Foster and Rest & Relaxation (R&R) Programs

Foster Program

If you want to make a direct impact on an animal’s life while enriching your own, the foster program is an amazing way to help.  The Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter can help you connect with an animal that needs you while they wait for their forever home.  A foster animal offers companionship and gratitude while freeing up space for more animals in need of care.  In addition, it makes the animal more adoptable and promotes faster acclimation to a home setting. We encourage potential foster families to focus on adult dogs, senior dogs, and kittens; animals that would otherwise live without the loving touch and stability so crucial to their health and happiness. Remember, as a foster, you not only save one life but two by creating space in the shelter to rescue more animals. DOWNLOAD OUR FOSTER FAQ HERE.

Rest & Relaxation Program

Many people are hesitant to foster shelter animals for a variety of reasons, including the fear of long term attachment. Most of these reasons are based on misconceptions. Fostering doesn’t have to be long-term! You can give one of JPAS shelter dogs a break for a few hours, a night, or a full ​weekend.  If you are interested in short-term fostering, there’s a place for you in the Rest & Relaxation (R&R) Program​. ​Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter’s R&R program helps by reducing the stress and depression many animals suffer from while in a shelter environment.  It also helps to get to know them better in a home setting which ultimately helps their adoption potential. DOWNLOAD OUR RnR FAQ HERE.


If you are interested in participating in the JPAS Foster or R&R  program, complete the contact form below. If you have a specific question regarding fostering, email the JPAS Foster coordinator at:

You can also join the dedicated JPAS Foster/R&R Group on Facebook HERE where you can communicate with the foster coordinator and other foster volunteers, and see urgent requests for either shelter.

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Jefferson SPCA

4421 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121

Phone: 504-733-5878


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Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - East Bank

1 Humane Way, Harahan, LA 70123

Phone: 504-736-6111


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2701 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058 

Phone: 504-349-5111


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