London Borough of Croydon

Dog nuisance

To report dog nuisance or dog-on-dog attacks, please call 020 8726 6200, choose option 3 for our customer service advisers. Alternatively you can call the dog warden's office during office hours on the details below.

Dangerous dogs

To report a dangerous dog please call the Police switchboard on 0300 123 1212, or in the case of an emergency call 999. For more information please read the leaflet on dangerous and banned dogs in the downloads section below.

Animal cruelty

If you suspect an animal is being subjected to any form of cruelty, please report it to the RSPCA, telephone 0300 123 4999.

Neuter your dog for Christmas

£35 neutering voucher available for bull breeds* living in Croydon throughout December  Dog with Christmas gifts

To apply for a neutering voucher email and include your name, address, dogs name, age, breed and sex. All operations must be carried out by 31 January 2017 at a participating vet. To find your nearest participating vet call 0333 202 1148. 

Why neuter?
  • Neutering prevents unwanted pregnancies and the cost associated with a litter of puppies
  • Removes the risk of womb infections (pyometra), complications during pregnancy and avoids associated vet fees
  • Helps to reduce the risk of certain cancers
  • It may help to prevent some behavioural issues such as scent marking and straying

*Offer excludes French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and English Bull Terriers, is only open to Croydon residents and is subject to the availability of the charity. If your dog cannot be neutered before 31 January 2017 because of a validmedical reason please call Dogs Trust on 0207 837 0006

Compulsory dog microchipping from 6 April 2016

Under the new law Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, from 6 April, it became compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks to be fitted with microchips. If a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of Croydon Council, its keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine. Keepers and breeders also have a responsibility to keep these details up-to-date.

Where can I get my dog microchipped?

We will be holding continued microchip events around the borough in partnership with the animal charity, Dogs Trust.Microchipping is free to all Croydon residents. Call 0208 726 6000 or email to schedule an appointment.

For more information on microchipping, including upcoming free microchipping events, please visit

Missing and stray dogs

The dog warden is on duty:

Weekdays: 8am to 4pm. - please call 020 8726 6200.

Weekends and bank holidays: 9am to 5pm - please call 020 8726 6000.

Outside of these hours, you are advised to take the dog to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (4 Battersea Park Rd, London SW8 4AA.) or to hold the dog at your address until the dog warden is back on duty. 

Veterinary Surgeries - the dog warden can only collect stray dogs from veterinary centres between 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and only when the dog warden is available.

Please note: pet dogs in our custody can only be returned by the dog warden during working hours.

If your dog goes missing, remember to:

  • Display posters in the area where your dog went missing, including a photo of the dog and your contact details.
  • Contact local vets to inform them that your dog is missing, or better still, take a poster to the vets to be displayed.
  • Call Battersea Dogs and Cats Home (020 7622 3626) to report your dog missing.
  • Call the micro-chip company to report the dog as lost/stolen.
  • If your dog went missing near the border of the Croydon Borough, don't forget to call the dog warden in the surrounding boroughs
  • Put your dog's details on lost dog websites such as or


If a dog is identifiable and returned to its owner same-day, they are charged £50.

If a dog is not returned to its owner same-day, it will be taken to kennels. The cost of this is £100 (£50 if microchipped) and £15 for each day the dog stays in kennels.

There may be charges for vets’ fees and if the dog is not claimed within seven days, it becomes property of the kennel.

Microchipping is available to all owners of claimed, unchipped stray dogs and also advice on how to update personal details on the microchip database. 

Other information

Remember to update your details with the microchip company Pet Log, telephone 01296 336 579, if you change your phone number or move house.

Ensure your dog has a collar with an identity tag. Under The Control of Dogs Act 1992, every dog while in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar, plate or a tag. It is also helpful to the dog warden for the owner's home or mobile number to be displayed. If a dog is found in a public place without a collar/ tag with these details on, the dog's owner can be fined up to £5000!

Further information

For further information on dog rescues or how to adopt an unwanted stray, please contact the dog warden using the details below.


Dog warden

020 8726 6200 (option 3)
"ENV" + details to 60660