If the animal appears friendly and is in your possession, check to see if it has any identifying tags on it.
For dogs, contact the Manchester Police first and notify them of the situation. Call us at the shelter too, just in case someone reported losing the dog (628-3544).
For cats, check with your neighbors to see if they know who might own it. Post signs in the area that say “FOUND CAT” and provide a description and your contact information. Call the Manchester Animal Shelter to report that you found a cat. If the animal appears to be sick, injured, or pregnant, let us know. DO NOT bring the animal into the shelter until you are instructed to do so!
- DO NOT attempt to care for young kittens yourself.
- NEVER take kittens away from a nursing mother.
- ALWAYS contact the Manchester Animal Shelter for advice.
Be aware that young kittens are not able to eat on their own and can fail within hours unless they receive the proper care and nutrients! The most important thing about young kittens is to keep them with their mother. If it appears that there is no mother or that she is not caring for them, gather the kittens in a secure box and make sure they are kept in a warm room (at least 80 degrees F). Contact the Manchester Animal Shelter immediately to arrange transport.
If there is a mother caring for the kittens and they are not in danger, you can try to befriend the mother first by offering her food. If you feel safe and comfortable handling the mother and can get her and the kittens in a safe and warm location (porch, garage, etc.) then do so. Contact the Manchester Animal Shelter immediately and arrange for transport of the mother and kittens. If the mother is not cooperative, do not try to do this on your own. Contact the shelter for advice.
If you cannot get close to the mother, DO NOT try to catch her OR handle her kittens. Contact the Manchester Police immediately (628-6043) and explain the situation to them.
- Reception (meeting/greeting visitors, processing paperwork)
- Cat-care (cleaning, feeding, showing, and socializing our cats)
- Dog-care (cleaning, walking, and showing our dogs)
- Meds (giving medicine to animals)
- Special Needs (socializing feral cats)
- Surgery (assisting with spay/neuter operations)
- Newsletter (write articles about shelter events)
- Adoptathon (setup booth at local stores & shows, mingle with the public, transport animals, etc.)
- Some volunteers belong to more than one team so they can contribute to wherever their help is most needed.
Working at the shelter is not a strenuous job, but it does require fundamental social skills, routine bending, and occasional lifting (~20 lbs).