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We work with Noah’s Ark Environmental Services to collect any stray dogs in the borough. 

Lost dogs

If you have lost your dog, please contact us.

We will check the description of your dog against our records and contact you if we locate your dog.

Dog Lost publish photos of lost dogs which you can also check.

Found dogs

If you have found a stray dog, please contact us and we will arrange to collect it from you. 

If the dog is microchipped and/or is wearing an ID tag we will try to contact the registered owner to return the dog. 

They will need to pay us stray dog fees, statutory fees and any vets fees that may have been incurred. 

If there is no microchip or we cannot contact the owner, the dog will be taken to our kennels where they will be housed for a period of eight days. 

If the owner does not claim their dog within these eight days and pay the stray dog fees, the dog will be re-homed.

If your dog is not microchipped or if the registered keeper details are not up to date further action may be taken against you and a fine can be imposed. 

Collecting your dog

Stray dogs collected from within Bedford Borough will be taken to Forest Lodge Kennels, Forest Road, Quinton, Northamptonshire, NN7 2EQ. Their telephone number is (01604) 862239 and email address is  Their operating hours are Monday to Sunday 8am – 4pm.

If you are the owner of a dog that has been picked up as a stray you are liable to pay:+

  • £25 statutory straying fee imposed by law
  • all collection and kennelling costs incurred by your dog
  • the costs of any vet treatment that has been necessary for your dog (eg where it may have been sick or injured)

The current Council fees are listed below and are displayed at Forest Lodge Kennels. The kennels are instructed by us to not return your dog to you until full payment of the Council fees has been made.

You must take your identification with you to show you are the owner of the dog.

Collection from kennels during working hours

Collection cost from kennels in working hours

Day in kennel

Cost of kennelling

Council charge