Found Cat Tips

I found a cat in a tree

I found a sick or injured cat or kitten

Take to a local vet or animal shelter for immediate medical care. Check if there is an emergency vet in the area that will take a Good Samaritan surrender.

I found a healthy cat or kitten (not injured or emaciated)

Put it back where you found it. It most likely has an owner and was just enjoying a walk around the neighborhood! Contact your local shelter to find out how to file a found cat report.

If healthy, please shelter-in-place with this pet while doing the following to locate the owner

  1. Check for a microchip. Take to local vet, shelter, pet store, or FieldHaven to scan for a chip*. FieldHaven can scan the kitty: please call (916) 434-6022 or email [email protected] to arrange a chip scan.
    1. If you found a microchip, visit Pet Microchip Lookup, enter the chip number, and contact all companies where registration is listed
  2. Use yard signs. Make a big sign for your front yard. Keep it simple: FOUND CAT, size, color, sex.
  3. Post on social media. Post animal picture and FOUND notice of local “lost and found pet” Facebook pages, Craigslist, Nextdoor, and any other city or neighborhood-specific social media group available.
  4. Fax information out. Go to PawBoost. You can then enter the info and photo. This information is immediately faxed and emailed to animal shelters, vet offices, rescue groups, etc. Many owners have been found this way!
  5. Use neighborhood signs. Print flyers. Post flyers on telephone poles or other neighborhood boards – Note: if a pet is missing, the owner is most likely walking or driving the neighborhood searching for them, so signage will still work.
  6. Make free online posts. Petco Lost Love, 24 Pet Connect, and PawBoost offer free services to help you reunite with your lost pet. PawBoost can help make free flyers.

Need emergency supplies? Please contact FieldHaven Feline Center if you need emergency supplies (limited) to care for your new houseguest! Call us at: (916) 434-6022