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 pick him/her up, then the first step is taking him/her to a vet to scan for a microchip. Make sure the vet scans all over as microchips can migrate. Note that a vet should not charge for this service.
  • If there is no microchip, post a notice on to see if you can locate the owner.
  • Also contact the Georgina Animal Shelter to let them know... A lot of time when people lose their pet, the first place they call is the shelter. 1-800-898-8606.
  • Bring the cat inside – keep him/her in a small spare room or the bathroom perhaps, and provide it with some litter and food and water. Note that if you think the cat is lactating… i.e./ it’s teats are large and engorged, you should always let her back out as she may have kittens nearby that need her.
  • If you can’t bring the cat inside, and it’s cold out, at least provide it with some shelter. We often have feral cat shelters on hand. Contact us to see if we have any available.
  • If you get no response from the helpinglostpets notice, you can consider following the options in the “Spay/Neuter/Vaccinate” section.


If you can’t pick him/her up, then you will need to trap him/her. You have a few options in this regard:

  • Take the TNR (trap, neuter, release) workshop offered by Community Cats Toronto. It is only 3 hours on a Saturday and $20 and in return you get access to free spay/neuter services, food and access to humane traps. And you will also meet many people that you can network with. Check Community Cats Toronto’s website for the next workshop: You don’t have to wait until you find a stray cat to take this course. It is available to anyone interested.
  • If you haven’t taken the course and don’t have access to traps, we may be able to help with trapping. But remember we are volunteers and our resources are limited. Sometimes we can help and other times we may only be able to offer advice.


The other options are:
a. Check out the OSPCA to register for their low cost spay/neuter service: 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:
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:
After the Spay/Neuter

  • Always release him/her where you got him/her from unless you have reason to believe s/he will be in danger. If it is not safe to release him/her back then you must talk to a volunteer with the Georgina Feral Cat Committee to discuss options. Moving a feral cat from his/her territory can be a death sentence and done solely as a last resort as they do not adapt well to this type of change.
  • In winter, your feral cat will need shelter. You can buy feral cat shelters from These shelters will make a difference between life and death during the winter for these ferals. They cost $15 each completely built. Please be sure to supply the feral(s) with food and water all year round.

If the cat is friendly and can be adoptable with some socialization:
The best option for the cat is to 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.)

** Do not take a stray cat to the OSPCA in Newmarket 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. They will be put down. **