Have you found a stray animal? We can help!
Tips if You Find a Stray Animal
Check for a collar or ID.
Alert your neighbors. Take a photo of the animal and share it with your community. Be descriptive, include the cross-streets where you found the animal.
Walk around the neighborhood. The owner may be out looking for their pet.
Check for a microchip. Bring the pet to the nearest vet clinic to get a microchip scan.
If you find a stray animal, please call your local non-emergency police dispatch phone number and they will advise you on their process.
When does a stray cat become yours?
The policy for the City of Knoxville is that a stray cat belongs to you if you give it food and water for 1 day.
Please call the non-emergency dispatch number to pick up the cat and bring it to MCHS rather than feeding it.