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Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue
PO Box 81821
Austin, Texas 78708
Phone Number: 512-516-1787
Visit Website: http://www.hotlabrescue.org
The Heart of Texas Lab Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization based in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to rescue Labrador Retrievers from shelters, pounds, abandonment , and other situations, and place them in loving, caring homes. The HOT Lab Rescue serves Austin, San Antonio, and surrounding areas. It is HOTLR's policy to accept and place dogs ONLY in the state of Texas. All Labradors are neutered/spayed, current on shots, and heartworm negative prior to being put up for adoption.
Fostering: Foster families are one of the most important assets at HOTLR. We are a foster-based rescue. Foster families are needed to provide temporary homes for the Labs that we take into the program. The more foster homes that we have, the more Labs we can save!
Short-term/Emergency Fostering: Temporary and/or emergency foster homes will be needed during times of transition and/or when foster families need assistance with temporary boarding. This may involve a weekend while someone is out of town or a few days during a transition.
Monthly Foster/Adoption Events (Meet and Greet): Meet and Greet events are held on either a Saturday or Sunday three times a month. At this event, potential adopters meet our Labs. Families who are currently fostering will bring their Lab to meet potential adopters. The dogs waiting to meet potential adopter would benefit from you walking, grooming or playing with them. That way, they won’t have so much pent up energy when they meet adopters.
Phone Duty: Phone Duty is taken by a volunteer for a week at a time. This volunteer checks the HOTLR voice mail at least once a day for messages. The volunteer then returns calls and answers questions. The Board Members are always available to help provide you with answers and support as needed. At the end of the week, a written weekly summary is provided to the Board members via email. Before your first Phone Duty, you will be provided with written instructions.
Phone Interviews: All potential adopters and fosters are interviewed by phone shortly after submitting their application. The volunteer conducting the interview uses a standardized set of questions. The volunteer then writes the answers to those questions and sends them to appropriate Board Members.
Home Studies: This type of volunteer goes to the home of a potential adopter or foster family and conducts a study of the home and yard to ensure that this would be a suitable forever or temporary home for one of our Labs. Training will be provided (we would have you shadow one of our experienced volunteers to learn the ropes). Home Studies may be done in pairs or solo depending on the comfort level of the volunteer.
Transportation: Volunteers will be needed to help transport our Labs to and from foster homes, forever homes, the vet, or shelters. Out-of-town volunteers could help with this. For example, if we need to transport a Lab to San Antonio, it helps when one of our volunteers in San Antonio can meet us halfway and then deliver the Lab to its destination. HOTLR dogs should be transported in the passenger area of a vehicler in the back of a van/suv. A crate is an ideal way to transport one of our Labs.
Events/Raising Awareness/Fund Raisers: Different events that HOTLR attends will require volunteers to come and assist with the dog handling, greeting people and spreading the word about HOTLR. For example, at Petfest in San Marcos, we have volunteers and dogs in the booth. We gift wrap before the holidays at Barnes and Noble’s for donations and we need lots of volunteers to help with that!
Shelter Checks: We need volunteers to check local shelters on a regular basis for Labs that we could potentially take into our program.
Can you make a donation? Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue needs donations. Donation Information:
Financial Sponsorships: Occasionally we take a Lab into our program, but we don’t have a foster home available (right away). In this instance, we must board this Lab until we have a home available. Other dogs are taken into the program that need routine veterinary care or have special needs. All expenses for boarding and medical care are paid by HOTLR. Our financial sponsor help support the Lab’s medical and boarding needs. Financial Sponsors will receive “regular updates” on the sponsored dog.
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