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Spero Labrador Retriever Mix Henrietta, NY

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Large
  • Black


loves fetch, active, extremely loving, crate trained, house trained
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date.
Good in a home with
Other dogs, children.
Prefers a home without

Meet Spero

Hooray! Spero is now available for adoption!! Please apply to become an approved adopter to start the process.

Spero is an active, extremely loving black Lab mix who weighs almost 65 lbs. - very close to his ideal weight. He is about 4 years old.

Picked up in South Carolina as a stray, he was weak and emaciated. After coming to Lab Lovers Rescue, Spero was diagnosed with IBD (irritable bowel disease) which explained his inability to gain weight. The treatments worked and he's now ready for adoption. IBD is very manageable and inexpensive to treat.

If you want a dog who loves to be with his humans, Spero is your guy. He will follow you from room to room and sit in your lap if you let him.

Spero gets along well with his fosters' resident dog. He's a fetching fool and would retrieve a ball all day long if he could. Although he would rather sleep in bed with his foster parents, he happily sleeps all night on his own bed in the bedroom.

Because he is active and could accidentally knock a small child over, a home with children 7 or older is recommended.

His crate training comes in handy when his humans need to leave the house for a while, although he's also trustworthy being left alone in a room.

A physically fenced yard (sorry, Spero's not a candidate for an invisible fence) where he can run and stretch his long legs is necessary. A play session in the yard also helps before any leash training sessions, too.

Spero knows come, sit and wait. He's working on stay and down. Leash skills are a work in progress so a harness is a must.

He likes to chase squirrels and chipmunks so to be safe, no cats.

This fun-loving, well-behaved, REALLY loving, sweet dog will make a great addition to your family.

Oh, and c'mon - he's pretty darn handsome now, too, shiny coat and all.

He will need to be neutered in the future. We were unable to safely neuter him while we were diagnosing and treating his IBD.

Spero is an incredible dog who deserves an incredible family.


1. Adopters must live within 40 miles of Rochester, NY. Our rescue is unable to support greater distances. Please do not ask for an exception, beg, argue, negotiate, or cajole. Sorry, but we are a Rochester only rescue.

2. All our dogs listed on Petfinder are available for adoption and the posting is removed once an adoption is pending. Please don't send an inquiry just to ask if he's available. If you can click on the button, he's still available.

3. If an approved applicant is a good match, the dog you are interested in may be adopted by the time you are approved, and the listing will be removed. We do not hold up adoptions to wait for a new applicant to be approved. Approvals remain good for a year.

Our adoption fees are:
Puppies under 6 months: $400 + $100 Spay/Neuter Deposit
Puppies 6 months – 1 year: $350 + $100 Spay/Neuter Deposit (if applicable)
Dogs 1-7 years: $300
Dogs over 7 years or with serious handicaps: $200.

Lab Lovers Rescue is an all-volunteer organization funded entirely by contributions and fundraising. We count on donations and adoption fees to help defray the costs of caring for our foster dogs. We are delighted to accept any amounts over these adoption fees to help other dogs in our care.

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  • Labrador Retriever
  • Adult
  • Male