-5pm - 0333 577 5070

Mon - Fri 5pm-9am Weekends / Bank holidays - 01733 740 426

Slough Borough Council work in partnership with Noah's Ark Limited to provide a confined stray dog collection service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A stray dog can only be collected by Noah's Ark if the finder keeps the dog securely in their garden, house or otherwise under control on a lead in a street or park or any other suitable location.

Under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 it is an offence for a dog to stray in the street or other public place. Any dog that is seized by the council as a stray is scanned for a microchip and checked for tattoos and tags which may identify the owner.

Any collected stray dog is transported to kennels and held for up to seven days. If the dog is not claimed during this time it will be passed on to an authorised organisation who will assess the dog for rehoming. The owner, whether they claim back their dog or not, must pay a statutory fine of £25, a collection fee, kennelling fees and any other associated costs.

Charges to claim a stray dog - 1 April 2023

  • Collection in office hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday): £75.
  • Outside of office hours and weekends (after 5pm and before 9am Monday to Friday, Weekends and bank holidays): £160.
  • Daily kennelling charge: £25.
  • Statutory Fine: £25.00.
  • Any other applicable fees will be at cost which could include for example vet and treatment fees, additional handling and transport etc.


We strongly suggest all dog owners microchip their dog with correct and up to date details. Or owners should make sure at a minimum their dog has some form of identity on it at all times, such as a collar and tag with a contact number on it. Owners who leave their dog in their gardens or outside should make sure the area the dog is kept in is secure to prevent escape or theft of the dog.
Further information about responsible dog ownership can be found here.

Unclaimed dogs

Any unclaimed dogs will be assessed for rehoming after being held for the statutory period of seven days. These dogs will be rehomed as soon as is possible regardless of breed type (unless a prohibited breed), age or gender. We have an extensive network of rehoming organisations that we link into and we work very hard to make sure all dogs that can be rehomed are.

The only time we will euthanize a dog is when a veterinary surgeon advises it is in the dogs best interest to do so or the dog is exceptionally aggressive and presents a potential danger (nervousness and nervous aggression are taken into account when collecting, transporting and kennelling any collected stray dog).

Between April 2017 and January 2023 we have successfully rehomed all of our unclaimed stray dogs.

Report a lost / confined stray dog

Mon - Fri 9am-5pm 0333 577 5070 Mon - Fri 5pm-9am Weekends / Bank holidays 01733 740 426