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They 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 all over the country!  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 MHLRM 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.

Attention potential foster family:

Daily, we are forced to turn away great dogs from high-kill shelters, because we don't have enough foster homes to accommodate them.  We feel that many of the dogs would be highly adoptable and would probably be placed quickly, but without the foster openings we must turn them away.

Please consider fostering, even if only for one time.  Maybe you could only do it for a few nights.  Whatever you could do, we would appreciate it.  If you have friends that are thinking about getting a dog, fostering would be a good first step for them.  If you know people love dogs but travel too much or don't want to make a long term commitment,  fostering might be a very satisfying alternative.

So many dogs are in jeopardy right now because people are losing their jobs and their homes.  Please consider fostering, and please help us to come up with ideas for getting new foster homes.

Our foster homes are an essential entity of our rescue.  Without foster homes we can not operate.  If you are interested in a lab or lab mix this is a perfect way to find out if you are ready. We do have some requirements and an application process.  As we need and value you in order for this rescue to run, we will work with your needs, as well as the needs of your family, to make the transition of fostering a dog easy and smooth.  We will also work with your time frames and do as much of the leg work as you need us to do.  Please select the links below to see requirements and fill out an application. The requirements are a guideline and our perfect foster would look like this, however our lives are hectic and these dogs need to be saved so we are completely understanding and WILL WORK WITH YOU!  Keep this in mind while reading. 

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. MHLRM 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.

Young or newborn puppies and pregnant females.
With "breeding season" basically never ending across the country with irresponsible folks that don't spay/neuter their dogs, 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.

Sick, injured or abused animals.
Imagine 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 Lead Volunteers. 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.