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Labrador Retriever Rescue




Numerous dog adoption and rescue agencies exist in the U.S. and worldwide that look to the needs of our lost, cast off, and abused canine companions. Most of these agencies are not-for-profit organizations, relying upon donations, grants and volunteer assistance. Labrador retriever rescue agencies serve to perform and promote the following important functions:
  • Protection, rescue and placement (through adoption or return to owner) of lost (stray), endangered and abused Labs;
  • Education of Labrador retriever owners and prospective owners regarding the health, safety and proper care of Labs;
  • Operation of clinics to insure that even low-income dog owners can have their canines innoculated against common diseases;
  • Introduction and sponsorship of legislation for the protection of Labrador retrievers and dog breeds in general;
  • Sponsorship of or assistance in humane programs to eliminate populations of domestic canines that have, through abandonment, become feral (wild). Such programs typically include sterilization (neutering) and redomestication when possible. Feral dogs tend to form packs and can become dangerous to human and wildlife populations if left unchecked.
Labrador retriever rescue agencies specialize in a single breed because of the special interest members have in Lab retrievers and because specialization is efficient and desirable. The Labrador retriever breed possesses a specific temperament, a unique set of physical attributes, and susceptibility to certain medical conditions. Specialization begets expertise, which leads to better understanding, care and placement of rescued animals.

The Labrador retriever is an especially friendly and fun-loving dog with a carefree but sociable disposition. Labs are large dogs (60 pounds and up) which tend to be quite active when young. A Lab retriever puppy is a handful; contemplate this fact carefully and learn about the needs and handling of Labrador retrievers before considering adoption or purchase.

If you would like to become the owner of a Labrador retriever, please consider adopting your Lab through an adoption or rescue agency. Labrador retriever adoption not only places a Lab who might otherwise not find a home, but also makes it more difficult for puppy mills to remain viable.

Older Labrador retrievers are in special need of adoption, since most people do not consider adopting an older dog due to its shorter projected life span and potential or actual health problems. However, older Lab retrievers tend to be less active, which may be an advantage in a smaller living space or around other pets or children — and they have their own special charm. If you have an interest in adopting an older dog and have no preference for breed, I encourage you to visit The Senior Dogs Project. Let’s help all our “fur-footed” friends find the good homes they so richly deserve.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.   Original article published 17 July 2003, updated 1 May 2005.


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