ARNO’s Mission Statement:
Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) is an organization created and dedicated to the rescue and aid of abandoned and homeless animals in the New Orleans area, including responding to the immediate needs of those in need of medical care or those too old, too young, too sick, neglected, abused and deprived of love. ARNO promotes the foster, adoption and reunion of pets with caretakers as well as spaying and neutering all companion animals through our no-kill shelter.
Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots volunteer organization founded by Jane Garrison and two of her good friends in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Involved in hands-on Hurricane Katrina rescue in the greater New Orleans area, Jane was one of the first out-of-town persons on the scene at ‘rescue headquarters’ located at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA. Jane worked with hundreds of volunteers to rescue thousands of animals, and then Lamar-Dixon shut down in October 2005. Jane was the catalyst in putting together a talented and committed team of volunteers and staff from around the country that worked to urgently assist displaced pets and their families.
ARNO was formed in October 2005. Best Friends Animal Society also provided immeasurable support and shelter care to the ARNO animal relief effort between mid-October 2005 and through February 2006.
On February 1, 2006, locals gathered at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel to meet with Jane and transition the administration of ARNO to local hands. Charlotte Bass Lilly, a local New Orleanian and a known animal welfare figure, took the lead position from Jane and united a network of dedicated locals to continue the ardent work that Jane and legions of other tireless volunteers from across the nation had begun. Charlotte, too, was early on the scene at Lamar-Dixon, arriving directly behind the LA/SPCA animal control officers and working in water/land rescue under their direction. Today locals who are able, continue to assist in the daily operation of ARNO’s no-kill triage shelter, rescues, reunites, fosters and adoptions, in addition to hundreds of out-of-state volunteers. Out-of-state volunteers consistently provide volunteers on the ground, as well as assist with remote volunteer duties from the cities in which they reside. Non-profit volunteer organizations, as well as faith-based organization, also assist supplying volunteers to ARNO’s no-kill triage shelter. In addition high school and college students volunteer to fulfill community service hours required of them.
ARNO is still hard at work. As of May 2015, over 7,800 companion animals have found loving homes that have come through our shelter. There are thousands of animals still to be fed, trapped, cared for, reunited, fostered and adopted. ARNO survives on volunteer labor and charitable contributions. ARNO works under the authority and regulations of the local animal control facilities in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes, as well as the parishes of St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, Terrebonne and Lafayette.
Current ARNO efforts include:
- Medical triage and daily care at the ARNO Plauche St. no-kill shelter location.
- Controlled Food and Water Program – this program has evolved into colony managers taking responsibility for feral cats, recognizing the value of feral cats in an urban and suburban environment as hunters.
- Humane trapping of lost pets left homeless, injured, newborn or pregnant.
- Feral (wild) dog rehab program, allows these creatures to gain trust of humans, acquainting them with how a domesticated dog responds to stimuli, and, the last stage, preparing them to live in a home by fostering them with experienced handlers in their own homes; ARNO is proud to be only one of two organizations in the country to give these ‘unadoptables’ a second chance at a life of unconditional love.
- Adoption of pets both locally and throughout the country to well-screened applicants.
- Reunion of lost pets with their original families and caretakers.
- Assistance to pets of caretakers who have been left indigent since Katrina and desire to keep their pets, preventing them from being surrendered to municipal shelters or abandoned to the street.
- Offsite adoptions events throughout the New Orleans Metro area; and through other outlets that recognize the importance of the human/animal bond.
- Foster Program to house healthy animals ready for adoption to acquaint them with life within a household, \while going through post-surgery rehab and heartworm treatment, or just waiting for transport to a new home in another state.