LRSEC, unlike some other rescue organisations, does not have a kennel full of homeless dogs.
We work on a system whereby the owner of the dog to be rehomed continues to keep the dog, if circumstances allow, until the right home is found, as this minimises the dog’s anxiety. If this is not possible and a dog needs to be removed immediately, for whatever reason, we will place him or her in a LRSEC approved kennel. We also have several temporary foster homes where we can keep dogs in a home environment until a suitable new home has been found.
If you have decided, that you would like to adopt a rescued Labrador, please contact your nearest Area Coordinator, after which you will asked to complete a prospective home questionnaire. Once the Area Coordinator has received the completed questionnaire, one of our Helpers will contact you to arrange a home visit at a time when all members of your household are available to chat.
Unless you currently own a dog, our Helper will probably be accompanied by one of his/her own Labradors. Providing everything is satisfactory, you will then be placed on our register. However, the time it will take us to find you the right dog is likely to be determined by the number of preferences you stipulate, eg age, colour or sex. Nonetheless the right dog could come along very quickly, so be prepared!
Many of the Labradors we are asked to rehome come to us because of changed family circumstances and most are well cared for and in good health. Some however, are old and infirm and need a good retirement. Others DO HAVE PROBLEMS, but in the right home can blossom into happy dogs again. As Labradors are sociable animals and enjoy company we will not usually home a dog where it will be left alone for more than 3 or 4 hours a day.
Please try to be fairly ‘open minded’ about the sex, colour and age of the dog you are looking for. There is certainly no ‘average’ rescue Labrador and both dogs and bitches are loyal and make wonderful companions. Although we maintain a policy of privacy between our owners, we will offer you as much information as possible. A settling in period is essential for rescued dogs and we will support you through this. However, you might expect some difficulties in the early stages. You could be lucky and get a Saint !! Whatever the temperament of your new dog, we recommend that you take him or her to training classes, as this is a good place to learn about each other.
When adopting a Labrador, you will be asked to make a contribution which will be dependant on the age, health and general well being of the dog. Please contact you nearest Area Coordinator for further information.
If you are interested in a specific dog please let us know which one when you return your application form.