Volunteers who care for some of the most defenseless animals are in desperate need of help from the public. The August 2016 flooding put the SPCA of Livingston in a tough spot, but it only strengthened their efforts to rescue and find homes for the animals they encounter.
The home of the organization’s special events director, Tina Carlton, did not flood, but she has adopted a dog from a flood victim and is fostering another that was near death. He is a small white Maltese-mix named Christoff.
“He's a very playful, loving sweet guy. He's got some skin issues to work out, and then he'll be ready to go,” Carlton said.
Looking at Christoff, one would not believe what he's been through. When the SPCA of Livingston (SPCAOL) rescued him, Carlton said, Christoff could not swallow, stand up, or even lift his head. He barely weighed 7 lbs.
“In fact, we had to wait to vaccinate him because he was so thin he could not be vaccinated,” Carlton said.
Carlton also said the veterinarian thinks the dog somehow ingested narcotics. Christoff was in the animal hospital for nearly two weeks.
“At this point, his medical bills are over $1,200 and he's still not where he needs to be,” Carlton said.
The SPCAOL picked up the tab, as Carlton said it does for so many dogs and cats in the parish, but the August flooding hit the organization where it hurts. “It impacted our funds tremendously. We are not a shelter program. We are an in-home foster program, so all the supplies were at the fosters who flooded,” Carlton said.
Ninety percent of its volunteers’ homes flooded. The SPCAOL was able to help a lot of them replace those supplies, but now the organization needs help to continue their good deeds.
“Whether it’s from the streets or a shelter, eight out of ten of them have medical problems,” Carlton said.
Carlton and volunteers are wrapping up plans for a big fundraiser in hopes that will do the trick. As for Christoff, Carlton said, he is well on his way to making a full recovery and becoming available for adoption.
“Christoff will finish getting healthy in my home and then we will find him a proper adopter home and he will go to his new family,” Carlton said.
The fundraiser is called Ladies Night Out. It's a blind auction for women only. It will be held at the Suma Hall Community Center on Thursday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required to attend.