You're here because you might like to learn more about Labrador Retrievers, animal rescue or maybe both. We're glad you're here! This page will hopefully answer some of your questions.
About Labrador Retrievers
The breed that emerged from the east coast of Canada at the end of the nineteeth century has grown to become one of the most popular breeds in the world. Called "Labs" or "Labbys", the Labrador Retriever started life working with fisherman off the chilly coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador and was further bred to assist hunters in retrieving ducks that had been shot and fallen into a marsh. From those humble beginnings, Labs have branched out to become police and military dogs, assistance and service dogs and of course the intelligent, sweet, gentle and loyal pets we all love.
You'll generally find Labs in three "recognized" colors. They are black, chocolate (brown) and yellow although as friendly as Labs are they quite often end up with puppies mixed with other breeds which can lead to many variations. Labs are generally medium to large dogs with small, healthy females weighing in around 55 pounds to healthy large males topping 90 pounds. While there is no official deliniation, there are two general body types for Labs: thinner, longer-snouted "field" Labs and thicker, shorter-snouted "show" labs.
How do you know if a Lab is the right dog for you? Well you'll never know if an individual dog is right until you meet him or her but generally, Labs are even-tempered, intelligent, good around children and other dogs, friendly and great swimmers. If you hunt, a Lab makes a loyal, easily-trained hunting companion. We encourage you to search the Internet for information and to talk to friends who already have Labrador Retrievers.
About Animal Rescue
There is an epidemic in the world that goes largely unreported. According to the Humane Society of the United States a staggering 3.4 million adoptable dogs and cats are estimated to be euthanized each year simply for lack of a proper home! Our city and county shelters are often overcrowded and underfunded leaving animal control personnel with the grim task of disposing of unwanted animals by euthanizing them. Animal rescuers are people, the vast majorty unpaid volunteers, across the country and world who think this doesn't have to be the fate of these animals. Animal rescuers work hard to find creative ways to get these "unwanted" animals into homes where they can live out a full, happy life. And it's working! Every year the number of euthanized animals in the U.S. falls but to us, the idea of one adoptable animal being destroyed is unacceptable so we've got a long way to go.
Getting animals rescued requires a few things. First, it requires people who are willing to endure some pretty unpleasant realities with the goal of making the world a little better and saving lives. Second, it takes money; many animals are deemed "unadoptable" because of something as insignificant as an easily-treatable medical condition. A little money for anitbiotics or a minor procedure can literally mean the difference between life and death for a dog or cat. Finally it takes creativity. Lowcountry Lab Rescue volunteers are always trying to come up with ways to move dogs all over the Southeast. If there's a dog in a shelter about to be put down and a potential foster two hundred miles away, the rescuer will find a way to save the dog's life. When dealing with a lot of different people in many different places it takes good communcations skills, diplomacy and organization to make sure the outcome for the dog involved is a forever home with a loving person or family instead of a lethal injection.
You may think it's hopeless when you hear the statistics that over three million dogs and cats are euthanized each year but consider this: as recently as the 1970's that number was between 12 and 20 million at a time when America had far fewer people and pets. This means we are winning the battle but we have a long way to go! Spay and neuter programs help keep the unwanted pet poulation down. Advocacy and education help get the word out and educate the public. And rescuers save lives, period. Want to help? We'd always love a donation or some help volunteering but even if you decide to help another rescue or animal advocacy group the net result will be saved lives. You may say with so many pets losing their lives "what difference can I make?" The very first time you volunteer, you'll know exactly what difference you made.
Take a look around our website, all the "snapshots" you see on our site are Labradors that were slated to be "put down" at animal shelters. Every one of them found their forever home through Lowcountry Lab Rescue. Every picture is a life saved.