Animal Rescue of New Orleans column by Traci Howerton for Jan. 31, 2013

Even party animals can find the season overwhelming

By Traci Howerton

Special to The Advocate

Photo provided by ARNO -- Gecko is a chihuahua mix lapdog who went into foster care during Hurricane Isaac and gets along with other dogs and cats. For more information, email adoptfromarno@yahoo.com or visit the no-kill shelter at 271 Plauche St., Elmwood, any day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neutering, shots, a microchip and heartworm treatment, if needed.
Photo provided by ARNO -- Gecko is a chihuahua mix lapdog who went into foster care during Hurricane Isaac and gets along with other dogs and cats. For more information, email adoptfromarno@yahoo.com or visit the no-kill shelter at 271 Plauche St., Elmwood, any day between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The adoption fee is $200 and includes neutering, shots, a microchip and heartworm treatment, if needed.

In New Orleans, there always seems to be a reason to throw a party. With the Super Bowl on Sunday, followed by Mardi Gras, you are bound to throw a house party or attend one. While these get-togethers are a fun time for humans, they can be very stressful for animals.

When having your next party, keep in mind these tips to keep the stress level down for the four-legged attendees:

Remember, dogs are not allowed on the parade route —with the fabulous exception of parades especially for canines and their human families, such as Barkus.

The Super Bowl and Mardi Gras are great reasons to celebrate and have a good time with family and friends. Making sure all of your family members are safe and secure during the festivities will ensure the fun can go off without a hitch!

Traci D. Howerton is Social Media Editor of Animal Rescue New Orleans, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. ARNO operates a volunteer-based, no-kill shelter in the Elmwood Industrial section of Jefferson Parish and depends upon the generosity of people from all over the country who have followed the group since Katrina. Contact ARNO at arno.advocate@gmail.com, visit http://www.animalrescueneworleans.org or leave a message at (504)571-1900.