It is a hot summer day in July. You and your human companion are out in the yard. They are working in their garden, while you are cooling off in the shade underneath a tree. Could life get any better than this? Sadly, it only takes a split second for our lives to change from the ideal to the tragic. Such was the case of Hero.
Perhaps it was a squirrel or some other animal. Maybe it wasn’t an animal at all. No one will ever know what it was that caught Hero’s attention that day, and sadly, into the path of a car. Despite every effort to save his life, his prognosis was grim. Hero would not make it.
For our human friends, it doesn’t get any worse than this. Or does it? Imagine again, our human loves us, would do anything in this world for us to get well again, but they can’t help us. Why? The cost of our treatment is very expensive and much more than they can afford. Sadly, love and devotion can’t pay our medical expenses. Hero, if he hadn’t been so critically injured on that fateful day, his family would have been able to pay for his expenses. Sadly, for many Labs and their families this is not the case. Tragedy often gives birth to inspiration, and this was no different.
Determined not to let Hero’s death be in vain, his family wanted to make a difference. In 1999, Labrador Life Line (LLL) was born. A year later it became a 501c3 nonprofit organization. A community of Lab lovers, LABSR4U , turned Hero’s death into a positive. Determined to give purebred Labrador Retrievers a fighting chance, they wanted to give them, a “life line.” The life line would help those families who were unable to afford medical treatment for their beloved four-legged family members. It gives the Labs a chance they would otherwise not have.
The Face of the Organization
Hero’s life couldn’t be saved, but his death was not in vain. Every year, because of the vision and inspiration of Hero’s family, purebred Labrador Retrievers lives can now be saved because of funding assistance from LLL. Lives that otherwise would not have been. Thanks to the continued support and generosity of our donors, we continue to assist more Labs each year. Labrador Life Line also gives tribute to Hero and his legacy. Hero is the “face” of the organization. The logo is a sketch of Hero’s face with a life preserver around him.
Luv and sloppy kisses,