Volunteers are ARNO’s lifeblood. We couldn’t exist without the generous service of our volunteers. Duties include, but are not limited to: dishes (litter pans and food/water bowl scrubbing and disinfecting), laundry, cat cages cleaned, puppy and dog pens cleaned, dogs walked, sweeping/disinfectant mopping, carriers sanitized, light housekeeping in the office/bathrooms, kitten bottle moms (experienced only), night dog-walking team members (over 18, from 6-9 pm nightly), manning booths at events, etc.

Donations and volunteers are always needed to continue our invaluable work.  ARNO is a volunteer-based organization, receives no major funding and exists almost entirely on your donations. You can be assured that because we are a volunteer-based organization, 100% of your donation goes to the animals for their shelter, medical care, and supplies to keep them clean, healthy and happy. Please consider helping in any way you can.

Share this page to your social media accounts and with your friends, family and co-workers who care about animals. ARNO’s success has always been, and continues to be, dependent upon volunteers. We need volunteers 7days a week/365 days a year to keep our operation running smoothly. Please consider coming to help us at the shelter on a regular basis…even one day a week for three to four hours is a huge help. All volunteers must fill out the online application below, sign a volunteer waiver on their first day at the shelter, and sign in/out the volunteer logbook at the shelter.

Community Service Hours

If you know high school students who love animals, this is a perfect opportunity to put in required community service hours, and a wonderful opportunity to add a bright spot to homeless animals lives. We also welcome volunteers that have court ordered community service.

Requirements are:

  1. You must love animals;
  2. You are well-mannered; and
  3. You take instructions well. ARNO is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit and can schedule court ordered community service hours.


The minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old. We can only schedule teens under 16 at times when we have enough experienced adults on hand.

14 require a parent or guardian with them at all times and are limited to the 2-5 shift.
15 & 16 are limited to the 2-5 shift with parents permission signed off. (16 may also help with cats on morning shift.)
17 and older are open to all shifts, however you must be 18 or older to handle the dogs.

If you are under 18, you cannot volunteer after 6 p.m. Those 14-16 are relegated to the 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. shift (16 may also help with cats on morning shift). Those 17 years old and up are open to all daytime shifts until 6 p.m.

How do I sign up as a volunteer?

Fill out the volunteer application below. Your online application will be answered within 12 hours by our volunteer coordinator. She will send you our daily schedule, as some duties are only during certain hours of the day/night. Once you receive an email from the volunteer coordinator, please respond with when (day/times) you can volunteer. We schedule all volunteers on our calendar. So please, if you volunteer, be responsible enough to show up on time, or let us know via email that you are not coming and cannot make your commitment. We do not overbook volunteers, so if you are scheduled you will be needed.

The shelter is located at 271 Plauche St., New Orleans 70123 in the Elmwood business park area off of Jefferson Hwy. and Edwards Ave. (turn off of Jefferson Hwy onto Edwards Ave. and then turn left at the corner corner with the Cox Communications office, that is Plauche Street.)

We promise you this: You will get more than you give!