Labrador Love

Now in its 22nd year, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida has placed over 10,000 Labs across the state. Foster volunteers are the backbone of the rescue, but every donor and volunteer plays a significant role in their success.
Words by Stacy Wynn | February 23, 2023 | Lifestyle

With over 300 volunteers and rescue software that helps them manage intake, adoption and foster applications, Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRRoF) — the largest and arguably most successful breed-specific rescue in Florida adopts out approximately 500 Labradors each year. The group was started in 2000 with two women who came together from the dog show circuit and decided to join forces to find homes for Labs needing to be rescued. The original 8-10 volunteers consisted mainly of other dog show participants and former adopters. In the beginning, they tried to stick to rescuing mainly purebred Labs — with only 20 adoptions in their first year. Only the Rockledge, Ocala, Wellington, Ft. Myers and Tampa areas were covered, and finances were very tight. The advent of a few years later allowed the rescue to go through an explosive growth. Geographic districts were formed, administration expanded, and Meet & Greet events began. With more exposure came more donations, so they were able to accept dogs that needed to be sterilized, treated for heartworm disease, or otherwise required care for various other ailments and issues. Social media continues to play a large role in expanding services and placing Labs in loving homes;