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NEW ORLEANS SPEECH & HEARING CENTER
November 20, 2012

I have been working with NOSHC for a little over four years. I have grown to know and love many wonderful children and their families. We provide screening at many public and private schools. We provide therapy at several schools and many Head Start Centers. We have a psychologist located in our building who provides a parenting boot camp and that we can refer parents who have further concerns about their child's development. We recently opened a new satellite location in New Orleans East so we can better serve the clients in that area. Additionally, we have audiologists who provide hearing evaluations and hearing aids. It has made all the difference to me to see some of the children who come in with speech and language delays leave, after time spent with our staff, a more well rounded and confident child. This past summer we also started an Autism Summer Camp that was a great success and that I think will only blossom more over time.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

ANIMAL RESCUE NEW ORLEANS INC
November 20, 2012

I decided to volunteer at ARNO one day thinking I had nothing to do that Saturday. That one day got me hooked. I have been there almost every Saturday since then for the past year and a half. ARNO is the only no-kill shelter in the area and it is clear that everyone really cares about the animals in our care (even the little field mice that come around). Some of our animals have been at ARNO for a couple of years but they don't even know they are missing anything. They get all the love they could ever want until they find their forever home. Although ARNO cannot always take in dogs and cats that are brought by, we still do what we can to get them to a home safely (ask the person who found them to foster until we can find them space, post pictures of them on facebook letting others know where he is and get him seen). Over the time I have been there, ARNO has taken in an emaciated bull dog/pit mix found by my sister's job, a lab mix and her 8 newly born puppies found under my head start center in New Orleans East, and 2 pit bulls I found in New Orleans East. All have been adopted except for the last two pit bulls, which will hopefully be adopted soon as well. ARNO was unable to take in the last two mentioned dogs right away due to a lack of space, but everyone worked with me to post them on facebook continuously until we found them fosters and we could pull them from the kill shelter they had to be left at. ARNO has rescued many dogs and cats and will continue to rescue many more with the help of you, the volunteers and the donors. Noone can ever question if the volunteers at ARNO care about and love these animals. ARNO is also one of only a couple places in the U.S. that takes in and rehabilitates feral dogs to trust the humans they never knew. In the past 6 months, at least 3 feral dogs were adopted into loving homes where they know more love than they would have ever dreamed of. These same dogs would not have made it out of another shelter alive, as they are the ones hiding in the back of their runs and getting overlooked because they are just too scared. I honestly can't say enough good things about ARNO. ARNO is always looking for more donations and more volunteers so they can keep it going and if you can't donate money or time or food and can't foster, sharing the word about ARNO and their mission will help us to find more of the animals homes and save more lives.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer