Labrador Retriever Rescue-CT, Inc (LRRCT)is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of Labrador Retrievers that have been abandoned, lost or abused and found in shelters throughout the Northeast. The group was founded in 1996 and organized through long time participation with the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc (www.thelabradorclub.com/rescue.html)National Rescue Program. All LRRCT labs are for the most part purebred. We do accept some compatible "retriever" mixes but essentially the predominant look and temperament is one of a Labrador Retriever. Our labs come into our program from shelters, veterinarians and owner surrenders. They are given up because of family relocation, divorce, allergies, serious illness/death of the owner or simply because their owners do not have enough time for them. In this economy and political climate, labs are also being surrendered due to home foreclosures and military deployments. All of our labs are evaluated for temperament and have been kid/cat/dog tested. All of our labs are spayed/neutered, up to date on immunizations and heartworm/lyme tested. Any medical issues/surgeries are taken care of prior to placement and fully disclosed to adopters.
Please note that there are many other rescue organizations operating in the CT, NYC, and greater New England areas, some of whom have similar names to ours and may also list pets for adoption on Petfinder, but are NOT affiliated with LRRCT. When opting to rescue, please research the prospective rescue organization thoroughly to make sure they are not for profit, stand by a strict spay/neuter requirement, and do not place dogs sight unseen from another geography or without a full evaluation of temperament and health. We at LRRCT have a meticulous and thoughtful adoption process that has arisen from years of experience and we stand by our labs before, during, and after adoption. We welcome any opportunity we may have to answer your questions or address your concerns about adopting a rescued lab.
Please visit our new website at www.labrescuect.org for information about adopting a lab, ways you can help, health and behavioral resources and more!
Due to the volume of wonderful labs in our program, we are in desperate need of foster homes. We have limited space right now in our current foster homes, as well as kennel space and are in danger of turning away labs at this point. Please look at our list and see if any one of our labs might be a guest in your home for a short while. Our usual adoption time is 2-3 weeks. Our mid range to senior labs are grateful for even the smallest kindness. Look into your own labrador's eyes and see if you would not want someone to step up to the plate if they ended up in some unfortunate situation. We supply food, crate if needed and any supplies. Fosters must be in the CT, NYC area. Foster application will be e-mailed upon request. We will only place a foster lab in a compatible situation for both the lab and the potential foster. If you cannot foster, please consider sponsoring one of our labs in boarding for any amount of time. Our labs would be most grateful!!
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A Forever Home For Roxy...
On April 2, 2009, 8-year-old yellow female Roxy, as well as her 2-yr-old black male son and 5-month-old yellow female daughter, were taken into rescue after being abandoned in their home. Roxy had been hit by a car 3 weeks prior, but had not received any medical attention and was unable to walk on her right rear leg. X-rays revealed that the impact of the car had completely rotated the head of the femur out of the hip socket. In addition to her injuries, Roxy had been completely over-bred with back-to-back puppy litters and also had a severe skin condition caused by allergies that were never treated. Her eyes were so inflamed that they barely opened and her ears were severely infected as well. At our vet's office, there wasn't a dry eye when she arrived. Amazingly, given the pain that she was in, she was still able to wag her tail! Roxy is a survivor of the worst animal cruelty but has gotten a second chance to be shown kindness by human beings. UPDATE: November, 2009: Little did we know that Roxy was pregnant when she came into rescue and went to her foster home. Two weeks into foster care, Roxy whelped 9 puppies very unexpectedly. Unfortunately, all of her treatments had to be postponed while she was nursing the puppies. After the pups were weaned, we resumed Roxy's care. She was treated by Dr. Emily Rothstein, a veterinary dermatologist. Roxy had one of the most severe cases of bacterial dermatitis she had ever treated. A combination of antibiotics, medicated baths, topical medications and a raw diet has improved her skin issues dramatically. Her dislocated hip has healed on it’s own. UPDATE April 2010: Fate finally smiled at Roxy when she met the woman who would become her forever mom at an organization event in March. Michelle, her two other dogs Aggie and Hazel, and her cat welcomed Roxy into their home and hearts and you can see from the pictures that everyone has settled in just beautifully. Michelle was able to see beyond Roxy's outward scars to the big heart that lay within and their new love has begun to erase the years of suffering and heartbreak for Roxy. Roxy is a true testament to survival and hope, living every day to the fullest, always believing that better is around the corner. And her legacy and spirit will live on in her thriving pups (see their pics!) long after she is gone. Thank you to everyone who supported her journey. She is our ultimate "success story"!
Check out some of our adoptee Class of 2009 in their new homes! (Class of 2010 on our new website)
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We at LRRCT feel privileged to have met so many extraordinary labradors who become guests in our home for a short and sometimes long while before they find their forever homes. We have also been honored by extraordinary support from many individuals, whether financial or volunteering their time and commitment to our mission.
We'd like to focus on some of the labradors who have come into our program because of the deployment of our military. Please look at Cleopatra, Dixie, China, Bruno in our Happy Endings. March, 2011 brought the surrender of a very special lab, Scooby! He is undergoing extensive treatment for heartworm and will be in foster care long term while he is recovering. His supporters can follow his recovery through our website updates at www.labrescuect.org or through our Facebook updates. These are just a few of the labs surrendered by our military who are called up for active duty two and three times ... having no other options for their canine companions. I wish there were some way for them to know that their labs all got extraordinary homes with extraordinary labrador people. They are true companions and loved.