Labrador Education and Rescue Network (L.E.A.R.N.)

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Foster Homes
L.E.A.R.N. is always looking for a few (or more) good foster homes. If interested in finding out more on fostering for L.E.A.R.N. contact us or see our web site for more details.
We're always willing to accept your donations to help us care for sick and injured foster labs. We now accept donations via PayPal. See website for more details.

Who We Are

L.E.A.R.N.'s Mission is to be: A charitable and educational organization established to assist in the rescue of unwanted Labrador Retrievers by placing them in homes through fostering, adoption and referral. To provide public education regarding Labrador Retrievers and to promote responsible ownership and the humane treatment of all dogs. L.E.A.R.N. has achieved Federal 501c(3) Status as a non-profit tax exempt organization. You can read more about us on our website

Adopting a friend

To adopt a dog from L.E.A.R.N.: 1) Fill out an application found on our website ( or by calling 847-289-PETS. 2) Approved applicants will be contacted by a volunteer for an informal home visit. 3) Dogs are matched with potential adopters who fit their needs. A person on the lab match committee will act as a liason between potential adopter and foster home. 4) Potential adopters and foster homes set up a time for the adopter to drive to meet the dog. As there are foster homes throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, it is possible that potential adopters may have to drive a couple of hours to meet a dog. 5) There is a minimum of a 24 hour waiting period before an adopter can bring his/her new family member home.

Come Visit Us!

L.E.A.R.N. is a rescue run completely by volunteers. There is no central building where dogs are kept. Rather, each dog is placed in an approved foster home for a minimum of 2 weeks. During this time, the dog receives his or her shots, is spayed or neutered, and is temperment tested in a home situation. Foster homes are located throughout southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois and potential adopters are required to drive to the foster home to meet the dogs. Because potential adopters need home visits prior to seeing dogs, as well as needing to be within driving distance of the foster homes, L.E.A.R.N. only adopts dogs out to families that are in southern Wisconsin or northern Illinois.
Labrador Education and Rescue Network (L.E.A.R.N.)
9853 N Alpine Rd Box 206
Machesney Park, IL 61115

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