So you found a stray cat...
So many people come to us when they find a stray cat. Like most rescues, we are run by volunteers and are often too full to take on the financial and foster requirements to help every cat - we do what we can...
You can fill out our online "Request for Help" and we will try to help.
You can also try to save the cat yourself. Here's some advice:
Can you pick him/her up??
If you can’t pick him/her up, then you will need to trap him/her. You have a few options in this regard:
The other options are:
a. Check out the OSPCA to register for their low cost spay/neuter service: http://www.spayneuter.ontariospca.ca/. You can also call them at 905-898-6112. Note that they often have a waiting list, but you can ask about getting on a cancellation wait list.
b. The Toronto Street Cats also have a free spay/neuter clinic twice a month so check out the next available one here: https://torontostreetcats.com/spayclinics/.
c. Contact us to see if we can arrange a rescue spay/neuter rate with one of our trusted vets.
d. If you spay/neuter the cat on your own, Paws of Georgina offers modest rebates to Georgina residents. Visit their website for details: http://www.pawsofgeorgina.com.
After the Spay/Neuter
If the cat is friendly and can be adoptable with some socialization, you have two options:
1. Foster the cat yourself and work with a rescue to network him/her and to screen potential adopters. (Please do not expect rescues to take in your stray cat as most rescues are spending all their resources pulling cats in abuse and euthanasia situations.)
2. Take him/her to a local shelter – generally that would be the Georgina Animal Shelter located on Civic Centre Road in Keswick. If the cat needs a lot of socialization, then call the shelter first, 905-476-3457, to see if they are willing to do that. If some socialization is needed and the shelter is unable to do so, then it may mean that you may have to take in the cat short term to get him/her to the adoptable stage. Some cats come around very quickly while others may need some more time.
** Do not take a stray cat to the OSPCA as it is a high kill shelter. Please find another shelter. **
** Do not take a feral cat to ANY shelter. Feral cats do not do well in shelters because of their fear of humans **