Why I Rescue Labrador Retrievers
Metro East Lab Rescue was started by Cindy Kuschel. Cindy’s interest in rescuing Labrador Retrievers started in 1986 when she was helping to develop the Highland Animal Shelter. Soon after the shelter opened, a three month old yellow lab puppy was brought to the shelter as a stray. The owners were located, but did not want him back! “Gus” was getting picked on by the other puppies at the shelter, so she brought him home “for the weekend”
… Cindy enjoyed Gus for 15 years! Soon after adopting Gus, Cindy realized she wanted to help more labs in need. Twenty-eight years later, Cindy’s passion is still helping as many labs for which she has the time and finances. Cindy feels it is an unspeakable tragedy that we, as a society, put to death millions of healthy adoptable pets. In 2016 Madison County Animal Control euthanized 281 dogs/pups and 797 cats/kittens.
Metro East Lab Rescue focuses on Labs because we feel we can do a better job if we focus on helping one breed. However, because we love all dogs and cats, we almost always have several non-labs and several cats that need good homes. It is heartbreaking to turn down a homeless dog or cat, but time and finances force us to be realistic. Therefore, we try to limit ourselves to ten to fifteen homeless dogs and two or three homeless cats at a time. Even then, we are always over my limit! Sadly, we still easily turn away five dogs/cats a week.
Where our rescues come from:
|Metro East Lab Rescue prefers to rescue dogs and cats that are truly homeless; on the street or in the pound. This usually means that these animals will be dead soon if we cannot take them! Because of this, we generally have little or no history on the pets. However, we have just as good results placing the pets with unknown backgrounds as we do the pets with a known background. We have come to the conclusion that an over whelming majority of strays have nothing wrong with them… only irresponsible first owners. Many lost pets are not reclaimed because surprisingly, people do not know where to look for their pet or do not care to look for them! We also try to help families that no longer want their pets. We explain to them the enormity and magnitude of the homeless pet problem, counsel them on how to solve any problems and try our best to convince them to keep their pet.|
Finding Pets to Adopt
|Cindy’s Critter Camp is home to Metro East Labrador Retriever Rescue (But we always have a few mixes and other purebred breeds!) We invite you to please take a look at the dogs and cats we currently have for adoption. Also, like us on Facebook. If you are interested in meeting any of our homeless pets, please complete an Adoption Application. Since 1994, Metro East Labrador Retriever Rescue has been able to save 1,291 dogs and 216 cats (updated 1/1/17). We are very proud to say that some of the people who have opened their hearts and homes to these pets have been repeat adopters.|
When you rescue a pet you save two lives, The life of your new friend
“I rescued a human today”