Stafford, Wolverhampton & District Branch
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What to do if you find an animal

 

What to do if you find an animal

Dog

Call your local dog warden (a quick internet search will give you the number).Councils have to provide 24hr cover;it is a legal requirement to inform them if you find a dog. Do not ever put yourself at risk, if possible contain the dog in a garden or somewhere enclosed, give the dog some water and call the warden. If the dog is injured, where possible, take it immediately to a local vet who will treat it and call the RSPCA, or call the national advice line on 0300 1234 999 as well as calling the warden.

Cat

If you find an injured cat immediately take it to your local vets where they can care for it and contact us.

A healthy cat that visits you is not necessarily a stray. It’s more than likely that the cat is owned and just likes to wander, especially if it knows it will get food. We will not remove a healthy stray cat. You can find out if it has an owner by popping it down to the local vets and having it checked for a microchip. Alternately you can attach a paper collar to the cat – click here for one you can use.

If you feed a cat, it will keep coming back. Unless it is the depths of a harsh winter cats can always find food and will not starve.Use social media to advertise a found cat, or place an ad in your local paper (‘found’ ads are usually free).

Feral cats

Feral cats are cats that live in the wild and do not interact with humans. We will not remove feral catsthat are living wild. They have a right to remain where they are and to put them in captivity is cruel. If there are a large number of feral and you are concerned about excessive breeding please give us a call and we can give you some advice about neutering them.

Rabbits

Wild rabbits (unless injured) should be left alone, do not attempt to capture them. Domestic rabbits found out as a stray should be contained where possible. Rabbits are often microchipped so pop it along to your local vet to be scanned, they may be able to help you track its owners. Use social media to advertise, or place an ad in your local paper (‘found’ ads are usually free).

Other animals and infant animals

If you find any other animal that you believe is a pet try to contain it and advertise it as found to try and track its owner.Use social media to advertise, or place an ad in your local paper (‘found’ ads are usually free).

If you find an infant DOMESTIC animal (i.e. tiny puppy or kitten)find it somewhere warm immediately, a box with a hotwater bottle in the bottom, towels placed over it, infant animal placed ontop of the towel then the whole box covered with another towel to keep the heat in is the kind of thing needed. If you are out and about when you find them, put the animal next to your skin for

warmth and immediately head for somewhere indoors and warm. Infant animals cannot regulate their own body temperature and will quickly die if cold. They also cannot go to the toilet by themselves or feed themselves so as soon as you have them somewhere warm take them to your local vet.

If you find an infant WILD animal, (such as bird or wild rabbit) leave it where it is. The mother is more than likely not far away and waiting for you to leave, waiting and watching for the mother will make them stay hidden. If you have touched the animal you can still leave it. People are often told that the mother will abandon the baby if she can smell humans – this is not true. If you are concerned about baby birds and cats, put the baby bird somewhere off the ground close to where you found it and try to keep cats indoors.

For injured wildlife call 0300 1234 999.

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