The holiday season is a tough time for dogs. They are abandoned at record rates and we have a dreadful time trying to pay for kennel and vet bills. Labs, being America’s most popular dog, are also the most abandoned breed of dog. One in every ten dogs comes to us heartworm positive – that’s a $275.00 expense to treat. Many need to be spayed ($150) or neutered ($125). The average dog stays with us (at a charitable rate of $10-$12 per night from the kennels) 2-4 weeks. We are perennially broke, and always struggle through the holiday season.

The bills are huge, but the payoff is stupendous – we adopt out almost 700 labs a year. To save all of these wonderful dogs is the mission of our ragtag army of volunteers, who donate their time (and gas!) to get these dogs to safety, to treat their medical problems, to foster them and help them overcome any problem behavior, and finally, to get them to their “forever homes.”

You can help by making a general donation – or (much more fun) participate in our Yellow Lab Holiday Raffle (held at our annual LR Holiday party on December 8th.

Look at these great prizes!!!

Prize # 1 - 4 night Bahamas cruise for two aboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas - Sailing from Miami on Jan. 21, 2008. Includes cruise, port charges and taxes AND airfare (up to $500). Total value: $1200.00.

Prize # 2 - One week at the 3 Bears Cabin at Jay, Whiteface Mountain, Adirondack Mountains, New York, USA (10 minutes from skiing at Whiteface and 25 min from Lake Placid). The cabin has 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s) - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 4-6). It is pet friendly. Value - $900.

Prize # 3 - One week getaway at a two bedroom lakefront cabin in beautiful Berkeley Springs. Accommodations for six PLUS your four footed friends as well. Value - $600.

Prize # 4 - Four Park Hopper Disney World Tickets - these tickets allow you to come and go through multiple Theme Parks on the same day as many times as you like. No matter where you begin your day, you can go from Park to Park to enjoy the evening Extra Magic Hours available to all Guests of Disney Resorts. Enjoy the freedom to be more spontaneous and relaxed with your daily vacation plans. Value - $464.

Prize # 5 - Two night stay at the unique Merhaven Bed, No Breakfast (a quaint mid 1920s arts and craft bungalow) in Charleston, SC. mid July through August, 2008. Value - $240.

You can buy the tickets online at http://www.lab-rescue.org using VISA/MC. Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Remember, YOU NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN and your donations are tax deductible.

This year, for the first time, we have a gorgeous Lab Rescue calendar – the link to buy those is also on the home page – they make great gifts for the dog lovers in your life! http://www.lab-rescue.org

Please consider helping a four-legged friend in distress – and of course feel free to pass this along to anyone you know who loves labs or dogs in general. Your holidays will be merrier knowing you helped a dog to find a lifetime of love!

Wishing you much happiness in this holiday season,