If feral or stray animals turn up at your doorstep, don’t assume that they have homes and are just visiting. It never hurts to err on the side of caution and take them in. If they have families, your signs and ads will bring them running. If they don’t have homes, your intervention could save their lives.
Stray and feral animals can rarely survive long on their own. They die of disease, poisoning, starvation, theft by laboratory dealers, and worse.
If you spot a stray, bring him or her inside! If the animal is not sterilized, one stray can quickly turn into a dozen. If a stray flees when you approach, start putting out food to get him or her into the habit of visiting. Use a box trap from your local animal shelter (NAAHR has some to loan.)
Check for tags; many lost animals are reunited with their families because someone took the time to call. But don’t assume that because the animal has a collar, he or she has a home. Many are abandoned, or their families have given up looking for them.
Immediately file a “found” report at all area shelters (animals can wander many miles). Don’t be afraid to take the animal to a well-run shelter—that’s usually the first place where people look. Place a classified ad in the newspaper (many papers run “found” ads for free or at a discount). Put up signs within a 2-mile radius that say, “Found cat. Call [telephone number].” Don’t give any details. Let callers give you details; this weeds out people who are trying to acquire animals under false pretenses to sell to laboratories or dog fighting rings.
Always sterilize animals before they go to their new homes. Call 1-800-248-SPAY for information on low-cost spay/neuter programs in your area.
For more information or help on finding a home for an animal in need call or text us at (510)846-3624.
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We are a farm animal rescue in Lakehead, CA. This website is dedicated to our permanent residents on the farm.
All adoptable dogs and cats will be listed on our petfinder page and you must contact us directly on the website or via phone for more information on a specific animal. The website address is petfinder.com. Search under rescues, then click California and type in our full rescue name, it will pop up under Lakehead, CA.
We go to the Bay Area once a week for fostering/adoptions and occasionally Humboldt County. We are available most days of the week in Shasta County by appointment.