Tips on how to FIND your LOST PET  

Getting the word out early is the key to getting your dog or cat back safely and soundly. Don't assume your pet will return on his own in a few hours. Don't wait around to see if he'll find his way home. As soon as you are aware that your pet is missing, GET THE WORD OUT. Remember, have good, clear photos on hand just in case, and ALWAYS make sure your dogs and cats are wearing a collar with identification tags.
Leave out your pet's favorite food in a dish, luring him with the scent. Also, the animal will be hungry and searching for food. Leave a T-shirt or blanket with your scent or your pet's scent on it outside of your house. Animals have a much more sensitive sense of smell than humans and it is possible for them to smell it from a distance.
If your pet is an indoor cat that does not usually get out, place her litter box outside, where she may smell her own scent and recognize her home. (Do not clean it out first!).
Ask everyone: neighbors, children, mail carriers, passersby. Show them a photo of your pet. Even if they have not seen him, they may be willing to keep an eye out for him.
Look around your neighborhood carefully (or wherever your pet was lost). Cats can wander into a neighbor’s garage, shed, etc., fall asleep and accidentally get shut in.
Late at night or very early in the morning, when the area is quiet, go to the place where your pet was lost. Bring his favorite food and a flashlight, call his name and wait to see if he shows up. Try this repeatedly.
If your pet is microchipped, notify the microchip provider that your pet is lost.
If your pet is registered with a lost-pet network organization, call them right away.
Create a flyer with a photo.  Keep it Simple, with a brief description, breed type, color, etc.  Include the animal’s name, your pet may respond easier to a stranger calling it by its name, and it also makes your pet into a valued member of your family and not just another lost animal statistic.  Offer a reward (do not state how much in the ad) and include your phone number.  Note: If you are offering a reward, leave out a detail, such as gender, distinguishing mark, in order to avoid scam artists. Click here to download a free flyer template.
Make dozens of index cards with the same information as above, and go to every home, in every direction from the site of where your pet disappeared, and give a card, or stick a card under doors or on windshields. Stop and speak with every person you encounter – the more people know about your lost pet, the more likely the one person who spots him will call you. Your pet may be frightened, ask people to please check their sheds, garages, etc. especially at night.
Post “lost pet” ads in the local newspapers, websites and Social Network (Facebook, etc).  Include a photo of the dog and a way to contact you.
1.      Lost and Found Pets Acadiana: https://www.facebook.com/lostandfoundpetsacadiana
2.      Lafayette Animal Control Center Volunteers Lost and Found Pets: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lafayette-Animal-Control-Center-Volunteers-Lost-and-Found-Pets/483605311674503
3.      Lafayette Parish Lost/Found Pets:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lafayette-Parish-LostFound-Pets/474273282600742
6.      www.LostMyDoggie.com
7.       www.craigslist.org
8.      www.pets911.com
9.       www.petfinder.com
11.   www.tabbytracker.com  (for lost cats)  
Go to all the shelters* in the area – don’t just call them – and file a lost pet report. Give them a color photo of your pet with your phone number on it. Ask to see all the animals in the shelter and visit every cage. Check all the shelters every day. Shelter employees are often very busy, so you can’t depend on. someone remembering that an animal like yours was brought in. 
See below for a list of area shelters.
Call area veterinary clinics and emergency vet clinics and send them a photo/flyer of your pet. Ask each of them if any animal fitting your pet’s description has been brought in.
If you suspect that your pet may have been stolen, report your pet missing to the police. They may know if an animal fitting your pet’s description has been hit by a car (or they may be able to direct you to the department that handles this).
Read the “pet found” section in each of the local newspapers daily. Many papers run “found” ads for free. Follow up on any ad that describes an animal similar to yours, since you can’t count on the finder to describe your pet exactly as you would.
https://www.findtoto.com is a service that will call your neighbors to let them know that a pet in the area is missing. This is the phone-calling website. It calls itself the "Amber Alert" for lost pets. So that would reach the trappers too that are trapping cats and sending to the shelters and dumping cats off in other areas!
Don’t give up! Persistence is often the key to finding a lost pet. Some animals have been found after months of being missing.
  Also check tips on these web sites:

List of Parish Animal Control Shelters – go in person to check, don’t just call, ask to see ALL the dogs/cats at the shelter, keep checking back as often as possible, every day if you can.
Ascension Parish Animal Shelter 9894 Airline Hwy. Sorrento, LA 70778 225-675-6557 East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control Center 2680 Progress Road Baton Rouge, LA 70807 225-774-7700
Iberia Parish Animal Shelter 2017 Seaway Access Rd. New Iberia La. 70560 337-364-6311 Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter East Bank #1 Humane Way Harahan, LA 70123 504-736-6111
Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter West Bank 1869 Ames Blvd. Marrero, LA 70072 504-349-5111 Lafayette Animal Control Center 613 W. Pont Des Mouton Lafayette, LA 70507 337-291-5644
Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter 934 Highway 3185 Thibodaux, LA 70301 985-446-3532 Louisiana SPCA 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70114 504-368-5191
St. Bernard Parish Animal Control St. Bernard Animal Shelter 5455 E. Judge Perez Violet, LA 70092 504 278-1534 St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter 13830 River Road Luling, LA 70070 985-783-5010
St John Parish Animal Shelter 124 Water Plant Road LaPlace, LA 70068 985-651-7387 St Landry Parish Animal Control 255 Hanger Road Opelousas, LA 70570 Phone: (337)948-6184
St. Martin Parish Animal Control 1004 Industrial Park Road St. Martinville, Louisiana 70582 (337) 394-1220 St. Tammany Dept. of Animal Services 25026 Highway 36 Abita Springs, LA 70420 985-809-0183

Tangipahoa Parish Animal Control Shelter 15487 Club Deluxe Road Hammond, LA 70403 985-543-0215

Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter 131 Plant Road P. O. Box 2768 Houma, LA 70363 985-873-6709

Vermilion Parish Animal Control 11303 Pioneer Road Kaplan, LA 70548 337-643-3160