Hood River, OR asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oregon

Q: Is there a specific amount of time an owner can claim a lost cat before the cat is adopted?

A cat showed up at my house and I am trying in good faith to find her owners (if any) before I adopt her as my own. I took her to the vet after 3 days to scan for a chip (none), check for sterilization (spayed but not ear tipped), and check her overall health. I have checked any/all social media and community sites for a lost cat. No luck. I have posted on Craigslist, Nextdoor, a local FB page for lost pets, and my vet posted about her as well. No one so far seems to be looking for her. I would like to proceed with taking her in permanently, but don't know if I need to wait a specific amount of time or what possible legal ramifications could be if an owner turns up down the road.

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Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Media, PA

A: In Colorado, the law on abandoned property is 5 years. You would have to look up the abandoned property law in OR, because animals are considered property there, too. That said, you are doing the right things to protect your ownership claim if the true owner does ever pop up.

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