Strays

Stray Dogs

The responsibility for all stray dogs lies with the local council under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.149 Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 s.68

Please contact your local council to report that you have found a stray dog and arrange a collection.

Stray Cats

Stray Cats

If you have concerns about a stray, please read this first

Cat and Kitten Crisis

Many animal rescue organisations nationwide are having to close their waiting lists due to the number of cats needing to be re-homed. In part, this is due to the high number of un-neutered cats who are responsible for breeding - several times each year. There are huge numbers of 'stray' cats giving birth outside and rescue organisations are often full to overflowing. This is a very sad situation but rescue organisations are limited by funds and the number of volunteers that they have on board. Therefore, we are asking the public to help us to help the cats in your area. Please be a part of the solution - and not the ever growing problem - by having your own cats neutered.

Sick, Injured or Distressed Stray Cats

If you have noticed a sick, injured or distressed stray cat, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Alternatively, you can take the cat to any local vet so that they can assess the cat and provide any emergency medical treatment. They can also scan the cat for a microchip in order to try and locate the cat's owner.

Stray & Feral Cats

Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to collect healthy strays but you can help a stray cat by following our ‘How to help a stray’ guide below.

Is it a stray or a feral cat?

If the cat is not friendly and approachable, it may be a feral. These cats are able to look after themselves. So long as a feral cat is healthy, they will live happily outside. We support the trapping and neutering of feral cats where local charities have the capacity to do so.

If the cat is approachable and friendly it may be a stray cat that belongs to someone.

Finding the owner of a stray

If a stray cat is not feral the best thing to do is try and find its owner: If a stray cat is not feral the best thing to do is try and find its owner: To find out if the cat has an owner follow these steps:

  • 1. Cats roam over a wide area, so ask around to see if anyone knows who it belongs to.
  • 2. If you can safely transport the cat to a vet, you could have it scanned for a microchip.
  • 3. If this isn’t possible but you can get close enough to put a collar on it, then download our Paper cat collars. Take precautions when approaching the cat and fixing the collar.
  • 4. You can also download and print a Found poster and Lost and found contact list.

Other Animals

If there are stray animals on the Highway (roads) that pose a danger, please call the police