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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.