DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - There's a call for help from the Livingston Parish SPCA. Monday night, the group posted on its Facebook page that they were closing temporarily, due to money problems.
"We are on what we call a pull hold," said Brandi Pearson. That means they're not able to take in any more animals at this time.
The SPCA, is not a shelter service, but a fostering program. They take animals that are surrendered by their owners and rescue those at kill shelters and place them into a foster environment until they are able to be adopted by the public. But the group says because they took in some sick and injured animals, they have racked up thousands of dollars in veterinarian bills. In turn, they can't afford to take in any more animals until money is raised or donated.
Right now, they have 63 animals.
"This is the first time its actually been this bad," said Pearson.
The post on the group's Facebook page, read in part: "Financially our group is down for the count - we can not rescue, save, pull, help, or feed another animal other than the ones currently in our care - we are temporarily closed due to finances..."
Pearson said they recently took in 23 puppies; 13 strays and one of the dogs in their care delivered 10 puppies this week. Not only that, they took in a German Shepard puppy that had been shot and needed treatment to recover. They also brought in an emaciated dog that was found on the side of the road.
The group also pays to have all dogs and cats in their care spayed and neutered.
That has added to the money issue.
"We have emails and emails and people calling, asking for our help. Right now we just can't help," Pearson explained.
The group is hoping some events they have planned in September will allow some of the animals they are fostering now to be adopted. The fees collected from those adoptions will be used to pay down their bills.
"It's hard to say no. We don't have the finances to take care of our vet bills, we have to say no and it's heartbreaking because a lot of people rely on us."
There's more information on the Livingston Parish SPCA on their website, http://www.livingstonspca.com/.