Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you have just adopted or you are considering adopting a lab from Lab Rescue, you may have questions about who we are and some of the items that are included in your contract.
We believe in good families providing good homes to great dogs!
The frequently asked questions section is just that...questions that we receive on a regular basis. We encourage you ask your Adoption Coordinator other questions that you might have.
What Does LRCP Stand For?
LRCP = Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac.
They are our parent organization
Why do So Many Labs Need New Homes Each Year?
Labrador Retrievers are the most popular breed in the United States. With so many families choosing labs we are constantly faced with the fact that many cannot keep or care for them.
Some of the common reasons why labs come to Lab Rescue of the LRCP are:
- they are abandoned and become strays rescued by a shelter or kind individual rescuer
- in this economy, many families have had to give up their labs for financial reasons
- sometimes families move and they can not take their labs with them or offer an ideal house and situation
- labs are sometimes given up because their owners face medical challenges
- some families find that a lab requires more time than they anticipated because labs are a high energy breed
- from time to time Lab Rescue is asked to help with an abusive situation
In short, many of our labs have clearly been well loved family pets who need new homes. Others are looking for new families to offer them love and care that they have never been able to experience. All of our labs are searching for new homes that will accept them with love and provide the care and training that they need to be members of your family.
How do I Adopt a Lab from Lab Rescue?
We have clearly outlined the adoption process in our Adoption Center. Please refer there for details about what you can expect if you decide to adopt from Lab Rescue.
What Happens if I Adopt and it Just Doesn't Work Out?
Once you adopt a lab from Lab Rescue of the LRCP we expect that you will try everything you can to help your lab adapt to your family and that you give them some time to settle in. You can always reach out to us, through your Adoption Coordinator or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will try to offer advice and assistance.
Contractually, your lab must come back to Lab Rescue if the relationship just doesn't work out. The services of Lab Rescue of the LRCP are available for the entire life of your lab.
Why Can't I Breed My Lab?
Remember, about 1000 labs need to find homes through Lab Rescue each year. Breeding your lab can ultimately mean that this number increases. Breeding dogs is best left to people who understand just how much time it takes to breed a dog.
The adoption contract for Lab Rescue of the LRCP prohibits breeding. We do not want to add to the problem that we're working to solve.
Why Is Heartworm Prevention So Important?
Heartworm is a parasite that is spread through the bite of a mosquito. Many dogs do not display any symptoms, especially in the early stages of the parasite entering their body. Untreated, heartworm can kill your dog and that is why prevention is so important.
Preventing heartworm is as easy as giving your dog a tasty heartworm prevention tablet, prescribed by your veterinarian, and given to your dog once a month. Annual heartworm tests should also be run when your lab has his or her annual checkup.
Lab Rescue gives every lab it takes in a heartworm test. If they are heartworm positive, Lab Rescue will pay for their treatment. If you adopt the lab before it is treated you can bring it to one of our vet clinics for care. Heartworm treatment is typically done at one of our Lab Rescue approved vets with expertise in treating this disease.
Heartworm treatment is very effective but your dog will need to be kept calm and can not have exercise until cleared by the treating veterinarian.
Why Is Flea and Tick Medication So Important?
In addition to heartworm, fleas and ticks can transmit a number of different diseases to your dog. These include Lyme Disease, Dermatitis and Ehrlichiosis. Fleas can even cause anemia.
Prevention is the key to keeping your dog healthy. Monthly, topical prevention is easy and it is a low cost way to keep your lab free of discomfort and disease.
Controlling fleas on your dog also makes it easier to control fleas within your home.
Should I take my Lab to Training Class?
The simple answer is "Yes"!
Whether your lab already knows commands or seems to have never heard the word 'sit' before, training can offer you great value. The most important outcomes that training classes offer are:bonding and communication - you will learn how to communicate with your dog and in return, he or she will bond with you faster confidence - even experienced dog owners find value in a refresher class and walks out more confident in their ability to control their lab in every situation socialization - your dog will get to spend time with a lot of dogs and will benefit from the socialization experience that a training class offers.
There are many great training classes available and some of them target areas like jumping that might best suit your needs. Feel free to ask your adoption coordinator for references in your area.