Lab Lift: A Rescue Mission
The request arrived late Monday, November 11th. By very early Thursday morning our team was on the road. Our destination: Oregon. Our mission: to bring 19 breeding Labrador Retrievers—black, yellow, and chocolate—to safety.
Their AKC paperwork was completely inconsistent with their true living conditions. Their humans had become overwhelmed. Housed in outside kennels without appropriate shelter and with long-neglected medical needs, they needed immediate assistance as the winter weather set in.
When groups of dogs are in desperate need, we become even more aware of the blessing of our eight-acre facility instead of having to rely solely on foster care.
Working with a rescue partner who helped arrange for a special trailer, we were able to lift all 19 at once to safety, protection, and care. They have been seen by our dedicated vet, Dr. Codde. They have been scrubbed of years of dirt by our drenched volunteers. And they are quickly learning the ways of indoor-dog habits thanks to the patience and persistence of our amazing feeding team. Our walkers will teach this crew that collars and leashes are good things – leading to walks and play. And some of the more shy ones have gone to foster to help them prepare for their journeys to forever homes.
Dogs are remarkably resilient. These were neglected, but not mistreated. They are social by nature and learning that people can be included in their pack. Within days, most went from cowering to hugging. And for that, we give thanks.
All nine boys and ten girls have undergone neuter and spay. Almost all had dentals. Fleas and worms were banned, and any other medical needs addressed. Three meals per day is helping to put on some needed weight. Good food and care will restore shiny coats. It is a joy to watch their individual personalities emerge helping us make the best matches possible.
As of Christmas, all but three are home (two remain with us for medical needs). Their best lives are ahead. See their video below.
Without you and our volunteers, this Lab Lift would not have been possible. Thanks to your support, we are able to say “yes” and jump into action without hesitation when dogs are in need.
Your gifts made to the Homeward Bound Giving Tree—in honor or in memory of your special someone—make our mission possible.