I Lost My Cat
If your cat is lost you should do the following:
- Update your contact info with the microchip company
- Contact shelters that have authority to take in lost cats in your area
- Post flyers in your neighborhood
- Check local websites for found animals and post your lost pet
- Consider a trap for lost indoor cats.
Updating Microchip Information:
My Cat was Adopted from Seattle Area Feline Rescue
If you lost a cat that was adopted from SAFe Rescue or Animal Talk Rescue, it was microchipped by us. We have the contact information you provided at adoption and the microchip company has our contact information (and your contact information if you provided it to them. If your cat is found, they will contact you (if you provided info) and then us if you cannot be found.
- Step 1: Make sure that the microchip company has your current address and phone number whenever you move. To do that, you’ll need your cat’s chip number and then you can contact the chip company to update your information. We usually use AVID, they can be contacted at 1-800- 336-2843 and at www.avidid.com. Other company’s typically have info on their websites telling you how to update your information as well. We can provide the microchip number if you do not have it any longer, we just need the name of the adopter, pet description and approximate adoption date – contact us at 206-659-6220 or info@SeattleAreaFelineRescue.org.
- Step 2: Let us know your cat was lost in case we are contacted. Contact us at 206-659-6220 or info@SeattleAreaFelineRescue.org and give us: the date and location where your pet was lost and your current contact information.
My Cat Was Not Adopted from Seattle Area Feline Rescue, but is Microchipped
The microchip service that was used will have the contact information provided when you chipped your cat along with any updated info you have provided.
- Step 1: Make sure that the microchip company has your current address and phone number whenever you move. To do that, you’ll need your cat’s chip number and then you can contact the chip company to update your information. Company’s typically have info on their websites telling you how to update your information.
- Step 2: Contact municipal shelters: Each city and county handles stray pets differently. Typically, stray cats can only be accepted by authorized shelters, making it easier for you to connect with your lost pet. Many rescues, like SAFe Rescue, do not have the authority to take in stray cats. The following shelters operate in our area and have authority to take in stray animals (note that you may need to contact multiple shelters if you live in some cities, like Kenmore). Do not waste your time calling shelters and rescues that cannot take in strays.
Municipal Shelters with Authority to Take in Stray Animals:
- Seattle Animal Shelter, 206-386-7387(PETS) Accepts strays from Seattle.
- Regional Animal Services of King County, (206) 296-7387 Accepts strays from Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Duvall, Enumclaw, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, Tukwila, Woodinville, Yarrow Point
- PAWS, (425) 787-2500 Accepts strays from Bothell, Brier, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Shoreline and Woodinville.
- The Humane Society for Seattle/King County, (425) 641-0080 Accepts strays from Renton and Medina.
- If you didn’t find your city listed, check here for more resources:
Post Flyers in Your Neighborhood
Many well-meaning people find strays and keep them because they are afraid they will be euthanized if taken to a local shelter. Unfortunately, this means one of your neighbors may have your cat and be looking for you. We suggest you post lost flyers with a picture in your neighborhood (or where the cat was lost).
Check Local Websites for Found Animals and Post Your Lost Pet
We also suggest you post a lost pet listing on Craigslist and you may also want to check websites like Lost my Kitty to look for found pets and help circulate flyers to local shelters, veterinarians, and rescues who participate. Use these same resources to search found pet advertisements.
Consider a Trap for Lost Indoor Cats
Indoor cats that have escaped usually stay near home. Since they aren’t used to finding their own food, they are also happy to find their favorite food waiting for them, but may still be difficult to catch or lure back inside. In these cases, you may want to set up a humane trap for your cat that lures them in with food and keeps them contained until you can retrieve them. SAFe Rescue has a limited amount of traps at our Rescue that you can borrow for free (we charge a refundable security deposit) and can help you if needed. Contact us at 206-659-6220 or info@SeattleAreaFelineRescue.org for more information on trapping your lost pet.
Finally – it may take some time, but cats love their people and, in most cases, would like to be reunited after a day or two of playing. Good luck finding your lost cat.