The animal rescue community is mourning the loss of Charlotte Bass Lilly, president and executive director of Animal Rescue New Orleans. Lilly, who passed away from cancer on Nov. 15, had been instrumental in the animal rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

An animal advocate since the 1970s, she fought tirelessly to give a voice to the voiceless, devoting her life to the cause.

She stayed with her pets during Katrina and then joined the massive rescue mission afterward, saving thousands of animals. Lilly stepped up as national groups left town, starting the first no-kill animal shelter in the region, Animal Rescue New Orleans. Since March 2006, ARNO has rescued and found homes for more than 8,000 companion animals.

Lilly’s joy was saving the animals that seemed to have no hope — the injured, sick, elderly and starved — and helping them become whole and feel loved again. She put the needs of others above her own and was never too busy to help anyone — human or animal.

ARNO will continue the good fight in her honor. Lilly’s mission was to “rescue one by one until there are none.” Through relationships with local and regional shelters and rescues, and with devoted and compassionate volunteers, we at ARNO are going to work every day to make her proud and to continue her mission.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful that there are people like Lilly who live their lives selflessly to do good in the world and make it a better place, especially for animals. There will never be another Charlotte Bass Lilly, and although her time here was short, she lived one heck of a meaningful life and made a positive impact on our community. Lilly’s energy, spunk, humor and love for all animals will be a legacy that we will forever remember.


THURSDAY: Yappy Hour in the courtyard at Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave. at Frenchmen St. from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday. It benefits the Louisiana SPCA. Stop in for dinner, or just enjoy some craft cocktails and listen to relaxing live music with your friendly four-legged friend. Fresh water and treats will be provided for pups, while owners enjoy $1 off all craft cocktails. Don’t forget: When you mention “Yappy Hour,” 15 percent of the proceeds from your outing go to benefit the Louisiana SPCA. Visit for information.

SATURDAY: Animal Rescue New Orleans will be at the Arts Market at Palmer Park, South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with adoptable dogs and info on volunteering and fostering. For info contact

DECEMBER: The Louisiana SPCA will offer half–off adoption fee throughout the month. Regular adoption procedures apply.

DECEMBER: Presents for Paws Presented by Gold’s Gym is proud to partner with the Louisiana SPCA for the holidays. Visit either of the gym’s West Bank locations, pick an ornament off the tree and drop off a donation. Visit to view our wish list and for information.

LOST OR FOUND PETS: In Orleans Parish you can send a photo, description of your pet, date lost/found and your contact info to, in Jefferson Parish send to and and in St. Bernard Parish send to

Traci D. Howerton is social media editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. Contact ARNO at, or call our recorded information line at 504.571.1900.