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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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Handsome 3 year old Heath took a break from his pool time in the Luvin’ Labs play yard to pose for his new bio pictures.  Besides loving to play in the water, he also loves playing fetch…you throw, he jumps around, grabs and throws the ball in the air and then drops it at your feet to throw again.  He had all the volunteers laughing so hard.  Heath is a big boy, very friendly and loves people.  As he’s new to the rescue we haven’t yet had him out with other dogs, but we have no reason to believe that will be a problem.  He’s just a big happy guy!  We do know that Heath has the ability to jump a 6′ fence so we will be looking for a home with higher fences.

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

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Josie, adopted to a home as just a small puppy and then left outside day and night with very little attention given to her.  Her owner felt that giving her food and water was enough…outside in the winter…outside in the summer…one has to ask why did he even get a dog?  Josie developed sores surrounding her eyes, early stages of arthritis and tested positive for heart worms.  Luvin’ Labs took this girl into the rescue, treated those sore eyes and effects of arthritis with medications, and Josie has successfully completed heart worm treatment.  This pure-bred 3 year old in her own mind has never seen a bad day.  Josie has the most positive attitude and always displays that big labbie smile.  She gets along great with other dogs and loves, loves, loves her person who right now is her foster mom.  We are committed to finding Josie a perfect forever home where she will get the love and attention she so deserves.  Could that be you?

If you are interested in meeting Josie 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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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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    Introducing 10 month old Luna (formerly known as Celie)

Luna is a 10 month old beauty. …. she absolutely loves playing in water,  whether it’s sprinklers,  the hose or the pool.  Luna gets along fabulously with every dog and person she’s every been around.  She is loyal and such a people pleaser,  sits politely in her spot for her meals,  is house broken and sleeps through the night in her kennel.   Luna would enjoy having another canine sibling,  but would also be ok as an only dog if her people are home with her for the majority of the day.  She is a very active girl and would do great If she had a”job”.  If you’re looking for a dog who is affectionate,  playful and will enjoy your active lifestyle,  Luna is your girl!

If you are interested in meeting Luna 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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Strange sounds and smells, metal walls and a concrete floor…certainly not what these 2 precious pups expected when their owner took them on a little “adventure”.  Luvin’ Labs came to their rescue and now we’re looking for perfect homes for these perfect 5-month old sisters.  Aspen and Alaska are typical lab pups…friendly, energetic, happy, playful.  Although young, they are house and crate trained…way to go girls!  While the sisters can be adopted into separate homes, they do need another dog in the home for companionship.

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

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

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She was found as a stray and sat in the shelter for 12 days patiently waiting for her owner to come pick her up. When no one came to claim this sweet girl, 6 year old Libby became the newest member of the Luvin’Labs family – lucky us. She’s a more mature girl with a slight limp in one leg due to an earlier injury, but she doesn’t let that slow her down.  She’s a lover, loves to be brushed and fussed over.  She LOVES water and loves her toys but doesn’t put them together like some dogs we know.  She’s now just waiting for someone fun to show up and take her home.  You won’t be sorry.  She has the sweetest face and will be a dog by your side through thick and then.

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

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Too often we see a dog in a shelter that is on the urgent list and ask how that dog ever got there.  Winnie is one of those dogs.  She’s a 2 year old owner surrender to a high kill shelter…reason…they just didn’t have time for her.  Winnie is great with other dogs, both large and very small, loves kids and just wants to have fun.  Give her some toys or put out a baby pool with water and you’ll see one happy lab!  This girl is going to make someone a perfect forever best friend!

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

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 him call (505) 362-0331.

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It’s hard to resist the cuteness of a lab puppy and Luvin’ Labs Jaydon is no exception.  He’s just 4 months old and has already seen his fair share of the world, lucky for him he had a mom (Luvin’ Labs Zola) that made him her #1 priority and kept him safe until we rescued them.

Jaydon’s foster mom has this to say about him:  Jaydon is remarkable.  I would of course preface everything with he is a puppy and still has puppy behaviors (puppy biting and chewing) but he is super calm and gentle and  smart.  He wants to be with either us or the other dogs.  He’s been around a bunch of young kids and he is amazing.  He of course will try to jump but he stops when you tell him to and he loves to sit and be petted.  He gets along well with all the dogs but I don’t think he needs other dogs if for instance he was with people who were retired or worked from home and would spend lots of time with him.  He is housebroken with a dog door (not sure how he would do without one, but I’m sure he’d be fine).  He is crate trained and sleeps all night.  He sits for treats.  I could see him as a therapy dog with his gentle temperament.  

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

If you are interested in meeting Jaydon 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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Jenga’s owner was moving and planned on taking this little pup to the shelter; however an acquaintance of her’s offered to take him into her home and find him a new family to love.  She asked for our help and we just knew we needed to make him a Luvin’ Labs pup.  He’s just 6 months old, house trained, and very calm for a puppy.  Jenga is very aware of what’s going on around him and is good about alerting his foster mom when someone or something strange is approaching.  He absolutely adores kids and gets along well with female dogs.  His previous caretaker described him as “one of the best dogs I have every met”.

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

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Layla and her lab sister Zoey had been best friends for all of Layla’s six years, but the arrival of a new baby changed all that.  Zoey decided that there wasn’t enough room in the house for 3 “children” and had become very aggressive toward Layla.  All efforts including vet input and training could not resolve this situation so it has become apparent that one of them must go.  As Zoey is a senior, the family decided that Layla deserved a new home.  Who better to find that new home than Luvin’ Labs!

Layla’s previous owner describes her as “the sweetest, most loving, mellow dog. She’s a leaner and loves attention. She loves to play and take walks. She has grown up with an alpha female (Zoey) and is definitely a follower. She’s great with kids, and other dogs, she hesitantly barks at strangers until she warms up to them but she is not aggressive at all.”  Layla is used to being outside when her family is at work, but probably would do best with someone who is home a lot or another dog to keep her company.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet Red and Razzle, 2 full breed lab sisters in need of new home.

Red is a mellow girl with a touch of diva…loves to lay around especially in the sun (always working on keeping the perfect tan) and go for leisurely walks.  Her sister Razzle lives up to her name…high energy, a constant companion who loves to ride in the car.  These 5 year old sisters weigh in at a perfect 70 pounds each.   Both dogs love children and adults, Red loves all dogs, Razzle isn’t too fond of little dogs.  Cats are an unknown.  They behave well in the house alone as their previous owner worked long hours.  We want to see them go together as they have never known a life apart

If you are interested in meeting Red and Razzle 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 Hilton, an 9 year old lab mix who is anxious to have her own forever home.  Hilton has hip issues and sometimes gets nervous if there is too much activity surrounding her.  Hilton loves people and would be the perfect companion for a retired person or couple who just want to quietly enjoy her company.  She enjoys just sitting on her comfy bed…no playing fetch or long walks for this girl.  Hilton would do okay with another dog as long as that dog was calm.  If you are looking for a companion to just be with you, then Hilton is your girl.

If you are interested in meeting Hilton 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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Soft, sweet and cuddly…that’s Luvin’ Labs baby girl Avery.  She’s 3 months old, very calm and definitely on the shy side.  Puppies should grow up with lots of love and attention, but until Avery got into foster she really hadn’t experienced a lot of that.  Fortunate for Avery her world is full of love and attention now!

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

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

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This is 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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Handsome Jax has been loved and cherished since being adopted form a shelter almost 5 years ago, but his owner is now 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.

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.  Owner Listing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ~