Stray Cats | What to do when you find a stray cat in your neighborhood

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So you found what appears to be a stray cat — now what do you do?

Stray Cat

Stray Cat


Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and Alameda Animal Control receive many calls from residents and business owners who have noticed a stray cat roaming freely in their neighborhoods. FAAS and Animal Control want to remind you that what appears to be a stray cat could be an outdoor cat belonging to someone in the neighborhood not just more stray cats.

Before gathering up the cat check with your neighbors who may be the cat's owner or know the person. If you see the cat frequently, make a poster that includes a photo with a description, specific street where last seen and your contact information. By doing this you can help find the owner or someone who knows the cat's owner. You can also post fliers on electronic and standard bulletin boards.

Cats are considered free roaming and although the city of Alameda requires cats to be licensed they are not required to be on leash or kept indoors. If a cat has chosen your garden as a favorite spot and you prefer a no-cat yard, contact FAAS at 510-337-8565 to get tips on humanely convincing the cat to go elsewhere.

Important phone numbers: Alameda Animal Control, 510-337-8562, or police dispatch, 510-337-8340, for picking up stray pets and injured wildlife; FAAS, 510-337-8565, for information on helping find a stray pet's owner and other resources.

DOG ALLEY: DOLLY is a beautiful golden retriever/Chow mix who is 11 years young. She is in excellent health and looking for her new home. DIAMOND is a sweet brown and white pit bull puppy about 5 months old. She's a bundle of energy!

CAT LAIR: MERLIN, NARISSA, SOOKIE and MONKEY are all sweet adorable kittens who would love to take their kitten antics into your home.

RABBIT ROW: GEORGE and GRACIE are a beautiful black and white pair. DUTCH is a Dwarf bunny who needs some special care. He's a great little guy. FATTY BOB is the baby of George and Gracie and is a sweet young bunny. 

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