What to do if you find a stray cat?
- Report the cat(s) to the Humane Society, as soon as possible, and follow-up with them regularly.
- Try to trap the cat(s), and get it to a vet in order to check for microchipping and illness.
- Check newspaper lost & founds, along with local bulletin boards in your area, and miscellaneous “LOST” posters.
- Take photographs of the cat(s), and post “FOUND” posters around your neighbourhood.
- Go, door to door, with the photographs, and ask your neighbors if they recognize the cat (it’s sort of like detective work — like a Kitty Columbo!) It’s also a great way to raise awareness amongst your neighbours — maybe one of them has a shack or garage they can convert into a temporary shelter. You have to be creative when it comes to cat rescue.
- If the cat is feral, you should check that it is well-fed. If not, you might want to consider feeding it regularly. You should also get it neutered/spayed, make sure it gets its shots, and perhaps put a collar on it with your phone number. If it is tame, see if anyone you know would be interested in fostering and helping with expenses. Once it is healthy and adoptable, put up adoption posters or otherwise try to find it a loving home.