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Thinking of getting a pet? Consider adoption.

For a list of needed donations and supplies, visit each group's website.

Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO)

271 Plauche St., Harahan, (504) 571-1900; www.animalrescueneworleans.org

The no-kill shelter rescues abused, abandoned and homeless animals and finds them new homes, as well as seeking to have all companion animals spayed/neutered. Adoption fees are $200 for dogs, $85 for cats and $100 for kittens and include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping and heartworm tests and treatment. Adoption hours are 2 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Humane Society of Louisiana

(888) 648-6263; www.humanela.org

The New Orleans-based animal protection charity rescues abused and neglected animals, including dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, birds and other small animals from around Louisiana, works with animal welfare agencies, law enforcement and citizens to find them homes and educates the public about responsible pet ownership. It also takes in animals from area animal shelters. Its TransPUPtation program takes adoptable pets to communities in Maine, New Jersey and New Hampshire. Adoption fees are $125 and include immunizations, spay/neuter services and microchipping.

Humane Society of New Orleans

(504) 322-3938; www.humaneneworleans.org

The nonprofit agency rescues abused and neglected animals, gives them veterinary care and works with area shelters to find them homes. It also enforces animal-protection laws, educates the public about proper animal care and training and sponsors pet therapy visits to area nursing homes. It does not take in stray or lost pets. Adoption fees vary. The group is raising funds to develop a wildlife rehabilitation facility in New Orleans and currently provides humane wildlife removal services to residents (costs vary).

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

1 Humane Way, Jefferson, (504) 736-6111; 2701 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, (504) 349-5111; www.jeffersonspca.org

The group, which has shelters in Jefferson and Harvey, saves vulnerable animals and provides medical care, adoptions and education programs. Adoption fees are $67 for dogs, $25 for cats and $18 for kittens and include spay/neuter services, deworming, microchipping and vaccinations. Adoption hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Kismet Pet Adoptions

(504) 229-2466; www.kismetpetadoptions.com

The nonprofit group finds homes for neglected, abused, homeless and displaced animals as well as those rescued from shelters. Adoption fees are $100 for cats and $150 for dogs and include vaccinations, spay/neuter services, microchipping, deworming and testing for heartworms or feline leukemia. Contact the organization to meet adoptable pets.

La. D.A.W.G.

206 Goldenwood Drive, Slidell, (504) 710-1123

The no-kill organization for dogs accepts all breeds and seeks to find homes for them. Adoption fees are about $100 and include spay/neuter services, microchipping and vaccinations. The organization, run mostly by one person, needs volunteers, toys, blankets, leashes, collars, towels and cash donations. Adoption hours are by appointment.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA)

1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., (504) 368-5191; www.la-spca.org

The animal control agency for Orleans Parish, the LA/SPCA houses surrendered and rescued animals in the parish. It also runs a low-cost veterinary clinic. The shelter also operates a transport program to take animals to other adoption facilities around the country. Adoption fees are $200 for puppies younger than 6 months old and less than 20 pounds, $80 for dogs 6 months and older and more than 20 pounds, $80 for cats, $40 for additional cats adopted on the same day, $90 for kittens and $10 to $25 for small pets. Adoption fees are waived for active and retired military personnel, and seniors 65 and older can adopt an animal 5 years or older for $50. Fees for adoptions of noncanine or feline species (when available) varies. Adoption fees include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping, rabies license, heartworm test and treatment, free trial of pet insurance and a bag of food. Adoption hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Metairie Humane Shelter

6213 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 451-2822; www.metairiehumane.org

The dog shelter was founded by Metairie residents and is run by an all-volunteer staff. Adoption fees are $200 for adult dogs, and $300-$400 for puppies. Adoption fees include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, heartworm testing and treatment. Adoption hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

NOLA Lab Rescue

www.nolalabrescue.org

The nonprofit organization rescues and finds homes for dogs that have been abandoned or are in overcrowded shelters in Louisiana, particularly Labrador retrievers and Lab mixes, senior canines and those with special needs, and promotes responsible pet ownership. It also works with shelters in Kentucky and Canada. The group does not have a shelter and depends on volunteers to foster and transport dogs and to help with adoption events. Adoption fees are $300 and include spay/neuter services, heartworm testing and vaccinations.

Northshore Humane Society

20384 Harrison Ave., Covington, (985) 892-7387; www.northshorehumane.org

The nonprofit seeks to place neglected and abandoned animals on the Northshore in foster care or permanent homes. The group offers low-cost veterinary services, a shelter and spay/neuter programs. Adoption fees are $150 for puppies and $75 for kittens 6 months and younger. Fees vary for adult dogs and cats. Fees include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, heartworm testing or feline leukemia testing. An Adopter's Club membership provides a 10 percent discount on veterinary services. Adoption hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

455 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse, (504) 392-1601; www.facebook.com/paws2003

The no-kill shelter finds homes for stray and homeless animals and offers low-cost veterinary services. 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. Fees include vaccinations, microchipping, spay/neuter services and testing for feline leukemia/IDS. Adoption hours are noon-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday. The agency also offers free spay/neuter services for feral cats and trap-neuter-return services.

Pontchartrain Humane Society

(985) 699-9040; www.pontchartrainhumanesociety.org

The all-volunteer nonprofit agency headquartered in Slidell provides foster care for abandoned, abused and homeless animals and those in shelters in the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coast region and finds homes for them. Adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $60 for cats and include spay/neutering services and vaccinations. Pets can be adopted during regular adoption days or by appointment.

St. Bernard Parish Animal Control Shelter

5455 E. Judge Perez Drive, Violet, (504) 278-1534; www.sbpg.net/148/animal-control

The shelter is the animal control agent for St. Bernard Parish and finds new homes for stray and abandoned dogs and cats, reunites lost pets with their owners and helps residents with animal nuisance problems. It educates the public about animal care and hosts low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics. Adoption fees are $20 for spayed/neutered animals and includes vaccinations, deworming, microchipping and screenings for heartworms or feline leukemia/IDS. Fees for unspayed/unneutered animals are $80 for males and $90 for females. Adoption hours are 7 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. There also are monthly off-site adoption events.

St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter

31078 Highway 36, Lacombe, (985) 809-0183; www.stpgov.org/departments/animal-services

The Lacombe shelter provides adoption services for stray animals and unwanted pets. Adoption fees are $65 for dogs and $55 for cats and includes spay/neuter services, immunizations, microchipping and screening for heartworms and feline leukemia/IDS. Adoption hours are 8 a.m.-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 Animal Assistance League of Slidell houses stray and homeless animals picked up by animal control officers, abused and neglected animals and  surrendered animals. It also educates the public about proper animal care. Adoption fees are $90 for dogs, $80 for cats and $20 for ferrets, rabbits and other small animals. Fees include spay/neuter services, deworming, vaccinations and microchipping. Adoption hours are 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Southern Animal Foundation

1823 Magazine St., (504) 671-8235; www.southernanimalfoundation.org

Southern Animal Foundation operates a low-cost veterinary clinic and rescues abused, neglected and homeless animals in Louisiana and Mississippi. Adoption fees are $150 for dogs and $100 for cats and covers spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm or feline leukemia/IDS testing. Hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

SpayMart

PetSmart, 209 Town Center Parkway, Slidell, (985) 718-3254; PetSmart, 1000 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 105, Harahan, (504) 733-2016; 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie (504) 454-8200; 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 leukemia/IDA testing, deworming, flea control and microchipping. Adoption hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Metairie location, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Sunday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Harahan location and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily at the Slidell location.

Sula Foundation

www.facebook.com/sulafoundation

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 for dogs 1 year and older, $300 for dogs under 1 year old. Fees include spay/neuter services, appropriate immunizations, and a veterinary exam. Adoption hours are by appointment.

Villalobos Rescue Center

4525 N. Claiborne Ave., (504) 948-4505; www.vrcpitbull.com

The nonprofit has locations in New Orleans and rural Assumption Parish. It started as a rescue for pit bull terriers but has evolved into a rescue agency for all breeds and finds them adoptive homes all over the country. Adoption fees are $200 and include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping and free lifelong training sessions. Adoption hours are noon-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 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. Adoption fees are $125 and include spay/neuter services, vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm testing and a veterinary exam. Adoption hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.