ok... so i lost my cat pepito yesterday, and i didn't even notice for half a day... he's an indoor cat, but he managed to sneak out when the postman came to deliver a package. jerk. no one saw him slink out... he never hides, and comes right away when you call him, especially he hears a can opener... we searched the house several times (including the oven), called the montreal SPCA, looked for him outside with a flashlight, (black cat + nightime = not a good time), put up flyers across two blocks, and after about an hour, brenden spotted him wandering around a few houses down. BAD CAT!!!
the montreal SPCA was really helpful and had some super good tips for me in case this happens again:
-contact the spca "lost and found" department right away at 514.735.2711 x:2250, you can also check their blog for daily updates of pets in their stray section, if they aren't open, they're pretty quick to respond when you email them. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
-even if you have an indoor cat, make sure it wears a collar with your home phone number or a scarf or bandana with your phone number
-put up flyers in your neighborhood
-put a soiled litter box, and sprinkle used cat litter on your lawn, kind of like a trail of breadcrumbs... your cat will be attracted to the scent...
here's the bad news... montreal doesn't have a centralized pound or animal control, so it makes it pretty hard to track down a lost pet... and the montreal SPCA (5215 jean-talon ouest, metro namur) is only able to cover the following municipalities/boroughs:
|côte st-luc / montréal-ouest|
|côte-des-neiges / notre-dame-de-grâce|
if your municipality isn't listed, contact your city hall or borough office somehow to find out if there is an organization that covers your neighborhood. but act quickly, your pet will be held for 3-5 days in the "stray" section, and then evaluated for adoption.
hochelaga isn't one of those neighborhoods covered by the montreal SPCA... i found out through the SPCA that my neighborhood is covered by berger blanc. it gets worse... since pepito the cat is about 10 years old, he's considered "un-adoptable", and i would have to go to the berger blanc (9825 henri-bourassa est) ASAP to check for my cat for the next few days... because they will only hold him for THREE days before euthanizing him. that's pretty harsh.
berger blanc covers the following montreal neighborhoods:
and the municipalities of:
ville de lavaltrie
ville de mascouche
ville de charlemagne
ville de l'assomption
and a few other ones municipalities that just had logos on the page, see the complete list here ....