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When Labs4Rescue founder, Cathy Mahle, adopted her first dog from a Missouri shelter several years ago, she was surprised to find many purebreds there. Once she learned the full scope of the situation, she knew she had to find a solution. The organization has grown to employ a professional transporter who delivers an average of 30 Labs a week to homes throughout the Northeast that have been pre-screened by local representatives of Labs4Rescue. To date, the group has rescued more than 7,000 Labs from rural high-kill shelters in Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Local Baldwinsville residents, Dave and Tara McKenney adopted Gracie, a 4-month-old chocolate Lab who had been rescued from a Louisiana shelter shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Labs 4Rescue arrived just in time -- Gracie was to be gassed the very next morning. The couple shudder to think of the dogs that weren't so lucky and are now committed volunteers for, and proponents of, Labs4Rescue.

"Gracie is truly the love of our lives. To think that she could have been one of the thousands who were not lucky enough to be rescued just breaks our hearts. She has added nothing but joy to our home, and we are determined to help Labs4Rescue save as many other dogs as possible," Tara McKenney said.

Those interested in finding out more about labs4Rescue adoptions, sponsorships or fostering can visit their web site at labs4rescue.com or speak with the volunteers wrapping their purchases at the Clay location of Barnes & Noble. This holiday season, help yourself to free gift-wrapping and help Labs4Rescue save lives.

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