Losing a pet is a terrifying experience. Here are a few tips to help you find your pet:

  • File a Lost report with a photo of the lost animal at the LA/SPCA and/or your local animal shelter. The LA/SPCA only holds strays for a period of three (3) days and requires you to come in person to file a lost report.
  • Actively look around your neighborhood. Notify your mail carrier and others who work in your neighborhood. Take a walk daily and check possible hiding places. Dawn and dusk are the most active times for lost pets.
  • Post "lost pet" flyers in your neighborhood and inform your neighbors. Download a template.
  • Post a "lost pet" ad with nola.com and craigslist.org, as well as your area newspapers.
  • Notify your area veterinary clinics and boarding and grooming facilities.
  • Leave food and water outside for your pet and an article of your clothing, toy or a bed your pet uses.
  • If your pet is microchipped call your microchip company to ensure your information is current and correct; and still be pro-active in your search.
  • For lost cats, ask your neighbors to check their garages and sheds, as cats can become trapped in inconspicuous places.
  • You may view our Stray & Found Dogs and Cats currently with our shelter once you have filed a lost report in person. Keep in mind animals must be identified in person.
  • Check our Found Pets Blog, to see pets reported found by friendly citizens.

*warning* Sometimes unfriendly citizens will use forums to prey on people. The LASPCA urges you to use caution if you are contacted by someone claiming to have found your pet and asks you for a reward in exchange for the animal. This is a common con and should be reported to your local law enforcement.

If you find your pet, take a moment to ensure this will not happen again:
  • Put a collar and ID tag on your pet. (It is required by law to have a rabies tag on your dog.)
  • Report to animal shelters and others that you have found your pet.
  • Microchip your pet. The LASPCA's Community Clinic can administer the chip for $20. 

GNO Area Shelters: 

The Louisiana SPCA (Orleans Parish) 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, Algiers 504-368-5191
Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - East Bank 1 Humane Way, Harahan 504-736-6111
Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - West Bank 1869 Ames Blvd, Marrero 504-349-5111
Plaquemines Parish Animal Control 3712 Main St, Belle Chase 504-393-0215
St. Bernard Parish Animal Control 5455 E. Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette 504-278-5734
St. Charles Parish Animal Control 13830 River Rd, Luling 985-783-5010
St. John Parish Animal Shelter 124 Water Plant Rd, LaPlace 985-651-7387
St. Tammany Parish Dept of Animal Services 31078 Hwy 36, Lacombe 985-809-0183
St. Tammany Parish-Slidell Animal Control 2700 Terrace Ave, Slidell 985-646-4267
Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control 15487 Club Deluxe Rd, Hammond 985-543-0215
Terrebone Parish Animal Control 131 Plant Rd, Houma 985-873-6709
Washington Parish Animal Control 1637 Desmare St, Franklington 985-839-5458

 Reclaiming a Pet

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to redeem your animal.
  • Proof of ownership is required. (i.e. vet records with your pets name and description and your contact information, photos, microchip identification) 
  • No shelter may release an animal without current proof of rabies within the past 12 months, so be sure to bring your pet's vaccination records.
  • Fees will be involved, as shelters incur costs for housing and treating your animal. Fees will vary depending on your pet's spay/neuter status, vaccinations, and the nature of the intake of the animal.

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