Meet The Real Shelter Labs (PS, They're Available for Adoption!)

Meet The Real Shelter Labs (PS, They're Available for Adoption!)

All labs, all the time.

By Stacy Lenz

Labrador Retrievers are America’s most popular dog breed and it’s not hard to see why. They are sweet, smart and friendly dogs. Their pleasant temperament and furry faces elicit an inadvertent “Awwwwww” from even the most ardent cat person. Name one person that doesn’t love labs, go ahead, we’ll wait.




See! We were right; you couldn’t do it. But just because everybody loves a lab doesn’t mean they don’t end up in shelters. Let us e-lab-orate on that. (Sorry.)

People adopt adorable Labrador puppies and then, because families were not prepared for typical lab energy, the puppies get turned in to a shelter. (We know, it’s super appalling, right?) Luckily, the folks at Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption are able to intervene. They are a nonprofit rescue organization that focuses on saving labs and lab mixes from shelters across the Midwest and Texas. They rescue labs of all colors, but are extra focused on the plight of black labs, as they don’t get adopted as frequently as yellow and chocolate labs. Deviating from our normal region-based Real Shelter Dogs, Lucky Labs isn’t bound to a single location and have dogs available for adoption in not only the Midwest and Texas, but also in New England. (Think of it like a The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/ The Real Housewives of New York City crossover episode where Kyle Richards and Bethenny Frankel hang out!)

And now, without further ado, meet your Real Shelter Labs, complete with opening-credits worthy taglines!

“I may have three legs, but I’m not missing anything.” – Texy Jake 

Texy Jake is a miracle dog. This poor guy was hit by a car and ended up in a high kill shelter with a horrible leg injury. Sadly, his leg had to be amputated, but that didn’t stop Texy Jake! He's now a "tri pod" dog and is fully functional after losing that bad wheel! He is about 5-6 years old and gets around quite well! He can be adopted in Texas and New England. 

“Don’t let the green eyes fool you, I don’t envy anyone but myself.” Lacy 

Lacy is simply gorgeous and stunning! Look at those beautiful green eyes!

Lacy is about 65 lbs and one year old. Lacy is playful and smart. Lacy responds very quickly to training, she's quite intelligent. Lacy is also very playful. She can be a little choosy on who her dog pals are. Lacy is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and housebroken. She is about 2-3 years old. She can be adopted in Texas.

“Look up Good Dog in the dictionary and you’ll see my face.” – Princess Texie 

Princess Texie is a gorgeous 53lbs black lab mix who's about 2 years old. She's very loving and loves to give kisses and hugs! She's great with people, but can be a little particular on who can become her dog friends.  Princess Texie is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped and house broken/crate trained. She is up for adoption in Texas.

“Everything happens for a reason. Why else would I be so cute?” Pink 
Pink is a smaller lab mix, weighing in at about 50 pounds and is as sweet as can be. She loves people interaction and gets along well with everyone.  Pink is crate trained and takes treats ever so gently.

“I bring the power, the puppy energy and the party.” – Farley 

Farley is such a handsome boy! He is a 75 lb lab. Farley really likes his people and he really is just a big puppy at heart! What a great running or hiking buddy he would make.  He's about two years old. 

“I’m an enigma, wrapped in enthusiasm, and fur.” – Jesse 

Jesse is a young boy with loads of enthusiasm and fun. He weighs about 60 lbs., is great with other dogs and loves playing. He would be considered medium/high energy and would love to have an active family to call his own. If you like to run, jog or hike, Jesse would love to keep you company.

If you'd like to learn more about this organization or apply to give any of these lucky labs a forever home please go to and fill out an application.

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