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17 South Louisiana animal shelters and rescue centers where you can adopt your next pet

Local shelters, rescue groups and adoption services


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Animal Rescue New Orleans
271 Plauche St., Elmwood, (504) 571-1900; www.animal-rescueneworleans.org  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. Donations of dry dog and cat food, plastic grocery bags and newspapers are needed.

Humane Society of Louisiana
(888) 648-6263; www.humanela.org
The nonprofit New Orleans-based animal protection agency rescues animals from abuse and neglect and works with independent SPCAs, humane agencies, law enforcement officials and private citizens. Donations are needed for the no-kill sanctuary where animals are rehabilitated for adoption. Adoption fees are $125. Contact info@humanela.org.

Humane Society of New Orleans
(504) 322-3938; www.humaneworleans.org
The nonprofit advocates for the prevention of cruelty to animals, offers pet adoption, a foster program and wildlife mitigation services. The shelter specializes in animals that have been abused or neglected.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
1 Humane Way, Jefferson, (504) 736-6111;
1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, (504) 349-5111
Adoption hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The adoption fee is $67 and includes spaying or neutering, initial vaccinations, worm treatment, microchipping and shots. The shelter needs donations of towels and peanut butter (for toys and treats).

Kismet Pet Adoptions
(504) 229-2466; www.kismetpetadoptions.com
The Metairie-based foster and adoption agency ensures all animals receive a veterinary exam, all vaccines, worm and flea treatments and are spayed/neutered. Dogs are tested for heartworm and cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. The organization needs financial donations and volunteers for fostering animals, working adoption events and taking animals to veterinary appointments.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA)
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org
Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
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 $10. Adopt one cat and receive a second cat for $40. The discount fee for senior citizens who adopt a pet over five years old is $50; adoption fees are waived for active and retired military. All animals are spayed or neutered and fees include microchipping, heartworm and flea medications, vaccinations, tags and licenses for Orleans Parish residents. Foster home volunteers are needed, as well as newspapers, towels and blankets for the shelter.

NOLA Lab Rescue
The nonprofit places rescued Labrador retrievers into approved foster and adoptive homes and promotes responsible pet ownership. Monetary donations are needed to provide foster Labs with veterinary care, medication and food. For adoption inquiries, contact adopt.nolalabrescue@gmail.com.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society
455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 392-1601; www.paws4life.org
Adoption hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; by appointment only Monday
Adoption fees for dogs are $125, puppies are $200, cats are $40 and kittens are $50. The fees include vaccinations, microchipping, spaying or neutering and testing for leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. A donation wish list is on its website.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Control Shelter
5455 Judge Perez Drive, Violet, (504) 278-1534; www.sbpg.net
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
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, microchipping and all shots recommended for the animal's stage of development. Requested donations include treats, towels, blankets, dishwashing liquid, bleach and paper towels.

St. Tammany Humane Society
20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387; www.sthumane.org  Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
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, cat litter and bedding are requested.

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter
31078 Highway 36, Lacombe, (985) 809-0183; www.stpgov.org/departments/animals
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Adoption fees are $65 for newly arrived dogs, $32 after a dog has been there for 30 days, $10 after 60 days and $55 for newly arrived cats, $27 after 30 days and $10 after 60 days. The fees include spaying or neutering, microchipping, testing for heartworms and feline leukemia and all vaccines. Donations of newspapers, blankets, pillows, towels, sheets, treats and batteries are needed.

Slidell Animal Control Shelter and Animal Assistance League of Slidell
2700 Terrace Ave., Slidell, (985) 646-4267; www.myslidell.com/animal-control
Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
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.

Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine St., (504) 671-8235; www.southernanimalfoundation.org
Southern Animal Foundation is a full-service, low-cost animal hospital and rescue organization. Pet adoptions are granted based on applications.

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
Cat adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday (Veterans Memorial Boulevard location); noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Petsmart); noon to 4 p.m. every first and third Saturday (Petco)
Cat adoption fee is $85 (waived for senior citizens) and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, combo testing, worm treatment, flea control and microchipping.

Sula Foundation
The nonprofit is dedicated to responsible pit bull ownership through low-cost veterinary clinics, free spaying and neutering, education, adoption and advocacy, as well as rescuing and finding homes for abandoned dogs. Contact info@sulafoundation.org for volunteer and fostering opportunities.

Villalobos Rescue Center
4525 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 948-4505; www.vrcpitbull.net   Adoption hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Adoption fee is $200 and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and training sessions. Visit the website for a donation wish list.

Zeus' Rescues
The organization assists in finding permanent homes for dogs and cats from area shelters. All donations fund the animals' veterinary care.


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