Seaforth Animal Hospital

80205 North Line
Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0


What To Do If You Find A Lost or Stray Animal

Seaforth Animal Hospital acts as the pound for Huron East. Straying dogs need to be admitted to the clinic by the Animal Control bylaw officer. If you find a stray dog, please contact Bob Trick at 519-525-7402.  He will collect the dog and transport  it to the clinic. Upon admittance, we scan the pet for a microchip and post a picture of the pet on our facebook page.  We also alert various radio stations and area vet clinics of the found pet so they can advertise the description in hopes of finding the animal's owner.

If the dog was found straying in another municipality, the Animal Control officer with transport the pet to the area clinic acting as the pound in that municipality.

If you are the owner of a dog that has been admitted to the pound, you are required to purchase township tags at the Huron East municipal building prior to picking up your animal. Township fees may apply as well.  Authorization to release your pet will need to be approved by the municipality. You are also responsible for paying any boarding fees for the dog's stay at the pound.  

Note that there is no stray cat bylaw in Huron East and the pound can not admit straying cats, unless they are injured.  If you find a stray cat, alert area vet clinics so that they can keep a description on hand in case the owner phones in looking for their cat. You can also contact the SPCA in Goderich and Stratford and put up signs in public places with the animal's picture and a description.


What Happens to Dogs if They are Not Claimed by Their Owner?

If stay dogs are unclaimed after 3 business days, they become eligible for adoption.  They may be transferred to a breed rescue group, SPCA, or other animal rescue organization.  Or they may adopted out directly from our facility if someone is interested in them locally.  Please phone the clinic to discuss the adoption process and adoption fees if you are interested in adopting.  Generally speaking, dogs will be vaccinated and spayed or neutered before adoption.


Our Benevolent Animal Fund

Seaforth Animal Hospital maintains a fund to be used for the care of stray animals.   The money is used to cover costs incurred for pets that need spay/neuter surgery, deworming, boarding (past the 3 days the municipality pays for), etc.  Money for this fund comes from adoption fees and from money we donate in memory of our clients pets who are euthanized.  As will all such funds, the need is great and the available funds are low so we are always looking for ways to do the most good with the resources available!