Courtesy of Wildwood Pet Network revised 7/05

Use the internet, post your missing cat on: 
Lost and
Some sites drop a posting after a period of time so you may need to renew your post .

Getting the Word Out
A. Make a report to your police and animal control. 
Most departments keep a missing animal log. Use these non emergency numbers if you live near these areas. Please provide us with phone numbers for your neighborhood so that we can update this resource for other families.

        Fairfield 513.639.7820

        Fairfield Twp 513.887.4406

        West Chester 513.777.2231

        Forest Park 513.595.5220

        Springdale 513.346.5760

        Hamilton 513.639.7880


B. Check every other day at all local shelters. In Ohio cats are considered wild animals and not protected by law, therefore, the shelters don't have to keep them for even a day.

        Butler County 513.867.5727

        Hamilton County 513.541.6100

        Warren County 513.695.1176

        Clermont County 513.732.8854


C. Call all the emergency animal hospitals. (East Kemper 530-0911, Grady's 931-8675 and Redbank 561-0069).


D. Call these shelters.

    • ARF (513) 753-9252 and 735-4000

        League for Animal Welfare (513) 735-2299

        Paws Adoption Center Inc. (513) 422-7297


E. Find out who in your city is responsible for animal remains removal and call them. If your city has a website ask to post a photo and info there.

F. We suggest an ad in all local papers, post flyers with a photo in page protectors (open side taped closed) or laminated is even better, on fluorescent posterboard cut 2 larger than the flyer. Post on every corner within a 5 mile radius. .Cats are usually found very close to home but through the kindness of strangers they can be transported much farther away. Go door to door (not alone) 1 block in all directions for each day the animal has been missing passing out flyers.  Don't worry if you get emotional when you're talking to people they'll understand. Walking and person to person contact are key, I don't recall any animal being found by driving up and down streets

G. Use Mapquest's yellow page feature and pull up all pet related businesses within 25 miles and get flyers to them. 

H. Get flyers to people who are regularly in your neighborhood, postal workers, utility, cable, phone, school bus drivers, UPS, FedEx, etc. 

I. Make large business card sized info cards (description & phone #s) to hand out to family, friends and co workers and ask them to pass them along.  That way when someone sees the animal they have the contact info handy. Also email your flyer to the same group and ask them to forward (this works well).


If They're Still Close To Home
A. Lost animals are trying to finds sounds and smells which remind them of home.  Tie two of your dirty socks together and secure them outside at the base of your mailbox pole or on a stake.  Change these out every couple of days.  Another scent suggestion which has worked well is to sprinkle some of you own urine around the yard. Placing small amounts of the litter box contents is helpful too. For obvious reasons we suggest doing this discretely.

B. If there is another animal in the family they are friends with and that animal is vocal put the buddy in a sturdy carrier (you don't want two missing animals) and set them in a protected place outside.  Stay close and see what happens.  If there isn't a buddy, then you sit outside and read out loud.  Remember, they're trying to find familiar sounds, calling their name repeatedly isn't what it sounds like the inside of your house.

Physically Catching Cats
A. Cats usually won't come to anyone the way a dog will.  Even if you see them, never chase them, coaxing with tuna or shaking the treat pouch is good. Try to lead them to the house.  Keep things calm, put dogs in the bathroom or basement so they won't get in the way, close other cats into another room so they don't get away.  Open the door, set tuna on the floor about a foot past inside the distance of the open door and stand back where they can't see you.  Once they come in let them begin to eat and shut the door. Yippee!!

B. If you don't see them but begin to get sightings (never go alone and always let someone know where you're going) we recommend setting a Have A Heart Trap with tuna and a couple of your dirty socks (our feet smell like us) or a cloth with your urine on it.  Ask well meaning people not to set food out, the point is to get them into the trap.  This phase is nerve wracking because we usually catch 5 other cats, a raccoon and often an opossum before we catch the cat we're after.  Tape a flyer (and a notice not to let any trapped animal out) in a page protector to the trap which you've also locked to something.  Check the trap at least 3 times each day.  If you have coyote problems don't set the trap after
8PM or before dawn.

Does This Really Work?
Yes.  We've been doing this since 1996 and have helped families find over 90% of the animals reported missing to us.  It is hard work but this system works.  Each missing animal teaches us something that helps us find other animals.  The key is thinking about your cat, how does he or she react to things, what time of the day is he or she most active, does he or she like to lay in the sun, is this cat bold or shy, etc?

How Long Does It Take?
It varies from 2 hours to 8 months, usually it takes a month.  Keep track of everything you're doing in a notebook. Note the people you've talked to (with phone#s). Delegate some of our suggestions to trusted family or friends. Get rest, eat well and we think prayer and meditation are good ideas too.  Some of the families have used psychics with good results. Let me know if you would like a referral.

Good luck and keep in touch
Janet Corbett
Wildwood Pet Network
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