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Lab adoption fair Last updated 6/23/2016 8:00 PM

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places over 400 Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (424 in 2011)!  See Recently Adopted or Happy Ending Stories for examples of Labs we have placed. We typically have between 5-15 rescued Labs available for adoption with several available Labs added/removed each week from the list below.  There are usually more males and yellows/blacks, with a variety of ages from occasionally puppies through adults and seniors. Some in-demand Labs are adopted before they are posted on this website by our pre-approved adopters.  If you are willing to donate, you can join our pre-approved adopter program to receive early email notification about GGLRR Labs before they are posted on the website (the pre-approved adopter program is not available for the dogs in the Monterey area).  An explanation of the adoption procedure is contained on the how to Adopt page. We also provide a listing of Other Labs available for adoption from individuals or shelters.

Labs Available from GGLRR

Our volunteers donate their personal time & phones so please only call during reasonable hours (8am - 8pm). The Rescue Rep identified in the dog posting is the only person with information about the dog - please only contact the designated volunteer. We do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week; we do not have a facility where the dogs are housed, they are in foster homes throughout the Bay Area.







FRANKIE: 1 year old, yellow male lab mix, 60 lbs.

Frankie was a stray in the Ukiah area. The shelter contacted GGLRR to see if we could take him into our program. They evaluated him and he passed all the temperament tests and was the honor student with all A’s!

We now have him with a professional trainer and this is what she has to say about Frankie:

Meet Frankie. He was a stray who was picked up and brought to a local shelter where he passed his evaluation with flying colors. Frankie is just around a year old so he is a young and energetic dog! He is social with other dogs but has a big play style that can overwhelm small or timid dogs. He needs guidance in learning that not all dogs want to romp and play as much or as hard as he does. Being a young dog, Frankie is continuing to learn all his basic obedience. A training collar is a big help in teaching him how to walk nicely on a leash, sit when asked, and to lay down. We have found he is eager to learn anything you want to teach him and wants nothing more than to please you. Frankie is also learning how to sleep in a crate at night, which we think is new to him. Although Frankie loves all people he’s met so far with us, children over the age of four would be best due to his size and exuberant movements. Even though he was brought in as a stray we feel he must have been raised by someone caring because Frankie loves affection and attention and will seek it out. He is a fun, loving, young dog who needs continued training and a family to call his own. If you want a new buddy to hike, play, and train with, Frankie is guy for the job!

Frankie needs to go to a family with older kids or if smaller kids a dog savvy family, a home where he will get more training and plenty of exercise. Frankie is a very smart happy dog and will make a wonderful addition to his new home.

He has his shots, is heartworm negative, is microchipped and GGLRR is working on his neuter. He is located in Windsor.

 If you are interested in making this happy active boy part of your family email Rescue Rep Liz at liz@jobshopsf.com or call 415-613-6374.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Dude: 5-1/2-yr-old male yellow Lab, 80 lbs

Watch Dude's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Dude comes to our Lab Rescue program through an unfortunate turn of events… After knee surgery in early 2016, Dude lost the use of both of his rear legs and was recently diagnosed by UC Davis as being paralyzed in his hind end. He gets around each day on a two-wheeled cart, when he is not “relaxing” in his living room or on his back patio near his humans. His current owners have worked hard to see to Dude’s needs for the past few months, but they are unable to provide long-term continued care for him.

What Dude’s Rescue Rep says: Dude is an engaging, delightful lab that just wants to find his new rhythm. He loves his frequent cart-walks around the neighborhood – and has become accustomed to the harness/rig. Got things to see… got things to smell… got dogs to meet… While it might be difficult to observe, Dude will pull himself around by his front feet to get to where he needs to go -- carpeted surfaces are ideal for allowing him to move about. The biggest challenge is attending to Dude’s need to urinate every few hours and defecate during the day. He is friendly and playful towards all dogs and people… and cats. We are hoping very much that there is a special someone out there that can open up their heart and home to provide the care that Dude needs. Dude is located with his current owners in Hayward.

 If you are interested in Dude, call Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Gwen: ~ 7 year old spayed female chocolate Lab, ~ 95 pounds

This sweet Tootsie Roll of a chocolate Lab ended up at the San Jose shelter because her owner was dying (or had died). A friend took her in but had allergies and couldn’t keep her due to allergies. It sounds like Gwen spent a lot of her time outside (as in day and night!) and we weren’t sure what she knew or even if she was housebroken, but the staff at the shelter loved her and didn’t want to see her put down, so they contacted Lab Rescue. As it turns out, Gwen is a pretty amazing dog! She knows Sit, Down, Stay and Come. She’s housebroken and crate trained. She does not appear to be a chewer and has had no accidents. She has been wonderful with all creatures, human and canine, that she has met on and off leash. She gets in and out of the car easily through the passenger door, rides well and seems to enjoy going for a ride. She is learning to play with toys.

Although she’s close to it, Gwen is not quite perfect. She needs to lose about 20 pounds; now that her foster has her on diet dog food and is giving her regular exercise, the pounds are beginning to come off. Like many Labs, Gwen has lots of lumps and we are taking her in for a thorough once over to see if the lumps are things to be worried about and should come off. She also has some hair loss around a healing puncture wound. We’ll get Gwen all checked out in the next week or so. Gwen also needs to learn to take treats gently; as she settles in to her foster home she may get better at leaving your fingers!

What Gwen’s foster says about her: Gwen is a great house dog as she is quiet nor does she bark on walks. She enjoys being with people, but is not an attention hog.

We think Gwen has spent enough of her life in someone’s back yard, and would like her to go to a home where she can live inside with her pack, and be a real indoor dog. She would be fine in a house with another dog, or as an only dog, as she loves everyone and all other dogs she meets. She needs a family that will continue to manage her diet and give her regular vigorous exercise, both to get the weight off and to keep it off. Gwen has plenty of energy so long brisk walks will not be a problem for her. She is crate trained, and we’d like a family that will continue to use the crate as a safe and comfortable place for her.

Gwen is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She will be heartworm tested, on preventive, and micro-chipped when she goes to her new home. Gwen is located in San Jose.

 If you are interested in making supersweet Gwen a part of your family, call Rescue Rep Debbi 408-613-2044 or email dragonflydebbi@gmail.com.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Miller: 9 year old neutered male Chocolate Lab ~ 86 pounds

Do you like chocolate? Then you are going to LOVE me!

I am a youthful 9 years old, with lots of bounce in my step. I’d love to go for a walk with you, or better still, how about a jog! I have lots of energy and would love to live with someone who can keep up with me!

My parents adopted me from a breeder when I was just a pup, and was the only “child”. Over time we all grew up together, and then the human child came, and my parents had to move. I came with them, but my new home was a run outside the house. Because my parents both worked full time, I haven’t had a lot of exercise or ways to work off my energy (although I have kept my slim boyish figure in spite of that!). Finally my parents decided they wanted something better for me, a family with the time and energy to take care of me and love me, so they called this place called Lab Rescue.

I am in good physical and medical shape, although I have a couple of hot spots on my neck that are being treated. I’m going to live temporarily with another dog and her humans, until Lab Rescue finds the right family for me. Is that family YOU?

What Miller’s Rescue Rep says:

Miller is a wonderful, handsome chocolate Lab! You would never guess that he’s 9, he’s in great shape with a beautiful glossy coat. He’s been with a loving family his whole life, but most of the last few years he’s spent his days in a run at the side of the house only coming inside at night. He lived with two small dogs that he got along fine with. Miller is much more interested in humans than other dogs. He’s done fine with dogs at the dog park in the past, but because he wasn’t neutered at that time, he tried some humping. When he’s corrected, he backs off with no problem, and now that he’s been neutered, this should not be a problem.

Miller is a big Lab, tall but not overweight. He had no lumps or bumps that can be typical in a dog his age. He is a handsome dog, and he gives very gentle kisses. He also takes treats gently. He walks beautifully on a collar that’s a combination flat collar/halti. He is a confident dog, and will require an owner that understands they are the alpha, and will provide appropriate leadership to Miller. Like many dogs, Miller doesn’t like fireworks or scary noises (he has been known to hide under a table), so his new family will have to be careful around the noisier holidays (4th of July) to keep him inside, safe, and comforted.

Miller has been around adults and young children. We don’t know how Miller would do with cats, as he has not been around them.

Miller is crate trained and has been sleeping quite comfortably in his crate at his foster home. He is housebroken and safe in the house. He has had training and knows Sit, Stay, Down, Heel, Drop, Leave It and Off. We would still recommend that his new owner take him to training; it’s great for bonding and establishing leadership with a new dog, especially a big strong dog like Miller.

We would like Miller to go to a family where someone is home with him most of the time, and can build on the training that he has already had. Someone who is experienced with dogs and comfortable with providing the leadership and consistency he needs to know the house/pack rules would be ideal. Miller would be fine in a home with older children (because of his size); we would consider a younger children if they are dog savvy. An active family that can consistently give him the exercise he needs is a must; a tired dog is a good dog!

Miller is current on vaccinations, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped, and has his neuter date scheduled. Miller is located in San Jose.

  If you have the time, energy and experience to work with a great dog like Miller, and are interested in making Miller a part of your family, call Rescue Rep Debbi 408-613-2044 or email dragonflydebbi@gmail.com.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Max: 10-year-old male black Lab/Shepherd mix 108 lbs

Watch Max's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Need “Big”? Need “Sweet”? Are you in the market for “Big and Sweet”? Max would fill that bill and then some. He came to lab rescue after he was surrendered to the Berkeley city shelter by his owner due to an altercation with a cat. Max has lived with small kids… and was a frequent attendee at the dog park where he played happily. Max’s neighbor did inform the shelter than he had lived in a small house with a very small yard. Well, it is now time for Max to think “Big”!

What Max’s foster says: Max is doing well. He's snoozing next to me as I write this. He has interacted very well with dogs of various sizes at the dog park. He says "Hi" to them and then prompts me to throw a ball for him to fetch. On a recent neighborhood walk, we walked past a cat in a neighbor's driveway and he watched it for a moment, and walked on, not even a bark! No guarantees it would always be that way. However, he barks at squirrels and some birds. Max seems to dislike loud, annoying noises, such as motorcycles, trains, or sirens, but who doesn’t? His response is 4 or 5 barks as the noise passes. In our house he is a sweet, well-mannered, big snuggler, and is a pleasure to have around! I am working hard at getting his weight down. This is one wonderful guy that deserves a fabulous new home.

What Max’s Rescue Rep says: Max is neutered, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. He does need to lose a few pounds but is in overall great shape. Walks pretty well on leash – a bit out of practice, but very responsive. Max gets along with both dogs and humans. Max has a very affectionate side – “that is one big lap dog”. He is located in Redwood City.

 If you are interested in Max, call Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Nina, 8 month old female yellow puppy (special needs) 30 pounds

Watch Nina's videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Sweet Nina is a very special girl looking for a very special home. A lucky set of coincidences helped Nina find her way to her current foster home in GGLRR and we know those same fates are guiding her to a perfect forever home. Could you be the one?

Nina has a genetic disease called Labrador Myopathy (aka Labrador CNM). The disease causes muscle weakness and atrophy which typically stabilizes at about a year. Nina is currently doing well in our foster home and Labradors with milder cases of CNM have lived long and happy lives. We are hopeful that with a little bit of luck and the right home that Nina will continue to thrive in her own special way.

Nina is a playful, spunky puppy with a loving and expressive Lab personality. While her disease slows her down, it certainly doesn’t stop her. Watching Nina enjoy the simple pleasures of life – going outside on a sunny day, frolicking in the grass, and investigating the latest scents, will help you remember to “stop and smell the roses” in your own life.

Comments from her foster mom:

Nina is a special dog - very affectionate and people oriented. She gets around mostly walking in her halting fashion, but sometimes crawling when she gets tired. She is playful with a ball and with toys. She is curious about the outdoors and my dogs. She is house trained and sleeps quietly in her crate at night. The ideal home for her will be a one story home with minimal hard surface floors as it is easier for her to walk on carpet (she does manage the couple of steps into the house). If you’re looking for the love and companionship of a young dog without the high energy and exercise requirements, Nina is your girl.

Comments from her rescue rep:

We are looking for a very special home for Nina. We would like a home with an experienced dog owner where someone is around most of the day. Other friendly dogs in the home are fine as Nina enjoys their company and they seem to motivate her to do more. Nina is looking for a special owner who will love her as she is and who can provide a rich and quality life for this very sweet girl.

  If you think you might have what it takes to offer this very special girl a very special home, please contact Rescue Rep Katy at 650-796-3596.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Dixie: 9-year-old female yellow Lab 85 lbs

Watch Dixie's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.


Don’t ever ask a lady her age! Cause this one will prove you wrong… whatever you guess. Dixie recently came racing into a Central Valley shelter as a stray -- took one look at the place -- and raced right out into the welcome arms of Lab Rescue. She is the life of the party and will win your heart over in an instant. Better be careful cause as soon as she gets out of the pool she will want to come over and give you a wet hug. We are just getting to know Dixie but she seems to like walks (although she is a bit out of practice), and is absolutely delighted to receive the attention and affection of her humans. She even knows a few commands and was quick to learn how to use a dog door. We think she’s had some practice in her past. She has been a bit overbearing and pushy with other dogs, and that has resulted in some growling and other unacceptable responses, so her behavior with other dogs needs to be closely and properly managed.

What Dixie’s foster says: Dixie is definitely house-trained, sleeps well through the night, and has easily settled into our routine. She likes to be where the people are and seems to understand normal conversation such as “come on” or “let’s go here”. She definitely knows “sit” and sort of “down”, but she’s not consistent yet. Her one incorrigible trait is that she is a terrible car-rider -- even when crated in the car she frets, paws, and barks obnoxiously! She has started to get a little growly with our dog Molly -- it seems to occur over a toy or perceived scrap of food. She doesn’t seem to know how to play without being dominant or aggressive.

What Dixie’s Rescue Rep says: Dixie is spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. She could probably lose five pounds (but can’t we all). Dixie is located in Los Altos where she is hanging out with a younger female yellow lab. She will need continued leadership to help her overcome her snarliness towards other dogs. She may do better in a one-dog home. No idea how she is with cats.

  If you are interested in Dixie, call Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Chopper and Sabbath: 11 yr old neutered Lab brothers ~82 lbs

Watch the boy's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Imagine having your very own fan club! That could be your life with Chopper and Sabbath.

Chopper (yellow) and Sabbath (black) are English Labrador brothers from the same litter. They have lived with one owner since they were puppies. The owner is relocating and cannot take the dogs with him. Chopper and Sabbath have been together their whole lives and we would greatly prefer to adopt them together to the same home.

These sweet boys are loving, playful, active and still very young at heart. They are a healthy weight and love to play fetch and swim. They pull a bit on leash when first starting on a walk because they are excited to get out, but then settle down and regularly check in with their human. They are good with kids, have lived with cats, and are fine with other dogs we’ve had them around.

The owner has been busy with work and young children and hasn’t had much time for Chopper and Sabbath the last few years. The dogs lived outside with their owner but they are now quickly adjusting to life inside the house in our foster home. They are attentive to humans and eager to please. We would like them to go to a home that will include them in activities of daily life and give Chopper and Sabbath the love and attention that they truly deserve.

Notes from their foster:

They have truly turned into excellent house dogs. We left them six hours yesterday and they were angels. They don't jump up, run off, or chase cats, squirrels, cars, horses, anything. They do their business right away (most of the time) as soon as they go out if they've been left for a while in the house. They don't get on the furniture or counter surf, and they're happy to lie in their beds when nothing is going on.

They are learning to give sweet kisses (without all the tongue and slobber). They just want to be with you and be petted and loved. We've been lovingly calling them Shadow and Velcro.

Although they don't mind their crates, we haven't made them go in them recently. They are both stiff and cramped when they come out, and it takes them several minutes to get all their parts working together. But when they are in their beds, they get up ready to go.

They are truly happy and always smiling and wagging their tales. Also it is really cute the way they clean each other’s ears and faces. And they're rarely more than a couple of inches apart.

Notes from their rescue rep:

These fun-loving boys are eager and ready for their next adventure. They love car rides and going out to see new things. They’d make great companions for walking in the woods, strolling on sandy beaches, or exploring the neighborhood. You can enjoy the natural wonders of the Bay Area with your loyal companions by your side, and in the evening you can snuggle by the fireplace with lots of Lab love and kisses. Why not double your pleasure and double your fun?

Chopper and Sabbath passed their well check exam, are heartworm negative, microchipped, and up to date on vaccinations. They are currently located in Livermore.

  If you would like to make these awesome boys part of your pack, please contact Rescue Rep Katy at 650-796-3596.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Madden and Raider 10-year-old male yellow Lab (66 lbs) and 12-yr-old male chocolate Lab (73 lbs)

Watch their video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Time for the Silver-and-Black to step up for two of their own. Madden and Raider came to Lab Rescue after spending six months alone in a vacant house after their owner died unexpectedly. A related of the deceased visited the dogs every other day to feed and water them, but they’ve been without walks, dog socialization, or other human contact for a very long time. Finally the relative called us to re-home the dogs. Given these conditions, we found both dogs to be absolutely charming – and starved for attention. We do consider them bonded (understandably given all they have been through) and we want to adopt them out together.

What Madden’s and Raider’s Foster says: Raider and Madden are adorable, sweet “siblings”. The two have been together at least for 4 years when they were adopted from a shelter. They will do everything together. Sleep, eat, drink, play and follow us around the house! When separated they very much miss each other and it’s a big party when they come back together! Raider shows signs of an 12-year-old dog. His movements are slower. Madden is more active. Both walk well on leash, with Madden occasionally pulling. We have given them some toys but they have not taken to playing with them. They both respond quite well when called and take orders very easily (“no”, “go lie down”, “come here”) —they were clearly well trained dogs. There has been no barking, except when someone rings the doorbell. They used to go onto furniture in their old home, however on the first night we told them “no” and they have not tried to go onto furniture again. They sleep together in the living room. They should go to a home with minimum/no stairs as Raider has a torn ACL and struggles with stairs

What Madden’s and Raider’s Rescue Rep says: Both dogs are on pain-killer/anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis and other issues. They are up-to-speed on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Madden and Raider get along great with all people and dogs; not sure about cats. They are currently in Burlingame.

  If you are interested in Madden and Raider, call Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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BISCUIT: 10-month-old female yellow Lab 75 lbs

We are not accepting any more calls for Biscuit.

Biscuit is being surrendered by her loving family due to a serious illness of a family member that prevents them from providing Biscuit with the time and attention she needs. She is an active youngster that will need significant outlets for her energy. Not too keen on playing with balls or toys, she does love bouncing around on a trampoline with her 12-year-old human playmate. Biscuit needs some instruction on how to walk properly on a leash… as right now she will take you out for a vigorous tow around the neighborhood. She is affectionate, attentive, and loves to be with her humans – she does jump up on strangers – eager to greet them. She lives with a cocker spaniel (who is the alpha dog). Biscuit appears to have some leash reactivity towards other dogs, but does fine off leash – she may just need more walks, more exercise, and more socialization with other dogs. More, more, more. She thoroughly enjoys going to dog parks and behaves properly with other dogs when off leash. Barks and lunges at cats. Biscuit likes to chew things, anything. She sleeps in a crate at night.

What Biscuit’s Rescue Rep says: Biscuit is a delightful dog, but will need obedience lessons, lots of exercise, and properly managed socialization with other dogs. Great for an active family with older kids but not young children (under ~8-yr-old) due to her rambunctiousness and energy. Better not have cats. She is not yet spayed or microchipped. Biscuit is located in Fremont.

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KALI: 3 year old spayed yellow female 60 lbs.

We are not accepting any more calls for Kali.

Kali was purchased from a breeder when she was 8 weeks of age. The couple who had her wanted a cute lab puppy but did not do the research before buying her on what it would take in owning an active dog. The couple worked fulltime, they then had a baby and Kali would jump up and knock the baby down. They could not deal with Kali so they chained her up in the back yard when she was 6 months of age. They would feed her, they would let her play with the neighbor’s dog and she would get to play with the cats they owned. GGLRR saw her for free on craigslist and reached out to the owners as Kali was not spayed. We spoke to them about her and we decided we could take her into our program to get her out of her situation and to make sure she would not turn into a breeding dog.

We now have Kali in our boarding facility and she will go to a foster home on Wednesday, this is what we know about Kali: We tracked down her vet and the office assistant was friends with this family. She said they brought her into the vet when she was 4 months old but Kali had not been back to the vet since. That they did reach out to try and deal with her puppy behaviors but they did not follow up. Kali was house trained at one time and at our boarding facility she is clean in her kennel. When she first came to us she did not want to sleep on the inside part of her kennel but she now will go inside and sleep on her nice bed at night. She does have a lot of energy, she will listen to what you ask of her; she wants to do the right thing. She has not been exposed to the world and she is cautious of things that she first encounters but once she knows all will be ok, then she is your best friend. It took her 2-3 days to understand the boarding facility is a nice place for her. She gets to play with other dogs but she really is more focused on playing ball. Kali is a dog that will play ball for hours! She is a dog that will need a couple of hours of exercise a day. She does ride well in the car, she likes to swim, she would be fine with another dog in the home and she is fine with cats. We would recommend Kali go to a home with older kids as she does jump up to try to give you hugs. She will need leash training as we are not sure she was walked on a leash that often. We feel Kali should not be a city dog as too many things will overwhelm her. Kali is a wonderful dog that needs to build more confidence and realize the world is a nice place.

Kali has been spayed, has her shots, had a well check, is heartworm negative, is microchipped, had her ears cleaned and was given many baths for all the fleas she has on her. Search and rescue x-rayed her hips and gave her thumbs up for no medical issues!

We sent Kali off to search and rescue and she did not make the entire program as she lacked the confidence in certain situations. We want to now find her a wonderful home! She is located in Gilroy.

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Dixie 18 month old female black Lab/border collie mix 55 lbs

Watch Dixie's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

We are not accepting any more calls for Dixie.

I really don’t remember my first year being a dog. They tell me I was found on the streets of Fairfield City in October 2015, just wandering… I have no recollection of how I got there or where I came from. I remember being picked up by this big guy in a blue uniform. I remember being driven to the local dog shelter. I’d lost my wallet – so no ID. What happened to my cel-bone? I do remember being paw-printed and given a dog-breathalyzer – which I passed. That’s it. Two weeks in some smelly jail cell with other prisoners barking and yelling. I had no idea what the charges were against me. Geez. “Get me outta here!”, I thought. Finally, a few nice people bailed me out… and off I went to a new home to hang with a family I’d never met before. Maybe I was in the witness protection program… I just don’t know… Not sure why, but I don’t have an affinity towards some men. And I also get overlay agitated and anxious when I see other dogs – I think it’s cause I am not sure how to socialize or play with them – maybe I should see a therapist or do yoga. Something happened in my past to make me this anxious – but I just don’t know what it was. My new family is going to have to be very patient with me – and committed to working with me on my anxieties. I’ve been with a professional dog trainer for several months now and have made huge strides but will need a family committed to my ongoing training and rehabilitation.

What Dixie’s foster/trainer says: Dixie is a very smart and trainable dog who loves to work for treats. She enjoys learning new things. She really enjoys practicing her silly tricks like sit pretty, spin, the touchpad, mixed in with all of her basic commands. She would love to get involved in some kind of sport for dogs like rally or competitive obedience training. This would really promote confidence and healthy bond with her new owner. She is not a barker or whiner and is always very patient in her crate -- she really loves her crate and feels very secure in it. Over the past two months I have seen tremendous improvement with Dixie… regarding her anxiety when passing another dog on a leash or encountering strange people, especially men and unusual looking people. She has gotten so much better. I bring her to the park every day where there are multiple soccer games going on with lots of men, children, joggers, dogs, etc., and she still gets nervous but recovers fairly well and is learning to trust that life is not such a scary and threatening place after all. It would be really great if the person who adopts her has an easy-going well-balanced dog for her. Whoever adopts her must be committed to her training and ongoing rehabilitation. She will thrive with guidance and direction so that she can continue to grow in her confidence and trust in her handler.

What Dixie’s Rescue Rep says: The Dixie queen is spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. Dixie gets along with cats. In the past, she has tended to herd other dogs and small children – using her border collie skills – this can be unsettling for kids and those dogs. She needs signif exercise as an outlet for her energy and anxieties. She’d be a great dog for an active family with older children or with another playful but calm/confident dog. She is located in Pittsburg. Dixie’s new family will be required to complete a multi-session training regimen with Dixie’s current trainer in the East Bay… and be willing to follow the protocols for Dixie’s continued rehabilitation... and the rewards will be incredible.

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Jesse James: 9 year old neutered male black Lab ~ 80 pounds

We are not accepting any more calls for Jesse James.

Jesse James’s owner died and his children put him on craigslist for free. Someone saw the ad and reached out as she wanted to make sure Jesse was placed in a wonderful home. She called Lab Rescue to see if we could take him into our program. We met Jesse James and knew he was a wonderful dog and we had no hesitation taking him into GGLRR.

Jesse James is a very sweet boy! He was an inside dog, knows many commands and get along with everyone! (Not like his name sake.) He loves people small and large, young and old. His two favorite things to do is to swim and go for car rides.

We took Jesse to the vet and he is very healthy. Neutered, has his shots, microchipped, full blood panel and heartworm negative.

He is located in Vacaville.

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Luna: ~5-6 year old spayed female yellow Lab, ~ 68 pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Luna.


Are you looking for blonde, beautiful and cuddly? Do you like to play? How about a nice long walk in the park or even a jog? Do you have the time to hang out with me, play with me and wear me out? Then I might be the dog for you!

My family adopted me from a rescue adoption fair. The rescue group (not Lab Rescue!) had me in a crate that was too small, and baking in the sun. They took me home and made me part of their family, but their other two dogs weren’t happy that I had joined the pack, so they pick on me constantly. Sadly, my humans decided they were concerned with my safety and contacted Lab Rescue to help me find a new home.

What Luna's Rescue Rep says:

Luna is a delightful dog! She’s a young 5-ish years old, with a lovely yellow coat and lots of energy. She loves to go on walks, and she’s a great cuddler. She gets along well with other dogs (the other two dogs at home are the problem, not Luna) and with cats. She does jump up when excited and she has the height of a gazelle when she jumps up for her dinner (see video). She gives gentle kisses and has lovely teeth!

Luna is housebroken, crate trained, and prefers sleeping in her crate at night (probably to keep those other dogs away!). She knows some commands: Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Fetch. She takes treats pretty gently.

We’d like Luna to go to a family where she is the only dog; we think she’s had to deal with cranky canine pack members for long enough! She can get her canine contacts through play dates, the dog park, doggie day care, or friends with dogs that come to visit; she doesn’t need to have a resident dog, although she would do fine with one that is nice to her. Luna needs an active family, who will take her on long walks (an hour or so) EVERY day. She would probably make a great jogging partner too. We would recommend that Luna’s new family take her to training, to help her learn to walk on leash without pulling, and to calm her jumping on people when she’s excited. This should be a fun and bonding experience for Luna’s new family. Her new family can include children over the age of 8 (due to her size and energy level and her tendency to be a little mouthy when her hind quarters are touched). Given that she is crate trained, and views it as her safe place, we’d like her family to commit to continuing with the crate for her. We’d also like a family where someone is home most of the day; Luna is not used to being alone all day, so a family where the adults work full time will not work for her.

The most important thing we want for Luna is an experienced, loving, committed home that will give her the time and training she needs. An active family that can consistently give her the exercise she needs is a must; a tired dog is a good dog!

Luna is spayed, current on vaccinations, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Luna is located in San Jose. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Adoption Pending (no new calls being accepted on these Labs)

GGLRR wants to make sure people have the latest status about Labs they may have seen on our website so have a category called "adoption pending" which is just like home sales pending, e.g. no new offers being accepted but still working through the details with the expectation that it will close successfully. Most of the time, our "adoption pending" turns into "adopted", so will only accept calls in the rare case when a Lab is moved back to "available".

So why would a Lab adoption be "pending"? When GGLRR places a Lab in a home, we want to make sure it's a great match! Thus, we have a trial period to find out whether all is well with cats and other pets welcoming the new family member. Usually in just a day or two, the adopter knows it's clearly going to work out, but we take the time to be sure. We also move Labs to "Pending" when we've received so many calls about a particular Lab (especially puppies!) that the Rep knows that one of the callers will be a match and doesn't want to get other people's hopes up by accepting more calls.




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Cash: 1-yr-old male black Lab 60 lbs

Watch Cash's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

We are not taking any more calls for Cash.

Show me the money… and I will show you a wonderful young dog. Cash is very reluctantly being surrendered by his family as they are unable to give him the attention that he needs and deserves. His current owners describe him as “happy, playful, gentle, and loving.” Camping and hunting, yup, Cash is all in for that. In his short life thus far he has proven himself to be a pretty darn good bird-dog hunting pheasants. He has a soft mouth and happily retrieves balls and toy -- still working on how to reliably drop the toy (or bird) into your hand. He could also use a refresher on leash as he pulls a little bit. He can be a bit excitable (in a very friendly way) when he first meets people, but calms down quickly. Who needs stocks or bonds or mortgage-backed securities… when you have CASH.

What Cash’s Rescue Rep says: Cash is current on his vaccinations, but still needs to be neutered and microchipped. He is house-trained and crate-trained (sleeps in a crate at night). He gets along fine with other dogs (he hangs out with another 5-yr-old lab each day) and people (he’s lived with infants and teenagers). Not sure how he is with cats. Cash is currently located in Martinez. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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BAGHEERA: 12 Week Old Black Female Lab Mix Puppy

The owners of the puppy got her from a friend who said mom and dad were both Labs. (GGLRR believes she is a Lab / Shepherd mix puppy.) The put her up on craigslist for free so GGLRR stepped in to help her find a new home. The owners cared for her but they had a 1 year old and they did not have the time to commit to raise a puppy.

We have her in a foster home and this is what the foster has to say about her:

She is super sweet, social 3 month of black lab mix puppy who is acclimating well to her foster home with 3 dog ranging from 70 – 100 pounds. She loves to play with them and has an affinity to water as well. (She is not fazed about being on the first step of the pool and just hanging out.) As with any puppy, she is working through her baby teeth and needs appropriate things to chew on. She is being crate trained and we are working on house training. She has had a couple of accidents inside but now she seems to be following the big dogs lead and is going outside to relieve herself, getting lots of praise while she is doing her business outside. Her foster mom says, “If I didn’t already have 3 dogs, this would be my next dog.” She likes to be close to her people, you can find her under your kitchen chair or laying down by the couch. She will be a loyal companion to a fortunate family.

She has had her first round of shots, well check, ears treated for a mild infection, dewormed. We will pay for her spay and the final round of shots.

She is located in Danville.

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Blue: 5 year old female Catahoula / Australian shepherd cross, 37 pounds

We work with a boarding facility in Petaluma who helped rescue 3 dogs from an owner who passed away. I met Blue and knew I needed to help her find a good home. She is on special, easy girl! She loves all dogs and all people! She seems to always have a smile on her face no matter what!

This is from the kennel:

She is up to date on her vaccinations, heartworm negative and overall very healthy. She weighs about 37lbs.

As a young dog, she was found with duct tape around her nose, leaving a scar. Although she had a rough start, she turned into an amazing, gentle little girl.

She lived with an 86 year old woman in Mississippi. This lady loved Blue. She spoiled her every day.

In the woman's final months, Blue never left her side. She is sweet, mellow, silly, loves kids and cats.

After her owner passed, she was driven from Mississippi to California with her 2 sisters and her cat. They were all phenomenal on the trip.

She knows basic commands but will need work on her recall around distractions. (She is a very easy dog to work with and just wants to please.)

I would love to find Blue a home where she will be spoiled and once again the center of someone's attention.

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TCHOBY (Toby): 1 1/2 year old year old chocolate male neutered 85 lbs.

We are not taking any more calls for Tchoby.

Tchoby was purchased from a breeder for a hunting dog. He is trained for hunting but needs work on bringing the birds back. The owners are now in a situation to travel 6 months out of the year and they know it is not fair for him to be boarded or shuffled around.

What we know about Tchoby:

Tchoby needs a leader who will lead him and not let him lead. He is trained and very obedient. Tchoby is a very smart dog and will try to get away with things but if he has a leader he will fall into line. He is an excellent hunter on Pheasant’s but does need some work on bringing the birds all the way back. He has been around a variety of people young and old and does not have any issues. He will be excited at first but then will calm down.

Tchoby is housebroken, he was crate trained, he is an inside dog but stays in a kennel at night, has been socialized with a variety of dogs and just wants to play. His current owner trained him, he has trained many dogs. Tchoby knows: Fetch, leave it, sit, stay, down, heel, drop, come, will come when called and will walk on a leash without pulling.

Tchoby loves to play fetch, gets out for 2 miles each morning, loves loves to swim, great in the car, does not attempt to escape or jump fences.

Tchoby is great with other dogs, he just wants to play. The current owner has a horse and he likes to play with the horse. We are not sure about cats but he may want to chase a cat.

Tchoby can be left alone and has no separation anxiety issues or phobias. I think the only thing I can say about him that he may do wrong is occasionally chew on a shoe. (He is still a puppy.)

He is a very healthy boy! Current on his shots, microchipped, takes regular heartworm medication, he is neutered and has not had any know health issues.

We had Tchoby professionally evaluated but a dog trainer who lives by him and she said: He seems like a very nice dog, he is young, has high energy but eventually settled into her lead. She gave him a thumbs up for GGLRR. He needs a family that is active – 2 hours a day of exercise, does not a refresher on the leash, he can pull a little, introduced him to my two boarding dogs and he was fine with them and wanted to play

He is located in Antioch.

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MISSY: 14 years young Black Female Lab 50 lbs.

Digger: 9 years young Black Male Lab 75 lbs.

If you can foster until adopted please let us know! We would love them to get into a foster home! If you may know anyone who would be interested in adopting them or fostering them please pass along their posting!

When I am old and grey….

My step may be slower. I may not hear as well. I may not see as well. I may not feel as well.

But….. My love will be the same. My devotion will be the same. My appreciation will be the same. My tail will still wag. My heart and soul are grateful for all that you have done and will do for me….

When I am old and grey please do not throw me away. By Missy & Digger

Golden Gate Lab Rescue got a call from a lady in the Manteca area; her tenants of 20 years had to move out of state for a new job. The owners looked for a place to stay where they could take their dogs but could not find one. They moved around 6 weeks ago and told the landlord they had a plan for the dogs but then they just did not come back for them. The owners did come back three weeks ago and the husband mentioned to the landlord that maybe he should just shoot the dogs. The landlord told the wife to please do not do that, that she would find something for them. (The son did come over and take the youngest of the three labs.) The landlord reached out to some other recue groups and then found GGLRR. She called us and we let her know we could take both of the dogs. The landlord drove the dogs to GGLRR’s boarding facility in Petaluma and took care of some of the vet care for Digger.

I have volunteered for GGLRR over 20 years now and have come across a variety of dogs. All the dogs are special but when dogs like Missy and Digger cross your path it reminds you why you volunteer all the time you do. To give the dogs that have been thrown away a second chance to life, a chance to not be taken out and shot and to give them a chance to have a loving ending to life no matter how much of their life is left! Missy and Digger are very special dogs and do not judge the people who have mistreated and left them but still wag their tails and smile when people come to them.

We would love the dogs to be adopted together but feel they could be separated to the right situation.

What we know about the two dogs:

Gentle, loving, patient, happy, sweet, trained, caring, affectionate, friendly, loyal.

Did I say best friend?

Missy is 14 years young:

She loves to play ball. (You bounce it for her and she will get it and return it to you for more. Once she is done she will lay down on her bed and place her ball between her feet.) She is a very gentle, loving girl. Once she gets to know and trust you she is YOUR best friend. She loves to ride in the car, she will come when called and she can be a little shy with new people. Missy gets up and will walk around but her favorite thing is to take a nap on her new bed. She loves it when people sit with her and brush her and will fall asleep in your arms. She seems to have lived her life outside in a dog house or in a dirt hole in the yard. We have her now at our boarding facility and she uses the door to come in and out of her kennel. We would like a home with limited stairs. Missy on Wednesday will have everything done. Shots, heartworm test, microchip, blood panel, urine culture, manicure, facial, haircut and will go to her new adopter with a clean bill of health.

Digger is 9 years young:

When you bounce the ball for Missy, Digger will get the ball and drop it at Missy’s feet so she can have the ball. He is a very gentle, loving, patient, kind, sweet boy! He will listen to what you ask of him. He loves to ride in the car, comes when called, will sit when asked, knows how to shake hands, fine when giving him a bath and just LOVES to be with people. He seems to have lived his entire life outside in a dog house or with a bed on the dirt. We have him now at our boarding facility and he uses the door to come in and out of his kennel. Digger on Wednesday will have more done at the vet. The landlord took him in and had his eyes treated, his ears treated and a skin fungus treated. He will have a neuter, shots, heartworm test, microchip, blood panel, dental, mass removed on his side and tested, fecal and will go to his new adopter with a clean bill of health.

Both have had baths and will be groomed.

We do think they have not been treated that well as if you raise your voice or if you go quickly towards them they will cower as if they have been hit.

They are located in Petaluma.

We would love a home that is not too active if the dogs stay together for Missy. For Missy not many stairs.

If we split them up Digger can go to a more active home and he is fine with stairs. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Rusty: 10-ish year old soon to be neutered, male chocolate Lab, ~ 65 pounds

This sweet, gentle dog was found abandoned somewhere in Los Banos. He was, to be it mildly, a bag of bones with some fur. Yes, there was lots of fur missing from this sweetheart’s body! We snapped him up and took him to the vet for evaluation. All of his tests came back fine - heartworm negative, senior blood panel fine – but he did have an ear infection, which we are treating. Next came addressing his skin; he gets medical baths twice a week and he’s on an antifungal, prednisone and antibiotics to get him past his “itchies”. Already, after just a few weeks, his coat is growing in nicely and he’s clearly feeling better. He’s put on a few badly needed pounds already (no problem there!), and is just the nicest boy.

We don’t know for sure how old he is; he looks like an old dog but he moves really well and he has beautiful teeth! He’s clearly not been well taken care of, but he’s going on regular walks and slowly building up his muscles and his stamina.

But enough already about his physical condition; this boy is the sweetest Lab on the planet! He’s wonderful with other dogs, safe loose in the house (uncrated, although he has been crated before), has no food or resource aggression, gives lovely gentle kisses, and is a delight to have around. He’s totally housebroken, doesn’t seem to have any commands, but he does walk well on leash. He’s a very calm, mellow boy; nothing seems to faze him, at least that we’ve found so far.

Rusty is not yet neutered and we’ve delayed giving him his vaccines until he is healthier, but Lab Rescue will take care of both when the vet gives us the go ahead.

Rusty will be an easy dog to love and to care for. We’d like him to go to a home where he can hang out with his humans most of the time. His humans should be prepared to continue working with him to gain weight and build his physical fitness through regular walks and a healthy diet. His new family will also be willing to continue working on his skin issues, which are most likely allergies or yeast or possibly both. A home with other dogs would be fine. We don’t know what Rusty would be like with cats.

What Rusty’s foster says about him:

Rusty is easy to please and is happy to be in the same room with me. He gets along well with my younger male lab and the many other dogs he socializes with daily at the park. Rusty has a healthy appetite and is quickly building up his stamina and strength. He is housebroken and sleeps through the night in a dog bed in my room. He is truly a pleasure to have around.

Rusty will be neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped when he goes to his new home. Rusty is located in Mountain View.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Bailey: 1+ year old spayed female Lab/Boxer mix, 63 pounds, is now available for adoption! See her new pictures!

Update on Bailey: Bailey’s leg is now on the mend!

It appears that the fabulous vet that worked on Bailey has been able to save her leg! There still remains some reasonable rehabilitation work, but she is definitely headed in the right direction, and is ready to go to her new forever home with a family who can continue her rehab and amazing progress!

This little cutie pie was out walking with her elderly owner when something attracted her attention and she bolted around the corner. Her owner heard her get hit, and then she ran back to him…which is truly amazing, because her leg was severely injured, so much so that the emergency vet told her owners that the best course of action was to amputate. The owners were devastated, and because they were financially constrained, decided that the best course for Bailey was to euthanize her. The vet could see that Bailey was a sweet wonderful young dog, with the possibility of a great life even without the leg, so she called Lab Rescue. We immediately transported Bailey to our wonderful vet, who, after several weeks of hard work was able to save her leg! Bailey is in a wonderful foster home where she is getting the medical attention and rehab that she needs to get back to normal.

Bailey is a typical puppy, with lots of energy, but she’s a very smart girl and getting along really well with her older foster siblings, who tolerate her kisses and play with her toys. She may be a Lab mix on the outside, but her soul is pure Lab: sweet, eager to please, smart…and that tail! She has the Lab tail that can clear a cocktail table in a single blow! Everyone who has met Bailey – the emergency vet, our vet, her foster, the rescue volunteers who are helping with her recovery – every last one has commented on what a great girl she is! And we want to find the best possible home for her, one that will commit to continuing to work with together with Lab Rescue until her recovery is complete.

Bailey’s rehab currently consists of regular daily walks of about 15 minutes. She needs the leash walking training that any puppy needs so that she will walk nicely and not pull. She is mostly using all 4 legs throughout the walk, and is able to put weight on the inured leg. She still has a few bandage changes in her future, but we hope that she’ll move past that soon.

What Bailey’s foster has to say about Bailey:

She’s been a wonderful houseguest and has quickly learned the daily routine in our home with our two labs and parrot. She’s a very good girl and aims to please. Being as smart as she is, she’s already learned “down” and she’s working really hard on “stay”. She’s excited when meeting other dogs and people and we are working with her on how to properly greet others so she needs someone who will continue this. She has love oozing out of her that she wants to share with you from the first blink in the morning until she finally fades at night. She is a puppy and still needs guidance in this wonderful world as well as someone who will work with her on leash skills. She is an absolute sweetheart and you can feel the love inside her when she gazes at you with those amazing brown eyes.

Although Bailey’s recover is not yet complete, we are looking for a home that can help her through the next stages of her recovery as well as the next stages of her life. This will be a home that will patiently give her the right amounts and kinds of exercise she needs until her rehab is complete, and that will give her the obedience training a puppy needs to develop into a healthy, well behaved Lab. Bailey is very respectful of the adult Labs in her foster home, and we think she would love to be in a home with an adult dog to show her the ropes.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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KALI: 3 year old spayed yellow female 60 lbs.

We are not taking any more calls for Kali.


Kali was purchased from a breeder when she was 8 weeks of age. The couple who had her wanted a cute lab puppy but did not do the research before buying her on what it would take in owning an active dog. The couple worked fulltime, they then had a baby and Kali would jump up and knock the baby down. They could not deal with Kali so they chained her up in the back yard when she was 6 months of age. They would feed her, they would let her play with the neighbor’s dog and she would get to play with the cats they owned. GGLRR saw her for free on craigslist and reached out to the owners as Kali was not spayed. We spoke to them about her and we decided we could take her into our program to get her out of her situation and to make sure she would not turn into a breeding dog.

We now have Kali in our boarding facility and she will go to a foster home on Wednesday, this is what we know about Kali:

We tracked down her vet and the office assistant was friends with this family. She said they brought her into the vet when she was 4 months old but Kali had not been back to the vet since. That they did reach out to try and deal with her puppy behaviors but they did not follow up. Kali was house trained at one time and at our boarding facility she is clean in her kennel. When she first came to us she did not want to sleep on the inside part of her kennel but she now will go inside and sleep on her nice bed at night. She does have a lot of energy, she will listen to what you ask of her; she wants to do the right thing. She has not been exposed to the world and she is cautious of things that she first encounters but once she knows all will be ok, then she is your best friend. It took her 2-3 days to understand the boarding facility is a nice place for her. She gets to play with other dogs but she really is more focused on playing ball. Kali is a dog that will play ball for hours! She is a dog that will need a couple of hours of exercise a day. She does ride well in the car, she likes to swim, she would be fine with another dog in the home and she is fine with cats. We would recommend Kali go to a home with older kids as she does jump up to try to give you hugs. She will need leash training as we are not sure she was walked on a leash that often. We feel Kali should not be a city dog as too many things will overwhelm her. Kali is a wonderful dog that needs to build more confidence and realize the world is a nice place.

Kali has been spayed, has her shots, had a well check, is heartworm negative, is microchipped, had her ears cleaned and was given many baths for all the fleas she has on her.

She is located in Petaluma.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Max: 2-3 year-old male black English Lab

What Max says: I’m a handsome, happy boy who just wants to be with my people—which makes it hard to understand why my last owner left me alone at the shelter. I didn’t like it there, it was noisy and made me nervous. Luckily a nice lady from Lab Rescue spotted me, made a few calls and now I’m living the good life with my foster mom up in the Santa Cruz mountains, exploring my big new yard, meeting all the neighbors and their dogs and getting long belly rubs. There’s so much to do that I’m even starting to forget about my itchy ears! My foster mom takes me on lots of walks and sometimes we even go in the car—I love life!

What Max’s foster says: Max is an owner surrender from the Santa Cruz shelter and appears to be a very well bred English Labrador. He is not very tall but has those adorable thick English features we love: a big blocky head, wiggly otter tail, massive paws, luxuriously silky coat and a joyful labby smile full of sparkling white teeth. He’s still very much a big puppy who’s just starting to settle into a daily routine.

Max has very good house manners and quickly learned to respect boundaries like the kitchen and front door threshold. He’s not a counter surfer but like most puppies, will steal a fuzzy slipper or shoe if you’re not careful. He enjoys his nylabone and seems to just be learning about how to play with other toys. Right now, he prefers to play by interacting with people, but suspect he will eventually grow into toy play, too. Oh, and the hose¬¬–Max loves to play in hose water!

Max took to his crate immediately and sleeps there at night and when his foster mom is away from home. He’s quiet in the crate and in the yard too.

Max is a really a sweet, happy-go-lucky boy who will benefit from an experienced home and positive-reinforcement training. He’s still learning his name and doesn’t realize his own strength or size, so basic obedience and socialization will be a top priority in helping him to become a well-rounded family member. Max especially loves our male renter so we think he will be great with both men and women. He spent an entire afternoon with a child, so we suspect he’ll be great with older kids who are big-dog savvy, too.

Max has met several neighbor dogs (male and female) and really wants to be social, but is not very experienced with greetings yet. He seems to be more comfortable with larger, well-balanced dogs. He is a little too interested in our 2 resident cats for now but longer term, he may be workable. He’ll definitely need close supervision with other dogs (and kids) while his post-neuter hormones settle a bit.

What Max’s Rescue Rep says: Max is up to date on vaccinations and is newly microchipped and has stunningly good looks. He has a healthy bodyweight and is the epitome of a Lab-lovebug. Max appears to have allergies but it's predicted that good food and attention will make a huge difference. The ideal home for Max would be with an experienced dog owner who can provide the training and socialization he needs to become a good canine citizen, including a securely fenced yard.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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CLOVER: 1 Year Old Spayed Female Yellow Lab Mix - 65 Pounds

We are not accepting any more calls for Clover.


Hi there, my name is Clover. I am a young female lab mix who was lucky enough to escape a very rural Central Valley shelter. Someone docked my tail when I was a pup so you won't have to worry about a crazy lab tail knocking things off your coffee table! I am a sweetheart of a girl and very much enjoy spending time with humans. I have spent a little over 4 weeks with a dog trainer who has taught me how to be a confident girl. I have been crate trained and am a good girl when left in my crate. I am also house trained. I ride nicely in the car during rides. My wonderful trainer says I am now more expressive than she has ever seen me, very tail waggy (fast, excited wagging), more confident and barking from time to time. She’s says I am coming along nicely! What I will need from my new family is continued training and slow introductions. I am a sensitive girl and won't immediately be ready for busy dog parks and beaches, but over time, once we know each other, we can work up to those places. I will always look to my humans for guidance and am ready to be a member of someone's family and share my love! I recently attended a GGLR adoption fair and all of the volunteers were so impressed with how sweet and snuggly I am. There were lots of people, kids, and cars going by and I was very much at ease with all the love I was getting. A family with older children and no other dogs would be most ideal for me. I have been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and am heartworm negative.

Note: Clover's adoption will require an additional $350 training deposit. This deposit is refundable once you have completed training together and provide proof of completion. This deposit is to ensure that the time and effort that has been put into her training will be continued in her new home.

From the Trainer/Foster: She's doing really well, much more confident. She needs more work building her confidence but I think if initial introductions with other dogs are structured, she will do well. She's walking nicely on leash, settled in a crate, does nice dog greetings on leash, has a nice sit and is overall a much more confident dog. She struggles with the down stay and her recall will need long term work - it's a completely new concept for her and she's an explorer. She won't run away but she also won't come back 100% when called. But she's in an entirely different place than when she arrived.

Clover is located in San Pablo. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Comet: yellow neutered male, 6 to 8 years old

Watch Comet's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Comet was an owner surrender in Bakersfield when his owner had to move out of state and could not take Comet. The owner was a good parent because he neutered Comet early, he maintained his vet visits and Comet was definitely a family indoor dog. The owner didn’t let Comet play with many dogs very often. The owner actually paid for two weeks of boarding for comet while he waiting to come to the Monterey/ Santa Cruz area to be adopted.

Here are the foster family’s comments about Comet: Comet is one big lovable boy, he’s a whole lot of LAB!! Comet is housebroken and in a very short time has learned to use the doggie door. Comet knows and responds well to basic commands, including sit, lie down, stay, off, and leave it. Comet is a laid back lab in the house, and is beyond his hyperactive puppy years. He enjoys a good cuddle, belly rub, and long naps. He will fetch in the yard, and plays with squeaky toys. He is not a chewer.

Comet enjoys being with his humans, and will follow you around the house and yard. He greets humans very well and does not jump. He gives licks and kisses to strangers who accept them, but won't insist. At dinner time, Comet waits patiently for dinner to be served and until your command. Comet tested our boundaries and limitations by trying to make himself at home on the beds and sofa without an invitation. When assertively commanded "off", he got back on the floor. He has learned to respect the furniture.

Comet will crowd doors and gates to get through ahead of you, so a very clear threshold ritual must be observed. His human must claim the space around the doorway, and wait for Comet to sit and calm down before leading him through. Despite his large size, Comet can easily clear 3-foot high logs and leap into the back of a compact car, so fences must be high enough that he doesn’t try to jump them, not that he has tried.

Comet is good on leash while walking, jogging, and running, but the human must always take the lead. His foster has worked with Comet to stay abreast on wider trails and walkways, or behind on narrow ones, and never in front. Comet needs and wants a good pack leader. Comet now responds to voice commands to stay abreast or behind while moving forward, and continued practice should keep it a joy to exercise with him on leash.

Off leash, Comet has fair voice recall, but needs more training and familiarity with his human to become good at it.

Comet needs a human to diligently work with him when greeting other dogs. His foster is working with him to be a good socialized doggie, but there is some work ahead. Comet is an intense, abrupt, overeager greeter. It's not aggression, just too much Labrador all of a sudden. When on leash, Comet will be over excited to greet other dogs. When off leash, Comet will sprint and charge right up to other dogs. Comet's greeting is often interpreted incorrectly by the other dog so he needs more socialization. Many dogs get startled or fearful when he approaces, and will give him a clear warning to back off and that they do not like his greeting. After that, Comet will get along fine with dogs with appropriate behavior. A professional behaviorist has assessed Comet’s reactions to dogs and she reported that his reaction is over exuberance and excitement and that he just needs someone to work with him on this behavior.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Vickie: Black Lab, Female 55 pounds 5 to 6 years old

Watch Vickie's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Here is what her foster has to say about her: Vickie is a sweetheart who has a lot of of love to give. She has been adaptable, loyal, and well behaved. She loves to play, take walks, and is food driven which is a great way to train her. She is with me 24/7. At home, she is very observant while hanging out on the deck towards the cars and people. Does not bark at anyone or at my housemate’s cat. She has only barked if another nearby dog barks at her. She prefers to sleep inside her crate over her large dog bed at night voluntarily. I keep her crate door open at all times so she may roam freely. At work, she is excited as she is with someone at all times. She will settle down and get comfortable as you start to settle down to begin work. She is well behaved during car rides.

Please get to know her more by watching her videos and pictures on the two provided links. I will continue to update it with content over time.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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HUEY: Chocolate Male neutered 4 years old


Huey is a handsome, polite, playful chocolate lab. He is very affectionate and is wonderful with other dogs. He's around 4 which is great because he's still full of energy and super healthy but isn't a crazy puppy who steals socks or eats shoes.

He LOVES to play fetch. He's incredibly fit and athletic. He would make a wonderful hiking buddy, running partner or just companion to play ball. He has good recall and doesn't jump up - most of the time. He needs work on the leash.

He is currently living with 2 other labs, one of which is a very annoying 2 year female and he just lays on his back and let's her 'get him' and they wrestle and play and have a famous time.

He's crate trained and doesn't bark. He is great with kids. His foster family has a 7 year old and there is a lot of activity in the house hold and he takes the chaos in stride. He loves to go for rides in the car - he will happily hop right up into your truck or car and has no anxiety whatsoever. The kid in the house wants to make sure that whatever home he ends up in he has lots of balls since he always wants to have one in his mouth.

Huey is being fostered in the Santa Cruz area. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Mackie: Black Female - spayed 6 years old 50 pounds


Mackie was surrended to a high kill shelter because the children begged their mom to get them a new puppy. How anyone could have dumped this lovely senior gal makes no sense to us. She's a total lovebug. She's a great size and is very well behaved. She's wonderful with children. She can be left home alone for a few hours with run of the house and is totally trustworthy. There are many good things about adopting a more mature Lab such as no chewing, digging, etc.

Mackie has a very cute smile, takes treats very gently and can be counted on to sleep all night and take a few naps during the day although she has plenty of energy to take long hikes and could make a good running partner. She loves to go for rides but when you're ready to watch a movie or the daily news will cuddle with you on the couch and watch TV. She also gives sweet little kisses but only if asked to do so.

One of her favorite tricks is to grab one of her toys or a sock if you've left one lying around while you're fixing her meals and dance around with it, tossing it in the air and catching it. She's very good on a leash and doesn't get distracted by othe dogs or squirrels etc. She might even be a good apartment dog as she's small, disciplined on the leash and doesn't get into mischief if left alone.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Cal: Neutered Black Male 1 year old


Cal was found in Hollister by a Cal Fire Crew who took him to one of Lab Rescue’s foster family who are active in the Firefighters community. He was very happy, clean and friendly and so they were confident they would be able to find his owner quickly. After days of searching for the owners it was obvious that no one would come to claim this cute, fun, special guy.

His foster family has three Labs of their own and he is great with them. He is also fine with the family cats. He’s not a barker but may whimper a bit if he wants attention. He loves to be with people and is very gentle for his age. He may put his arms up around you as if to hug you but isn’t pushy and will get down as soon as you tell him to do so and is definitely a cuddler.

We would love to see him go to a home where someone can spend time with him. Although the foster family does not have small children we feel he would be fine with children.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Charlie: 10 months old neutered yellow male 62 pounds


Charlie was rescued from a shelter where he was left when his family moved. Lab Rescue saw his handsome face and rescued him immediately. And what a handsome dog he is. But there's so much more to this guy than just his looks. He's a great puppy and with that comes all the energy of a puppy.

Charlie is being fostered in Santa Cruz in a family with two other Labs and a young child. He's great with kids always hoping they will throw the ball for him as he LOVES to retrieve. He will do a big happy dance when someone shows him something to retrieve. He's not particular about who throws the ball for him as long as someone does. He's definitely not fanatical about it though. He loves to go for rides and is quite well behaved in the car. He is not a barker either.

Charlie is a young Lab so he will need exercise and attention and training. He already knows sit and down and his foster is working on his leash training.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Frieda: Frieda Bonita Bell 8.5 Year Old Female Chocolate Lab Spayed 90 Pounds AKC Registered
Current on vaccinations and health checks. Has had regular check ups all her life.
Diego: Diego San Rio Carmelo 8.5 Year Old Male Chocolate Lab Neutered 120 Pounds AKC Registered
Up to date on vaccinations, up to date on all health checks. Regularly vet check ups all his life.
We would like them to be adopted together.

The family is moving to another country due to the Dad's work assignment and they cannot take the dogs with them. As one might expect the family is totally heartbroken to leave these wonderful, loving, trained and well behaved dogs but they have no choice. They trust Labrescue to find the very best home for both of them. These are truly exceptional dogs.

They helped raise the children in the family and are excellent with babies, toddlers and adults alike. They are perfect with other dogs and live with cats and are great with them. They have perfect house manners and currently stay in the house for 8 hours daily. Labrescue would like to find them a home where they wouldn't have to spend so many hours every day alone. Both are also crate trained although they no longer need to stay in a crate.

They run two miles every day. Both like to retrieve but Frieda likes to do so just a little bit more than Diego. Both love to swim in the ocean and love to run free at Carmel beach. They are both very calm, gentle, sweet dogs. They have perfect recall so can easily be walked off leash in safe areas.

These two are very special dogs who have belonged to a very loving family and lived together their entire lives. Lab Rescue would really like to see them adopted together and in this case two is easier than one!!!!

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Recently Adopted from GGLRR!

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! See some of the recent rescued Bay area Labs adopted in 2013, 2014, 2015 and this year (2016) for examples of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

         
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