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For cats (especially adults), know that a large proportion who enter the shelter are not stray, they are only out for a walk because many pet owners let their cats wander outside, this complicates our operations.

Most of the time, the best thing to do is to let the adult cat find its home on its own. Here are some signs that indicate that a cat has a home and does not need to be brought to the shelter.

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Lots of alternatives can be considered before bringing us an animal.


Instructions on what to do :  

  1. Does the animal have an identification?
    • If the animal has a collar with the owner's information, please use these information to get in touch with the owner. If the animal has a municipal license, call 311 to be put in contact with the owner. 
    • The animal may have a microchip. To find out, go to the veterinary clinic closest to you, they will scan the animal for a microchip, at no cost.

  2. The Social Media
    • It's an absolute must to help reunite families. Take a nice photo of the animal showing his color, his special physical features, write the info you have (male-female, weight, breed if possible, etc) and post on social media. Encourage your friends and family to share the post so it can reach more people. Here are the top Facebook groups where you should post the photo of the animal you found :
      • Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network
      • Animaux perdu/trouvé Outaouais
      • Aylmer lost pet
  3. Search the neighborhood
    • Walk around the neighbordhood with the animal if it's a dog. Walk around the area showing the picture you took and asking people you see if they know who this animal belongs to or if they ever saw it before. You can also put posters up all over the neighbordhood, people without social media or even Internet might see these posters and it could make all the difference. 

  4. Send us an Email ! 
    • If after all these stephs and research you sincerly believe that the animal is a stray, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Give us a short description of the animal, where you found it and specify if you are able to provide basic care (water, shelter, etc) for a short period, add you contact details so we can get in touch with you within 24-48 hours. Currently, in order to plan the intake of an animal allowing us to deploy the right resources and care, you need an appointment to bring in the animal, the waiting period can vary from 1 to 3 weeks, depending of the situation. If it's an emergency, call 311 or your local police department.


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