Lost your cat?
Please submit a lost pet form to alert COFAS of your missing cat! We also recommend you look for your cat at your local shelter every 3-4 days starting from the day they go missing. Please stop by COFAS Medical Center (4375 N Washington St) to look for your missing cat. COFAS has a 5-day stray hold, but on the 6th day stray pets will be placed up for adoption.
Lost Pet Tips:
Check your local animal shelters/pounds/Rescues to see if they may have your cat. We recommend contacting all local shelters/pounds/rescues within a 30 mile radius.
Circle of Friends Animal Shelter: 701-775-3732
Peterson Vet Clinic (if your pet is missing from East Grand Forks): 218-773-2401
Journey Home Animal Rescue: info@journeyhomeanimalrescue.
Ask around your neighborhood– You may have missed your cat leaving, but your neighbors may have seen something!
Call your cat’s microchip company and report them missing! Many microchip companies will reach out to the local shelters or vet clinics to alert them of your missing cat.
Create a flyer- Many microchip companies offer a free flyer feature, but you can also create a free flyer on PawBoost.
If your property is fenced, leave the gate open so your cat can get back into your yard.
Spread awareness using social media, PawBoost , or Petco Love Lost – to post your missing cat for FREE, the community of Grand Forks has an excellent Facebook page that you can create a post on to raise awareness for your missing cat.
Leave out recently worn clothing, their litterbox, food, and water- something with your scent on it can be used to attract your cat to come back home-pillow cases or sheets would work too. The scent of your cat’s litterbox can also be used to attract your cat back home. By leaving out food and water, your cat is more likely to stay in the area if resources are readily available for them.
If You See Your Cat Running Loose:
Do NOT chase your cat as they could be very skittish and frightened by being in an unfamiliar environment- this may cause them to run away from you.
Sit quietly and patiently while using a calm and gentle voice to comfort and coax your cat closer to you. Frantic or panicked voices may cause your cat to become more scared than they already are.
Bring a bag of treats or a can of wet food to entice your cat to come closer to you. You can also try shaking the bag or opening the can of wet food, the sound may draw your cat to you if they’re hiding nearby.
Place a box or create a safe space for your cat to sneak into for you to check often.
Lost Pet Kit
If you are missing your cat and need assistance from us in looking for them, our lost pet kits are free for the public and located at our medical center. They include tips and tools that can be used to make it easier for you to find your cat. This kit includes the following:
Quick release collar
Name Tag Coupon
A fill in the blank flyer
A list of who to notify that your cat is missing.
Tips for luring scared cats
Found a cat?
Did you find the cat within Grand Forks City Limits? Please call the Grand Forks non-emergency police line (701-787-8000, option 2) and an officer will be sent to your location to get the cat from you.
Did you find the cat within Grand Forks County? Please contact us at [email protected] or call 701-775-3732 for further assistance during our operating hours. If you find a county stray cat outside of COFAS operation hours, please consider holding the cat until COFAS opens the next day. If you are unable to keep the cat overnight, please call your local non-emergency police line for further guidance.
Did you find the cat in East Grand Forks? Please call the East Grand Forks non-emergency police line (218-773-1104).
Did you find the cat outside City and County limits? Please call your local non-emergency police line.
Post a picture of the cat and where you found it on the GFPD Lost Pets Page on Facebook, this page has a large community following and the owner may see the post and recognize their cat.
Post a picture of the pet on Petco Love Lost– This is a FREE service and may help an owner find their missing pet.
REMEMBER! Don’t keep a cat that you found as a stray without doing your due diligence to find an owner! Not all stray cats are abused or abandoned, and this cat could be missed dearly by its loving family. Please report stray cats to your local shelter or your local non-emergency police line.