By Andrew Fischer
Where can you get a Labrador puppy for free?
If you want to take care of a dog but you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive pure-bred dogs, there are certain ways in which you can get a pup for free or at least very cheaply.
Considering buying a Labrador puppy from a professional certified breeder can easily cost you around $2000, it’s understandable that some of us search for alternative ways to get a dog. Before you get a new puppy, you should know that even if you managed to get a puppy for free, the amount of money a good dog owner needs to cover vet visits, vaccinations, toys, food etc. is staggering, so first make sure that you are prepared to bear these kind of expenses.
Anyway, if you have decided to get a Labrador puppy for free or cheaply, here are some options for you to consider:
Take in a stray Labrador dog
One of the easiest ways to to get free puppies is by taking in a stray dog.
Did you know that each year, around 1.5 million dogs are euthanized because shelters are too full? In 2016, between approximately 750 000 street dogs were euthanized in the US. It’s a pity that so many innocent lives are lost every year. Taking in a stray dog may save these lives.
Countries with the highest number of stray dogs include Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Italy, Belarus, Greece and Spain.
Get Lucky on Craig's List
Sometimes you can find beautiful and healthy Labradors on Craig’s List for free, so open the laptop and do some research online.
You can also try other platforms like gumtree, oodle etc.
Most shelters in the USA nowadays don’t give out free dogs, but they offer them for a substantially cheaper price than certified breeders.
Shelters sometimes microchip, vaccinate, and neuter dogs so these procedures are obviously not for free. You can get a dog from a shelter for as little as $100.
One benefit of Labradors from shelters is that there are all kinds of dogs there, including purebred ones. So if you want a purebred Lab, you should definitely check your local animal shelter.
Volunteering in a shelter
In general, dogs don’t come cheap. Dog owners need to pay vet visits, vaccinations, beds, collars, tons of food, worming, parasite treatments, surgeries, and especially a lot of their time, energy, and other resources to take care of their four-legged friend.
So if you are afraid that a full-time dog ownership isn’t financially viable for you, you can think about volunteering in a dog shelter instead. You will have plenty of opportunities to really connect to dogs there and make some new friends, both in the human as well as in the animal world. These dogs usually lack social contact and they are very grateful for all volunteers who interact with them.
Another way to get a free Labrador puppy is by checking adoption forums. Adoptions are usually free. The only problem is that adoption pre-checks are often quite stringent and original dog owners are sometimes quite picky about who they give their dog to.
A great place to start is be by starting a breed search on adoptapet.com. A quick search will you hundreds of Labs and other dogs waiting to be adopted. Remember, don’t accept puppies less than 8 weeks of age, as it’s important for young dogs to stay with their mother until they reach that age.
You can also do a search for Labs on petfinder.com. You will be surprised how many Labrador ads there are.