What to do if you find a stray cat?
- Report the cat(s) to the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services 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. The vet will be able to read the cat’s microchip very quickly if there is one.
- Check HelpingLostPets.com, newspaper lost & founds, along with local bulletin boards in your area, and miscellaneous “LOST” posters.
- Take photographs of the cat(s), post on social media and put up “FOUND” posters around your neighbourhood. Add a listing to HelpingLostPets.com
- Go, door to door, with the photographs, and ask your neighbours 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 and ear-tipped, 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.