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weneedfosters_mammapupsThey arrive by the dozens every day: helpless Labs, who are sick, injured or abused...puppies who are too young up for adoption, great Labs that no one had time for pets whose families are in crisis, all surrendered to shelters in the DFW Metroplex!

To get the second chance they deserve, these Labs desperately need foster care.

If you love and care about Labs and want to help them enjoy the lives they deserve, please become a DFW Lab Rescue foster-care provider today!

You may be asked to give a few days or weeks of your time to the dog who benefits, it means a lifetime.

"We need caring people to become foster care providers and help us save the lives of hundreds of Labs every year," said Director of Incoming Marisha Teagardin. "The number of Labs needing rescue every day, every week, every month, and every year is staggering. We need people in our community to provide these Labs with temporary respite until they can be placed up for adoption and find their forever home."

What Types of Animals Need Foster Care?

Lots and Lots of happy, grateful Labs of all ages that are just victims of bad circumstances.

By providing temporary foster care to a Lab in need, you're helping to ensure a bright future. Without foster care, many Labs will not survive. There are little or no out-of-pocket costs to providing foster care, and you don't have to be an 'expert' about animals. DFWLRRC provides medication and veterinary care, foster training and support, and a fabulous "Meet-N-Greet" program. As a foster-care provider, you're asked to give love, food, care and time in a safe and nurturing environment. Each case is different. The length of time a Lab will spend in foster care depends upon that animal's age, and condition. The success of our organization is directly affected by the number of foster homes we have available. Fosters are essential in providing a loving environment for our rescued Labs, in order to assess their personalities and place them in forever homes. The more active foster homes we have on our roster, the more Labs we can give a new leash on life!

In ALL cases, you're giving a Lab the second chance he deserves.

weneedfosters_shelterYoung or newborn puppies and pregnant females.

With "breeding season" upon us, we need foster-care providers for Labs about to give birth to new litters of babies, as well as young and newborn puppies who are not old enough to go up for adoption. Some puppies, or litters, may require short-term bottle feeding; most of these youngsters simply need a safe, secure home in which to "grow up" until they reach 8 weeks of age and a minimum of 10lbs.

Between May and September, shelters in the DFW Metroplex take in more than 3,000 unwanted puppies per month, many of them Labs! Many are too young and too small to go up for adoption and are euthanized, or fall ill and do not survive. But if given time to "grow up" in foster care, they can be spayed or neutered and placed up for adoption and get the chance to live a long, happy life.

Sick, injured or abused animals.

weneedfosters_yellows_1Imagine having a very bad cold, a broken leg, a serious burn or other treatable medical condition, but no one to help or no place to go while you recovered. That is the fate of thousands of Labs who arrive at area shelters each year. Without a secure place to stay temporarily, and someone to feed them and care for them (and in some cases, administer medication or change bandages) these Labs may not survive. Our Rescue vets work hard to give each dog the same loving care you would want your pets to have, but there is a limit to how long they can house our injured Labs. New patients arrive every day; for them to receive the immediate, lifesaving care they need, we must move other recovering patients to another safe and nurturing location such as a temporary foster-care home.

You don't have to be a veterinarian to care for a sick, injured or abused Lab. You simply need to provide tender, loving care under the direction of our Rescue Veterinarians and Vet Liaisons. It's important to note that we will never place a Lab patient with a foster-care provider who is not willing or able to provide the necessary level of care.

Take the Next Step!

  • To become a foster-care provider, please click here to complete an application.

Please don't delay...Labs in need are waiting for you! Give a Lab a New Leash on Life!




Top 10 Reasons To Foster

As told through the hearts of DFWLRRC Foster Families (and Labs!)


Open your heart and your home - foster today!

  1. You meet GREAT people who share your passion and love for Labs
  2. A family affair fostering a Lab allows your entire family to participate in a volunteer activity.
  3. A foster Lab will kiss you...even when you have morning breath.
  4. There is nothing better than puppy breath except maybe puppy kisses)!
  5. Companionship without a lifetime commitment - You can foster one Lab. It can be just a few days, a few weeks or a few months. It can be as long or as short as you like.
  6. Emotionally Rewarding - To see the light and life come back into an abandoned Lab's eyes, and know that YOU helped put it there!
  7. Fostering is proof that God does exist!
  8. Saving a Lab wont change the world, but for that one Lab, their world will change forever. Who couldn't use a little more unconditional love?
  9. Pure Joy - The memories that warm your heart and touch your soul...Christmas card and letters from all our adopted families.
  10. Because for every one Lab you agree to foster, there are ten others who will never get that opportunity.

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