Animal Rescue: Volunteers needed to get La. shelter pets to safety _lowres

Photo provided by Animal Rescue New Orleans -- Mamie arrived at ARNO as part of a group of feral dogs from Tennessee and is finishing the feral rehab program. She now walks well on a leash. She needs a foster home without children or cats where she can complete her socialization. ARNO will provide all the tools and support necessary. For information, email

When it comes to animal rescue, often, half the battle is in the logistics of getting an animal to safety. This Thursday night, community members can attend a presentation to bring awareness to the need for more volunteers to help with transport programs for homeless animals.

The East Bank Regional Library will host a powwow to increase awareness and recruit volunteers to become transport coordinators to pull dogs and cats out of high-kill animal shelters.

Amanda Roberts will lead the presentation. She represents C.A.R.E.S., or Critter Adoption, Rescue and Education Society of Louisiana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals through rescue efforts, adoption, public advocacy, education, litigation and intervention.

“We are in the business of saving the lives of pets that find themselves in high-kill animal shelters where they may, inevitably, die,” Roberts said. “Our transport program gives these pets a second chance at life by transporting them to communities that do not have the pet overpopulation problem that we do. The program is very important for those communities where there are responsible pet owners, but their area shelters do not meet the community demand. ... Without this program, thousands more animals would die each year.”

Roberts will discuss the following two new local transport programs:

Transporting Animals in Louisiana Shelters consists of volunteer transport coordinators who work with drivers to pull animals from high-kill shelters and get them to other rescues or no-kill shelters.

Transporting Animals from Gassing Shelters works similarly to TAILS but is dedicated to the gassing shelters. “The TAGS program will save hundreds and, eventually, thousands of animals from having to suffer through the long, torturous process of being euthanized by gas,” Roberts said.

The program will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, visit


ADOPTION EVENT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will have adoptable dogs and donation bonuses from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Anthropologie in Canal Place, 333 Canal St., New Orleans. For information, email adopt@animal

SERVICE DOGS FOR VETERANS: A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Veterans Service Dog Training Facility will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, 1 Humane Way, Elmwood. The Companions for Life program will teach veterans to train their own service dogs, as well as service dogs for other veterans to assist them with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. This program will not only give veterans an opportunity to own an affordable service dog, it will also give them marketable skills. For information, visit

ADOPTION EVENT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will have adoptable dogs on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Palmer Park at the corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues in New Orleans. For information, email adopt@animalrescue

LOUISIANA BOXER RESCUE: The Boxers, Brew and BBQ benefit for Louisiana Boxer Rescue will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Kamp Bar, 2317 Hickory Ave., Harahan. Lunch will be $10 for adults and $5 for children, and there will be music by DJ Tim Huff, a boxer shorts contest, and a silent auction and raffle. For information visit louisiana

ADOPTION EVENT: The Louisiana SPCA will have adoptable pets on hand and will hold a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, during the NOLA on Tap beer festival at the Festival Grounds at New Orleans City Park. Admission is free, and proceeds will benefit the Louisiana SPCA.

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish, you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact information to lostand

In Jefferson Parish, email and bbourgeois, and in St. Bernard Parish, email

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at animal, or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.