Stray dogs can cause many problems such as causing serious road accidents or biting a child, as well as being stressful for the owner of the lost dog. 

Our kennels team assist the public by taking in or collecting stray dogs that are found in Portsmouth, they assess the dog's condition and care for them in our modern kennels facility until contact with the owner can be made. Most of our dogs are successfully returned to their owners, but if no owner comes forward then we also work hard to re-home the dogs in our care.

Click on the headings below for further information, or read more about dog control orders and penalties for dog fouling.

Help the dog kennels

If you have lost your dog call 023 9268 8181. Our dog kennels are at Great Salterns Farm on Burrfields Road, Portsmouth.

It is always best to call ahead, but if you would like to visit the kennels, please let kennel staff know well in advance, as due to the nature of the job they are not always in the office.

  • Monday and Tuesday, 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, 12.30pm to 5pm
  • Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm
  • Weekends and Bank holidays, 9.30 to 1pm - 2 to 5pm (subject to change)

If you find a stray dog, contact us on 023 9268 8181. 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.

Outside of kennels opening hours, the dog can be received at the kennels until 9pm on any day of the week by phoning Civic Offices security on 023 9282 2251.

To reclaim your dog if it has strayed

Dogs can be collected during normal opening hours subject to staff availability. We charge an initial payment for collection and kennelling of the dog, which will then increase per night that the dog remains in the kennels. This fee must be paid in cash before we release your dog to you.


  • Initial collection/acceptance fee - £35
  • Extra charge per night spent in Kennels - £21 per night 

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 dog.kennels@portsmouthcc.gov.uk  or leave a message on the re-homing line 023 9268 8091.

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 towards helping the dogs in our care. Make a single donation online or please email dogs@portsmouthcc.gov.uk to set up a monthly donation to the kennels.
  • 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. Please call us to join our volunteers scheme.

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