We operate a lost and found register, helping to avoid a great deal of misery for cats and owners alike. See What to do below for helpful advice if you have lost a cat. The vast majority turn up within a day or two, none the worse for their adventures.
If you have lost a cat, or you have seen one that appears to be lost, please contact the Lost & Found Co-ordinator on 0345 1947 292 Ext 4
If you would like to give a home to a stray cat that has not been claimed by its owner, see Our cats adoption pagehttps://m.facebook.com/cpwvlostandfound
What to do if you have lost a cat
Start a thorough, systematic search as soon as the cat has been absent for longer than normal. The earlier you start looking, the better the chances of finding your cat unhurt. Search the house, outbuildings, attic and garage.
Prepare an accurate description: colour, breed, size, long/short hair, male/female, neutered or not, collar and ID tag if worn, age, name.
Knock on neighbours' doors and ask them to search also. Take a photo of your cat and ask if they have ever let it into their house in the past - perhaps it is trapped in a cupboard or unused room.
Tell the postman, paper boy, milkman and dustmen.
Involve local children in the search.
If there are any building or renovation works nearby, ask the workmen to keep their eyes and ears open. It is all too easy for a cat to get trapped under floorboards.
Get some small flyers printed with the description and where/when lost, preferably including a colour photograph.
Don't forget to give a telephone number and mention a reward if you are offering one. Nowadays, so many people have access to a computer, printer and scanner that you will probably be able to find a friend or relative who will do it for free or the cost of the materials.
Put copies of the flyer in the window of the local newsagent, corner shop or post office, and in vets' surgeries, pet shops, supermarkets and petrol stations.
Have a few of the flyers laminated at a print shop, or encase them in polythene bags. Post one on your gate or fence, on nearby friends' gates and anywhere else you can do so legally.
Advertise in the columns of your local paper (eg Wharfe Valley Times, and Wharfedale Observer, including any free ones.
Ring the local vets in case the animal has been injured.
Ring the council's cleansing department, which deals with road accident victims.
Ring all the local animal charities, especially Cats Protection and the RSPCA.
If any of your neighbours were moving house at the time the cat went missing, check with them whether it could have been taken in the van. If this seems a possibility, repeat your search in that area.
Check the terms of your pet's insurance, if applicable. Some of the costs incurred in looking for it may be recoverable.
Cats are not treated the same as dogs under the law, and the police will not officially be very interested in a lost cat, but it does no harm to mention it at your local station in case they hear of anything.
It is not unknown for lost cats to turn up many months after they went missing. Keep on looking, your cat will not stop looking for you.
When your cat is found
Remember to take down all the notices, stop the advertising and inform everyone of the good news so that they do not waste time continuing to search.
If they are not already, consider getting your pets microchipped. This greatly increases the chances that they will be returned speedily to you if found, even many miles away.