How To Find Your Lost Cat
We *strongly* suggest you visit the shelters here in St. John's daily in person--even if you call, there is absolutely no guarantee that the worker you speak to is aware that your pet has been found, picked up and is indeed waiting there for you.
Look close to home first. We have recently had pet owners whose cats were locked in neighouring sheds and garages--someone's basement in one case! Spread some of your cat's used litter outside your house, around the backyard and under front shrubs. A disoriented cat will recognize the smell of the litter and know it is her own.
Here are phone numbers (including contact numbers of other area shelters, just in case a driver may have picked up your cat and delivered him/her to a shelter closest to where that person lives):
- St. John's SPCA 726-0301 (direct line 576-8598)
- Humane Services City of St. John's 754-2489
- Animal Control, City of Mount Pearl 748-1016
- Animal Control, Town of Torbay 437-6532
- Humane Services CBS 834-6552/834-6528
- Town of Paradise 782-1400
VOCM Radio is very helpful and will make on-air announcements 726-5590
PET FIND 738-3463
Take any digital pictures you have at home of your cat to make posters.
Put them up at vet clinics, area stores, churches, gyms and school groups, etc. Neighbourhood kids are great at spotting cats in shrubs and sheds, and they'll also usually offer to go door to door and hand out your posters to neighbours.
NOTE: please remember to remove all posters when your cat comes home!
Some of the area vet clinics are:
- Avalon Animal Hospital, Logy Bay Road 754-1750
- Torbay Road Animal Hospital, Coaker's Meadow Plaza 753-0506
- St. John's Vet, Freshwater Road 722-7766
- Topsail Road Vet 747-5353
- Sunrise Animal Hospital, Mount Pearl 368-7981
- Woodpath Cat & Dog Hospital, CBS 834-6622
- Baccalieu Trail Animal Hospital, Bay Roberts 786-1571
- Carbonear 596-4520
Make sure to advertise in the Telegram and post ads online:
Look through the FOUND listings while you're at it, which include:
Someone may be looking for you as hard as you're looking for your cat!
Remember to keep food and clean water on the porch--ask friends and neighbours in a three-block radius to do the same.
Tell your postman about your cat--he goes to every house in the neighbourhood and can keep an eye out for him or her.