Should we wait until the end of the hold period to assess cats who come in as strays to give an owner a chance to reclaim them?
Unfortunately, owner reclaim of cats is usually quite low. We recommend shelters review reclaim rates based on number of days in shelter. In most facilities, the vast majority of pets are reclaimed within the first 24-48 hours of entering the shelter. If this is the case in your facility, we strongly recommend assessing cats during their stray hold period, so that, if not reclaimed, they can go up for adoption immediately once the holding period is over. While a few cats that have been assessed might go back to the original owner, in most cases this will not happen. For those cats who are reclaimed there is fun information to share with the guardian!