Animal Rescue

The LAWCA provides this referal web-page for those who need to contact a rescue organization.

CAUTION: There are many individuals and groups that identify themselves as rescue organizations, but many "come and go", unfulfilled. And, there are many remaining that have good intentions, but are unable to do what people expect of a rescue organization. Even the better run rescue operations are often at or near capacity, and may not be able to immediately take-in another animal.

However, there are networks of individuals and groups who foster animals for rescues and public shelters. If the rescue cannot immediately accept an animal from you, they may be able to at least arrange for another rescue to take the animal, or to have the animal placed in foster care.

There are dog rescues that specialize in particular breeds of dogs. And there are cat rescues, feret rescues, bird rescues, etc.. Some of these can be found on the Internet through

Rescues and shelters in the northern part of the country are not so heavily burdened with the overwhelming numbers of rescued animals as occur in the warmer climates of the southern states. Many southern rescued animals have benefitted from organized transports that bring them north for adoption.

Please help The LAWCA by providing us with rescue contact information for this list.

If you are an active rescue, or if you know of an active rescue, that we should include in our list; please let us know about it by e-mailing us at

Extensive List of Rescue Organizations

CLICK for a list of rescue groups.

[This list, c. 2009, was compiled by Dayle Malen, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.
It is unendorsed by the LAWCA, and unverified, but it may be useful.]

List of Key Active Rescue Organizations

Animal Rescue New Orleans [ARNO]
1219 Coliseum St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Shelter at: 271 Plauche St., New Orleans, LA 70123
Telephone Rescue Line (24/7 voice mail): (504) 571-1900

Capitol Area Animal Rescue Society [CAAWS]
6357 Quinn Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Phone: (225) 752-5801

Iberia Humane Society
1314 Troy Road
New Iberia, LA 70563-9014
Phone: (337) 365-1923

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society [PAWS]
455 F. Edward Hebert
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
Phone: (504) 392-1601
After hours Phone: (504) 468-7069
Fax: (504) 394-1233

Animal Aid for Vermilion Area
5937 Veterans Memorial Drive
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: (337) 937-5888


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