Archive for the 'Available Dogs – Luvin’ Labs' Category

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As the days turn warmer and we all think of spending time outside, what better companion to have then a happy yellow lab .. meet Oscar.    Looking to meet new people .. what better way than to have a handsome yellow lab with you .. meet Oscar.  Need to lose a few of those holiday pounds with a exercise regime .. what better way than to have an energetic exercise buddy .. meet Oscar.  Oscar is 1-1/2 years old and all ready to have a new best friend!  Oscar loves everybody, adults, kids and other dogs.  Oscar hasn’t yet been to obedience school so he’ll need some training, but he’s so eager to learn and is very smart.

If you are interested in meeting Oscar 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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Celebrate the over 1300 dogs we’ve saved, the 28 dogs currently in the program and the hopeful dogs waiting in shelters with uncertain futures we’ll try to help.

Celebrate with us the grit, determination, hard work, frustrations, tears that each of our volunteers experience daily … all healed by a simple gratuitous lick of one of our pups, a forever home pic of a happy Luvin’ Labs dog, a successful surgery, an exuberant tail wag.

Recently we asked for help with Rocky and all of our amazing friends helped us fund his life changing surgery. Rocky is recovering well and of course, his foster is in love with him and thinking of adopting him : ) YOU made that possible .. we are so grateful.

We’ve had a recent rush of intakes, dogs without anyone else to help …. Jonah, Joey, Frankie & Johnnie, Blue & Nick, Serenity & Trinity, Roxy & Rex, Jack & Tucker, Akeyla & Keilani. Many of these are bonded pairs. We know dogs love. We know they bond be it with their sister, like Serenity & Trinity … or their mother like Rex with his mama Roxy.

Bonded pairs are hard to place. We’ve always had amazing success with great homes it just takes a bit longer to find a home willing to add two, and bless the folks that open their home and heart to a pair.

That said we are trying to find fosters for our bonded pairs, and for those stuck in our boarding situations. Have you ever considered opening your home and hearts to a foster dog? If you are interested please email us or give us a call at 505/362-0331 and we’ll fill you in on all the details.

And we are here to ask for help for each of these pups covering medical and boarding expenses.  Jonah and Johnnie unfortunately tested heartworm positive so both have to go through the full protocol heartworm treatment. Each dog needs to get their vaccines, microchip, spay or neuter and heartworm test. They all come in with bumps and bruises, and often we see happy tail … our labs just cannot quit wagging and in boarding their poor tail tips break open and require frequent treatment.

As we set course through 2017 we do so confidently, knowing the best volunteers, the best adopters, the best vet, all are there supporting us as we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the best breed of dogs, our wonderful Labrador Retrievers.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us … what better way to love than to follow the examples put forth by our best friends … those who love unconditionally.

If you’re able, please help us celebrate through volunteering, fostering, and donating.

As always, thank you for all you do. Wishing you nothing but love this Valentine’s Day,

Colleen & all of us at Luvin’ Labs

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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Elton came to us 2 years ago as a happy, friendly, full of energy 3 year old.  He has spent the last two years in a loving home and has been their perfect companion while becoming a more mature lab.  Unfortunately his family’s health issues have caused them to ask us to find him a new home.  Elton has great house manners, gets along with other dogs, loves kids, and still displays a curiosity for all things new.  While he’s always glad to see his family and friends, he does not jump up to greet .. just has a big labby smile and a wagging tail.  Elton loves to walk and, while sometimes he would like to lead, with a little correction, he walks right by his owner’s side.

If you are interested in meeting Elton 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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Left at a high kill shelter, these 2 beautiful sisters never let the scary sights and smells worry them .. they had each other!  Trinity and Serenity, a couple  of 2 year olds who are typical young labs, happy, friendly, energetic and eager for attention.  They love their time in the play yard as they race around taking turns being chased.  They enjoy the attention of our volunteers, but are willing to share their time.

If you are interested in meeting Trinity and Serenity 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 questions or want to foster call (505) 362-0331.

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Rio at 4 years old is the perfect example of fun .. he’s amusing, enjoyable, entertaining, lively.  Add to that, he’s also loving .. he enjoys the company of adults, kids and other dogs.  While he enjoys running and playing fetch and would love a yard to do that in, his most favorite activity is cuddling up to his person.  When you meet Rio you’ll be smiling because he’s always got a big labby smile for everyone he meets.

If you are interested in meeting Rio 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 Rio call (505) 362-0331.

 

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Zeke is traveling to Albuquerque to become a member of the Luvin’ Labs family, but before we can do that we need to find him a foster family.  Zeke is a 6 year old full breed lab who has been the loving companion to his senior mom and dad since a puppy.  Unfortunately their health and an accident  (unrelated to Zeke) have made it impossible for them to care for him.  Zeke is an easy-going guy, he lives with little dogs and cats, and is so gentle with all of them.  He loves his owners’ grandkids and enjoys just hanging out with the family.  Zeke will be a great pal to someone .. we just need to get him here.

If you are interested in becoming a foster for Zeke please call us at 505-362-0331.

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Do you live an active lifestyle and looking for that new best friend that can join you .. meet Joey.  He’s a 1-1/2 – 2 year old lab who loves the outdoors whether walking, running or playing fetch.  Joey loves people and gets along with other dogs.  While Joey is very happy being a Luvin’ Labs dog, he can’t wait to meet that person/family that he can call his own.

If you are interested in meeting Joey 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 Joey call (505) 362-0331.

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This mom and son are new members of the Luvin’ Labs family and are anxious to meet folks looking for a couple of labs to love.  They came to us after being left at a high kill shelter by the owner who had been the family to these dogs their entire lives.  Roxy is a 9 year old full breed yellow lab and her son Rex is a 7 year old black full breed.  Both are described as very sweet, great with kids, good with other dogs.  Both love to play fetch and chase to see who gets it first.  If you pet one you will need two hands as you will be petting two, but they are so gentle .. they love everyone.

As they spent a great amount of time in their previous home outside, they may need some training to perfect their good house manners, but these labs are smart and eager to please so any training will happen quickly.

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

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Jake and Tucker have had an interesting several months.  First, they survived the Doghead fire, living in an evacuation center for several days after being rescued by the brave fire fighters when their owner couldn’t get home to get them.  Everything was strange ..  the sights, the smells, the people, the other animals .. but Jake and Tucker took it all in stride becoming favorites to all they encountered.  Their owner decided to move and, as she couldn’t take them with her, these boys are now members of the Luvin’ Labs family and anxious to find a new home.

Jake is a 4 year old 90 pound full breed lab and his younger brother Tucker, a 60 pound lab/golden mix,  just turned 2 years old.   They both love people, kids and other dogs (cats an unknown).  They know basic commands, but may need some remedial house manners.  Jake and Tucker depend on each other, so we’ll be looking to place them in a home together.

If you are interested in meeting Jake and Tucker 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 questions or want to foster these boys call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet Amber, a loving 5 year old lab mix.  While Amber has been well-cared for and much loved by her family, a family member suffers from allergies and unfortunately Amber just makes them worse.  They described Amber as calm, loves to walk (and does so very nicely, no pulling), play with other dogs, and good with kids.  Amber likes everybody!  She’s petite (just 55 pounds), housebroken, has been through obedience training, and knows how to use a doggie door.  She’s not a fence jumper and not a digger.  Amber has been well-cared for her entire life, always having been kept up to date with vaccinations.

If you are interested in meeting Amber 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 questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Zoey is a special pup.  This 3 year old is not only beautiful, but happy, friendly and enjoys life to its fullest.  She does this in spite of the fact that she’s almost totally deaf.  She loves people and makes friends with every dog she meets.  Zoey enjoys being with her person whether that is inside relaxing or outside playing fetch.  Zoey came into the rescue somewhat overweight, but with good diet and exercise, she’s already down 15 pounds.  We’re looking for a home where Zoey will have companionship whether that is of the 2 or 4-legged kind.

If you are interested in meeting Zoey 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 questions 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 (human and dog) and would love an active home. 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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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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Meet our handsome boys .. Blue and Nick are 2 year old brothers who are typical labs…friendly, energetic, happy, love people and kids, great with other dogs.  Blue and Nick are both large labs…over 90 pounds each.  We would like to find a home where these 2 boys can be together, but that person would need to be committed to providing structured training as Blue and Nick are extremely smart and thrive on the challenges training offers.  We would consider separating the boys only if we could find “dog savvy” homes with other dogs that would bond with them.

If you are interested in meeting Blue & Nick 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 questions call (505) 362-0331.

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If you are a chocolate lover then you need to meet our 75 pounds of chocolate Hunter.

Hunter is one handsome, well behaved dog.  He is 4-5 years old, very affectionate but not over bearing. He walks well on a leash, sits, shakes and downs. Someone has trained this boy. He’s friendly with other dogs and very eager to meet everyone (dog and person) he sees. When walking down the street with fences and barking dogs behind them, Hunter pays them no mind. He just loves to walk and check out the neighborhood.

If you are interested in meeting Hunter 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 Hunter 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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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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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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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 ~