Why become a foster parent?

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

Luvin’ Labs is a small non profit surviving on the donations of good folks who keep us going through thick and thin.  That said we do not have the funds for extensive boarding or construction of kennels.

Our fosters provide a home environment for each of the labs that are lucky enough to be placed in a foster home.

Want to help save the life of a lab?  Please fill out our Fostering Application (below) and email to:  applications@LuvinLabs.com

Luvin’ Labs Fostering_Application

Together saving one soul at a time


FOSTERING

There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got the call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you’d done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, “Sweetheart, you’re ready to go.
I’ve done all I can, and you’ve learned all I know.”
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I’ve moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I’ll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You’ll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you’ll always be mine.

Author Unknown

“My Personal Story of Fostering and What it Means to Me”

I stumbled into fostering with the Luvin’ Labs rescue  here in Albuquerque.  It was early summer of last year (2010), my son was 5, and we were contemplating the idea of adding a dog to our family of 3. We knew we wanted a lab, and we knew we didn’t want to go to a breeder.   I looked at the site, saw WAY too many pictures of dogs staring at me through sad eyes.  This was not going to be easy. So, I called the number attached to one of the pups, and ended up speaking with Colleen Wyatt.  That’s where it began……..

After discussing family dynamics, and the type of dog that may be the right one for us the idea of fostering was suggested.  This way we could bring a dog into our family, love them, give them food, shelter and a comfy place to sleep, and at the same time see if we really would be ready and committed to adding a dog to our family.

Timing is everything……..It just so happened a 10 month-old pup had just rejoined the rescue, after being returned from his adopter because he was “the most ungrateful dog”.  He was described to me as gentle, a bit on the shy side with a very sweet temperament.  Hesitantly, nervously and anxiously we went to meet him with our son and took him home with us that day like a new born.  We loved him and worked with him to give him back the confidence, trust and bounce in his step that he had been denied in his short 10 months of life.  He has since gone on to be a wonderful therapy dog, who works with kids and is doing what he is meant to do.  I have to say, this being my first foster, and how easily and quickly we fell in love with him, it was definitely a bitter sweet moment to let him go.  But, it was the right thing for him, and I had to put my own selfish feelings of loss aside.

We have continued to foster 3 other dogs all coming into our home with their own sad, and sometimes horrific story.  Each dog has had their own quirky characteristics and strengths that makes them unique.  Each dog has looked at me with their soulful eyes expressing love, gratitude and loyalty, even after the inhumane treatment they’ve endured.  Each one has had issues and problems, with no fault of their own, that they’ve entrusted in me to help resolve them.  Each dog has brought so much joy to my heart, and the highest sense of fulfillment.  I’ve had the honor and opportunity to give these dogs the second chance they deserve; to have love, trust, respect and a forever commitment from a family. That is their right.  It has been a very humbling experience.

There’s no turning back.  I want to do more, help more, mend more souls and experience the overwhelming contentment and pride, as these dogs are rehabilitated and get ready to find their forever homes. I’ve considered adopting every foster that has come into our home.  But, I can’t be afraid to foster a dog in need for fear of loving and losing.  My focus is on saving, rehabilitating and finding their forever home.  Recently we’ve decided to adopt one of the many special dogs who came into our lives.  We are blessed.

Ginger Jones

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I recently moved to New Mexico after marrying my husband who is stationed here at Holloman Air Force Base. I have always had a passion for animals and once we had our own place I wanted to add some furry companions to our family. It is through this search that I came across Luvin’ Labs Rescue. They are a 501(c)(3) rescue organization based out of Albuquerque that work with shelters across the state to help save the lives of Labrador Retrievers from being unnecessarily put to sleep. I was so taken by their mission and all of the sad puppy faces on their website that I applied and my husband and I became puppy foster parents. When we got word of which dog we were to get and got the go ahead to go pick her up, I remember the anticipation as we drove to the Mesilla Valley animal shelter. We named her Maggie. She is one of the countless labs across New Mexico that was out of time. When we got to reclaim, the director of the shelter came out to greet me and thanked me for reaching out to help. Maggie is heartworm positive and with shelter numbers climbing with every passing day she had little chance of adoption. I remember distinctly as the director told me what a good dog she was but she should have already been put down by then – sadly she had only been there two months. But two months in an animal shelter is practically always a death sentence. Had we not pulled Maggie out the shelter that afternoon she would have been euthanized that very next morning. As I sit here watching her sleep lazily on the cool tile floor at my feet, it breaks my heart to think that we had almost been too late. She is such a wonderful dog – the day we brought her home she was already housebroken, knew sit, stay, lay down, drop it….perfectly behaved but for some reason she had just been dumped like a piece of trash. Luvin’ Labs Rescue is a beacon of hope for dogs all over the state – the people who run the organization are unbelievably amazing. They hold fundraisers, arrange dog transports, pull dogs in danger from shelters, provide vet care, boarding, and have rehabilitated and saved too many doggy lives to count, and so much more. They have truly inspired me with their dedication to the work they do and I feel honored to be a part of this rescue family. I hope to continue being a foster parent to as many pups as I can – they deserve it. Luvin’ Labs Rescue needs all the help and recognition they can get – the more dogs we get adopted or fostered, the more dogs we can save.

Hannah Williams