• What is St. Francis Animal Sanctuary?


    St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (SFAS) is the largest NO-KILL companion pet sanctuary in the Southeast United States. SFAS provides a safe haven to more than 400 dogs and cats annually in their journey to find a "Forever Home".

    SFAS not only rescues pets, we give compassion and hope to struggling families. In 2009, SFAS GAVE shelter to more than 150 beloved pets whose families lost their jobs or homes and WERE no longer able to provide for their pets.


    Who Does SFAS Serve?


    Chartered in Abita Springs, LA, SFAS serves Louisiana’s Northshore, the Greater New Orleans metro area, and Southern Mississippi.

    When animals are facing death, SFAS comes to their rescue providing a permanent sanctuary home where they will receive love, affection, and quality care for the rest of their lives!



    St. Francis Animal Sanctuary

    97 Obed Magee Rd

    Tylertown, MS 39667


  • Donations Plus

    Two avenues we use to keep the doors open...in addition to Direct Donations

    Shop for SFAS

    SFAS Thrift Store

    Pelican Plaza Shopping Center

    813 Florida St

    Mandeville, LA 70448



    Shop for a good cause or Donate so that others may Shop


    Our main source of revenue is funded completely by the generous donations to our Thrift Store. This helps provide food, animal supplies and medical care for St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, as well as general operating costs.
    The Thrift Store is always in need of new inventory to support our cause. We especially need kitchen items, such as china, dishware, crystal, glassware, cutlery, and pots and pans. Artwork is especially popular, as are books, CDs and DVDs. Children’s items, jewelry and accessories are fast sellers and vintage or antique pieces are extremely popular. Also, small electronics and furniture such as end-tables, lamps, and coffee tables and linens like bedspreads, placemats, napkins and other fabrics in good condition. Chairs are also accepted. We have a whole room with clothing and shoes of all sizes and vintages.

    Unfortunately, we cannot accept old TV's or Computers!


    An Additional place to Shop for SFAS

    S & S Consignment, LLC

    Pelican Plaza Shopping Center

    813 Florida St

    Mandeville, LA 70448



    One of our partners in funding is located right next door to our Thrift Store. All of their profits are donated to our Sanctuary which completely funds our adoption room "Kitty Heaven", in addition to other expenses.

    You can shop for gently used fine interior furnishings including China, Crystal, Chandeliers, Lamps, Artwork, Table decor as well as all types of Furniture. Stop by often as their inventory changes on a daily basis. Locally owned and operated and a True Benefactor of SFAS, we encourage all animal lovers to shop there and help our animals at the same time.






  • Volunteer

    We always strive for the best.

    Passion and Sense of Service


    Volunteering with St. Francis Animal Sanctuary can take on many, many forms – bottle-feeding motherless kittens and puppies, staffing Adoption or Fundraising events, Thrift Store workers, Kitty Heaven workers, walking dogs at PetSmart our Adoption Site… the options are endless! Volunteers are vital to our efforts and anyone can improve the quality of life for the homeless pets that are sheltered at SFAS every year. Full support of our policies and philosophies is a must. And each and every volunteer must remember that the animals are always our number one priority.

    If you would like to volunteer at the Sanctuary, the Thrift Store, our new Adoption Center or during a SFAS Adoption or Fundraising event, or if you have skills in Marketing, PR, or Communications, please call us at (601) 222-1927.


  • Adoption Guidelines


    • St. Francis Animal Sanctuary is looking for responsible and caring people to give one of our rescued animals their much needed second chance at happiness. SFAS expects all of our animals to become an integral part of their new family. The following are our basic guidelines you should consider before deciding to adopt:
    • Be 21 years of age and have a valid ID with a current verifiable permanent address (younger adults may be considered in some circumstances on a case-by-case basis)
    • Live in stable, consistent housing
    • Have a verifiable phone number
    • Ensure that all adults living in the household have consented to the adoption and are willing to participate in the care of the pet
    • Ensure that all children are mature enough to manage their behavior in the home and interact appropriately with the pet
    • Bring all family members to meet the pet before the adoption
    • If a renter, show copy of lease or other proof from landlord that the pet is allowed
    • Have the financial ability now and in the foreseeable future to properly care for the pet, including but not limited to routine and unexpected or emergency veterinary care, good quality food, necessary supplies, pet sitters, and pet deposits/pet rent if living in rental housing
    • If adopting a dog, agree to properly train the dog, and have the financial ability and willingness to engage the services of training professionals and/or behavioral specialists if warranted
    • Provide proper and sufficient veterinary care, food, water, exercise, training and kind treatment
    • Provide the pet a safe and pleasant environment with love and attention, and not to leave the pet alone or long hours without another animal or human for companionship
    • Adopt the pet as a permanent lifetime family member, and be willing to make concessions in the future to accommodate and keep your pet as your lifestyle may change
    • Fill out an ADOPTION APPLICATION and participate in a phone and/or in-person interview.  Pick one up when you visit us.
    • Be willing to provide personal and veterinary (if applicable) references upon request.
    • Understand that the application must be processed and approved (which on average takes 2-3 days, but can sometimes be longer)
    • Sign a legally binding Adoption Agreement and pay the Adoption Fee 





    Your adopted cat/kitten must be kept indoors.


    Do NOT have cat/kitten claws removed.


    No CHILDREN under 10 years of age.


    You are expected to have your cat/kitten seen at least annually by your VETERINARIAN.


    If you find you can no longer keep your cat/kitten, we expect you to return the animal to US. Please do not "give away" your pet. Your cat/kitten ALWAYS has a home at St. Francis Animal Sanctuary. We are a NO KILL shelter.














  • Adoption Agreement


    The following is the standard SFAS Adoption Agreement

    which is required to be signed by all adopters during the adoption process.

    In consideration of receiving the animal described herein from St. Francis Animal Sanctuary (hereinafter referred to as “SFAS”), Adopter _________, a person of the full age of majority and of full capacity to enter into this agreement, agrees to be bound by the following terms and conditions (herein referred to in global as “Agreement”):




    Adopter will provide proper and sufficient food, water and shelter, and warrants that he/she will provide kind and careful treatment to the animal at all times. Adopter assumes full responsibility for this animal for the animal’s entire lifetime, and fully understands that SFAS is placing this animal for adoption on this condition. Adopter shall not leave the animal unsupervised outside. Adopter shall not chain, leash or otherwise tether the animal to any object, indoors or outdoors. All dogs require training or housebreaking to prevent chewing and permit time for adjustment to family and other pets. Adopter acknowledges and fully accepts responsibility to provide proper and humane training.




    a. Animals that meet SFAS’s surgery requirements are spayed and neutered prior to adoption from SFAS. In instances where animals are adopted prior to being spayed or neutered, the provisions of the attached Rider to this Agreement containing Spay/Neuter Requirements shall apply. The Spay/Neuter Rider is part of this Agreement, and SFAS shall be entitled to reclaim the animal and exercise all of its other rights and remedies stated in this Agreement and at law and equity if any of the spay/neuter requirements are violated.

    b. Adopter will take the animal to a veterinarian for examinations and immunizations at least annually, and will procure immediate veterinary care should the animal become ill or injured. Adopter understands and represents herein that any and all future medical care is ADOPTER’S OWN EXPENSE; EXCEPT that for FORTY-EIGHT HOURS ONLY from the time when the animal leaves SFAS or leaves any location hosting an SFAS adoption event. SFAS WILL NOT REINBURSE ADOPTER FOR VACCINATIONS, SPAY/NEUTER SURGERIES OR ANY OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY ANY VETERINARIAN. Adopter understands that rabies vaccinations are their responsibility, and Adopter warrants that he/she will meet any requirements of law for the dogs and cats not yet vaccinated against rabies. The adoption application indicates whether the rabies vaccine has been given at SFAS.

    c. Adopter will license the animal in compliance with the laws and ordinances in force in the municipality in which Adopter resides.




    a. Adopter will not give the animal away without first obtaining the written approval of SFAS. If SFAS does not give Adopter such written approval and Adopter chooses not to keep the animal, Adopter agrees to make an appointment with SFAS for the return of the animal.

    b. Adopter agrees that if Adopter adopts more than one animal from SFAS at the same time, the animals will reside together for their entire lives. Adopter must obtain written approval from SFAS to separate the animals. However, Adopter understands that is it highly unlikely that SFAS would consent to such separation. Adopter agrees that SFAS shall have the right to reclaim the animals if the animals have been separated without SFAS prior written approval.

    c. Adopter will keep the animals as a companion and not allow the animal to be used for medical or other experimental purposes or for business purposes.

    d. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections II(b) or any other section herein, Adopter shall not have the automatic right to return adopted animals to the SFAS after 30 days from date of adoption. Acceptance of animals previously adopted from SFAS shall be the sole discretion of SFAS and is dependent on several factors, including, but not limited to available space at SFAS and temperament of the animal.

    e. No matter the manner of the recovery of the animal, whether by agreement between SFAS and Adopter or by action by SFAS to reclaim the animal, Adopter acknowledges that SFAS has no refund policy for adoption fees.




    a. Adopter agrees that if SFAS should determine at any time that any of the provisions of this Agreement have not been fully complied with, or that the animal rightfully belongs to some other person, Adopter will return the animal to SFAS upon demand. If Adopter fails to return the animal on demand, SFAS shall have the right, without further notice or demand, to enter the premises where the animal may be and remove the animal without process of law.

    b. Adopter will allow any investigator of SFAS to inspect the animal and its living environment and to take photographs and videotapes of the animal in its living environment and to remove the animal if the investigator, in his or her sole discretion is not satisfied with the conditions under which the animal is being kept or believes that the conditions of this Agreement are being violated.

    c. In the event SFAS is forced to enact its rights granted by Adopter under Section IV (a) and/or (b), Adopter agrees to waive all claims for trespass or damage.




    Adopter is fully aware that SFAS makes no guarantees whatsoever as to the health, temperament, breeding, mental disposition, and training of the animal being adopted. Adopter acknowledges that this Agreement contains no express or implied warranties concerning the health of the animal, the breeding of the animal, or that the animal adopted by the Adopter is fit for any particular purpose.




    a. Adopter hereby fully and completely releases SFAS, its agents, servants, employees, officers, successor entities and other affiliated persons or entities, from any defects or illnesses the animal may have at the time of adoption or may develop at a later date.


    b. Adopter hereby fully and completely releases SFAS, its agents, servants, employees, officers, successor entities and other affiliated persons or entities, from any claim, cause of action, or other liability for any bodily injury or property damage which is caused by the animal and for which liability is sought from Adopter.


    c. Adopter hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless SFAS against any and all claims, causes of action, or other liabilities, whether brought in a court of law, arbitration, tribunal or other legal proceeding, for which a third party seeks to impose liability on either Adopter or SFAS for bodily injury or property damage alleged to be caused by the animal adopted by Adopter from SFAS.


    d. If Adopter has other pets at home, Adopter attests to the fact that all of Adopter’s animals are current on their animal vaccinations. Adopter fully and completely releases SFAS, its agents, servants, employees, officers, successor entities or other affiliated persons or entities, from any claim, cause of action or liability for any illness Adopter’s or other animals may develop, even if any said illness may have been procured from the animal adopted from SFAS.


    e. Adopter hereby waives any right of action against SFAS for bodily injury or property damage occasioned by Adopter or his/her family alleged to have been caused by the animal adopted from SFAS. In the event a claim is made against SFAS seeking liability for damages occasioned by Adopter or his/her family for bodily injury or property damage, the indemnification provisions of Section VI (c) shall apply.


    f. In the event Adopter returns the animal to SFAS for any reason, Adopter will at no time assert any claim or demand against SFAS for any charges which may have been incurred in connection with the animal.


    g. Adopter agrees to pay and reimburse SFAS for any and all legal fees and court costs it incurs in enforcing the terms and conditions of this Agreement.


    h. Adopter will pay SFAS $500 as liquidated damages in the event Adopter breaches any of the provisions of this Agreement. Adopter agrees that SFAS shall, in addition to the collection of such liquidated damages, retain all of the other remedies, including, but not limited to the inspection and reclaiming of the animal, provided for in this Agreement and allowed at law or in equity.




    This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of Louisiana or Mississippi, determined by location of adoption.




    The doctrine of severability shall be applied. In the event that any term, provision or paragraph of this Agreement is or is declared illegal, void or unenforceable, this shall not affect or impair the other terms, provisions, or paragraphs of this Agreement.



    I do hereby state that I have read this Agreement and fully understand it, the representations and warranties of the parties, the rights and remedies of the parties, and that I do hereby agree to be bound by its terms.


    Date: _______________ Signed: __________________________


    Witness: _______________

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