Bruce Weber’s New Orleans
After Katrina, approximately 50,000 pets were left to fend for themselves when their owners were forced to flee their homes. Existing animal welfare groups saved more than 20,000 of them, but a month after the storm, ongoing need led to the founding of a new organization, Animal Rescue New Orleans. A volunteer-staffed no-kill shelter, ARNO tries to find out-of-state homes, often as far away as the Northeast, for as many pets as possible. On occasion, the group has also had the happy task of reuniting animals with their pre-Katrina owners. Shelter director Robin Beaulieu estimates that ARNO has rescued 10,000 pets to date, but as many as 70,000 stray cats and dogs still roam the city—plenty of work for too few volunteers. To help, visit animalrescueneworleans.org.