The Trust rescues and re-homes between 600 and 700 Labradors every year in the South West of England. Unfortunately, quite a few of these dogs require extensive veterinary treatment and/or behavioural training in order for them to be socialised so that we can successfully re-home them. Veterinary bills and fees for animal behaviourists are ever increasing and this is why we need your support in sponsoring a Labrador.

Everyone working for The Trust is an unpaid volunteer, so you can be assured that all of your sponsorship money (less minor admin costs) will go directly to helping the Labrador you have chosen to sponsor.

What you get
How much will it cost?
How to sponsor a Labrador?
Labradors who need your help!

What you get

When you sponsor a Labrador you (or your chosen recipient) will receive a Sponsorship Pack, which consists of the following:

  • A letter giving details of the Labrador that you have chosen to sponsor and outlining how the money will help him or her.
  • A photograph of your sponsored Labrador.
  • A small cuddly ‘beanie’ Labrador or a fridge magnet Labrador (the same colour as the Labrador you have sponsored).
  • A keyring.
  • A Labrador Rescue Trust car sticker.

After three months we will send you an update on your chosen Labrador.

All our sponsorship boxes are thoroughly quality control checked by our willing volunteers!

How much will it cost?

Although we ask for a minimum donation of £25 to sponsor a Labrador, please feel free to increase this amount as you wish.

If you are sponsoring a Labrador as a gift for somebody else, you can have the Sponsorship Pack gift wrapped (with Labrador paper) for an additional £2.50.

Postage of the Sponsorship Pack (which is by Royal Mail 1st Class) will cost an additional £5.50.

You can pay for your sponsorship either by cheque or debit/credit card, details of which are on the ‘Sponsor A Labrador Application Form’.

How to sponsor a Labrador

Sponsoring a Labrador is easy. All you have to do is:

  1. Choose which Labrador(s) you would like to sponsor from the list of ‘Labradors Who Need Your Help‘ below.
  2. Fill out a ‘Sponsor A Labrador Application Form’ (making sure you let us know who the sponsorship is for if it is a gift). The Application Form is here:
    Gift Sponsorship Application Form
  3. Decide if you would like the Sponsorship Pack gift wrapped.
  4. Send your Application Form and cheque/payment details to:
    Sponsor a Labrador
    The Labrador Rescue Trust
    32 Award Road
    BH21 7NT
  5. You can also donate a lump sum, or by monthly standing order. We are grateful for all donations and we are also able to reclaim an additional 28% from the Inland Revenue through the Gift Aid Scheme if you sign the relevant section at the bottom of the Application Form.

If you would like to set up a standing order to make regular donations, please download an Application Form For Regular Payments here:
Regular Sponsorship Application Form

If you have any queries in respect of sponsoring a Labrador, please contact the address above, call 07791 519084, or email sponsorship@labrador-rescue.com.

Labradors who need your help!


Zac Christmas photo sponsorshipZac had been in kennels for quite a while when Labrador Rescue Trust asked a family if they would consider fostering a 3 year old Labrador who suffered severe Epileptic fits. . Zac soon made himself at home and became everyone’s best friend plus he discovered the beach, especially the sea where there is no stopping him, he is definitely a water baby. On arrival at his new home Zac was on permanent medication for his epilepsy, Epiphen which helped but he still had mild fits on a monthly basis. The major concern was the high dosage of piphen which could cause possible damage to his Liver. The foster family soon become his permanent home and they heard about a new drug Pexion which had only been on the market for a month. Pexion was non-addictive and would not cause Liver damage but the downside was that it was more expensive. Zac had a couple of fits during the transition period, his loving family have noticed how much more alert he is during the day whereas before he would sleep a lot. Labrador Rescue Trust agreed to and will continue to pay the extra expense for the Pexion because Zac will have to stay on Pexion for the rest of his life.


Tyler sponsor ChristmasTyler as 14 months old when he was put into rescue as he had been diagnosed with a serious heart condition for which the prognosis was very poor. In August 2013 he underwent major surgery which involved inserting a balloon into one of the heart valves. Tyler now needs to take medication for 6 months and then will be re-scanned regularly to ensure this advanced operation continues to make his heart work normally. The operation was carried out by the leading surgeon in this field, Mike Martin from Martin Referrals who was recommended by Mark Patterson from The Veterinary Cardiorespiratory Centre. Mark will also carry out the regular scans in future years. Tyler has made a remarkable recovery and we and the vets involved are extremely hopeful for his future. Tyler is such a dear boy, gentle and obedient and without this advanced surgery would not have survived for long. Tyler was an excellent patient and is now settled in his new home with a Veterinary Nurse.



MurphyMurphy was rehomed at the age of 3 and at the time it was thought that his skin condition was due to stress and anxiety but, unfortunately this has not been the case. Although he is still with his loving home 5 years on (now 8 years old) his skin condition remains a mystery. Murphy’s condition causes him sever irritation and loss of hair with tropical infections. Murphy’s medication consists of anti-histamines daily, steroids every other day and an immunology injection monthly. Quite often Murphy has to have antibiotics for eruptions and irritations of his skin and eyes. Due to his condition Murphy has to wear a special Genco lead as he cannot wear a collar



Woody, is an 8 year old Black Labrador, who came into The Trust’s care in June 2012.  He had suffered pancreatitis, and had become diabetic.  Unfortunately he has since developed cataracts and is almost completely blind.  Woody has been lovingly cared for in his foster home by Richard and his four dogs.  His condition had been very difficult to stabilise and the longer term outlook is probably not good.  He has insulin injections twice a day, and his food has to be exactly the same, and at the same times, every day.
When he arrived in June, he was skeletally thin; his backbone and ribs were very prominent and his fur was dull and scurfy.  But over the weeks, with healthy walks and lots of TLC, he has put on weight and his coat is now sleek and shiny.  He is a typical happy, friendly Labrador, and he loves his walks in the woods and fields.  Because he is so blind he often bashes into things, but he doesn’t like to be put on the lead, much preferring to find his way by relying on hearing and his amazing nose – he keeps diving into the undergrowth and coming out with lost balls!  He is a super dog, and is now thoroughly enjoying his new life with Richard.  Woody needs your support as his veterinary costs will be borne by The Labrador Rescue Trust for the rest of his life.

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