While jogging, I saw two things, and while they both concerned me, I’m not really sure if these animals need my help or not.
-A cat was curled up by the sidewalk, and I saw that the backs of her ears were red, scaly, and largely hairless, and it looked like there was something reddish running from one of her eyes. Patches of her white fur were a dingy grey, her collar looked really small (but it was definitely a collar, not a bracelet or rubber band), and she seemed pretty tired and apathetic. I coaxed her into standing up for a second, and she sniffed me, but then she laid back down and curled up. I saw her in almost the same spot last week; she wasn’t moving much then either.
-There’s a house with no cars or anything nearby, and lots of overgrown grass…and I saw three (maybe four) cats hanging around there both times I passed (about an hour’s worth of time). They looked okay from a distance, but I’m worried there could be more or that they might be strays/feral.
I took pictures of both these things, I just wasn’t sure if I needed to alert the emergency team or not, because I’ve never had a cat and I don’t want to cause an alarm if everything’s actually okay
They might be feral, or they could be abandon. All because they’re feral doesn’t mean they’re bad, if you can comfort the cats with tuna or milk or even some treats or something, they might adapt to you. Definitely do what @Iweske said.
They just seem like they’ve been outside a lot, definitely get them noticed or help. If she had a collar, she was a house cat at one time. House cats should NEVER be abandon outside.
Any time you see a homeless cat or a cat that looks injured, it’s best to call the CID (Cruelty Investigation Department) emergency pager! Even if you’re unsure, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and you could end up helping an animal in serious need. Can you please call the CID pager at (757) 434 6285 or (757) 622 7382? You can also send the report by email to CIDinfo@peta.org.
Thank you for helping these animals, and remember- it’s always best to report things that concern you right away! Can you keep me posted on how things go with CID? You can email me directly at email@example.com 🙂