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Found A Cat

Before contacting us, please review the information below.

If you find a cat, it’s important to make sure the cat does not have an owner. Before we can intake a cat there are several steps you need to take to ensure that the cat is indeed a stray.

Please follow these steps:

Speak to neighbors and put up posters in your area (including a picture and description of what the cat looks like and where it was found).


Create a found pet report with your local animal control officer and animal shelter. For the Ottawa Humane Society, a Found Animal Report can be submitted here:


Have the cat scanned for a microchip at a local vet clinic (if the animal can be safely handled). This is a free service.


If, after 10 days, no one comes forward and you have followed all of the above steps, please fill out our intake form and we will assess the situation.


Post a Found Notice or Cat Sighting with a picture on the Ottawa and Valley Lost Pet Network Facebook page. This is a free service.


I found a litter of Kittens

Please look around for a mother cat (Queen). Do NOT move the kittens! If no mother has returned after 6 hours, please email us. You will still be asked to fill in an intake form.

If the kittens are without a mother for more than 6 hours and it's outside regular business hours, or there is concern for the kittens' well-being, please contact 311 for Ottawa Bylaw Services for immediate service. 


If you find a sick or injured cat requiring immediate assistance - please contact 311 for Ottawa Bylaw Services for immediate service, or the Ottawa Humane Society at 613-725-3166 ext. 221 during operating hours for immediate intake. 

Ottawa Humane Society COVID Intake/MAS operating hours are:

Monday to Friday - 11 am to 7 pm

Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm and

Sunday -11 am to 4 pm (client services is closed on Sundays)

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