Is it a healthy animal that you believe may have an owner?
Try the contact numbers shown on both our Links & Lost Pets pages.

Is it a sick or injured animal?
Ring the RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice Line on
Tel; 0300 1234 999.

Is it a healthy stray animal?
See below

If you have found a stray dog, we recommend you;

  • Report this to the local Dog Warden (employed by local council)
  • If the dog is hungry then please feed it and make water available

If you have found a stray cat, we recommend you;

  • Try to ascertain if the cat is definitely a stray by checking with neighbours or asking your local vet / RSPCA to scan the animal for a microchip.
  • If the cat will let you approach it then you could also fit a paper collar with a note asking the owner to contact you.
  • If you can’t catch the cat please ring the local RSPCA branch for assistance (or the RSPCA National Cruelty and Advice line on our Links page.
  • If the cat is hungry then please feed it and make water available
  • If you can’t take the cat into your home please ensure it has shelter outside which is dry and safe whilst you find a more suitable home for it (see below).

If you have found a rabbit, ferret or other small furry animal we recommend you;

  • Contact the Potters Bar, Hatfield and Barnet RSPCA branch

If the owner cannot be traced and you can’t provide a safe loving home yourself, then contact the following:

  • Potters Bar, Hatfield and Barnet RSPCA Branch
  • Local animal rescue centres
  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
  • Your local vets
  • Cat Chat
  • Cats Protection