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Animal Rescue New Orleans: Dogly Do Good Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Your very timely grant was used to purchase a new washing machine ($400) and also to help us with the vet care of a little puppy named Lizzy ($3,068) who had a persistent right aortic arch that required hospitalization and a specialist. Sadly, she did not make it.

This grant could not have come at a better time. Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) has a no-kill shelter that is volunteer-based but also depends on small grants and private donations. We intentionally choose the immediate needs of the shelter pets but also the immediate needs of a little puppy whose last chance was with us at ARNO.

Our one washing machine runs all day and provides clean warm beds, fleecy blankets and towels to keep our dogs and cats snuggly warm when the weather is cold (in addition to our heaters!).

Your grant also gave hope to a tiny adorable puppy who would have had no chance without grants like yours. ARNO helps those with no hope anywhere else: the too-young, too-sick, too-old, abused, abandoned, neglected and even the forgotten. We are there for them. It is such an important part of our mission, but sadly, there is not always a happy ending.

How many pets did this grant help?

This helped all 45 dogs and 50 cats at our no-kill shelter but also a tiny little angel of a puppy who stole everyone's hearts.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

ARNO exists especially for little angels like Lizzy. Lizzy came to us from a woman whose husband had decided to euthanize her as she had been very sick and she begged us to take her and try to save her. She was a shepherd mix and approximately 12 weeks of age, the sweetest little girl who loved to snuggle under your arm.

When Lizzy came to us, she could not keep food down. She was underweight and seemed very weak, so she was immediately rushed to our emergency vet where it was found she had persistent right aortic arch, or vascular ring anomaly. It is an abnormality, which can be common in puppies, causing narrowing of the esophagus, leading to digestive problems. Lizzy had been with our vet for a week under fluids and careful feeding and monitoring. She had gained about 8 oz. and was sent to a specialist to undergo a major, complicated surgery. Sadly, although she made it through the surgery, she died shortly afterwards. Lizzy had touched everyone in a very special way.

ARNO fights every day to save those who would have nowhere else to go, no one else to hold them, no one else to love them and no one else to pray for them. Even though Lizzy did not make it, she was loved by everyone at ARNO, the wonderful vets (who wanted to foster her if she had made it) and vet techs who adored her and countless others who prayed for her. She brought hope and love to everyone. Lizzy inspires all of us at ARNO to continue to fight the good fight in her memory and spirit. There is one more angel in Heaven watching over us all and her name is Lizzy.

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