Portsmouth dog kennels and stray dogsLast updated: 14 November 2013 12:49 UK
As well as taking in, caring for and re-homing the city's dogs, staff at Portsmouth dog kennels are available to give advice and talks, offer a micro-chipping service (compulsory from 2016), hire out kennels and can offer young people work experience. Last year the kennels took in more than 400 dogs. More than 90% were returned or re-homed.
Portsmouth dog kennels are at Great Salterns Farm, Burrfields Road - contact us for full details.
For the latest information on available dogs, and donation, sponsorship and volunteering opportunities, please sign up for the kennel news newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog kennel opening hours
If you would like to visit the kennels, please let kennel staff know well in advance, because the variety of tasks kennel staff undertake every day means they are not always in the office.
- Monday + Tuesday 9.30am to 5pm
- Wednesday 12.30pm to 5pm
- Thursday + Friday 9.30am to 5pm
- Weekends and Bank holidays 9.30 to 1pm, 2 to 5pm.
Stray dogs in Portsmouth
If you find a stray dog, contact City Helpdesk. You can take stray dogs to the kennels during opening hours, or kennels staff will collect strays Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5pm, not including bank holidays. Out of hours, the dog can be received at the kennels by phoning Civic Offices security on 023 9283 4092.
- To reclaim your dog (that has strayed) - dogs can be collected during normal opening hours subject to staff availability. We charge an initial payment of £55, plus £20 per day kennel fees to cover costs. This must be paid in cash before we release your dog to you.
- Re-homing dogs - if a dog is not claimed after seven days, it can legally be re-homed. Kennel staff and volunteers work hard to prepare dogs for re-homing. If you are interested in re-homing a dog, email email@example.com or leave a message on the re-homing line: 023 9268 809.
Offer support to the dog kennels - be a dog’s best friend
Many of the dogs we take in need extensive rehabilitation and vet care. To keep our long-term residents warm and comfortable, we need your help.
- donations - you can pledge single or monthly amounts. 100% of your donation will go toward helping the dogs in our care
- sponsorship - sponsor a kennel for just £10 a month, and you'll be featured on our 'Friends of the Kennels' board, as well as receiving regular updates about kennel news and events throughout the year
- walkies - volunteer to walk one of the dogs we have in the kennels and discover the joy of a walk with a canine companion.
Restrictions on where you can take your dog in Portsmouth
Dogs are welcome on the beach east of the Royal Marine statue all year round, and on the rest of the beaches in the winter months, but not from 1 March to 30 September. Dogs can play in all Portsmouth parks, apart from Victoria Park in the city centre. All dogs must be on a lead while walking around roads in Portsmouth.
These restrictions on where you can take your dog are known as Dog Control Orders. These byelaws describe where and when dogs can be on and off-lead, and can be enforced by fixed penalty notices. Here's what the four different Dog Control Orders mean:
- It is an offence not to clear up after your dog anywhere in Portsmouth. This is the Order called Fouling of Land by Dogs
- Dogs Exclusion - there are some areas where dogs are not allowed, such as children's playgrounds. It is an offence to allow a dog under your control to enter one of these areas
- Dogs On Leads - it is an offence not to keep a dog under your control on a lead in one of these areas
- Dogs On Leads by Direction - you can exercise your dog off lead unless an officer of the council asks for a lead to be used, if for example, your dog is considered to be causing a nuisance. It is an offence not to comply.
The map below shows the areas of the city affected by Dog Control Orders.
Not only is dog mess unpleasant, it can also be dangerous - dog faeces can contain a roundworm called Toxocara Canis. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to clear up after your dog. Failing to clear up is an offence and you can be prosecuted, or given a fixed penalty notice, which is currently £75.