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Some pets rescued after Ida have just three days to be reunited with owners

The holding period for all the pets taken into the LASPCA since Hurricane Ida began on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Credit: Louisiana SPCA

NEW ORLEANS — The Louisiana SPCA says it has picked up several stray animals after Hurricane Ida.

In order to reunite as many families as possible, the LASPCA has started a dedicated section on its website to display animals currently being held as strays. You can visit the website at www.louisianaspca.org/strays

When a stray animal is picked up, the shelter is required to hold that animal for a holding period. In Orleans Parish, the holder period is three days (exactly 72 hours) and in Plaquemines Parish it is five days (120 hours) in order to give the animal a chance to be reunited with their family.

The holding period for all the pets taken into the LASPCA since Hurricane Ida began on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Once a stray animal has been held for the three-day stray-hold window the Louisiana SPCA becomes the legal owner and can determine the best placement option for that animal, including adoption.

The shelter is still closed to the public, but appointments can be made to be reunited with your lost pet.

As the state assesses the damage for Hurricane Ida, many of our residents might be searching for temporary foster care for their pets until they are able to get back on their feet. 911FosterPets is a resource for families dealing with the aftermath of the storm, linking their pets with temporary foster homes. Doing so prevents these pets from having to enter a shelter and prevents pet owners from having to permanently give up a pet. If you are willing to foster a pet temporarily whose owner may have been displaced or you are looking for temporary foster care for your pet, please sign up through the 911fosterpets.com. The Louisiana SPCA is not able to board owned pets. 

If you have lost your pet and don’t see them on our website, these are the steps to take:

  1. Complete a lost report with us at www.louisianaspca.org/lostreport to fill out a lost report or call us at 504.368.5191. We cross-reference our lost reports with our found ones filed and the animals in our care.
  2. Post lost pet information on your Nextdoor group and on Lost and Found Facebook groups. It is possible your pet may be at a neighbor’s home being cared for rather than being at the shelter.
  3. Additional tips to find a pet can be found at: www.missionreunite.com

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