Hurricane Katrina

Dec 22 2005
ARNO/Best Friends

On Ground To February
ARNO animal aid continues through Jan into Feb. Animals are still sighted under homes, in sewers, on ledges, or roaming empty streets. Food sources left with evacuees. Yet endless litters mean more hungry animals. Some live in buildings to be bulldozed. Please open your heart to animal victims.

ARNO/Best Friends New Site

Animal Rescue New Orleans has united with Best Friends and no longer works from the Magazine/Felicity site. We ask for your patience as we fine-tune admin issues. We need ARNO volunteers to pitch in with care, walks and cleaning at Celebration Station, along with food/water and trap/rescue.

Volunteers Now Report To
Celebration Station
5959 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metairie, LA 70003
(Kirschman's Furniture across street)

On-Site Procedure
  1. ARNO Volunteers: Attend 6:00pm orientation meeting. Food/Water volunteers report to Cadi Schiffer. Trap/Rescue volunteers report to Jessica Higgins. Cat Trappers call Jane Garrison pre-trip: 843-343-8887.

  2. ARNO Volunteers: Attend 7:30am assignment meeting. If you arrive after meeting call Jane Garrison for assignment: 843-343-8887

  3. All Volunteers: Check in with Juliette, Best Friends, to fill out CS forms. If you want to do food/water or trap/rescue (in field), clearly state this.

  4. Directions To Staging Area: Fly to New Orleans or Baton Rouge. Rent vehicle with room for gear. Celebration Station is at I-10 and Veterans Memorial Blvd. From NOLA airport, Veterans Memorial Blvd. is first or second exit off I-10, traveling east.

Donate Supplies And Funding

Contribute To ARNO Via Save-A-Pet
P.O. Box 7
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Check memo: Animal Rescue New Orleans
Tax-deductible via Save-A-Pet, 501c3 nonprofit

Donate Toward Veterinary Care, Spay/Neuter
Southern Animal Foundation
1823 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Send Supplies For ARNO
Supply Needs/Delivery Coordinator: Colleen Kessler, 225-298-9513

Send Shipments To:
Attn: Animal Rescue New Orleans, c/o Celebration Station
5959 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70003

Supply Needs
Rescue, Sheltering, Care
  • Dry And Wet Dog/Cat Food
  • Pop-Top Can Cat Food or Mackerel (traps)
  • Deep Aluminum Trays, Litter Boxes, Basins, Buckets (to hold food/water)
  • Slip Leashes, Paper Collars (intake ID)
  • Large/Medium Plastic Crates (transport)
  • Humane Large Dog Traps and Cat Traps
  • Combo Locks-6ft Chains (traps not stolen)
  • Catch Poles, Crowbars
  • Towels and Sheets
  • Fresh Water (gallon), Pedialyte
  • Grooming Clippers (do not send cordless)
  • Meaty Bones (reduces stress)
  • Bite-Proof Thick Gloves
  • Car Glass Chalk To Mark Rescue Vehicles
  • Spray Paint, Flashlights, Space Heaters
  • GPS Units, Street Mapping Capability

Gift Cards, Volunteer Stuff
  • Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Home Depot
  • Gas Station Gift Cards: BP, Shell
  • Bottled Water, Gatorade, Energy Bars, Snacks, Food Gift Cards

    Send Gift Cards To: Cadi Schiffer or Jessica Higgins
    Animal Rescue New Orleans, c/o Celebration Station
    5959 Veterans Memorial Blvd
    Metairie, LA 70003

Veterinary Items
  • Dewormer (Strongid)
  • Capstar, Frontline, Revolution
  • Any Heartworm Preventive
  • Any Antibiotics
  • Gauze, Vet Wrap

  • Print Cartridges, Copier Toner, Copy Paper
  • Laminated Maps: Mississippi (Gulf Coast) & Louisiana (New Orleans)
  • Pens, Note Pads, Spiral Notebooks
  • Tape, Paper Clips, Staples, Staplers

Wish List
  • Notebook Computers, Laptops, Generators
  • RVs, SUVs, Vans, Pick-Up Trucks
Second Chance For Katrina "Leftovers"
Kate Danaher, Kinship Circle's social media director and an ARNO Coordinator, rescued Daisy – a pregnant Katrina dog whose pups all found homes. Above, Kate reunites Daisy's family to celebrate her dog Joe's birthday. Daisy was a scrappy "leftover," stranded in post-storm Mississippi.

Sign-Up To Volunteer

If you have firm arrive/depart dates, please go. Due to email volume we can't always reply quickly, but have recorded your information for dispatch.

Email Your Information To:
Brenda Shoss or Kate Danaher.
Do not send to both, this slows intake!

  1. In your email, state your
    • Street, city, state, zip:
    • Cell phone, land phone:
    • Email address:
    • Your experience with animals:
    • ARRIVE/DEPART dates:
    • How did you hear about ARNO?
    • Do you get Kinship Circle Alerts?

  2. Type Hurricane Volunteer in email subject line.

  3. If you are an Animal Control Officer, Veterinarian, Vet Tech or Trapper, state this in email subject line. For example, Hurricane Volunteer: Vet Tech

ARNO Contact List

On-Site  ~  Louisiana
Long-Term Food/Water Program, LA Residents
Brenda Shoss,

On-Site General Admin Director
and Trapping Coordinator

Jessica Higgins, 925-209-8813

On-Site Food/Water Director
Cadi Schiffer, 225-298-9518

Best Friends Volunteer Manager
Juliette, 225-298-9515

Best Friends Animal Care & Admin
Ed Fritz, 435-644-3965, ex. 4471

ARNO  ~  National
ARNO Cofounders/Directors
Jane Garrison, 843-343-8887
Pia Salk, 225-298-9508
David Meyer

Nationwide Volunteer Coordinators
Kate Danaher
Brenda Shoss

Food/Water Program Assignments Director
Brenda Shoss

ARNO Trapping Coordinator
DOGS  ~  Pia Salk, 225-298-9508
CATS  ~  Jane Garrison, 843-343-8887

Trapping Questions/Concerns
Pia Salk, 225-298-9508

Supply Donations
Colleen Kessler, 225-298-9513
Priscilla Gargalis


Best Friends: Adopt  ■  Foster
Adopt-A-Pet: Adopt

Transport from Tylertown to foster/adopt locales:
Amy Hogg
Hurricane Foster Coordinator
435-644-3965 x4186, fax: 435-644-2701
Must provide vet references.

Volunteer Travel, Lodging

Please try to arrange yourself. For help and info on rideshares, email: Shanah Lia Richardson

Lodging Options
Celebration Station House
    An empty commercial building (formerly an arcade) serves as on-site lodging for volunteers.
    • Large, carpeted indoor space for volunteers
    • Bathrooms available. No showers
    • Electricity, heat
    • Full kitchen, no cooks hired yet
    • Bring bedding (cot, sleeping bag, air mattress)
    • Travel self-sustaining

Resident Homes

Vacation Rental By Owner

    • In St. Bernard, 20 minutes from NOLA
    • 1 Melvin Bernard Hwy  /  Chalmette, LA 70043
    • Cots, laundry, food, first aid
    • Electricity, bathrooms, showers
    • Say you are with Animal Rescue New Orleans.
    • Sign in/out of FEMA tent daily or we may lose privileges there. Must check into to FEMA tent by 8:00pm.

Hotels Volunteers Told Us About

Hotel Directories And Travel Packages

Air Travel
Fly into New Orleans or Baton Rouge. Rent vehicle with room for supplies. Vans and SUVs are best. Direct contact with airlines may yield best rates. Check for deals, but also ask for a Katrina-related volunteer rate.
*Airlines known for discounted flights

Trains And Buses
Amtrak: Now operating into New Orleans. Weekly low-cost Hot Deals at their home page.
Greyhound: Limited schedule into New Orleans.

Vehicle Rental
Check for existing deals, but also ask for a Katrina-related volunteer rate.
*Kinship Circle does not use the language of slavery to depict nonhuman animals. Owner, owned, it… are replaced with guardian, him/her, caregiven… or other language that doesn't define animals as things and property. Any failure to modify text is unintended.