Branch Lost and Found
If you have lost your cat please contact us by telephoning 07754 164 882 with information about your cat and your contact details. You can also contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your cat.
If your cat has gone wandering, there are a number of things you can do to help find them:
- The first thing to do is to check your home thoroughly. Cupboards, wardrobes, drawers, under the bed, the sofa, their usual hiding spots, and not so usual. Check your garden and outbuildings, including under bushes, inside behind and under sheds and garages.
- Create a poster advertising the fact that they are lost. Distribute posters through all your neighbours doors, or walk around and knock on them.
- If your cat is in unfamiliar territory and disorientated, it may help them find their way home if they can smell a familiar scent. If they use a litter tray, scatter some used litter in the garden. Cat urine has a very powerful scent and it will travel a long way. If you don't have any litter, hang out something that smells of your cat or of you e.g. their bed/blanket, the sheets from your bed, your dressing gown etc. It may seem odd to hang out laundry before it's washed, but it might just help.
- Sometimes a cat may be hiding in a shed etc and not coming when you call so you are unaware they are there. If you have a digital camera, take random photos in the dark as the cat's eyes reflect with the flash and you will see them in the photos.
- Northsound Radio will usually read out an appeal for you, as will most other local radio stations. To register your appeal, go to Northsound Radio's website or phone 01224 337 000
- Your local paper will print a Lost & Found advert for you (although they will probably charge for it). To place your ad, go to the Press and Journal website or phone 01224 691 212
- Local FB pages with a large active following include: Facebook missing pets (fubar news) Facebook Groups (Lost/Found Aberdeenshire) and also local/national at Animal Search uk
There are also a number of other places that you can contact:
- Scottish SPCA: 03000 999 999 (07:00 - 22:00)
- Mrs Murray's Cat & Dog Home: 01224 483 624
- PDSA: 01224 632 042
- Contact your vet and other vets in your area
- Contact your microchip company too as they can place a 'Lost' note on the system. If your cat is scanned by a rescue charity or vets, the chip scanner will alert them as being 'Lost'.
And of course, don't forget to let Cats Protection know by calling 07754 164 882. Please note that this is an answering service, i.e. please leave a message on the voicemail with your name, telephone number and area you are calling from, and someone will call you back. The voicemail is checked every day and calls are generally returned that evening or when a volunteer is available. You can also report a lost cat by sending us an email with details of your cat, and your contact name and number and area from which you are calling.
Finally, if you fear the worst, the Council's Cleansing Department are responsible for collecting any road traffic victims or other unfortunates. To contact Aberdeen City Cleansing Department, telephone 08456 080 919. For Aberdeenshire Council, phone 07626 904181. The councils generally keep fairly good records of any animals they collect and normally scan for microchips.
If you have found a cat that you believe to be stray or lost, please phone Cats Protection on 07754 164 882 with details of the cat and also your name, contact telephone number and area you have found the cat.
Please check with all your near neighbours to see if the cat may belong to them and is simply new to the area.
If the cat is not microchipped, we will provide a paper collar with our contact details to attach to the cat to see if it returns home and is just out for a wander. Please do not feed other people's cats as it simply encourages them to stray from home and not return regularly. They may also be on a restricted or medical diet.
While the paper collar is on we will advertise the cat across social media and on our website to see if anyone recognises it. If this does not bring anyone forward, it will go onto a waiting list to come into care.
If you, or someone you know, might be interested in offering the cat a home, please discuss this with the Lost & Found volunteer when you call on 07754 164 882