I Found a Pet

What to Do When you Find a Pet

If you find a pet in Boucherville, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville or Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, it’s a sure bet that someone is looking for it.

Contact us as soon as possible.

Calls are answered according to their level of urgency.

If you find a pet outside our territory, view the list of shelters in your area.

Do everything you can to help the pet find its family.

Pets that are aggressive, injured or in danger
  1. Do not come into contact with it.
  2. First, make sure the pet and anyone near it is safe. If it appears to be aggressive, do not put yourself in danger.
  3. Contact us immediately. Outside our business hours, contact the police at 911.
Special instructions for dogs
  1. If the dog is wearing a Services Animaliers de la Rive-Sud tag, contact us immediately.
  2. If the dog has another form of identification, you can try to locate the owner yourself. The owner is sure to be very grateful!
  3. You can bring the dog to our shelter during our business hours. We can also come by and pick it up; just contact us!
  4. Outside our business hours, keep the dog in a secure place and contact us as soon as our offices open. If possible, keep it confined in a yard, shed or room, making sure that it has enough water and food.
  5. If you are not able to approach the dog, contact us and tell us where it is so that we can go and pick it up.
Special instructions for cats
  1. If the cat is wearing a Services Animaliers de la Rive-Sud tag, contact us immediately.
  2. If the cat has another form of identification, you can try to locate the owner yourself. The owner is sure to be very grateful!
  3. You can bring the cat to our shelter during our business hours. We can also come by and pick it up, but only if it is confined. We cannot search for a cat that is wandering about. If necessary, you can rent a cage trap.
  4. Outside our business hours, keep the cat in a secure place and contact us as soon as our offices open. If possible, keep it confined in a yard, shed or room, making sure that it has enough water and food.
Special instructions for kittens
  1. Look for the kittens’ mother; if she isn’t nearby, she may have gone hunting. Wait a few hours to see if she comes back to feed her kittens. Don’t wait more than eight hours, to ensure the kittens do not starve or become dehydrated.
  2. If the mother doesn’t come back, try to find one or several families willing to take care of the kittens (feed them and provide a safe home). Ideally, kittens should be kept together.
    1. If they are too young to eat canned food, ask a veterinarian or animal shelter for advice.
    2. Very young kittens may have to be bottle-fed milk.
    3. Once they reach a weight of two pounds, you can start thinking about having them spayed or neutered and giving them up for adoption.
  3. If you are unable to keep the kittens until they have been weaned, contact animal services in your region. Most importantly, do not let them go free! They have a slim chance of surviving, and allowing them to roam exacerbates the cat overpopulation problem.

Kittens under two months old are less likely to survive in shelters, especially without their mother. Their immune system is still weak, and they are more vulnerable to disease. By keeping them at home with you for a few weeks, you will be giving shelters a helping hand by reducing the number of vulnerable animals they have to take in. All you need is a room, some foods and lots of love!