I Found A Cat / Kitten

Step 1

  • If you find a stray cat and wish to surrender to the shelter. You must set up an appointment by using this link: Stray Cat Appointment or call 209-558-7387 option 1 to request the assistance of an animal control officer. Do not come to the shelter until you are instructed to do so.

  • We will only accept a stray cat if it was found within the city limits of Modesto, Ceres, Hughson, Waterford and Unincorporated Stanislaus County, not with the city limits of Turlock, Newman, Oakdale, and Riverbank

Step 2

You may fill out a Found Cat Report. Please note that reports are added to the website every day from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Follow this checklist --

  • Check local shelters’ website every day or at least every three days for new arrivals.
  • Check Nextdoor for the neighborhood where your CAT was lost and create a lost CAT post with picture.
  • Check in person at local shelter every day or at least every 3 days for new arrivals.
  • Check and post to the many lost pet Facebook pages pages for our area.
  • Check Craigslist for found CAT posts in the Lost & Found category and create a lost pet ad with picture.
  • If your cat has a microchip, contact your microchip company and ensure your phone number is updated in their system.
  • Post small flyers on neighbors' doors and post large flyers at major intersections around your neighborhood.
  • Check the lost cat posts at other local animal shelters.
  • Print small flyers to put on doors in your neighborhood and large flyers to post at major intersections in the neighborhood.


  • If you find a healthy cat or kitten, we highly recommend returning it where it was found. An adult cat or older kitten is likely someone's pet and is being cared for. If a cat is brought to the shelter, the chances of reuniting a lost cat with the owner is extremely low.
  • Kittens almost always have a mother that is roaming around and trying to find something to eat. Taking kittens from their mother drastically decreases their chance of survival. Please leave them where they are or take them back to where you found them.
  • If the kittens are warm and not crying, the mother cat is most likely caring for them. If you are uncertain If the mother is returning, you can sprinkle a ring of baking flour around the kittens and wait at least a few hours to look for footprints. Make sure to give her and her kittens space so that she isn't afraid to return.

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