District Councils are responsible for enforcement of the Welfare of Animals (NI) Act 2011, as it applies to Non-Farmed Animals. This means domestic pets of any vertebrate species such as cats, dogs, horses and donkeys, etc.
The Council Animal Welfare Officers do not offer re-homing services for unwanted animals but will be able to refer you to other bodies that may be able to help.
If you need to report a Non-Farmed Animal welfare case during office hours Monday – Friday 9am-5pm you should contact the appropriate telephone number or email address relating to the region you live in, these are set out below. All messages will be forwarded to an Animal Welfare Officer on the next working day.
Please note that phone-calls and emails will only be responded to during office hours which are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
If an animal requires urgent attention, you may wish to contact a local vet.
For matters relating to dog straying or dog attacks, please click here.
Contact for Northern Region (Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council):
T. 028 2563 3134