What should I do if I find a stray pet?

Call the Animal Control and Rescue Center. If the animal is wearing a rabies tag on its collar, you can read the tag number to us over the phone and we can trace the animal’s owners so you can contact them. If the animal is not wearing tags, 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 225-388-0111).
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. 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. If you have kept the animal for more than a week, ran a “found” ad in the paper, and the animal is unclaimed, you may keep the dog or cat if you’d like to give it a home.

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1. How do I report stray animals, nuisance animals, or animal cruelty situations?
2. What should I do if I find a stray pet?
3. What about pet licenses, and how many pets may I keep?
4. A barking dog in our neighborhood keeps us up at night. What should we do?
5. Raccoons are getting into my garbage. What can I do?
6. Who do I call to help me with a dead animal?
7. Someone has been bitten by an animal. What needs to be done?