Columbia County currently has no ordinance relating to stray or lost cats.
Animal Control cannot accept stray cats at the Animal Shelter, nor can it assist residents with issues involving domestic or feral cats. Finders of stray cats are encouraged to post the information regarding them to county-area Facebook pages in an attempt to locate the owners.
People taking in a stray cat may become the keeper of the animal and be responsible for its proper care. If you wish to become the owner of a stray cat, you must make reasonable and documented efforts to locate the animal’s owners. The finder should have the animal scanned for a micro-chip.
People finding and wishing to keep or re-home a stray cat must follow Oregon state law (ORS 98.005) regarding found property.
ORS 98.005 - responsibilities of finders of money or goods
Cats may not be valued at $250, but generally following these guidelines for notification would help to establish legal ownership. If ownership of the animal cannot be established, the finder may keep the animal or re-home the animal as needed.