Lab Rescue takes in 1,000 dogs in 2012

For The Baltimore Sun

Everybody all together now ... awwww! Look at the puppies!

That’s a photo of Bailey, who’s a 3-year-old black lab, and her 11 puppies, born in an animal shelter on Dec. 24. Bailey was the 1,000th dog taken in by Lab Rescue in 2012; if that number sounds high, remember that’s just one breed-specific rescue group in one region.

Bailey was given up by her owner because she was pregnant, says Lab Rescue PR Director Stephen Push. She and her pups are currently nestled into a Maryland foster home and will be available for adoption in February.

Stephen tells me that Lab Rescue has seen a 53 percent increase in dog give-ups since 2008, probably because of the economic downturn. It's safe to assume that's true for other rescue organizations as well. And those dogs come in all shapes and sizes. The Labragator was 12 weeks old when we adopted her, and ours was her third (and final) home. Lab Rescue currently has more than 60 dogs available for adoption.

Bailey is a great example of why spay/neuter is so important, and why rescue organizations are so fantastic. Cheers to them.

We'd love to feature more animal rescues on the blog. Let me know through a comment or email if you have one we should know about.

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