Together again

Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Route 31 in Clay has invited Labs4Rescue volunteers back for the third time to offer free gift wrapping of your purchases.

Mark your calendars for Sunday Dec. 7, 14 and 21. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on those days, Labs4Rescue representatives will have a table located in the front of the store where they will cheerfully, and at no charge, wrap your items purchased from Barnes & Noble. Also available to anyone interested will be information on adoption or foster opportunities for rescued Labs.

Labs4Rescue is a national, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and finding permanent homes for Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes that are found in high numbers in rural Southern and Midwestern animal shelters. The breed is one of the most popular in the United States. Many "backyard breeders" in the South have tried to cash in on this fact by creating small-scale puppy mills, thereby creating a surplus in the region and making the dogs easy to come by -- and easy to dispose of - when they're no longer wanted. Combined with the facts that spaying and neutering aren't encouraged, and Labrador females can give birth to large litters of 10 to 12 puppies, it's not hard to see why Southern shelters routinely put down up to 60 purebred Labs and Lab mixes each week. Given only three to five days to be adopted, and routinely disposed of by the inhumane method of being placed in crudely constructed "gas chambers," the need to rescue is obvious. The shocking statistics say it all -- of the approximately 10,000 dogs that were gassed from these regions last year, at least 7,000 were purebred Labs or Lab mixes. Anyone who has ever owned or known a Lab understands the importance of stopping this horrific practice.

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