Lost and Found

Guidance for Lost Cats

You can report your cat as missing by contacting our Lost & Found Officer.

However, please also consider the following checklist of things to try:

    • Check the house thoroughly – cats can sometimes hide very cleverly.
    • Put up posters in a circle with your home as the centre.
    • Ask neighbours to check sheds and garages.
    • After a while, enlarge the circle and put up more posters.
    • Phone all the local vets as they all hold a lost and found register.
    • Go out at dusk or dawn to call – this is when cats are most likely to be out.
    • If you live near a school, put a poster up there - children like to look out for cats.
    • If you live near the railway line, ask at the nearest stations.
    • If you have recently moved, put posters up around your old home and ask your previous neighbours to keep an eye out. Cats often get confused when they go out. Veolia, our local street cleansing contractors, assist in reuniting owners with cats that have unfortunately died a result of a road traffic accident, providing the cat has been microchipped. Veolia staff will take the body to one of the following veterinary surgeries, where they will be scanned, and then the registered owner contacted:
MEDIVET 106 Lifstan Way, Southend on Sea, SS1 2XF
MEDIVET 18 Leighton Court Drive, Leigh on Sea, SS9 1PS
VETS4PETS 535 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, SS1 2AY
VETS4PETS 1603-1609 London Road, Leigh on Sea, SS9 2SQ
VETS4PETS PetsAtHome, Southend Airport Retail Park, Southend on Sea, SS2 6FW
COMPANION CARE PetsAtHome, London Road Retail Park, Southend on Sea, SS1 1PA
SHOEBURY VETERINARY SURGERY 9 St Andrews Road, Showburyness, SS3 9JA
ASHINGDON SURGERY Hedingham Place, Rectory Road, Rochford, SS4 1UP

Guidance for Found Cats

You can report a cat to us as found so that we can try reuniting it with their owners.

However, please also see the following list of things to do:

  • Does it look thin or starving? If so, give it some food.
  • Phone the Southend Cats Protection Lost & Found Officer
  • Contact the local vets who maintain lost & found registers.
  • If practical to do so, take it to the vet and ask them to scan for a microchip.
  • Does it look ill? Call the RSPCA or take it to the local vet. Explain that it's not your cat.
  • If it looks healthy and is not very thin - do not feed it – it will probably go home.
  • If it hangs around, you can put a collar on it with a note on.
  • That way, you can provide your contact details and ask anyone reading the note to confirm with you that the cat is actually theirs. If the note deteriorates over time, then changes are the cat is indeed lost.
  • If you live near the railway line, ask at the nearest stations.
  • Many cats go off exploring and most can find their way home again.
  • Do not find a cat before it is lost.


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