Welcome to The Labrador Rescue Trust
The Labrador Rescue Trust is a registered charity that has rehomed the Labrador breed in the South West of England since 1988. We cover Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, parts of the Forest of Dean near Chepstow, Bristol and Bath as well as the adjoining parts of Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.
RESPONSE TO COVID-19 CRISIS (UPDATED 19/10/20)
During the coronavirus epidemic the charity has been dealing with emergency cases only and we will continue to offer advice to all Labrador owners.
Under current government guidelines we are unable to operate in our tried and tested fashion visiting and assessing dogs in their homes and also visiting prospective homes.
It should now be possible to start assessing dogs that require new homes using social distancing measures and placing them into previously assessed homes.
Please bear with us as this is not a return to normal service and each region will operate according to their own personal safety assessments and availability of dogs.
We unfortunately have seen a decline in dogs into rescue and this is likely to be the case for some time.
The Labrador Rescue Trust would like to thank you for your understanding and patience.
If you have a Labrador that needs rehoming, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for advice and help.
If you have acquired a dog whilst on our list, please let your local Area Co-ordinator know so we can update our data base.
As a lot of us are spending more time at home, it might seem like a good time to rehome a new pet. If you’ve been thinking of getting a pet for a while and are sure it’s the right decision for you, then it may well be a good time to rehome. However, while the idea of rehoming a pet can be really exciting, it’s definitely not something to rush into – especially now
It can be tempting to rush into rehoming a pet at the moment because there are always so many pets in need of loving homes. There are a few things to consider before getting a Labrador or any dog during lockdown (or at any time really):
- Your ‘normal’ routine. Just because you’re at home a lot at the moment, doesn’t mean you will be in a few weeks or months once the lockdown is lifted. Will you still have the time to give your Labrador the care and attention they need?
- Is it just lockdown talking? Being at home and unable to see friends and family is really difficult. Pets can be a really great source of company but remember that they’ll still need you even once the lockdown is over. So, you need to think: is it just lockdown making you want a dog or are you really ready, prepared and committed to giving a pet a new home for life?
- Research. We can never stress enough just how important research is! Sometimes, we fall in love with the idea of something, but the reality is very different. You might envision yourself going on long walks with a new dog, but have you also thought about having to pick up their poo, dealing with fur everywhere or scratched furniture? Walks everyday regardless of the weather?
- Are they the right pet for you? Every Labrador is completely different, some may be more active, need more attention and potentially have more health issues so it’s worthwhile doing some research before committing, but don’t forget to keep your usual routine in mind rather than your lockdown routine!
- Can you afford a dog? Vet bills, food, accessories, insurance… providing everything your dog needs to care for their welfare needs can be expensive!
- Your home environment. It’s really important that everything is quiet and calm when you bring a new dog home. It can be really stressful for them and they’ll need their own space. Having a new dog is very exciting for children but you’ll need to help them understand that your dog will need to have time and space of their own, especially when adjusting to their new surroundings.
- Are you prepared? Do you have everything (or at least, know where you can get everything) your new dog will need even with lockdown restrictions? Do you have a plan of where they will sleep, where their food will be etc.? Is your garden safe and secure? Is your car suitable and safe to transport a Labrador in
Are you able to register with a vet? A lot of vet practices are only seeing emergency cases at the moment, so it may be worth calling or emailing about registering a new pet and see what services they’re offering.
SINCE 1988, WE HAVE HELPED 11,424 DOGS