Luvin’ Labs is a Labrador Retriever Rescue based in New Mexico.   We are dedicated to finding loving homes for Labrador Retrievers through rescue and rehoming.  We currently do not have dogs on site, rather we rely on donations for boarding and fabulous fosters to keep our labs until they find their forever homes!

Luvin’ Labs works with shelters and rescue organizations throughout the state.  We also work with owners of Labs who for a myriad of reasons need to find a loving home for their Labrador Retriever.

Click through the pages of our site and check back often for updated posts of available dogs as well as Lab related information.

Postings include dogs in our program, as well as Labrador Retrievers in danger in shelters throughout the state.


To visit dogs in immediate danger please click HERE

1330 dogs adopted to date!


Together saving one soul at a time.
Together we can save one soul at a time.

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From her foster mom: Kayla is probably the smartest foster dog I have had.  She is housebroken and knows the following commands:  sit, stay, wait, shake, drop it, and probably others that I haven’t thought of.  She is very sweet and would love to sleep on the bed with you but also understands if that is not ok. She is happy to be with my dog but probably would be fine as an only dog as well.  She ignores my cat and does not bother him at all. She loves stuffed animals and has her favorite hippo that she carries around the house.  The only thing we are working on is leash manners.  She probably knows this but just needs some refresher training.  In all, Kayla is a wonderful dog and still has plenty of years left to enjoy. Kayla is estimated to be around 8 or 9 years old.  If you are interested in adopting Kayla 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, please email colleen@luvinlabs.com.

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Beautiful senior Roxy came to us with her son Rex in tow after being left at a high kill shelter by the owner who had been her family for her entire life.  After getting to know these two, it was apparent that Roxy was ready to enjoy life as a single gal and was happy to see Rex go out on his own.  Roxy is a 10 year old pure bred yellow lab, very sweet, great with kids, good with other dogs.   She loves to play fetch and enjoys attention.  Roxy tested heart worm positive and is going through treatment at this time.

If you are interested in meeting Roxy 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, please email colleen@luvinlabs.com.

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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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Luvin’ Labs Organizational Announcement 

Please note that our owner listing program is changing
We will be happy to courtesy post your lab for you on our website. Interested parties will now contact you directly, Luvin’ Labs will no longer facilitate the placement process. Please be advised that we make no representations nor recommendations about interested parties contacting you. When rehoming your family member, we recommend that you please be diligent in making sure you are finding a good match for both the inquiring family and your dog. We advise you to meet the whole family, meet their existing pets (do a meet and greet with your dog), take your pet to their home and do a home inspection, check their references (both vet and personal), transfer all medical records, and if you are able to, have them sign a form allowing you to reclaim the pet in the event anything happens.

PLEASE DO NOT ADVERTISE YOUR LAB FOR FREE ON CRAIGSLIST OR ANY OTHER INTERNET SWAP MEET TYPE WEBSITE. People monitor Craigslist and other sites to find dogs for fighting rings and many other horrific things.

We recommend surrendering your lab to Animal Humane New Mexico in Albuquerque as a safe alternative to finding a new home. Their contact information is: 615 Virginia St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. 505-255-5523. animalhumanenm.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this transition.

All of us at Luvin’ Labs

 

Bonded brothers that we would like to have adopted together. Please contact Anthony at abqdoberman@gmail.com

if interested in these cute boys.

About Rupert (black and tan):

Sex / spay-neuter status: Male, intact to be neutered soon

Age: 6-8 months

Weight: 45 pounds

Breed: Doberman blend

Color: Black and Tan

History including vaccination and microchip status: History including vaccination and microchip status: HW negative, vaccinations (DA2PP, Bordetella, Rabies, Lepto) current, will be microchipped this week

Temperament: Puppy, bonded to his brother

Play style: Friendly and affectionate get along well with other dogs

Good with cats: unknown

Good with kids: Yes

Good with other dogs: Yes

Housetrained: In progress, so far so good

Kennel trained: Yes, the brothers stay together in a large kennel/crate with a Kuranda bed

Skills: Work in progress, learning to come when called, leash/harness walking and kennel command

Any other pertinent info: Bonded brothers, depend on and enjoy each other

About Rusty (copper):

Sex / spay-neuter status: Male, intact to be neutered soon

Age: 6-8 months

Weight: 45 pounds

Breed: Doberman blend

Color: Copper Gold

History including vaccination and microchip status: HW negative, vaccinations (DA2PP, Bordetella, Rabies, Lepto) current, will be microchipped this week

Temperament: Puppy, bonded to his brother

Play style: Friendly and affectionate get along well with other dogs

Good with cats: unknown

Good with kids: Children > 8 years due to size and style of play

Good with other dogs: Yes

Housetrained: In progress, so far so good

Kennel trained: Yes, the brothers stay together in a large kennel/crate with a Kuranda bed

Skills: Work in progress, learning to come when called, leash/harness walking and kennel command

Any other pertinent info: Bonded brothers, depend on and enjoy each other

Donations can be mailed to:

Lodestar Dog Ranch
PO Box 52212
Albuquerque, NM 87181-2212

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Together we can save one soul at a time.

My name is WRIGLEY and I am a neutered male, yellow Labrador Retriever and Great Pyrenees. I have been available for adoption since Jun 02, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 02, 2017.

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal:
Wrigley is a big, beautiful, smart boy who knows a lot of skills including “sit”, “down”, and “shake.” He is house-trained and will go to the door when he needs to be let out. He is also good on a leash and rides well in a car.
He must be placed in an adult only home. He would benefit from more training classes after he comes home with you. He will need a high fence due to his size. He loves durable chew toys so be sure to add them to your shopping list!
Wrigley is ready to go for lots of walks and run and play with his adopters! Ask to meet him and see if it’s a match.

For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975.  Ask for information about animal ID number A1190952.

Following are postings for dogs in danger in shelters throughout New Mexico. The postings contain contact information on the shelter, as well as the dogs identification.  For more information on specific animals, please contact the shelter directly.

My name is YOYO and I am a neutered male, tan and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Aug 03, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 03, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765565.

My name is BUBBA and I am a neutered male, gold Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Aug 13, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 13, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1738389.

My name is PRINCE and I am a neutered male, yellow Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Jul 26, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 9 months old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 26, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765107.

My name is BRIDGETTE and I am a spayed female, black and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Jul 30, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 30, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1764809.

Shelter staff named me SHIRLEY and I am a spayed female, yellow Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Aug 09, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 7 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 01, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765424.

Shelter staff named me BROWDIE and I am a neutered male, red and white Labrador Retriever and American Pit Bull Terrier. I have been available for adoption since Aug 05, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 28, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1524166.

My name is PRINCESS and I am a spayed female, brown and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Jun 21, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 7 months old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 21, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1762903.

Shelter staff named me ROYCE and I am a neutered male, tan Labrador Retriever. I have been available for adoption since Aug 06, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 02, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765479.

My name is TYSON and I am a neutered male, black and white Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Aug 01, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 4 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 01, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1142010.

Shelter staff named me BASIL and I am a spayed female, brown Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Aug 07, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 02, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765486.

Shelter staff named me FETCH and I am a male, fawn and white Labrador Retriever. I have been available for adoption since Aug 09, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old. I have been at the shelter since Aug 03, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765559.

Shelter staff named me KENNETH and I am a male, black Labrador Retriever. I have been available for adoption since Aug 03, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 1 month old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 29, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1765286.

My name is GIBS and I am a neutered male, tan and white Labrador Retriever. I have been available for adoption since Jul 17, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 17, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Westside at (505) 768-1975. Ask for information about animal ID number A1764510.

My name is ROBIN and I am a neutered male, tricolor Labrador Retriever mix. I have been available for adoption since Jun 14, 2017. The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 3 months old. I have been at the shelter since Jun 14, 2017. For more information about this animal, call: Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department – Eastside at (505) 768-1975.  Ask for information about animal ID number A1750268.

What better way to show your support for Luvin’ Labs then by wearing one of our custom tee-shirts!  We have several styles available in sizes ranging from men’s small to x-large.  These awesome high-quality shirts can be purchased at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic, 4601 Menaul NE in Albuquerque Monday thru Friday 9 am to 6 pm, except Wednesday 9 am to noon.  All tee-shirts are priced at $15.00 each and  proceeds go directly to the care of our rescue labs.

Can’t get to Good Shepherd…we can mail the shirts to you.  Use the donation button below to pay via paypal or credit card.  In “Special Instructions to Seller” let us know the style, color (if applicable) and size.  For up to 2 shirts, add $8.00 shipping and handling.  (Please call for shipping costs if ordering more than 2 shirts.)  Make sure we have your mailing address and email (for questions).

 

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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!

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Amazon.com has teamed up with Luvin’ Labs Rescue through AmazonSmile to help raise funds for the rescue and rehoming of Labrador Retrievers and lab mixes throughout the state of New Mexico.  When purchased through their AmazonSmile site, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Lodestar Dog Ranch (that’s us!) benefiting all the amazing pups you see on the Luvin’ Labs site!.  While shopping at Amazon (prices, services and guarantees), you’ll be donating to the amazing labs in our program and waiting to come in to our program…how simple is that!  With the holidays just around the corner what better way to make a difference in the life of a lab!  Click on the “Learn more” button below and start shopping.

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Reprinted with permission from Debbie at thankdogphotography.com

I recently read an article by a woman complaining about her difficulty in adopting a dog from a rescue organization.  Several commenters agreed and relayed similar experiences.  It got me thinking…

First, I don’t know the author.   Nor do I know anything about the rescue organization she was trying to adopt from (I think everyone was from New York).

Second – I’m far from an old hand at this.  I’ve fostered 1 adult dog and 7 puppies, including Jet.  And these are only my own thoughts and opinions – I’m not speaking for any rescue organization or volunteer.

So… do I think it’s “harder” to adopt from a rescue organization than from your local shelter?  In a word, yes.  But there are a number of good reasons why…

We have the time to be more selective.  The dogs in the rescue organizations are no longer on death row.  The threat of euthanasia is gone.  They aren’t going to die if they aren’t adopted in just a few days. Once a dog is within the rescue organization, he or she is safe.  We can take the time to do home visits, check vet references, etc.  We can care for them through all their vetting, illnesses or whatever.  The urgency is gone.

We become attached.  Most rescue organizations are all volunteer, and the dogs are in foster care.  This means they live in our homes and share our lives – sometimes for months.  Jet has been with me for almost 3 months now.  The little stinker sleeps in my bed.  Belle, the Queen of Disdain, has fallen for him.  So do I want him going somewhere that’s “fine” or “okay”?  No, not really.  I want him to go to the perfect home for him.  Even if/when that home comes along, will I cry?  Almost certainly.  Do we all seriously consider keeping (one or more) of our fosters? Of course.  Am I considering keeping Jet?  You bet.  The attachment we have to our fosters makes us really want to find great homes for them – homes where they’ll thrive and be happy.

We know the dogs.  I know Jet.  I know he’s a high energy puppy who loves other dogs.  I also know he’s noisy (I hear him from the driveway – coming and going), he can be destructive (so far, the tally is one shoe and a bathroom cabinet), he’s smart but stubborn, he has sweet moments, and he has a well-documented tendency to eat inappropriate things. Because I know him, I know what type of home he needs – and what type of home would not be a good fit.  We have turned down an application on Jet – very nice and well meaning people, but everything about the circumstances spelled disaster and future behavioral issues.

We’ve had dogs returned.  You might be surprised by how often this happens – sometimes a few days or weeks later, sometimes months later. Frequently the issue is a mismatch of energy between an existing pet and the new dog (or a clash of personality).  Sometimes it’s a new boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t like the dog or the dog doesn’t like him/her (though I would guess it’s always the former).  Other times it’s a realization that they don’t have the time needed for the dog they adopted (some are high maintenance, no doubt about it!).  By being more particular with the original adoption, we hope to avoid this.  We can’t always.  Don’t get me wrong – we want them returned to us versus the shelter.. but we also obviously would prefer neither.

We’re all volunteers.  Most of us have other jobs.  So if it takes a little while to respond – or if the whole process is slower than you hoped, please have patience.

Basically, yes, it probably is more of a process to adopt from a rescue organization.  But it’s because we truly want to match the dogs up with the best homes — and vice versa.  If you let us know about you, your lifestyle, your family, etc., we’ll do our best to pair you up with a dog that will be a good match for you.  We’re not trying to be difficult, we just honestly want what’s best for everyone involved (especially the dogs, as that’s where our attachment lies).
So what if you’ve found a dog you’d like to adopt?  Here’s a few tips to help the process along:

  • Show your excitement.  Ooh and aah over the dog and how wonderful and adorable  s/he is.  It shouldn’t really matter, but it does.  We want the dogs to be loved and adored.
  • Think about it.  Sure that dog’s adorable, but do you have the time to housebreak him? To train him? What if he pulls a Jet and runs up $1000 worth of vet bills by eating a still-unknown something?   Let us know you have given the idea of adding a new dog to your family some thought.
  • Complete the application.  Yes, sometimes they’re a little long.  They ask for stuff like your vet’s name.  Trust me when I say we look at them.  If you have pets but don’t have a vet – a red flag is raised.
  • Work on any behavioral problems your current pets have.  Some are fine (Belle countersurfs when I’m not home – not good behavior, but I know now not to leave anything on the counters).  But if your dog doesn’t like your son or snaps at your husband or is repeatedly getting in fights, it’s not cute.  It’s a sign that there’s an issue and you’re not doing anything to resolve it.  We figure the same will happen to your next dog.
  • Demonstrate you have some basic knowledge about dogs.  Don’t let your kids grab at unfamiliar dogs.  Learn some of the basic signs dogs give you when they are uncomfortable, anxious or unhappy.  It’s not hard, it only takes a minute, but it shows us you are serious about being a good and responsible owner.
  • Listen to us.  Dogs often act differently at adoption events than how they do at home.  If we say a dog is very high energy, but he doesn’t really appear to be… listen to us.  Adoption events are stressful for some of the dogs – a necessary evil, I suppose.  The dogs don’t always act like themselves.  Likewise, if we say the dog would do better as an only dog, don’t assume that because your dog gets along with everyone, he’ll get along with the new one too.

Yes, our dogs are rescues, sometimes from awful circumstances, other times not.  But just because they made it to a shelter does not mean they do not deserve a good home.  Indeed, many of them have gone through enough already – they deserve us spending a little time and effort to make sure the next chapter in their lives is a happy one. That’s all we’re trying to do.  So please be patient and understanding – it’ll be worth it.

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