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I Lost My Cat

Please note that all animals are being reclaimed by appointment. Please call 519-966-5751 to book an appointment to reclaim your lost cat between 8am and 6pm daily (excluding holidays).

A lost cat will behave very differently depending on if they are used to going outside or not. If your cat normally goes outside, there was likely some event that caused him to become lost (such as being chased by a dog), they may have been injured and are unable to return home, or they were intentionally or unintentionally trapped. When indoor cats who normally don’t go outside become lost, they are almost always hiding somewhere nearby – it’s just a matter of figuring out where! Often it will be within a very short distance of your house.


The good news is that research indicates that 72% of found cats return home on their own! But be sure to also actively search your neighbourhood for them. Missing cats are most often found within a few houses of home, especially if they are not used to being outdoors. They will hunker down in silence, even if you are frantically calling them nearby. This is why a thorough search of your property and neighbouring properties is so important. For some great information about lost cat behaviour, please visit https://www.missinganimalresponse.com/lost-cat-behavior/ or http://www.catsinthebag.org.


We understand that many cats look similar, and even with a photo, it can be hard to tell one animal from another (we usually take in at least 5 black cats every week!). And unfortunately, taking quality photos of frightened cats when they first arrive can be difficult so it can be difficult to identify your cat from the listings on this page. Please be sure to check the location found and the age or gender if available, and give us a call at 519-966-5751 for more details about a listed animal or additional photos. There are some situations where a photo is not available (for example, when a cat has injuries that may be distressing to view or if they are tiny kittens who are rushed to a foster home); if you think a listed cat may be yours please do not hesitate to contact us at 519-966-5751.


Friendly stray cats who are brought to the Humane Society are typically held for three days prior to being assessed for our adoption programs. You must reclaim your cat during this period, or you will lose all legal rights to claim them. The exceptions to this holding period are cats who are so sick or injured that it is inhumane to hold them, very feral/unsocialized cats who may be altered and returned to the area they came from prior to three days to avoid undue stress on them (learn more about return to field here), or litters of young kittens. Please note that all stray cats who come to the Humane Society will receive intake vaccines, normally within 24 hours of arriving. Please feel free to ask for a copy of the vaccine record when claiming your cats. Due to the extremely low rate of reclaim of stray cats, stray cats without any form of identification (microchip or collar), may also be spayed or neutered prior to the end of the stray period as well.


Our lost and found area is open to reclaim your cat daily from 8am to 6pm (excluding holidays). When you come in, please bring in identification with your address on it, as well as some proof that the cat is yours. Photos, vet records, or other documents will help us ensure that you are the rightful owner and that we’re returning your cat to the right person. You are responsible for a $25 claim fee when reclaiming your lost cat.

 

In addition to regularly checking for your cat on this page, please also ensure that you search your neighbourhood thoroughly, and post notices with a photo of your cat. It is also often helpful to place notices in the mailboxes of nearby houses, and ask your neighbours to check their yards. You can also send us a copy of your poster or a photo of your cat to pound@windsorhumane.org for posting on our public “lost cats” board. While posting your cat online is another option, lost cats are often very close to home and therefore reaching people close to you is critical.


We are happy to help if you have questions! Please call us at 519-966-5751.