Find your next best buddy at one of these area animal shelters or rescue organizations. If you can't adopt, many groups are always looking for volunteers and donations of everything from newspapers and old towels to food and pet toys.
Animal Rescue New Orleans
271 Plauche St., Elmwood, (504) 571-1900
Adoption hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Adoption fees are $100 for cats and $150 for dogs and include spaying or neutering, shots, microchipping, combo testing for cats and heartworm treatment if necessary.
Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
1 Humane Way, Harahan, (504) 736-6111;
1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, (504) 349-5111
Adoption hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thu.; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat.
Adoption fee is $67 and includes spaying or neutering, the first set of vaccinations, worm treatment, microchipping and shots. The shelter needs leashes, collars, treats, blankets and towels.
Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA)
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191
Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon to 4 p.m. Sun.
Adoption fees for dogs weighing less than 20 pounds or younger than six months are $150. Fees for cats, kittens and dogs weighing more than 20 pounds and older than six months are $80. Rabbits and other small pets are $80. The organization often has adoption deals on its website and Facebook page. All animals are spayed or neutered and fees include microchipping, heartworm and flea medications, vaccinations, tags and licenses for Orleans Parish residents. The shelter needs newspapers, towels and blankets.
455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 392-1601
Adoption hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wed.-Sat.;11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun.
Adoption fees for dogs are $125, puppies are $200, cats are $40 and kittens are $50 and include vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering and testing for leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus in cats. A donation wish list is on its website.
St. Bernard Parish
Animal Control Shelter
5455 Judge Perez Drive, Violet, (504) 278-1534
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Adoption fees are $125 for dogs and $35 for cats. Fees include spaying or neutering, one month's worth of flea medication and heartworm prevention and all shots recommended for the animal's stage of development. Requested donations include treats, dishwashing liquid, bleach and paper towels.
St. Tammany Parish
31078 Highway 36, Lacombe, (985) 809-0183
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Adoption fees are $65 for dogs and $55 for cats and include spaying or neutering, microchipping, testing for heartworms and feline leukemia and all vaccines. Donations of newspapers are needed.
St. Tammany Humane Society
20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387
Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.
Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $75 for cats. Fees include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and six months' worth of heartworm prevention. All adoptable cats have been tested for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus. Donations of food, litter and bedding are requested.
Slidell Animal Control Shelter and Animal Assistance League of Slidell
2700 Terrace Ave., Slidell, (985) 646-4267
Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Adoption fees are $90 for dogs and $80 for cats and include spaying or neutering, worm treatment, vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea control and microchipping. Donations of cleaning and grooming supplies, food and toys are needed.
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (504) 454-8200; Petsmart, 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, (504) 343-7000; Petco, 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 495-1230; www.spaymart.org
Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (Veterans location); 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (Petsmart); 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every first and third Sat. (Petco)
Adoption fee is $85 (waived for seniors) and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, combo testing, worming, flea control and microchipping.
Villalobos Rescue Center
4525 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 948-4505
Adoption hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat.
Adoption fee is $200 and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and training sessions.