What to do if you find a stray animal


If you come across an animal that is thought to be a stray please contact the RSPCA to inform them of the situation (Call 0300 1234 999). The RSPCA will then advise you whether or not they feel the animal needs to be taken to the vets.
If the animal seems to be in need of urgent medical care it is best to get them to a vet as quickly as possible. If you can phone ahead to let us know you’re on the way, this is much appreciated.
As veterinary professionals we have a duty to examine each stray animal bought into us and provide them with life-saving care (first aid).
We unfortunately do not have the facilities and resources to accommodate and re-home strays.
This is the work of the RSPCA and charity re-homing centres.

  • Stray animal in need of urgent medical care – Contact the RSPCA and then your vet

  • Stray animal in a state of concern – Ring the RSPCA or report it online

  • Healthy animal – please leave them alone as they likely have a happy home.

Stray or lost animals can be scared and may react negatively towards someone they are not familiar with. Don’t take unnecessary risks when approaching an animal that you don’t know.

Click here to download an information leaflet

For further information about stray cats, see https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/what-do-if-you-find-stray-cat

Specific advice for stray dogs

Healthy stray dogs need to be reported to the local council and the Dog Warden is responsible for collecting them. If they are microchipped, they can be re-united with their owners.

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