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Shelter staff named me NEBULA and I am a female, black Labrador Retriever and Flat-Coated Retriever.  The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old.  I arrived at the shelter on September 21, 2014 where I waited and hoped that my owners would come and claim me, but when that didn’t happen, the shelter made me available for adoption on September 25, 2014.  I would like to be a star in your galaxy, but in order for that to happen, we need to meet.  Since I can’t come to you (I don’t have a Driver’s License), you will need to come to me.
For more information about this Nebula, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1704907

Congrats to Max, Luvin’ Labs’ #1000 adoption, and his new family!

And Max has his own special story.  Last week we received a call from a lady in El Paso.  Her father had passed away and they were desperate to find his beloved lab Max a place to go.  At 7 years old Max was a loyal companion to her dad since a puppy, even saving her dad’s life when he went into a diabetic coma on 2 occasions.  They had just arrived from out of state and would be leaving to go back in 2 days; taking Max back home with them was not an option.  They had checked with the local shelter and found that as an owner surrender Max would have no chance of finding a home.  They did a search of possible rescues and found Luvin’ Labs.  That was Wednesday afternoon…

Colleen and her crew of volunteers immediately stepped into action.  Shirley, another rescue’s volunteer in El Paso, offered to transport Max from El Paso to Las Cruces.  David, a Luvin’ Labs volunteer, agreed to meet her in Las Cruces and bring Max to Albuquerque.  Thursday afternoon Max was in Albuquerque to begin his quest as a Luvin’ Labs dog looking for a new forever home.

Susan and Al had been in search of a new best friend after losing their 12 year old lab in July.  While they had met several dogs, none seemed to be “their dog” until they met Max.  And Max, after coming so close to being homeless and on death row, went as a very happy dog to his new forever home today.  And Luvin’ Labs celebrated not only his homecoming, but the 999 other labs that have found homes thru the tireless efforts of all of us at Luvin’ Labs.

Welcome home Max!

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When it rains it pours, as they say. Little Hudson is the latest pup to join the Luvin’ Labs family under very unfortunate circumstances. This 8 month old puppy was hit by a car on September 15th and suffered a fracture. He will need an femoral head ostectomy to alleviate pain from his injuries. His owner was in a very tight financial situation, and decided that the best decision was to surrender Hudson. A dog with serious orthopedic injuries and no one to pay the bills would all too often be euthanized but, once again, we were not about to let that happen. Hudson is one of the sweetest pups we’ve ever met and he has been such a wonderful and tolerant patient. He has never met a person he didn’t love.

We know that once Hudson heals from this surgery, he will make some person very, very lucky. For the moment though, we are focused on getting him well and helping him to heal.

We rescue. We do not turn our backs on an injured dog or a dog in desperate need because that is the antithesis of what it means to rescue. So, once again, we must ask our friends to help us pay the bills so that we can continue to advocate for and rescue those without voices. Please help us by making a tax deductable donation. Every little bit helps. Thank you, as always, from the bottom of our heart.

If you prefer to make a secure donation via our website please go to http://www.luvinlabs.com/donate/ or you can mail a donation to:
Lodestar Dog Ranch
PO Box 52212
Albuquerque, NM 87181

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.

Rex

How much is one life worth? We can’t answer that question. We just know when we received a call that our boy Rex had to have surgery, or we had to let him go, we decided he deserved a chance to live on the faith and the hope that help would somehow materialize.

Our beautiful boy Rex, who has been patiently waiting for his foster or forever home in boarding, had major surgery yesterday. When Marita went to boarding she noticed he was drooling and lethargic. Poor Rex was rushed immediately to the good folks at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic who, after an exam and xrays, determined that he was suffering from bloat and needed immediate surgery. He had a 180 degree torsion and his abdominal cavity was filled with fluid. He had emergency surgery and is currently critical for the next 72 hours. Rex needs your prayers, hopes, good wishes, and he desperately needs a foster home to recover in. Can you help us by asking friends and family if they can foster? Can you help us offset the unexpected high cost of his surgery?

 

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 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.

Tyler What do you get when you cross a big ol’ teddy bear with a happy-go-lucky, loyal, intelligent Labrador Retriever?  You get a dog just like our 3 year old chocolate boy, Tyler! We never cease to be baffled as to how such wonderful dogs end up in shelters, but that is just where we found Tyler. He loves people, and seems to do well with both men and women, gets along with other dogs, knows some basic commands and he is very eager to please. Tyler is a big boy- about 90 pounds of love and kisses. Got an XL dog bed that needs an occupant? Maybe an extra spot on the couch for a snuggle buddy? Fill out an application and come get to know Tyler and his friends in boarding.

Did you know if you volunteer to foster a L.L. dog and decide you cannot say goodbye you can adopt your pup and be his forever home?  We ♥ fosters.

If you are interested in meeting Tyler 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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Jackson is a 4 month old pup in urgent need of a foster or forever home.

4 month old boy Jackson is happy around other dogs, very intelligent and loving, and he has already learned to use a doggy door! We desperately want to find a foster (or permanent!!) home for this wonderful little pup to live so he can join the Luvin’ Labs family. Believe it or not, Jackson was sitting on death row in a high-kill rural shelter and made it out on his very last day. He was rescued by some kind folks at a clinic who just knew this boy was special and deserved a chance to be someone’s best friend. Jackson is currently staying at that clinic where the staff has said he has the run of the place and is adored by everyone who meets him…. And in case you are wondering, if you foster little Jackson and decide he is perfect, you have first dibs on adopting him. If you just foster him while we work to find him a forever home, you have earned tons of good Karma points… so you win no matter what. Please help us by sharing little Jackson with your friends and family.

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 Jackson 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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Candy Mae

My name is Candy Mae and I’m a 3-4 year old chocolate beauty. Judging by my perfect labby features, I might very well be a purebred Labrador Retriever! Believe it or not, I was a stray when animal control picked me up. They tried to locate my owners but nobody ever came for me so now, I get to be a Luvin’ Labs dog. I love to play with other dogs, be loved on and just be silly.  The Luvin’ Labs’ volunteers describe me as a wonderful dog.  I know how to sit and down.  If you think I might be a good foster or forever fit, you can fill out an application and come spend some time getting to know me (and the other dogs at boarding). As usual, if you foster me and find out I’m perfectly wonderful, you adopt me and keep me forever! I’m told by the other dogs here in boarding that being a part of Luvin’ Labs means that I will be a treasured member of a very large family where dogs like me are loved and spoiled.

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

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Wow! This boy will surely turn some heads. His name is Sam and he is an 8 month old lab mix. Sam was surrendered to a rural shelter along with his buddy Dean when his owner had to move out of state and couldn’t take the dogs. Fortunately the owner was able to provide some helpful information about Sam that might help him find a wonderful new home where he can live happily ever after. We were told that Sam is housebroken and has been around children and that he is a good family dog. Sam is also good with other dogs- very active and playful, and he even knows some basic commands (‘sit’ and ‘come here’). His former owner says he is very timid around new people and situations but once he warms up he is very friendly. Even though the Sam was surrendered with his friend, these two young dogs will adjust quickly to life apart so they can be adopted separately (that is unless you just happen to be looking for two handsome, fun-loving boys!)

Think Sam might just be the perfect dog for you? Well don’t delay because this sweet boy can hardly wait to find his forever home! If you are interested in meeting Sam 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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Wow! This handsome boy with the hypnotic eyes is Dean. Word is that 1 year old labby boy Dean is housebroken, likes other dogs, loves to play, knows how to sit, stay and come (responds to both verbal commands and hand gestures), and would make a good family dog. Oh, and he is learning to fetch! So, basically what his former owner was saying when he left this sweet boy at the shelter, is that Dean is an amazing young dog. His owner moved out of state and left Dean and his buddy Sam at the shelter. The boys are young and very resilient so they can be adopted separately. We think Dean (and his friend Sam) sound like fantastic pups so if you are interested, don’t delay.

If you are interested in meeting Dean 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 Allie.  She’s had a few rough weeks, but things are looking up!  We don’t know her full background, but she somehow ended up on the streets as a stray, spent some time in the shelter (JAIL!), and had some medical stuff done, but is now an honored member of the Luvin’ Labs family and looking for a forever home.  Allie is very sweet and at 7 years old, is a perfect lab age.    After being sprung from the shelter she made it to a foster home where  she was promptly hosed down, and told she now smells like flowers.  Hmph!  She was really good and stood still, and really enjoyed the towel drying part and a roll in the grass when done. She has  figured out the doggie door and has been very good in the house.  She’s not too sure about cats, but doesn’t seem to have ever really met one – she seemed pretty confused by this thing all puffed up and hissing at her.  She didn’t react, just walked away.  Allie is just settling in, but would be delighted to meet her new forever human(s) as soon as you are ready for her! 

If you are interested in meeting Allie 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 are asking for a very special human or two to help us find a place for a mamma and her pups, and the proud papa to stay while we look for permanent homes. The puppies are still nursing and need their mom but they will be ready for their forever homes in a few more weeks. Mamma (aka Bacall) and Papa (aka Bogie) can be fostered separately while Bacall cares for her pups but we will ultimately be looking to adopt the pair out together. You may be wondering why we would go to so much trouble to keep a pair of dogs together. Please grab some Kleenex and read their special story below and you will understand. This story is not quite over yet- we are still waiting for a few more big-hearted people to step in and ensure that this family gets the happy ending they deserve. Please help us by sharing.

If you are interested in meeting Bogie and Bacall 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 the pair and their pups call (505) 362-0331.

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A LOVE STORY

by Joyce Lewis

Do you have a favorite love story?  Does it end in tragedy or does it have a “lived happily ever after” ending?  I want to tell you about a love story which is unfolding right now. We are hoping that with the help of some special people, it will have a very happy ending.

This story is about a devoted canine couple, who were struggling to stay together and to survive, and the heroes and heroines who are trying to make sure they are able to do that.

It all started on Sept 1, when two dogs showed up at a home in Cedar Crest.  They were obviously pleading for help;  she, weak and starving;  he, showing tender affection and protection toward her.

Enter our first hero, John, the homeowner, who took food and water to them.  The male let the female eat everything that was offered.  When she slept, he kept watch; when he slept, she did the same.  The male would not let anyone get close.  The two would leave and then come back for food and water.  It was soon discovered that she looked as if she was nursing puppies.  Now came the first understanding of why they had finally asked for the help they so desperately needed.

But where were the puppies?  Had she already nursed them? Was that why she was in such poor condition?  Had the puppies already been found by coyotes?   Would bringing in a magnet dog to search and find where the puppies were hidden help?

This devoted couple, a black Lab and a Lab Catahoula mix, would leave and come back several times that day, and were sleeping on John’s front porch.  It now seemed that she was not actually caring for any pups.  Lily, a volunteer, was standing by in case she was needed to try to trap the two dogs.  If they were taken to a shelter, would they be adopted together?  It was unthinkable that this devoted pair would be separated.

On Tuesday, they were not on the front porch.   John felt from the very beginning of observing them that they were on a mission.  It seemed that they had now resumed that mission and moved on.

Enter Sara, our next heroine:  At 9:00 on Tuesday morning,  Joyce received a surprising call from Sara, a vet tech at Mountain Veterinary clinic.  Sara had taken her children to San Antonito School when she saw two dogs running down the middle of Hwy N. 14, headed north, past the area of School Bus Lane.  Sara turned around, parked, opened her van door and now had them with her at the veterinary office.  They were now safe.  Had their mission been to try to return to the place they once knew as home?

Sara’s opinion was that the female had not been nursing pups, but she was so tense, that she could not be palpated.   The vet clinic would reopen the next day, so a place to house the dogs was necessary.  Enter two more heroines:  Colleen and Cindy who made the arrangements for them to be housed at a vet clinic for a few days.  Sara put them both into her van once more and delivered the canine couple to the good folks at a local vet clinic  in Albuquerque.

And then, everything became clear:  The female delivered seven beautiful babies.  She would never have survived trying to nurse that many pups without adequate food.  The male was suffering from an upper respiratory infection.  Both were suffering from cactus spines and porcupine quills, and scratches to the face. Babies have a beautiful mom, and a handsome, dignified dad, so they are going to be very, very special!!

We have had several human heroes and heroines who have been part of this story thus far. Now, we need many more.  Mama will need a foster family to care for her and the pups she is getting ready to deliver.  Papa will need to be fostered as well.  These two sweet dogs need to remain together as the loving companions that they are, in a forever home, after their pups are raised.  Donations of any amount will be welcome to help with all the medical expenses, food, and necessary supplies.  Please go to the Luvin’ Labs Donation Page  to offer whatever help you are able to give.

In honor of another Love Story, we have named this devoted couple Bogie and Bacall.

Can we give them a Happily Ever After ending?

BuddyBoy2Please help us find a home for a very special Labrador Retriever named Buddy Boy. Buddy is a survivor, who without the intervention of a good Samaritan, would have surely died of neglect and hunger. This emaciated, starving little one year old boy was spotted through a hole in the fence, so hungry he had resorted to eating dirt. His human hero told us that after the owner surrendered the dog to authorities, she went to meet him. She said, “when I got there, he was very small and skinny and full of tics, but very happy and sweet…I sprayed him down with flea and tic spray and gently rubbed it on his bony body. We named him Buddy because he was sweet and wanted to play like a puppy.” Buddy is amazing: while he has every reason to be jaded and suspiscious of humans, he is instead, grateful and forgiving. He needs a home where he will be loved and adored as a cherished member of the family. He requests to be fed delicious and nutritious food and a never ending supply dog bones and treats for dessert.

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

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Rory

Hi, I’m Rory! I am three and a half months old and I’m looking for my forever family. My foster family has raised me since I was three weeks old and I am used to having people with me all day, so I am looking for a family who has lots of time to spend with me. I’m a very smart girl. I know how to sit and lay down and I am working on come and stay. I’m not quite potty trained yet, but I’m working on that too. Next to cuddling with my people, belly rubs are my favorite things in the world. I sleep in a kennel at night, but during the day, there is no better place to be than by your side. If you have lots of time to spend with me, and you are interested in meeting my cuteness, please fill out an adoption application.

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 Rory  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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PieperMy name is Pieper and I am hoping that you will read this and be my hero. You see, I am a really super special 5 year old girl; but I need a place to go and someone to take care of me while I wait for my perfect home. I need a foster human to open up his or her heart and home to me… just until my perfect forever human (or family of humans!!) chooses me and promises to love me forever. I get along with other dogs and I think people are really just amazing. The folks at the shelter said I would be a good family dog… and they totally love me to pieces (just so you know). If you want to foster me you only have a very small window so don’t delay! I need a home, like RIGHT NOW so go to the link and fill out the application and send it in! I beg of you! That was a joke- because I am also quite funny…

9/30/2014 Volunteer Update on Pieper:  “What a wonderful sweet dog.  She can sit, down and the other day even shook.  She aims to please and is so gentle, but still loves to play and run around.  She would make a great only dog, even though she is okay with other dogs.  She is a beautiful chocolate brown, with golden eyes, a little white on her chest and tip of tail, but lab all the way.  She will make someone a wonderful sweet dog.”

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

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Chloe and Madix are friendly, gentle, sweet senior pups who are good with other dogs. They were left in a rural shelter several months ago and rescued by a compassionate individual who became aware of their story. Chloe and Madix are casualties domestic violence. They were both deeply loved by their owner. She had hoped she could come back for them in September, but all indications are that she is not in a position to care for them and won’t be anytime soon. Would you open your home and heart to these scared, confused seniors who were rescued from a horrid southern shelter? They’ve lived their whole lives with their mom, who had to run in fear and couldn’t’ take them with her.

If you are interested in meeting Chloe and Madix 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 Chloe and Madix call (505) 362-0331. 

Copper5Sweet boy Copper spent the past 9 years living in a home with his beloved humans. He was always such a good dog- crate trained, housebroken, good on a leash, loves kids, loves other dogs… He worked so hard to be a well-behaved boy, so when his family moved away and his home was suddenly living in a kennel at the veterinary clinic, Copper became very stressed and confused. Copper is one of those dogs who was meant to have a family and a home that he can look after. Looking for a fabulous family dog? Copper can hardly wait to interview for the position if you would kindly fill out an application to meet him.

Update 9/15/2014: Guess who has a foster family? They tell us that Copper is as darn near perfect as they come: loves kids, loves other dogs, good with the cats, perfect gentleman in the house and he knows his basic commands. We are told that while he will crate, although he doesn’t seem love it. Copper is going to make some lucky family very happy♥

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

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RexRex is a 3-4 year old male black labby boy who loves to make us smile. He’s an eternal optimist and as far as we can tell, absolutely nothing gets him down. Rex can be mellow and he also really loves to play and be social: he is great with other dogs and he loves people.  He enjoys car rides and he has a great time playing and sharing some laughs with some of  the other adoptable Luvin’ Labs dogs. Rex is also a big fan of ” fetch” and he even knows some basic commands! He’s the kind of dog who reminds us that there is always a bright side and life is fabulously wonderful- even when everyone else is having a bad day. Need some more happy in your life? Then come meet Rex!

If you are interested in meeting 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 3 days.  Should you have additional questions or be interested in fostering Rex call (505) 362-0331.

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Lizzy22 year old Lizzy has had a really bad month. Seriously. It has been a nail biter. She’s been sitting, scared, in a high-kill shelter and, if you own a dog, we don’t have to tell you that she knew exactly what her fate was if no one came to save her. Lizzy is a survivor… and she is AWESOME… and she is ready to savor her new life with her forever family and to put all of those scary times behind her. We have the utmost respect for Lizzy. In fact, we adore her- and we will ensure that from here on out, she only knows love and happiness. Lizzy was very shy when she was first rescued, but she quickly warmed up to her new human friends once she realized she was truly safe. She is a very, very special girl and if you are ready to be the person that redeems humanity for Lizzy, we can’t wait to receive your application (and Lizzy can hardly wait to meet you)!  Lizzy’s foster dad describes her as very sweet, a bit shy but working on that, and happy to be part of a family.  When she finds her forever home, she hopes that you will tell everyone you know that your beloved new dog barely made it out; that she was a shelter dog. We think the people who give these former shelter dogs wonderful forever homes are also AWESOME!!

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

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Mindy

Urgent: This 7-8 year old labby girl is Mindy and she is in urgent need of a place to live- she is running out of time and options. She is a wonderful, energetic, loving and sweet dog who seems to do well with other dogs, but is not a cat lover. Mindy was delivered to a vet clinic by an elderly owner who was no longer able to keep her separate from the cats… and if we cannot find her a home she will be euthanized, per the owner. The clinic contacted us hoping that one of our awesome Luvin’ Labs families would step up and help us save sweet Mindy. The owner agreed to allow us to try to find a new home for her, but that means we must find a foster for her very quickly. Mindy is currently in a temporary foster home, but she is only able to stay there for a very short time. The foster tells us she is funny, happy girl who loves to give kisses. Mindy has some special needs: as you can see in the video she is overweight and will need a foster who can help her make better food choices and stick to her exercise program so she can slim down. She is taking arthritis medicine to help with joint pain caused by her extra weight. A healthy diet and regular exercise might eliminate the need for any medication.

Wanna help save a life? Now is your chance. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in meeting Mindy to foster or adopt. If you are interested in meeting Mindy 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 Mindy call (505) 362-0331.

Ryker

How do you do?  Name is Ryker, I’m a male, 5-6 year old yellow lab of the English variety.  What’s an English lab, you say?  Well, I’m told it means I have a big blocky head, typically a little stouter than a “field lab”, and a wrinkly face.  I call them wisdom lines.   I’m new to this Luvin’ Labs gig and getting settled in, but already I’m liking all the attention and just being out of the shelter.   I’m glad they found me and all….but I’m the kind of chap that’s looking for a companion and perhaps a shady yard to hang out in.  The lady that sprung me from the shelter thinks I’m pretty good on leash and I did show her that my tail works fine – I was scared, but a lil’ wagging never hurt anyone.  I also am a very good car passenger.   I’d prefer not to stay in boarding too long; I would love to find a forever or foster home – and learn how to trust and love humans.  How about giving me a try?

If you are interested in meeting me 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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Meet Lori (aka Lulu).  This 2 year old black lab loves to be around her humans, is being crate trained and learning what it is to just have fun. 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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Every day we see pictures of shelter dogs, their broken spirits so evident in the way they curl up into the most distant corners of their kennels- discouraged, tired and scared… 

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2 year old yellow lab Wyatt would like you to see what the first few minutes of freedom is like when someone comes to rescue you from the shelter.  Wyatt took the most amazing deep breath and then, we are pretty sure he actually started to smile:) We’ve got you, Wyatt- you’re safe now 

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This is Wyatt.  As you can see, moving from a scary old shelter toward freedom makes any dog’s day!  I have been at the Luvin’ Labs boarding facility for a few weeks now, and LOVE getting out into the play yard.  I even like to share my time with some of the other dogs, ’cause I’m a playful sort of guy.  The ladies really dig my ears, they think they make me VERY special.  I’m a smart boy with a bunch of energy, but I save some of my time for back scratches and just being pet and adored.  I’m very curious, but don’t bark and I’m not destructive.  I’m looking for my best friend – is it you?  Wyatt was saved in loving memory of Ranger.

9/30/2014 Volunteer Update:  “Love those little ears and Wyatt’s loving personality.  He likes and gets along with all other dogs and would be best with another dog or two.  Not a bad bone in his body.  He is a food hound (what lab isn’t), loves water and running around playing with you or other dogs.  He is smaller in stature, the perfect size.  He likes to run and play or just be loved on.”

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

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Here is a very special 2 year old yellow female Labrador Retriever. Leyla would be a wonderful addition to an outdoorsy, active family. She is a goofball with a great, happy disposition and she likes every human she meets, including children. Leyla loves other dogs but she has never met a cat. She will likely need some work on her house manners as she was strictly an outdoor dog in her former life. Leyla is looking for a home where she can get in on the action and see what in the heck it is that poeple have been doing while she’s been sitting outside. She has also requested toys (because she loves toys).  And maybe a playpond! Oh, and yummy dog treats! (Don’t forget the dog treats)…

If you are interested in meeting Leyla 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 Leyla 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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Is there a home out there for me? For 7 years I’ve lived a hard life … used as a breeder dog only to have my babies taken away from me again and again.  After being rescued by Luvin’ Labs they found I had an unfixable degenerative condition that leaves me only seeing shadows and outlines of things.  However, 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. 

Daphne lives with an awesome foster family and her foster dad has this to say about her:

Daphne is doing very well, she runs around the yard and is playing fetch with a ball.  I think she would do very well with someone that wanted a walking or hiking partner.  She walks right next to me wherever I go, on or off a leash.  She loves laying at your feet in the evenings.  It took her a little time to get use to her new surroundings but  now it’s like she has always been here.

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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Daphne poses pretty with her 2 foster dog siblings

Cinder takes her foster human for a walk around the play yard.

Cinder takes her foster human for a walk around the play yard.

Meet 9 year old, Cinder- a female chocolate Labrador Retriever. Cinder is a wonderful companion who loves people, especially children. She is a very sweet and gentle soul with lots of personality. Cinder enjoys- no, LOVES- going for walks and will often carry her own leash and sometimes grabs her foster sister’s leash to lead her out to the car. Cinder is also a talker and likes to tell you when she is hungry or when it is time for her walk. Her foster dad says “it is not usually a bark, more like an “Rrrrrrrr” sound.. unless you ignore her too long, then she’ll give you a bark”.  Her foster dad has lots more wonderful things to say about Cinder:

She is well trained, I tell her to sit when I am feeding her and she will (Mostly!) stay until I say it is OK to go to her food, even when it is sitting on the ground in front of her. She does well when I am not at home and when I return she is laying on the rug by the door. She is very good about food and does not rush to get things that fall on the floor, I usually beat her to it if it is something she should not have. She is very gentle and will even let you take something out of her mouth if you need to. Cinder gets along with other dogs with the right introduction, although sometimes unfamiliar dogs in the park make her nervous but I tell her to sit, and she does better.

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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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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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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Mandy is a beautiful girl both inside and out!!! She had a well deserved spa day.

Imagine someone cruel enough to dump their senior at a high kill shelter because she just has “too many dogs.” When she was left at the shelter, her coat was badly neglected… but this little lady had a well deserved spa day and, gauging by her tail in the picture above, she feels as great as she looks! 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 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.

This is how Mandy’s former owner left her at the shelter… Underneath that neglected coat she is perfect beauty!

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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 nine 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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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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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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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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 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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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.

 

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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 … 
  
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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.


RomeoThis handsome heartthrob is Romeo and he is 18 months old. Romeo is a fantastic dog and his previous owner describes him as sweet, loving and very affectionate. He does well with everyone he meets, but he has never been around small children. Romeo is OK on a leash (pulls a little when he is excited), knows basic commands and is housebroken.  Sweet Romeo doesn’t dig, or jump fences and he is not food or toy aggressive. Romeo is neutered, micro chipped and UTD on vaccines. Sounds like a pretty great all around Labrador Retriever to us!

If you are interested in meeting Romeo 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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Einstein and Rigby are two handsome young boys in search of a forever home.

9/19/2014 Update from Einstein & Rigby’s temporary owner:  “Einstein and Rigby are quintessential labs; they love people, water, fetching and your company. They are always friendly to everyone, and greet you in the morning with lots of love and joy. They are both healthy and love to go for walks. Einstein in particular is wonderful on a leash- he is so gentle that my 4 year old can easily walk him. They are great in the car, and after any adventures, love to take a nap on the floor right by your feet. :)”

When they first arrived, they weren’t sure what to think about cats, but have adjusted nicely to them. They also get along with with other dogs and don’t seem to guard their food.
Rigby is crate-trained and does a good job of staying in at night. He usually starts off the evening in his bed, but by morning is snuggled up with one of the kids.
Einstein is so intelligent and handsome. He is more mellow than Rigby, and quickly figured out how to open our doors. We are crate-training him, and he is quickly learning to ‘go’ outside.
These are lovely, active, wonderful animals who will quickly win your heart.

 

Their temporary owner tells us that “on June 28, these two beautiful and sweet black labs were dropped off at our farm. They appear to be brothers- they get along very well and never fight about food or toys. They seem young and look like purebred labs. We are unable to keep them, as we already have four rescue dogs and don’t have the budget for food for these guys- they have giant appetites!… these dogs are WONDERFUL! They would make excellent family dogs. They have not growled or acted aggressive/territorial. They are sweet to our dogs as well.” Einstein and Rigby LOVE children and are great with adults. They are also fascinated with chasing cats but it seems to be playful so they may be able to adapt to a feline friendly home. Their temporary owner has recently taken the boys to be checked out by a vet and neutered.

Einstein and Rigby can be adopted either separately or, if you are looking for a twofer, they would be happy to stay together.

If you are interested in meeting Einstein and Rigby please complete the online application found by clicking here and email to applications@luvinlabs.com. Should you have questions on the process or the application call (505) 362-0331.  Owner Listing

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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.

Shorty10 year old female, Shorty is a sweet, well-mannered Chocolate Labrador Retriever who has found herself in a rather unfortunate and stressful living situation- a kennel at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Somehow, even though she’s afraid, she has managed to make the most of her situation by becoming a staff and volunteer favorite, receiving excellent marks on her doggie report card (happy disposition, loves people, enjoys gentle interactions with other dogs). A shelter, though, is no place for a senior pup, so we are hoping a special someone can give Shorty the forever home she deserves. Shorty has some typical senior ailments so she will require a little extra TLC (cataracts, arthritis and diabetes). We would like to point out that, in spite of her medical issues, she is still a bazillion times easier to care for than a puppy: she promises not to bury all your shoes, or to harass you mercilessly for no discernible reason… she will, however, show unlimited gratitude to the kind soul who sees past her ailments and appreciates her wisdom and humility.

Shorty, our paws are crossed for you, Sweet Girl! We hope that an angel will see your beautiful face and take you home and love you for they rest of your dog years. If you are interested in Shorty please contact info is the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society 505-983-4309

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 ~