But it takes more than shelters to keep pets happy and healthy while waiting for homes. Hard-working volunteer-run groups like Friends of the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter and the Animal Assistance League of Slidell help give support (and love) to the pets at those shelters. And there are many clinics, nonprofits and volunteer groups also helping dogs and cats put their best paw forward.
Find more helping hands below the jump.
5316 August Ave., Marrero, 218-7271; www.dagshouse.com
Named after owner Kim Dudek’s rescued pitbull pup Dagnabit, this Marrero clinic opened in 2008 for special needs dogs. Dudek rounded up a team of physical therapists, canine acupuncturists and veterinarians to help rehabilitate Dag (who suffered three broken discs) and now dozens of other dogs in need.
Pontchartrain Humane Society
The Slidell-based, volunteer-run pet fostering organization hosts adoption events and fosters animals rescued from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama shelters. Visit www.pontchatrainhumanesociety.org or call (985) 699-9040 for more information.
Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine St., 671-8235; www.southeranimalfoundatio.org
Founded in 1995, the New Orleans-based nonprofit clinic’s services include low-cost veterinary services for dogs and cats, saving local animals from euthanasia at area shelters, and rescuing other abused and abandoned animals.
The volunteer-run nonprofit provides low-cost spaying and neutering and pet adoptions. Visit www.spaymart.org for more information. St. Tammany Animal Resource Team (START)
The Madisonville-based group fosters adoptable pets, hosts adoption events and seeks volunteers. Visit www.startfosters.com for more information.
The Sula Foundation
Named after founder Ken Foster’s pitbull Sula, the foundation promotes responsible pitbull ownership and helps change the negative public perception of the loveable breed. The foundation also sponsors spay/neuter and low-cost veterinary clinics and other events. Visit www.sulafoundation.org for more information.
4601 Freret St., 304-4718; www.zeusplace.com
This Freret Street pet boarding house and groomer also houses cats and dogs looking for a home. Meet the adoptable tenants on its website.