Gretchen, a found Hurricane Katrina victim, is now a full figured gray white tabby looking for her people 239x205

Found: Gretchen

  • Breed: Shorthair Gray/White
  • Gender: Female (spayed)
  • Age: Approx 2 Years
  • Petfinder ID: PF63430

Description: Gretchen is a full-figured gray and white tabby with short hair who is about 2 years old. She is a Hurricane Katrina victim, in excellent health and spayed. Gretchen is shy around other cats but loves humans. Her foster people are amazed at how well she has adjusted despite all that she has been through. Poor Gretchen is still sneaking out from under the bed to eat and use the box. She does not like the other animals.

Last Seen: On 9/15 or 9/19, Gretchen went from Tangipahoa Parish Shelter (near Hammond, LA) to Houston to Austin, where she's now at Cedar Forest Cat Ranch.

Contact: 512-791-9731
Cedar Forest Cat Ranch, Inc.
Remote Reunion Campaign
A small black white dog is rescued so underweight and shaky cold he is nicknamed Mr Quivers 239x272
Roxie, a brown Lab left on dry ground in Chalmette, LA and likely rescued on 9/16 or 9/22/05, is lost in the Lamar Dixon system 268x212

Lost In System: Roxie

  • Breed: Chocolate Labrador Retriever
  • Gender: Female (spayed)
  • Age: 12 Years
  • Weight: 65 Pounds
  • Lost IDs: PF59982, PF52371

Description: Roxie is chocolate brown with gray on her face and several old age spots. She is spayed but had past puppies. She has dewclaws on her front paws and long black nails with a bit of white in between toes. She has a small growth at the base of her nose where the hairline starts. It resembles a tick, but might have come off. She walks slowly and rises with difficulty if still too long. Roxie wore a choker chain collar with a rabies tag from Paris Rd Animal Clinic and ID tag with [guardian] address: 3312 Corinne Ave. If rescuers put her in a leather or cloth collar, it's probably come off because these materials give her a rash.

Last Seen: Left on dry ground at Judge Perez Drive next to Jubilee grocery in Chalmette, LA (St. Bernard Parish) and was probably rescued on 9/16 or 9/22/05. The [guardian] thinks she went to Lamar-Dixon because her littermate was taken there and then sent to LSU. The upper photo is Roxie. The lower photo is a dog who may be Roxie.

Potential Match Found IDs: PF4821 (also listed as PF34756 & 160047) and PF4545 (also listed as shelter ID 511)

Contact: Eileen Shellman
Nevie, a German Shepherd mix, was last seen in a fenced New Orleans yard on Pecan Street 268x210

Missing: Nevie

  • Breed: German Shepherd Mix
  • Gender: Female (spayed)
  • Age: 10 Years  /  Weight: 70 Pounds
  • Lost ID: PF41008

Description: Nevie has hip dysplasia and cropped ears. Her coat is medium length, brown and black.

Last Seen: Inside fenced yard at 4744 Pecan Street, New Orleans, LA 70126 (Orleans Parish). Cross streets are Selma and Dreaux.

Contact: Heather Schooler
Remote Reunion Campaign
Mercy is a brown tabby tortie last seen at Lamar Dixon where her family left her for temp shelter when they evacuated for Katrina 293x197

Lost In System: Mercy

  • Breed: Shorthair Tabby/Tortoiseshell
  • Gender: Female (spayed)
  • Age: 3 Years
  • Size: Medium
  • Found IDs: PF30304, PF4670, 0001-1088
  • Lost ID: PF63091

Description: Brown tabby/tortie: White neck and muzzle, green eyes. Very sweet.

Last Seen: Mercy was last seen at Lamar Dixon on 9/7/05 where her family left her for temp shelter after they evacuated from Metairie (Jefferson Parish, East Bank). They believe she was sent to another shelter between Sept 13-20.

Contact: Eileen Shellman
Remote Reunion Campaign
A Best Friends volunteer searches for Jasmine, a black white pit bull, in a last ditch attempt to reunite the missing Katrina dog with her person 293x358

Missing: Jasmine

  • Breed: Black/White Pit Bull
  • Gender: Male (intact at storm time)
  • Age: 6 Years
  • Size: Large

Description: Jasmine is now 6 yrs old. She has a surgical scar on her right shoulder and a white tip on her tail. She was intact at time of disaster but may have been spayed since then. She is a pure bred Pit Bull who loves people and animals. She is originally from Sulphur, LA near Lake Charles.

For the past year I've volunteered for Best Friends to reunite Katrina animal victims with their humans. This is my last ditch effort to find Jasmine. I've looked at tens of thousands of photos of animals rescued from 2005 hurricanes. I've scoured shelter websites in every state. Animals were sent all over the USA and Canada to anywhere with room for them. Who knows? Maybe someone knows someone who adopted a Katrina rescue or helped in the effort. Maybe someone will recognize Jasmine and give her human closure with an update that the dog is safe and loved. If you have any leads or clues, please let me know.

Contact: Sarah Lotten,

Thanks And Woof! From Pia And Luna

In September, an original ARNO cofounder's Katrina dog, Luna, was hit by a car. Your support in response to Kinship Circle alerts helped Luna make it back from near death. Luna's grateful person, Pia Salk, gives updates.

11/18/06, Pia Salk  ~  My father's favorite quote was, "When it gets dark enough you can see the stars." I never fully grasped the meaning until this terrifying ordeal with Luna. I now know what he meant. When times get really dark, light finds its way to you.

Your support has left me speechless. And if you know me, this is quite an accomplishment. You responded with kindness, assistance, compassion, comfort, and so much more. I cannot explain the depth of my gratitude. While Luna was in ICU, I'd visit her twice daily and just pray that she'd live. That I could watch her and Sweetie (her pit counterpart also from NOLA) gum each other on the couch. I wanted her to have more days like these, days she didn't get pre-Katrina.

Luna lived a feral life in treacherous habitat, survived the hurricane, was mistakenly loaded on a semi to Iowa, and then later flown to California. On Sept 18, a car struck her. Kind strangers who saw the collision saved her. Her injuries were grave with many complications. Once home, she endured weeks of tube feedings, a satellite around her head, crating and pain. Each pant or whine sent her neurotic human mom into a tizzy. Then she returned to ICU with a serious allergic reaction. Back home again, Luna and Sweetie shared a bout of kennel cough. Luna stayed bright and loving throughout. She taught me volumes. I love this little girl more than I can ever articulate.

Many of you raised funds to help Luna. I can't thank you enough. Your support helped lift some financial stress so that I could be more available to her. Luna now uses her back legs as she struggles to rebuild muscle mass. She walks like a little lamb and is a bit pigeon-toed in back but it's quite cute. She is less timid, greets people and lets them pet her, something I never thought would happen. It fills me with joy.

You are good people and the animals of this world are lucky to have you, as we are lucky to have them. In Kinship, Pia
Luna, the Katrina rescue dog of ARNO cofounder Pia Salk, is on life support after hit by a car 323x810

52-Acre Horse Dream Gone

Kinship Circle  ~  Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue (HHERO) were true heroes to horses, cows and farmed animals in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Convoys that lasted until March 4 delivered hay, feed, meds and supplies to rural areas where pasture lands had been ravaged in a hurricane surge 28 miles inland. Some spots became watery graves for animals, but HHERO convoys never gave up on survivors.

11/20/06, Debra Barlow  ~  Hopeful Haven "rebuilds broken spirits" for horses and people. Please remember us in your prayers this Thanksgiving as we look to find another facility for the rescued horses!

Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue Organization, Inc.
PO Box 17763  /  Shreveport, LA 71138
Debra Barlow, HHERO President
Animal Cruelty Investigator
cell: 318-286-3116, hm: 318-925-4272
Donations are tax deductible.
If you can save any dogs in this photo, all to be gassed at Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, reply quickly 591x350

Save Jefferson Parish Death-Row Dogs

11/17/06  ~  All dogs above are to be gassed at Jefferson Animal Shelter. To save them, contact ASAP:
Traci Kestler, 504-975-5971
Erica Palmer, Kennelmaster, 504-736-6111
Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
1 Humane Way  /  Harahan, LA 70123

Two dogs, bonded Katrina survivors, need a home by Nov 30 300x281

Bonded Katrina Survivors Need Adoptive Home

11/14/06, Z. Alexandra Kelsey  ~  Rodney and Lady were Katrina survivors taken to a Dallas shelter last Fall. We pulled them, had Lady heartworm treated, and found a foster home. Though the foster couple said they could stay "as long as needed," Rodney and Lady now have till 11/30/06. We can't stand the thought of these great dogs back where they began. Help us find them a real home. Rodney is about 5-6 years old and Lady is 4 or 5 years old. They are housebroken, don't chew, love children and are fine with cats! They are extremely affectionate and only want someone to love them back. Reply To: companionanimalnetwork, 214-808-3238

Kinship Circle
Animal Disaster Aid Fund
7380 Kingsbury Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63130

Kinship Circle is a 501c3.
Donations are tax-deductible

This Year, Make A Meaningful Donation For Animals

Please donate now, so Kinship Circle can not only feed animals while in NOLA, but also give funds/food to Animal Rescue New Orleans, plus animal recovery efforts in Lakeview and Plaquemines.

Kinship Circle will service food/water stations and document animals sighted in the East/West sections of Upper 9th Ward, Lakeview, Plaquemines…

Landscapes have changed since Katrina. Even as some areas rebuild (residents often want feeding to stop) others have seen little recovery. Animal survivors and their offspring tend to roam near former homes. Reunions are still possible via documentation on feeding routes.

While in NOLA, we'll also help out at Animal Rescue New Orleans, plus transport animals for out-state adoptions. Please donate for the continued care of Katrina animal victims. Their suffering is not over. Thank you! Kinship Circle

Dear Santa, On Day 445 Recovery Of New Orleans…

Dear Santa…

The only thing we want for Christmas this year is some help for these kittens, all the kittens. And oh Santa, no more kittens, please!

Santa, all at Animal Rescue New Orleans have been very good this year. We've tried our best to help litter after litter, taken from city streets. But we are desperate for help. Can you please deliver this letter to each individual, no-kill rescue, shelter, organization and sanctuary that can help us save animals who never made it off the deserted streets of New Orleans?

Santa, one last thing? Will you give everyone our wish list (maybe pet food companies too)? Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Adopt From ARNO
Petfinder  ■  Save-A-Pet

Need Local/Out-State Volunteers!
Animal Rescue New Orleans
271 Plauche Street  /  New Orleans, LA 70123

Donate To ARNO
  1. Donate Online
  2. Give By Mail: 1219 Coliseum Street
    New Olreans, LA 70130
  3. Gift Cards: or
Do not let Katrina survivor Xena end her ordeal in a kill shelter 626x317

Don't Let Xena's Katrina Journey End In A Kill Shelter

About Zena
  • Breed: Black Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Gender: Female (spayed)
  • Age: 2 Years

Description: Wow, Xena's had quite a journey. This loving girl fought for survival on NOLA streets, pregnant, nowhere to turn. After roaming in floods and wreckage with a pack of dogs, Xena was rescued and transported across the U.S. She wound up in Connecticut. All her puppies were adopted, but this poor mother who'd struggled for so long was left behind. When finally adopted, her new guardians failed to see how amazing she is and didn't give her a chance to rebound. Next stop: Dumped at a kennel. Xena is an extremely loving dog. She is joyful, very outgoing and energetic. She would love a family that hikes, plays in the yard, and enjoys fun activities. Xena is up for car rides, frisbee, a boat ride, or just snuggling with her new mommy or daddy. This girl has not had a break, and now her situation is dire. A black adult dog abandoned at a kennel often ends up on death row. No one has invested the time or love this girl needs and deserves. It is a miracle she survived Katrina and its unforgiving aftermath. She kept herself and her puppies alive. Despite her ordeal, Xena never lost faith in humans or her hope for a home. If you want to save a life and adopt a fun, happy girl, Xena is your dream dog. Her time is running out.

Contact: or
Hot Water Rescue  /  P.O. Box 304  /  Collinsville, CT 06022