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Together we can save one soul at a time.
 

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Buster…surrendered to a family friend when the apartment they were living in was just too small for a energetic boy like Buster.  At 2 years old he’s got plenty of energy and loves nothing better than a big yard and playing fetch.  He’s super friendly, very loving and extremely smart.  He has attended obedience classes and, while a big strong lab, does well on a leash.  He loves to run and would do best in a home where he gets plenty of exercise.

If you are interested in meeting Buster 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 has called our vet’s office home for the past several weeks…why?  Because she needs a foster or forever home where life is calm and she can just relax.  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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Meet Red and Razzle, 2 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 would like 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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Kennan, our tall, handsome chocolate lab has been through a lot in his 7 years, but still portrays such a gentle soul.

From his foster mom:  “Kennan is a GREAT dog.- handsome, fun and has a neat personality.   He has had some tough times in his past, but that doesn’t stop him from having a really good attitude toward making a happy future.  He’s a big, strong boy who loves to go for walks and car rides and is very happy spending time with his people.

Kennan is going to obedience school with me and is doing so very well.   I am really proud of his progress!   He is a smart boy and a quick learner.   Very treat oriented ( he has had some skinny days in his past and he really appreciates food).  He is a really willing student and is eager to learn new things.   He is lots of fun to train and wants to please.  He likes people and is doing well with other dogs with proper introductions.

He lives very nicely with his foster sister Lab.  He may have been primarily an outside dog in his previous life, but he is adapting well to being an inside dog and really appreciates being part of the family.  He sleeps all night in his crate and has not had any accidents in my house.   He has not been an excessive barker here, but will alert you,  

Kennan would love to have a home with someone who would love him and be willing to continue his training.  He is well on his way to being a terrific companion.   He has a very nice personality and still has lots of energy to be an active dog, though he can also calm down and be quiet in the house.  He also LOVES to fetch a ball and bring it back to you.  Keenan would do best in a home with no birds or chickens.  He has a strong hunting drive.    Cats are an unknown.  

Please don’t overlook this very nice boy…… he has a lot of potential and could really be a wonderful addition to a loving family.”

If you are interested in meeting Kennan 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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Handsome one year old Jaeger was found wandering in a field outside a small community with no collar or microchip to give a clue to his identity.  Upon his arrival at the shelter it was found that Jaeger had a severe injury to his back leg and the call went out that this boy needed a rescue for survival.  As is their nature, the good folks at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic stepped up to help Jaeger.  His shattered leg was beyond repair and amputation was the only solution.

Jaeger has now recovered from his life-saving surgery and enjoys time with his foster dad who has this to say about him:

“Jaeger is just about perfect. At 45 lbs he’s on the smaller side for a lab. He’s an active boy who
loves to play, but  he’s not hyper. He spends much of his day sleeping with his foster sisters. Jaeger
seems to like dogs and people of all sizes. His tail never stops wagging, and his whole body wags
with it. He especially likes to go for walks, and, after an initial burst of enthusiasm, he’s quite
good on leash.
Right now Jaeger doesn’t know much, but he likes treats and seems willing to learn. He is
housebroken, goes in his crate when told, and comes when called. He’s also great in the car.  We’ve
been working on sit, which he’s almost mastered.
This boy is a real delight. After a short time, you don’t notice that he’s missing a leg. It just
doesn’t seem to bother him.”

If you are interested in meeting Jaeger 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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Seven year old Addie is 100% a people dog.  She loves her person and wants nothing more than to be someone’s BFF.  Her foster mom has this to say about her:  “This baby is so sweet and gentle.  She sticks by me like glue.  She can stay in the house all by herself without any accidents and never touches anything.  She is perfect!”   Addie is a little timid around large dogs and would do best in a home as an only dog or with a younger small submissive dog.  Addie is on the smaller-side for a lab.

If you are interested in meeting Addie 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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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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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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Introducing 7 month old Luna (formerly known as Celie)

Nice to meet you,  my name is Luna and my foster family says I am one of the sweetest and silliest pups they’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing their days with.  Yes, I am undeniably a puppy, and full of puppy energy and curiosity, but I am also extremely smart and very eager to learn and make my people happy.   I’ve only been living with my foster family for a month,  but I’ve already learned to sit,  lay down,  go to my kennel and sit nicely for my meals. You know what’s really cool?  I  know exactly where my spot to eat is and I go to it and sit patiently until it’s my turn to get my bowl! I am house broken and sleep all night in my kennel accident free! ! Woohoo! 

I  really LOVE playing with my four foster siblings and would love to find a new family with a doggie brother or sister to share my days with.   I  recently discovered I totally love the water. .. especially the sprinklers!!  Who knew they were such fun? 
There are two cats and a chicken in my foster home that I have a lot of fun chasing. … my foster mom thinks my new home probably shouldn’t have any real small animals living there for me to play tag with!   I am very ready and excited to meet my forever family, if you think my pictures are cute, you should definitely consider meeting me in person. ……

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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Ace…Surrendered to a shelter because he was too energetic…really?   While he is energetic, it’s no more so than any lab his age.  Labs are energetic!  He is 5 years old, very people friendly, takes treats gently and loves attention.  While Ace jumped right into the car for his “freedom ride”, it appears that car rides are a fairly new experience for him.  Ace loves a good game of fetch, and once he knows you’ll throw it again, he’s eager to give it back.  Ace just needs a home where he will feel he is a member of the family and is included in daily activities.  At this time we think Ace would do best in a home with a mellow female or as an only dog.

If you are interested in meeting Ace 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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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 one of our recent additions to the Luvin’ Labs family…Hershey.  He’s an 8 year old chocolate lab who found himself homeless.  But Hershey used all his charms becoming one of the shelter favorites and they were determined to give this boy a second change.  Hershey joined the Luvin’ Labs family and is now enjoying all the comforts of a loving foster home.  While that’s a good place to be, what Hershey really wants is his very own forever home.  Hershey gets along with other dogs and likes just being a mellow companion.

Update from his foster mom:  He gets along with all the dogs and ignores my cat.  He is not food aggressive.  He is house trained and knows some basic commands.  He does know how to walk on a leash but needs some refresher training on this.  He does not pull but goes from side to side.   Overall he is a very nice dog.  He does like toys, and likes to tear them up, like my dogs.

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 10 days. Should you have additional questions call (505) 362-0331.

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Zola was found wandering a small community, her tiny puppy in tow.  Her #1 priority was keeping that little guy healthy and safe from harm.  Bringing Zola and her puppy (who we named Jaydon) into the rescue we noticed that Jaydon seemed well fed while Zola was very thin.  We soon discovered that Zola and her puppy had to be fed separately as Zola would stand by and watch Jaydon eat his own meal and then her’s.  Zola is indeed a perfect mom!  And now we need to find Zola her perfect forever home where she can be as loved and cared for as she did for Jaydon.  Zola is 2 years old, very sweet, loves attention and gets along with other dogs.

And what’s become of Jaydon…that happy puppy has been selected for service dog training and will soon be able to give that love he learned from his mom to someone in need of a service companion.

If you are interested in meeting Zola 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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Jack Black, his mom (Luvin’ Labs Shelby) and two siblings were left on their own on property south of Albuquerque when their owner died unexpectedly.  Shelby was taken to the shelter by a concerned neighbor where she was rescued by Luvin’ Labs, but we knew we had to get her babies into the rescue too.  Our awesome volunteer was able to coax Jack Black to her; he was more than happy to be back into a home with good food, a warm bed and a ton of affection.  Unfortunately we never were able to get the other two siblings.

Jack Black is about 2 years old, friendly and good with people and other dogs.  He’s in foster now and learning all the things he needs to know to become a perfect house dog.  He’s smart so that shouldn’t take long.

If you are interested in meeting Jack Black 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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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 ~