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.
Meet King, a neutered male chocolate Labrador retriever who has been available for adoption since May 20, 2013. King is about 1 year old, friendly, affectionate, smart and good with other dogs. Sounds like the perfect companion. If you are interested in meeting King contact the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department at (505) 7688-1975 and ask about animal ID A1671049.
|For more information about Canela, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975 Ask for information about animal ID number A1673233CANELA -|
My name is Janae and I’m a female 2 year old lab/border collie mix. And just FYI border collies are the #1 most intelligent breed of dog and Labradors are #7. In other words…I’m one smart pup and I’m cute too.
I love everybody…that includes other dogs, cats, kids. My favorite activity is playing and I’m looking for someone who likes that too.
If you are interested in meeting me please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Buttercup is in need of bunches of love and can’t wait to give it right back! She was an owner surrender, she fixed and has a year and a half under a belt! If you are lovable, tender and want unconditional love, call me at Noah’s Ark Animal shelter in Carlsbad @ 575-885-5769 and ask about animal ID 20030908, I am waiting on you!!!
This adorable puppy is Lolipop, a 3 month old black female Labrador retriever who came into the rescue with her sister Pinky. Lolipop weighs about 23 pounds and will most likely be an average size lab. She is learning to walk on a leash and is doing very well.
Her foster dad describes her as a natural at going for a walk as she stays right by his side. She’s also a natural retriever, she chases after little stones and her tennis ball with great enthusiasm. She and her sister have learned that it’s unacceptable to bark at the crack of dawn and they now stay quietly in their kennel until their foster parents come to feed them. Prior to eating, they are both learning to sit quietly until their foster dad sets their food down in front of them. Both Lolipop and Pinky are available for adoption, either together or separately.
If you are interested in meeting Lolipop, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
My name is Pinky and I am a 3 month old black female Labrador retriever who came into the rescue with my sister Lolipop. I now weight about 23 pounds and will most likely be an average size lab. I am learning to walk on a leash and doing very well.
My foster dad says I could use a little more practice on my walks as I’m very curious and I like to go everywhere, not just limited to where my foster dad plans on going. He also described me as a snuggle bug as I love to be held and have my chubby little belly rubbed. My sister and I have learned that it’s unacceptable to bark at the crack of dawn and we now stay quietly in our kennel until our foster parents come to feed us. Prior to eating, we have both learned to sit quietly until our foster dad sets our food down in front of us. Both Lolipop and I are available for adoption, either together or separately.
If you are interested in meeting me, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Hardy is a handsome, cream and caramel colored, neutered male lab who weighs about 70 pounds. He has a soft, single coat (less shedding), and is more a tall and lanky lab than a short and stout lab. About two years old, Hardy has lots of puppy playfulness in him, but he is also a very mellow guy who is more than willing to sleep at your feet most of the day if you just aren’t up to playing fetch or going for a walk.
From his foster dad: “Hardy has never marked anything in our house and he learned to use the dog door the first day he was with us. He will also stand at a closed door if he wants to go out, and bark if you fail to see him. Hardy is good with our cat, Thomas, and they tolerate each other easily and well. Hardy loves to play with our lab, Mr. B, but his real focus is on people, so I’m confident he would do very well as an only dog, especially with a family that has children old enough to play with him and/or walk him from time to time. Right now both dogs and the cat are lying around my feet as I sit at my desk and type this update. It’s mid-day, so we are all happy to be inside where it’s cool and just chill for several hours.
Hardy is very affectionate. He will come over to you seeking scratches and pats. He is eager to learn what behaviors will please us because he loves to be petted, but he will jump up with excitement to greet new people. Hardy walks well on a loose lead, and gets excited when he sees other dogs walking with their people, but he restrains himself when he is corrected. On his second day at our house, he was out in the back yard wagging his tail at our chain link fence trying to entice the children in the yard next door (who had arrived for a party) to come to greet him.
Hardy genuinely loves people, and he will bond well with any family genuinely willing to give him love and direction. Any family who offers him their love will be repaid a hundred fold in kindness, affection, loyalty, and obedience. He’s a great dog looking for a great family to adopt. You really should meet Hardy.”
Hardy is available for adoption and if you are interested in meeting him, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Thanks to all who helped make our 4th annual Barks & Bubbles a huge success and a good time for all! A special thanks to Robert Moore of This Guy Productions for this awesome video.
Newton continues to improve each day, as he took his first steps on his own today.
6/10/2013 Update on Newton
Newton takes his first steps on the long road to recovery.
Please meet Newton whose life we are celebrating this week.
According to Beth, the director of the shelter where he came to us from, he’s a wonderful loving dog despite having a painful medical condition.
Newton first came to our attention last week with a late night email from Beth asking if we could help a dog with a very bad ear infection. I asked her for a bit of time to find a place for him and we started working on a plan. Friday she emailed and said he couldn’t move, he was totally down, unable to use the restroom, or eat. The shelter had started medication, but shelters are not equipped like vets’ offices. Saturday, same update, down, unable to move. Sunday his prognosis was very grim. She and I decided to try a last ditch effort for an emergency transport Monday morning to save his life not even knowing if he’d make it to Monday. Our volunteers went to work and long-term volunteer Erin’s Grandpa helped us with the first leg of transport. Rebecca, our long-term volunteer and incredible supporter offered to drive the second leg bringing him to Albuquerque. Good Shepherd committed to opening up their clinic to Newton and our plan was in place ….
Newton arrived at Good Shepherd on Monday, was examined and put on life saving fluids and antibiotics. He was diagnosed with septicemia, a septic infection of the blood, and treatment was immediately started.
It’s Wednesday and Newton seems to be improving a very, very small bit every day. Today he’s all prettied up and got a spa treatment from his friends at Good Shepherd including shaving, bathing and treatment of the many hot spots all over his body. We will continue updating Newton’s recovery via this website.
A heartfelt thank you from us..and Newton..for each and everyone that stepped up to help this sweet boy and to the incredible folks at Good Shepherd who continue to provide his daily care.
Can you help us in supporting Newton and the many other dogs we help? There are so many ways to help…donate, volunteer, advocate, share.
Donations can be mailed to:
Lodestar Dog Ranch
PO Box 52212
Albuquerque, NM 87181-2212
or via PayPal at:
This handsome neutered male chocolate lab is Chaco and he is about 4 years old. If you are interested in meeting him call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1579559.
Meet Ali, a one year old spayed female black Labrador retriever. Ali has been at the shelter since June 3rd and is anxious to get a forever home. If you are interested in meeting Ali please call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department -Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1653212.
My name is Doc and I am a neutered male chocolate Labrador retriever. I am about 5 years old, perfect age for a forever companion. If you are interested in meeting me call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1671521.
Okay, so this isn’t my most flattering photo, but I really am a handsome 5 year old neutered male chocolate lab. I’m available for adoption and would love to have you come and see me. If you are interested in meeting me call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department -Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1671522.
The shelter staff named me Banksy as they really didn’t know my real name. I am a neutered male black 1-1/2 year old Labrador retriever. If you are interested in meeting me call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1671611.
OMG…what a cute face. This is Chloe, a one year old spayed female black lab/shepherd mix. She’s been at the shelter for over a month and needs a home to call her own. If you are interested in meeting Chloe call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1670281.
Her name is Wishey and she is so wishing for a new loving home. She’s a 6 month old spayed female black lab. If you are interested in meeting Wishey call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1670469.
This is SweetPea. SweetPea is a one year old lab mix who has a ton of energy and is very loving. She was rescued from death row out of the Alamogordo Animal Control and was adopted out in 2012. Her current owners are surrendering her back because they were given orders to move to Alaska next month and don’t want to take her. She’s a great dog who loves children, gets along great with other dogs and is housebroken. SweetPea is spayed, microchipped and up to date on her vaccinations. She deserves a loving family who can play with her and exercise her daily and will make her a family member forever.
If you are interested in meeting SweetPea you can inquire about her on the Alamogordo Dog Rescue Facebook page under her picture in the Adopt Me folder or as a general comment on the main page. Transport options can be coordinated if the adopter lives outside of Alamogordo. Courtesy Listing
Meet Taco Bell! Taco is a large lab mix who is about 2.5 – 3 years old. Taco was found abandoned in front of a Taco Bell in Alamogordo and we could not leave this big fella behind. No owners came forward to claim him and we’re unsure of how long Taco was roaming the streets alone. He gets along with people, kids, and other dogs. He is neutered and microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. Taco is very friendly and playful and would love to run and kiss you all day.
If you are interested in meeting Taco Bell you can inquire about him on the Alamogordo Dog Rescue Facebook page under his picture in the Adopt Me folder or as a general comment on the main page. Transport options can be coordinated if the adopter lives outside of Alamogordo. Courtesy Listing
This is Star. This beautiful lab/hound mix is around 2 years old and loves to run, and run, and run! She’s very loyal and such good fun to be around. Star came from a private owner who couldn’t give her the exercise and attention that she needs. She gets along great with people, kids, and other dogs…but not livestock! Star is up to date on her vaccinations and is housebroken.
If you are interested in meeting Star you can inquire about her on the Alamogordo Dog Rescue Facebook page under her picture in the Adopt Me folder or as a general comment on the main page. Transport options can be coordinated if the adopter lives outside of Alamogordo. Courtesy Listing
Meet Hershey, a 1-1/2 year old chocolate spayed female Labrador retriever. She’s described by her owner as a friendly, mellow dog, rarely barks, loves to play and be around her humans. While there are no other dogs in the household, she is not bothered by the dogs next door who visit at the fence. She is house trained and loves being an inside dog. Hershey does not jump up to greet, is not a fence jumper and is not food/toy aggressive. If you are interested in meeting Hershey please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331. Owner Listing
Hudson is a senior black neutered male Labrador retriever. He is currently at Animal Humane New Mexico and will be available for adoption on 6/17/2013. If you are interested in meeting him contact them at 505-255-5523 and ask about Animal ID 31586.
This beautiful 7 year old female chocolate Labrador retriever is Alea and she radiates gentle happiness. She is active, friendly, and loves people and interacts well with them. She gets along well with other dogs and is such a sweet, loving, fun girl. Alea is very good with children and in her last real home she helped raise the kiddos!!
Alea has quite a story to tell. Due to unfortunate circumstances the family who raised Alea since she was seven weeks old had to give her up. Her new owners just left her on her own in a strange environment with no personal contact. A kind lady tried to rescue her, but Alea fell out of the back of her pickup truck. She then spent time living in a small crate with little medical care for her injuries.
When Luvin’ Labs learned of her situation they made arrangements for her to join the rescue (along with Daniel and Drake). Alea received the medical care she needed from our good friends at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic and is now anxiously waiting for a family who will treasure her as her first family did.
If you are interested in meeting Alea please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Hello adopters! I am Charlie. I am a 3 years old, handsome, loving, adaptable, and a hero to boot (not to mention AKC registered!). Let me say more: My goal in life is to be loved and to love my people. I couldn’t be more loyal to those who show me care and spend time with me.
I will sit by your side, come when you call my name and know basic commands since I attended training school for a time. A refresher would really rock my memory and could make the difference in my obedience as well.
I love to hike and I will lick your hand or chin if you wish or will just “be” with you. I prefer not to be left alone all day and I think I could be great with a kid to play with. I love to eat and have lots of energy and although have a commanding and noble appearance inside I am a marshmallow and so gentle and sweet!
Let me tell you about how I became a hero: I just spent 12 hours on a working mission patiently helping volunteers look for my pack mate who became lost. We were in an unfamiliar outdoor place, but I showed confidence and courage and patience until I found her. Then, on the way back in the truck I rested my chin on my driver friend’s shoulder and she let me kiss her ear quite a few times. I don’t have to act like that all the time but I wanted to show my gratitude for her compassion and care for my life and the bond we had felt for each other after working for 12 hours together. Can you give me a chance? Did I mention I am playful and love running around? I won’t disappoint you.
If you are interested in meeting Charlie please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This cute guy is Marcus and he and his sister Mimsey were at a high kill shelter. Luvin’ Labs noticed something special about this delightful duo and brought them into the Luvin’ Labs community of dogs. Mimsey has been adopted and we want to offer that same future to Marcus. He is a 8 month old Labrador retriever mix who is typical lab…friendly, sweet, and always ready to play. Marcus is great around other dogs, loves kids and is extremely mellow. He is perfect in the house and walks like a champ on a leash…no pulling at all.
If you are interested in meeting Marcus please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
There are a number of good reasons why the Labrador retriever is one of the most popular dog breeds and one year old Griffin is a good example of why. While labs possess brains and brawn the thing that sets them apart from other canines is their personality. Griffin has that lab personality that we love. He gets along great with other dogs, loves kids, wants to please, and thrives on praise.
If you are interested in meeting Griffin, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Kirby is a attractive young almost white male lab pulled out of a rural NM shelter. He is an ambassador for his breed–friendly, caring, and smart.
From his foster mom:
Kirby is the perfect inside dog, and with his love of people and willingness to learn he would be a great candidate for a therapy dog. He is incredibly gentle and takes treats calmly. He loves physical contact with people and, upon direction, will place his feet on a chair or sofa or bed and calmly lay his head in your lap. He would be a perfect fit for visiting folks in hospitals, wheelchairs or senior centers.
If you are interested in meeting Kirby please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
For more information on therapy dog certifications in New Mexico go to:
http://animalhumanenm.org/pets/programs/ (Warm Hearts)
http://sccvtherapydogs.com/about_us.php (Southwest Canine)
This is Jazzy, an extremely handsome 3 year old male Labrador retriever. He’s a big guy who just wants to hang around his people. He walks well on a leash and responds to basic commands. As any 3 year old lab, he has a lot of energy but is more than willing to settle down just to get a little love from his person.
If you are interested in meeting Jazzy please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Meet Travis, a 6 year old neutered black male Labrador retriever. Travis is very sweet and gentle and just loves people. He is totally treat motivated, so ask him to do something and he is more than willing if he sees that treat in your hand. He also loves attention and runs to meet anyone new in the play yard. Travis is learning to share so a new best friend will have to be understanding that he’s not perfect, but so willing to please.
If you are interested in meeting Travis please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
My name is Daniel and I’m a 2-1/2 year old yellow Labrador retriever who just loves spending warm New Mexico days in my new super cool kiddie pool. I am crate trained, very friend, and good at sharing my pool with all dogs. Cats are okay, but I can’t figure out why they don’t want to romp in my pool. I am pretty good on a leash and I love all people. I really like kids and love to play fetch. I enjoy a good romp with all the other male and female pups at my foster’s house, really love bones and hanging out in the house. I bond really well and I am more than ready for a family of my own.
So all you water-lovin’ humans grab your swimming gear, a few tub toys, and let’s cool off in my pool after a hike along the Sandias!
If you are interested in a fun-loving guy, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Daniel loved helping out at the Barks and Bubbles fundraiser this weekend. He even loaned his pool for the event.
(Blue is definitely his color!)
I’m Pecos and everyone who meets me says I’m one handsome guy! I’m a 2 year old chocolate male Labrador retriever who is always ready to play. Get a ball and I’m at my best–I even know how to bring the ball back and put it in my toy bucket. While energetic, I am still a gentle soul and just want somebody to love me.
Pecos is available for adoption and if you are interested in meeting him, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This is Simon and he is a lab that’s just so full of fun and definitely brings a smile to everyone who meets him. Simon is 2-1/2 year old male chocolate Labrador retriever who loves to play fetch…throw him a tennis ball and he’s off to catch it…even better he brings it back and waits patiently for the next throw! Simon knows basic commands and does well in the house.
If you are interested in meeting Simon please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Luvin’ Labs is looking for that special person to foster or adopt Baiden, a lab who despite his challenging beginnings, is a dog who wants a chance to be part of a family who will love, cherish, and care for him. In return, Baiden, will be your best buddy, trusty confidant, and exercise companion.
“A dog’s demonstrative behavior, far from indicating any inability to reason, is a measure of their enormous compassion, optimism, hope, and a capacity for forgiveness that should leave us all withered with shame.”
why dogs are better than cats Bradley Trevor Greive
When my owner surrendered four purebred lab puppies to Luvin’ Labs, the rescue had no idea they were leaving a fifth behind, otherwise they wouldn’t have left me. At three months old, I was left with an uncaring family in a dirt yard and with a very alpha Lab father. I grew and grew and as I grew my Lab father began beating me up more and more. The human man, who I do not care to remember, hurt me as well. Because of the “disruption” I caused, I was chained, so now not only was I beaten up regularly by my Lab father and the man, but I had no where to run and no where to go. Thankfully a wonderful rescue advocate heard of my life–of how I was constantly being hurt and abused. She called Luvin’ Labs and asked if they would rescue the fifth pup from the litter. Luvin’ Labs said, “Of course!” They came and whisked me to safety, but by then I was a year old.
I’ve been relearning trust and how to play, boundaries, touch, caring, gentleness, consistently and most importantly: love. I’m hoping someone believes in me enough to know how much I can love, how much I can learn, and what a good boy I am.
Baiden is looking for an owner who has the time, calm leadership, and understanding to work with him to ensure he becomes the best dog he can be. He has a lot of energy which just can’t be addressed in a boarding environment where he is now. Baiden, his blue bunny, and other stuffed friends need a loving home where they can feel safe and secure.
If you are interested in meeting Baiden please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
To err is human, to forgive, canine.
Pictured below are my litter mates, perhaps I’m in the picture too!
This stunning raven haired beauty is Pepper. She’s a 3 years old female black lab who has perfect house manners and is quite mellow for her age. She would much rather sit in the shade next to her person getting love and pets than run around. Pepper has great people skills, she doesn’t jump up to greet, just a gentle tail wag and a big labby smile. Pepper obviously just wants to love and be loved. She is inquisitive, super sweet and gets along with other dogs. Like to walk? Pepper does well on a leash. She’s just a super easy dog to have around.
If you are interested in a gentle 3 year old please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This petite 3 year old female yellow Labrador retriever is Carissa. She came to us with a severe injury to her back leg. It appears she had gotten her leg caught in a trap and the injury was left by her owners untreated for several days. It was apparent to our vet that because of the severity of the injury, her leg would have to be amputated. Throughout this ordeal, Carissa has remained a friendly, happy, loving pup who seems not to miss her leg one bit. She would do best in a home without cats.
Carissa is available for fostering or adoption and if you are interested in meeting her, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Charlie B is a very handsome, 4 year old chocolate lab who is anxiously waiting for his special home with someone to love him. Charlie is a nice, medium energy level Lab who is past the puppy stuff and still has plenty of energy and play to be a fun guy. He has a wonderfully soft mouth and will place his toys gently in your hand to let you throw them for him. He has had some good training and will sit, shake hands, speak and sit up for you. He walks pretty nicely on the leash, and will sit obediently and wait for you to put his leash on and will wait at the door or gate when asked. He could also be a nice jogging companion. Charlie has a delightful personality and shows a lot of intelligence and willingness to learn. He is crate trained and has some good house manners, loving to lie at your feet and be right with his people. Charlie really wants a family of his own and would be so happy to find some security in his life after having been shuffled from place to place.
If you are interested meeting Charley B, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
The paparazzi will be following you as you walk Lacey a beautiful young 2 year old yellow female Labrador retriever. She recently gave birth and cared for 7 amazing puppies, but they’re on their own now and Lacey is ready to find her very own forever home and be the one to be cared for and fussed over. She’s very friendly, loves people and other dogs, and just wants to please her person. Lacey does very well inside the house and is looking for a home with higher fences.
If you are interested in adopting Lacey please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
These 2 beautiful young yellow labs, Alex (male) and Avery (female) need foster or forever homes. They were dumped by their owner, a local breeder, in a high kill TX shelter. Due to limits on space, they were scheduled for euthanizing. Fortunately we discovered their plight just in the nick of time. We are bringing them to Albuquerque this weekend (6/8), and we want a foster home for them to go to. We want them to enjoy all the benefits that a foster home can provide until we are able to adopt them into loving forever homes. As they have been together their entire lives, we want to keep them together. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Alex or Avery, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Have you been wanting to volunteer with Luvin’ Labs, but only have a couple of hours a month to volunteer?
Luvin’ Labs is looking for people who are willing to volunteer to help with our home visits. This is the final step in our process before our dogs go to their forever homes. Every home visit volunteer will be trained and given a form with specifics to look for.
Our goal is to have volunteers in all areas of Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
What better way to help a lab find their forever home!
Please, call (505) 362-0331 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with our home visits.
Who is this handsome guy you ask? This is Roscoe, a 9 month old black male Labrador retriever. Roscoe is currently in foster in Clovis, but will be heading this direction when we have a place for him. Roscoe was dumped on a remote country road, left to fend for himself. He’s very sweet, good with other dogs, and so eager to please. He’s shy at first meeting and will need a family that will be patient with him as he learns to trust, but once he has that trust Roscoe will be your friend for life. Roscoe is available for fostering or adoption and if you are interested in meeting him, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This handsome one year old lab pup is Mulligan. His name means do over, and this guy certainly is getting a do over by becoming a Luvin Labs dog. This young black male lab was hanging around a golf course in a small town in Texas. The greens keeper was not happy that Mulligan was messin’ with his grounds. Nor did he appreciate a retriever with all those balls around. How was Mulligan to know they weren’t for him? Our friend Dion managed to rescue Mulligan before any harm came his way.
As you can imagine, he’s pretty independent since he was out on his own so much. He would like a family who can help him appreciate being inside and enjoying cuddle times with the family He also tells us that while he’s happy to share the home with other dogs, please, no cats! If you are someone who is patient and willing to help Mulligan learn to trust people, then he’s the dog for you!
Handsome athletic Mulligan with the classic loving, playful, and happy temperament that Lab lovers find irresistible will be quite a catch for one lucky family! So load up your pockets with tennis balls (even golf balls) and you’ll have a friend for life.
If you are interested in meeting him, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the adoption process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This beautiful yellow female Labrador retriever is Amelia. She’s 5 years old, friendly, loves people and other dogs, and is so sweet. She is mellow and displays excellent house manners.
If you are interested in meeting Amelia please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
What’s better than a Hershey Kiss? A kiss from Lab Hershey with no added calories! Hershey is a gorgeous deep rich chocolate colored eight year old Lab. A volunteer pulled her today and she is now safe in a foster home. Her foster mom says: “She is an absolute doll, went to the local pet store, and trotted right next to the cart. Her tail hasn’t stopped wagging since she got here and she adores the other foster dogs. Hershey is house broken, good with 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, eight year old Hersey is someone you will definitely want to meet!
If you are interested in meeting Hershey, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This petite chocolate female Labrador retriever is Reese and she is such a sweetheart. Reese is about 9 years old, is about 55 pounds, and just so full of life in that mature way. She would make someone the perfect companion as she just wants to be with her person.
If you are interested in adopting Reese please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
This is Korie, an 8 year old chocolate female Labrador retriever. She’s a sweet girl who gets along great with other dogs and cats. She just joined the rescue in search of her new forever home; as we get to know her better we’ll let you know more about her.
If you are interested in meeting Korie please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Danae was pulled from a high kill gassing shelter in Oklahoma. She was only there a short time before she gave birth to 3 puppies. Luvin Labs was able to get Danae and her pups released to rescue and into a foster home, but unfortunately, only one pup survived. We named the pup Marvin and he is also ready for his forever home (see his picture on the Luvin Labs site.)
Danae has proven to be a very special girl during her stay in foster care. She will need a loving family that can devote time to helping her trust people. She loves toys, treats, and water just like any good lab does. She is good with other dogs in her foster home and loves to give her foster mom hugs when she is busy trying to get ready for work.
This sweet sensitive girl is looking to find her forever home, and the family willing to commit their time and love to her and she’ll repay them with loyalty and devotion.
If you are interested in meeting Danae please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
We are once again desperate for foster homes. If you’ve ever considered fostering, please let us know. Fostering saves lives. If you can help, even for a few days, please give us a call at 505/362-0331.
Meet Burton, a handsome 6 year old black male lab. From his foster mom we get the following information on him:
“He is in amazing shape. He knows basic commands, is very good in the house, very good with other dogs, fine with cats, loves people. He really is a great looking, very well mannered guy.”
If you are interested in meeting Burton please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505)
Hardy & Burton
Sasha is a 10 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 adopting Sasha, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Mia is a husky, not a lab, but all her friends are labs. Mia is a more mature female and is like a mother figure to all the young labs in boarding. She’s such a positive influence on them and teaches them how to treat dogs that might be a little older. She’s gentle and walks well on a leash. Mia loves other dogs and people. She would make someone a wonderful dog. If you are interested in meeting Mia call Husky Rescue at (505) 264-2514. Courtesy Posting
Meet Ellie, a senior female chocolate lab about 11 years old. Ellie came to us from the Albuquerque Animal Control where she impressed the staff with her sweet personality. Ellie lives with 2 other labs and a cat. She loves to take short walks, have her belly rubbed and play with a tennis ball. She is also just as content to lounge around and watch TV with you. Please consider adopting Ellie and giving her a permanent forever home. Ellie will make somebody a wonderful loyal companion; might that be you? If you can help us by adopting Ellie please call (505) 362-0331.
This handsome guy is Jude, an 11 year old neutered male yellow Labrador retriever. Jude is such a happy dog with a tail that wags and a huge labby smile. He will make a wonderful companion to a family that wants a dog with a little more experience.
If you are interested in meeting Jude please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Meet Cinder, an 8 year old spayed female, chocolate Labrador retriever. From her foster dad: Cinder has become a wonderful companion. She likes to talk to you when she wants her food or to be walked. Cinder is in terrific shape as she runs with her foster dad daily. She loves people and with the right introduction, she gets along with other dogs. 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 please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on our process or the application call (505) 362-0331.
Cinder with Foster Family
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 would like to meet Travis call (505) 362-0331.
Owner Listings are posted as a courtesy with Luvin Labs acting as a facilitator in this process. We will received 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.
Meet Tardis, a 9 month old yellow neutered male Labrador retriever mix. His owner tells us he loves walks, treats and being scratched behind his ears. He is affectionate and always ready to play. Unfortunately, his owner has very small children and Tardis, being such a young pup, just doesn’t understand how playful he can be. Tardis is up to date on vaccinations, microchipped and on HW preventive. He loves other dogs and kids, just would do better in a home with older kids. He’s house trained, responds to commands and doesn’t dig in the yard or jump fences.
If you are interested in meeting Tardis please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331. Owner Listing
This beautiful 8 year old spayed female yellow lab is Meg. Her owners describe her as loving and docile with lots of energy. She’s used to daily walks and really looks forward to them. She responds to basic commands…sit, come, stay, down, etc. Meg loves other dogs, whether male or female, large or small. She also gets along great with kids. She is used to being in the house, is house trained and knows how to use a dog door. Occasionally she will jump up to greet, but does not jump fences. She doesn’t dig in the yard, is not food or toy aggressive and does not nip or bite. Her owners loves her very much, but due to health reasons and the need to relocate, they need to find another home for her.
If you are interested in meeting Meg please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331. Owner Listing
Hi, my name is Bonita and I’m as much fun as I am cute. I’m a 7 month old spayed female chocolate Labrador retriever. My owner says I’m smart and a typical puppy, but just too energetic for her. I’m up-to-date on my vaccinations and microchipped. Everybody loves me and I love everybody…other dogs, kids, cats and even my 94 year old grandma. I’m house trained and used to spending almost all my time in the house. I even know how to use a dog door. I know basic commands and walk pretty good on a leash. I might jump up to greet you sometimes, but I don’t jump fences, dig in the yard, nip or bite and I am not food/toy aggressive. Do I sound like I would fit well with you? If you think so, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331. Owner Listing
This beautiful black full-breed lab is Baby. She’s 3 years old, spayed, and up-to-date with all her vaccinations. Her owner tells us she is very playful, energetic and extremely loyal. She great with older kids, but because of her energy level doesn’t to well with babies or younger kids. She gets along well with large male dogs, but isn’t too fond of female dogs, little dogs and cats. She’s house trained and used to being in the house. She’s good on a leash, occasionally pulling if other dogs are around. She does like to jump to greet, but does not jump fences. She loves toys, treats and knows basic commands. Even through her owner has raised Baby since she was 3 weeks old, she can no longer keep her due to her living situation.
If you are interested in meeting Baby please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to email@example.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331. Owner Listing
Meet Milkdud, a 3-1/2 year old spayed female lab/rottie mix. From her owner we know that Milkdud is very sweet and loves to be with people, both kids and adults. She is very smart and learns quickly, knows sit, lay down, roll over, comes when called and is house trained. She walks well on a leash and loves being outside. Milkdud can jump a 6′ fence so she needs a secure yard and would probably do best as an only dog. Milkdud is not a digger, has no food or toy aggression and does not nip or bite. Milkdud’s owner, who has had her since she was 6 weeks old, is going away to college and has no one who can take her. If you are interested in meeting Milkdud, please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331. Owner Listing
Meet Kris, a 1 year old pup who is 68 pounds of pure love. Kris recently suffered an injury which required pins in his leg which require cleaning twice a day. He is on limited activity…He cannot run or jump during the healing process. He is allowed leash walks to go to the bathroom and get a bit of fresh air.
From Kris’ foster we know: ”He has been to the thrift store for day care and did very well. He would enjoy going to work in an office or similar environment. I have taken him several places and he will stay on his dog bed, when told to do so. I have taken him several places and exposed him to several things. Ranches, motel rooms, retail outlets. Animal Humane, offices, other peoples homes, different vehicles, parks are some of the places he has been.
Kris is housebroken, sleeps in a crate with the door closed at night. Loves to be outside. Can not be crated or left in a wire crate alone. Does well in a secure outdoor kennel that has concrete, as he will dig out to get to his humans. He likes to ride in the car, is not destructive when left in the car. It takes a bit of confidence building to acclimate to a new vehicle. He was terrified of getting in the car, when we began fostering him on Dec 31st. Loves people, especially children. Knows basic commands of ‘sit, down, place, stay and shake.’ Is quite a puller on leash. Does fine with other dogs but can not be around them as he gets too excited and wants to play.”
If you are interested in meeting Kris please email email@example.com. Courtesy Posting
This is Blitzen, a six month old Lab mix. He’s a sweet beautiful boy who will be a big boy when he grows up. He’s fun looking and full of energy. He pulls on the leash but not too hard and he does sit on command but only for a little while, because like all 6 month old labs, he loses interest. He loves attention but will need an active family that will help him burn some of that puppy energy and train him to become the perfect family member. He’ll make an excellent dog and deserves to be HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS so call GRREP at 915-920-0948 today! He’s neutered, Rabies/DHPP vaccinated, and chipped. Website: grrep.org. Courtesy Listing
Labrador Retriever Shelter listings … please scroll through, some of the labs have very little time …
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.
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
Philly is a male, black lab mix available for adoption at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter in Carlsbad, NM. His ID number is 19975553 and the shelter’s phone number is 575-885-5769 if you’d like more information on this guy.
Adam is a young male lab mix available for adoption at the City of Rio Rancho Animal Control. His ID number is C13-0762 and the shelter’s phone number is 505-891-5075 if you’d like more information on this goofy boy.
Rosie is a young yellow lab available for adoption at the City of Rio Rancho Animal Control. Her ID number is C13-0792 (752) and the shelter’s phone number is 505-891-5075 if you’d like more information on this pretty girl.
My name is ALI and I am a spayed female, black Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Jun 03, 2013. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 1 month old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 03, 2013. For more information about this animal, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask for information about animal ID number A1653212.
This handsome 5 year old neutered male chocolate Labrador retriever is Rusty. He is great with other dogs, loves kids, and even thinks cats are okay. He doesn’t jump fences or to greet, is not food/toy aggressive and does not nip or bite. He’s very friendly and would make someone a wonderful forever companion. If you are interested in meeting Rusty contact the Animal Rescue League of El Paso at (915) 892-9695 or email Julia.A.Bermann@usdoj.gov. Courtesy Listing
Little Wylie is an adorable male, yellow lab mix available for adoption at the City of Rio Rancho Animal Control. His ID number is C13-0777 and the shelter’s phone number is 505-891-5075 if you’d like more information.
Danny is a female, owner surrendered black labrador currently available for adoption at the City of Rio Rancho Animal Control. Her ID number is C13-0721 and the shelter’s phone number is 505-891-5075 if you’d like more information on making this sad girl a part of your family.
Birdie is a 3 year old chocolate lab mix available for adoption at Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter in Carlsbad, NM. Her ID number is 20050232 and the shelter’s phone number is 575-885-5769 if you’d like more information on this happy girl.
Daisey is an adult female black Labrador retriever just awaiting for a second change at a loving family. If you are interested in meeting Daisey call the Ruidoso Humane Society at (575) 257-9841 and ask about pet ID 19704243.
Looking for a black lab puppy? The county shelter in Alamagordo has four 8-week old puppies available for adoption, and let’s not forget their mom who has taken such good care of them. If you are interested in meeting them email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 12 year old lab should not be resting on a hard shelter floor, but rather be on a soft comfy bed at the feet of his loving person. But Bear, a 12 year old neutered male black Labrador retriever finds himself at the shelter and wanting so bad to have a home again. If you are interested in helping Bear call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A0722890.
Stanford is an adult male, black Labrador retriever currently waiting on a new family at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, NM. He is already neutered, up to date on his shots and would love nothing more than his very own yard to play in. His ID number is 17473257. If you’d like more information on this boy, please contact the shelter at 575-382-0018.
Hello handsome! Meet Bruce, an adult male black Labrador retriever currently available for adoption at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces, NM. Bruce is already neutered, up to date on his shots and his ID number is 18782938. Please contact the shelter at 575-382-0018 if you’d like more information on this boy.
Lola is a spayed, female black Labrador retriever available for adoption at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley,in Las Cruces, NM. She is up to date on her routine shots and would love to go home with you. Please contact the shelter at 575-382-0018 and ask about animal id 13149999 for more information.
Shelter staff named me HARPER and I am a spayed female, black and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since May 21, 2013. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since May 16, 2013. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975 and ask for information about animal ID number A1670783.
Hi there, my name is Harmony! I’m a good looking and cuddly white Labrador mix who is only 8 months old. I weigh 61 pounds and will probably stop growing at about 80-85 pounds. Since I’m so energetic and will be such a big girl someday, an active new family and lifestyle would be ideal for me. I love going for walks and exploring my surroundings. I love cuddles and belly rubs too! I can be picky about my dog friends, so if you’ve any canine companions at home, be sure to bring them in to meet me. If you are interested in meeting me call the Santa Fe Animal Shelter at (505) 983-4309 and ask about animal ID A081962.
This handsome guy is Midnight and he’s a black neutered male Labrador retriever. If you are interested in meeting Midnight call the City of Farmington Animal Shelter at (505) 599-1098 and ask about pet ID x8736.
Meet Chocolate, a 2 year old female chocolate lab. Chocolate’s owner had to surrender her as she could no longer keep her after moving into an apartment. Chocolate has been a loyal family dog her entire life and is so confused with her current situation. If you are interested in meeting Chocolate call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1140518.
This handsome young pup is Tyson, a neutered male Labrador Retriever. The folks at the shelter think he is about one year old. If you are interested in meeting Tyson call the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department _ Eastside at (505) 768-1975 and ask about animal ID A1131635.
Shelter staff named me SKEEDER and I am a neutered male, gold Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Apr 14, 2013. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Apr 10, 2013. For more information, please call Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975 and ask for information about animal ID number A1668209.
Daisy is another black lab mix at the shelter in Las Cruces. Such a pretty little girl. She needs a new family. For more information, please contact the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, NM at (575)382-0018 and ask for animal ID 12089330.
Introducing Courtnee, a beautiful adult female yellow Labrador retriever. Even in the shelter Courtnee always displays that labbie smile and wagging tail to everyone that passes by. If you are interested in meeting this happy pup call the Lea county Humane Society in Hobbs at 575-397-9323 and ask about Pet ID 23178.
Bonnie is a black lab mix available for adoption in Hobbs, NM. She looks a little unsure of herself at the moment. She is currently at the Lea County Humane Society/Hobbs Animal Adoption Center, Hobbs, NM (575) 397-9323. Her id number is 22383 if you’d like more information on her.
Lotus is a medium sized, spayed female black Labrador retriever available for adoption at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, NM. Please contact the shelter at 575-382-0018 and ask about animal id 16224005 for more information.
My name is BETSY and I am a spayed female, black Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Feb 19, 2013. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 9 months old. I have been at the shelter since Feb 09, 2013. For more information about Betsy, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1632200.
Rhoda is a black lab mix in danger at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces, NM. Please call the shelter at 575-382-0018 and ask about animal id 14848600 for more information.
Introducing Star, a beautiful female yellow Lab at the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces. We don’t know much about Star, but we’re sure that she’s ready to leave the shelter with her new forever family. She’ll be a wonderful, lifelong companion to some lucky person or family.
Feeling lucky? Contact the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces at (575)382-0018 and ask for animal ID 9029297 to learn more about Star. We know that you’ll be glad you did!
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 email@example.com or call 505/362-0331
A few years ago, Julien Roohani of Portland, Oregon, was at work when her roommates spontaneously decided to go on a hike. Not wanting to exclude Julien’s six-month-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Niña, they threw her into the back of their pickup truck and set off for an adventure.
Niña had never been in a truck bed before. Whether she was scared or just spotted something of interest, she managed to jump out during the drive. Panicking, the roommates called Julien, who rushed Niña to an emergency veterinary clinic where she was diagnosed with a broken spine and other severe injuries. Julien had no choice but to allow her young pup to be humanely euthanized.
Unfortunately, stories like Niña’s are all too common. It is never safe to drive with an unrestrained pet—especially with that pet in an open truck bed.
“When you drive with a loose dog in the back of your truck, you’re taking a huge risk and placing your dog and other motorists in danger,” says Chuck Mai, a vice president with AAA Oklahoma. “Even if a dog is trained, we’re talking about an animal who responds to stimuli on impulse. This irresponsible decision can start a deadly chain reaction on the road.”
Is It Legal?
Transporting unrestrained dogs in low-sided truck beds has been banned in a handful of states, including California and New Hampshire, and municipalities including Indianapolis, Cheyenne and Miami-Dade. However, in the vast majority of jurisdictions, it’s not even illegal to transport children in this manner, so we must rely on common sense and education to protect children and pets alike.
How You Can Help
One can feel terribly helpless witnessing a loose dog in a pickup truck. The best course of action is to try to get the vehicle’s license number (if you can do so while remaining safe) and call the local police. Rather than dialing 911, Jill Buckley, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations, suggests storing your police precinct’s phone number in your cell phone.
A Rescued Dogs Prayer
Thank you for rescuing me … I know you’ve thought long and hard about a new friend
Something about my soulful eyes and soft fur touched a very special part of you.
I wanted to share with you a bit of me,
and what might help me to be the best pup for you.
Up until a few weeks ago I had the perfect dog life,
and then one day, a day like every other,
Ended with me being abandoned.
I’ve been at the shelter, on the end of a chain,
In a field, or sitting on the side of the road
Waiting, scared, moved from place to place
With no idea of who to trust or what is going to happen.
Thankful for the fresh water, food, a warm place to sleep and sometimes kind people.
And then you chose me …
Please give me time to adjust to you and to learn your expectations of me.
All I want is to please you, I just do not know how to yet.
I ask you to please give me patience and understanding.
I don’t yet know what you want of me.
Teach me softly, consistently,
Outside, down, fetch, sit, good dog!
If you don’t understand my behavior,
It may be because I have been abused, abandoned, neglected.
Sometimes I may be afraid of you, of other people, of loud noises or sudden movements.
Time and patience will help me learn to trust again.
Please forgive me if I am protective of my food.
I was so very hungry for a very long time.
Someday I’ll understand that my food bowl will never again be empty.
Adopt me because you want me,
Because under my faults and flaws you see who I really am,
You understand that each of us is not perfect,
That our imperfections actually show our individual beauty.
And last but not least, please give me the precious time
I need to adjust to your house, to your home, to you.
I will bond to you … be it today, or tomorrow … or next week
And I promise with all that I am that I will be
Your most loyal, loving, forever friend.
By Luvin’ Labs
A Rescued Dogs Prayer was written with input from all of us at Luvin’ Labs to try to help new owner’s understand that their newly rescued lab needs some time to adjust. Thanks to each and every one of you for your input!
Pictures are of Sir Lancelot, a 3 year old yellow Labrador Retriever rescued from the Garland, Texas shelter by many rescues working together. He was an owner surrender who knows sit, shake, and lie down and was just left there, and rescued hours before being put to sleep. The “Sad Lab” picture at the top of post circulated all over the internet waiting for a rescue to commit to him. The “Happy Lab” picture at the bottom was after he was rescued, and safe, in boarding. We are happy to say that Sir Lancelot is living his happily ever after with his new family in Albuquerque, NM!
Today is a sad day for the rescue community around the world. Every once in a while, a story comes along that seems to unite the world. Lennox, a family pet, the victim of breed specific legislation, was just that sweet soul. Lennox was euthanized today in Belfast, Northern Ireland because he looked like a banned breed, a pit bull. His family fought for 2 years to free him, to no avail. They were not even allowed to see him before he was pts and last they heard, they might get to have some of his ashes. Our hearts go out to his family and we wish Lennox peace and freedom at the rainbow bridge. To read more about Lennox, please visit the link: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/03/lennox-sentenced-to-death-in-trial-by-tape-measure-appeals-planned/
Luvin’ Labs alumni Rigel his brother Tenner play in the snow!
by Coral D. Ricketts, LMT, specializing in Animal Massage
This article is a very basic introduction to canine massage, which provides information and defines some of the techniques used in canine massage. Basically, canines are just like us, they need relaxation and comfort and healing. Many canines, like many humans are touch deficit or have been subjected to negative touch. In shelter and rescue dogs, often times, touch has either not been introduced or has not been a positive experience for dogs. Massage is a wonderful way to introduce or reintroduce your dog to the positive and healing benefits of touch. Canine massage, simply put, is a great way for you help your dog to trust, facilitate healing and relaxation and to help expedite the healing of injury and emotional trauma that your dog may be experiencing. Massage is good for us and it is good for our dogs also.
There are many physiological effects of massage therapy and animal experiments were conducted as early as the 19th century to document these effects. The physiological effects of canine massage include improved circulation of blood and lymph which helps to increase toxin excretion. Massage helps to distribute natural oils and is a wonderful benefit for the skin and the coat. Massage helps animals to relax and relieve tension, improves mental focus and attitude, and helps to address and modify some undesirable behaviors in animals. Canine massage is very helpful pre and post surgery and can significantly reduce stiffness and restore mobility to injured areas. Massage helps with posture maintenance and balance and can improve athletic performance and endurance.
Canine massage is very effective in rehabilitation and because massage releases endorphins, it is very helpful to reverse muscle atrophy after injury or disuse. Massage also provides relief for sore muscles, muscle tension, muscle spasm and weakness. Massage helps to relieve the chronic pain associated with and caused by hip dysplasia and arthritis through the release of endorphins.
Canine massage uses the same techniques as human massage. All of the techniques can be used by canine massage therapists to target a specific area or condition depending on the dog that is being treated and what symptoms are presented. Following is a list of the techniques used in canine massage:
- Compression spreads the muscle fibers and is used to increase circulation of blood and lymph.
- Direct pressure is a form of compression and is used to and to increase circulation to a specific area.
- Effleurage is a gliding stroke and is used to relieve fatigue or to soothe the animal.
- Petrissage, sometimes called kneading or rolling, is used to stimulate nerve endings and to help with the removal of fluids and waste.
- Friction works with deeper layers of the tissue by compressing them against bone and/or by creating heat. Friction helps to free deposits of waste and to stimulate tendons and ligaments.
- Tapotement, or percussion, is used to relieve muscle atrophy.
- Vibration is used to loosen tissue and joints.
Canine massage is very helpful in relieving age related problems. Massage in elderly dogs encourages and provides emotional well-being. Regular massage slows down the slackening of elderly dog’s muscles and keeps these muscles toned. After a massage session muscles are looser and more relaxed, which gives your dog more mobility. Regular massage also improves circulation for older dogs, which is a wonderful benefit, especially if you have a dog whose lymph nodes are affected, as this can cause edema (swelling) around the site. Massage can help to restore some of the body’s natural lymph processes.
Massage for puppies taken from their mother too early also encourages and provides emotional well-being. At this developmental stage in their life, touch is vitally important and cannot be emphasized or encouraged enough. Socialization begins at birth and must be considered, as all living beings benefit from and crave physical touch. Massage is a great way to help socialize and to offer positive touch experience for puppies right from the beginning of their lives.
Dogs, much like humans, may be shy about having someone touch them, so it may take a few sessions for your dog to trust touch and allow work on problem areas. The length of the session really depends on your dog, his needs and his tolerance. It may take several sessions before your dog feels really comfortable and it is vitally important to allow your dog to decide what is most comfortable for him and to respect those boundaries.
For more information on setting up an appointment with Coral, or requesting information please email her at CDMMOUSE44@aol.com or call 505/453-8233.
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.
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.
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