Second Chance Labrador Retriever Rescue

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You don't need to breed your dog to see the miracle of birth. You only need to go to the shelters and see the tragedy of death. Don't buy while shelter dogs die... National statistics: Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever find a home. 800 dogs and cats are euthanized each hour in the U.S. It is estimated that between 6 and 8 million animals are brought to shelters every year, and 3 to 4 million of them (in 8 states) are euthanized inhumanely, in the gas chamber or, the 1 bullet in the head method in lieu of the humane drug. Please consider a shelter dog. Saving one animal will not change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.

Who We Are

Second Chance Labrador Retriever Rescue is an LRC, Inc. affiliated Lab Rescue since 1994. We are dedicated to the rescue of purebred Labradors and placing them in permanent, loving homes. We offer a referral system (please read disclaimer below), whereby humans wishing to adopt may utilize our referral list. This list includes our available Labs, as well as those in shelters and with other agencies. We also take in and foster Labs on a limited basis. Our goal is to educate the public on responsible dog ownership, especially the spaying/neutering of pets and to inform prospective Lab owners of the "special qualities", characteristics and requirements of our breed before they acquire a Labrador Retriever. Whether you are looking for a Lab or any other purebred dog, make sure the "rescue person" you are working with is associated with that breed's national or incorporated club. It is important that the rescue person know a lot about the breed you are interested in. Most people involved in breed rescue started out as breeders or exhibitors and added rescue because they love the breed. Believe it or not, more than 90% of breed rescue is run by a show/hobby breeder, proving his/her dedication and love of that particular breed, even though the dog was not bred by them. We re-home purebred Labradors from owners who no longer want them and rescue Labs from municipal shelters, where they will be killed. Most dogs are kid/cat/dog tested, all dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and heartworm tested. Any medical issues are taken care of before adoption. We are always in need of foster homes. If you love dogs but cannot make that long time commitment, fostering might be for you. Please have a fenced in yard, time to spend with the dog and a veterinarian reference. Fostering is rewarding. It's sad to have to turn a dog away for lack of space. PLEASE NOTE: Second Chance Labrador Retriever Rescue has the right to deny or refuse any application. DISCLAIMER: For dogs listed on our website for direct referral to the current caretaker only (and not through Lab Rescue), please note the following: Second Chance Labrador Retriever Rescue makes no representations about the health or temperament of these dogs, and we assume no responsibility for the health or temperament of these dogs. These dogs will not be adopted out under a Lab Rescue contract nor will they be the responsibility of Lab Rescue at any time before, during or after their adoption.

Adopting A Friend

We adopt out to approved families in the tri-state NY area, and the following counties: Orange and Sullivan Counties in NY, Sussex County, NJ and Pike County, PA. Please e-mail us for an application. No adoptions will be considered without filling out an application. We prefer a house with fenced in yard but, apartment owners/dwellers are always welcome, as long as you provide us with a copy of your lease. All dogs go out on a legal, binding contract. Our modest non-refundable adoption fee of $300.00 for dogs under 8 and $250.00 for our seniors, often only partially covers the expenses we incur on our rescued Labbies.

Surrendering Your Lab

Any owner wishing to give-up their Lab must have their dog spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and proof of negative heartworm test BEFORE entering rescue. A "health certificate" from your Veterinarian must accompany the dog at the time of placement. Please e-mail us for a "surrender application". After reviewing the application, we will contact you. The fee to give-up your spayed/neutered Lab is $175.00. If for some reason you will not have your dog spayed/neutered, the fee for an intact dog is $300.00. Your honesty in the surrender contract is essential! False or misleading information will result in the dog being immediately returned to the owner and we will cease to provide any assistance in placement effective immediately. We prefer a system where your dog is kept in your home giving the prospective adopter a chance to speak with you and ask questions about the dog. This also prevents the need for your dog to transfer through two, three or more different families before landing in a permanent home. That can be very hard on a dog. Also, we ask lots of questions - if you can't deal with that do not contact us.

Shelter Dogs Dying To Be Adopted - Adopt a Senior Dog: "Blessed is the person Who has earned the love of an old dog"

Mature pets make great family additions, but are often overlooked in favor of younger animals. These seniors deserve the same dignity that your parents & grandparents deserve. They don't deserve to die in a cold shelter. You'll be old one day, too. We cannot save them all - we need you but, most of all, the dogs need you. PLEASE visit your local shelter today!!


The Labrador Retriever Club, Incorporated is dedicated to the health and welfare of the Labrador Retriever breed while conserving the original breed function - that of a "working retriever." A purebred dog offers to his owner the likelihood that he will be a specific size, shape, color and temperament. The predictability of a breed comes from selection for traits that are desirable and away from traits that are undesirable. When a breed standard or type is set, the animals within that breed have less heterozygosity than do animals in a random population.

A Labradoodle is nothing more than an expensive crossbred. Because the genetic makeup is diverse from the Poodle genes and the Labrador genes, the resultant first generation (F1) offspring is a complete genetic gamble. The dog may be any size, color, coat texture and temperament. Indeed Labradoodles do shed. Their coat may be wiry or silky and may mat. Body shape varies with parentage but tends to be lanky and narrow. Behavior varies with the dog and within a litter with some puppies poodle-like in attitude and others somewhat like the Labrador Retriever.

The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. is opposed to cross-breeding of dogs and is particularly opposed to the deliberate crossing of Labrador Retrievers with any other breed. These crossbreds are a deliberate attempt to mislead the public with the idea that there is an advantage to these designer dogs. The crossbred dogs are prone to all of the genetic disease of both breeds and offer none of the advantages that owning a purebred dog has to offer.

Important Notice

Space is very limited. There are more Labradors in shelters because of the economy and we must rescue those Labs first. For this reason, we are not accepting "owner give-up" dogs in our program. However, we can and will help you but we are overwhelmed with shelter rescues. Also, it is a felony to threaten and harrass someone over phone lines. This includes the internet. If you cannot or will not speak nicely to us, do NOT call us. If you are not going to let us speak, do NOT call us. You don't like our attitude? That's too bad. We care about the dog - not you, not your family. YOU, not us, are not keeping the committment you made to a defenseless animal who thought he or she was in a safe, loving home. You cannot say you love your dog and in the same line say you cannot keep him/her. Dogs do not train themselves. Get a dog trainer - call us for a recomendation. We are a group of rescuers trying to do our best - we are NOT miracle workers. We have full time jobs and a family of our own - we can only do so much. Furthermore, do not try to guilt us by saying you don't want to have to bring your dog to the shelter. Shelters kill dogs - they WILL kill your dog and YOU, not us, can live with that. Labradors get treated like any other dog in the shelter. As a matter of fact, they are the first to be killed. "Gee, if this is such a good dog why did his/her owner(s) bring him/her to a shelter that kills?". Think long and hard before bringing a dog into your home. Dogs are not yesterdays garbage nor are they disposable.

Toddler Adoption Rule

We receive e-mails like this on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. Please read this and understand why we have implemented the "toddler" rule. Hi, I have a purebred 4 year old male yellow lab who is fully vaccinated and neutered. We have loved him from the day we brought him home 4 years ago. Unfortunately, he snapped at our 2 year old the other day, and our vet is adamant about us finding another home for Buddy. He is a beautiful dog and has very good socialization skills with other dogs. He has never been a problem to anyone who's ever watched him for us. Please let me know if you are interested in him. To us, the reason is very clear - toddlers and dogs do not mix . It takes the most responsible/knowledgeable dog owner to pull this relationship off. Anytime the dog has been good for his entire life and the first bad behavior is with a toddler, there is no doubt in our mind that it is 100% the toddler's fault (in addition to his parents who, obviously, are not supervising). Guess who suffers ... it's clearly the dog. Who is going to adopt this dog. Are you? We welcome your feedback.

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation - For the Welfare of Animals

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation was formed in 2004 by Mark and Wanda Shefts to honor the memory of their two Labrador Retrievers. Their mission "To provide financial support to credible organizations and individuals that Benefit the Welfare of Animals". The Shefts' passion for animals led them to create this non-profit foundation, which assists animals in a variety of ways. The foundation lends financial support to:

Funding of equipment for medical facilities

Funding for much needed research

Medical treatment for animals where hardship is present

Funding of organizations that benefit animals

Other endeavors that benefit the welfare of animals

100% of your contributions to the Foundation will be directed to fulfill the goals of the Foundation which utilizes only volunteer staff.

The Foundation is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL. Please visit their site at to learn more and make your charitable donation to a great cause now.

All Administrative expenses of the Foundation are paid for the Foundation through donations from the Shefts Family, not from your donation. Fundraising expenses are paid for the Foundation through donations from the Shefts Family and other corporate / individual sponsors.

Animal Rescue Flights

Animal Rescue Flights ("ARF"), recipient of the 2010 ASPCA Presidential Service Award, was created in 2008 by pilots who want to bring awareness to the need for widespread, low-cost spaying and neutering programs as a solution to America's animal over-population problem. ARF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends who believe in the benefit of volunteering their skills and resources to help save animals in need. ARF promotes, plans, and performs the transportation of animals from overcrowded shelters where they face certain death to rescue groups where qualified families are waiting to adopt them. There is never a fee of any kind, either to the sender or the receiver of an animal flying with ARF. Please visit and PLEASE make your tax deductible donation TODAY. ARF is looking for pilots, student pilots, and non-pilots who can contribute their time and skills in planning, performing, and promoting this effort. Join now and let them know how you can help!

Favorite Sites

Please take a moment to visit some of our favorite sites: DOGS DESERVE BETTER (, LABMED (, and Labrador Lifeline ( These organizations depend 100% on the genorosity of animal lovers. Please take the time to visit these sites and do consider them when making a donation to a legitimate and very worthy cause. If you purchased your dog from a petstore, please visit, or to learn where your dog really came from and how his/her parents are living. These websites are really exceptional. Also exceptional and really heartwarming is Puppy Mill Rescue ( For all of you who have dogs purchased from petstores, please look at the graphic photos.

Second Chance Labrador Retriever Rescue

Serving the Tri-State New York Area, Orange & Sullivan County in NY, Sussex County, NJ and Pike County, PA

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