If You Find a Lost Cat

During the summer months, our Care Centers are often packed with surrendered cats and kittens. Bringing in a stray cat may not be in his/her best interest if the cat appears healthy and thriving in the community. You can play a pivotal role in reuniting a lost cat with their family by bringing the animal to one of our care centers (see locations) or keeping the animal in your care while we work together to try and locate an owner. Please see our flyer (below) for help deciding what to do with a stray cat or kitten.

If the animal has identification, you can also contact the owner directly. Identification comes in many forms, so please check the animal thoroughly for a tag. You can bring an animal to most veterinary hospitals to scan the animal for a microchip.

Keeping a found pet in your home

If you are unable to find any identification on the cat, but think that it is someone's lost pet, you can either bring the cat to ACC or you may wish to keep the cat in your home. If you decide to keep the cat in your home, it is important to register them in our found pets database (see button below). This is a listing of all found animals in New York City, both in the shelter and in homes, and is one of the first places pet parents go to try and locate their lost animal.


Research shows that lost pets are often easier found the closer they are to home. We recommend creating flyers to post around the neighborhood and local police precincts. You can also check Lost & Found Facebook pages.

*If an animal is acting in a threatening or dangerous manner, protect yourself and call 911 immediately. Do not try to handle or physically restrain an aggressive or fearful animal. If an animal appears sick or injured, call 311. Do not try to make physical contact.