The Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter is looking for Volunteers!

Volunteering is a great way for you to support the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, and even meet the pet of your dreams! There are lots of ways to help, from walking dogs, cuddling cats, to office work or transporting pets.

If you are 11-15 years old, you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while at the shelter. Your parent/guardian must also complete volunteer training.

At this time, we are recruiting for these volunteer positions: Big Dog Walkers, and Feline Friends.

'Big Dog' Walkers

-Our Big Dog walkers walk the dogs around the shelter campus, or play off leash in designated dog runs. Exercise keeps our dogs happy, and happy dogs get adopted! Volunteers can work on basic training, take candid photos of the dogs, work on leash manners, and most importantly, spend time with them! 

Volunteers in this position must have the ability to handle large, happy-to-see-you dogs. Walking our dogs is pretty physical; they try to pull you down the hall and out the door and you must have the ability to keep them under control at all times. In addition to handling large energetic dogs, our dog walking volunteers must be willing to tolerate a loud environment, and help with other important tasks, such as laundry, poop scooping, and tidying up. These things are important to keep our shelter running smoothly. 

We are looking to fill these volunteer dog walking shifts at both our East and West bank locations:








Feline Friends -

Volunteers assist with cleaning kennels, making enrichment items, and socializing kittens and cats through touch and play. Toys, fleece blankets, cat scratchers can be distributed to cats. It is so important that our adoptable cats remain friendly to people while waiting on their furr-ever homes, and our volunteers play a critical role in keeping our cats happy! Volunteers in this position must be willing to help with other tasks, such as laundry, poop scooping, and tidying up. These things are important to keep our shelter running smoothly. 

We are looking to fill these volunteer Cat Socializer shifts at both our East and West bank locations:









 Animal Handlers- If Events are more your speed, we always have a need for animal handlers at our adoption events. Events are usually held on weekends during the day from 11am-3pm. Dog handlers are responsible for one dog during the event.


Take this quick survey and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch!

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About the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter

The Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter (JPAS) is an entity of Jefferson Parish government. It is an 'Open Intake Municipal Animal Shelter', which means that they accept every stray animal found in Jefferson Parish. They also accept Jefferson Parish residents pets they wish to 'surrender', by appointment. 

JPAS has two locations:

East Bank Shelter 1 Humane Way, Harahan, 70123

West Bank Shelter 2701 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 70058


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The JPAS volunteer program does not give credit for court ordered community service hours. If this is what you need, please call the shelter for information.

East Bank (504) 736-6111 West Bank (504) 349-5111

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To contact the Jefferson SPCA

Jefferson SPCA

4421 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA 70121

Phone: 504-733-5878


To contact the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelters

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - East Bank

1 Humane Way, Harahan, LA 70123

Phone: 504-736-6111


Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter - West Bank

2701 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058 

Phone: 504-349-5111


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