Animal Rescue of New Orleans: Fostering pets is a lifesaver

At Animal Rescue New Orleans, foster homes are vital to our existence. Animals in foster homes get to experience life in a home environment, making them more adoptable. Foster homes socialize pets so they are ready for life in a permanent home.

Animal shelters and rescue organizations are always in need of foster homes. The benefits are twofold: You are helping an animal in need, but fostering is also a great way for people to “test the waters” to see if they are ready to become full-time pet owners.

While you may hesitate to foster a pet because you are afraid that you will get attached to it, consider this: You are giving an animal a second chance to have a new life. And foster homes save lives, as municipal shelters must euthanize animals due to limited space.

The shelter environment is stressful for most animals, and you can provide a calm, loving atmosphere that will allow the animal to relax and let its true personality shine. Foster owners also help the rescue agency/shelter learn about a pet’s personality.

I guarantee that seeing the animal that you helped socialize and nurture go off with a new, loving family is a bittersweet moment.

On the other hand, you just might end up with a new family member! If you decide this pet is perfect for you, then adopt him! You’ll be a “foster failure,” but will have gained a companion that you already know is perfect for your family.

If you are interested in fostering for ARNO, please contact

ARNO’s foster homes provide food, love and kindness. We provide vet care, vaccinations and monthly medicines and hold offsite events where foster pets get exposure to potential adopters.

Or, contact your local animal shelter or rescue group to inquire about its foster programs.

Upcoming events

THURSDAY: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,“Toasts & Tiki-Tails” benefiting LA/SPCA, held at NO Fleas Market, 4228 Magazine St., New Orleans. Admission is a $5 donation for snacks, libations and treats for pooches. NO Fleas fashion show, pet photos and costume contest. Friendly, leashed pets welcome. For more info, visit or, or call (504) 324-4727.

SUNDAY: noon to 4 p.m., ARNO Adoptables Go Green at Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Wear green and get a free gift! Or have a Best of Show, Pink Poodle or Irish Setter libation, all to raise money for ARNO. For more information, contact adoptfrom or call (504) 595-6755.

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 it since Hurricane Katrina. Contact ARNO at arno.advo,, or leave a message at (504) 571-1900.