HARAHAN, LA (WVUE) - Dozens of volunteers spent the afternoon sprucing up play areas and creating more open spaces at the Eastbank Animal Shelter in Harahan that will hopefully help furry friends find their forever home.
As part of the Hartz Loving Paws "give back" initiative, more than 50 volunteers from around the country helped renovate the shelter.
"They're out here making improvements to their play yards, fixing some dog kennels inside, sprucing up some cat rooms, and then building an outdoor cat enclosure," Rescue Rebuild Director Zach Baker said.
Organizers hope this open play space will get more animals into loving homes.
"We do this because we want more animals to get adopted, and so every project that we're working on today is with that in mind. We want animals that live here at the shelter to be relaxed, and that way, when potential adopters come in, they can connect with those animals faster, and ultimately, that means more animals getting adopted faster," Baker said.
Volunteers painted tires, built steps for dogs and cats to play on, and more.
"We're really excited to be here. We all got some passion for pets, and happy to be able to contribute here in New Orleans to help this great rescue Jefferson Parish animal shelter to make it nice and fun for the pets," Hartz Volunteer Chris Raby said.
This open space will allow for an interactive way for animals and potential owners to get to know each other.
“Pets need to be mobile just like we do, and you know, it’s great to give people who are looking for pets a place that they can interact with them to just make sure that they find the right partnership and the right connection,” said Raby, “it’s important to give back and pets can’t help themselves, so we gotta be the ones to help them.”
Jefferson Parish's two animal shelters take in roughly 10,000 animals per year.
Organizers said this renovation will not only help ensure the health and well-being of these shelter dogs and cats, but also increase their chances of adoption.