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. Thirty-three 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.
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.
Where our rescues come from:
|Metro East Lab Rescue prefers to rescue dogs and cats that are truly homeless; on the street or in an animal control facility. 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 “lost” animals 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.|