Did you know?
- Nationally, less than 4% of all cats brought into the shelter system are ever reunited with their original owner.
- Cats are 13 times more likely to make it back home without human intervention than with it. This includes: rescues, shelters, and good Samaritans.
- On average, cats roam in a circular territory from their homes or food sources. The average roaming distance is 42 acres for female cats and 153 acres for male cats.
- The average house cat can end up with multiple caretakers. As soon as someone starts to feed a neighborhood cat, they will add the spot to their regular route. In a study done by Best Friends on a door knocking campaign, it was found that some cats had up to 4/5 people who thought they were the sole caregiver for the cat.
- When West Valley Humane Society did their Community Cat Program research, it was found that the majority of cats had a caregiver within a 1/4 mile of where they were picked up from as a stray.
How to know what to do with a found cat?
Leave In Community
- Cat appears to be a healthy weight.
- No visible injuries or illness present.
- No visible testicles or signs of kittens.
- Cats ear is tipped.
- You have seen this cat in your neighborhood before.
Bring to Shelter or Rescue
- Cat is underweight: ribs, hips or spine are visible through fur.
- Visible injuries or illness present.
- The cat has visible testicles, kittens are present or know to not be sterilized.
- This is a kitten who is not being cared for by a parent.
Worried about a cat you found?
Here are some things you can do just in case:
- Take a picture of the cat and note the location it was found.
- Post the cat as a sighting on Lost and Found Pages on Facebook.
- Post the cat as a sighting on Apps like Next Door or even on Craigslist.
- Post the Cat as “Found” on FindingRover.com
- Keep an eye on the cat and if you see it again. If it stays in good condition, it likely has a home in the area. If you see it’s condition decline, that is a great time to intervene.
- If the cat is injured or sick- please surrender the cat to your local shelter.