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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Established as animal first responders at Katrina, our mission is to provide no-kill shelter and medical treatment to the homeless cats and dogs of the street and the storms. We intake the too young, too old, injured and/or sick that could not survive otherwise. We promote spay/neuter of all companion animals and promote no-kill options within our region.

Results: Over 7400 healthy companion cats and dogs placed in loving, pre-screened homes. We successfully fundraise to keep our no-kill shelter running and financially healthy.

Programs: • Pet Retention Program to help low income persons retain and maintain their pets • Feral Dog Rehab Program • Foster Program • Hospice Foster Program providing senior pets and/or pets with manageable and treatable diseases a loving home without the worry of veterinary costs that are paid for by our org.; • Volunteer Program • Trapping Program for feral cats to TNR (trap, neuter, return), at no cost to public

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Lori160

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ARNO is amazing. They help so many animals with such limited resources. They are the only no kill shelter in the area. Their dedicated volunteers work miracles. Best place to donate to to really help the animals!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very organized and caring group of volunteers!
Rely only on donations and do amazing things.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great organization that does great work! It's the only and last hope for some pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 1

I have donated annually to the SPCA since 2000. I noticed that this was a no kill shelter and thought I would do some research. In doing my research, I came across a beautiful cat that I wanted to adopt. I filled out the application and the person reviewing the application said that I was denied because they could not locate records to the animals that I recently inherited this year (May and August) due to loss of my mother AND my brother. I have no idea where these records would be, but I have taken responsibility for their animals and given them a loving home. I wanted to adopt a cat and had to call back to find out the status because nobody called me. The woman I contacted was incredibly rude telling me that they sent me an email because she was copied on it. I asked what it said and she didn't want to tell me. I asked if she could resend it or tell me about it since I was supposed to have received it anyway. She then told me that I was denied. I asked why and she told me that she was at work and would not discuss it. So I asked her to call me back when she had a chance when she was not at work. She said ok, and about a month later, I'm still waiting on my phone call... I'm not holding my breath on that. Her name was Cathy...

(Ginny in the shelter was very kind and seemed to genuinely love animals and treated people kindly as well. She was the only person that wasn't unpleasant in my experience. )

It breaks my heart to see animals sharing a cage with other animals for MONTHS and this organization begging for money to fund their building and care for these animals when they won't allow these pets to go into a loving home and won't take the time to understand each individual case before deciding whether it not someone is worthy of a pet.

I do not recommend doing business with this organization because my application for a pet was handled poorly. The employee/volunteer that I spoke with was very disrespectful and condescending. She had also never heard of pet armor (same active ingredient as frontline), and she said that I needed records of using frontline on the pets that I inherited. Frontline and pet armor are two over the counter treatments that I would have to keep receipts for in order to adopt a pet... Ridiculous!

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table25 12/27/2013

I am so sorry you had a bad experience with anyone at ARNO. It is unfortunate when we have to turn down people who are applying for a pet, and I think that is where the hesitation came from on our part. No one likes to tell anyone bad news. I assure you you were not turned down because of flea medicine. We require a recommendation from a vet if you have pets of any kind. Also, unlike other shelters, we are volunteers so we all have jobs, whether during the day or night, and most cannot take calls when at work. Again, we are sorry you had a bad experience, and hope you went ahead and adopted a cat from another shelter. They all need a home. Charlotte ARNO

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of ARNO when I adopted a dog from this organization. ARNO is an all volunteer no kill facility. I donate dog food on a regular basis. Every time I arrive, there are volunteers taking the dogs for walks, others cleaning out the cages. Every time I go to a festival, ARNO volunteers are out there with pets to adopt. I am constantly amazed at the dedication these people have on an ongoing basis to care for the animals at the shelter.

Krissy F.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the few organizations I truly believe in. I have seen the wonderful work they've done and love and compassion they have for all animals is above and beyond . When I donate I truly feel my money is doing good . If a animal falls into arnos hands consider them lucky ,they will do there absolute best to care for them and to find them loving forever homes.

Mary240

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

When trying to find a lost cat .. I stopped in with hopes of looking for him and was told to leave flyer, but I couldn't go in to look at cats. The person I spoke with was less than friendly. Another person I know also had a bad experience with a less than friendly comment that was made to them when they were also searching for a lost pet. And even another when they were trying to find a place for a lost dog they had found.

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table25 12/23/2013

Mary, we are so sorry you had a bad experience with one of our volunteers. All I can think of is you possibly came during animal care, which is daunting when we are low on volunteers. That's part of the reason our public hours are from 3pm to 7pm. I am sure you weren't the first person who came that day... sometimes there is a line outside of ARNO when we open up at 9am... it is depressing to not be able to help every single person or pet. And I know it can get the volunteers bummed and not in the best of moods. If cat care going on, there is not much room while the volunteers clean the kennels, remove and change litter boxes, put fresh hammocks in, etc. So possibly that is why you were not let in to see the cats. But we all know when there is a new occupant, and we always put found pets on our facebook pages as well. Again, sorry for you not being greeted and treated properly. Charlotte/ARNO

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table25 12/23/2013

Mary, we are so sorry you had a bad experience with one of our volunteers. All I can think of is you possibly came during animal care, which is daunting when we are low on volunteers. That's part of the reason our public hours are from 3pm to 7pm. I am sure you weren't the first person who came that day... sometimes there is a line outside of ARNO when we open up at 9am... it is depressing to not be able to help every single person or pet. And I know it can get the volunteers bummed and not in the best of moods. If cat care going on, there is not much room while the volunteers clean the kennels, remove and change litter boxes, put fresh hammocks in, etc. So possibly that is why you were not let in to see the cats. But we all know when there is a new occupant, and we always put found pets on our facebook pages as well. Again, sorry for you not being greeted and treated properly. Charlotte/ARNO

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARNO is the only organization I would help. They do so much with so little and thier dogs and cats are their first priority. A fantastic group that works so hard to save so many.

Alexandra8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in San Diego and read every day about ARNO and the wonderful group of volunteers. Sometimes I don't know how they get through the day with what they encounter. I have fierce respect for everyone involved. I share each story I receive on FB and when I'm not so broke I'll be able to donate. Thanks for everything you do to help these poor creatures.

Frank33

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our ARNO experience was beyond all expectations. Thanks to ARNO our Pokie has a loving home and a new best friend. The folks at ARNO are professional.

Dawn73

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I started my saga as a rescuer of cats after Katrina. I can't tell you how many wonderful hours I spent at ARNO is ungodly hot weather cleaning the kitty cages and talking to all the babies. It is certainly some of the best times of volunteering career. With little or no money they take as many animals as possible and try to find them homes. The surroundings are not perfect, but this is not a perfect world. If it was, there would be no strays and the shelters would have unlimited funds. ARNO does what it says "Saving one until there are none".

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have ARNO to thank for our beautiful pup Penny, who was abandoned and left on the streets to fend for herself when her previous owner moved away and deserted her. Thinking she was someone's lost dog, I posted numerous messages on various shelters' Facebook pages as well as Craigslist. ARNO contacted me and worked tirelessly to trap her, nursed her back to health, gave her shelter, and provided her with medical care. It is truly incredible and absolutely touching to see that they do this for many other animals, as many as they can reasonably and possibly care for. It's important to remember they are a volunteer-driven, no-kill shelter that relies on the kindness of devoted animal lovers and charitable donations for their cause. I don't know if I've ever seen a more selfless group of people; they truly love these animals and work around the clock to provide care, comfort, protection, and love for these poor babies. On any given day at the shelter they're washing blankets and towels, scrubbing kennels and floors, walking and offering human kindness to their animals, and that's not to mention their tireless campaign to help each and every pet find a loving, forever home. Of course, we asked to adopt our Penny and every day we are thankful to ARNO for bringing her to us. She is such a joy and now lives happily with us and our four other dogs. Thank you ARNO, for ours and Penny's happy ever after. We are so humbled by everything you do.

Callie Fitzgerald

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Vicki26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARNO is a no-kill, volunteer-driven charity that directs 100% of its monetary proceeds to animals. Some resident dogs & cats have lived at ARNO for years & more show up on their doorstep daily so the facility is bursting at the seams. Incredibly dedicated volunteers are scheduled to work 3 shifts a day, 7 days a week, to care for their overflowing population (walking dogs, cleaning cat & dog cages, bathing animals, doing laundry, sorting clothing donations, washing dishes, etc). The vet bills are staggering, some of which are for animals that were so injured or ill when they arrived that it was considered unlikely that the dog or cat would live. I can't say enough positive things about this charity & the volunteers who work tirelessly for their furry residents. ARNO needs your help in the form of volunteer hours, providing foster & adoptive homes, money to keep the lights on & food in the bowls, supplies & much more. But don't take my word for it - please visit their facility to learn more.

Melissa112

Client Served

Rating: 5

i Adopted my youngest ca, Kentucky, from Arno, She had been at one of their outreach events. The process was a bit intimidating at first a form with references and such but I understand its important to find good permanent homes especially for No-Kill shelters. Once I was approved I just had to wait until she was spayed and I got to take her home. She's adorable and sweet and everyone's favorite cat.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ARNO has now become a part of our extended family because they introduced us to the newest addition of our family. I was very impressed with their evaluation methods and couldn't be happier with the outcome! They are an amazing outreach within the stray community! So caring, compassionate and loving. My vet calls them New Orleans' Angels on Earth!

Marcela Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always loved animals. They make me smile. They make me happy. I learned of ARNO after Katrina because I was so upset about everything that happened and I was so concerned about all the animals that were left behind... I wanted to help even a little. So I volunteered then, but only for one day, I'm sad to say. But a year ago I went back and have been going there as a regular volunteer. I love those babies. ARNO is a no kill shelter, we need more places like that, more safe heavens for the lost, the unwanted, the abused. The people at ARNO are wonderful, and everyday I'm amazed with their spirit, their kindness, their love for all those creatures. Every day I wish I was more like them, more like Kathy, more like Lise, more like Charlote, more like Ginnie, more like Laura. Everyday I keep trying to be better and help them save lives. ARNO IS A HOME FOR THE DOGS AND THE CATS. ARNO IS A FAMILY. WE DEFINITELY NEED MORE PLACES LIKE ARNO. Love you guys, thanks for all you teach me :)

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Great animal rescue shelter! I've never met people who work as hard as they do for the well being of the animals. I am grateful that they take in and care for feral dogs as well as all other dogs and cats in need. I adopted two feral dogs from them five years ago and they have been the most wonderful additions to our family. Please support this group.

Monica28

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted ARNO about a pair of pair of (what I thought were) stray dogs that I would see every other morning on my way to work. They responded to me right away and asked me to provide specific information such as the dogs' physical condition/appearance, exact locations, times, etc. The next time I saw the dogs, they were wearing their tags, and I determined that they were not strays. I contacted ARNO to let them know about that and they were very appreciative of the news. They also told me that if I ever saw the owner, I was within my rights to warn them about letting their dogs roam the streets without tags. Although ARNO did not physically get involved with this situation, I was very impressed with their responsiveness and willingness to assist these dogs. I have never met any of the staff in person, but based on this experience as well as their Facebook posts about their work, I believe that they are some of the most selfless and generous people I know. ARNO is the epitome of a GREAT nonprofit and they deserve all of the success in the world.

Darlene B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARNO has taught me so much about caring for my own pets. I voluteered with them after Katrina and Charlotte allowed me to rescue litters of puppies that had been abandoned. It was a healing experience and I have several ARNO rescued dogs that I adopted. I cannot say enough good about them, a wonderful group to work with. They are a true NO Kill Rescue. Go be a Volunteer with them!