If you have found a stray dog please contact Animal Control. If the animal is registered then they'll be able to quickly reunite it with its owner. You may also want to visit your local Council animal shelter and check their lost board.
If a cat that has been visiting your home and it doesn’t appear to be sick or injured, please try the above options before bringing it to our Animal Centre. We suggest you do NOT feed it, and don't encourage it to stay around as it may have a home to go to.
You might also like to try attaching a paper collar – download a copy here and print it out (thin card is less likely to rip off than paper). Write your details on the collar and put the collar on the cat. If this cat is owned, the owner is likely to see it within 48 hours and will hopefully get in touch with you to reassure you it is owned.
If after a few days you haven't heard from an owner and you have tried all of the suggestions listed, then contact us for further advice. Please remember that cats have large home ranges so it is natural for them to roam around the neighbourhood.
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Knocking on the door and asking neighbours if they own the animal, or if they know who does, can speed up the process of reuniting the animal with its owner.
Check the 'lost' listings and create a 'found' listing at www.petsonthenet.co.nz. This is a national database and the key website we recommend everyone uses.
Look on the Trade Me Lost & Found section to see if anyone is looking for their lost pet. You can also advertise your found animal on here for free.
Take the animal to your local vet and ask them to scan it for a microchip. If the animal is microchipped then they will be able to quickly reunite it with its owner.
Embrace the power of social media to spread the word and try to find the owners. There are plenty of lost and found pages on Facebook that can be used.
Make a flyer with a clear picture, description and your contact details. Distribute it locally via notice boards, mailboxes, neighbours, community centres etc.