We Can't Give Up On Animals
ARNO has made monumental strides in New Orleans, but sadly, much work lies ahead. Animals still wander non-repopulated areas. Dogs and cats breed faster than we can trap them. Some returning NOLA residents shoot or poison animals. And now we face a new problem: Structures where animals find refuge are increasingly boarded up, many slated for demolition. Animals live in the buildings and trailer parks that will get bulldozed. Clearly, Katrina animal victims still need ARNO.
Imagine If ARNO Suddenly Stopped
How many more kittens and puppies would be born? How many animals would starve to death without refilled food/water stations? How many would die locked inside boarded-up homes? How many would perish if bulldozers demolish trailer parks before we trap them? We can't let this happen.
2/1/06 ~ We held a meeting in New Orleans to recruit residents for ARNO's shift from national to local leadership. Nearly 200 people showed up! Despite their own grave losses, they came to help animals. These people are heroes.
3/1/06 ~ Animal Rescue New Orleans shifts to a locally run organization. Many of you have come to know Jane, Pia, David, Brenda, Kate, Bettina, Judie, Cadi, Jessica…and more ARNO coordinators. Now resident-run ARNO assumes our roles. We've provided info and materials for resident-ARNO to continue food/water, rescue, and TNR programs. (Brenda even assembled a 50-page ARNO Manual
with forms and guidelines for Katrina-related animal issues we faced). Resident-run ARNO is devoted to a better future for New Orleans animals – one that exceeds pre-hurricane conditions and gives animals every chance possible.
How You Can Help
Local ARNO coordinators already deal with personal stress in the aftermath of storms. Let's make running ARNO as easy as possible for them! Please become an official member of ARNO to show your support. My goal is to alleviate financial pressure for many months so local leaders can focus on helping animals in need. Will you please send a donation to show the new locally run ARNO that we support them? Just imagine losing everything – your animals (in many cases), your home, your car and your job – and then rescuing homeless animals while rebuilding your own life. It is a daunting task. Please help them help the animals.
Send a donation to:
Animal Rescue New Orleans
1219 Coliseum Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Thank you so much for all of your support! For the animals,
, Cofounder, Animal Rescue New Orleans