Luvin’ Labs is a Labrador Retriever Rescue based in New Mexico.   We are dedicated to finding loving homes for Labrador Retrievers through rescue and rehoming.  We currently do not have dogs on site, rather we rely on donations for boarding and fabulous fosters to keep our labs until they find their forever homes!

Luvin’ Labs works with shelters and rescue organizations throughout the state.  We also work with owners of Labs who for a myriad of reasons need to find a loving home for their Labrador Retriever.

Click through the pages of our site and check back often for updated posts of available dogs as well as Lab related information.

Postings include dogs in our program, as well as Labrador Retrievers in danger in shelters throughout the state.


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1174 dogs adopted to date!


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100% of funds are used to cover costs incurred from intaking, medically treating and boarding dogs in our program. As a 501 (c)(3) non profit all donations are tax deductible.
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Meet Mork, one of the youngest members of the Luvin’ Labs family and brother to Mindy.  Mork, at 7 months, is a typical lab puppy…energetic, friendly and wanting to please.  Mork, who is in need of a foster home while we find him the perfect forever home, is our special needs pup as he was born without a foot, but typical of any puppy, he doesn’t let it bother him in the least.

If you are interested in meeting Mork click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions or want to foster Mork call (505) 362-0331. The cuddles and labby kisses you get from him will be so worth it.   Mork just wants to be loved…

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Mork & Friend take a break

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Kennan, our tall, handsome chocolate lab has been through a lot in his 7 years, but still portrays such a gentle soul.  Kennan has spent the last few months of his life bouncing from one home to another, one small town shelter to another.  He continues to show affection to everyone he meets, obviously enjoying just a pat on the head or the offer of a small treat.  And he knows that sometimes you have to work for that treat by demonstrating a “sit” when told.  Kennan loves to fetch a ball and even brings it back and drops.

If you are interested in meeting Kennan click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions about him call (505) 362-0331.

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Handsome one year old Jaeger was found wandering in a field outside a small community with no collar or microchip to give a clue to his identity.  Upon his arrival at the shelter it was found that Jaeger had a severe injury to his back leg and the call went out that this boy needed a rescue for survival.  As is their nature, the good folks at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic stepped up to help Jaeger.  His shattered leg was beyond repair and amputation was the only solution.

Jaeger had that life saving surgery and is now well on his way to recovery.  He loves his new life in the clinic, but realizes the ultimate goal is to have his very own loving forever home.  Jaeger is a happy pheno-type lab, super friendly to both humans and dogs and a big “snuggle bug”.  While he may be described as special needs, that means he’s special, not that he’s needy.  Watching Jaeger you would never know that he ever had or needed 4 legs…3 are just fine with him.

If you are interested in meeting Jaeger click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering him call (505) 362-0331.

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Life just wasn’t looking up for this 2 year old petite girl…It’s Christmas and she found herself locked in a kennel with nothing but a cold hard floor to call home.  This beautiful girl got our attention but unfortunately her out date was the day after Christmas; we would just have a celebrate a day later.  Then the great snow storm hit the area and poor Seneca was locked away for another week.  Imagine our joy when we got the news that she was out and would soon be on her journey to Albuquerque as a Luvin’ Labs dog to find her new forever home.  She’s here now and just as sweet and beautiful as we knew she would be.  She loves people and gets along with other dogs.  Now just to find that perfect home.

2/10/2016 Update from her foster mom: Seneca is a very energetic little girl.  Very loving.  Great with other dogs of various sizes,  both male and female.  House trained,   kennel trained.  Great on a leash.  Must have chew toys to keep her from chewing my shoes and couch pillows.  She really is a sweet girl.

If you are interested in meeting Seneca click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Handsome Riggs was just hours away from never knowing the love and comfort of a new forever home.  Another rescue had offered this guy safe haven and then never showed up to get him on what was to be his last day.  Luvin’ Labs stepped in and with the help of some awesome local volunteers were able to saved him.  Riggs is now on his  adventure of finding a new family to love.  Riggs is 2 years old and very friendly with both people and other dogs.  He’s smart too and loves to learn…he’s practicing his “sit and shake” and is so proud of himself.

1/10/2016 update from our boarding volunteer:  Riggs is the perfect gentleman, loves to be loved on, brushed and just hanging out with his people.  We have brushed him so much that he thinks it’s a part of his daily routine.  He walks pretty good on a leash, pulls a little, but just excited to be alive and loved.  His favorite activity…discovering new things.

If you are interested in meeting Riggs click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet Yancy, a 2 year old yellow lab who came to us highly recommended by the shelter staff.  On his 2 hour “Freedom Ride” to Albuquerque from the shelter he just stared at his rescuer with his paw gently placed on her arm as if to convey his appreciation.  He’s gentle, loving and gets along well with people and other dogs.  Loves his toys and enjoys a game of keeping them away from you.  He’s quite the bundle of energy, but loves his cuddling time too.

Yancy’s tail wags all the time which caused our handsome boy to develop “happy tail” so severe that his tail had to be shorten so it would heal.  Still the same happy dog…just a little less tail to wag!

If you are interested in meeting Yancy click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Our hearts were breaking when we saw this beautiful girl in the shelter.  We don’t know the circumstances that resulted in this 13 year old lab being taken to a shelter, but it’s hard to imagine how she felt with all the strange surroundings.  We so often say our adopters and fosters are the best and our rescue of Marley Rose is the perfect example.  A previous adopter immediately stepped forwarded and offered to foster her…a warm bed, a lovely home with a big yard and a person to cuddle with.  From her foster we know that Marley Rose (she received her middle name as a tribute to the foster’s mom) is a very young 13, very active, gentle and well-mannered.  She walks well on a leash with no reactions to other dogs or bike riders on the walking path…just demonstrates her great tail-wagging action as a greeting.  She’s great with children and loves to give labby kisses.

If you are interested in meeting Marley Rose click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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He’s a beautiful 3 year old yellow lab looking for a new forever home and his name is Kid.  His owner described him as “a fun loving goofball.  He loves to be close to you at all times and to play inside with his chuckle duck.  He rides well in cars, trucks and rangers and he loves to run.  Kid walks well on a leash and loves to swim.  His favorite place…sleeping at your feet or next to your bed.”  Kid gets along with everybody…other dogs, kids, even cats.  Kid enjoys time inside and outside, and has great house manners. He doesn’t jump to greet or jump fences.  So why is this awesome dog looking for a new home?  He didn’t get along with the cows and horses on his owner’s new property so now he’s a Luvin’ Labs dog looking for a new forever home.  If you are looking for the perfect dog and don’t have livestock Kid might just be your dog.

If you are interested in meeting Kid click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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How often we hear “who leaves a dog like that in a shelter?” and our Kindred is the perfect example.  Kindred is a 7 year old yellow female who’s only negative is she’s just not too fond of cats.  She loves spending time with kids and enjoys the company of other dogs.  Kindred is looking for a person or family that wants a dog that is more mature, but still interested in playing and learning.  She’s just as happy laying next to her best friend as she is playing fetch in the backyard.

1/6/2016 Update from Kindred’s Foster:  Kindred is a young 7 year old lab but definitely out of her puppy stages. She loves people but isn’t too needy and doesn’t need to jump to get your attention. She has never shown any interest in chewing or a tendency to destroy our things. She sleeps in her crate at night and lays on her bed next to her humans when she isn’t in her crate. She has never had an accident in the house. Our dogs who are very tolerant do okay with her but she would probably do best with either a very passive dog or by herself. She walks and runs on a leash without much pulling except when she sees a friendly face who wants to pet her (did I mention she loves people).  She has never escaped and doesn’t seem to want to. Kindred is will make a great family dog in a household willing to take her on a daily short walk or two particularly if she is the only dog.

If you are interested in meeting Kindred click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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You know you’re a handsome guy when the staff at the shelter comments about your gorgeous good looks.  But unfortunately that doesn’t get you a home.  However, Quentin is one of the lucky ones as he’s now a part of the Luvin’ Labs family and beginning an adventure that will change the rest of his life!  Quentin is just over a year old and a real sweetheart.  He gets along with other dogs, loves people attention and walks so nice on a leash.  Quentin is a big English type lab with a large body and blocky head.  He is going to make someone the perfect companion.

If you are interested in meeting Quentin click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions or interested in fostering him call (505) 362-0331.

 

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CeeCee hasn’t been a Luvin’ Lab dog very long, but already she has the reputation of being a complete sweetheart.  She’s looking for a best friend who will help her loose a few of those extra pounds before the holidays…just a good diet and some extra exercise should do the trick.  While we don’t yet know her favorite things to do, we think she’s most likely a cuddler and loves attention.    At 5 years old she’s at the perfect age…a combination of playful and mellow.

If you are interested in meeting CeeCee click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Our handsome Malaki…a senior boy left homeless in the shelter.  He had a home…he had a family…that is evident by his personality and health condition.  We can only guess as to why he wasn’t claimed.  One thing for sure, Malaki’s transition from beloved family pet to homeless in the shelter hasn’t damped his spirit one bit. We’ve found him to be very calm, easy to handle, no trouble walking him on a leash.  He knows several basic commands, is attentive and very friendly.  His favorite thing…hugs from a new best friend.

11/21/15 Update from Malaki’s foster mom:

Malaki is a medium sized black Lab.   He needed a little help getting healthier and to gain some weight, but now he is ready to find that family who would appreciate him for the wonderful loving guy that he is.  

Malaki has had some hard times in his 7-8 years of  life.  He was apparently hit by a car sometime in his previous life which left him with a hip and jaw injury.   Both have long since healed up, though probably didn’t receive the proper Vet care at the time.    But that doesn’t keep Malaki from bouncing around when he sees his favorite people (or food dish) and he can certainly keep up just fine on a walk.   He loves to go for walks.  

This is a very sweet natured dog. – calm and wants to please…. he is so very grateful for a nice warm bed to lay on.,   He sure doesn’t ask for much….. but he really loves to get and give hugs and kisses to anyone who is kind enough to give him a chance.   In fact, he’d kind of like to be a lap dog.   He gets along well with the other dogs in his foster family, both males and females.    He quickly won the hearts of the folks at the Vet clinic and with Luvin’ Labs volunteers and especially his Foster Family.   He’s just a really nice, polite guy who sure deserves a better life than he has had.   He will need a little routine care on his poor ears and some attention to arthritis prevention and some good nutrition, but he will sure give you a whole lot of love and gratitude back in return.    He is waiting for that special someone to come and find out just how precious he is.

If you are interested in meeting Malaki click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet one of our recent additions to the Luvin’ Labs family…Hershey.  He’s an 8 year old chocolate lab who found himself homeless.  But Hershey used all his charms becoming one of the shelter favorites and they were determined to give this boy a second change.  Hershey joined the Luvin’ Labs family and is now enjoying all the comforts of a loving foster home.  While that’s a good place to be, what Hershey really wants is his very own forever home.  Hershey gets along with other dogs and likes just being a mellow companion.

Update from his foster mom:  He gets along with all the dogs and ignores my cat.  He is not food aggressive.  He is house trained and knows some basic commands.  He does know how to walk on a leash but needs some refresher training on this.  He does not pull but goes from side to side.   Overall he is a very nice dog.  He does like toys, and likes to tear them up, like my dogs.

If you are interested in meeting Hershey click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Like some people, some dogs never seem to age…Fresco…looks and acts like a 3 year old…but is actually 7 years old.  Watching Fresco play, one can’t help but smile…he enjoys life and hasn’t let his recent time in the shelter affect his happy attitude.  Fresco is looking for a forever home that appreciates his maturity as well as his desire to sometimes just be a pup!  Fresco gets along with other dogs and seems to ignore cats.  Come meet Fresco, but be ready for a good game of fetch…

If you are interested in meeting Fresco click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Jack Black, his mom (Luvin’ Labs Shelby) and two siblings were left on their own on property south of Albuquerque when their owner died unexpectedly.  Shelby was taken to the shelter by a concerned neighbor where she was rescued by Luvin’ Labs, but we knew we had to get her babies into the rescue too.  Our awesome volunteer was able to coax Jack Black to her; he was more than happy to be back into a home with good food, a warm bed and a ton of affection.  We’re still working on getting the other two siblings who are a bit more elusive.

Jack Black is about 1-1/2 years old, friendly and good with people and other dogs.  He’s in foster now and learning all the things he needs to know to become a perfect house dog.  He’s smart so that shouldn’t take long.

If you are interested in meeting Jack Black click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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She came to us from a very very small town in NM; how she got there we have no idea.  Puddin’ is just 9 months old and knows what it’s like to be lonely and afraid, but that doesn’t affect her spirit…her tail wags as each person pats her head and she appreciates every hug she gets.  Puddin’ loves all her labbie friends at the clinic and we think a home with another dog would be ideal for her.  We’re enjoying the time we’re spending with this sweet girl and the opportunity it gives us to know her better.

If you are interested in meeting Puddin’ click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Poor  precious Sammie is a senior Lab who has surely been through some hard times recently.    He was found as a stray, very thin and out of time in the shelter when Luvin’ Labs stepped up to help him out.  Sammie got some much needed dental work to help him eat easier and some medical care for his infected ears and is now in a foster home to help him recover and regain his health.

Sammie is a smaller sized, 10 yr old yellow Lab.  He is a very gentle soul… a sweet natured boy who really appreciates any kindness he receives.   He loves being in the house with you and is happy to nap near you or put his sweet face in your lap to be petted.  He sleeps all night in his crate.

Sammie gets along with other dogs and has shown no interest in the cat.   If you want a gentle walking companion, this boy is wonderful.   He walks right at your side and doesn’t pull on the leash at all, so he must have had some training at some time in his past.  He must have been someone’s pet, but no one came for him in the shelter.

Sammie deserves to have a nice home where he can be loved and cared for.  He just wants to be safe and have plenty of good food and a nice bed to sleep in with a family to share his golden years with.  Luvin’ Labs is committed to find this sweet dog a family to love him.   He will return that love many times over.

If you are interested in meeting Sammie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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This is Coco. She is 7 years old (aka the perfect lab age), and she is a purebred chocolate lab.  Her previous family was moving and unable to take this special girl with them.  Coco is sweet, loving, friendly and she is great with kids. She loves to play catch and go for walks, is excellent on a leash, doesn’t dig or jump fences, isn’t food or toy aggressive, and doesn’t ever nip or bite. Lovely Coco gets along with other dogs and her best friend was a chihuahua so she would do well in a home with small dogs. She is housebroken and has excellent manners in the house. Coco has diabetes. If you have ever cared for an animal with diabetes, you know that as long as her diabetes is managed, she is just like any other 7 year old dog and she has many great years ahead of her. This wonderful girl is anxious to find a new forever home.

If you are interested in meeting Coco click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Cinder takes her foster human for a walk around the play yard.

Cinder takes her foster human for a walk around the play yard.

Meet 9 year old, Cinder- a female chocolate Labrador Retriever. Cinder is a wonderful companion who loves people, especially children. She is a very sweet and gentle soul with lots of personality. Cinder enjoys- no, LOVES- going for walks and will often carry her own leash and sometimes grabs her foster sister’s leash to lead her out to the car. Cinder is also a talker and likes to tell you when she is hungry or when it is time for her walk. Her foster dad says “it is not usually a bark, more like an “Rrrrrrrr” sound.. unless you ignore her too long, then she’ll give you a bark”.  Her foster dad has lots more wonderful things to say about Cinder:

She is well trained, I tell her to sit when I am feeding her and she will (Mostly!) stay until I say it is OK to go to her food, even when it is sitting on the ground in front of her. She does well when I am not at home and when I return she is laying on the rug by the door. She is very good about food and does not rush to get things that fall on the floor, I usually beat her to it if it is something she should not have. She is very gentle and will even let you take something out of her mouth if you need to. Cinder gets along with other dogs with the right introduction, although sometimes unfamiliar dogs in the park make her nervous but I tell her to sit, and she does better.

Cinder has some damage to her larynx so it’s best that she walks wearing a harness and she will need to go to a home that is smoke-free. If you are interested in meeting Cinder click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Owner Listings are posted as a courtesy with Luvin Labs acting as a facilitator in this process.  We will receive applications, send them to the owner, and work with both parties to find a suitable home.  However, Luvin Labs has not evaluated these dogs and has only provided information supplied by the owner. We make no representations of, either expressed or implied, as to the health and/or temperament of courtesy listing dogs.

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Bailey is the sweetest young pup of just under a year old. Previously underfed and under-cared for,  Jemez Pueblo Animal Rescue (JPAR) has taken her over to give her the care she needs until she can be adopted out into a really good home. She is shown as special needs only because she had a broken leg at some time that wasn’t repaired, so she has a strange little gait as she walks. Vet says she is not in pain and no surgery to repair is needed, but she may have arthritis as she ages. She is gaining weight quickly now with proper care and is very eager to have her own forever home. If you are interested in her, please call Samuel of the JPAR at 505 328 2312.  Courtesy Listing

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My name is Tucker, I weigh 60 pounds and I am a 8 month old lab puppy who was kicked to the curb in a small Texas town. A nice lady took me in and fed me until someone else came along to get me to the vet. After some much needed weight gain, shots, and a little snip-snip, I am up to date on my shots, neutered and healthy. Can you help me find my forever home?! I have been taught to sit, shake, and fetch! I’m house trained and too rough for cats, but do great with kids and other dogs. Please contact: Amber Reed amber.reed49@yahoo.com (806) 831 4625 LOCATED in Hobbs, NM

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This is Little Man, a male dog, breed unknown (possibly chihuahua mix). We think he looks like a very tiny Labrador with funny ears. L.M was taken in by a Luvin’ Labs foster family when they found him wandering along the ditch bank, emaciated and with what appeared to be bite marks from another animal. They have nursed this adorable guy back to health and he is now ready to find a forever home. L.M. is a lapdog and a snuggler who likes to sleep curled up on the pillow next to his people at night. He gets along great with other dogs and cats and adjusted to his new foster home very quickly. L.M.’s foster mom says he’s a keeper and if she didn’t already have a full house she would love for him to stay and be part of her family. Do you have a little bit of extra room on your pillow? If so, Little Man would love to occupy that spot. Oh, and we encourage his future family to tell everyone that this guy came from Luvin’ Labs and that you believe him to be mostly lab… It’ll be funny to see who pretends to believe you.

If you are interested in meeting Little Man click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Flower call (505) 362-0331.

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Nothing better than the fun you can have with lab of your own…unless of course that’s 2 labs.  Meet Luth and Boss, a pair of 5-6 year old pure bred siblings.  They are described by their owner as sweet and loving…typical labs for sure!  So why are they looking for a new home?   Luth and Boss love the outdoors and exploring…for years they have lived within the confines of an invisible fence, but recently discovered if they run fast enough they can leave the boundaries and the world is their playground.  Unfortunately their owner is unable to erect a secure fence.  They are not jumpers, are house trained, display no separation anxiety and love other dogs and kids.  We really need to find a safe home together for this bonded pair.

If you are interested in meeting Luth and Boss click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions or want to foster him call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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Fonz is a typical and adorable young lab pup.  At just 9 months old he’s at that perfect age to benefit from basic obedience training in order to become the perfect family member.  He’s already house trained, crate trained and gets along great with children and other dogs, both large and small.  His owner has accepted a traveling job which hinders her ability to properly train and care for him.  In addition, Fonz currently spends 10 hours a day crated which is not the perfect life for any dog, much less one so young and energetic.

If you are interested in meeting Fonz click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 10 days. Should you have additional questions or want to foster her call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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Jake and DukeAre you looking for your first Labrador Retriever? Maybe you know you’ll be a wonderful owner but you are a little worried because you work and don’t want him to be lonely? We have the perfect dog for you!! His name is Jake and Duke! Jake and Duke are 5 year old brothers and they are a bonded pair. Their current owner tells us they are big boys and that they’re Lab mixes, however it appears that their Labrador genetics prevailed in the mix. Both boys are neutered, housebroken and know how to use a dog door. They spend the majority of their time indoors and are well behaved in the house. They are happy, loving boys but it is unclear whether or not they get along with other dogs or cats since they’ve really only been around one-another. Jake and Duke love women and children but it’s been several years since they’ve interacted with a human male… so they may not know exactly what to make of Mr. Adopter for a little bit. Both boys have very distinct personalities, Duke is the happy-go-lucky, outgoing one and Jake likes to hang back for a minute and let Duke assess the situation before committing.

Jake and Duke were born on 12/9/2009 and adopted as pups. They are very loved dogs and it is with a heavy heart that their owner must find them a new family. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she is moving in with her daughter and Jake and Duke would be dogs #7 and #8. She felt they had so much love to give, that they needed to be dogs #1 and #2. We agree. If you are thinking of adopting one dog but have room for two, we encourage you to meet these two incredibly awesome boys!

If you are interested in meeting Jake and Duke click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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BlakeBlake is a beautiful, black, 2 year old male Labrador Retriever- these pictures don’t do him justice. His owner is being forced to move and only has a limited window to find him a home.  He has a great time with older children and adults, but his playful “labbiness” may not be right for smaller children or persons who are not steady on their feet. He thinks that toys are very special things that should be loved and played with often and, true to his Labrador roots,  he also thinks that water is the best invention ever. Blake has cats in his life and his current owner says “he chases them but has never hurt them” (not exactly a vote of confidence). He gets along with other dogs, but he can be selective as far as other male dogs go (for example, he thinks the male Shiz zu in his life is a fine friend, but he’s not such a fan of male Basset Hounds). Blake needs some basic obedience training- he has lived in kennels almost exclusively so he may also need a little work on house manners. Blake is UTD on all vaccines, but has not been heartworm tested. If you have time to invest training a new dog, Blake just needs a little refinement to reach his full potential. He is beautiful and has tons of potential.

If you are interested in meeting Blake click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 7 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. Owner listing

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Following are postings for dogs in immediate danger in shelters throughout New Mexico, and Texas, as well as courtesy listings for other shelters and owners looking for homes for their labs. The postings contain contact information on the shelter, as well as the dogs identification.  For more information on specific animals please contact the shelter directly.

Luvin’ Labs works with other rescue organizations throughout the states, and has resources that may be able to help with transport via the puppy express … a network of fabulous volunteers who donate a bit of their time to move dogs across the country pony express style.  For more information on transport assistance please call 505/362-0331.

 

This video shows the harsh reality of owner surrenders to our shelter system in this country. Please think long and hard before surrendering your family member to a shelter. And if you choose to do it, don’t kid yourself into believing the shelter is going to find them a good home. It just doesn’t happen.

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Shelter staff named me GWENNIE and I am a spayed female,black Labrador Retriever mix.
The shelter thinks I am about 2 years.

For more information about Gwennie call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1732746

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My name is BRANDO and I am a neutered male,black and white Labrador Retriever mix.
The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 6 months old.

For more information about Brando call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1732271

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Shelter staff named me SLINKY and I am a neutered male,tan Labrador Retriever mix.
The shelter thinks I am about 8 months old.

For more information about Slinky call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1732073

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My name is OSO and I am a neutered male,sable Chow Chow and Labrador Retriever.
The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 1 month old.

For more information about Oso call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1731382

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My name is KELLY and I am a spayed female,choc Labrador Retriever mix.
The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 1 month old.

For more information about Kelly call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1725852

Without our foster parents, we have no means to rescue the dogs we do.  Foster parents are the backbone of Luvin’ Labs.  It is with their incredible generosity of time, home, love and caring that many labs are rescued and placed in their loving forever homes.

At the current time we have at least 12 dogs in our rescue that need foster homes until they can find their forever homes.  Please consider offering your heart and home to one of these pups.  For information on the fostering program click here or call (505) 362-0331.

Please take a look at the video below…all of these pups need a foster until they can find their forever homes.  Then read their bios…does one of these dogs pull at your heartstrings?  Please give us a call or complete the foster application.  You won’t regret it…

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My name is BOY and I am a male,brown Labrador Retriever mix.
The shelter thinks I am about 1 year.

For more information about Boy call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1728354

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Amazon.com has teamed up with Luvin’ Labs Rescue through AmazonSmile to help raise funds for the rescue and rehoming of Labrador Retrievers and lab mixes throughout the state of New Mexico.  When purchased through their AmazonSmile site, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Lodestar Dog Ranch (that’s us!) benefiting all the amazing pups you see on the Luvin’ Labs site!.  While shopping at Amazon (prices, services and guarantees), you’ll be donating to the amazing labs in our program and waiting to come in to our program…how simple is that!  With the holidays just around the corner what better way to make a difference in the life of a lab!  Click on the “Learn more” button below and start shopping.

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Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Fundraising Cards are now for sale with Luvin’ Labs! For $5.00 you’ll receive 8 specials including a FREE large Pizza, free cookie dough, free cinammon wheel plus discount coupons … an easy sell!

To purchase please stop by Good Shepherd Animal Clinic or visit us at any of our events.

If you are able to help us sell the cards please email colleen@luvinlabs.com
All proceeds benefit Luvin’ Labs dogs in the program and coming in to our program.

Did You Know:    Black dogs are particularly doomed when they are brought to a pound because they are passed by for lighter colored dogs.  This is especially true of  black labs or lab mixes.  They are euthanized at a horrifying rate at many pounds & shelters. If you are thinking about adopting a dog , please don’t overlook black dogs because they are just as loving & wonderful as lighter colored dogs!   Martin County Animal Shelter, Fairmont,MN

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November 21:  Jazmine is still missing.  We believe someone must have taken her in since she has not shown up at the shelters and there have been no sightings of her.  Do you know of a neighbor who has a black female lab they found around the 4th of July?  This could be our Jazmine.  She is miscrochipped, but had no collar.  Please, call if you know of her. 

September 11:  We have still had no news of Jazmine.  We are hoping that some kind family took her in, and we are hoping they will call us and help us get her back to her family.  At this point, she could be anywhere.  Have you seen her?

July 18th Update:  We are still looking.  Jazmine could be near Phoenix/Washington/Menual area, she could be near the open space near Costco on I-25/Montgomery, she could have followed a bike path and traveled up to the Chelwood park area.  She has been missing for over two weeks!  Please, if you have time go out to these areas and take a look.  We have put up flyers, but if you can also help with that please call us.  We are hoping someone has her and will call.  She is microchipped!

July 16th Update:  It is believed that Jazmine was seen in the vicinity of Chelwood Park near Lomas and Tramway today.

Jazmine’s owner is desperate to find her…Jazmine is a 3 year old female black lab who got out of her family’s yard on the 4th of July.  Last seen in the vicinity of Phoenix and Carlisle NE in Albuquerque on the evening of the 4th.  Jazmine slipped out of her collar, but is microchipped.   If you see her or know where she might be please call 505-720-6806 or 505-362-0331.

 

 

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I recently read an article by a woman complaining about her difficulty in adopting a dog from a rescue organization.  Several commenters agreed and relayed similar experiences.  It got me thinking…

First, I don’t know the author.   Nor do I know anything about the rescue organization she was trying to adopt from (I think everyone was from New York).

Second – I’m far from an old hand at this.  I’ve fostered 1 adult dog and 7 puppies, including Jet.  And these are only my own thoughts and opinions – I’m not speaking for any rescue organization or volunteer.

So… do I think it’s “harder” to adopt from a rescue organization than from your local shelter?  In a word, yes.  But there are a number of good reasons why…

We have the time to be more selective.  The dogs in the rescue organizations are no longer on death row.  The threat of euthanasia is gone.  They aren’t going to die if they aren’t adopted in just a few days. Once a dog is within the rescue organization, he or she is safe.  We can take the time to do home visits, check vet references, etc.  We can care for them through all their vetting, illnesses or whatever.  The urgency is gone.

We become attached.  Most rescue organizations are all volunteer, and the dogs are in foster care.  This means they live in our homes and share our lives – sometimes for months.  Jet has been with me for almost 3 months now.  The little stinker sleeps in my bed.  Belle, the Queen of Disdain, has fallen for him.  So do I want him going somewhere that’s “fine” or “okay”?  No, not really.  I want him to go to the perfect home for him.  Even if/when that home comes along, will I cry?  Almost certainly.  Do we all seriously consider keeping (one or more) of our fosters? Of course.  Am I considering keeping Jet?  You bet.  The attachment we have to our fosters makes us really want to find great homes for them – homes where they’ll thrive and be happy.

We know the dogs.  I know Jet.  I know he’s a high energy puppy who loves other dogs.  I also know he’s noisy (I hear him from the driveway – coming and going), he can be destructive (so far, the tally is one shoe and a bathroom cabinet), he’s smart but stubborn, he has sweet moments, and he has a well-documented tendency to eat inappropriate things. Because I know him, I know what type of home he needs – and what type of home would not be a good fit.  We have turned down an application on Jet – very nice and well meaning people, but everything about the circumstances spelled disaster and future behavioral issues.

We’ve had dogs returned.  You might be surprised by how often this happens – sometimes a few days or weeks later, sometimes months later. Frequently the issue is a mismatch of energy between an existing pet and the new dog (or a clash of personality).  Sometimes it’s a new boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t like the dog or the dog doesn’t like him/her (though I would guess it’s always the former).  Other times it’s a realization that they don’t have the time needed for the dog they adopted (some are high maintenance, no doubt about it!).  By being more particular with the original adoption, we hope to avoid this.  We can’t always.  Don’t get me wrong – we want them returned to us versus the shelter.. but we also obviously would prefer neither.

We’re all volunteers.  Most of us have other jobs.  So if it takes a little while to respond – or if the whole process is slower than you hoped, please have patience.

Basically, yes, it probably is more of a process to adopt from a rescue organization.  But it’s because we truly want to match the dogs up with the best homes — and vice versa.  If you let us know about you, your lifestyle, your family, etc., we’ll do our best to pair you up with a dog that will be a good match for you.  We’re not trying to be difficult, we just honestly want what’s best for everyone involved (especially the dogs, as that’s where our attachment lies).
So what if you’ve found a dog you’d like to adopt?  Here’s a few tips to help the process along:

  • Show your excitement.  Ooh and aah over the dog and how wonderful and adorable  s/he is.  It shouldn’t really matter, but it does.  We want the dogs to be loved and adored.
  • Think about it.  Sure that dog’s adorable, but do you have the time to housebreak him? To train him? What if he pulls a Jet and runs up $1000 worth of vet bills by eating a still-unknown something?   Let us know you have given the idea of adding a new dog to your family some thought.
  • Complete the application.  Yes, sometimes they’re a little long.  They ask for stuff like your vet’s name.  Trust me when I say we look at them.  If you have pets but don’t have a vet – a red flag is raised.
  • Work on any behavioral problems your current pets have.  Some are fine (Belle countersurfs when I’m not home – not good behavior, but I know now not to leave anything on the counters).  But if your dog doesn’t like your son or snaps at your husband or is repeatedly getting in fights, it’s not cute.  It’s a sign that there’s an issue and you’re not doing anything to resolve it.  We figure the same will happen to your next dog.
  • Demonstrate you have some basic knowledge about dogs.  Don’t let your kids grab at unfamiliar dogs.  Learn some of the basic signs dogs give you when they are uncomfortable, anxious or unhappy.  It’s not hard, it only takes a minute, but it shows us you are serious about being a good and responsible owner.
  • Listen to us.  Dogs often act differently at adoption events than how they do at home.  If we say a dog is very high energy, but he doesn’t really appear to be… listen to us.  Adoption events are stressful for some of the dogs – a necessary evil, I suppose.  The dogs don’t always act like themselves.  Likewise, if we say the dog would do better as an only dog, don’t assume that because your dog gets along with everyone, he’ll get along with the new one too.

Yes, our dogs are rescues, sometimes from awful circumstances, other times not.  But just because they made it to a shelter does not mean they do not deserve a good home.  Indeed, many of them have gone through enough already – they deserve us spending a little time and effort to make sure the next chapter in their lives is a happy one. That’s all we’re trying to do.  So please be patient and understanding – it’ll be worth it.

to volunteer with Luvin’ Labs please email colleen@luvinlabs.com or call 505/362-0331

A few years ago, Julien Roohani of Portland, Oregon, was at work when her roommates spontaneously decided to go on a hike. Not wanting to exclude Julien’s six-month-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Niña, they threw her into the back of their pickup truck and set off for an adventure.
Niña had never been in a truck bed before. Whether she was scared or just spotted something of interest, she managed to jump out during the drive. Panicking, the roommates called Julien, who rushed Niña to an emergency veterinary clinic where she was diagnosed with a broken spine and other severe injuries. Julien had no choice but to allow her young pup to be humanely euthanized.
Unfortunately, stories like Niña’s are all too common. It is never safe to drive with an unrestrained pet—especially with that pet in an open truck bed.
“When you drive with a loose dog in the back of your truck, you’re taking a huge risk and placing your dog and other motorists in danger,” says Chuck Mai, a vice president with AAA Oklahoma. “Even if a dog is trained, we’re talking about an animal who responds to stimuli on impulse. This irresponsible decision can start a deadly chain reaction on the road.”
Is It Legal?
Transporting unrestrained dogs in low-sided truck beds has been banned in a handful of states, including California and New Hampshire, and municipalities including Indianapolis, Cheyenne and Miami-Dade. However, in the vast majority of jurisdictions, it’s not even illegal to transport children in this manner, so we must rely on common sense and education to protect children and pets alike.
How You Can Help
One can feel terribly helpless witnessing a loose dog in a pickup truck. The best course of action is to try to get the vehicle’s license number (if you can do so while remaining safe) and call the local police. Rather than dialing 911, Jill Buckley, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations, suggests storing your police precinct’s phone number in your cell phone.

A Rescued Dogs Prayer

Thank you for rescuing me … I know you’ve thought long and hard about a new friend
Something about my soulful eyes and soft fur touched a very special part of you.
I wanted to share with you a bit of me,
and what might help me to be the best pup for you.
Up until a few weeks ago I had the perfect dog life,
and then one day, a day like every other,
Ended with me being abandoned.
I’ve been at the shelter, on the end of a chain,
In a field, or sitting on the side of the road
Waiting, scared, moved from place to place
With no idea of who to trust or what is going to happen.
Thankful for the fresh water, food, a warm place to sleep and sometimes kind people.
And then you chose me …
Please give me time to adjust to you and to learn your expectations of me.
All I want is to please you, I just do not know how to yet.
I ask you to please give me patience and understanding.
I don’t yet know what you want of me.
Teach me softly, consistently,
Outside, down, fetch, sit, good dog!
If you don’t understand my behavior,
It may be because I have been abused, abandoned, neglected.
Sometimes I may be afraid of you, of other people, of loud noises or sudden movements.
Time and patience will help me learn to trust again.
Please forgive me if I am protective of my food.
I was so very hungry for a very long time.
Someday I’ll understand that my food bowl will never again be empty.
Adopt me because you want me,
Because under my faults and flaws you see who I really am,
You understand that each of us is not perfect,
That our imperfections actually show our individual beauty.
And last but not least, please give me the precious time
I need to adjust to your house, to your home, to you.
I will bond to you … be it today, or tomorrow … or next week
And I promise with all that I am that I will be
Your most loyal, loving, forever friend.

By Luvin’ Labs


A Rescued Dogs Prayer was written with input from all of us at Luvin’ Labs to try to help new owner’s understand that their newly rescued lab needs some time to adjust.  Thanks to each and every one of you for your input!

Pictures are of Sir Lancelot, a 3 year old yellow Labrador Retriever rescued from the Garland, Texas shelter by many rescues working together.  He was an owner surrender who knows sit, shake, and lie down and was just left there, and rescued hours before being put to sleep.  The “Sad Lab” picture at the top of post circulated all over the internet waiting for a rescue to commit to him.  The “Happy Lab” picture at the bottom was after he was rescued, and safe, in boarding.  We are happy to say that Sir Lancelot is living his happily ever after with his new family in Albuquerque, NM!

Today is a sad day for the rescue community around the world. Every once in a while, a story comes along that seems to unite the world. Lennox, a family pet, the victim of breed specific legislation, was just that sweet soul. Lennox was euthanized today in Belfast, Northern Ireland because he looked like a banned breed, a pit bull. His family fought for 2 years to free him, to no avail. They were not even allowed to see him before he was pts and last they heard, they might get to have some of his ashes. Our hearts go out to his family and we wish Lennox peace and freedom at the rainbow bridge. To read more about Lennox, please visit the link: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/03/lennox-sentenced-to-death-in-trial-by-tape-measure-appeals-planned/


 

Luvin’ Labs alumni Rigel his brother Tenner play in the snow!

It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.
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When God made me, he spelled his name backwards and called me Dog.

I am a dog. I am a living, breathing animal. I feel pain, joy, love, fear and pleasure.

I am not a thing. If I am hit – I will bruise, I will bleed, I will break. I will feel pain. I am not a thing.

I am a dog. I enjoy playtime, walk time, but more than anything, I enjoy time with my pack – my family – my people. I want nothing more than to be by the side of my human. I want to sleep where you sleep and walk where you walk. I am a dog and I feel love…I crave companionship.

I enjoy the touch of a kind hand and the softness of a good bed. I want to be inside of the home with my family, not stuck on the end of a chain or alone in a kennel or fenced yard for hours on end. I was born to be a companion, not to live a life of solitude.

I get too cold and I get too hot. I experience hunger and thirst. I am a living creature, not a thing.

When you leave, I want to go with you. If I stay behind, I will eagerly await your return. I long for the sound of your voice. I will do most anything to please you. I live to be your treasured companion.

I am a dog. My actions are not dictated by money, greed, or hatred. I do not know prejudice. I live in the moment and am ruled by love and loyalty.

Do not mistake me for a mindless object. I can feel and I can think. I can experience more than physical pain, I can feel fear and joy. I can feel love and confusion. I have emotions. I understand perhaps more than you do. I am able to comprehend the words you speak to me, but you are not always able to understand me.

I am a dog. I am not able to care for myself without your help. If you choose to tie me up and refuse to feed me, I will starve. If you abandon me on a rural road, I will experience fear and loneliness. I will search for you and wonder why I have been left behind. I am not a piece of property to be dumped and forgotten.

If you choose to leave me at a shelter, I will be frightened and bewildered. I will watch for your return with every footfall that approaches my kennel run.

I am a dog – a living, breathing creature. If you choose to take me home, please provide me with the things that I need to keep me healthy and happy.

Provide me with good food, clean water, warm shelter and your love. Do not abandon me. Do not kick me. Do not dump me when your life gets too busy. Make a commitment to me for the entirety of my life, or do not take me home in the first place.

If you desert me, I do not have the means to care for myself. I am at the mercy of the kindness of people – if I fall into the wrong hands, my life will be ruined.

I will experience pain, fear and loneliness. If I wind up in an animal shelter, I have only my eyes to implore someone to save me, and my tail to show you that I am a friend. If that is not good enough, I will die.

I am a dog. I want to give and receive love. I want to live. I am not a thing. I am not a piece of property. Please do not discard me. Please treat me with kindness, love and respect. I promise to repay you with unconditional love for as long as I live.

By Jim Willis, 2001

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend.  Whenever I was”bad,” you’d shake your finger at me and ask “How could you?” — but then you’d relent, and roll me over for a bellyrub. My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together.  I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.  We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because “ice cream is bad for dogs,” you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate.  I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.  She, now your wife, is not a “dog person” — still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her.  I was happy because you were happy.  Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement.  I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother  them, too.  Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate.  Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a “prisoner of love.”

As they began to grow, I became their friend.  They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose.  I loved everything about them and their touch — because your touch was now so infrequent — and I would have defended them with my life if need be.  I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me.  These past few years, you just answered “yes” and changed the subject.  I had gone from being “your dog” to “just a dog,” and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.  Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets.  You’ve made the right decision  for your “family,” but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter.  It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness.  You filled out the paperwork and said “I know you will find a good home for her.”  They shrugged and gave you a pained look.  They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with “papers.”   You had to pry your son’s fingers loose from my collar as he screamed “No, Daddy!  Please don’t let them take my dog!”  And I worried for him, and what  lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty,  about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life.  You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you.  You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.  After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home.  They shook their heads and asked “How could you?”  They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy  schedules  allow.  They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago.  At first,whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind — that this was all a bad dream … or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room.  A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry.     My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief.  The prisoner of love had run out of days.  As is my nature, I was more concerned about her.  The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.  She gently placed a  turniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek.  I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago.  She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein.  As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured “How could you?”

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said “I’m so sorry.” She hugged me, and  hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn’t be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself — a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.  And with my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my “How could you?” was not directed at her.  It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of.  I will  think of you and wait for you forever.  May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.

The End

A note from the author:
If “How Could You?” brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly owned pets who die each year in American and  Canadian animal shelters.  Anyone is welcome to distribute the essay for a noncommercial purpose, as long as it is properly attributed with the copyright notice.

Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards.  Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious.  Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all spay & neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals.

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“I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter…the cast-offs of human society. I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread, sadness and betrayal. And I was angry. “God,” I said, “this is terrible! Why don’t You do something?” God was silent for a moment and then He spoke softly. “I have done something,” He replied. “I created YOU.” ~ Jim Willis ~

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.  I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

by Janine Allen