December 30, 2021
During holidays like New Year’s Eve, the Louisiana SPCA urges pet owners to keep in mind that what’s fun for us can be downright frightening for our pets. That’s why it is so important to keep them inside where they are safe.
Here are a few tips from the Louisiana SPCA on how to keep your pets safe and calm during New Year’s Eve celebrations:
The days following New Year’s Eve are some of the busiest days for animal shelters across the country as dogs break their restraints and flee their homes due to anxiety and fear from fireworks displays. If you are separated from your pet, the most important thing to know is that each parish has a stray hold period. This hold period is designed to allow you time to find your pet. Each parish’s hold period is different; for example Orleans Parish is three days while Jefferson and Plaquemines Parish are five days. Be mindful that collars can fall off or be removed. Microchips are a permanent form of identification and the best chance to be reunited with your pet if you become separated.
If you lost your pet:
WARNING: Sometimes unfriendly citizens will use forums to prey on people. The Louisiana SPCA encourages 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 scam and should be reported to your local law enforcement.
To report a lost pet, complete the Louisiana SPCA’s online Lost Pet Report or stop by the Louisiana SPCA in person at 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. In Algiers. More tips on what to do if you lose or find a pet can be found at www.louisianaspca.org/lostandfound