How You Can Help Abandoned Cats

You won’t find many stray dogs in the Parsippany area, but there are plenty of abandoned cats that have been dumped by their owners. While, you, as an individual might not have caused this problem, there are ways to help and show some compassion if you are moved to do so.

First, join Facebook groups where you can ask for help like Animals in NJ That Need Homes and Cat and Kitten Fostering Network of NJ. Here you can look for people who will take in a cat that you find, ask for advice, borrow a trap to catch the cat, etc.

If you encounter a cat, make sure the cat or kitten has food, water, and shelter. If you are sure the cat is not aggressive and you can bring her into your home, keep her away from your own pets until you are certain she is healthy.

If you do not want to keep the cat yourself, you can call your local animal shelter. To find shelters and adoption groups in your area, use Petfinder’s animal welfare group search tool. They may be able to take your cat and find her a new home. Be sure to give a donation if they do. However, if they are unable to accept the cat, you can try posting in the above Facebook Groups.

Here are some things to have on hand that will make your cat encounter easier:

  • Phone; phone numbers of local animal control, a shelter, and a 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic
  • Cat carrier or cardboard box 
  • Heavy blanket; water bowls and water
  • Strong-smelling foods, such as canned cat food to get the cat’s attention
  • An animal first-aid kit.

You may want to list the cat in your local animal shelters as “found.” It’s easy to assume that the owner of the cat callously abandoned them or, at the very least, neglected to keep them safely confined at home, but accidents can happen to anyone. It’s rare, but the distressed owner could be looking everywhere for their beloved pet. Leaving your contact with an animal shelter takes minimum effort, just in case.

Branch Locations
Main Library 449 Halsey Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 887-5150
Lake Hiawatha 68 Nokomis Avenue
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
(973) 335-0952
Mount Tabor 31 Trinity Park
Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
(973) 627-9508
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