Who we are

Labrador Education And Rescue Network (L.E.A.R.N.), an ALL VOLUNTEER non-profit 501(c)3 organization, serves Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. A network of foster homes and volunteers connect through the Internet and at L.E.A.R.N. events. L.E.A.R.N. does not have an adoption facility. We take in and foster Labradors of ALL ages, from adolescent to geriatric (rarely puppies). We are not breeders.

What we do

L.E.A.R.N. began rescuing Labs in 1999. As of July 2022, LEARN has found forever homes for 2,331 Labs. L.E.A.R.N. places abandoned Labrador Retrievers or those who need homes for a variety of reasons in new forever homes. L.E.A.R.N. educates adopters and the public on the importance of spaying/neutering, training, and the humane treatment of dogs. 

How we do it

L.E.A.R.N. is supported entirely by donations, fundraising, and fees charged for adoption. Donations bridge the gap between available funds and veterinary bills. Raised funds help us to save more Labs. L.E.A.R.N.’s most important asset—our dedicated network of over 120 volunteers—makes our rescue work possible: from clerical duties and intake assessments, to fostering and transporting, we all play a role in finding the Labs a new forever home. After nearly 20 years, we continue to go strong and save Labs!

Want to save a Lab’s life? Opportunities to help save Labs abound, and volunteering can take many shapes and levels of commitment.  For more information on fostering and other volunteer opportunities, see our Volunteer page. The more foster homes we have, the more Labs we can save. ( L.E.A.R.N. covers a foster dog’s veterinary expenses.)

Why adopt from L.E.A.R.N.?

Here are a few of the many reasons for adopting a Rescue dog:

  • Save the life of a healthy, happy dog.
  • Know the temperament and behavioral traits before bringing a dog home.
  • Adopt a dog that may already be house trained and know some obedience.
  • Help address the huge dog overpopulation problem.
  • Find a new and appreciative best friend!

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Smooch a Pooch -- Saturday February 11th, 2023