In 2008, JoAnne and Dan agreed to foster a dog from Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO). Pearl very quickly became a foster fail. Pearl had been rescued by an ARNO volunteer as a newborn after Katrina. Knowing nothing about rescues or their needs, JoAnne started asking questions. ARNO needed lots of supplies so JoAnne started donating food and laundry supplies to ARNO and then started donating items to Zeus' Rescues as well. At some point, she thought there has to be a better way to make a difference in the lives of the rescue organizers so that they can focus on saving animals and getting them needed vet care, foster care and adoptions. Although not a runner, JoAnne knew that New Orleans was full of fundraising walks and runs for various causes, but there was no coordinated large event to raise money for animal rescue organizations in the area. After doing a little research and talking to a few people, the NOLA Dogs Race to the Rescue was born. NOLA Girl raises funds by producing the NOLA Dogs Race, participating in Give NOLA Day, the NOLA Dogs auction and in 2023, added a HOWLIDAY raffle. To date we've donated $137,000 to no kill animal rescue organizations in South Louisiana who receive no government funding. We put together small donations and bundle them into impactful grants. Whether you can donate $5 or $50,000, we are asking for your support. Together we can make a huge difference in the lives of dogs and cats that desperately need our help.
NOLA Girl is a 501(c)(3) created in 2019 in New Orleans, LA. We are a volunteer group whose mission is to raise money to improve the lives of animals and to foster relationships among no kill animal rescue organizations. At present, we raise money to help responsible 501(c)(3) no kill rescues pay vet bills and cover other needed expenses.
We cannot say enough about the rescue organizations we have supported. They have dedicated their lives to savings animals and do an amazing job! They are truly Rescue Warriors! They rely on donations and grants to fund the work that they do. Four of the rescues we have supported have saved over 15,000 animals since 2017. Their combined vet bills total $1 million per year.