By Gord Bowes, News staff
The Labrador retriever from New Orleans probably had a pretty rough life and might never behave properly.
Like many of the canines in the care of NOLA (New Orleans Louisiana) Lab Rescue, the dog they named Karma was likely abused.
But Anna Crapanzano was not going to be deterred from helping her out.
“When she came to us, she had extreme anxiety,” she said.
Crapanzano and her husband Mike found Karma through an adoption website and wanted to bring her home as a companion for their first lab, Ollie.
But Karma was not an ideal pet — she was timid and couldn’t be left alone without causing problems.
Crapanzano said she thought about giving Karma back to NOLA, “But I thought, she’s home, we’re going to work this out.”
It was just a matter of building her confidence, she said, and while she thought it would take years it happened much quicker.
The Waterdown resident, a district manager for Ren’s Pet Depot, said she was so impressed with NOLA that she decided to help the group as a volunteer.
NOLA was founded in September 2010. Taylor said the group has a habit of helping the “underdog,” to get dogs in need out of high-kill shelters in the southern U.S. state. About nine in 10 dogs dropped off at Louisiana shelters are euthanized. Many of the dogs are abused and found wandering the streets
Taylor recently fostered a dog who, according to his paperwork, was dropped off at a Louisiana shelter at 10:30 one night with a note that said “to be disposed.”
NOLA needs volunteers, she said, to help with visits, background checks, fundraising, adoption screening, animal transport, public outreach, dog training and photography.
“We need help in so many ways other than just fostering,” said Taylor.
NOLA’s second annual fundraiser is March 21 at Marquis Gardens, 1050 Rymal Rd. East. There will be a bar, buffet, bar, dance and prizes. Tickets $25 and available by calling Taylor at 289-260-2432.
See nolalabrescue.org for more information.