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Adopt-A-Lab continues to grow

Published 3:16 pm, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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  • Sixteen-year-old Allie Shulman from Greenwich is smitten with her newly adopted 13-week-old Shih Tzu, during the Adopt-A-Lab event at Darien Global Pet Foods last Saturday, November 19. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard
    Sixteen-year-old Allie Shulman from Greenwich is smitten with her newly adopted 13-week-old Shih Tzu, during the Adopt-A-Lab event at Darien Global Pet Foods last Saturday, November 19. Photo: Jeanna Petersen Shepard

 

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Darien's Global Pet Foods hosted an Adopt-A-Lab event last Saturday. Many people came out to visit with the dogs and some were adopted.

Lee Strayer and his wife started Adopt-A-Lab as a Labrador Retriever rescue in 2002. The organization grew quickly, so they expanded to include all dog breeds.

All of the dogs are rescued animals; many are from breeders that shut down and some are from shelters that can legally hold a certain amount of dogs. When a shelter has too many dogs many have to be put down.

Adopt-A-Lab's objective is to place dogs in homes as quickly as they can. AAL takes "adoptable" dogs first. The organization only works with prescreened people; the dogs are matched to potential owners.

Strayer and his wife make the trip from Indiana to Connecticut every two weeks. They have placed 1,000 dogs this year, and 7,000 since they started.