Foster and Rest & Relaxation (R&R) Programs
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 FOSTER FAQ HERE.
Rest & Relaxation Program
Many people are afraid 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 R&R FAQ HERE.
CHECK OUT OUR FOSTER SPOTLIGHT FEATURING OUR MOST URGENT ANIMALS HERE!
If you are interested in more information about these programs and being added to the Foster/R&R database, please contact the foster coordinators. You can use the contact form below to send your name, email address, the location you are interested in fostering for (i.e., Eastbank or Westbank), and phone number (optional).
You can also email the JPAS Foster Team directly at: JPASfoster@gmail.com
Once you have been added, you will receive weekly email spotlights, highlighting the most deserving shelter residents and any urgent requests for fosters. The foster coordinators will get you started, answer any questions you have, and walk you through the process.
You can also join the dedicated JPAS Foster/R&R Group on Facebook HERE where you can communicate with our coordinators and other fosters and see urgent requests for either shelter. (Please join if you are interested in fostering/R&R only. There is a separate page for volunteers and our main SPCA page for other information.)
PLEASE NOTE: The foster database is separate from our general mailing list and is NOT computer generated. It is maintained and monitored by part-time volunteers. Please be patient and we will respond to you as soon as we can! Please check your Spam folder as sometimes our responses get filed as Spam.