About Us

Adopting A Friend


Our Adoption Process...
Our goal is to find the best match based on the Lab’s background and the family’s needs. The temperament and energy level of the dog are our most important consideration. We also consider factors in the home, including the ages of children, ages of pets in the home, and other types of pets in the home. When we have an appropriate rescue Lab in a foster home, the placement coordinator will discuss the rescue Lab in detail with the applicant, or the applicant may talk directly with the foster “parent”. We want our adoptions to be 100% successful!


• Adopters must complete an application.

• If, for any reason, the adoption is not satisfactory, the Lab must be returned to NELR as stated in the Adoption Agreement.

• New England Lab Rescue reserves the right to take possession of a rescue Lab that is neglected, improperly cared for, develops a serious temperament problem, or is allowed to run loose.

Transfer of Ownership

Adopters must sign our Adoption Agreement that states the Lab will receive proper care, cannot be transferred to another person, and will not be allowed to run loose. Each Lab will be traveling with current USDA Health Certificates in place within 10 days of travel, and will meet the state's regulations on quarantine before travel. At the time of adoption, we will provide you with copies of the Lab’s medical history and any information from the previous owner. You will receive certificates of health, rabies vaccination certificate and tag, and vet papers indicating spay/neuter procedure. If you adopt a puppy who is too young to be neutered or spayed, you must sign a contract stating that you agree to have the Lab spayed or neutered by your vet at your cost. We do not forward AKC paperwork even if it is available.

The 2017 Adoption Donation Fee for a NELR Lab or Puppy is:

Puppies up to 6 months- $475.00
Adults up to 7 years old-
Seniors 7 years old and up- $350.00

This fee partially offsets some of the foster care expenses, veterinary costs, and transportation expenses incurred by New England Lab Rescue. If you are an approved  adopter, one of our case workers will contact you and a contract will be sent and a check must be given before the actual adoption. 

Complete our adoption application here:
Adoption Application!


We serve all New England Sates. 


Who We Are

New England Lab Rescue was founded in 2010 by Heather Labbe'. When she saw the number of Labs showing up in shelters steadily increase, Heather decided to step up and make a difference.

New England is a region of the country with a high demand for Labrador Retrievers, resulting in very few found in local shelters. Heather realized that with funding and a lot of hard work, she could rescue animals from shelters in southern states and bring them to New England for adoption.

To date, NELR has helped over 2000 Labs find their fur-ever families.

NELR is a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

If you cannot adopt or foster a Lab but would like to help us with our efforts, please contact us to find out how you can get involved!   

Where Do Our Labs Come From?

Frequently, owners surrender their dogs for a variety of reasons. They may bring their dog to the shelter when they realize they are unable to provide the exercise, training, socialization, and veterinary care that a typical Lab requires. Some Labs are surrendered when owners realize that Labs do not fare well when left alone all day. Some dogs that disregard invisible fencing are surrendered, or when their human loses a job or has to relocate. Many dogs are surrendered when marriages end in divorce and neither owner can care for the Lab. As families grow, parents find the responsibility of caring for children and a dog can be overwhelming and the Lab must go.  People age or become ill and become incapable of caring for their dog.
Shelters in southern states constantly face overcrowding and must create room for more animals. Animals surrendered to shelters are the most likely to be euthanized first when a shelter needs to make space.  Many animals are saved in their final days, even hours, by rescue organizations. Our Labs come from these shelters.  Most are healthy, loving Labs that were once part of a family.
We aim to give these dogs a successful life. For example, dogs pulled in Georgia by our foster mom are vetted, observed and trained for weeks or months before they are available for adoption. They are Labs that have been surrendered by owners, picked up as strays, or even seized from their owners due to neglect.
Once rescued, we use various transport services to bring our dogs safely to New England.
How long will it take to get a dog?
A suitable rescue Lab may be available in a week, six months, or even longer. As a rescue organization, we have no control over the Labs that are available for adoption. People willing to adopt a senior Lab or one with special needs may get a Lab sooner. Applicants requesting a specific gender, color, or age range can expect a longer wait.
We encourage applicants to be flexible. Male, female, black, chocolate, yellow, young, mature, and senior Labrador Retrievers all make great companion dogs. We rarely have puppies available that are under 2 months old. Puppies and young 1 to 3 year-old dogs require more exercise, additional socialization, and obedience training. Mature 4 to 7 year-old dogs and seniors are over the energetic stage, and they usually settle into new homes quite readily.
We guarantee the wait will be worth it when you are matched with your new family member.
Looking for a Lab mix?
We love Lab mixes! In fact, they are some of the most commonly-found dogs in shelters, including puppies. If you are looking for a Lab mixed with a specific breed, please let us know so that we can be on the lookout!
Know of a Lab in need of rescue?
Email Us and our rescue team and we’ll see if we can help!





Come Visit Us

Please Visit our Website http://www.newenglandlabrescue.com

Please Join Our Facebook Family

New England Labrador Retriever Rescue

Promote Your Page Too


Contact New England Lab Rescue, Inc.


Available Animals

Happy Tails

Powered by Petfinder

Loading Pets...