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Our Featured Limerick, ME Partner:

New England Lab Rescue, Inc.

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We love New England, but can also facilitate adoptions to other areas of the country through partnerships with other local rescue groups.

About Our Rescue Group:

New England Lab Rescue was founded in 2010 by Heather Labbe'. When she saw the number of Labs showing up in shelters steadily increase, Heather decided to step up and make a difference.

New England is a region of the country with a high demand for Labrador Retrievers, resulting in very few found in local shelters. Heather realized that with funding and a lot of hard work, she could rescue animals from shelters in southern states and bring them to New England for adoption.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our available dogs can be seen on, Facebook and our website. We get new dogs on a weekly basis, so please check back often!

Our Adoption Process:

Our goal is to find the best match based on the Lab’s background and the family’s needs. The temperament and energy level of the dog are our most important consideration. We also consider factors in the home, including the ages of children, ages of pets in the home, and other types of pets in the home. When we have an appropriate rescue Lab in a foster home, the placement coordinator will discuss the rescue Lab in detail with the applicant, or the applicant may talk directly with the foster “parent”. We want our adoptions to be 100% successful!


• Adopters must complete an application.

• If, for any reason, the adoption is not satisfactory, the Lab must be returned to NELR as stated in the Adoption Agreement.

• New England Lab Rescue reserves the right to take possession of a rescue Lab that is neglected, improperly cared for, develops a serious temperament problem, or is allowed to run loose.

Notes: We do not place Labs in families with children unless we know the dog has a positive experience with children. We do not adopt to those who want a Lab to be an outside-only dog or to sleep outside at night.

Transfer of Ownership

Adopters must sign our Adoption Agreement that states the Lab will receive proper care, cannot be transferred to another person, and will not be allowed to run loose. Each Lab will be traveling with current USDA Health Certificates in place within 10 days of travel, and will meet the state's regulations on quarantine before travel. At the time of adoption, we will provide you with copies of the Lab’s medical history and any information from the previous owner. You will receive certificates of health, rabies vaccination certificate and tag, and vet papers indicating spay/neuter procedure. If you adopt a puppy who is too young to be neutered or spayed, you must sign a contract stating that you agree to have the Lab spayed or neutered by your vet at your cost. We do not forward AKC paperwork even if it is available.

The adoption donation for a rescue Lab is $350.00 for an adult and $375.00 for a puppy. The donation partially offsets some of the foster care expenses, veterinary costs, and transportation expenses incurred by New England Lab Rescue. A check made payable to New England Lab Rescue may be sent in advance. You may also make payment via PayPal in advance. Cash is accepted upon delivery of the rescue Lab.

Complete our adoption application here:

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.