Spotlight Dog – Marley & Milly

Meet Marley and Milly! This sweet bonded pair are looking for a kind person or family to enjoy life in the comfort of a forever home. Their owner became disabled by a stroke and could no longer care for them. Could their forever family be you? 

Gentle giant Marley is a 6-year-old, 110-pound yellow male.  Marley’s ideal weight should be around 90 pounds, so he is on a reduced-calorie diet.  Marley’s adopter must be committed to maintaining his weight-loss goal so that he can live his ideal dog life.  Marley falls instantly in love with any human who looks his way.  We know a good boy when we see him!  Marley is a wonderful canine companion to his sister, Milly.  Marley’s owner initially adopted Milly as a puppy, believing she was a Lab mix, and when Milly did not grow into a Lab, she went and got Marley as a puppy from a Lab breeder.  Marley was turned in to DLRR after his owner suffered a debilitating stroke and could no longer care for her beloved dogs.  Foster mom believes Marley and sister Milly’s behavior in the foster home reflects how well taken care of and well loved they were in their former home.  Both have lived with a cat in their former home but have not had interaction with the cats in Foster home. 

They are both completely trustworthy in the home when the humans are out.  Marley is completely housebroken and barks rarely.  He likes to keep himself busy with a nylabone, chew toy, tennis ball, or a long nap.  Marley does enjoy an occasional dip in the pool at foster house as well.  Marley has a wonderful temperament, seemingly happy all the time.  All humans in foster family refer to Marley lovingly as “the Big Doofus.”  Foster mom would not recommend Marley going to a home with small children as his size could be overwhelming and could possibly result in a knock-over.  Marley does have some medical issues of which a potential adopter should be aware–he has arthritic hips and has a wonky gait, but when he is happy and sees a human you would never know with the way his whole body wiggles.  Because of the arthritis, he may need an anti-inflammatory or pain medication going forward.  Marley also has allergies and has been prescribed the allergy medication Apoquel.  Marley rides well in the car, but because of his hips needs assistance getting in.  Marley is looking for a person or family to give him the love that he knows he will return to them exponentially.  Foster mom believes that Marley and sister Milly are ready-made for an easy transition to a new loving home.  If you believe you would be a good lifestyle match for Marley, please contact his Foster Mom.

Milly is a petite, 45-pound 8-year-old female mix. She is all one looks for in a doggie companion.  Milly is friendly to humans and other dogs.  She is completely housebroken, walks well on leash, rides well in the car, and barks only to alert her humans.  She is completely trustworthy in the home.  Contrary to what one would expect of an 8-year-old dog, she has a nice level of energy and enjoys chasing after a frisbee and playing with dog toys, especially chew toys.  Milly occasionally “talks” to the humans in the foster home, walking up to them and uttering a single quiet “woof” when she wants attention.  When humans ask her a question, her head tilts back and forth in interest if not comprehension.  Milly takes treats so gently your hand will barely feel a whisker.  Milly has a wonderful bond with her brother, Marley.  Despite their great size difference, they are good companions for each other, but both love and crave human attention.  They are great companions for each other when the humans are not around and fantastic companions for the humans when they are home.  Of course, everyone has at least one bad habit–Milly does occasionally jump on humans who allow it, and does occasionally lift her paws to the counter (which is as high as they will go) to investigate the kitchen.  Milly and Marley are looking for a kind person or family to enjoy life. 

Please contact us if you think your lifestyle could be a match and you could be a good home for Milly and Marley.  

Zeus Oncology Fund™

The Zeus Oncology Fund™  (ZOF) was established in 2017 to help provide funding for care and treatment of our DLRR dogs diagnosed with cancer. The ZOF is in honor of Zeus, a DLRR alumni who was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma. Zeus had surgery along with necessary treatment and rehabilitation, and his cancer returned less than three months later.

When funding permits, we also offer financial assistance to our DLRR alumni dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer. These special grants and gifts allow us to help our adopted Labs and their families when they need financial assistance. This assistance is available through our Income Assistance Application, which can be sent to you via email. Please email your request to melissarupoli@me.com.

It is in his honor that other DLRR dogs are granted the opportunity to have safe cancer treatment, rehabilitation, recovery, hospice care if required, and most other necessary requirements and needs as they go through their treatment process. Each unique case is reviewed carefully with the dog’s best interest during the decision process, and funding is based on approval.

To donate specifically to our Zeus Oncology Fund™ , please click the button below. Each dollar goes directly to the quality care of our cancer dogs who are under the supervision and guidance of a Board Certified Canine Oncologist.

The criteria for funding includes the following:

1) A Board Certified Canine Oncologist reviews diagnosis, treatment options, and overall health of the dog. (All areas will be considered, such as age, current health, treatment research, viability and owners commitment to treatment.)

2) A portion of financial assistance may be granted, or possibly full treatment costs covered—each case is reviewed individually. You may be required to complete and submit an Income Assistance Application (IAA). Response time is typically five business days from submittal of the IAA. There may also be a phone discussion, review of health records, reports and updates required for financial assistance. All payments are made directly to the Veterinary Practice or Oncologist responsible for your pet’s treatment.

3) Financial grants are only offered to those individuals who have limited financial funds for the treatment of their DLRR dog.

4) Contact melissarupoli@me.com to receive your Income Assistance Application.

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Cooper

My name is Cooper and I am a big handsome boy that has a fair amount of energy for someone my age – we think that I’m about 10 years old. Did you know that senior labs are awesome? I have not had the most stable life but I am looking for my furever home now. I can walk on a leash, with a little help from you to guide me since I am blind. But please don’t let that deter you . . . I get around great, and I am as happy as can be! Blind dogs are very special, you know. I have met several humans at public Meet and Greet events and they all like to pet me and I really like it too, even the little people. But since I am quite large in size, little people may get knocked down because I can’t see them when I move. I am like a big cuddly bear and my fur is so soft. I am housebroken and have been around other dogs. But I would do fine with just my humans if they didn’t have other dog(s). I do my best to find my way around, am not hesitant to meet new people and confident that someone will see how much love I have to give. I may not do well with a doggie door because I could get lost outside and not find my way back inside. If you have a pool I would also need supervision to get in and out if I decide I like the water, and if you do have a pool, it would have to be fenced for my safety. I am a pretty easy going fellow just looking for a furever place to live and be loved. My pictures don’t really do me justice, you need to see me in person.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH DLRR

Ways to volunteer:

  • Administrative Tasks
  • Dog Evaluators
  • Events/Fundraising
  • Fostering
  • Home Visits
  • Intake
  • Kennel Service
  • Labline Team
  • Shelter Dog Watch
  • Social Media
  • Transportation (Lab Cab)
  • Vet Liaison
  • Volunteer Team

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

  1. Complete a Membership Application.
  2. Pay your annual dues for Volunteer or Affiliate membership.
  3. Agree to abide by all rules as stated in our bylaws.
  4. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to discuss your interests.
  5. Sign the Volunteer Agreement provided by our Volunteer Coordinator.
  6. Complete the DLRR Volunteer Orientation online training course.

WANT TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?

Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue does not have its own shelter or facility. Every dog that we intake needs a foster home to provide a kind, loving home while it is waiting to go to its new forever home. Foster homes are the cornerstone of our organization and what we require in order to rescue our Labs in need. All you need to be established as a foster home is an appropriate place to house a dog, time to spend with him or her, and a heart big enough to love a dog that is in the midst of a big transition. You will also need to set time aside to attend meet and greets to introduce your foster dog to potential adopters along the way to placing him or her in a loving home.

Complete our Foster Home Application after completing the Membership Application.

Our Foster Home Coordinator will contact you to discuss your application and the fostering process. If you have additional questions about fostering, please contact our Foster Home Coordinator.


NO TIME TO VOLUNTEER, BUT STILL WANT TO SUPPORT THE LABS?

Please consider becoming an Affiliate member of DLRR. Your $25 annual membership dues helps Labs in need of medical care and rehabilitation. You will receive our monthly newsletter, which contains up-to-date financials, messages from the Board of Directors and informative articles, along with pictures of the dogs you are helping. Fill out a Membership Application and pay the membership fee of $25. All of our members must agree to abide by our bylaws.

YOU JUST HELPED SAVE A LIFE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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