When organizations agreed to house animals affected by hurricane Katrina, they agreed to put their photos onto petfinder.com, to make them easier to locate. There are still some pets being added to Petfinder (by foster “parents” and some new shelters) but Petfinder is mainly set now (and shelters are no longer updating where pets went).
Animal Emergency Response Network
If you have not posted your pet lost here, you may still wish to do so. This helps in the process of matching lost pets to found pets in this extensive database. Look under Search reports of FOUND, RESCUED and SHELTERED pets to see if your pet is listed. SEE TIPS for SEARCHING to help you in your search on petfinder.com.
Also, you may wish to look through this link on petfinder.com.:
Link onto PETS FOUND, and choose the state your animal was in (LA or MS). These are posted by individuals who may not have posted these pets as FOUND on the Animal Emergency Response Network FOUND link. There are no photos, but some have descriptions and location where the pet was found.
They now have set up the site so you enter the city or zip code, and choose a shelter or area. Then, you go to the left-hand side to enter I LOST MY PET to search. You might want to begin with a narrow search, based on your breed, animal's gender, etc., then go ahead and expand the search if you do not find your pet.
To see the details of any pet, link (click) onto the PHOTO. That goes to a separate page with more details. Also, sometimes the location where the pet was found is listed on the far right-hand side of each pet page.
This site has thousands of photos from MANY different sources. NOTE: The photos have copyrights and are only to be used for Online searching. They may not be reproduced without the copyright holder‘s permission.
Daily postings of rescue operations and where to get the most up to date information and ways to contact shelters
This site has a photo gallery of pets, located throughout shelters across the U.S. They appear to have the Lost pets mixed in with the Found pets, but they do have good photos and some good identification. And, you can search by type of animal and breed.
The Humane Society of the United States can be a primary contact for you, particularly if you know your animal was rescued. If you see your animal on Petfinder.com, or see that an animal was rescued from your home, please call the Humane Society Hotline, and they will help you research your animal's whereabouts. They will also HELP FUND AIRFARE for your animal to be flown home to you.
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
(someone will answer your call live, 10am - 6 pm. EST; voicemail after hours)
The ASPCA was active in rescuing animals and will help you find your animals in the system.