Animal Life: What To Do If You Lose Your Pet

May 16, 2014

Losing a pet is scary. Do you know what to do if this happens?

As soon as you notice that your pet is missing, go to your local animal shelter in person to file a report. Be sure to bring a photo ID and a recent picture of your pet. After you do that, make flyers and post them around your neighborhood. 

If someone brings a lost pet to the local animal shelter, they're only legally required to hold it for a few days. So it's crucial to be proactive in your search.

Most importantly, get your pet microchipped! The microchip is not a GPS or tracking device, but it is a permanent form of of identification that is recognized internationally.

If you lose or find a pet in the greater New Orleans area, be sure to check in with your local shelter. In Orleans Parish you can check in with the LA/SPCA's lost and found.