TIPS FOR EFFECTIVELY HELPING LOST OR FOUND CATS
It is essential to the health and safety of your cat, that they be kept indoors only. However, should your cat go missing, please follow these steps.
EVERY moment counts! Do NOT wait and hope your cat returns before taking action!
--Search the perimeter of your home, under bushes and structures. A scared cat will want to hide.
--Alert your neighbors
--IMMEDIATELY, that same day...Call your Animal Control Officer
--Call your local shelter, Paws of Plainville (508-695-4707). The shelter has experienced staff that can help you safely trap your cat. Or someone may have turned in your cat.
--Post your cats photo, where it went missing, and your contact information on Facebook (if possible), or other social media forums
--Create posters and post them around your neighborhood and adjacent areas as well
--Finally, don't give up too soon
--Take pictures and note when you first saw the cat
--As quickly as possible, ask your neighbors if it belongs to them
--IMMEDIATELY, call your local Animal Control Officer
--Please do NOT touch an animal you do not know. But try to safely assess the cat from a safe distance. When you do contact officials, you'll be able to give them a quick bit of info; Is it friendly? Does it seem sick? Is it wounded? Does it have kittens with it? This will give officials a sense of the urgency at hand.
--Feed the animal, if possible, to keep it around until it can be tended to by officials.
PUBLIC NUISANCE/DANGEROUS DOG - Any dog that unreasonably annoys humans, endangers the life or health of other animals or person(s), or substantially interferes with the rights of citizens, other than its owner(s), to enjoyment of life or property. The term "public nuisance/dangerous dog" shall mean and include, but is not limited to any dog that:
A. Is found at Large; B. Damages the property of anyone other than its owner or keeper;
C. Molests or intimidates pedestrians or passersby; D. Excessively makes disturbing noises, including but not limited to continued and repeated howling, barking, whining or other utterances causing unreasonable annoyancy, disturbances or discomfort to neighbors or others in close proximity to the premises where the dog is kept or harbored;
E. Has bitten or attacked any person; F. Has bitten or attacked other domestic animals;
G. Is found at large in a schoolyard, public or private recreation area, store or shopping area; except for those dogs certified to assist the visually or hearing impaired, which shall be deemed to be exempt from this provision;
H. Has been found by the Board of Selectmen, after notice to its owner or keeper and a public hearing, to be a public nuisance/dangerous dog, by virtue of being a menace to public health, safety or welfare.
VICIOUS DOG - Any dog that attacks, bites or injures humans or domesticated animals without provocation; or which, because of temperament, conditioning or training, has a known propensity to attack, bite or injure humans or domestic animals.