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18 pet shelters and rescue groups in the New Orleans area 

Animal shelters, rescue organizations and foster groups to help you find your next pet

Animal Rescue New Orleans 271 Plauche St., Harahan, (504) 571-1900; www.animalrescue- neworleans.org ARNO rescues abandoned and homeless domestic animals, provides medical treatment and finds adoptive homes for them. Adoption fees are $100 for cats and $150 for dogs and include spaying/neutering, immunizations, microchipping, combo testing for cats and heartworm treatment if needed. Donations of dry dog and cat food, plastic grocery bags and newspapers are needed. Adoption hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily

Humane Society of Louisiana (888) 648-6263; www.humanela.org The New Orleans-based nonprofit animal protection agency rescues abused and neglected animals and works with animal welfare agencies, law enforcement and individual citizens to find them homes. The agency also educates children and adults about responsible pet ownership. Adoption fees are $125. Cash donations are needed for the no-kill sanctuary where rescued animals are rehabilitated for adoption, and donations of items that can be raffled at fundraisers also are needed. Contact info@humanela.org for more information.

Humane Society of New Orleans 4734 Magazine St., (504) 322-3938; www.humaneneworleans.org The nonprofit animal welfare advocacy group specializes in helping abused and neglected animals. It offers pet adoptions, a foster program, wildlife mitigation services and low-cost spay/neuter. Adoption fees average $125. Adoptions are by appointment.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter 1 Humane Way, Jefferson, (504) 736-6111; 1869 Ames Blvd., Marrero, (504) 349-5111 The group has shelters in Jefferson on the East Bank and Marrero on the West Bank. The shelter saves vulnerable animals and provides medical care, adoptions and education programs. The adoption fee is $67 and includes spaying or neutering, worm treatment, microchipping and vaccinations. The shelter needs donations of towels and peanut butter. 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.

Kismet Pet Adoptions (504) 229-2466; www.kismetpet- adoptions.com The Metairie-based foster and adoption agency provides a medical exam for all its animals, as well as spaying or neutering, immunizations and worm and flea treatments. Dogs are tested for heartworm and cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. The shelter seeks financial donations and volunteers to foster animals, work at adoption events and take 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 The 125-year-old nonprofit is the animal control agent for Orleans Parish. 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. Senior citizens who adopt a pet 5 years old or older can adopt for $50. Adoption fees are waived for active and retired military personnel. Fees include spaying or neutering, microchipping, heartworm and flea medications, vaccinations, tags and licenses for Orleans Parish residents. The shelter needs donations of newspapers, towels and blankets and volunteers to foster animals. Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

NOLA Lab Rescue www.nolalabrescue.org The nonprofit places rescued Labrador retrievers into approved homes and promotes responsible pet ownership. Cash donations are needed for veterinary care, medication and food for foster dogs. Contact adopt.nolalabrescue@gmail.com for questions about adoptions.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) 455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 392-1601; www.paws4life.org PAWS is a no-kill shelter for abandoned, stray and homeless animals. 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 lengthy donation wish list is on its website and includes dog and cat food, toys, collars and treats, and cleaning, office and medical supplies. Adoption hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; by appointment only Monday

Pontchartrain Humane Society (985) 699-9040; www.pontchartrainhumanesociety.org The organization rescues abandoned and abused animals and places them in foster homes until they are adopted. The group's website contains photos and information about the animals waiting for adoption. Call for a schedule of special adoption days or arrange a visit with a specific pet. The society needs cash donations for veterinary care.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Control Shelter 5455 Judge Perez Drive, Violet, (504) 278-1534; www.sbpg.net The shelter is the animal control agent for St. Bernard Parish and has hundreds of dogs and cats for adoption. Adoption fees are $125 for dogs and $35 for cats and include spaying or neutering, a month of flea medication and heartworm prevention, microchipping and shots. Requested donations include treats, towels, blankets, dishwashing liquid, bleach and paper towels. Adoption hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday

St. Tammany Humane Society 20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387; www.sthumane.org One of the largest nonprofit animal welfare organizations in the region, the STHS offers veterinary care, fostering and adoption services. Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $75 for cats. Fees include spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and six months' worth of heartworm prevention. Cats are tested for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus. Donations of pet food, cat litter and bedding are requested. Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

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

Slidell Animal Control Shelter and Animal Assistance League of Slidell 2700 Terrace Ave., Slidell, (985) 646-4267; www.myslidell.com/animal-control The assistance league is a nonprofit founded to support Slidell's animal control shelter with food, medical care and socialization of animals. 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. Adoption hours: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

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 based on applications. Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $100 for cats and include spay/neuter services, immunizations, microchipping, heartworm test for dogs and feline leukemia and immunodeficiency for cats. Cash donations are needed.

SpayMart 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (504) 454-8200; PetSmart, 1000 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan, (504) 733-2016; Petco, 5300 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 899-6122; www.spaymart.org The nonprofit operates a no-kill shelter and foster care program and holds pet adoption events. Cat adoption fee is $85 (waived for senior citizens) and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, feline combo testing, worm treatment, flea control and microchipping. 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)

Sula Foundation www.sulafoundation.org The nonprofit is dedicated to responsible pit bull ownership through low-cost veterinary clinics, low-cost or 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 This rescue center is dedicated to pit bulls. Adoption fee is $200 and includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and training sessions. The center needs donations of dog food, clip-on leashes (1 inch wide), large pooper scoopers, fold-down large animal crates, slip leads, toys, rawhide, blankets, towels, laundry soap and softener, flea and tick prevention and dog shampoo. Adoption hours: Noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Zeus' Rescues 4601 Freret St., (504) 304-4718; www.zeusrescues.org The organization assists in finding permanent homes for dogs and cats from area shelters with the goal of eradicating animal euthanasia. All donations fund veterinary care for shelter animals.

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