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Your guide to New Orleans area animal shelters and rescue groups 

click to enlarge A pup rolls in the grass of New Orleans City Park on "Dog Day Afternoon," one of the major fundraisers for the Louisiana SPCA.

PHOTO BY ASHLEIGH NUSHAWG/CREATIVE COMMONS

A pup rolls in the grass of New Orleans City Park on "Dog Day Afternoon," one of the major fundraisers for the Louisiana SPCA.

Help give a forever home to a new furry friend from one of these area animal shelters or rescue organizations. Adoption fees generally cover spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, tests for common diseases and microchipping. If you are not able to adopt or foster an animal, most shelters are looking for volunteers and donations. Information for volunteers can also be found online. If you're interested in a particular breed of animal, contact a local shelter or search online for breed-specific rescues.

Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)
271 Plauche St., Elmwood, (504) 571-1900; www.animal-rescueneworleans.org
Adoption hours: 3 – 7 p.m. daily
Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $100 for cats. Fees include spaying or neutering, microchipping, shots, heartworm testing and treatment if necessary and testing for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency viruses in cats.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
1 Humane Way, East Jefferson, (504) 736-6111;
1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, (504) 349-5111
Adoption hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., Fri,; 9 a.m. to 6:30 Thurs., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat.
Adoption fees are $67 and includes two booster shots, spaying or neutering, microchipping, rabies shot, heartworm test, feline FIV, de-wormer and flea treatment.

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. 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 or older than six months are $80. Other small pets including rabbits are $80. The fee includes spaying or neutering, microchipping, heartworm and flea medications, vaccinations and tags and licenses for Orleans Parish residents.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 392-1601; www.paws4life.org
Adoption hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; Monday by appointment
Adoption fees are $125 for dogs, $200 for puppies, $40 for cats and $50 for kittens. Fees include spaying or neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and testing and treatment for any long-term issues such as heartworm or mange.

click to enlarge The Louisiana SPCA "tipped" the ear of a feral cat it sterilized as part of a trap and neuter program. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • The Louisiana SPCA "tipped" the ear of a feral cat it sterilized as part of a trap and neuter program.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Control Shelter
5455 E. Judge Perez Dr., Violet, (504) 278-1534; www.sbpg.net
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Adoption fees are $125 for dogs and $35 for cats. Spaying or neutering, microchipping and all up-to-date shots are included in the fee.

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter
31078 Highway 36, Lacombe, (985) 809-0183; www.stpgov.org
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Adoption fees are $65 for dogs and $55 for cats. Adoptions include microchipping, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, testing for heartworms, and testing cats for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency viruses.

St. Tammany Humane Society
20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387; www.sthumane.org
Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $75 for cats. Fees include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and six months' worth of heartworm prevention. Adoptable cats have been tested for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus.

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 Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Adoption fees are $90 for dogs and $80 for cats. Fees include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm medication for dogs and feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus testing for cats.

SpayMart
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)

Villalobos Rescue Center
4525 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 948-4505; www.vrcpitbull.net
Adoption hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Tue.-Fri., noon to 2 p.m. Sat.
The adoption fee is $200 for all dogs and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and training sessions.

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