I think I found a lost cat… What should I do?
Question: Can my kids volunteer at the animal shelter this summer?
Answer: It depends on their ages and availability into the fall! Our volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and we ask for a weekly commitment for at least six months. Younger people or those looking for a shorter-term project to help the shelter can consider holding a fundraiser to help the animals.
There’s a cat that I see frequently in my neighborhood, but I am not sure if he is lost or simply an indoor/outdoor cat. What should I do?
This can be a tricky one because you don’t want to ignore an animal in need, but you also don’t want to be accused of catnapping! Start by getting a photo of the cat and then talking to your neighbors to see if he belongs to anyone nearby. You can use an app like Nextdoor, a local lost and found Facebook group, or go the more old-fashioned route of walking around and knocking on doors. If nobody knows him, he may indeed need help. Bring the cat to us and we will scan for a microchip and add him to our database of found animals. You can leave the cat with us at the shelter for a $10 fee to help offset the costs of care.
For more information on volunteering, fundraising, found pets and more, please visit www.WashingtonCountyPets.com. The Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter is located at 1901 SE 24th Ave in Hillsboro.
Each month, you will have the chance to have your questions answered by the animal shelter. Email your questions to Jennifer_Keene@co.washington.or.us and we will try to answer as many as possible.