Hey everyone! We have a special treat for you today! We’re getting our “Featured Rescue” & “Featured Organization” sections going again, beginning with this great interview with HOT Lab Rescue! This is a great organization that not only saves labs in and around Austin, Texas, but also does great work in helping to network other animals in need. I highly recommend following their twitter account @HOTLabRescue for super cute lab pictures, great news from the animal world & Austin, and the occasional cheering on of a certain local football team (Go Horns!). If you like what HOT Lab is doing and would like to help but are not in the area, you can always donate to support them. A direct link to their donate page can be found on our front page underneath their Featured Rescue banner. I’m sure you’ll make more than a few labs smile. ^_^
What’s the name of your rescue?
Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue
Where is your group located?
Central Texas, Servicing an area of approximately 150 miles around Austin. Thus we cover Austin to San Antonio up to Waco West towards Fredericksburg and East to Bryan/College Station. And of course all points in between.
When was your rescue established?
What types of animals does your rescue help?
What is the mission of your rescue?
The Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization based in Central, TX. Our mission is to rescue Labrador Retrievers and place them in loving forever homes.
How is your rescue run? Is it all volunteers?
Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue is an all volunteer and all foster organization.
Do you have a building or is your rescue work done all through foster homes?
HOTLab Rescue works primarily through foster homes, with dogs placed in local kennels should foster home not be available when a Lab is taken into the program.
Where do you get your funding?
Funding comes from donations to our organization. Being a 501c(3) organization all donations are Tax Deductable.
Tell us more about your group. What makes it unique?
HOTLab Rescue has been characterized as more of an eHarmoney style of matching families with their forever Labs. During our application and interview process we learn more about what a family is looking for. That information combined with the information that we know about the Labs in our program from the foster families allows us to present better matches when a family comes to a private meet and greet. At the meet and greet the family will meet 3-5 Labs that match what they are looking for.
Often times HOTLab is brought in to rescue Labs that shelters would have a hard time placing in their current state. Such as dogs that need heartworm treatments, surgeries and other special needs. Prior to any adoption each Lab is treated for whatever ailments they may have and brought current on their shots.
Do you have a favorite adoption story you’d like to share?
Sophie a young female Labrador whose rescue prompted the formation of Heart of Texas Lab Rescue. Sophie was part of a puppy mill, and as a result, was comfortable around other dogs, but at-tempted to escape all human contact. After several months of slow pro-gress, Sophie encountered a setback and became even more fearful of hu-mans. Seemingly there were no options left for Sophie to live a content, peaceful life and euthanasia was considered. However, before good-byes could be said, we received a call from the person who adopted her “cell-mate” from the puppy mill, Rusty. The adoptive family opened their homes to Sophie as well. Sophie and Rusty were reunited. Sophie and Rusty have both since passed over the Rainbow Bridge.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
You can learn more about Heart of Texas Lab Rescue at our website www.hotlabrescue.org additionally you can follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/HOTLAB and on Twitter as @HotLabRescue where we are the most followed Labrador site on Twitter.