Lost a cat
In all cases of stray or missing pets, the first place to check is your local county animal services agency. When you visit or contact those agencies, provide a color photo and description of your lost cat. Visit their websites and/or shelters regularly to check for your cat. You can also check online lost/found classified listings.
In the Portland metro area, county animal agencies include:
Multnomah County Animal Services »
Washington County Animal Services »
Clark County Animal Services »
SW Washington Humane Society (Vancouver, Wash. area) »
CAT is only able to accept owner-relinquished animals, per county regulations. Clackamas County currently does not accept stray/found cats.
Other tips to find a lost cat
- Ask family, friends, and neighbors to help search for your pet as soon as you realize your pet is missing. Be sure to check around your yard and under your deck.
- Walk through your neighborhood every day and more than once to look for your missing pet.
- For a lost indoor-only or timid cat, think like a cat and look at every hiding spot possible in your yard and your close neighbors’ yards. Lost cats will remain hidden and quiet—check under bushes, in garages and tool sheds, under porches, and any other tucked away place.
- Post information on your social media pages to let your friends know that you are looking for your lost cat.
- If your pet is microchipped, contact the microchip company to make sure your contact information is current. You also can put a “lost or stolen” alert on the pet’s microchip so that if it is scanned by a shelter or veterinarian, they will know that a concerned owner is looking for that pet.
- Check the “found pet” ads posted on Craigslist, Petfinder.com, and your local paper.
- Place a “lost pet” ad in online lost/found forums and in your local paper.
- Place clothing, toys, litter box, and other items familiar to your pet outside in your yard where she/he might sense it.
- Put signs around the area where your pet was last seen. Include a photo and description of your pet, your phone number, and when your pet disappeared. Offer a reward if possible.
- Ask to post your flyers at businesses in your area such as gas stations, restaurants/fast food places, convenience and grocery stores, veterinary clinics, pet salons, pet supply stores, emergency veterinary clinics, laundromats, churches, and community centers.
- If funds allow, you may wish to invest in a professional Lost Cat Pet Detective.
Get more information about lost cat behavior, search tips, tools you can use, and ways you can find your cat at Missing Pet Partnership or Petfinder.
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