I want to know what love is.

"In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
I can't stop now I've traveled so far
To change this lonely life"
         –Foreigner
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Sometimes we don't realize just how helpless they are. Cameron, caked in filth years-thick, engulfed with parasites, he wanted to leave; he just couldn't. Dogs, when given a choice, will escape a dangerous situation. But when they're cruelly chained to a post and forced to endure, day after day, an existence just like torture, they have no choice. As people, we know we can always just get up and walk out. Dogs can't. They rely on us for everything. Having that sort of total control carries the weight of enormous responsibility.

They cannot eat, sleep, run, play....or even breath, rest...love....without us. Consider that this Valentines Day where we celebrate love.

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Love is silent. This deep, unwavering, unquestioned emotion gives compassion, sympathy, hope and care to those around you. It can be enormously gratifying as you receive this love back. Dogs are a magical creature that will give this gift to you without requiring much at all. It's heartbreaking to try to understand how people will not do the bare minimum to ensure at the very least, their safety much less love. But incredibly, dogs will even give you their love for practically nothing.

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We are always in awe of their capacity for forgiveness and love. Take Begonia, for example. Trudging through her miserable living conditions, we can only think that she must have had hope. Hope that her situation would change, as she huddled with her 3 other companions, shut out and confined to a dirt square, without a roof to escape the pouring rainstorms. Without consistent food to fill their ribs. And surely, without love. Saying yes to her rescue she now takes refuge in a foster home where she is learning to trust again. And most importantly, receive unconditional love.

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Did you know that we have already rescued more than 500 dogs since our 10,000th in November? Incredible as it may seem, we barely have the time to take notice. In what has been a whirlwind 3 weeks, we have seen more tragic neglect and medical emergencies than ever. Like Igloo. Seen on the streets alone, she had just given birth to her pups. Could we take her? Yes, of course, we replied. Returning to rescue her and her babies it was just minutes too late. She had been struck by a car and was in bad shape. Quickly getting her to our vets they did everything they could to save the new mom. Sadly, with injuries too severe she didn't make it, leaving her now orphaned pups on their own. In the care of a foster home, her tiny, sickly little babies required heat lamps to warm their small bodies and specialized, expensive nutrition to pull them through their tragic start.

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Or Ladybug. At only 2 years old, hiding out on the streets alone – scared and pregnant. As she arrived to our rescue she delivered her pups premature, where it was discovered that she had a life threatening infection. Rushed to our vet, they performed surgery to try to save her life. Sadly her condition was too severe and her pups too would be orphaned. At only 1 week old they require hourly bottle feeding while being watched around the clock, as they are simply too young to care for themselves in any way.

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Luckily we were able to rescue Bandana before she gave birth. Arriving covered in fleas and ticks, this underweight girl was in obvious pain as she carried her pregnancy with a broken hip. Then she gave birth. 8 hours and 9 babies later, she incredibly finds the strength to gently nurse and care for her newborns. Once they are weaned she will require FHO surgery to repair the break. Another very costly procedure.

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Mange caught early can be easily treated. But mange left to run rampant can become severe infections. Young Zara, suffering from a serious case of neglect was not given the protection and care from her owners and her infestation became severe, giving way to a secondary illnesses. Saying yes to her rescue meant immediate emergency treatment and now prolonged medication and skincare.

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And Ruffles.  Kept caged in someone's backyard, Ruffles was starved along with his friend.  Although we were able to rescue Ruffles, his friend was very weak.  Rushing him to our vets they did all they could do to save him.  But he was far too emaciated and could not recover.  Ruffles now in the care of a foster home, fights for his life as he beats back an illness.

Unfortunately if we do not have the funds to say Yes to cases such as these, the dogs are forced to deal with whatever horrendous situation they find themselves in. And sometimes we barely reach them in time.  At a moment where we think about what love really means and our commitment to that, we reach out to you to ask for your support.  As much as we wish the problem of cruelty and neglect was diminishing the sad fact is that it is not. Because we truly love all dogs we will continue to do what we can to save each and every one of them. We hope you will too.

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Please help us cover the rescue and medical care expenses of Zara, Igloo, Cameron, Ruffles & his friend, Ocelot, Begonia, Ladybug, Bandana – and the 27 young puppies' that followed. These 36 dogs are just a snapshot of the 199 we rescued in 3 weeks. Some cases are more costly to rescue than others. But because dog's give us their unconditional love we must try to give each of them ours.

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I want to know what love is, I want you to show me
I want to feel what love is, I know you can show me
I'm gonna take a little time, a little time to look around me
I've got nowhere left to hide, it looks like love has finally found me"
– Foreigner

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We need your help!

Labs & More Rescue is able to take in special needs dogs like these because of the generosity of our supporters who donate to help us offset the astronomical medical bills.

We have kind and loving foster families who volunteer to take in these wounded souls, but we don’t have the consistently needed funds to cover these very expensive procedures and all the necessary aftercare. If you agree with providing compassionate care for those who cannot do for themselves, please donate as you are able.   

Whether you donate $5 or $500 your donation makes a difference!  As a 100% volunteer run, 501(c)3 nonprofit, you know each dollar goes directly to the care and rescue of our dogs.  Donations can be considered tax deductible.

Thank you for donating and for sharing this story so that others may do the same.  From all of us here at Labs & More Rescue, we thank you.

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