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This Thanksgiving weekend we’d like to pause for a moment and give a paws up for each of you … Thank you for supporting Luvin’ Labs, for adopting, volunteering, donating, transporting, sharing, advocating or any of the millions of little things that each of you do to help us continue on helping those without voices.

That said, we’ve currently seven dogs sitting in shelters in desperate need of a foster. Without a foster we cannot pull them, and truly their life is daily hanging in the balance. A sad fact is at holidays many folks simply drop their dogs off at the shelter in lieu of finding a pet sitter. Sad, alone and confused the dogs as owner surrenders are the first to be put on the euthanasia list. In some places they are literally walked from the front of the shelter to the euthanasia room.

Can you help us to make a difference in the life of just one lab? Can you set another doggie bowl at your table this holiday season and truly help us save a life?

 

 

 

 

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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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Together we can save one soul at a time.
 

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Aylee is a 2 year old black lab that may have faced some hard times in her short life, but that’s all behind her now.  Aylee walks and runs with a very slight limp from an early injury, but she loves chasing lizards around the yard and it has never slowed her down. She just takes a daily dose of fish oil and glucosamine.  She knows basic commands, sleeps in her crate at night and chews only on her toys.  Aylee gets along with her two lab foster brothers and is always up for a game of fetch. Aylee never jumps on people and loves being petted but is never too demanding for attention.  She misses her people when they aren’t around so she won’t do well if left alone for long periods of time.  Aylee should go to a home without young kids or dominant dogs.  Aylee is a beautiful young dog who deserves her forever home.

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

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This handsome 3 year old is Winston.  He’s a volunteer favorite as he’s such a happy, friendly boy that loves people and other dogs.  Notice in the photos Winston’s tail is a blur…that’s because it’s always wagging!  His favorite activity is going for a walk and he is always eager to explore his new surroundings.   And Winston is quite the ball player…loves to play fetch and returns the ball right to you so as to keep the game going.   If you’re a runner or like to hike, Winston just might be the dog you’ve been looking for.  Winston would love to be in his very own home with that special person or family he can really call his own.

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

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Homeless?  How did that happen?  It seemed like the perfect spring day to take a walk around the neighborhood, but then Oso found himself in unfamiliar territory.  He hoped his family would find him, but they didn’t…why didn’t they get him microchipped?  While he had a place to stay at the shelter, it just wasn’t home.  He missed his family.  Oso is about 4 years old, on the small side for a lab (just under 60 pounds), and just a great dog.  Oso loves people and, while he likes other dogs, a structured introduction is necessary.

10/8/2016 Update From Oso’s Foster:

Oso has settled down well, he gets excited like all labs when it’s time to walk or get fed. 
He is social with all people and even little kids. He knows how to sit and we are working on stay. He is very smart and learns fast, loves to please. He loves to be petted. He is a little leary of new things,  but just like new dogs after a good intro his is GREAT. HE does not charge doors and waits to be told he can go out.

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

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Meet Oso—the golden boy with the golden heart. You only need to spend a little time with Oso to see that his needs are simple:  he loves to run and be active, and he loves to be loved! He can stand by your side forever, as long as he is being petted, scratched and loved.  Then, off he goes to burn off all that energy.  Oso is about 4 years old, on the small side for a lab (just under 60 pounds)  and overall just a great, great boy. He is very smart, learns fast, and loves to please.

Do you have a big fenced yard and time to spend with Oso?  Like many rescue dogs, Oso needs a home where someone loves him, patiently forgives if he makes a mistake, and will not abandon him.  Could that be you?  Could you open your home and heart to this special boy?  Come take a look at Oso, scratch his back, tummy and behind the ears for awhile and he will be your forever friend.

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

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Dawson recently joined the Luvin’ Labs family  after being rescued from a high kill shelter with just hours left.  He’s just a year old and has so much future ahead of him.  Dawson is a typical young lab…energetic, happy, friendly, gets along well with people and other dogs.  The only thing un-typical about Dawson is his tail…we’re not sure what happened, but it sure doesn’t affect his ability to wag it.  Those of us with labs know what chaos lab tails can do when they’re in full motion…well, you won’t have to worry about that with Dawson.

From his foster mom we get this update:  “Dawson is settling in really well. He’s so smart and inquisitive. He’s got the doggie door down and sleeps well in his crate. He’s not food aggressive but inhales his food, so I’ve been pulling his bowl away to slow him down. He’s learning sit and stay and no. We had a field trip to Petco yesterday for toys and he was very well behaved in the store and in the car. On walks he wants to meet everyone. He definitely needs an active home preferably with a dog and a family that will give him boundaries. He really is a lover!”

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

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O’ my darlin’ Clementine…This happy 2 year old is Clementine, a lab/shepherd mix who just wants to have fun.  She came to us from a family that couldn’t keep her as she liked to play chase with all the farm animals.  While Clementine had a great time, the pigs and goats didn’t.  Clementine loves attention and just being with her person.  She likes playing with other medium to large dogs.  Clementine has great house manners and would like nothing better than to snuggle up to a new best friend in the warmth of her new forever home.

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

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Found by a family just sitting in their driveway, all attempts to find the owner were unsuccessful.  Most likely this little 5-6 month old black pup was dumped.  Hard to believe as she knows basic commands, is house trained and so very sweet.  Taylor loves all attention, whether that be from humans or other dogs.  She even gets along with cats.  Taylor is now a member of the Luvin’ Labs family and ready to find her very own forever home.

We think Taylor is pretty darn special, that said, she may have special medical needs … we do not know the extent of her needs yet but we’re committed to finding out to the best of our abilities. If you are able to care for a puppy who may mature into a dog with medical needs, and are financially and emotionally able to commit to that, sweet Taylor may be just for you.

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

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Our young boy Rocky at 1-1/2 to 2 years old is indeed a fighter like his namesake Rocky Balboa.  Rocky was found in a small community shelter suffering from a broken leg, but still displaying a happy, friendly attitude, just anxious to get out and on with life!  His leg has now been repaired (thanks to our awesome vets at Good Shepherd) and he can brag about the new pin he has to keep everything together.  Rocky still has his cast on, but will soon be as good as new!  Rocky gets along with other dogs and can’t wait to find a new best friend.

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

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Kringles’ life took a big turn around when his future foster saw his photo behind bars in a high kill shelter.  She contacted Luvin’ Labs and went through the foster process just to give this handsome 3 year old the chance at a better life.  Once in her home he settled in well and she tells us he’s good with her dog and okay with the cat.  He loves human attention and isn’t shy about pursuing it.  He’s calm, friendly, house trained and well behaved.

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

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Anne, a 5 month old black lab/great dane mix, came into the rescue quite the shy, timid pup.  However, with just some human attention and love, this girl has blossomed into a bouncy typical lab pup.  She quickly became the social butterfly at our vet’s office and has now moved on in that role to her foster home.  She gets along great with other dogs, loves kids, is house trained and eager to learn more.

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

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This time of year most of us are looking for ways to drop those few pounds we gained during the holidays.  Not Asher…he needs to gain about 10 pounds to be a perfect weight.  Asher came to us after being rescued from death row in a small community shelter.  He’s only a year old, but very mellow and loving; he just wants attention.  He’s friendly and loves other dogs so we’ll be looking for a home where he has the company of another dog.

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

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Handsome Jax has been loved and cherished since being adopted from a shelter almost 5 years ago, but his owner was recently faced with the dilemma of her job putting her in the position of having to find him a new home.  Jax is 11 years young, super friendly with dogs of all ages and sizes, kids, infants, seniors…you name it, Jax gets along.  While classified as a senior Jax still has as lot of sparkle in his step and just wants to be that perfect best friend.  Jax is now a member of the Luvin’ Labs family and is looking for his new forever home.

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

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Hi everyone! You ready to meet a little bit of chocolicious love? That’s me and I’m ready to meet you : ) I’m still a pretty young girl, right around one and a half years old and I love the zoomies and playing with my foster brother Logan! I’m finally feeling better after my first elderly owner surrendered me to Luvin’ Labs … they couldn’t take care of me and boy did it show! I had mange : ( That means that I only had about 30% of my coat. I’m sure glad that it’s growing back in glossy and shinny … you get to see what a beautiful chocolate covered girl I truly am! They tell me I have something that’s called secondary addisons disease … I don’t know what the heck that is but guess what? I’ve got the amazing folks of Luvin’ Labs behind me sponsoring the twenty dollar a month meds I need to keep me feeling right as rain! I’d really love to meet you, I’m a great girl once you give me a bit of time to get to know you. I love other dogs and going on walks and I even run every day with my foster mom! I’m house trained, and sweet, and they tell me I’ve been through so much I really deserve a wonderful home. Can I have that wonderful home thing with you? See you soon! Love, Heather.

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

What better way to show your support for Luvin’ Labs then by wearing one of our custom tee-shirts!  We have several styles available in sizes ranging from men’s small to x-large.  These awesome high-quality shirts can be purchased at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic, 4601 Menaul NE in Albuquerque Monday thru Friday 9 am to 6 pm, except Wednesday 9 am to noon.  All tee-shirts are priced at $15.00 each and  proceeds go directly to the care of our rescue labs.

Can’t get to Good Shepherd…we can mail the shirts to you.  Use the donation button below to pay via paypal or credit card.  In “Special Instructions to Seller” let us know the style, color (if applicable) and size.  For up to 2 shirts, add $8.00 shipping and handling.  (Please call for shipping costs if ordering more than 2 shirts.)  Make sure we have your mailing address and email (for questions).

 

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Detailed views of these shirts can be seen by clicking here.

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

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

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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

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!


“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 ~