Animal Rescue: Puppies rescued after Hurricane Katrina are again up for adoption _lowres

Photo by Rachel Ruth Photography—The person who adopted Monty and Cello after Hurricane Katrina can no longer keep them.

With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina here, it is easy to recall the days post-storm and the animal rescue efforts of countless volunteers from all over the country. Animal Rescue New Orleans was born in those days, weeks and months following the storm.

The memories of the beginnings of this no-kill animal rescue were brought to the present when the group was notified last week of the surrender of two post-Katrina ARNO dogs: Monty and Cello.

“It was like a flashback to the past, the very beginnings of ARNO Post-Katrina,” said Ginnie Baumann, ARNO adoption coordinator. “An ARNO volunteer going back down into the Monticello Canal back in late 2007, where we rescued so many dogs that were trapped there in the days following Katrina, and this time, she had two little puppies in her arms who were aptly named Monty and Cello. Adorable little treeing Walker hound mixes, so scared and tiny, they seemed like they would be together forever even then. They were adopted together. Seemingly happy ending for the puppies of a Hurricane Katrina survivor.”

ARNO got the call saying these two dogs were at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter in perfect condition and up to date on everything, but the owner could no longer keep them and he told them they were originally ARNO dogs.

Now, ARNO is looking for a great home for these adorable 8-year-old girls (who have been known as Mazzy and Suki all these years). They are a bonded pair, and ARNO wants them to stay together. Both have stellar dispositions and are good with children and other dogs and cats. All veterinary records were surrendered with them, and they have been up to date on all heartworm and flea prevention.

For information, email ARNO is hoping that in the spirit of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, someone will open their heart and home to these girls.


ANIMAL RESCUE THRIFT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will be the beneficiary of sales at Charlotte’s Hope: Animal Rescue Thrift & Gift, which is set to open in September at 8299 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. The store will accept donations (no appliances) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in August. The store will open in September. For information, email or visit

YAPPY HOUR: The Louisiana SPCA is the beneficiary of Yappy Hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday in the courtyard at Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Fresh water and treats will be provided for pups while owners enjoy $1 off all craft cocktails. When patrons mention “Yappy Hour,” 15 percent of the proceeds will benefit the SPCA. For information, visit

ADOPTION EVENT: Animal Rescue New Orleans will hold an adoption event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sephora, Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. There will be a puppy kissing booth and information about volunteer opportunities. For information, email

ADOPTION EVENT: The Jefferson SPCA will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jefferson Feed, 4421 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. For information, email

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

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, or call its recorded information line at (504) 571-1900.