ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans)

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Who We Are

Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) is an organization created for and dedicated to the rescue and aid of abandoned and homeless animals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ARNO's response includes, but is not limited to, immediate medical needs, as well as rescue of those animals who have been neglected, abused and deprived of loving care. ARNO promotes the foster, adoption, and reunion of pets with their original caretakers, as well as spaying/neutering of all companion animals. Our shelter is maintained by our volunteer staff, so please understand animal care is our first priority, and while we love visitors we must ask that you come during public hours. Our public hours are from 3pm to 7pm, 365 days a year. See our adoption procedure below before you come to see a pet that you are interested in adopting. We serve the Greater New Orleans area, including all parishes whose animals were effected by Hurricane Katrina. Animal Rescue New Orleans, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent the law allows. ARNO sustains its existence from donors from all over North America, and we are grateful for their belief in us and our mission. Our volunteers continue to work remotely for us with fundraisers and administrative help via the internet.

Adopting a friend

Pets are introduced to their potential foster or adoptive parents once an application is fully approved, and by appointment only. Contact by email and ask for an adoption application. You can make an appointment through the adoption counselor at Our Adoption Process: If you are interested in fostering or adopting a pet, we require: 1. a completed adoption application that will be reviewed, along with references from your current and past veterinarian 2. a home visit/yard check is scheduled with you 3. once the app. is approved, there is a final review to make sure the pet you are choosing is right for you, your family, and/or your lifestyle. 4. you meet your approved pet(s) 5. adopters sign a contract stating that the animal will be kept healthy through regular visits to your veterinarian, continue on heartworm & flea medication for the rest of the pet's life, and that if you ever have to surrender the pet they will only be returned to ARNO or their agent 6. contract also states that if you fail to comply with any or all of the contract ARNO has the right to take possession of the pet 7. adoption fee is a donation that helps us pay for medical and sheltering expenses; the adoption donation is typically $100.00 for cats & $200 for dogs, depending on our cost to vet the animal. This includes spaying or neutering, and age appropriate inoculations and tests deemed necessary for the animal's health (such as FIV /FeLV testing, deworming, rabies, etc.). We adopt to out-of-state homes, the same adoption procedure applies (we use rescue co-partners in your area to do home visits and yard checks) and transportation will be at the expense of the adopter. We can suggest many avenues of transportation on where in the country you live.

Volunteer for ARNO

Please consider volunteering with ARNO and helping us at our shelter, even if you can only give us a few scheduled hours a week, once a week, twice a week...or a day on the weekend. Walking dogs, cleaning kennels, doing 'dishes,' and laundry are constant chores. Need community service hours? Come to ARNO! To volunteer contact and you can find out more info at our website at and click on "Volunteer."

ARNO (Animal Rescue New Orleans)
Public Hours 3pm-7pm seven days a week
Volunteers Only 9am-9pm seven days
271 Plauche Street (in Elmwood Indus. Park area)
New Orleans, LA 70123
504.571.1900 rescue line 24/7 (voice mail)

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