You picked up a stray cat or kitten, now what? Don't panic! You're pawesome for coming to his/her rescue, but there is a big responsibility that comes along with rescuing an animal. Trust us - we know! Here are some steps you should follow to successfully complete your rescue and continue being a pet hero.
Do not ever mix a found animal in with your own pets. You don't know if he/she is sick and bringing him/her into a new scenario after being lost on the streets can be a recipe for disaster.
Take the animal to a vet or shelter to see if he/she has a microchip. This service is free of charge. If the animal does have a chip, the vet's office or shelter will contact the company. It is against the law for the vet's office or shelter to disclose the owner's information.
In a perfect scenario, the owner will have all information up to date and will come to the location to pick up his/her animal.
Call ahead or email to check if space is available and what the intake process is. Most shelters have a wait list; however, every shelter is different.
We are always at capacity and almost all intake requests will be denied. We encourage you to pursue the options below.
Although he/she is not your animal, you are now responsible for he/she because you volunteered to pick the animal up. We do not want to discourage anyone from helping stray or lost animals; however, it is a big task and requires patience.
Find a home for the animal by posting cute pictures and a bio of the pet online on sites such as:
Reach out to local rescues such as: