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WHAT TO DO IF YOU’VE FOUND A PET

Have you found a stray cat?

The Winnipeg Humane Society has adopted an approach to sheltering called “Capacity for Care”. This model was implemented in shelters across the United States and Canada and is recognized for its success in increasing live outcomes for dogs and cats in those shelters. Capacity for Care reduces the overcrowding that results in stress and illness in shelter animals and promotes their adoptability. In the Capacity for Care model, a shelter takes in only as many animals as it has resources (space, staff, supplies, medical care) to accommodate.

The Winnipeg Humane Society Intake Department, Clinic, Behaviour, and Foster Departments are working together to provide alternatives to surrendering cats and dogs to the shelter. Pets do not belong in shelters. They belong in homes.

Did you find a healthy and friendly cat out for a walk in your neighborhood?
Is the area safe, not too much traffic?
Is the weather warm enough?

We recommend that you leave the cat where found. Cats have more than double the chance of finding their way home if left in the neighbourhood. It is usual for a cat to travel a three to five block area and eat at multiple houses that put out food. Check with your neighbors and put up posters. Does the cat have a tattoo? Call the Winnipeg Humane Society so we can trace the owner. Space in the shelter is limited and bringing in a cat with a home to the shelter reduces the chances it will be reunited with their family and takes a spot from a cat that might need our help.

 

Do you want to keep a stray you find?

  • We will check for ID and search lost reports
  • Take the cat home and help us look for an owner
  • If unclaimed after 5 to 14 days, you can adopt the cat
  • Cost? $35 (plus applicable taxes) for spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, and City of Winnipeg licence

Care to Adopt:

Do you want to keep a stray you find?

  • We will check for ID and search lost reports
  • Take the cat home and help us look for an owner
  • If unclaimed after 5 to 14 days, you can adopt the cat
  • Cost? $35 (plus applicable taxes) for spay/neuter, vaccinations, deworming, and City of Winnipeg license

Care to Foster:

Can you take care of the cat until we have space?

  • You temporarily take the cat home
  • We provide everything you need to take care of kitty
  • Kitty comes back when ready for Adoption

Care to Rehome:

  • Complete the surrender profile on our website to get your pet onto our wait list, www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca/pet-owners/surrendering-your-pet
  • Find a home for your pet while waiting for shelter space
  • The pet’s new owner can use the WHS Clinic for low cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, City of Winnipeg licence. Cost? $35 (plus applicable taxes)