We are celebrating our 25th anniversary, quietly due to Covid, but we are all very proud of what the charity has achieved in the past twenty-five years and looking forward to what we will be able to achieve in the next quarter of a century.

The charity is becoming busier again following lock-down when we were essentially closed except  for emergencies.

Richard Best

Sadly we are starting to see some lockdown pups coming into rescue, not so far as I know due to owners returning to work but as is the case with so much of our work now, we are seeing pups with long term health problems where the owners are not prepared to return them to the breeder or cannot afford long term treatment. It was inevitable that with demand so high many more Labradors would be bred and less care taken to ensure the pups would be healthy. There is a core of highly professional and ethical breeders but the majority of pups come from family homes, puppy farms or are imported from Eastern Europe. As prices have risen two to three fold in the space of 12months, where there is a considerable profit to be made it will attract unscrupulous dealers.

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I have lost my beautiful Marley’ aged nearly 13. The loss of a pet is traumatic and that trauma is sometimes hard for non dog owners to understand. I had Marley from the LRSEC nearly 13 years ago. I am a coordinator for the rescue and I answered an emergency call regarding two five month old puppies. Mum came with me (she was often my ‘wing man’ on rescue visits). What met us left us both shocked, and desperate to get the pups out and into the safety of the rescue.

The dogs had never left the tiny crate they were born in. They were knee deep in excrement, food was thrown in through the bars for them to eat from the filthy floor.  They had never had the opportunity to use their limbs outside of the crate so were unable to walk properly, their feet were splayed so they walked on their heels. The smell was awful, they were filthy, covered in urine and faeces. We took the pups straight to a vet. After three washes they still smelled awful. The vet checked them over but he was unsure if there would be lasting damage from their confinement, only time would tell.We took the pups back to my home to decide next step. Both were terrified, having never seen anything but the crate. One pup was less scared and a lovely home was waiting so we decided to allow him to go straight there. The other pup, Marley, was so much worse so I decided to foster him to see what I could do. My existing labs Rosie and Oscar befriended him. Foster lasted about ten minutes before I knew he was going nowhere.  Marley bonded immediately with me, and seemed to get such comfort being near me. So that was that, Marley became ‘Marley and me’.Throughout his life Marley was always nervous, that lack of socialisation in those first few months had undoubtedly done lasting damage. He wasn’t fazed by emergency vehicles going past, sirens blaring, or fireworks, but if anyone coughed, or took a tissue out of their pocket he would run. That obviously reminded him of something from his past. He was a needy dog, but we needed each other and we had such a bond. During the nearly thirteen years we were together I never left him more than a couple of hours, never went on holiday because I knew he couldn’t cope without me. He followed me everywhere, we were a team.My shadow is no longer there, those beautiful brown eyes are no longer gazing into mine. I gave him the very best life I could. His paw prints are firmly etched on my heart along with those of Oscar and Rosie.  If there is a ‘Rainbow Bridge’ I hope they will all be there when it’s my turn, tails wagging furiously and waiting to search my pockets for treats.Run free Marley, you were
so loved….

By Barbara Wilson

Help us save them from the hands of criminal gangs!

Puppy farms and dog theft are frequently reported and sadly growing at an alarming rate.

We at Labrador Rescue South East and Central are anxious to alert people to the dangers of advertising, rehoming or even selling your dog over the internet.  Professional criminals, previously involved in serious crime such as drug trafficking, have turned their hand to dog trading; and they are at Continue reading “Help us save them from the hands of criminal gangs!”