In this week’s issue, you’ll find Gambit’s guide to local animal shelters. But just outside the parish lines and beyond, you’ll find even more pets in need of a loving home and a new family:
St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter
31078 Hwy. 36, Lacombe, (985) 809-0183
Adoption hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday
THE SCOOP: Adoption fees: $65, which includes spaying and neutering, micro-chipping, and tests for heartworms and feline leukemia and all vaccines.
THE POOP: The Lacombe shelter rescues and houses thousands of pets each year in a parish that constantly struggles with pet overpopulation. This year, St. Tammany animal control officer Amanda McDaniel (along with Southern Animal Foundation’s Annie Bell) was named one of City Business’ “Heroes in Healthcare.”
Vouchers are available for low-cost spaying and neutering, and local groups like the Spay/Neuter Intervention Program (or SNIP) also assist with spay and neuter programs. Volunteer opportunities include bathing, walking and socializing the dogs, or helping foster kittens and puppies too young to enter a shelter.
St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS)
97 Obed Magee Road, Tylertown, Miss., (601) 222-1927; www.stfrancisanimalsanctuary.org
Adoption hours by appointment.
THE SCOOP: Adoption fees: $125 for all cats and dogs and include spaying and neutering, all vaccinations and micro-chipping.
THE POOP: The 48-acre property is the southeast’s largest pet sanctuary and home to more than 400 pets each year. The sanctuary gives pets — from New Orleans to Mississippi’s coast — a comfortable permanent home. Pam Perez founded the sanctuary in 2000 in Abita Springs and expanded to Mississippi, where animals receive long-term medical care and have ample space. More than 200 dogs and 35 cats are available for adoption.
Volunteer opportunities at the sanctuary include grooming, feeding and socializing with the animals, or volunteers can assist with pet adoptions and other events like an upcoming benefit golf tournament. Adoption events are held every second Saturday at the Mandeville Trailhead (675 Lafitte St., Mandeville) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at the SFAS Thrift Store (813 Florida St., Mandeville) every third Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.