Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter says over 3,000 intakes in 2019 so far

Animal advocates say the best way to ensure that helpless cats and dogs don't end up in a shelter is to spay and & neuter your pets. / Source: MGN
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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - Thousands of dogs and cats have been taken in by our local animal shelter this year.

According to the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter, they have taken in more than 3,000 animals as of Tuesday afternoon. The count was at 2,051 dogs, 988 cats, and 69 other animals (though the number will have surely risen by the time you see this.)

Animal advocates say the best way to ensure that helpless cats and dogs don't end up in a shelter is to spay and & neuter your pets. Unwanted & accidental litters contribute greatly to cat and dog overpopulation. If you need financial help to spay or neuter your pet, please contact Paws of Northeast Louisiana.

Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter is a governmental agency under the Ouachita Parish Police Jury. The agency is responsible for protecting the public safety and health as associated with domestic and wild animals. O.P.A.S. accepts strays and owner turn-ins.

You can see the animals up for adoption here. KNOE also features an pet of the week on our Adopt-A-Pet segment.

Adoption fees are as follows:

Dogs/Puppies: $80.00 - Fee includes 7-in-1 vaccination and deworming (given before adoption), rabies vaccination (given by your vet at the time of spay/neuter surgery), microchipping upon adoption, and a certificate to have your dog spayed or neutered after adoption.

Cats/Kittens: $70.00 - Fee includes 4-in-1 vaccination and deworming (given before adoption), rabies vaccination (given by your vet at the time of spay/neuter surgery), microchipping upon adoption, and a certificate to have your cat spayed or neutered after adoption.

If you can't adopt, the shelter is in need of the following items:


  • Bath Towels/blankets/rugs (for bedding)
  • Blankets/rugs (for bedding - needed during the cold months only)
  • Rags/towels (for cleaning)
  • Medium & Large crates