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Heartworm

Our bodies are finally safe, and we now know what ‘love’ feels like… but our hearts are still broken; diseased and suffocating from heartworm. Will you help us?

Brittany, Dexter, and Buddy ask that you join us in helping them finish their heartworm treatment so that they can live long lives with healthy hearts.

These three formerly lost souls are safely tucked into a loving foster or forever home, but they still need continued lifesaving care to finish healing their broken hearts. Sadly, Brittany, Dexter, and Buddy are all infected with entirely preventable heartworm disease. Brittany and Dexter have both been through their costly and painful initial shots, and Buddy is just starting on his journey.

Heartworm, if not prevented, requires a very expensive, very painful series of injections. Initial care includes a month of antibiotics. Treatment also includes pain meds, and often hospitalization. We committed to and have begun treatment on each of these beautiful pups, and we are hoping our extended friends and family will help us to offset our vet bills so we can continue saving those without voices.

Can you help us heal their broken hearts? 

Brittany, rescued at the 11th hour from a high kill rural shelter, has been placed in her loving forever home where she is currently in training to be her two legged mom's service dog.

Brittany, rescued at the 11th hour from a high kill rural shelter, has been placed in her loving forever home where she is currently in training to be her two legged mom’s service dog.

Buddy is an incredible survivor who was rescued from a high kill local shelter. He has a lovely foster home committed to seeing him through his treatment and until he finds his forever home.

Dexter, found running the streets of Albuquerque, has been placed in his wonderful forever home where he is learning to trust and to work through anxiety ... hopefully a soon to be healthy body will help him with that.

Dexter, found running the streets of Albuquerque, has been placed in his wonderful forever home where he is learning to trust and to work through anxiety … hopefully a soon to be healthy body will help him with that.

Please help us heal their broken hearts.  Brittany, Dexter and Buddy thank you for anything that you are able to donate to help them fully recover. 

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

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

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

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

 

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Meet Luka, a 6 month old Labrador puppy. Luka was found searching the aisles of the Walmart in Belen for his new family. Sadly, they weren’t there and he ended up in a rural shelter where Luvin’ Labs saw him and brought him into the rescue. Luka now is in urgent need of a foster home. Labrador puppies do best when they have the love and structure that a home can provide. Maybe that’s your home?

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 Luka click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Luka call (505) 362-0331.

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Meet Lori (aka Lulu). Lulu, as her foster family calls her, is doing great in her foster home. This 2 year old black lab loves to be around her humans and gets along with her foster sister Bella. She is being crate trained and learning what it is to have a family that wants her and loves her. She is on the small side, at only 35 pounds, so if you’re looking for a compact lab, Lulu might be your girl. If you are interested in meeting Lori click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions please call (505) 362-0331.

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My name is Angelica and I am a 2 year old white Labrador Retriever. I was lucky enough to be pulled from a high-kill shelter by Luvin’ Labs, and now I will be loved and protected forever more. My foster family says that I have a very strong love for people and other dogs. And as you can see, I’m doing so much better now that I have a home to protect me. I’m working on putting some weight on as I’m thinner than I should be, but soon enough I’ll be right as rain. If you are interested in meeting Angelica click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions please call (505) 362-0331.

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This handsome young black male labrador retriever is Corey and, believe it or not, he’s homeless.  The shelter describes him as a good boy.  We would love the opportunity to find this guy a forever home, but we need a foster to do that.  If you are interested in fostering Corey and helping us find him a home please complete the foster application found here:  http://www.luvinlabs.com/fostering/ or call us at (505) 362-0331.  If you are interested in adopting him call Rio Rancho Animal Control at 505-891-5075 and ask about Pet ID C14-1035 (don’t use his name as that is something we have given him).

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Pearl needs a foster or forever home STAT! Poor baby girl had a severe fracture to her right rear leg and, sadly, it had to be amputated and she is currently recuperating in a kennel. Pearl about 7-8 months old and she has never stopped wagging and smiling. She is a friendly, happy cuddly pup and we really want to help her to join the Luvin’ Labs family. If you are reading this you are a dog lover… Help us spread the word to your fellow dog lovers so we can help Pearl find a nice comfy home with humans to love her and spoil her to pieces.

If you are interested in meeting Pearl click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering her call (505) 362-0331.

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Sad eyesThis sweet girl’s eyes say it all: deep sorrow, mourning the loss of her beloved owner. Often we here at Luvin’ Labs rescue dogs, and being the resilient creatures they are, they quickly respond to whatever new name we bestow upon them. For this heartbroken 3 year old girl, we will move heaven and earth to learn what name her owner blessed her with, because she truly needs that connection. After the loss of her human, she was left at a shelter by the family, who was unable to keep her. She is grief-stricken, too scared to even get her picture taken- she wouldn’t even come out of hiding when our volunteer showed up to snap some photos.

So for now, we pray that one of you will see this post and offer to bring her into your home where she can grieve, heal, and learn to trust and love again. One thing is clear: she is an exceptionally loyal dog who is scared and confused. When we learn her name we will update, and if she comes out to play or get her picture taken, we will let you know.

If you are interested in meeting this sweet girl click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering her call (505) 362-0331.

 

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Imagine someone cruel enough to dump their senior at a high kill shelter because she just has “too many dogs.” Sadly for wonderful, 10 year old Mandy this is exactly what happened. Mandy is a sweetie pie and a total love (who adores being petted). She is in search of a foster or forever home where a loving someone will give her a much needed spa day- if ever a girl needed furminating… a comfy dog bed and some nice walks to help her regain her girlish figure. Please help us to find this lovely, deserving girl a home where she can feel what real love is.

If you are interested in meeting Mandy click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering call (505) 362-0331.

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Mandy waits in her kennel at the shelter and wonders why her people haven’t come back for her yet.

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This small-sized, gentle labby girl is Melodie and she is in immediate need of a foster or forever home. Melodie is  just 1 year old, and that year has clearly been a stressful one. She is slowly starting to come out of her shell but she is still very shy, understandably traumatized by the events leading up to her rescue. Melodie is currently in Luvin’ Labs boarding where our volunteers are doting on her and taking wonderful care of her. In spite of all of the love, affection and creature comforts that we spoil our boarding pups with, it’s amazing what a stable home can do to help bring an introvert like Melodie out of her shell.

If you are interested in meeting Melodie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Melodie call (505) 362-0331.

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7/16/2016 Update from Colleen:

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

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

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

Thanks ya’ll.

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

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

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

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

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

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Steely is a 7 month old purebred lab pup who is looking for his  forever home. He’s a very sweet boy who specializes in being adorable and he is very excited to see what the great big world is all about. Update from Steely’s foster mom:  “Steely is a very gentle soul.  His droopy eyelids and bright green eyes are a window to his sweet personality.  Steely is very mellow, sweet and cuddly…just a big teddy bear.  He is content just hanging out and loves to cuddle.  When you make eye contact with him, you can’t help but melt.  He is a large, clumsy puppy who loves to run and chase after his foster brothers and sister.  He is still learning to control his body, and often trips or slides on the  floor to everyone’s amusement.  Steely would do great in a house where there is another playful dog for him to expend his energy on. Steely is currently going through his chewing stage (Surprise!  He is a Labrador puppy).  He loves to eat sticks, rocks, socks, among a few things in his mouth he shouldn’t be chewing on. He will need to be supervised or crated when not attended.  He does well in a crate, but only lasts about 3 hours before he needs to get out and move.  He is experiencing growing pains (I mentioned he is growing fast) and needs to move around periodically. Steely would do well in a house where he goes for walks daily, but he is so large he won’t do well as a jogging partner. Steely loves to follow me around curiously watching everything I do. However, he is fairly independent and can keep himself entertained. Steely is an all around great puppy that with future guidance will make a great dog.”

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 Steely click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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This formerly scared 1 year old Labby boy is Paddy. Paddy is now safe and adjusting quickly to life outside the shelter in a loving foster home. He is a good-natured pup who gets along well with other dogs.

From his foster family:

Paddy is a wonderfully sweet, dark chocolate brown, 1 year old Labby boy.  He has acclimated very quickly to living in a home, and has made friends with all my male and female labs.  He is house trained, crate trained, and rides well in the car (even if he is a bit scared)   He is very lean and lanky and loves to run, play, and explore.  He loves people of all ages and loves to be by your side or lying with you on the couch.  Paddy is very calm and good natured and has a tail that seems to be constantly in motion.  He so wants to play fetch – but really needs a partner to show him how.

Paddy has requested a home where he will be a cherished member of the family. In return for opening your home to Paddy, he promises his unconditional love and devotion… maybe some kisses… and definitely lots of smiles.  He is just starting to see that they are still good people and good places in the world for him and he is totally ready to begin his journey….

If you are interested in meeting Paddy click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Senior male, Rusty, seems to be a dog that was once someone’s very special pet. He is a happy, well mannered gentleman who gets along with other dogs.  A good Samaritan found poor Rusty wandering around rural New Mexico with fresh cuts on the back of his neck where he appeared to have been chained. The volunteer who cared for with Rusty tells us that when he came to her,  he was starved for human attention and love. Rusty is neutered and healthy but he is a little overweight so he will appreciate some healthy food and walks with his new owner. Rusty is fortunate to be in a wonderful foster home and as his foster mom gets to know him better, we will update his bio.

If you are interested in meeting Rusty click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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

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

If you are interested in meeting Pandora click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Pandora call (505) 362-0331.

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Daphne

Is there a home out there for me? For 7 years I’ve lived a hard life … what the good folks at Luvin’ Labs know about me is that I was rescued by another “rescue” who microchipped me but didn’t spay me so for years I was used to breed … only to have my babies taken away from me again and again. Some how I found myself wandering in southern New Mexico and was picked up by another rescue who transferred me to Luvin’ Labs. Unknown to them, I was almost completely blind with an unfixable degenerative condition that leaves me only seeing shadows and outlines of things. I try so hard to be a good girl but sometimes other dogs frighten me so I need long slow intros to mellow dogs. Wouldn’t you be scared too? I can learn where things are in my house very quickly, I love laying right by my person, I take a few days to adjust to a new situation. I would so love to have a family to call my own. Would you be willing to foster me … to love me … can you help me? Love, Daphne

If you are interested in meeting Daphne click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Here is a handsome, compact labby boy for someone in search of a smaller dog. Mahoney is 5 years old and he is a sweet love bug who is good with other dogs. Through no fault of his own, poor Mahoney was dumped at a high-kill shelter.  Every time he heard human footsteps, he perked up, hopeful that they belonged to his owners- that they had finally come back to take him out of that awful place… but it never happened, so we decided to give Mahoney a second chance at happiness. He is in search a new foster or forever home to call his very own. We will update Mahoney’s bio as soon as we get to know him a little better.

If you are interested in meeting Mahoney click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering call (505) 362-0331.

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

If you are interested in meeting Buddy click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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We call her Dreamer. She’s a 4 year old purebred Labrador Retriever. Dreamer joins Luvin’ Labs as one of a long list of truly wonderful dogs that have been rescued from an NM breeder. She is a well rounded girl- just enough “silly lab” mixed with the right amount of “content to share your Snuggie while you watch an all night Netflix marathon,” with a pinch of  “I should definitely sit here and stare at you while you go to the bathroom so I don’t miss anything important...”  Dreamer will need a home with another dog she can bond with. She is currently in need of a foster home, or, better yet, a home forever and ever. Either way, we need a special someone to apply to  love her tons.

Did you know if you foster a L.L. dog and fall in love you can adopt your love and keep her (or him) forever? If it’s not a love connection, you are just a great human being who is giving a deserving dog a safe, loving home while we find the perfect forever home. Fostering is a win/win no matter what. And we think Dreamer is a keeper. We ♥ fosters.

If you are interested in meeting Dreamer click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you be interested in fostering Dreamer or have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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

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

If you are interested in meeting Elvis click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Cosmo and Gerard are pending!  Sammy is forever home!

There is really nothing quite as sweet as a tiny puppy… except for 8 tiny puppies. Mama is a purebred yellow Labrador Retriever and Dad is a handsome black purebred lab… or he may be a handsome boxer. Two eligible bachelors in the home and mom isn’t about to let us in on the secret. Which means we are left  guessing: Are they purebred lab pups… or are they designer boxadors? These pups may also be a multi sired litter (same mom but different dads). So take your pick, you can’t go wrong. One thing they are for sure is perfectly adorable.

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SAMMY: Forever home You want a laid back pup? I’m your guy!  I love to be held and cuddled and am very tolerant of any and everything and everybody.

THOR: Forever home  I am the biggest puppy in my litter and am pretty independent.  I am the last man standing when it comes to eating and am always ready for a wrestling match with my brothers and sisters.  I do have a soft spot though and need my cuddles every day. ….and I have the cutest white tip on my tail.

LOKI:Forever home  True to my name I am pretty mischievous.  I like to explore, but need reassurance from my foster family that everything is ok.  I love to be held and my favorite place to fall asleep is in your arms.

GERARD: Pending I will be the best listener in your life!  If you talk to me I will sit attentively and listen to you.  If you encourage me to follow you when you walk away from me I will happily.

 

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MOLLY: They don’t get much sweeter than me!  Now that I know how to, I run everywhere I go.  Playtime is my favorite time but being held runs a close second.

RORY: I am the biggest girl in my litter.  I have lots of energy and am pretty independent, but I will definitely voice my concern if I am scared or don’t like something going on.

FERN: Forever home I may be the smallest of my litter, but I don’t let anyone pick on me!  I am a tough little girl with lots of “muchness” but I sure love my foster family to hold me and love on me.  I am a big eater and even though I’m small I never let anyone make me miss a meal.

COSMOPending  Sweetheart, cuddler, loving….those are just a few of the things that describe me. I haven’t met a person or animal that I don’t like and am a pretty go with the flow girl.

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 any of these puppies click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering call (505) 362-0331.

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

If you are interested in meeting Jeulia click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Jeulia call (505) 362-0331.

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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.  Hershey is house broken, good with other dogs and cats, and has never met a stranger.  Sounds like a great older girl for the right family.”

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

If you are interested in meeting Hershey click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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For information about becoming a Luvin’ Labs foster click here…

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Without our foster parents, we have no means to rescue the dogs we do.  Foster parents are the backbone of Luvin’ Labs.  It is with their incredible generosity of time, home, love and caring that many labs are rescued and placed in their loving forever homes.

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

If you are interested in meeting Dandy click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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This is Jeulianna (not to be confused with Jeulia). Jeulianna is a 6 year old pure bred female Labrador Retriever. She is also pure sweetness, and thinks everyone she encounters is her very best friend. She is a very good-natured dog with a soft, gentle mouth that loves to give little kisses. Jeulianna is a calm, patient sort of girl and she can’t get enough pats and scratches. She is good with other dogs and would probably prefer a home with a canine friend she can bond with.  Oh, and did we mention that her eyes light up at the mere sight of a ball that she might be able to bring back to you if you would be so kind as to throw it? A practically perfect dog that hasn’t gotten to do any of these wonderful things because she has been busy with puppies for the first 6 years of her life.

Update from Jeulianna’s temporary foster:  Jeulianna is the most perfect pup.  She is quite comfortable here, loves running with Caderyn, our 4 year old lab boy, and often just walks past Jubal, our 8 year old yellow,  giving him a “kiss” on his head as she does.  When she came to the house last week she was clingy, but that’s not the case now.  Often I will find her resting by herself in our bedroom on Jubal’s bed.  She’s such a happy dog and her butt wiggles constantly in time with her tail.  She is not spooked by anything and enjoys looking over the fence and barking a quick hello at the school bus as it passes in the morning (Caderyn taught her this).  She wants to please and learned the routine of our home very quickly.   

If you are interested in meeting Jeulianna click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Jeulianna call (505) 362-0331.

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

If you are interested in meeting Little Man click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Flower call (505) 362-0331.

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

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

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

If you are interested in meeting Shyla click here for information on the adoption process. There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com. Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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

If you are interested in meeting Annabel click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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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 has found his forever home .

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 click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

Meet Cinder, an 9 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 click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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

If you are interested in meeting Sasha click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

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

If you are interested in meeting Korie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331. 

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

If you are interested in Travis Jett click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

 

 

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 are interested in meeting Ellie click here for information on the adoption process.  There you will find the online application which, when completed, can be emailed to applications@luvinlabs.com.  Upon receipt of the application a volunteer will be in touch with you within 3 days.  Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Either program will help you to literally help us save the life of a Labrador Retriever waiting to come in to our program. All donations assist us in continuing our mission of rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating Labrador Retrievers.
 
100% of funds are used to cover costs incurred from intaking, medically treating and boarding dogs in our program. As a 501 (c)(3) non profit all donations are tax deductible.
We are deeply grateful for your help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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We are SO pleased that we were able to have our first Luvin’ Labs Fostercare Seminar with trainer Arie Deller.  The weather was perfect – warm with a beautiful perfume of Russian Olive blossoms in the air, -  and we had a nice attendance of new,  perspective and experienced foster families, including some from a few other rescue groups.

Arie was so generous to put on this free seminar to help our Foster Families learn how to deal with some of the issues that we come across in bringing home a new foster dog.   She is quite knowledgeable about the things we deal with, and was able to give us some good pointers on how to help these dogs along their journey to a new adoptive home while they are waiting in foster care.  She obviously cares very much about the welfare of these dogs and has worked with several rescue organizations, including Luvin’ Labs.

We got some great info on helpful supplies, introducing the new foster dog to the family (people and dogs and cats), preventing jumping, exercise ideas, crate training how-to, and walking nicely on leash.  Arie had some neat tips that will make these things easier.

We hope to have other seminars coming up that will deal with other issues that foster families come across, including behavior issues.  Arie is open to suggestions for topics that would be helpful, so if anyone has things that they would like to see addressed in upcoming seminars, please let us know.

Our own Luvin’ Labs Watson was also a wonderful assistant in the demonstrations with Alexa, and whoever adopts this gorgeous, sweet boy will be so fortunate.   He is available for adoption with his buddy, Sherlock who he is very bonded with.

A very big, heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to Arie and her dog, Sarge for putting on this seminar for our fosters and for the helpful handouts.  And thanks too, go out to Dogtown for allowing us to use their facility, and to everyone who turned out for this seminar.  We also had another very nice demo dog who helped Arie, but I am sorry I missed his name!

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Family for Luvin’ Labs, we need you!  Click here for our foster application.

Nelda, Luvin’ Labs Foster Coordinator

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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 applications@luvinlabs.com if you are interested in helping with our home visits.

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 ~