You picked up a stray cat or kitten, now what? Don't panic! You're pawesome for coming to his/her rescue, but there is a big responsibility that comes along with rescuing an animal. Trust us - we know!  Here are some steps you should follow to successfully complete your rescue and continue being a pet hero.


Do not ever mix a found animal in with your own pets. You don't know if he/she is sick and bringing him/her into a new scenario after being lost on the streets can be a recipe for disaster.

First thing first! Check for a microchip
Take the animal to a vet or shelter to see if he/she has a microchip. This service is free of charge. If the animal does have a chip, the vet's office or shelter will contact the company. It is against the law for the vet's office or shelter to disclose the owner's information.

In a perfect scenario, the owner will have all information up to date and will come to the location to pick up his/her animal

Before going to a shelter or rescue
Call ahead or email to check if space is available and what the intake process is. Most shelters have a wait list; however, every shelter is different.

Intake at Furrever Friends Rescue & Volunteers, Inc.

We are almost always at capacity and intake requests are frequently denied. We encourage you to pursue the options below.

But he/she is not my pet
Although he/she is not your animal, you are now responsible for he/she because you volunteered to pick the animal up. We do not want to discourage anyone from helping stray or lost animals; however, it is a big task and requires patience.

Find a home for the animal by posting cute pictures and a bio of the pet online on sites such as:

Reach out to other rescues: