Lost Pets

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats taken into U.S. animal shelters as strays each year are reunited with their owners. The reason is shockingly simple—too many owners fail to tag or microchip their animals.

What to do when you’ve lost your pet?

  1. Post details in the Facebook group, Lost Pets of Baton Rouge.

  2. Create flyers with a photo of your pet and post in your neighborhood and at local business establishments like grocery stores and gas stations.

  3. Run a “lost” ad in the Advocate and check the “found” ads every day here.

  4. Personally visit surrounding veterinary clinics. Ask if the pet was turned in and share your flyer (don’t just post to a bulletin wall). Many do-gooders will bring a lost pet to the local vet. However, space is short and clinics may not be in a position to board an unclaimed animal. For a list of local veterinary clinics go here.

  5. Microchipping is great but don’t count on any one scanning your pet. In addition, chips often migrate or are unreadable.

  6. Collars are nice but unreliable means of identification as they may be easily removed (and in some cases, prove a choking hazard for certain pets).

  7. Visit East Baton Rouge Animal Control EVERY DAY. Bring your flyer. Ask to walk the rows. They are greatly understaffed so again, don’t assume (if your pet is chipped or tagged) that they will call. If Animal Control has your pet, you’ll be asked to pay a fee and proof of rabies vaccination.

  8. Exercise caution when dealing with organizations that charge a fee to find your pet.

What to do if you find a stray pet? 

  1. If the pet is not wearing an id collar, bring he/she to the nearest vet clinic. They can scan rabies tag and chips to locate the owner. 

  2. If the animal is not wearing tags or is chipped, you may want to take care of the animal for a few days while you run a “found” ad in the paper. The Advocate runs “found” ads for free (4 lines for 3 days; call 388-0111). 

  3. You may also want to post “found” flyers in your neighborhood and in adjacent subdivisions. It’s a good idea to place a few flyers at local gas stations, veterinary hospitals, grocery stores, etc. 

  4. If you can’t find the owner, or if you are not able or willing to try, just give us a call during normal business hours and we will pick the animal up.   

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