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Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue of Phoenix (DLRR) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to finding loving, life-long homes for displaced Labrador Retrievers. In addition to rescue, our volunteers provide medical care and/or rehabilitation for these dogs and then attempt to match them with appropriate, permanent homes. We also provide Labrador Retriever breed and training information on request. Through public education, we strive to help eliminate animal overpopulation by encouraging the spaying and neutering of pets.
DLRR is a network of volunteers who work together to make sure that every Lab has a loving, lifelong home. Most of us are Lab owners with firsthand knowledge of both how wonderful labs are and how much of a responsibility they are. Most of us got involved in rescue because we could not bear the thought of Labs without homes, because we know how much love they have to give to the right family.
We are a non-profit organization. All of the money we take in is used to help dogs directly, or to fund our organization (buying supplies, supporting a website, etc.)
DLRR takes in dogs from the pound, other animal shelters, strays and from owners who don't want them or can't keep them. Most of the dogs we get are young adults who have outgrown their puppy cuteness and are ready to be taught some manners. After DLRR takes in a dog, it is given a veterinary exam to make sure that it is healthy. We also update the dog's immunizations and spay or neuter him or her if it has not already been done. Spaying and neutering not only helps prevent pet overpopulation, but also lowers the dog's risk of contracting reproductive diseases later in life.
Typically, the dog is then placed in a foster home. The foster home provides temporary care for the dog until a new owner can be found. The foster home also evaluates the dog's temperament and behavior, so that we can find just the right family for that particular dog.
We have other volunteers who take applications from those wanting to adopt. Once a home is found to be suitable, the dog will go home! Even then, however, our job is not over. We also follow up with adoptive families to give them support with their new family member. We want to make sure that both the family and the dog are doing well.
Once we are sure the dog has been successfully placed, it's time to go rescue another Lab!
- Denise Anderson
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