Where do the dogs come from?
Many rescued Labs come from local animal shelters, county animal control facilities,
or directly from owners who are unable or no longer willing to care for them.
All dogs are evaluated for temperament and level of training before being placed
in a new home. MLRR does not accept any dogs which are known to be aggressive.
coat color make a difference?
Labrador Retrievers come in three coat colors; yellow, black, or chocolate. There
is no difference in these dogs other than physical appearance. All three colors
can be present in the same litter of puppies. The most important factor when
choosing a Lab should be how its temperament fits in with your family, not the
Should I get a male or a female Lab?
Other than the obvious physical difference, there are no major differences between
male and female Labs, especially since all dogs are spayed or neutered before
placement. Temperament and activity level will vary from dog to dog, whether
it is a male or female. Again, the most important factor is to find the dog that
is the best match for the adoptive family.
What are the advantages of adopting
an older dog?
Most rescued Labs are about one year old or older, although we occasionally get
younger dogs. Labs usually have the high energy level of a puppy until they are
about two years old. Adult Labs can calm down quite a bit. An advantage of older
Labs is that they are often housebroken and possess some basic obedience.
long is the wait to adopt a Lab?
Once you are approved for adoption, the wait to adopt a dog is usually a few
weeks to a few months. The less specific you are about the type of Lab you want
(ie. color, sex, age), the shorter the wait will be.
If I foster a rescued Lab
for MLRR, can I decide to adopt my foster dog?
MLRR is always in need of foster homes for rescued Labs. The number of dogs we
can rescue is limited by the number of available foster homes that we have. However,
please do not offer to foster for us if you just want to use it as a way of choosing
a dog to adopt. Fostering is very rewarding, but it is also requires hard work
and dedication. We have a policy that foster homes cannot adopt a Lab from MLRR
within 6 months of the time they begin fostering. We do not view our foster homes
as potential adopters. If you want to adopt a Lab, please fill out the adoption
application instead of the fostering application. What we need most in a foster
home is someone who is truly dedicated to helping us save the lives of homeless