Effective June 15, 2020, ACCC will accept cats by appointment (not including trapped/feral cats). Citizens are encouraged to first make attempts to find the animal’s owner before making an appointment for admittance into the ACCC. It is important to note that cats are 10 times more likely to find their way home if left where they’re found. Priority will be given to those animals that are injured, sick or in distress (including pregnant cats and kittens under two months without a mother). An appointment is required and can be made by calling 311 for assistance or visiting edmonton.ca/pets. ACCC continues to intake stray dogs when an appointment has been made. You must make an appointment to pick up your lost pet or have a lost animal scanned for a microchip.
As a general rule, if you have found a healthy cat, it’s almost always best to leave it where it was found or take it to a vet to have it checked for a microchip.
Lost cats are 10 times more likely to be reunited with their owner or caregivers if they are left where they were found than if they are removed and taken to a shelter(1).
(1) Source: Alley Cat Allies. Chu, K. and W. M. Anderson (2007).
Other types of cats such as feral cats, owned outdoor cats or community “stray” cats, can also usually be left where it was found as they are used to being or living outside.
If you still think the cat should come into the Animal Care & Control Centre (ACCC) and the cat looks healthy, call 311 to schedule an appointment. Intake guidelines and information on whether a cat needs immediate care can be found on the Scheduled Intake page.
Feeding stray cats is not recommended. If there is a food source, cats will stay and will attract other cats or other unwanted wildlife to the area.