My Nonprofit Reviews
Nellie Lejoly M.
Review for Labrador Rescuers, San Diego, CA, USA
In 2009, I was looking to expand my ‘pack’ and give my 12 ½ y/o lab Sirracca (who’d been with me my entire adult life) a buddy. After a lot of research and many un-returned phone calls from other rescue groups, I reached out to Labrador Rescuers (LR) and heard back from Barb, one of LR’s longest volunteers, within a day. That same week, Barb came to my home to meet me and Sirracca, and I knew right away I’d found a wonderful rescue. I could tell Labrador Rescuers felt as I did about dogs… LR’s pups, its volunteers, and its adopters, are its family. After our home visit, I was approved for adoption and was on the road to finding my new family member and Sirracca her buddy.
Sadly, that following week, Sirracca fell gravely ill. A visit to the emergency vet led to a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma; life expectancy after diagnosis averaged 2 months. I was heartbroken. Sirracca stayed with me in good spirits for another month before it was her time to cross Rainbow Bridge and during that time I put the adoption search on hold to be with her. Throughout that dark time and after Sirracca’s passing, Barb continued to check-in and offered her support as my family all lived out of state. About a month later, Barb contacted me about a lab LR had just taken in as an owner surrender and brought sweet Bella to me for a weekend visit. Looking back, I don’t know what I’d have done without Barb’s support and my sweet Bella. Needless to say, it was a match made in heaven and the rest is history.
I have since moved to Tucson, AZ and my husband and I now have a pack of four labs! I have been involved with a few different rescues and let me tell you… rescuing animals is a gut-wrenching and tireless effort. Barb and I remain in touch to this day... and *I remain in awe*, of LR’s dedication, to helping this wonderful breed and the folks who adopt their pups. I am forever grateful for Bella, of course, but also the support they offered me throughout the entire process. Helping potential adopters is as high a priority as helping the labs they rescue. Labrador Rescuers is simply top notch; out of five stars, well… they deserve eight.