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New England Lab Rescue, Inc.

Limerick, ME

Our Mission

New England Lab Rescue was founded in 2010 by Heather Labbe. When she saw the number of Labs showing up in shelters steadily increase, Heather decided to step up and make a difference.

New England is a region of the country with a high demand for Labrador Retrievers, resulting in very few found in local shelters. Heather realized that with funding and a lot of hard work, she could rescue animals from shelters in southern states and bring them to New England for adoption.

To date, NELR has helped over 2000 Labs find their fur-ever families.

NELR is a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

If you cannot adopt or foster a Lab but would like to help us with our efforts, please contact us to find out how you can get involved!   

Where Do Our Labs Come From?

Frequently, owners surrender their dogs for a variety of reasons. They may bring their dog to the s

Adoption Policy

Our Adoption Process...

Our goal is to find the best match based on the Lab’s background and the family’s needs. The temperament and energy level of the dog are our most important consideration. We also consider factors in the home, including the ages of children, ages of pets in the home, and other types of pets in the home. When we have an appropriate rescue Lab in a foster home, the placement coordinator will discuss the rescue Lab in detail with the applicant, or the applicant may talk directly with the foster “parent”. We want our adoptions to be 100% successful!


• Adopters must complete an application.

• If, for any reason, the adoption is not satisfactory, the Lab must be returned to NELR as stated in the Adoption Agreement.

• New England Lab Rescue reserves the right to take possession of a rescue Lab that is

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