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Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places over 400 Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (424 in 2011)!  See the Recently Adopted section 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.



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Henry: 3-year-old male black/white border collie/Lab mix 70 lbs



Handsome Henry was rescued from a ranch in Lodi by a good Samaritan. Henry had been kept on a long cable tied to a tree or in a pen away from the house and out in the elements nearly his entire life. He was fed and watered and received little other attention. He was rarely walked or provided an opportunity to socialize with other dogs or people.

Time to turn the page and write Chapter 2 of Henry's life. Incredibly, Henry is a fabulous dog with no apparent behavioral issues. He is such a grateful dog. It seems he is making up for lost time. Most humans would love to have his level of joy. He has played with another dog with no snarling and he loves all his doggie toys, especially the ones that are filled with treats (baby carrots and organic tiny cookies)! He is so curious as absolutely everything is brand new to him. He loves, loves people and wants to be wherever you are and doing whatever you're doing, even if that's just watching television and taking over one of the lazy-boy chairs...per the attached photo! Not surprisingly, Henry hasn't had much experience walking on the leash and needs some patience while he inspects all the new smells, sights, and sounds on his walks. It's obvious he has not been to obedience training and needs that kind of consistency, but he is extremely smart and learns commands quickly.

What Henry’s current caretaker says: Henry is so loving and even-tempered, I am amazed every day at his resilience...I wonder if he thinks he's dreaming... 'Happy' should be his middle name! He has endless kisses and cuddles. He also looks you square in the eyes like you're the greatest thing at ever walked on two legs. If this chowhound is eating and you leave the room, he will leave his food and follow you. He goes back to his food when I tell him to "go finish eating", he does and then checks on you again. The first day he was rescued, we put food in a bowl and my first test was to see if he was food-aggressive... well, he could not have cared less. I have repeated that many times...same result. Nor, does he care about the taking of his toys. This dog thinks he invented all tennis balls...he even brings them back! The people at the ranch said he barked incessantly, but in 3 weeks, he has not barked once. Maybe now he knows he doesn't have to anymore. His groomer did a miracle job on him and he has also transitioned to organic food and has filled out and his coat just glistens. Henry has gone through several tests here, but the big one for me was leaving him "home alone" for several hours while I had to be out. I was nervous, but prepared to assess the damage when I returned and also knowing there would be no consequence for him. I slowly walked through the house and all was quiet. Not a single thing was out of place or been touched...I was floored ! We repeated this test several times and for my much longer absence...he passed with flying colors each time. For the first couple of weeks, he slept in a crate at night, but now, he has the whole house. Henry went to his first Little League baseball game and he was a people magnet and he was so respectful of the kids. We waited while he adjusted to all the newness and noise. He was petted, kissed, massaged, and generally loved by all...and, boy, did he soak it up ! Took him for a ride and walk out in the country around some horse ranches, cows, etc. to see his reaction. He was confident and curious, no lingering issues. My two grandchildren who are 5 and 7 wanted to add to Henry's story: "We love Henry, he is sweet and cuddly and very soft and rambunctious and we want him to have the bestest family".

What Henry’s Rescue Rep says: Henry is current on his vaccinations and heartworm negative. He will be neutered and microchipped in the very near future. He is ideal for an active family or individual. Would be great with kids and with other dogs. He would thrive with lots of room to romp in. He is located in Dublin.

If you are interested in Henry, 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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Stumpy: 10 year old spayed female black lab 85 lbs

I'm the black dog in the pictures.


Stumpy is a 10 lbs sausage in 8lbs of casing but don't let those looks deter you!

She is simply the easiest and most loving foster I have encountered. An AKC registered English lab, she is easy going and really just loves to eat and be with her human. She is in very good shape other than her weight issue, but some regular exercise and low cal chow should take care of that.

Stumpy is slightly arthritic but maneuvers the stairs and the up and downs quite well. She is taking a small dose of tramadol to assist in managing the arthritis and would recommend keeping her on it through this transition. Raised with her sister Kibbles (also available) she has been the #2 dog for quite some time and is quite happy in that role. She is very passive and a real cupcake.

She loves to swim and will pull on her leash. She does respond quite quickly however as she really wants to please. She does operate on the sidelines as Kibbles will push to the front of the line and Stumpy is just fine with that. She does love to eat but is not food aggressive. Her mouth is a little rough, but nothing that can't be addressed with a little more training. She is simply a delight and would be a welcome addition to any family.

She is located in Novato.

If you are interested in having a very loyal companion, a companion who loves to go on walks and a companion that will give as much love as she gets, call Rescue Rep Liz 415-613-6374 or email liz@jobshopsf.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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Kibbles: 10 year old spayed female yellow lab 80 lbs

I'm the yellow dog in the pictures


Kibbles owner had to move out of her home and could not take the dogs where she was going. We saw her and her sister listed on craigslist and reached out to help the owner with her two girls. We now have them in a foster home: Kibbles a 10 year old AKC English lab. She is a mellow, friendly dog and is surprisingly spry for her age. That said she does need to lose a few pounds and she will be even better. Kibbles was raised with her litter mate and sister Stumpy (also available) and Kibbles is the more dominant of the two. She is crate trained and loves to just hang out or snooze in her crate. She tends to be a bit more solitary than Stumpy but loves attention and to be petted. She goes into her crate at night, sleeps through and is very little trouble. She is a very affectionate dog and does love her humans around but very independent as well. She still loves to swim and play fetch, but she will pull on a leash. Probably a refresher obedience class would do wonders for Kibbles. She is an easy dog to be around and is not easily rattled or disturbed. Other than needing to lose a few pound Kibbles is a very healthy girl. She is spayed, has her shots, microchipped, heartworm negative and the owner had her lumps tested and it came back as fatty tumors. She is located in Novato.

If you are interested in having a very loyal companion, a companion who loves to go on walks and a companion that will give as much love as she gets, call Rescue Rep Liz 415-613-6374 or email liz@jobshopsf.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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Lexi: 6-year-old female yellow Lab 50 lbs

Watch Lexi's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.


Lexi is an AKC purebred lab that is being surrendered by a couple who cannot provide the time and energy to meet Lexi’s needs. She is quite energetic – and needs a job – loves to fetch and follow commands. She gets along great with other dogs – but is more interested in people. Loves to ride in the car and to swim (in the past she’d been used as a hunting dog to retrieve waterfowl).

What Lexi’s current owners say: A well-trained dog, Lexi knows many commands, but will need a committed owner to exercise those commands. She knows all the basic commands, along with: over, fetch, hold, drop, find it, and various whistle commands (for hunting). She is a very easy dog to train, and learns quickly. Lexi does best on a Gentle Leader leash during walks and jogs. She spends most of her time off leash, which she prefers and during off leash exercise she tends to roam around you and comes back on command. She enjoys fetch the most, and loves to please you by searching for, finding and retrieving balls. She will become anxious if she is not given adequate time to exercise – almost like she needs a job. Lexi excels in the home where there are rules and routine – and lots of exercise. Lexi will enter her crate willingly with the command “kennel”; and will remain there comfortably so long as she is given breaks for food and potty.

What Lexi’s Rescue Rep says: Lexi is spayed, microchipped and current on her vaccinations. Needless to say, she needs an active family who is committed to providing pack leadership and routine exercise. She is located in Hayward.

If you are interested in Lexi, 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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JACKSON: 3 Year Old Yellow Male Lab (Pretty red) Neutered 85 Pounds

Watch Jackson's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.


Man when life gives you lemons you must chew on them and make lemonade or at least roll them around and play with them!

My story is the typical story everyone has heard a million times. I never thought I would be trying to sit down and type my story out, as I had a wonderful home/owner. He got me as a puppy, 8 weeks of age, brought me home and I fit right into the pack! The pack included my mom and dad, two older children 14 and 12 and another Lab around 10 years of age. We had some great times together and I can tell you I would have bet the cookie jar my current situation would never happen to me! I lived with my family for three years and all was going so well. Then right before Christmas my owner loaded me up in the car and I was so excited that we were going on an adventure. My owner pulled up in front of the Ukiah shelter and took me inside. I was very confused, lots of barking going on and lots of strange people! Before I knew what was really happening my owner signed some papers, told them that he was moving and could not take me with him and he was out the door and never looked back! The nice lady at the shelter had heard I was coming in to be surrendered so she had contacted Lab Rescue in advance, so the next part of my journey was already planned. It was the holidays so it was a bit delayed and I was having a bit of a meltdown in the shelter so I got the nickname “Wild Jackson.” (I had much to say and wanted to make sure I was being heard!) At the shelter I passed all the tests they gave me – of course I would pass all the tests – I am a very SMART BOY! Once I passed all the tests I was loaded up and a nice lady drove me to Geyersville where I stayed two nights in a dog run. (A nicer place than the shelter but still I was not happy and I would let people know it! I would lay on my pillow at night and look up to tell Santa I was a very good boy and to please bring me a nice warm home for Christmas.) Well my doggie prayers were answered as this nice man picked me up Christmas Eve, drove me to a beautiful field where I was able to run and play! (I was sure I did not die and go to heaven but heaven must be close!) He then brought me to his home where I have settled in very nicely! (More from the foster parents later but I want to give you a few more details on me.) My old owners would leave me in the back yard during the day and I do pretty well there. (I do bark when I see or hear things to warn anyone not to come into the yard or to let my owners know someone is there. If I know my owners are home I will cry and look into the windows to remind them it is time for me to come inside.) My owners worked full time so they tried to teach me a few things but there always seemed to be no time. I know sit and my really big trick is I will come when I am called; even when I am VERY distracted. If you really want me to come say the word “cookie” or “treat” and I will be next to your side in a second! I love to swim, go for car rides and love love to chase the birds in the water! I am not much into toys, I am house trained and I actually have excellent house manners. I do not jump up to greet you, I need better leash manners but my foster parents are using a correction collar and boy do I listen to them! I take treats a little rough but I do not nip your fingers, I sit for my meals and I love my foster sister, she told me I better shape up if I want to share a home with her. (We snuggle together in the kitchen when the foster mom is cooking.) I am a very good boy and not a “Wild” boy, I am just a young Lab! Please come and visit me as I would love a new home for 2015.

What the professional trainer says about Jackson:

I have had Jackson for 5 weeks now and he has been a wonderful dog. I have many dogs in my home and around my property - http://www.yelp.com/biz/coast-canine-watsonville. Jackson does well with other dogs when introduced properly, he has no issues with people or horses. He would do well in a more rural setting and a place that will get him plenty of exercise. The adopter needs to lead Jackson and he would make a great hunting dog or a dog that needs a job! (Ranch dog!)

We would do a hand off session with the trainer.

What the foster parents have to say about Jackson:

We got Jackson on Christmas Eve and we were having around 20 people over. We tried to crate him in our bedroom and turn on the tv and he would not stop barking. We then let him out on the deck where he would look into the windows but he did not bark. We did not want to let him in the house as everyone said he was wild so we thought he would have no manners, would eat the Christmas dinner and knock over the tree! Everyone left around 10 so we let Jackson into the house. We tried to use a tie down on him but he kept moving the furniture around. We decided to let him off the tie down and to our surprise Jackson was a very well behaved dog! He has never had an accident in the house, he has never tried to get up on the furniture, other than our bed. He calms down and will lay down at our feet if we are watching tv and if we have to leave he does well being left outside. (He may bark if he hears people walking around but he does not continually bark.) We walk him off leash in the fields by our house and he comes when called each time. (You have to say treat or cookie.) He loves to swim and chase the birds in the water. He does not like toys and he has excellent car manners. It states in his paper work he will jump over low fences but he has not tried to get out of our yard but we do not have low fences. He swims in our pool, got in right away and got out on his own. He is not destructive in our yard or home and will curl up and take a nap on his bed when we are gone. He gets along with all dogs, he will bark on the leash when he sees another dog but he wants to go over and play with them. He is very gentle with our older lab and will leave her alone. He loves to be with people, does not jump up to greet you and we are working on his leash manners. (The key to Jackson is EXERCISE! He is getting 1-3 hours each day with us and then he comes inside where he is tired out and is a very calm happy boy.) We are not sure how he would be with cats but he does love to chase the birds so I would think he would chase cats. Jackson would do well in a home with another dog, a home with kids and a home that will get him plenty of exercise and more training. He is a wonderful dog and if you are looking for a true Lab, that is Jackson!

Jackson is very healthy:

He came to us neutered, has all his shots, heartworm negative, microchiped. He does have one toe nail that sticks up and the vet looked at it but said nothing was wrong with it.

JACKSON is located in Novato/Watsonville.

If you have the time for wonderful boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or email liz@jobshopsf.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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Astro: 3-yr-old to-be-neutered male black Lab 60 lbs

Watch Astro's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are not accepting any more calls for Astro.


Ready for blast-off. This galactic traveler rocketed in to Lab Rescue from the Solano County Animal Shelter where he’d been surrendered with his brother… as his family (of three kids) could no longer afford to care for both dogs. Originally named Goofy (his brother was called Mickey), we felt it appropriate to reach to the stars for a new name… and voila, Astro!

What Astro’s Foster says: Astro is a wonderful dog – a bit smaller than the typical lab. He walks on leash quite well… although he does not recognize any commands. He is probably 5-10 pounds underweight and we are trying to pack on some quality pounds. Despite his youth, he is not a wild and crazy dog – but his does have quite a remarkable vertical launch capability (see attached video). He not fond of playing with toys or fetching balls – perhaps he can learn these fine dog traits. Not sure if he is a swimmer -- or a dock diver. His best habit is to find his human and assume a comfortable position nearby. Astro gets along with alien dogs, but we are not so sure about cats. He has some separation anxiety that we are working to eliminate, and his crate training continues.

What Astro’s Rescue Rep says: Astro is microchipped and current on his vaccinations. He will be neutered in the very near future. Astro is ideal for an active time-traveling family or individual. Would be great with space kids over the age of six. He would thrive with lots of universe to romp in. He is located on the planet of Berkeley.

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HARLEY: 11 Year Yellow Lab Male Neutered 85 Pounds



We adopted Harley out in 2013 and unfortunately the adopters can no longer keep him. Their schedules have changed and they feel it is not fair to Harley to be left alone for such long periods.

From the current owners:

Harley is a great dog! He is extremely loving and loyal. He bonded with us immediately and never wants to leave our sides. He is very affectionate and always greets us at the door with much enthusiasm. Harley loves to go to the dog park as much as he just loves to lay at our feet and keep us company. He loves to play with his ball and toys and he loves a bully stick. He loves it when people come over to visit and he is very gentle with children. He loves to play with our kids and one of his favorite things is belly rubs. We can count on him for great companionship. He is a very sensitive dog and when we are stressed at home he will come over and give us a little more attention. Harley is a very smart dog and knows many commands. Sit, stay, shake and down. He loves to ride in the car and of course he loves to swim. Harley pulls on the leash so we would recommend for him to be walked with a correction collar. He is still very active for his age so we would recommend a home not with small kids. He is great with all dogs and loves to go to the dog park and run around.

Why GGLRR got Harley two years ago:

What a love bug! This boy could not be sweeter. Lab Rescue found Harley when his vet contacted us as his owner couldn't keep him. The owner took him to the Vet to have but down as he was not able to protect himself any longer from the other dogs in the home. The Vet contacted Lab Rescue as they refused to put Harley down as he had more life to live and he was a wonderful boy! We met him and saw how sweet he was and knew we could find him a home where he'd get the love and attention he deserved.

Harley is located in Palo Alto.

If you have the time for this happy boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or liz@jobshopsf.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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Pepper: 10 year old spayed female yellow lab 81 lbs


Sweet Sweet Pepper!

She needs a new home and she deserves this to be her last home!

Pepper came to her new home from a breeder in the Napa area. The current owners saw an ad on craigslist and met with the breeder and felt sorry for Pepper as when they met her the wife mentioned her husband was done with Pepper as they could no longer breed her as she had an eye issue in her gene pool. The couple decided to take her home and Pepper has been a loving part of their family for the last 5 years. The couple need to give Pepper up for adoption as they watch their one year old grandchild and Pepper does not like her crawling / walking and giving her hugs. (The grandkid has a dog at home and is allowed to crawl on the dog, so she does not understand that Pepper does not want to play with her.) Pepper is a ten year old, female yellow lab. She is a loving, affectionate member of our family. She likes a lot of attention but is getting older and likes to spend much of the day curled up on her favorite rug. She loves to go on walks and sometimes on her walks she will get excited when she sees another dog. (She is not aggressive but she will pull on the leash to try to go over to say hello to them. GGLRR would suggest using a correction collar when walking Pepper.) Pepper is very friendly with other dogs and people once she goes over to say hello to them. (We have many people over to our home and have other dogs over to our home and Pepper has no issues.) We do not get Pepper out on regular walks and feel she also needs more exercise so she can lose a few pounds. She has a few quirks but don’t we all. She does not like dog beds – she only likes to lay on a rug. Pepper use to go down our stairs but since they are not carpeted and are steep, she prefers to hang out in the living room, the hall way and in the kitchen area. (If the adopter had stairs Pepper would be fine as long as they were carpeted. She will go down the stairs once you bring out the leash as she LOVES to go out for walks!) She is left alone in the home on a regular basis and will just sleep on her rug, she is housetrained and she is a dog that always seems to have a nice smile on her face. She can be in the home with another dog but not a home with cats. We would also recommend a home with older children.

From the trainer / evaluation of Pepper:

We had Pepper professionally evaluated since she has some insecurities with other dogs on leash. The trainer said she was a very friendly dog and liked the dogs and people that she was introduced to. She allowed the trainer to touch her all over but did seem a little worried when the trainer went to touch her paws. (Pepper was bitten by a rattle snake in one of her paws around 4 years ago. She is healed and has no health issues from this but we think her one paw may be a bit sensitive. She did not pull on the leash when they went for a walk, she did fine when meeting her dog – sniffed him and then just ignored him. She was a bit protective over a pig’s ear but allowed the trainer to take it away from her.

Pepper is very healthy other than she needs to lose a few more pounds. She is spayed, she has all her shots, she had a full blood panel done, she has had her thyroid checked, she is microchipped and she is heartworm negative. Pepper is one healthy girl!

She is located in Healdsburg.

If you are interested in having a very loyal companion, a companion who loves to go on walks and a companion that will give as much love as she gets, contact Rescue Rep Liz at 415-613-6374 or liz@jobshopsf.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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SWEET SWEET ANGEL: 10 Year Old Yellow Lab / Shepherd Mix Spayed Female 95 Pounds
(Foster mom is working on getting some weight off with less food and more exercise.)



Angel came to GGLRR as her owners lost their home and had to move. We asked a professional trainer to evaluate Angel, to meet her and see if she would be a good dog for our program. Angel passed all the tests with flying colors! Some information from the owner: They would walk her with the neighbor’s shepherd but it seems other than this activity not much was put into Angel. She was an outside dog and came to GGLRR filthy and in a much shut down state.

She is now in a foster home and is thriving. This is what the foster mom has to say about her:

Angel is 10 years old and the sweetest most perfect dog ever. She is a very young 10 year old – she does not act her age. She has the cutest happy dance when I get home from work! She looks and acts like a lab but GGLRR was told she is part shepherd. The foster mom thinks Angel has had a heavy hand in the past as if you raise your hand or if you raise your voice she will cower and run immediately to her dog bed. She walks perfectly on leash – loves to go for walks! The foster mom lives on several acres and Angel will walk along off leash and will always look back to make sure her foster mom is right there. She loves to play ball. You throw the ball for her and she will bring it back each time. She loves to be petted and brushed. She now will come into the foster home with no issues. She comes in grabs a stuffed toy from the toy box and will go lay down on her bed. She is also very content laying down outside on her dog bed. I have had her outside on our 20 acres and she stays close by. She will wander a bit at times to seek new adventures but when I call her she comes right back. She has no food issues with people or my two other labs. She loves kids and will play with my 5 year old grandson. She is fine with my two other dogs but it took her a little while to warm up to them and be secure with them in our home. The only negative the foster has about Angel is she does not like car rides. She is working with her on this to make her more secure in the car. She is a very easy dog to have in my home – happy to get out for regular walks or happy to hang out at home with her head in my lap. We are not sure how Angel would be with cats.

Angel is located in Escalon.

If you are interested in sweet Angel contact rescue rep Liz at 415-613-6374 or liz@jobshopsf.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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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.







BUDDY: 6 yr old Black Male Lab neutered 70 lbs.



Buddy was just another throw away Bakersfield dog when Lab Rescue heard about him and are we glad we did. Buddy is just about the sweetest dog ever. Buddy is being fostered in the MONTEREY area by a very experienced foster family. The foster family would really like to keep Buddy but she has a two other dogs, one a senior with health issues.

Buddy is a very easy going laid back boy who LOVES his walks and LOVES car rides. He is wonderful on a leash and is very gentle. He doesn't know much about toys or ball chasing but really likes to be next to his family whether there are on the computer or watching TV. He just really wants to be part of your life. He has been known to "counter surf" when he is left alone and get into some mischief but he just needs someone to teach him that is not OK. He prefers his own bed rather than yours. Buddy would be great in a home where someone is home during the day or who can take him to work with them but it’s not a requirement.

This boy is a remarkable guy who needs a great home. A family who will love him and he will return that love 100 fold.

Buddy has been parasite tested, micro-chipped and heart worm tested and is up to date on vaccinations. (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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Ben: 11 month old neutered male black lab/mix 70 lbs



Ben is an 11 month old Lab/mix (possibly Pointer) 65 pounds. He and his brother were living with a family until recently when a medical issue in the family forced them to make the difficult decision to part with one of the pups. They felt that Ben needed to be with someone who could care for him and give him the attention he deserves. Ben is very sweet and very energetic. He was good around the children of the family and enjoyed playing with his brother. The family was grateful to have found GGLRR, which made a hard decision one less painful.

What the Foster says:

Ben is being fostered with my active three year old male lab and doing very well. He has the most wonderful and happy personality with no sign of aggression. Ben has been socialized with many large and small dogs and done well with all of them and their human companions. While Ben has the attention span of a puppy, he is very food motivated and trainable. He is doing well learning to walk on a leash with a training collar. Ben is completely housebroken, sleeps in his crate at night and will chew your belongings if left unsupervised. He has also learned how to settle down and chill around the house while I am working from home. Ben has very good recall and knows the sit command consistently. His exuberant personality is fun but he needs to work on not jumping. If you are an active person or family that is looking for a motivated companion, Ben is your guy! Keep in mind he is a puppy and needs training and leadership to flourish. While Ben has a wonderful disposition, he could accidentally knock over small children due to his strength and gusto.

What Ben's Rescue Rep says:

He is up to date on shots/neutered/microchipped/Heartworm tested/housebroken/and crate trained. Ben is a very curious and playful dog. According to the original family curious with cats. (However, the foster says he has a strong prey drive.) He is a puppy who still likes to jump so a person or family would need to continue with his training.

Ben is currently with a foster in Mountain View

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MISSY: 6 year old spayed female yellow lab 65 lbs



Sweet Sweet Missy!

Lab Rescue got a call from Missy’s owners as they could no longer take care of her and wanted to see if we could take her into our program. They have had Missy for 6 years of her life and she has been a family pet but unfortunately her owners lost their home and were living in a hotel and the places they were looking to rent would not take a dog.

We evaluated Missy and took her into our program and currently have her at our boarding facility.

This is what we know about Missy:

Missy was purchased from a breeder and it seems like the family was breeding her up until GGLRR took her into our program. She was an inside dog, part of the pack and has been around a variety of dogs and people. They have many relatives with children and Missy has been around them all with no issues. She is a very smart girl and knows: sit, stay, will come when called, she has never been possessive over food or toys, she loves to play fetch, great in the car and of course loves to SWIM! We are not sure about Missy with cats and she does not like small dogs, puppies in her face. (She will give them a warning growl to get away from her. We think this is due to the many litter of puppies she has had.) Missy walks well on a leash, you can touch her all over; she was a house dog and is house trained but not crate trained. She will at times jump up to greet you, we think this is her only bad habit. She has been left alone and does not have any separation anxiety and she is not destructive. At our boarding facility she does not bark and she is content on her bed. We have her out with a variety of dogs at our boarding facility and it seems like she is unsure how to play. The other dogs want to play with her but she is content to walk around and smell the flowers.

We are taking Missy to the vet to be spayed, get her current on her shots, due a heartworm test, blood work and a microchip.

She is located in Petaluma.

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Rocco: 7 month old purebred neutered black lab male 70+ lbs.



Rocco is a playful puppy who doesn't fully realize how big he is really at 70+lbs. He is however very eager to learn and explore. His foster family says that in the short time he has been with them, he has shown significant improvement in listening and has become a great family dog. In the evening he loves to lie down at your feet or even better, on your feet to stay close. He sleeps throughout the night in his own bed.

When he gets really excited he will some times forget and mouth/bite at the person/dog he is playing with but is very quick to calm down with a reminder to sit. Providing a chew toy works very well too. If he is kept exercised, (he is walks 2 miles a day twice a day or plays with the foster's lab), he is actually one of the calmest dogs the foster family has had. He is not ready to be a running partner yet as he needs work with heeling and endurance. He seems a bit tired at the end of the walks.

Rocco has been parasite tested, micro-chipped and heart worm tested and is up to date on his vaccinations. (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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TUESDAY: 6-7 year old neutered chocolate male lab 80 Pounds

Tuesday will be in the San Jose area with a temporary foster from 5/3 - 5/11.


Update from the foster mom:

Tuesday: what a GOOD BOY! Tuesday is just a bundle of love and joy. He came to my home and quickly adapted to his new environment. He learned to use the dog door the first day and no accidents at all. He’s a very loving, friendly, curious boy. He walks pretty well on leash and we’re working on not pulling. He is not dog reactive when on or off leash. He loves to swim and is trustworthy off leash. His tennis ball chewing was turning into quite the obsession so I replaced the tennis balls with strong chew toys and he’s just fine. We use a rubber stick to play fetch with and it’s his favorite thing. He’s full on energy, but not too much energy. He’s getting two 40 minute walks a day and lots of play time in the yard. HE gets along great with my lab with no issues at all. He is a wonderful dogs and will be a joy to his next forever family.

Tuesday was found as a stray in Clearlake and his family never came to look for him. Not too many people make it out to this shelter and the shelter staff recognized what a great dog Tuesday was so they called GGLRR to see if we could take him. GGLRR stepped up to evaluate him and get him out of the shelter.

This is what we know about Tuesday:

Hi, my name is Tuesday and yes I was picked up as a stray on Tuesday. I still can’t believe my family did not come looking for me. What did they expect; I was not neutered, they did not have a secure backyard and my job is to go out and find the females that want to fool around. The animal control officer loaded me up on a truck and then I was off to a pretty scary place – the shelter. Everyone kept saying what a love and that I was a very special boy. The shelter staff would play with me and soon found out that I had some training. I know: sit, shake, down, fetch – I LOVE THIS GAME and the really neat trick I know is sit pretty! (You can see this in one of the pictures, I will sit up on my hind legs for a treat. I will do about anything for a treat or for the opportunity to play ball.) At the shelter I would get out to play with other dogs and soon my best friend was Kevin. Kevin and I had a pact that we would help each other get adopted. Kevin and I heard that a wonderful organization was going to rescue us and take us to a nice boarding facility in Petaluma. The morning came for us to be loaded up in the transport van and before I knew what was happening, Kevin was not in the van. I heard them say Kevin found a wonderful home. Kevin was younger than me but I am much more handsome, have excellent manners, love to be with all people big and small and I have a bag full of tricks to show off. I love to go for car rides, love the water and I have ok leash manners. (I am a very quick learner and if you spend some time with me I will be walking by your side. I am fine on a leash when we meet other dogs and I am fine off the leash when I play with other dogs.) I am very clean in my kennel and I will give you much more love, companionship and happiness as I will be thankful for the family that decides to adopt me.

What Lab Rescue is looking for:

We would suggest a home for Tuesday that has the time for a dog, 1 walk per day and maybe some ball playing or beach swimming. Tuesday is pretty gentle and he can be in a home with all children. (He does get a little excited with treats. He will not jump up on you but he will not stop until he gets his treat. Tuesday has a wonderful foundation and we want a home that will continue with his training.

Tuesday is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. The shelter removed a growth from his leg and it was a fatty cyst. He is a very healthy boy! He is located in Napa. (We are working on getting him to a foster home.)

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JOEY: 1 Year Old Black Male Lab Mix Neutered 60 Pounds



Joey – King of the Road!

Lucky Joey, who lands on his feet (and his chin)! Aside from some healed abrasions to his chin and a chipped tooth, Joey’s one lucky dog. He apparently tumbled out of a pickup, his harness was trailing a broken wire, in northern Solano County. A Good Samaritan picked him up and brought him home. This person had three other dogs and thought Joey was a wonderful dog but he could not have four dogs. He looked and looked for his owner but no owner was found so he called Lab Rescue. (A lot of dogs in the shelter in this area do not get adopted so he wanted to get Joey to a place where he had a chance.)

Joey is neutered, probably between 1 and 2 years old, and a healthy black Lab with another breed in the mix. His weight is about 60 lbs. He’s diplomatic with his foster’s 3 older (cranky) dogs, and ignores the cat. He loves to play fetch, loves to swim, and his nose is always busy. He pulls on leash at first, but at his foster home in the country, he can be walked off lead. He knows come, sit, stay and down. He is easy to correct, can lie calmly at rest indoors and at night sleeps in a crate. Clearly his previous owners were kind to him – he is trusting and a BIG cuddler. Rolling in the grass (or the primroses) with his feet in the air is one of his favorite things, he‘s irresistible.

Joey is very healthy:

He came to us not neutered, we got him neutered, has all his shots, heartworm negative, microchiped. He is a very healthy boy!

Joey is located in Fairfield.

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Diesel: 1 ½ Year Old Black Male Lab Neutered 83 Pounds



Diesel came to lab rescue from the Napa County Animal Shelter, not of any wrongdoing on his part. His owners had contacted Lab Rescue; a time was set to meet this handsome boy, but they didn’t show up for the meet. Lab Rescue was very concerned and had a feeling he had been dumped at the local shelter, a call was made and sure enough poor Diesel was there and very scared. Lab Rescue stepped in, swooped him up, and before Diesel knew what was happening this sweet boy was on his way to our boarding facility.

When Lab Rescue talked with Diesel’s owners, they had said that he was a young boy full of energy. They did not get him out for regular exercise, which is one thing this young boy needs. A tired dog is a “good dog!” They had not worked with him on training and manners, he will jump on people, he does not understand yet that this is not how you greet humans. He knows a few commands, “sit,” “down,” and “shake. Diesel will pull on the leash when going for walks, with consistency and patience he will learn this is not appropriate behavior. He gets excited when he sees other dogs, he will pull and bark to get close and say “Hi.” He has never been in a tussle with another dog, just wants to play. Diesel is very food motivated and wants to please, so some high-value treats and positive reinforcement and consistency will be the ticket for this young boy to learn good behavior. He lived with a 13-year-old boy, has been around younger children, but we feel because of his high energy he should go to a home with older children. Since Diesel is a bundle of energy, he may knock over smaller children. Diesel is crate trained, and even though he spent a lot of time outside he is house trained. He has lived with a cat, but it was great fun to chase him around the house.

Lab Rescue was able to talk with Diesel veterinarian, they described Deisel as a very nice “goofy” boy that needed someone to pay attention to him and give him some guidance and training. They also mentioned that he is a healthy boy. They were very shocked and saddened to hear that Diesel had been taken to the shelter.

Diesel needs a family where he will be welcomed into the home, make him part of the family and all their activities. He will need patience, well-defined boundaries and clearly communicated expectations, and in return you will get an awesome companion to be a member of your family. He is neutered, up to date on his shots, microchipped, and heartworm negative.

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Roxy: 4 Year Old Black Lab / Mix 60 Pounds



We got a call from the Lake County Shelter as they had some dogs that were surrendered by their owners and were not getting much exposure. They try very hard to get the dogs adopted but need other rescue groups to step up as many of the dogs will be put down. We met Roxy and knew she would be a great dog for GGLRR and pulled her with a few more dogs.

Roxy is a very sweet affectionate girl and her owner spent much time with her. She was an inside dog but was put outside when they would work and her and the neighbor dog loved to get out of the yard and chase the sheep near their property. Since the owner did not have a secure yard and did not want to leave her in the house all day long he took her to the shelter. Roxy walks well on a leash, will go into a down and stay, sits on command, she was very calm in the cat room and avoided all the cats at the shelter. She has no food or possessive aggression and did not guard her food in any way when we tested her. She loves to go for car rides and wants to look out the window as you drive along. She listens to what you ask of her and is a well behaved girl. She was an inside dog so she is house trained, she is not a barker and she loves to swim. She is fine in a crate and fine when left in the home, she is not destructive.

We currently have her in a foster home who is a dog trainer and as you can see from two of the attached pictures is doing well with the pack.

This is what the trainer has to say about Roxy:

Roxy is doing really well. When other dogs challenge her she will become submissive and then will be best friends with that other dog, she does not challenge other dogs. She is a very social dog, she is great with all dogs once she has had a little time to spend with them. She does well with dogs of all ages and sizes, including small dogs and puppies. Roxy needs exercise and is out for 2 hours each day. She would be a great running companion. I have had her off leash with the pack dogs and she’s having a great time. She nicely greets dogs, both male and female, coming into the pack. In the house she’s a doll. She barks when she is thirsty but she’s very pleasant in the house.

Roxy is spayed, has all her shots, she is heartworm negative and she is microchipped.

Roxy 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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LUCY: 1 year old spayed black female lab mix 48 Pounds



Lab Rescue was contacted by Lucy's owners as they have a young growing family (twins on the way) and felt that they weren't providing what she needs. Although they describe Lucy as being the sweetest dog ever, they recognize that she is not receiving the time that a young active dog should. Because of the busy lifestyle of the family, she was relegated to the yard all day and was only brought inside at night to be crated for sleep. There was no time for walks and thus this high energy girl had to find elsewhere the mental and physical stimulation that daily walks provide . She has never been to obedience classes so there was no leader in the home and thus Lucy pretty much ran the show. She would dig and chew inappropriate items while in the yard. When she was in the house she would jump on the kids and pretty much stayed in a state of being over excited as she was craving attention. The other children are two and eight years and although Lucy was good around the kids, she is a high energy dog and a bit too much for the kids. She was raised with a dog savvy cat. She will chase the ball, retrieve it at times but then not give it up!

From Lucy's Foster:

Lucy is being fostered with our two kids and three Labs. She was not housebroken when she came to us (being a backyard dog) but she is catching on very quickly that we go potty outside. I showed her where to go and that's just where she went the next day. She is learning what "no" means and is jumping up on people less than when she arrived. She likes to steal clothes and run around with something in her mouth to show off. She is a funny girl - follows me around like my shadow. She likes to lay on your feet and she likes her belly rubs. She is a petite girl at only 48 lbs. but still tries to countersurf although once again, she is learning that no means no. She likes running around playing with the other dogs. She has settled in nicely with our family. She sleeps through the night on a dog bed next to our bed.

Update from Lucy's Foster:

Lucy is making wonderful progress with the Foster. She continues to love to play with the Foster's dogs. She is good both inside and outside - no more digging or chewing. She sleeps through the night in a crate next to the Foster's bed. When the humans go out she is left in the house but not in the crate and she is not destructive, although she does have other dogs to play with. She is smart, learns very quickly and although active, is a big cuddlier after she's been exercised. Her leash manners have greatly improved using a correction collar. She is housebroken. Lucy is a sweet dog and we are very much enjoying fostering her. She is very good with the kids.

What Lab Rescue is looking for:

Lucy is like an overgrown puppy at one year. She just hasn't had an alpha person in her life to teach her what is expected of her. She is exhibiting typical puppy behavior and is very trainable with someone willing to put in the time and effort. Lab Rescue is looking for someone with Lab experience as we want Lucy to go on to be a good canine citizen - something she is quite capable of doing with the right owner. She needs structure, leadership and training and thus someone must be home with her most of the day. Since she hasn't been getting walks she needs work on her leash manners. She will need regular daily exercise (a tired dog is a good dog!) Lucy will thrive in an active household where the dog is included in activities. Any kids in the home must be 8 or older.

Lucy is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. She is located in Concord. (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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HUNTER: 2 Year Black Male Lab Mix Neutered 95 Pounds




I am Hunter but really that is not my name. I am open to anyone changing my name if you can give me a good home and a home that I will be part of your pack. My owners decided they did not want me any longer so they drove up to the Ukiah shelter and opened the door and pushed me out! This was very scary for me but I am young and healthy so I rebounded just fine. (I had a microchip but my scary owners did not register me.) The lady that runs the shelter told me she had a great place to send me to and she would check to see if they could take me. I know I am not a purebred Lab but since I was so nice with everyone and everything she wanted to give it a try. She contacted Golden Gate Lab Rescue to see what they thought about me and they said sure, that I could come to their program. The reason they would accept me as I got along with everyone I was introduced to, I was fine when anyone took my toys and food away from me, I was fine on a leash when I saw other dogs and I was a really good boy when I met dogs off leash.

I then woke up the next day and was shuffled off to surgery. I was told I would be fine when I woke up, that I would be missing a couple of things but everything would heal nicely. Wow was I sore when I woke up but the next day I was fine and ready to play! I got all my shots, I was heartworm tested and was given a good bath. The nice lady from the shelter gave me a hug and said Hunter be a good boy and I was loaded up for a nice car ride. I was very good in the car just happy to be out of the doggie jail and off to my next adventure. Since I am so young I rebound quickly to all the shuffling around. The car stopped at this beautiful place in the country and another nice lady came out to say hello to me. (Even though she is a very nice lady I knew right away I would have to be on my best behavior and follow what she wanted as she was the leader of the pack!)

I have been at my foster/trainers home for a week and let me tell you I am one happy dog! Swimming in the creeks, play time with the other dogs and time for much needed R&R. I love to please so I am an A student and a student that sucks up to the trainer! (I know a good thing when I see it.) I enjoy that I have a pack leader and I can have fun and learn some new training tricks. If you have the time for a smart, active happy dog please call the rescue rep as I will give you many years of happiness back!

Update from the trainer who is fostering Hunter:

Hunter is doing great! He is young and energetic and with just being neutered it has been a little hard to keep him calm. Overall he is an awesome dog. Hunter is a big boy that had little manners. We are working on his manners each day and he is one smart boy! He did not know his name when he came in so we are using it as much as we can to help him associate with his name. He is doing fine in the crate and will go right in at night when I toss a treat in and doesn’t fuss about it. We started him on obedience training and he already is “sitting” and “downing” and is learning how to walk properly on leash. He is very friendly with all dogs he meets and all he wants to do is play! I am looking forward to getting him more exercise once he is completely healed from his neuter.

Hunter is located in Geyersville. (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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VELVET: 1 ½ Year Old Black Female Lab Spayed 45 Pounds

Watch Velvet's videos by clicking on the link above the picture.



Hi! My name is Velvet.

My owners gave me that name because I have a beautiful soft shiny coat that looks like Velvet. I am what people call a “special needs” dog. In my litter of 6 brothers and sisters, 3 of us were born with a condition called “Cerebellar Hypoplasia” which causes me to have jerky movements, tremors and generally uncoordinated motion. Cerebellar_hypoplasia_(non-human). I sometimes fall down and have trouble walking. My tremors increase when I am excited and subside when I am calm and at ease. My condition will not get better or worse with age, and I have already learned to somewhat compensate for it and should have a normal lifespan. Dogs with my condition can, in theory, lead a fairly normal life if special considerations for our disability are taken by our owner.

Now, for the fun stuff about me! I am on the petite side at about 45lbs. I am as sweet as they come. I love to play with other dogs and have fun playing with the two labs in my foster home. I think the cat is sort of interesting too, but she pretty much avoids me. I can eat and drink like any normal dog and am very much aware of sights and sounds around me. I love to follow my foster mom around the house and be wherever she is. I am potty trained and crate trained. At nighttime, I go to sleep in my crate. When I am home alone, I am gated off into one of the backrooms. I am a relatively mellow girl and do get tired easily from walking around. I will not need more than a ¼ mile walk each day and have fun just trotting around the backyard. My most favorite thing is to lay on the couch (did I mention I can jump up there on my own?) and rest my head in my foster mom’s lap. I try to get up on the bed as well, but usually miss. If you lift me up to the bed, I will just lay down and go to sleep. I also ride well in the car and am quiet for the car ride. Lots of great labby traits about me, I am just a wibbly wobbly girl!

I lived with my prior owners for a year in their apartment, but they were moving and could not take me with them. I was then brought to a shelter where there were lots of loud noises that made me nervous. The ideal home for me would be a one-story home (my condition does not allow me to navigate stairs easily) with a quiet and calm environment. When there is excitement around me, I get excited as well and that is when I lose my coordination. For this reason, a home without kids or much older kids would probably be best for me. I would be fine with another calm dog in the house. If you are gentle and calm with me, I remain that way and have much better balance. So, if you are looking for the greatest cuddle buddy and think you can be my owner and give me the love and understanding I need, then call my rescue rep below and ask about me! Oh – be sure to watch my video. Foster mom says that my condition just looks like I am dancing…..and who doesn’t love a dancing lab?

(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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HUNTER 1 ½ Year Old Yellow Male Lab Neutered 75 Pounds



It seems like Hunter was a frequent flyer at the Ukiah shelter. The owner refused to get him neutered and would keep him and his other dog that was also not neutered in the back yard during the day while he was gone. He had a fence that had some gaps so Hunter and his buddy would get out and roam around the neighborhood looking for some girlfriends. (I am sure since Hunter is so handsome and in such great shape he found quite a few unfortunately!) Each time your dog gets out and is not neutered the bill goes up so the owner met animal control in the field by the shelter and handed over his dogs and walked away. The shelter asked them to fill out some paper work but they did not take the time. They tried to reach the owners but the number was disconnected. The shelter gave him the name Hunter, so he has a fresh start with Lab Rescue. Lab Rescue knows the rescue person at the Ukiah shelter well so she called us right away as she wanted to get Hunter moved out of the shelter. He passed all the tests at the shelter with people and dogs; rode well in the car on the way down from the shelter to our boarding facility.

Update on Hunter:

We adopted Hunter out and he was returned to GGLRR as he was given too much freedom and he would chew on things in the home and when left in the backyard. The owner did not want to crate Hunter and by not crating, Hunter was given too much freedom. Hunter is a 1 year old puppy. The owner did a wonderful job with getting Hunter training, he paid for a professional trainer to work with Hunter. Hunter is fine with all dogs and humans – he loves them all! (He is more of a submissive dog.) He has been to dog parks and a variety of places with no issues. We currently have Hunter in a foster home who is a professional trainer and he said he is a great dog. He settled in his crate with no issues and the trainer said he is a dog that wants to please. He gets along with the animals in the home and two of the dogs are small dogs. We would think he would be fine with cats if introduced properly. The trainer is using high reward treats and has control of Hunter in a variety of situations.

From the original posting:

Hunter is currently at our boarding facility we use in Petaluma. The facility owners use to train for guide dogs and know dogs well. They have ran Hunter with other female dogs and they have had their way with him! (He is a big marshmallow. We have not had him with other males as he is not neutered yet. He shows no interest in the other male dogs at the facility and he does not fence fight with the other male dogs.) He is clean in his kennel, he does not bark when he is in his run and he is not destructive. The kennel has some property in the back and we had Hunter in the back and all he wanted to do is run the fence line to see how he could get out. This is what he is use to and until his hormones are gone and until he is bonded with his new family, the new adopter will need to make sure if Hunter is in the back alone their yard is secure! He shows no interest in playing ball and has some leash skills but will need to be walked on a correction collar and will need a refresher on the leash! Hunter will need a home that can give him plenty of exercise, leadership and more training. He is a big/physical dog and will need to go to a home with kids that are older than 10-12 years of age and a home that has had experience with large dogs. Hunter is a wonderful boy but it will take structure, leadership and at least 2 hours of exercise each day to help Hunter become a good canine citizen!

Hunter is very healthy:

He came to us not neutered, we got him neutered, has all his shots, heartworm negative, microchiped. He is a very healthy boy!

Hunter is located in Petaluma.

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Sunny: 8 Year Old Black Male Lab Neutered 83 Pounds



Sunny was an owner surrender to the Lake County Shelter. His owner did not have a secure fence and worked full time, so Sunny would take himself for a couple of walks during the day. He would roam looking for company as he was very bored in the backyard. His owner was tired of looking for him and getting him out of the shelter so he chained Sunny to a large tree in the yard. Animal control came out to see Sunny and gave the owner a citation to fix the situation or surrender Sunny. The owner went out to his backyard and told them to take him, he was tired of his dog getting out.

The Lake County shelter contact GGLRR as not many people come to this shelter and Sunny was on the list to be euthanized. They wanted to find someone who would rescue him as he is such a sweet boy! GGLRR met Sunny and pulled him from the shelter without hestitation.

Sunny is 8 years old but he acts younger. He has wonderful energy and he just wants to be with people! He is a very happy boy and warms your heart the first time you meet and he looks up and gives you his big smile. Sunny was with his one owner his entire life, inside off and on, has wonderful manners and has a very sweet personality. He knows: sit, shake, down, takes treats easy, rides in the car well, not a barker, does not jump when meeting you and has excellent leash manners. (Why would you not adopt sweet Sunny?) Sunny grew up with kids, cats and other dogs. Is there anytime neative about Sunny? NO

Sunny would be great in a home where someone is around most of the day, he would be fine with kids 5 and older and he would be fine in a home with other dogs or cats. Sunny has had a full well check and he passed everything with flying colors. He is neutered, has his shots, heartworm negative, full blood panel, ears cleaned and he is microchipped.

Sunny is located in Petaluma.

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REX: 6 year neutered black male AKC 110 lbs



Rex came to Lab Rescue from his owner in Fresno. He could no longer keep his dogs as they were not getting the attention they deserved. He is getting divorced and his wife was the main care giver for the boys. Since the two boys were litter mates they would fight with each other. (A few of the fights caused a little damage to the brothers, they would always fight over who was the leader of the pack.) Since the owner was gone for over 12 hours a day and since he was getting divorced he knew it was not fair to keep them. He took them to the Fresno shelter and the shelter called Fresno Lab rescue and they asked the owner to take them back. Fresno Lab Rescue was full so they reached out to GGLRR to see if we had room. Fresno Lab rescue tested the dogs and they passed all the tests and were soon loaded up and headed to the Bay Area.

GGLRR has Rex at their boarding facility and he is a very nice boy. (We are splitting up the two brothers even though they do love each other they also will fight with each other.) He gets along with all the other dogs and has been around several dogs. They have been around kids of all ages and they love them! We would suggest that Rex is placed around kids that are older due to his size. He loves to swim, go for car rides, really did enjoy going on his walks but also the owner said Rex is the lazy one. (Rex will need a refresher on walking on a leash as since the separation he has not been walked much.) Rex has been well cared for and came from a breeder in the central valley. He is a real love of a dog and would make a great companion.

What the foster home has to say about Rex:

Rex does fine on our walks with a correction collar. He is a very mellow dog, no barking, and content to hang out with me around the house. He thinks he is a lap dog! He knows sit, “Off” and takes food from your hand very gently. He is fine with us cleaning his ears. When we leave him we let him have the garage and backyard and he is fine and is not destructive. He is fine in his crate at night or fine on a dog bed. When we walk by other dogs he is fine and has no issues greeting other dogs.

Rex has no health issues: Has all his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative, is microchipped. We had his ear cleaned and his bite on his nose looked over. The vet said these were bit wounds from a little while ago. He is currently on antibiotics. Rex needs to lose a few pounds, he is well on his way with less food and more exercise.

Rex is located in San Ramon.

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TEAGAN: 1 ½ year old spayed female lab mix 65 Pounds



Teagan was found as a stray in downtown Antioch and her family never came to look for her. She has been there over a month and no one came to claim her. She was on the list to be put down and GGLRR stepped up to evaluate her and get her out of the shelter.

This is what we know about Teagan:

Teagan is a 1 – 1 ½ year old female black lab mix. She is a very sweet girl with lots of love to give. She loves to play ball and can find the tennis ball anywhere you hide it. (She would make a good search and rescue dog.) She loves to play with tug toys and is careful when your hands are near her mouth. As she is a puppy still, she has a goofy and energetic side to her which could cause her to knock down little ones. We would suggest she go to a home with older children. She appears to be house trained as she is clean in her kennel. Teagan knows some basic commands such as sit, down, and stay. She tested very well during a thorough temp test at the shelter and did not show any signs of fear or anxiety. Teagan did bark with her tail wagging when she saw a cat, she would probably do best in a home without cats. She loves to play with her buddy Flynn, who was pulled from the shelter the same day she was. She went right into the crate without a problem when getting into the car. Teagan takes treats gently and has no problem with hands near her food while eating. She reacted very well with a correction collar while walking. We think this girl has amazing potential with her desire to please. A little bit more training and Teagan could be a perfect canine citizen!

What Lab Rescue is looking for:

We would suggest a home for Teagan that has the time for an active dog, 1-2 walks per day. We would suggest a home with older children as Teagan is an active girl and a home what will continue the nice foundation Teagan has been given. She is at our boarding facility and they have reported back that she is doing well and is playing with the other GGLRR dogs with no issues.

Teagan is spayed, up to date on her vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. She is a very healthy girl! She is located in Petaluma.

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RAMBO: 6 year neutered black male AKC 100 lbs



Rambo came to Lab Rescue from his owner in Fresno. He could no longer keep his dogs as they were not getting the attention they deserved. He is getting divorced and his wife was the main care giver for the boys. Since the owner was gone for over 12 hours a day and since he was getting divorced he knew it was not fair to keep them. He took them to the Fresno shelter and the shelter called Fresno Lab rescue and they asked the owner to take them back. Fresno Lab Rescue was full so they reached out to GGLRR to see if we had room. Fresno Lab rescue tested the dogs and they passed all the tests and were soon loaded up and headed to the Bay Area. Rambo has been well cared for and came from a breeder in the central valley. He is a real love of a dog and would make a great companion.

We have Rambo in a foster home who is a professional trainer – this is what she has to say about Rambo:

Rambo is doing great with training. With the use of a training collar he is walking nicely on leash and he is behaving around other dogs. He knows: heel, sit, down, will come when called and he is crate trained. Rambo loves to swim in the river and chase a ball whenever given the chance! Although he is a big boy, he is a gentle giant with people. When calmly introduced with other dogs he does well and could live with another dog. We recommend kids 11 and older mainly due to his size. With continued training, leadership and exercise Rambo would be a great addition to your life. Since Rambo is with a trainer we would hand him off with a session from the trainer. We are not sure about cats with Rambo.

Rambo has no health issues: Has all his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative, is microchipped. Rambo needs to lose a few pounds, he is well on his way with less food and more exercise.

Rambo is located in Geyersville.

(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 and 2015 for examples of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

 

Cali: 3 to 4 year old black female May have some Beagle with Lab. 51 Pounds

Adopted May, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bear: 2 year old black female 49 pounds

Adopted April, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Lua 3 years old Purebred (papered) Black Female Spayed

Adopted March, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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< Bo: 1yr old neutered black lab male - 70lbs

Adopted March, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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4 male Black Lab Puppies - 8 weeks

Adopted February, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Lacey: Purebred pedigreed Yellow Lab spayed 5 years

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Natasha: Lab mix spayed one year old 50 pounds

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Abigail (Abbey) and Homer Purebred Golden Retrievers Abbey is 4, Homer is 2

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Frank: 7-8 years old, neutered male Chocolate Lab

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bud: 11 month old neutered male black lab mix - 60lbs.

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bella: Spayed 7 year old yellow female

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Sargent: 2 years old Black neutered male

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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JACK: 14 month old neutered black lab about 55 lbs

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Evie: Spayed black Lab mix (Border Collie or Kelpe) 1 year old 48 pounds

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Dakota and Bear Purebred Chocolate Labs 4 years old

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Rex: 10 month old, neutered black lab, 63 lb

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Felix: Male Chocolate Lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Ellie: Spayed Yellow Female 4 years old

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Darma: 3 years old Black female

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Jade: 3 months old, Golden Retriever Mix

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Moose: 4-yr-old, 80 lb, neutered black lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Fahrenheit: 10-year-old, 79-lb, Neutered Black Male Lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Freddy: Golden Retriever 1 year old neutered male

Adopted September, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Travis: 3 Year Old Yellow Lab Male

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Danny: 2 to 3 years old Neutered Male chocolate lab

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Alex: 1 year old Neutered Male

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Allie: Spayed Labrador Mix (maybe Border Collie) 2 years old

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Annabella: 1 Year Old Black Lab Female Spayed 63 Pounds

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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CRACKER: Yellow Mini Lab mix neutered male 11 to 13 months 35 pounds

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Molly: 2 year old Yellow Female Spayed

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Roxy: 10 Week Old Non-Spayed Black Female Lab/Border Collie Mix

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to fosters Theresa and Geri and to Rescue Rep Sandy and all who help Lab Rescue


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Caesar : 1 year old neutered male 60 pounds

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Gunner : 8 year-old neutered yellow male Lab 80 lbs.

Adopted February, 2014! Thanks to fosters Janet and Amanda, everyone at UC Davis who has helped Gunner, and all who help Lab Rescue


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Choco (now Zoe): 8 Month Old Chocolate Non-Spayed Female 60 Pounds

Adopted February, 2014! Thanks to K9 Country Club and Rescue Rep Sandy, and all who help Lab Rescue


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