Hyde Park Cats would like to empower you to help the cat you have found. If you have found a stray cat, please follow the steps below.
First, ask yourself if you think this is not a stray cat, but your neighbor's cat who is out. Use your best judgment (is it filthy? struggling mightily to get your attention? skinny? no collar?). Keep your eye out for this cat. It might turn into a stray cat!
If you think it is a stray (lost) or homeless cat, we encourage you to help.
If you take the cat into your home, keep it separate from any resident pets. Place the cat in a small room with a litter box and food. A bathroom is a good option—something with a door and tile floors. Don't worry too much about a litter box. Cats will naturally use a box ... you can fill it with shredded newspaper if you can't get litter.
If you decide you want to keep the cat you should still attempt to find the owner, so:
If you don't want to keep the cat, but can foster it for a while, during which time we seek adopters, we will help!
If you can't keep the cat at all:
If you want to bypass Hyde Park Cats:
Please remember that Hyde Park Cats is a community organization made up of volunteers working on their own time. We are not paid for our work. We do not have a physical shelter but depend on foster homes and the goodwill and civic-mindedness of our community. We cannot always respond to immediate, urgent, or emergency needs.