Jun 5th 2016 by labrescuelrcp • 17 Questions • 196 Points
We are Lab Rescue L.R.C.P, an all-volunteer rescue organization that saves and adopts out more than 1,000 Labrador Retrievers each year. We serve a 6 state area & DC in the US (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, northeast North Carolina, and DC)
Today we are answering questions after our monthly adoption event where hopefully we will find new homes for more than 20 dogs. Our volunteers have years of experience in rescue, fostering, and lab behavior and we'd love to answer your questions! Some topics we can answer questions about:
Rescue - what is it, how does it work
Fostering - we have a network of almost 100 foster homes who take care of our labs until we find them homes
Lab Behavior - we've seen it all!
Labs and children interaction
How to house train/crate train your dog
We will take questions starting at 9am ET and will begin answering at 1pm after our adoption event!
If you'd like to learn more or donate to our work, we encourage you to visit our website: lab-rescue.org, and if you're in our service area, consider adopting from us!
Visit our website at lab-rescue.org to see what we're all about and to verify our existence.
We are one of the top rescues who utilize social media to its fullest with almost half a million followers - check us out on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You'll see our advertisement for this AMA!
Note: Though we have a lot of experience with dogs (labs in particular), we are not medical experts. If you have a medical concern about your dog, you should see your veterinarian.
What are some things, large and small, that people can do to help rescue efforts?
Money: every dog we adopt out, we take a loss. It costs us about $700 a dog on average to care for them and our adoption fee is $300, so we rely on fundraising and donations, especially when we take in a dog with heartworms, broken leg, or other medical issues.
Adopt seniors: Everybody wants to save seniors, but no one wants to adopt them. It's about quality not quantity when it comes to time. Senior dogs take less training and time and it's so rewarding. They tend to be lower energy levels (not always!) and they are often set in their ways and can easily move into your lifestyle.
VOLUNTEER! We have adoption coordinators, fosters, transporters, housecheck, webmasters, social media, and so much more that make this rescue work happen. We always need help at fundraising events, adoption events, even putting stamps on fundraising letters!
Spay/Neuter Your Dog: Yes, labs are a great breed and yet, there are still too many of them. Your dog may be great but we adopt out 1000 labs a year already and don't need more :)
Spread the word: Share adoptable dogs on social media (it takes hundreds of shares to get an adoption), support them in their fundraisers, tell people thinking about getting a dog about rescues.
First I would like to thank you for doing this. My family and I are big fans of Lab Rescue LRCP and everything you guys do. We follow all your posts, and we just attended our first lab walk in Annapolis.
I have two questions:
I know people surrender their dogs for a multitude of reasons. In the past, has Lab Rescue ever experienced someone surrendering their lab due to hardship (medical, financial, etc), and later on readopting them?
I know your group has relationships with many shelters throughout your service area. I see occasional Facebook posts for area shelters featuring newly given up labs. What is the process for when your group takes in a lab from an area shelter? At what point do these shelters reach out to your group? How do you determine if you will take in that lab or not?
We recently returned a dog who was given up by an elderly couple and their granddaughter recently adopted the dog. We do adopt back if their situation changes and the dog is still available. However, often times, hardships can mask other issues happening and families just need to focus on other things than caring for a dog.
Each shelter is different. Some move the dogs quickly to rescue because they are high volume. Others only reach out if the dog has special needs. We evaluate the dog for temperament and if the dog looks 'lab-ish.' If the dog passes evaluation, we work to vet the dog and find a foster until adoption.
1) Have them play with another dog who likes to fetch and see if they pick up on the skill
2) Throw treats. If your dog is food motivated, they'll pick it up quickly.
But there are some dogs who just don't care about fetch.
When they are rescued, do you get all their shots over again, just to be safe? Or how do you decide which shots to give?
All Lab Rescue dogs come with shot records whether they are from the shelter or one of Lab Rescue's vet. Always follow the advice of your personal vet on the shots to give as it depends on the age and medical history of each individual dog. For us, things like heartworm treatment vary on the age of the dog. Heartworm treatment can be really difficult especially for older dogs so we sometimes take a different route with them depending on what our vets recommend.
Also a PSA here: PLEASE get your dog on heartworm prevention. I think if people had to see what a dog has to go through for treatment, they'd never let their dog miss a dose.