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Welcome to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue!

Lab Rescue Overview

GGLRR is an all-volunteer, nonprofit tax-exempt organization in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.  Our Lab Rescue team saves purebred Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes from shelters, as well as assists people giving up their dogs for adoption.  We provide foster homes, veterinary care, and rehabilitation when needed, and place them with loving, forever families. Read some of our happy ending Stories.

Our services are limited to the greater San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose Bay Area (including up to Napa and down to Monterey/Carmel) and encompass the following area codes:  408, 415, 510, 650, 707, 831, and 925.

Please read about adoption options and process on our how to Adopt page, or see our Labs looking for homes and those recently adopted under Labs Available.

Show your support of lab rescue by shopping in our GGLRR logo and Lab merchandise Store. Profits from our product sales go towards helping more homeless Labs.

GGLRR rescued 325 dogs in 2013 (380 in 2012, 424 in 2011, 383 in 2010 and 347 in 2009!) but the need is far greater with so many people losing jobs and homes or other reasons for abandoning their dog. If you want to help Labs in need, please consider adopting a rescue/shelter dog, making a Donation of cash/vehicle, or donating your time as a Volunteer. GGLRR and the Labs we rescue are very appreciative of all the tremendous support we receive -- thanks to the people and businesses who are contributing their time, services, and money!

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We've recently set up an Amazon Wish List with items needed for the dogs. Have fun shopping for the dogs and thank you for your consideration.

Thanks to those who have already donated. We (and especially the dogs) really appreciate the support!

Please Help Bruce:

We met Bruce when we got a call from the owners looking for a place to drop him off, that day! (The owners sent the GGLRR Rep a picture of Bruce with a towel over his head and we knew something was going on with Bruce and his situation.) GGLRR doesn't have a facility like a shelter where we can take dogs in on an emergency basis. But one of our GGLRR Reps who lived in the same city as the owners was able to go meet and evaluate him that day, guessing that otherwise he would be dropped in a shelter or worse, dumped on the street. Shelters, although the employees try very hard, are not a good place for 10 year old dogs, let alone 10 year old dogs that are in poor health condition. The GGLRR Rep met Bruce and immediately saw what a sweet, loving boy he is. He was friendly from the first hello and so happy to go for a walk. It was obvious, upon seeing him, that he was not in good health. He had a serious skin condition where he was losing fur and the skin was grey/black underneath. He was also very thin although the owners said he ate a lot of food. Something was clearly wrong. He was moving well though, and gently bouncing up and down when he saw the leash. The GGLRR Rep found out that because both owners worked and had a young baby, Bruce was locked in the garage all day and night. The owners said if they had him out in the yard he would whine to come in. He just likes to be with people! He wasn't getting walks anymore because in his eagerness to go outside, he would pull on the leash a bit too much for the wife. (The GGLRR Rep noticed after half a block, he walked just fine on the leash.) We suspect (and from other reports), that the owners were anxious to drop him off somewhere that day because their neighbors had called Animal Control. The neighbors would see Bruce's leg come under the garage door with open sores and would hear him cry in the garage day and night. San Francisco Animal Control called GGLRR to ask them if they were taking Bruce in, as they had placed five notices with the owner, who finally called back stating he was donating Bruce to GGLRR. The owner told Animal Control it was very hard to give Bruce up as he loved him! We are very thankful for the caring people who took the time to turn in Bruce's owner as Bruce is now with an experienced, loving foster family. Bruce is getting the vet care he needs and lots of TLC. He literally has a new lease on life. I hope that you will be inspired to donate generously to help so that I can find my new forever home.


If you are interested in helping Bruce, please consider a donation to the LOVE ME FUND. To donate, please follow the instructions on the Donation page and designate "Love Me Fund"

We need to get him healthier before we can put him up for adoption. Thank you from all of us at GGLRR.


GGLRR is in urgent need of caring, qualified foster homes. Many wonderful Labs are in need of our help to find new, life-long homes and families. Without foster homes where they can be safe and receive the care they need to prepare them for adoption, we will not be able to save deserving Labs. If you would like to learn more, please go to the Volunteer Page. Follow the Next Steps at the bottom of the Volunteer Page to contact us.

More about GGLRR

GGLRR exists to:

Essentially GGLRR facilitates the placement of unwanted Labrador Retrievers into loving new homes. We have a spay/neuter requirement for all dogs that we place. If a dog has been abused or needs medical attention, we provide emotional and medical rehabilitation. Individuals who desire to adopt Labrador Retrievers must first contact one of our rescue representatives for adoption screening before being introduced to any of our dogs. Our primary purpose is to provide good homes for Labrador Retrievers who might otherwise be abandoned or euthanized by their previous owners. Through education, we seek to reduce the unwanted dog population and increase responsible pet ownership.

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