Lose a Cat?
Losing your pet can be distressing, but don’t let despair get in the way of action! Getting the word out early and to as many people and places as possible is key. Staying calm and following the steps below can help you find our pet and bring them home safely.
Get out and call for your pet by name. Enlist family and friends to canvas the neighborhood, in all directions, on the roads and as the crow flies. Don’t try to predict where your pet could or wouldn’t have gone –YOU NEVER KNOW. The best time to call for your pet is at night, and at dawn. If you are calling from your car, drive slowly, roll down all the windows, stop and turn your vehicle off frequently to listen.
Put up posters in your neighborhood. Keep it simple. "Lost Cat" should be at the top in large lettering. Include identifying information, where your cat was last seen, and how to contact you. Make sure to put the name of your pet on the poster as well so people will be able to call to him or her if seen. Also, a picture is helpful if possible. Post flyers at vet offices, groomers, pet-supply stores, supermarkets, restaurants and other local businesses (make
sure to get permission first). Make sure that they are legible and large enough to be visible to passing vehicles, particularly the "Lost Cat" part.
Take advantage of social media to let your friends know about your lost pet. Getting as many people informed as possible will increase the likelihood of finding your pet. Notify people who are familiar with your pet that it's lost (for example, newspaper and mail carriers and neighborhood children). The more people who know you have lost a pet, and that you are upset, worried, and desperately trying to find your pet, the more people will call you if they see an animal in the woods or on the road, or in their backyard.
Contact Information for the Kenora area:
Animal Control (your cat may be impounded): 1-807-467-2289
Kenora Veterinary Clinic (if your cat was found injured, it may have been brought to the clinic): 1-807-468-7441
89.5 The Lake CJRL Pet Patrol: 1-807-468-3181
The Daily Miner and News (to place a lost ad): 1-807-468-5555
If a cold, hungry or scared cat or kitten shows up at your door, please don't shoo her away. Offer food, a little at a time, fresh water to drink, shelter and warmth. If you have companion animals, keep the cat isolated from the others to prevent spreading of potential illness. Take the following steps to see if you can locate an owner. Both the owner and the kitty would be grateful to be reunited and it's a great feeling to help reunite a lost companion animal to its family!
Check the cat for identification such as a collar and tag with owner information.
Take her to the local veterinary clinic where they can scan for a microchip (all Kenora Cat Shelter felines are microchipped before adoption). They may also recognize the cat and know the owner.
Call The Cat Shelter to see if the cat has been reported missing. The Cat Shelter maintains a Lost & Found Cat Registry.
Look around your neighborhood for Lost Cat signs. Many owners will post a notice when they have lost their beloved pet. If no posters are found, put up some of your own Found Cat signs. Include identifying information, where the cat was found, and how to contact you. Also, a picture is helpful if possible. Post flyers at vet offices, groomers, pet-supply stores, supermarkets, restaurants and other local businesses (make sure to get permission first). Post them in your neighborhood where the cat was found. Make sure that they are legible and large enough to be visible to passing vehicles, particularly the "Found Cat" part.
Post a notice on Kijiji in their Pet section under "lost and found" (it’s free to do so) as well as in the newspaper and on pet-related sites. Include the pet’s appearance, breed, sex, and age, as well as your contact information and a good photo. Don’t forget to read the “lost” ads, too.
Find a Feline?
If you are unable to locate an owner and decide to offer a permanent home, great! (and remember to vaccinate and spay or neuter). If not, there are alternatives. Ask friends and family if anyone would welcome a new companion. Be sure the new home is a caring, responsible one. If you are unable to locate an owner and can not provide a home for the cat, then call The Cat Shelter at 468-4648.