NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Louisiana SPCA is nearly 100% past capacity with 650 animals in its care and is urging the community to adopt during the national Clear the Shelter adoption event or foster.

As adoption and foster interests continue to decline nationwide, owner surrenders have increased 36% from last year with housing challenges, financial struggles and lack of time being the primary reasons.

“Our facilities are designed to care for up to 400 animals at one time and right now, we have 650,” says Kathryn Destreza, director of operations at the Louisiana SPCA’s New Orleans Campus. “We are out of space. There are kennels in the hallways. Our foster network is maxed out. We need the community to step-up and adopt or foster.”

From Aug. 25 to Sept. 19, adoption fees will be reduced to just $25 for large dogs and cats older than six months at both Louisiana SPCA campuses. Each adoptable will be vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped. Each adoption will also include a free bag of pet food, 30 days of free pet insurance and one week of free dog training. Normal adoption procedures will apply during Clear the Shelters and adoptions are by appointment only. Appointments can be booked online at

The Louisiana SPCA is the oldest and largest open-admission animal shelter in the region and grants refuge to every unwanted, injured or abused animal that needs it. While other shelters and rescue groups nearby have been forced to shut their doors to both strays and owner surrenders, the Louisiana SPCA remains open

For more information about the Clear the Shelter’s adoption event or fostering, visit or call 504.368.5191.


WHAT:Clear the Shelters

$25 adoptions*


WHEN:Aug. 25 Sept. 19


WHERE:Louisiana SPCA

New Orleans Campus

1700 Mardi Gras Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70114


Plaquemines Parish Campus

455 F Edward Hebert Blvd.

Belle Chasse, LA 70037