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Found a cat?

It can be difficult at times to discern if a found cat is feral, lost, or simply a neighbor's indoor/outdoor cat. 

Refer to the questions and answers below to help you determine the best next steps for the cat you have found.

Next Steps

If you believe the cat is an owned, indoor/outdoor cat:

  • Speak to your neighbors, post flyers or post in town facebook groups to check for owners.

  • If you have been feeding the cat, stop doing so. The cat is much more likely to go back home if they are not getting a free meal at your house!

  • Attach a paper collar to alert potential owners that their cat has been hanging out with you.

If you believe the cat is a displaced, stray cat:

  • Speak to your neighbors, post flyers or post in town facebook groups.

  • Fill out a found report.

  • If there is no sign of an owner, call the animal shelter closest to you for further instructions.

If you believe the cat is feral:

  • If it has an "ear tip" (a notch in the ear or the tip of the ear missing), leave it be. This means this cat has been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and belongs outdoors.

  • If the cat appears ill or injured, is in danger, pregnant or is not welcome where it is, call your closest shelter for further instructions.