We understand that your first inclination will be to pick up a cat that is wandering outdoors. After all, you want to do the right thing. But capturing them and bringing them to the Shelter may do more harm that good. A stray cat who is healthy and friendly likely belongs to someone in your neighborhood. Cats have a far better chance of reuniting with their owner when they're left in the area in which they’re found. Less than five percent of stray cats that are brought into shelters are reclaimed by their owners. For this reason, we encourage you to leave healthy and friendly cats where you discovered them.
If you feel that the cat is in danger or creating a nuisance, and action needs to be taken, first try to determine whether they are a stray or feral cat. General differences in behavior and appearance may include:
Stray Pet Cats
Helping Stray Pet Cats Return Home
Turning In Stray Pet Cats At The Shelter
Porter County Animal Control serves all of Porter County EXCEPT FOR THE CITY OF PORTAGE. All information contained in this section of the website is only applicable to the areas served by Porter County Animal Control. If you live in the City of Portage, you will need to contact them directly at (219) 763-1825, as they may have different policies and ordinances.