Animal Rescue hosts Twelfth Night fundraiser




Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) hosts its annual fundraiser tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 6) to benefit the shelter, which has found homes for more than 5,500 6,800 animals since 2005 (and 8,800 including its Katrina rescues), and is one of the only shelters nationally that accepts feral pets.

The Harahan-based, volunteer-run shelter also offers adoption programs, a medical triage, foster care, humane trapping, spaying and neutering, a hospice program, offsite adoption and awareness events, and a pet retention program serving up to 60 indigent families each year — if families must relinquish their pets because of financial hardship, the program helps keep them together. (Read about Marcello the pitbull-mix in Gambit.)

The fundraiser features live music from Margie Perez, and food from Reginelli's, Nonna Mia, Semolina, Whole Foods, Nacho Mama's, Champagne Palace, Smilie's, Gumbo Shop, Sucre, Frances Bakery, Zea's, Kupcake factory, Rocky and Carlo's, and Acropolis, among others. The more than 100 auction and raffle prizes include hotels stays, New Orleans Saints gear, New Orleans Hornets tickets, jewelry, art, and a behind-the-scenes visit at Sucre.

The event is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Creole Gardens (1415 Prytania St.). Tickets are $25 and include food, one drink, and a chance to win a 42" TV. Call 669-1908 for more information.

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