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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44. What is significant about the number 44, you ask? It represents 44 momentarily vacant shelter kennels. 44 lives saved. 44 New Mexico Labrador Retrievers that have been given a second chance.

We would like you to meet 44 New Mexico Labrador Retrievers that had, at one time, lost hope and belonged to no one. Luvin’ Labs rescued each of them, gave them a safe place to live, fed their hungry bellies, took care of their medical problems, vaccinated them… and then, each of these dogs was chosen to do something special. 44 dogs from our program will become (or have already become) service dogs, skilled companions for children with Autism differences, or wonderfully trained companion pet dogs. All 44 dogs have been transported to Colorado to begin their second act, showing the world what we already know: the origin of a dog does not define it’s potential. Without the ability to transfer these dogs to Freedom Service Dogs and the Colorado Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program, 44 more dogs would have been euthanized.

Both of these programs are reputable, long standing, and highly successful programs who have placed thousands of dogs over the years. We are truly blessed to have had so many dogs accepted and taken in.

Imagine if we could figure out how to keep on finding programs like these and save even more Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes in the state of New Mexico! Imagine us having the ability to help hundreds, maybe thousands more through the efforts of many folks working together. Imagine more labs in loving homes, serving and honoring our returning veterans with PTSD, or helping a child with Autism have a best friend in an otherwise isolating world. Imagine a resource where we are truly able to help more of those without voices whose cries continually go unheard in New Mexico shelters because we have no more room to bring them into the safety of the Luvin’ Labs family. Imagine the possibilities and the lives of those without voices we could help!

We are long on energy but short on the financial resources that it takes to keep up the momentum. That is where you come in. You love dogs, or you wouldn’t be reading this. We ask that you choose one of the 44 furry little loves in our photo gallery and donate any amount in that dog’s name. Your donation will be used to pay it forward, so to speak. Vet bills, boarding, feeding, etc. It will allow us to save 44 more dogs again.

Can you help us keep on helping our Paw Prints to Freedom? Will you help us fund a lab? Can you help us save a life?

All funds raised are used solely to treat the medical expenses of the intended animals.  Lodestar Dog Ranch (www.luvinlabs.com) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the state of New Mexico and all donations are tax-deductible.

 

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Pet’s Name: Zoe 
Lost on: August 30, 2014 
Lost From: Martinez Rd., E of NM-41 and near Honolulu Ave. Moriarty NM. 
Pet Description: Zoe is a spayed 10-month-old puppy. Black with a white chest and white socks. Weighs about 45 lbs. Wearing a lime green collar with contact information and is chipped. Zoe jumped the fence because of fireworks in the area. Zoe is a rescue and can be timid. Do not chase! Approach should be low and slow!
Contact: Lilissa or Jonathan
Phone: 505-249-0711
Phone: 505-920-4919

 

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Tempe and Logan need a new home. These two girls are delightful lab crosses who get along with other pups and love children. 8 year old Logan is a bit shy and needs a few minutes to warm up to new people, but she is so very sweet once she made her introductions. Her owners tell us she is extremely loyal to all of her friends. 4 year old Tempe is the extrovert- she is playful and loves everyone she meets. Both girls are good with other dogs.  Their owners are moving and cannot take them along. They have told us “We have now come down to the wire on our dogs. They are going to the Animal Humane Society on September 12 if we cannot find a home for them before then.”  The girls are close, but they could probably be adopted separately since the timeline is so short. Both girls are spayed, and UTD on all vaccines, except heart worm. They have both been outside dogs so they may need work on manners in the house. Please help us share these two sweet girls.

If you are interested in meeting Tempe or Logan 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. Owner listing

 

 

PieperMy name is Pieper and I am hoping that you will read this and be my hero. You see, I am a really super special 5 year old girl and, I want to be part of the Luvin’ Labs family more than anything; but I need a place to go and someone to take care of me while I wait for my perfect home. I need a foster human to open up his or her heart and home to me… just until my perfect forever human (or family of humans!!) chooses me and promises to love me forever. I get along with other dogs and I think people are really just amazing. The folks at the shelter said I would be a good family dog… and they totally love me to pieces (just so you know). If you want to foster me you only have a very small window so don’t delay! I need a home, like RIGHT NOW so go to the link and fill out the application and send it in! I beg of you! That was a joke- because I am also quite funny…

If you are interested in meeting Pieper 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Pieper call (505) 362-0331.

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Copper2Sweet boy Copper spent the past 9 years living in a home with his beloved humans. He was always such a good dog- crate trained, housebroken, good on a leash, loves kids, loves other dogs… He worked so hard to be a well-behaved boy, so when his family moved away and his home was suddenly a kennel at the veterinary clinic, Copper became very stressed and confused. Copper is one of those dogs who was meant to have a  family and a home that he can look after. He is not doing well with his current living situation so we need to find him a home quickly. Do you have an extra dog bed? Copper says he promises to be an excellent house guest once his nerves settle a bit. Please help us help Copper find a temporary or forever home!

If you are interested in meeting Copper 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Copper call (505) 362-0331.

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RexRex is a 3-4 year old male black labby boy who loves to make us smile. He’s an eternal optimist and as far as we can tell, absolutely nothing gets him down. Rex can be mellow and he also really loves to play and be social: he is great with other dogs and he loves people.  He enjoys car rides and he has a great time playing and sharing some laughs with some of  the other adoptable Luvin’ Labs dogs. Rex is also a big fan of ” fetch” and he even knows some basic commands! He’s the kind of dog who reminds us that there is always a bright side and life is fabulously wonderful- even when everyone else is having a bad day. Need some more happy in your life? Then come meet Rex!

If you are interested in meeting Rex 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Rex call (505) 362-0331.

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Lizzy22 year old Lizzy has had a really bad month. Seriously. It has been a nail biter. She’s been sitting, scared, in a high-kill shelter and, if you own a dog, we don’t have to tell you that she knew exactly what her fate was if no one came to save her. Lizzy is a survivor… and she is AWESOME… and she is ready to savor her new life with her forever family and to put all of those scary times behind her. We have the utmost respect for Lizzy. In fact, we adore her- and we will ensure that from here on out, she only knows love and happiness. Lizzy was very shy when she was first rescued, but she quickly warmed up to her new human friends once she realized she was truly safe. She is a very, very special girl and if you are ready to be the person that redeems humanity for Lizzy, we can’t wait to receive your application (and Lizzy can hardly wait to meet you)! When she finds her forever home, she hopes that you will tell everyone you know that your beloved new dog barely made it out; that she was a shelter dog. We think the people who give these former shelter dogs wonderful forever homes are also AWESOME!!

If you are interested in meeting Lizzy 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Lizzy call (505) 362-0331.

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The Shelter staff named me CARL and I am a male, gold and white Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever who the shelter thinks is about 2 years old.  Speaking of the shelter, I first showed up at the shelter on August 15th, 2014, but they didn’t put me up for adoption until August 20th, 2014.  I assume they were expecting my People to show up to claim me.  As you can see from my sad eyes, that didn’t happen, but you can put a smile back on my face and a new sparkle in my eyes by becoming my new people.

For more information about Carl, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1702518

 

My name is ELMO and I am a neutered, about 10 months old,  male, tricolor Bernese Mountain Dog mix.  I have been available for adoption since August 22, 2014, the day I arrived at the shelter.  You really can’t appreciate how good looking I am from a picture.  You need to come see me in person and while you are here I will do my best to WOW you with my personality.  See you soon :-)
For more information about Elmo, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1684959

Shelter staff named me ANNIE and I am a spayed female, brown, about 1 year and 3 months old Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since August 14, 2014, but I have only been available for adoption since August 21, 2014.  I sure the shelter folks were hoping that my owner would show up looking for me, but afeter waiting a week they decided to give me a chance to meet my potential new owner.  Chocolate Lab mixes rarely show up at the shelter so I anticipate have several offers of a new forever home to choose from, so tarry not.  Hurry over to the Westside Shelter while I’m still available.
For more information about Annie, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1690371

 

My name is NOVA and I am a neutered male, black, about 8 years old Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been available for adoption since the day I arrived at the shelter on June 20, 2014.  I’ve been here a long time and I starting to wonder about that Black Dog Syndrome thing some of the other dogs have been telling me about.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

Let me have a chance to convince you to take me home with you.  I’m special and I can prove it.  Let’s talk.

For more information about this Nova, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1503593

 

 

 

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This handsome young boy is Rex who finds himself in an over-crowded shelter as an owner surrender…not a good combination at all.  He doesn’t have any time and we are desperate to bring him into the rescue, but need a foster.  The shelter volunteer describes him as very sweet, neutered, and current on vaccinations.  Please help us give this boy the time to find a forever home.  If you are interested in fostering Rex please call (505) 362-0331.

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Urgent: This 7-8 year old labby girl is Mindy and she is in urgent need of a place to live- she is running out of time and options. She is a wonderful, energetic, loving and sweet dog who seems to do well with other dogs, but is not a cat lover. Mindy was delivered to a vet clinic by an elderly owner who was no longer able to keep her separate from the cats… and if we cannot find her a home she will be euthanized, per the owner. The clinic contacted us hoping that one of our awesome Luvin’ Labs families would step up and help us save sweet Mindy. The owner agreed to allow us to try to find a new home for her, but that means we must find a foster for her very quickly. Mindy is currently in a temporary foster home, but she is only able to stay there for a very short time. The foster tells us she is funny, happy girl who loves to give kisses. Mindy has some special needs: as you can see in the video she is overweight and will need a foster who can help her make better food choices and stick to her exercise program so she can slim down. She is taking arthritis medicine to help with joint pain caused by her extra weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise might eliminate the need for any medication.

Wanna help save a life? Now is your chance. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in meeting Mindy to foster or adopt. If you are interested in meeting Mindy 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Mindy call (505) 362-0331.

Ryker

How do you do?  Name is Ryker, I’m a male, 5-6 year old yellow lab of the English variety.  What’s an English lab, you say?  Well, I’m told it means I have a big blocky head, typically a little stouter than a “field lab”, and a wrinkly face.  I call them wisdom lines.   I’m new to this Luvin’ Labs gig and getting settled in, but already I’m liking all the attention and just being out of the shelter.   I’m glad they found me and all….but I’m the kind of chap that’s looking for a companion and perhaps a shady yard to hang out in.  The lady that sprung me from the shelter thinks I’m pretty good on leash and I did show her that my tail works fine – I was scared, but a lil’ wagging never hurt anyone.  I also am a very good car passenger.   I’d prefer not to stay in boarding too long; I would love to find a forever or foster home – and learn how to trust and love humans.  How about giving me a try?

If you are interested in meeting me 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet Lori (aka Lulu).  This 2 year old black lab loves to be around her humans, is being crate trained and learning what it is to just have fun. She is on the small side, at only 35 pounds, so if you’re looking for a compact lab, Lulu might be your girl. If you are interested in meeting Lori 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions please call (505) 362-0331.

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Every day we see pictures of shelter dogs, their broken spirits so evident in the way they curl up into the most distant corners of their kennels- discouraged, tired and scared… 

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2 year old yellow lab Wyatt would like you to see what the first few minutes of freedom is like when someone comes to rescue you from the shelter.  Wyatt took the most amazing deep breath and then, we are pretty sure he actually started to smile:) We’ve got you, Wyatt- you’re safe now 

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Wyatt is brand new to us so we are still learning about him but so far we know good with other dogs and he loves car rides. We are searching for a wonderful foster or forever home for him so he can finally have a place to call home. Wyatt was saved in loving memory of Ranger.

If you are interested in meeting Wyatt 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Wyatt call (505) 362-0331.

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Here is a very special 2 year old yellow female Labrador Retriever. Leyla would be a wonderful addition to an outdoorsy, active family. She is a goofball with a great, happy disposition and she likes every human she meets, including children. Leyla loves other dogs but she has never met a cat. She will likely need some work on her house manners as she was strictly an outdoor dog in her former life. Leyla is looking for a home where she can get in on the action and see what in the heck it is that poeple have been doing while she’s been sitting outside. She has also requested toys (because she loves toys).  And maybe a playpond! Oh, and yummy dog treats! (Don’t forget the dog treats)…

If you are interested in meeting Leyla 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Leyla call (505) 362-0331.

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If you are interested in meeting Latte 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Latte call (505) 362-0331.

 

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As many of you may remember, Sabrina is the beautiful young black Lab who was caught in a barbed wire fence and ripped open her side severely.   Our good friends from the Valencia County Animal Shelter called Luvin’ Labs to see if there was any way they might help this poor, injured girl who was minutes away from being euthanized.   Luvin’ Labs worked their amazing magic, arranged for an emergency transport, and our great friends at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic provided emergency treatment and surgery to save her life.   She had been tangled in that barbed wire for hours before she was found and rescued –  thankfully,  she was strong and had the will to survive.

Many wonderful people heard Luvin’ Labs plea for help to cover the expenses to do Sabrina’s life saving surgery, and we are so very grateful for the generosity of all who helped her.

She has endured so much pain, the surgery, about 100 or more stitches, and infections, but her friends at Good Shepherd did a fantastic job of taking care of her.   Not only were her physical needs met, but those wonderful people at the clinic also gave her weeks of so much love and affection.  She knew she was safe and that finally things were going to get better.

Sabrina is now in her foster home and is making wonderful progress.   Some of her stitches still remain in place until the wounds close up completely, but she is coming along very well.  Our Sabrina is well on the way to a complete recovery.  She is so happy to be in a home situation.   This girl is such a special dog…. very kind and loving and full of sweet Labbie kisses.  She is a great dog and will soon be well enough to be ready for her new forever home.   She was SOOOO worth saving!

If she could only speak, our Sweet Sabrina would thank each and every one of you who stepped up to help her in so many ways, including all the prayers and good wishes sent for her.  But her wagging tail and happy smiles say it all.  Together, we helped save her when she really needed a lot of friends.

Now we’re looking for that special forever home this beautiful pup so deserves.  If you are interested in meeting Sabrina 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Bebe call (505) 362-0331.

 

We’re looking for volunteers to help sell raffle tickets to benefit Luvin’ Labs Rescue and the Albuquerque Road Runner Tournament.  Tickets can be picked up at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic, 4601 Menaul NE in Albuquerque.  Clinic hours are 8 am to 6 pm weekdays, except 8 am to noon on Wednesday.

Tickets are for sale $1 each!

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If ever there was a girl who deserved a turn to be treated like a princess, Jeulia would be that girl. Jeulia is a 9 year old purebred yellow Lab and her job has been to be a mama to lots of Labrador puppies. Jeulia was finally able to retire when she was brought into the rescue to become part of the Luvin’ Labs family. Now we hope that someone will take Jeulia into their home and spoil her absolutely rotten with all of the same love and affection that she has spent so many years giving to her babies. Jeulia loves to go for walks and play, she is a very happy dog with a great personality. Julia would do great in a home with another dog she can bond with (she loves other dogs). The thing that would make this girl the happiest dog in the world, would be to find a real home where her only job is to snuggle and play with her dog friends and her people.

If you are interested in meeting Jeulia 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Jeulia call (505) 362-0331.

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Is there a home out there for me? For 7 years I’ve lived a hard life … used as a breeder dog only to have my babies taken away from me again and again.  After being rescued by Luvin’ Labs they found I had an unfixable degenerative condition that leaves me only seeing shadows and outlines of things.  However, I can learn where things are in my house very quickly, I love laying right by my person, I take a few days to adjust to a new situation.  I would so love to have a family to call my own. 

Daphne lives with an awesome foster family and her foster dad has this to say about her:

Daphne is doing very well, she runs around the yard and is playing fetch with a ball.  I think she would do very well with someone that wanted a walking or hiking partner.  She walks right next to me wherever I go, on or off a leash.  She loves laying at your feet in the evenings.  It took her a little time to get use to her new surroundings but  now it’s like she has always been here.

If you are interested in meeting Daphne 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Daphne poses pretty with her 2 foster dog siblings

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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Sweet Shayla was shutting down in the shelter and needed someone to help her, so today, this lovely girl became a Luvin’ Labs dog. She passed her temp tests with flying colors and loves other dogs. She is 9 years old and really needs a family of her own that will love her for the rest of her life. Her former owners moved away and dumped her at the shelter. We are determined to make sure that never happens to her again. If you are interested in meeting Shayla 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Shayla call (505) 362-0331.

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Rory

Hi, I’m Rory! I am three and a half months old and I’m looking for my forever family. My foster family has raised me since I was three weeks old and I am used to having people with me all day, so I am looking for a family who has lots of time to spend with me. I’m a very smart girl. I know how to sit and lay down and I am working on come and stay. I’m not quite potty trained yet, but I’m working on that too. Next to cuddling with my people, belly rubs are my favorite things in the world. I sleep in a kennel at night, but during the day, there is no better place to be than by your side. If you have lots of time to spend with me, and you are interested in meeting my cuteness, please fill out an adoption application.

While Labrador puppies are adorable they are not right for everyone.  We are extremely careful in our placement of puppies as each  has special needs that includes the time commitment for training, bonding, and supervising in order to make them the best canine citizens they can become.

If you are interested in meeting Rory  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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Been lookin’ for a special someone? Well, 8 year old yellow lab Buddy has been looking for someone special too! His foster family reports that he is a wonderful gentleman, sweet as heck and he is doing great in their multi-dog home. Buddy is a truly inspiring pup who has never lost his smile despite being left in a high-kill shelter and recently beginning painful heartworm treatments. We anticipate that this brave boy (and eternal optimist) will make a full recovery, and we certain that he will make a fantastic addition to any family.

If you are interested in meeting Buddy 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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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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This handsome young black male labrador retriever is Corey and, believe it or not, he was homeless.  But not anymore as today he joined the Luvin’ Labs family and is on the search for a new forever family to call his own.  Corey is between 1-2 year old and is quite the player…loves playing with other dogs, loves playing with people and does well entertaining himself  as well.  He loves attention and is always eager to be petted by anyone who’s willing.  Corey is the type of dog that is just fun to be around.

If you are interested in meeting Corey 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

Pandora16 month old Pandora is a resilient, happy girl. You would never guess that this girl spent a terrifying night tied to the front gate of the shelter with an old piece of manila rope around her neck. But, we all know how labs are… and how puppies are! Pandora has moved on from that traumatic night and she is now winning hearts with her adorable, silly sweetness. She would love nothing more than to wiggle her way into your heart, (and sit on your lap).

While Labrador puppies are adorable they are not right for everyone.  We are extremely careful in our placement of puppies as each  has special needs that includes the time commitment for training, bonding, and supervising in order to make them the best canine citizens they can become.

If you are interested in meeting Pandora 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Pandora call (505) 362-0331.

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Mandy is a beautiful girl both inside and out!!! She had a well deserved spa day.

Imagine someone cruel enough to dump their senior at a high kill shelter because she just has “too many dogs.” When she was left at the shelter, her coat was badly neglected… but this little lady had a well deserved spa day and, gauging by her tail in the picture above, she feels as great as she looks! Mandy is a sweetie pie and a total love (who adores being petted). She is in search of a foster or forever home where a loving someone will give her a comfy dog bed and some nice walks to help her regain her girlish figure. Please help us to find this lovely, deserving girl a home where she can feel what real love is.

If you are interested in meeting Mandy 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering call (505) 362-0331.

This is how Mandy’s former owner left her at the shelter… Underneath that neglected coat she is perfect beauty!

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What’s better than a Hershey Kiss?  A kiss from Lab Hershey with no added calories!  Hershey is a gorgeous deep rich chocolate colored nine year old Lab.  Hershey is house broken, good with other dogs and cats, and has never met a stranger.  Sounds like a great older girl for the right family.”

If you’re a lover of gentle, affectionate Chocolate Labs, 9 year old Hersey is someone you will definitely want to meet!

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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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Meet Elvis, a 4 year old black male Labrador. Like so many folks, Elvis’s mom has fallen on hard times recently and, sadly, is losing her home. Unfortunately, all too often when humans lose their homes, so do their beloved pets. Elvis is a good dog in desperate need of a new home and a family to bond with. He is a kind and happy sort of dog who seems to be very affable. If you live in a home with other dogs or children, Elvis might just be your guy because he is a good with any combination of the two. Cats are an unknown because he has never been around them. Elvis would love nothing more than some consistency and stability in his life – things that have been missing recently and are so important.  Do you think you are the person to offer Elvis these things? Oh, and don’t worry- he comes complete with the sweet face, adoring eyes and wet nose.

If you are interested in meeting Elvis 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 3 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Senior male, Rusty, seems to be a dog that was once someone’s very special pet. He is a happy, well mannered gentleman who gets along with other dogs.  A good Samaritan found poor Rusty wandering around rural New Mexico with fresh cuts on the back of his neck where he appeared to have been chained. The volunteer who cared for with Rusty tells us that when he came to her,  he was starved for human attention and love. Rusty is neutered and healthy but he is a little overweight so he will appreciate some healthy food and walks with his new owner. Rusty is fortunate to be in a wonderful foster home and his foster mom has this to say about him:  “Rusty looks like a different dog with his new ‘do’ and a waistline.  He is perfecting his house manners, is more relaxed, is learning to trust and that life can be good.  He follows around so closely and loves to help in the barn with the horses (translation:  he likes to stand in the way and look adorkable…yes..a dork able!).”

If you are interested in meeting Rusty 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Flower call (505) 362-0331.

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This pup is Shyla, an 8 month old female lab. She is a cuddly, fun loving, happy little girl with a loving personality who is finally ready for a forever home. We say finally because Shyla had a lot to overcome before she could be adopted. On March 6th Shyla’s right front leg was amputated to resolve a painful injury that wouldn’t heal, and was robbing Shyla of a proper puppihood. She hardly missed a beat after the surgery and promptly resumed playing and entertaining her foster family.

Shyla came to Luvin’ Labs by way of a rural animal shelter where she was abandoned after her owners decided they didn’t want her. It is unknown how her leg was injured, but what we do know is that she received no veterinary care for several weeks. Instead, her previous owners duct taped a homemade splint onto her leg, causing the injury to heal incorrectly, and then decided they didn’t want her. Her fosters and Shyla’s wonderful vets have made a valiant attempt to try to recuperate her leg but, unfortunately, the damage was too severe.In order for Shyla to have the best quality of life, the decision was made to amputate her leg.

Shyla is now pain free and loving life. She is as tough as she is sweet and funny, and she is very excited to finally begin a normal life with a loving family to play with and cuddle up to. If you are looking for a great dog this girl most certainly checks all the boxes.

If you are interested in meeting Shyla 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 3 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Moose_&_Mandi_flyerMoose and Mandi are 9-12 month old lab mix pups currently being fostered in Las Cruces, NM. They are very gentle and bonded to one another. They are currently being fostered by a kind and generous human with a big heart and many commitments. If you are interested in these sweet babies, please contact the Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue at 575-496-6085. Courtesy Listing

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These 4 sweet pups will be available in August. If you are interested in these babies, please contact Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue at 575-496-6085. Courtesy Listing

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Sasha  is a 11 year old beautiful silky black mellow Labrador looking for a new home.   Happy and easy going, Sasha is a real sweetheart of a Lab.  She loves other dogs, soft beds, and good food.  She is house trained and is mostly a couch potato looking for a warm place to live out her remaining years.  Her foster mom tells us:  “Sasha is so happy to be in a home again.  She has very nice manners, someone spoiled her and it’s so hard to believe they gave her up.  She’s in good physical shape for a senior.  She knows basic commands such as sit and stay.”

If you are interested in meeting Sasha 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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 I am the grandmother your other dog has always wished for. My name is Annabel and I am 12 years young. To be fair, I am very fond of less mature pups (I get along well with other dogs) but I’m darn sure not going to sit back and watch while they hog the spotlight (I plan to be around for awhile and I am a spunky girl). I am good with children and cats and I love to be affectionate with people. I am spayed, house trained and I can use a dog door. I don’t jump or dig either. I really enjoy walks and my foster mom says that with some careful conditioning I will be the one whipping you into shape. It’s clear she has already fallen for my charm and spirit and she says that the family who ends up with me will be lucky because I am an awesome dog. Basically, I’m perfect… So what are you waiting for?

If you are interested in meeting Annabel 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Korie is an 8 year old gorgeous chocolate lab with the softest shiniest coat.  She is in great physical shape and loves walking, running, and hiking.  She’ll even help her new family to get in shape!  She gets along great with dogs and cats and even chickens.  She must have experienced some bad moments with humans at some point in her life and she can be timid and shy around new people, but she always remains gentle.  She very much wants to be part of a family with other dog siblings.  If you can give her time to check you out and make sure you are OK you will be rewarded with an incredibly loyal friend who gives the sweetest most gentle kisses.

If you are interested in meeting Korie 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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7/16/2016 Update from Colleen:

We’ve had a huge outpouring of incredible folks donating to Sabrina’s care via youcaring and paypal. Funds have been raised for her surgery. She’s had her surgery and is currently recovering from over 100 stitches at the vets. She’s still is wagging her tail. In no time at all sweet Sabrina will be looking for her foster or forever home, could that be yours?

Can we tell you how grateful we are? Well, in true Sabrina style if our tails could they would be wagging knowing how wonderful you folks are. Thank you, we are grateful.

And … if you feel like still donating … we’ve other labs with their own set of medical bills we’d sure appreciate ya’ll helping with.

Thanks ya’ll.

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Sabrina was found tangled in a fence and turned in to a rural shelter. Ten minutes before she was to be put to sleep we were called in to help, now we need help paying for her surgery and recovery.

Imagine getting a call on a sunny Saturday afternoon, 911, emergency, beautiful sweet black lab was caught on a fence and is now at a rural shelter and will be put to sleep in ten minutes … frantic calls, thankfully the vet answered and agreed to intake, rushed transport, arrival, pain meds, fluid, stabilizing and now an emergency surgery scheduled to put this sweet girl back together. Sabrina is a beautiful 1-2 year old full of lab love despite the incredible pain she’s in …

Meet our latest intake, Sabrina, who we pulled on a lark and prayers that you, the good folks who always manage to help us come through, will help.

We need to raise funds for Sabrina’s surgery on Monday. Because of the extent of damage the surgery and after care will total over $1200.

Will you help us secure funds for Sabrina’s lifesaving surgery?

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This handsome senior guy is Travis, a 12 year old male yellow Labrador retriever.  Don’t let the age fool you, this guy’s got lots of life and energy in him and would make some family a great companion.   7/2012 update from his foster mom:  “Travis has a little trouble seeing due to a cataract in one eye but that doesn’t slow him down any when it comes to loving!  His favorite activity is to lay by the couch and to get some lovin’.  He is fully house trained and can be trusted to stay inside the house on his own or enjoys being outside without digging or jumping.  He gets excited and runs around when we get home or when he knows he’s getting a treat but never jumps.  He’s very good about riding in the car, just he may need a boost to get in a taller vehicle since his legs are a little short for a lab.  He is very good with other dogs and loves everybody he meets, especially if they’ll give him a scratch behind the ears!”

If you are interested in Travis Jett 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

Did you know that large black dogs are commonly the last to be adopted?  This phenomenon is referred to by shelters and rescues as black dog syndrome.  Black dogs are often more difficult to find homes for and among the first to be euthanized.  Their fate lies not with their ability to love, their personality or their intelligence, but merely the color of their coat.

We ask you to come meet our awesome black dogs currently in the rescue…Cody, Jayda, Jett, Nan, Sasha, Baiden, Hope and Bandit, Danae, Britney, Vader, Calvin…all have their own story to tell and all are looking for that loving forever home.  Or visit your local shelter…you’ll quickly see this phenomenon, but you’ll also see what wonderful treasures are there wrapped in black fur.

Thinking of adopting…check out the 10 reasons you might want to consider a black dog…

 

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Scentsy Electric Candles are ceramic candle warmers that use a low-wattage light bulb to heat and melt our highly-scented long-lasting Scentsy Wax. Simply plug in your candle warmer, turn it on, and place a cube of your favorite Scentsy wax scent inside the warmer dish top. In minutes you will be enjoying one of over 80 scentsational scents. With over 70 full-size warmers, 17 mid-size warmers, and 20 plug-ins (night light style), there is surely a Scentsy Candle Warmer design to fit all your home decorating styles and preferences. These beautiful candle warmers are sure to inspire home decorating inspiration. Scentsy Wickless Candles are the best selling candles you will love.

When you order here, you will be helping Luvin’ Labs Rescue as 20% of ALL purchases will be donated to Luvin’ Labs to support their tireless work of rescue for all Labrador Retreivers and all Labrador mixes!

Direct link to the store which supports Luvin’ Labs: https://tracysdelightfulscents.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Home?partyId=218131197

For more information see this Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/777377895622386/

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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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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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Want to help make a difference to the Labrador Retrievers in our program? We’ve two easy ways below … 
  
Sign up for a one time donation at the Paypal (paypal link at the bottom of the page).

Or sign up to be a monthly donor through our monthly donor Paypal program (monthly donor link below, select the amount from the drop down then click on the large “monthly donation” button).

Either program will help you to literally help us save the life of a Labrador Retriever waiting to come in to our program. All donations assist us in continuing our mission of rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating Labrador Retrievers.
 
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.
We are deeply grateful for your help.

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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.

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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We are Thor (white) and Dharma (red), a pair of sweethearts looking for a new home.  We are very playful and love toys as well as other dogs.  Our owner recently lost his battle with cancer and his final wish for them was that they find a new loving home. We take a bit of time to warm up to new people, but we are great cuddlers once we do.  We are a matched set and must be adopted together!  We are looking forward to falling in love with you.  If you are interested in meeting us please call Santa Fe Tails at (505) 820-0731.

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If you are interested in fostering or adopting Reggie, please call Jemez Valley Animal Amigos at 888-828-8522 ext. 3. Courtesy Post

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Einstein and Rigby are two handsome young boys in search of a forever home. Their temporary owner tells us that “on June 28, these two beautiful and sweet black labs were dropped off at our farm. They appear to be brothers- they get along very well and never fight about food or toys. They seem young and look like purebred labs. We are unable to keep them, as we already have four rescue dogs and don’t have the budget for food for these guys- they have giant appetites!… these dogs are WONDERFUL! They would make excellent family dogs. They have not growled or acted aggressive/territorial. They are sweet to our dogs as well.” Einstein and Rigby LOVE children and are great with adults. They are also fascinated with chasing cats but it seems to be playful so they may be able to adapt to a feline friendly home. Their temporary owner has recently taken the boys to be checked out by a vet and neutered.

Einstein and Rigby can be adopted either separately or, if you are looking for a twofer, they would be happy to stay together.

If you are interested in meeting Einstein and Rigby please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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BusterandchaplinBuster and Chaplin are 10 year old males who are in desperate need of a new home. These sweet boys have been together since birth and have never known life apart. Their owners are moving out of state for a new job and are not able to bring them. They tell us that both dogs are very friendly and obedient. Chaplin likes to check in on his people and he prefers to be indoors relaxing with a rawhide.  Buster enjoys being outdoors where he can run around- he has a playful personality and likes people. They both like cats, and are good with children and other dogs, but they prefer female dogs. Buster and Chaplin spend the majority of their time in the house: they are house-trained and they know their basic commands (sit, stay, lay down, and shake). The boys are neutered and micro-chipped, but they need to be updated on their vaccines. They are both healthy, although Chaplin has a bump on his left eyelid that his owners are not able to afford to have assessed, and Buster has some mild arthritis in the winter months.

Please help us find these guys a home where they can spend the rest of their years together and never have to know the stress that seniors experience when they suddenly end up in the shelter. Their owners have been working hard to network them on Facebook and with friends and family. Let’s help them find these sweet, deserving boys a home.

If you are interested in meeting Buster and Chaplin please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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This beautiful senior is Marlo, a 10 year old black female lab.  Her owner describes her as “loving, kind and patient.  She is comfortable around other dogs and wonderful with children.  She has a sweet and calm demeanor.  Marlo is a very happy dog and loves to show excitement by wiggling.  She is not showing any signs of aging, still very mobile and flexible.  She is at her happiest around people and just wants to be loved.”  Marlo is used to being in the house, is up-to-date with all shots, spayed and microchipped.

If you are interested in meeting Marlo please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

 

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Ithica is a 5 year old female black lab (and aspiring yoga instructor) who is in search of a new forever home. She is described as a sweetheart who loves to cuddle, and believes the term ‘lap dog’ is discriminatory to larger dogs. She has been with her human since she was a pup, however their new roommates are allergic to her and their dog refuses to roll out the welcome mat for this sweet girl. Ithica gets along with humans of all shapes and sizes and is a typical, bouncy, young lab.  She is good with cats and other dogs, but prefers to be the only female dog in the home or to be with a non-dominant female. Ithica is housebroken, spayed and micro-chipped but will need to visit the vet soon to update her vaccines and heartworm test. She is not food or toy aggressive and doesn’t nip or bite. Ithica requests a yard with a 4′ fence.

If you are interested in meeting Ithica please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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If you are interested in meeting Savannah please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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Remo and Evie

Meet 7 year old lab/hound cross pups and best buddies Remo (male) and Evie (female). These two dogs love people of all ages, although Evie can be a bit shy around new people until she gets to know them. Evie and Remo are good with other dogs and they are excellent with cats (their other BFF happens to be a cat). Remo’s current owner describes him as extremely loving, gentle, friendly and eager to please. Evie is described as a gentle and friendly girl. Both have been through obedience training and are OK on leashes, except for they have a tendency to pull.  These two dogs have excellent manners- they don’t jump to greet, are not food or toy aggressive and they don’t dig or have issues with separation anxiety. They’re also both spayed/neutered.

Evie and Remo are a bonded pair and have been best friends since they were tiny pups so their owner feels it is important to find them a home together.  Maybe you could arrange to meet these two sweet dogs and see for yourself what a great pair they are!

If you are interested in meeting Remo and Evie please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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Meet Missy, a 13 year old female Yellow Lab. Missy is a deserving senior looking for a forever foster or forever home. She is blind and nearly deaf, however, she is intuitive and gets around well. She is able to use a doggy door and able to feel the warmth of the sun finding a spot to nap for bit when outside. Missy has a lifetime of experience specializing in love and loyalty and she can nap with the best of them. Her desire is to have a retired person navigate life’s journey with her. 

Please take a close look at this deserving gem. Missy is UTD on vaccinations, chipped and spayed.

Please contact Don Helfrich (dondoberman@gmail.com) for additional information.

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.

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Percy, a handsome 8 year old black lab used to have a home; when he got separated from his family he just knew that they would come get him.  As he was microchipped, the shelter gave them a call, but they never responded.   Now Percy sits in an over-crowded shelter just waiting.  He loves to play and gets along great with other dogs.  We can’t just let this good dog become a statistic.  If you can offer Percy that home he longs for please visit the Aztec Animal Shelter, 825 Sabena St., Aztec, NM or call (505) 334-6819.

My name is LEVI and I am a neutered male, tan, about 3 years old,  Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound mix.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption since August 19, 2014.  A Yellow Lab mixed with a Basset Hound.  Think of the possibilities.  It’s possible that i have the compassion of “Ole Yeller” and the personality of “Cleo”.  Move on up to the Eastside and check me out.
For more information about this animal, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1614339

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My name is FRY.

I am a male, black Labrador Retriever that the Aztec shelter staff thinks is about 2 years and 1 month old.  I have been at the shelter since July 22, 2014.  That’s a really long time when you are as lonely as I am.  I need my own people.  Would you consider being my people?  I know Aztec is a long way to drive to meet me, but could you at least call the Aztec shelter and find out more about me? Please? Thank you :-)

 

For more information about Fry, call:
Aztec Animal Shelter at (505) 334-6819
Ask for information about animal ID number A022463

Shorty10 year old female, Shorty is a sweet, well-mannered Chocolate Labrador Retriever who has found herself in a rather unfortunate and stressful living situation- a kennel at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Somehow, even though she’s afraid, she has managed to make the most of her situation by becoming a staff and volunteer favorite, receiving excellent marks on her doggie report card (happy disposition, loves people, enjoys gentle interactions with other dogs). A shelter, though, is no place for a senior pup, so we are hoping a special someone can give Shorty the forever home she deserves. Shorty has some typical senior ailments so she will require a little extra TLC (cataracts, arthritis and diabetes). We would like to point out that, in spite of her medical issues, she is still a bazillion times easier to care for than a puppy: she promises not to bury all your shoes, or to harass you mercilessly for no discernible reason… she will, however, show unlimited gratitude to the kind soul who sees past her ailments and appreciates her wisdom and humility.

Shorty, our paws are crossed for you, Sweet Girl! We hope that an angel will see your beautiful face and take you home and love you for they rest of your dog years. If you are interested in Shorty please contact info is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society 505-983-4309

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Meet Menco, a 2 year old male chocolate lab needing rescue.  Menco is currently at the Aztec Shelter and we are trying to get more information about him.  If you are interested in this handsome pup call the City of Aztec Animal Shelter located at 825 Sabena St in Aztec (505) 334-6819 or (505) 5985.

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This handsome chocolate lab is Rusty.  He is estimated to be 3-4 years old and does well with other dogs.  It’s obvious that Rusty was well cared for as his coat is thick and not faded as is sometimes the case with strays.  How he got away from his family and why they haven’t come to get him it a mystery.  Rusty is currently at the Farmington Animal Shelter and he needs to find a home soon.  If you are interested in meeting Rusty please call the shelter in Farmington at 505-599-1098.

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The shelter staff named me LIZZY and I am an about 6 years old,  spayed female, yellow, Labrador Retriever and Beagle.  I have been at the shelter since August 07, 2014 and available for adoption since August 12, 2014.

She is a Lab/Beagle Mix:  could that mean the compassion of “Old Yeller” and the personality of “Cleo”?  The best way to find the answer to that ponderence is to move on up to the Eastside and meet Lizzy in person.

For more information about Lizzy, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1701940

 


The shelter staff named me CHARLIE and I am a neutered male, about 10 years old, black Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since August 10th, 2014, and I have been available for adoption since August 14th, 2014.  I came to the Shelter as a stray and I am looking for a forever home, possibly with you.  There are two Charlies at the Westside Shelter so be sure to study my picture so you can visit the correct Charlie, me!
For more information about this Charlie, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1702162

 

The shelter staff named me DANA and I am a spayed female, about 2 years old, black Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since August 9th, 2014, and I have been available for adoption since August 14th, 2014.

Dana means A very rare pearl, a symbol of exceptional beauty.  When you look at my picture you can see why the shelter staff named me Dana.  To experience this very rare pearl you need come visit me at the Eastside Shelter.
For more information about Dana, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1702102


My name is SHADOWCHASER and I am a neutered, about 1 year and 4 months old, male, black and white Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter and available for adoption  since August 2nd, 2014.  Don’t I look like I am just full of vim, vigor, and vitality? You can’t be a Shadow Chaser without having those traits.  I am looking for a person who also has vim, vigor, and vitality so that we can walk, run, play, and chase shadows together.
For more information about this Shadowchaser, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1693810

 

My name is GUCCI MANE and I am a spayed female, 1 year and 7 months old, black Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been at the shelter since July 14, 2014.  I have been available for adoption since July 14, 2014.
For more information about GUCCI MANE, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1151554

My name is MAXIMILLIAN and I am a neutered male, about 4 years old, black German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever.  I have been available for adoption since I arrived at the shelter on July 13th, 2014.
For more information about MAXIMILLIAN , call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1695060

 

My name is TUCKER and I am a neutered male, about 6 years old, brown and black Rottweiler and Labrador Retriever mix.  I have been available for adoption since I arrived at the shelter on July 02, 2014.  To learn more about me, you really need to come visit me.
For more information about Tucker, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975

Ask for information about animal ID number A1699105

 

ROCKY is a neutered male, white and brown, 5 years old Labrador Retriever mix.  He gets excited and happy so he jumps out of the kennel when he is taken out, but then he is mostly mellow.  He  pulls intermittently on his leash. Folks need to watch fingers when giving Rocky  treats.   He is really thin even though shelter is feeding him frequently.   He eats his too fast and is very focused on it so he likely needs to be separated from other dogs for eating when adopted.  He seems Dog Friendly thru fence, mostly not interested in the other dogs. Rocky enjoys petting, did well when he got a bath earlier in the week.  He has been at the shelter and available for adoption since April 24, 2014.
For more information about Rocky, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1693988

 

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Shelter staff named me LINGUINE and I am a neutered male, brindle and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Feb 02, 2014. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jan 29, 2014. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1688775.

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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Adopted! 8/8/14  Dandy is an 7 year old male border collie/lab mix with a tail that curls up behind him. He is in great shape, he is housetrained, fine with cats, other dogs, walks great on a leash, familiar with dog door… just a really good dog. He would be great as an only dog, or would be fine in a home with another dog. Dandy came from a home where he was an only dog and his owner was not able to take care of him anymore. He loves being an inside/outside dog and would make someone a fabulous friend.

If you are interested in meeting Dandy 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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This pretty 5 year old female yellow lab is Lacie and she’s missing.  She was last seen in Rio Rancho on October 1st and her family is so anxious to get her back.  She’s about 85 pounds, microchipped (0006ABAC36), and has what looks like a smiley face on her stomach.  If you see her or know where she might be please call 1-800-252-7894.

 

 

Reprinted with permission from Debbie at thankdogphotography.com

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/

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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.
~ Unknown

 

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