Domestic Animal Services

Independent review into dog management

A report on the findings of an Independent Expert Review into the Management of Dogs in the ACT has been released.

The Review provides 34 recommendations to assist Domestic Animal Services (DAS) in becoming an Australian and international leader in dog management.

Every day, Domestic Animal Services (DAS) returns lost dogs to their owners, feeds, houses and walks the dogs before their families come to get them and re-homes the dogs whose owners never come.

It's a tough but very rewarding job.

Visit or call DAS if you:

If you have found a lost or roaming dog, there are a few ways you can help return it safely home. Visit the lost dogs page for more information.

The friendly staff at DAS can also help you with dog exercise maps, keeper's licence applications, and can give advice regarding animal nuisance matters.

You can speak to one of the DAS rangers by calling Access Canberra on 13 22 81 during business hours and asking for DAS.

To report a dog attack or injured dog or cat please call 13 22 81. DAS rangers that are on-call will attend emergencies outside office hours.

If the matter is urgent then the most appropriate contact point is police on 000.  ACT Policing has an immediate response capability for these types of situations.

DAS Rangers have a response capability, however they are not well placed for immediate attendance.

Location and open hours


DAS' office and shelter facilities are located on Mugga Lane, Symonston.

Please note: Only cheque or cards (excluding American Express and Diners Club) will be accepted at this location.

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Members of the public can visit these facilities during public access hours.

Public access hours:




10 am - 3 pm


10 am - 3 pm




10 am - 5 pm


10 am - 3 pm


10 am - 3 pm



DAS rangers patrol and respond to complaints from the public seven days a week. Don't be surprised if you see a ranger patrolling prohibited areas at any time of the day or night.

Are you considering purchasing a dog from DAS?

When you choose a dog from DAS, you're giving them a new start and in return, you'll get a new best friend.

When you adopt from DAS you'll receive expert advice from the knowledgeable staff and have peace of mind knowing your new best friend has been temperament tested, health checked, micro-chipped and registered.

Get to know your new best friend before bringing them home.

To help you find the perfect dog, you're able to visit DAS and get to know the dogs in a safe, grassy exercise area. Come back with the family, a friend or on your own just to have a play.

If you already own a dog, bring them in to meet their new friend - to make sure the entire family will get along.

Keep an eye out for DAS Dog of the Week. You can see the dog's profile on the Dog of the Week web page.

View the dogs impounded at the DAS shelter.

Learn how DAS is helping Canberra

A priority of the team is reuniting families with their four legged friends as well as finding loving new homes for lost or unwanted dogs.

DAS provides these services:

  • impounding and caring for stray, roaming, injured and lost dogs
  • working with regional and interstate dog rescue groups to re-home as many suitable dogs as possible
  • facilitating the DAS Volunteer program to ensure our dogs are exercised and better socialised
  • advice about keeping animals in residential areas
  • dog registration and the issuing of various licenses
  • dealing with vicious dogs and dog attacks
  • investigating alleged animal nuisance issues
  • management and operation of the DAS Shelter and impoundment facilities
  • administration and regulation of the Domestic Animal Act 2000

Surrender of dog to DAS by owner

Owners wanting to surrender their dog to DAS are to attend the office during DAS opening hours. They will be asked to complete a form which will outline the dog's history to assist Rangers in their assessment of the dog's suitability for rehoming. A surrender fee for each dog is applicable.

Dogs at the DAS shelter

View the dogs at the DAS shelter.

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We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.