What happens to that stray you report
04 April 2019
Some of you may wonder what happens when you report a stray to us, firstly we will direct you to our Admissions Team who will check with you as to what steps you have taken in trying to find the owner i.e. paper collar, found posters and door knocking in the neighbourhood, advertising on social media, and of course getting the cat checked for a microchip. In the meantime the Admissions Team will add the stray to our waiting list. Please note that if a stray needs urgent medical assistance you will need to contact the RSPCA and receive a log number so you can take the cat to the nearest vets. Vets are duty bound to treat any injured/sick animal. Please contact us if you wish to know more about the RSPCA log number system. After as many of the above procedures have been put into practise and as soon as we have a vacant space, the stray is then brought into our care. For the first 7 days in care we provide the stray with meeting their individual needs with regards to grooming, being flead, feeding, socially interacting via play, exercise and stroking. This all helps us build up a picture of what home environment the stray will be best suited once they are ready for adoption. Our fosterers receive training in cat care skills to meet the needs of the cats and kittens in our care, maintaining minimum veterinary and cat care standards, cleaning and looking after the cat’s environment and equipment etc. After being in our care for 7 days our stray gets their first visit to the vets. All strays that come into our care are then neutered/shaved for a scar, tested for FIV/FeLV, given a general medical, microchipped, wormed and 1st Vac. Sometimes this may vary if the cat is in need of extra treatment. Once the stray has been declared fit medically and ready socially on fosterer’s advice, the stray can then be advertised for adoption in a home that best suits their needs.