POSTED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:03pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A little dog name Eeyore put a big spotlight on the SPCA of Livingston . Sadly, his story ended with the worst possible outcome. However, officials hope his legacy of compassion will inspire animal lovers to give a second chance to those that recovered with success.
“For every one we save, there are 10 more that will not make it or spend the rest of their lives in a shelter,” Terri Dunlap, President of the SPCA of Livingston, said. “No matter how cute they look on the outside, rescues are almost always broken on the inside. People damage these dogs and we do what we can to fix them.”
Eeyore was in need of an expensive heart surgery to save his life. In less than 24-hours the shelter raised enough funds to pay for it, but was heartbroken to learn that nearly every bone in his little body was broken. Doctors were forced to euthanize him to spare him from additional suffering.
"Honestly, rescue people like me; we don’t sleep well,” Helen Morales, a volunteer at the shelter, said. “We cry a lot because were not able to save them all."
But many are saved.
“There’s a saying in animal rescue - saving the life of one dog will not change the world, but it will change the life for that one dog,” Dunlap said.
One recent success story is a black lab named Harvey. He was rescued when he was 6 days old after his mother died from being struck by a car.
“He had a really bad fungal infection that caused his hair to fall out,” Dunlap explained. “We spent about $1,000 on his treatments. Every time he started to get better, something would happen and he would get sick again. Now, he’s healthy, happy, and recovered.”
Harvey is now 12 weeks old and running and playing like a normal puppy should. Although his path has been difficult, he’s now ready to find his “forever home.”
You can see Harvey on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Petsmart on Millerville from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Of course, he will not be alone. There will be other cats and dogs rescued by the SPCA of Livingston and they’re all searching for a home.