The majority of lost or stray animals have families who love them and are typically found less than one mile from their homes. To keep pet families together, it is best to try to locate a lost pet’s family prior to bringing the animal to the shelter. On average, only 3-4% of the stray cats and only 15-20% of the stray dogs brought to the shelter are returned to their owners.
The cat you’ve found could be an owned outdoor cat, or a community cat. Community cats are often happiest outdoors and some may have an ear tip. The best thing you can do for community cats is Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR). TNR involves having the cat spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their familiar environment. For more information on what to do if you find a cat outside, contact us at [email protected].
If you find sick, injured or abandoned wildlife in Kansas City MO, please visit our Wildlife Resources page for support. KC Pet Project Animal Services Officers do not remove wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons or opossums from underneath porches, on rooftops, inside attics or unfinished basements.
Animal Services does not respond to calls for deceased animal pickups unless the deceased animal was involved in a bite or rabies exposure (please dial 311 for assistance for deceased animals).
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