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Animal shelters and rescue groups in the New Orleans area 

Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)
271 Plauche St., Harahan, (504) 571-1900; www.animalrescueneworleans.org
ARNO operates a no-kill shelter where it cares for rescued, abandoned and homeless animals, provides medical treatment and finds homes for them. Adoption fees are $100 for cats and $150 for dogs and include spay/neuter services, immunizations, microchipping, combo testing for cats and heartworm treatment for dogs if needed. Donations of dry dog and cat food, plastic grocery bags and newspapers are needed. For a detailed list of needed products, visit the ARNO website. Adoption hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily or by appointment

Humane Society of Louisiana
(888) 648-6263; www.humanela.org
The New Orleans-based animal protection charity rescues abused and neglected animals of all kinds and works with animal welfare agencies, law enforcement and residents to find them homes. The agency also educates the public about responsible pet ownership. Adoption fees are $125 and include immunizations, spay/neuter services and microchipping. Cash donations are needed for the no-kill sanctuary, where rescued animals are rehabilitated for adoption, as well as items that can be raffled at fundraisers.

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
1 Humane Way, Jefferson, (504) 736-6111; 2701 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 349-5111
The group, which has shelters in Jefferson and Harvey, saves vulnerable animals and provides medical care, adoptions and education programs. Adoption fees are $67 and include spay/neuter services, worming, microchipping and vaccinations. The shelter needs donations of towels, Pup-Peroni and small Milk Bone treats, peanut butter, catnip, kitten milk replacement, kitten bottles, ping pong and tennis balls, cat toys, 18-gallon storage containers office supplies and more. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Kismet Pet Adoptions
(504) 229-2466; www.kismetpetadoptions.com
The Metairie-based agency finds homes for displaced, abused and neglected animals. The group provides all its animals with a microchip, spay/neuter services, vaccinations, deworming and needed medical treatments. Dogs are tested for heartworm and cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Adoption fee is $150. The shelter seeks financial donations as well as volunteers to foster animals, work at adoption events and take animals to veterinary appointments.

La. D.A.W.G.
206 Goldenwood Drive, Slidell, (504) 710-1121
The no-kill organization accepts all breeds of dogs and seeks to find them homes. Call for more information.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA)
1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org
The 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, dogs weighing more than 20 pounds and older than six months are $80. Rabbits and other small pets are $10. Senior citizens who adopt a pet 5 years old or older pay $50. Adoption fees are waived for active and retired military personnel. Fees include spay/neuter services, microchipping, heartworm test, deworming vaccinations and tags and licenses for Orleans Parish residents. The shelter needs donations of newspapers, towels and blankets, as well as volunteers to foster animals. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Metairie Humane Shelter
6213 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 451-2822; www.metairiehumane.org
The nonprofit animal shelter was opened by a group of Metairie residents and is operated by an all-volunteer staff. Adoptions are $100 for adult dogs and $200 to $400 for puppies and includes heartworm testing and treatment and spay/neuter services. The group needs donations of bedding, food, treats, toys, shampoo and flea treatments. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

NOLA Lab Rescue
www.nolalabrescue.org
The nonprofit places rescued Labrador retrievers into approved homes and promotes responsible pet ownership. Adoption fees are $300 and include all medical treatments. Cash donations are needed for veterinary care, medication and food. Other needs include towels, sheets, crates, leashes, collars, dog beds, toys, food bowls and large crates. Visit the website for adoption information.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 392-1601; www.paws4life.org
The no-kill shelter in Belle Chasse finds homes for stray and homeless animals. Low-cost veterinary services are available. Adoption fees are $125 for dogs 6 months and older, $200 for puppies younger than 6 months, $40 for cats older than 6 months and $50 for kittens under 6 months. Fees include vaccinations, microchipping, spay/neuter services 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. The agency also offers free spaying for feral cats and trap-neuter-return services. Adoption hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday and 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 care until permanent homes can be found. There are monthly adoption days, or visit a specific pet by appointment. The society needs cash donations for veterinary care, and a detailed list of needed donation items is on the website.

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 finds new homes for stray and abandoned dogs and cats. Adoption fees are $20 to $80 for male dogs and cats and $20 to $90 for females and includes vaccinations, deworming, microchipping and screening for heartworm or feline leukemia. Requested donations include treats, towels, blankets, dishwashing liquid, bleach and paper towels. Adoption hours are 7 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

St. Tammany Humane Society
20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387; www.sthumane.org
The nonprofit animal welfare organization offers veterinary care, fostering and adoption services for stray and homeless animals. Adoption fees are $150 for puppies 6 months and younger and $75 for kittens 6 months and younger. Fees for dogs and cats older than 6 months start at $50. Adoption fees include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming and screenings for heartworm or feline leukemia. Donations of pet food, cat litter and bedding are requested. Adoption hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 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 takes in a wide range of animals for adoption. Adoption fees are $65 for dogs and $55 for cats. The fees include spay/neuter services, immunizations, microchipping and screening for heartworms and feline leukemia. Donations of newspapers, blankets, pillows, towels, sheets, treats and batteries are needed. Adoption hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Slidell Animal Control Shelter & 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, $80 for cats and $20 for ferrets, rabbits and other small animals. Adoption fees include spay/neuter services, deworming, vaccinations and microchipping. Donations of cleaning and grooming supplies, food and toys are needed. Adoption hours are 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 operates a full-service, low-cost animal hospital and rescue organization that finds homes for homeless animals. Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $100 for cats and include spay/neuter services, immunizations, microchipping, heartworm tests for dogs and feline leukemia and immunodeficiency screening for cats. Cash donations are needed.

SpayMart
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (504) 454-8200; PetSmart, 1000 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan, (504) 733-2016; www.spaymart.org
The nonprofit operates a no-kill shelter and foster care program for cats and holds adoption events. The adoption fee is $85 (waived for senior citizens) and includes spaying, vaccinations, feline combo testing, worm treatment, flea control and microchipping. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Veterans Memorial Boulevard location); 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (Petsmart).

Sula Foundation
www.sulafoundation.org
The nonprofit is dedicated to responsible pit bull ownership and offers low-cost veterinary clinics and spay/neuter services. The organization also finds homes for abandoned dogs or abused dogs, on a limited basis.

Take Paws Animal Rescue
(504) 914-4803; www.takepawsrescue.org
This organization takes dogs from shelters and rescue operations and transports them to foster homes, adoptive homes and other shelters where they may be adopted. Adoption fee is $200. Adoption hours are by appointment.

Villalobos Rescue Center
4525 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 948-4505; www.vrcpitbull.net
Villalobos is an all-breeds dog rescue with a focus on pit bulls. Adoption fee is $200 and includes spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping and training sessions. The center needs donations of dog food (see website for types), Kurund beds, leashes, crates, toys, treats, blankets, towels, laundry soap and softener, flea and tick prevention and dog shampoo. Adoption hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Zeus' Rescues
2520 Napoleon Ave., (504) 309-2144; www.zeusrescues.org
The organization assists in finding permanent homes for dogs and cats from area shelters with the goal of eradicating animal euthanasia and homelessness. All donations fund veterinary care for shelter animals. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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