Cats that have been found and taken into our care
This page is for cats that have been found and taken into our care
If you have found a cat and would like us to place the cat up as being found then please go to our “Contact Us” page and use our “Looking to Surrender” form. Please note: your contact number will be placed on the found cat’s poster so that the owner can then contact you directly for further information.
These cats have been found and are now safe in our care.
We hold each cat for a maximum of 28 days to allow time for the owners to come forward. If the owners do not come forward with in the 28-day period of the cat coming into our care, the cat will be placed up for adoption.
If you have found a deceased cat then please take the cat to a local vets. The vet will scan the cat for a microchip, if there is a chip they will check to see if the records are up to date and contact the cat’s owner. If the cat isn’t microchipped or the microchip isn’t up to date then the vets will hold the cat for 7 days until the owner comes forward.
It isn’t easy to be sure that a cat is lost. Some cats like to roam before returning home a couple of days after, or some cats like the outdoor life more than being indoors. Some cats have even gone through the process of being Trapped Neutered and Returned (TNR), you can find further information about TNR at the bottom of this page.
If you have found a cat that looks healthy then the cat will most likely belong to someone in the area. If you feel like the cat maybe lost then please knock on doors and consider hand written notes (containing your contact number and street name) stating that you have found a cat and post them through letter boxes around the area (even a few streets away as cats can travel) or try to paper collar the cat first (click here for a paper collar template from Cat protection). Leave the paper collar on for a few days, a week maximum to see if anyone contacts you. You will either get a phone call or you might see the cat return without the paper collar on (if you think the collar may have come off due to the weather or due to the cat scratching itself then place another paper collar on the cat).
If the note and paper collar fail then the next best thing is to get the cat scanned for a microchip either by your local vets (vets do this free of charge) or you can get a local scanning organisation to come and scan the cat for you. If the cat is microchipped then who ever has scanned the cat will check on the details on the microchip and contact the numbers on the records, if the contact numbers are no longer working sometime the person who scanned the cat will go around to the address held on record. Note you may not be given any details from the microchip record due to data protection.
In the meantime whilst you are searching for the cat’s owner you can place the cat on as many lost and found sites as you can. Either on social media or on websites such as Animal Search Uk, Pets Reunited, Uk Pet Register, and Pets located, both social media and websites will be best. You will be best getting a picture of the cat when placing the cat on lost and found sites so people can compare makings.
If the written notes fail, no response regarding the paper collar or the cat isn’t microchipped, and you have placed the cat up on the lost and found sites for a period of time, then you can either offer the cat a home yourself, or contact your local rescues to see if they can help by taking the cat into their care or to help by re-homing the cat from your care.
If you have found a sick or injured cat then you will be best to contact the RSPCA 24/7 cruelty, neglect, and injured helpline on 0300 1234 999 or you can contact the National Cat Protection helpline on 03000 12 12 12. If you are unsure as to what to do then you can either contact a local rescue or local vets for advice.
Trap Neuter Return (TNR)
Trap Neuter Return, is an effective and humane way to help feral and stray cats in an area. Once the cat is trapped and neutered the cat will be returned into the area the cat came from, the same day as the neutering or a few days after. Cats who have been TNR normally have been “ear tipped” which is a bit of the top of the cats normally the cats left ear (right as you look at the cat), this is done under anaesthetic when the cat is getting neutered. The ear tip says that this cat has been a part of the TNR program and has been neutered. Cats that been in the TNR program are best to be left and not moved unless the cat is sick/injured and needs medical attention, or unless you wanted to take the cat on yourself. TNR cats help cat population in the area, it stops unwanted kittens and stops new cats moving into the area due to the TNR cats being there. There are too many things to list about Community cats and the importance of TNR in this short write up. A quick search of TNR can help you understand how to help your Community cats.