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Directory: New Orleans Animal Shelters

Alex Woodward on where to find your next best friend

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Animal Rescue New Orleans

271 Plauche St., Harahan, 571-1900;

www.animalrescueneworleans.org

Adoption hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Adoption fees are $100 for cats and $150 for dogs and include spaying and neutering, all shots, microchipping, combination disease testing for cats, and heartworm treatment if necessary.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

1 Humane Way, Harahan, 736-6111;

1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, 349-5111

Adoption hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thu.; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.

Adoption fee is $67 and includes spaying and neutering; rabies, distemper and parvo vaccinations; microchipping and lice treatments.

EVENT: Onsite adoptions of cats and dogs at Jefferson Feed, Pet & Garden Center, 4421 Jefferson Highway, Sat., April 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., 368-5191;

www.la-spca.org

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 6 months are $150. Fees for cats, kittens and dogs more than 20 pounds and older than 6 months are $80. Rabbits and other small pets are $80. All animals are spayed and neutered, and fees include microchipping, heartworm and flea medications, vaccinations and tags and licenses (for Orleans Parish residents).

EVENT: Dog Day Afternoon is a walkathon and festival at New Orleans City Park's Big Lake. It features music by Amanda Shaw, dog contests, food, drinks and adoptable pets, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. March 25.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society

455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, 392-1601;

www.paws4life.org

Adoption hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun.

Adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $25 for cats and include vaccinations and microchipping. Cats are tested for leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Control Shelter

5455 E. Judge Perez Drive, Violet, 278-1534

Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Adoption fees for dogs and puppies weighing fewer than 25 pounds are $90, and adult dogs more than 25 pounds are $50. Adult cats are $15 and kittens are $35. Fees include spaying and neutering, one month's worth of flea medication and heartworm prevention and all shots recommended for the animal's stage of development.

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

31078 Hwy. 36, Lacombe, (985) 809-0183

Adoption hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

Adoption fees are $65, which includes spaying and neutering, microchipping, all vaccines and tests for heartworms and feline leukemia.

St. Tammany Humane Society

20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387;

www.sttammanyhumanesociety.org

Adoption hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.

Adoption fees are $50 to $150 for dogs and $25 to $75 for cats. Fees include spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, six months of heartworm prevention, and one month of flea/tick prevention. All adoptable cats have been tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus.

EVENT: The shelter's annual "Woofstock" festival is 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., April 14 at Mandeville's Pelican Park, featuring a low-cost vet clinic, discounts on heartworm and flea preventatives, kids' activities, dog contests, adoptable pets and free beer.

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.-Fri.; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sat.

Adoption fees for dogs are $80, and cats are $70. All animals are spayed and neutered, vaccinated and on heartworm preventative medicine if necessary.

Villalobos Rescue Center

4525 N. Claiborne Ave., 948-4505;

www.vrcpitbull.net

Adoption hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tue.-Sat.

Adoption fee is $200 and includes spaying and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and a lifetime of training sessions. It opens full time April 3.

EVENT: Grand opening party with music, food, vendors and dogs (do not bring your own dog to the event), including canines from the Animal Planet series Pit Bulls and Parolees. Sat., March 31, noon to 5 p.m.

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