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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.








ZEUS: 7 year old neutered black male lab mix 77 Pounds

My name is Zeus, and yes, I'm as handsome as a Greek god. Life was good on Mt. Olympus (oops, I mean my family home). I was adopted from a shelter as a puppy and I lived my whole life in one family with two kids, a small dog and a cat. Everything was great, and then quicker than a lightning bolt, it all changed. The kids grew up and my human parents moved to a new home where the homeowner's association does not allow pets. My family loved me very much and they were very sad to give me up, but they trust that Lab Rescue will help me find a great new forever home.

I love to go on walks and car rides, and to play with the ball. And I just love to give hugs and kisses. Wouldn't it be great to have your own deity bestowing blessings on you? If you or your kids are Percy Jackson fans, then you know we were just meant to be together...

What Zeus's owner has to say about him:

Zeus is a great dog and easy to love. We rescued Zeus from the pound when he was a puppy and he's been royally spoiled. He has a beautiful black coat save for a few gray hairs for his goatee. He's very good-natured, full of energy, loves walking, his ball, and all food! He loves to kiss (slurp), cuddle and hug, and can sleep with you or in his own bed. He is kid friendly and cat and dog tolerant as he lived with a small dog and a cat for years but he will chase squirrels. Zeus is happy and healthy and has a mellow temperament. He only gets testy--sometimes--if another dog tries to steal his food or ball. (I would too--if I were a dog!) He's had knee surgery but recovered well and runs fine. He's a great loving dog who must get regular exercise every day.

What Zeus's foster Mom has to say about him:

Zeus has a beautiful, well groomed coat, nails, and teeth. He is a good eater and sleeps well (through the night) in one of the two dog beds in my bedroom. Zeus will let me know when he needs to go outside (quick bark) and when he wants to come in.

Zeus loves to play ball and is a great retriever. He walks well together with my lab (pulls some but not too badly.) He is happy to lie on the floor near me while I work and is attentive but not pesky. Zeus likes to roll on his back and side with grunts of happiness and will give kisses.

What Zeus's Rescue Rep says:

Zeus is a very sweet, active 7 year old dog who loves people. He will jump up to give people kisses so a family with older kids would be best. Zeus knows basic commands like sit, stay, come, and understands "No" well. He takes treat nicely and has no food or toy possession issues with people. Zeus does pull on leash, especially at the beginning of a walk when he is excited, and will need some work on leash manners, but is eager to please. We are unsure whether he likes to swim.

Zeus had knee surgery in late 2014 for the equivalent of what would be a torn ACL in humans. He walks and runs fine currently. We are looking for a home that will continue to provide Zeus regular exercise and watch his food intake to keep his weight down to keep his knee healthy. While he loves to play fetch with the ball, he needs to be careful of sudden changes in direction and/or overdoing the ball play to avoid re-injuring his knee. An owner who has the time for (and loves the companionship of) long daily walks together would be ideal. Zeus is a wonderful dog who will fill your home with move love than you can ever imagine.

Zeus is housetrained, neutered, current on vaccinations, heart worm free and microchipped. Zeus is located in Mountain View.

 If you are interested in making Zeus a part of your family, call Rescue Rep Katy @ 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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Peanut: 3-year-old female black Lab mix 47 lbs
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Peanut butter and jelly? Peanut and bananas? Peanut and chocolate? We are really not sure what the lab side of Peanut is mixed with… but whatever it is, she is one fabulous well-balanced dog. Incredibly pleasant to be with, and just a crowd-pleaser. She is happy to romp around the backyard… or just lie nearby the humans keeping an eye on them.

Peanut’s current owners are focused on their new baby and unable to invest the time in Peanut that she needs and deserves… so they have reluctantly made the decision to give her up. She is shy with other dogs –would rather hang around the humans – but she has significant experience at dog parks and meeting/greeting other dogs. Peanut has had obedience training in the past and is quite attentive and responsive to voice commands. House-trained – check. Crate-trained – she used to be. She is slightly overweight and could use to lose a few pounds.

What her current owners say: Peanut is shy and loving. She loves to be close to people and cuddle. Peanut also loves to chase and retrieve balls.

What Peanut’s Rescue Rep says: Peanut is current on vaccinations, spayed, and negative for heartworm. Not yet microchipped. She would be best in a home as the only dog, but she’d be great with young children or teenagers. Not sure how she would be with cats. She is located in Hercules.

 If you are interested in Peanut, 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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Mickey: 3-year-old neutered male black Lab 87 lbs
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This handsome Mickey is no mouse: he is ready to play tug-of-war, chase a ball (see video), or pounce on a squeaky toy at a moment's notice. He's got a great attitude in spite of recent changes in circumstance: Mickey and his brother Goofy were surrendered by a Solano County family who couldn't afford basic medical care for these two big, healthy boys – Goofy (renamed Astro) was recently adopted out by GGLRR. Mickey is a happy-go-lucky guy with plenty of energy at a strapping 87 pounds -- he could use losing 5-10 pounds. He has spent 3+ weeks at a shelter, then another month at the SPCA… and now is a GGLRR dog looking for a fabulous forever home. Despite his changes in fortune, he maintains a positive attitude: just look at that smile!

Mickey will be an eager companion for romps on the beach, backpacking, or hiking -- anything in the great outdoors. It may be a small world, after all… but this Mickey needs plenty of room. He lacks any leash or basic commands so a commitment to obedience training will be required by the adopter. He seems to know his name… and occasionally sits on command – but that is it. He is also known to counter-surf. His adopter will need to be patient and committed to establishing structure and boundaries in Mickey’s world. Without it, it could turn into Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But he's sociable, curious and observant – this is one wonderful dog here waiting to shine. Mickey loves the water, and he'd could be a natural for agility or disc sports. He's large, energetic, and strong, so a home with children 10 years and above would be the best fit. He is also quite overzealous when engaging and playing with other dogs – will need continued exposure to other dogs to maintain good social behavior. With training and leadership, he'll be a rewarding best friend.

What Mickey’s Rescue Rep says: Mickey is current on vaccinations, neutered, micro-chipped, and negative for heartworm. Not good for a house with cats -- unless you want to get rid of the cats. He is located in Dixon.

 If you are interested in Mickey, 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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Sarge: 5-year-old male yellow Lab 102 lbs
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Atten-hut! Are there any lily-livered meatheads out there ready to fall in line, grab their ruck-sack, and charge up the hill with this guy? Better yet... Any platoon leaders ready to take charge and lead this eager soldier?

Fetch, tug-of-war, running, jumping, obstacle course. Sarge has all the unbridled energy of a young dog soldier. He is eager to take you out for a drag if you want to try to march him on leash. He will chew most anything he can get his hand on. Sarge is in need dire need of leadership and discipline. Basic training must be in his future. Sarge gets along fine with other dogs in his squad, and he does use the outside latrine. Ooo-rah!

What his current owners say: Sarge is a great dog, but plays a bit rough. He knocks our kids down and is a bit over-eager to take toys out of your hand. He is very playful and friendly. Enjoys going for walks. Loves attention. Good for a family with older kids.

What Sarge’s Rescue Rep says: Sarge is current on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, and negative for heartworm. He is located in Brentwood.

 If you are interested in Sarge, 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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Bear: 10 month old neutered male chocolate Lab mix, ~ 70 pounds

Do you like to play? How about a nice long walk? Have lots of energy? Get really excited about training? Looking for a fun, rewarding project? Want a uniquely adorable Lab mix? Then you really should come to meet me!

My name is Bear, and I am HOT on the trampoline (see my movie!). My family rescued me about 6 months ago from a man who rescued me when I was 4 months old. They thought I could keep Sierra, my 6 year old Husky housemate, company. I don’t think they were prepared when “the Bear” hit them! I have lots of energy, and need lots of exercise and training time, which is hard when my humans work full time. I love to play with my human siblings but darn, they have to go to school and can’t hang out with me all day. When I am by myself, I can get into mischief, so I am looking for someone who can teach me what all good dogs know.

I admit it, I’m not perfect, but I have a lot of endearing qualities, if I do say so myself. First, I’m adorable (see my pictures). I do look sort of like a cuddly bear. I will talk to you when I’m feeling playful or when I snuggle up to you (maybe I’m purring?). And I sometimes grumble in my sleep. I LOVE to play with kids and I am very interested in the dogs on the other side of the fence. I play well with other dogs.

But I’m a puppy, right? And I need to be taught how to walk on a leash, so I can go on long walks with you. I am told I need to be crate trained so I can learn to be by myself without getting into trouble. I went to class with my humans once but I didn’t practice much, so I need reminders about things like Sit, Stay, and other things that my humans wish I would do when they ask me. I’ll tell you a secret though…if you give me treats I will pay attention to you! I LOVE treats!

What Bear’s Rescue Rep says:

Bear is a great pup! He’s a happy, healthy, 10 month old pup who needs some work.

Bear has many wonderful qualities. He is good with other dogs. He’s good around kids; he has been around children as young as 3 and as old as 9, as well as adults. He loves to play with everyone, as well as other dogs. He’s indifferent to cats. He has been an indoor/outdoor dog, but because his humans are not home much of the time, he is not yet safe unsupervised in the home. He’s housebroken, and he is not destructive in the house as long as you are there to supervise him. During his assessment there was no growling, no possessiveness. He is eager for attention and to be petted. He has great potential!

Bear would benefit from both crate training and obedience training, but mostly what Bear needs is a family where someone is home with him most of the time, and can provide the leadership and consistency he needs to grow up into a wonderful dog. He is also a typical puppy: he pulls on leash, gobbles his food, and has been known to chew non-dog items. He will counter surf if given the chance. But he takes correction well, both from humans and from the adult dog in the house. In short, Bear is a typical puppy in need of guidance to become the great dog he can be.

We would like Bear to go to a home with experienced puppy parents (in other words, a family that has raised a puppy before and survived, even thrived on the experience). Bear’s new family will need to commit to crate training, and taking him to obedience training and will provide consistent leadership and reinforcement of his training. In Bear’s next home, someone will be home much of the time to help Bear become the great dog he can be. Bear is something of a project, but for the right family he will be a very rewarding project and well worth the effort.

Bear would be fine in a home with an adult dog to show him the ropes. A home with dog savvy kids who are not afraid of his size and energy would also be good. The most important thing we want for Bear is an experienced, committed home that will give him the training and time he needs.

Bear is neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Bear is located in Menlo Park.

 If you are interested in making Bear a part of your family, call Rescue Rep Debbi 408-613-2044.

(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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JUNIOR: 3 Year Old Male Neutered Black Lab 70 Pounds

Junior was surrendered by his owners to the Ukiah shelter and the rescue coordinator contacted Lab Rescue as he was not doing well in the shelter and was due to be put down. Lab Rescue evaluated him and told the coordinator that we could take him into our program.

We currently have Junior in a foster to train program with one of the lead trainers from guide dogs and he is doing great with him. Junior has a couple of quirks so we asked the shelter if we could call the owners to see if we could find out more about his back ground.

This is what we found out from the owner:

Junior’s dad is a yellow lab and his mom is a chocolate lab. The owners were breeding dogs but then got all of them fixed. Junior should have not survived his birth but he was the last one out and they owners revived him. They decided to keep him as he was the cutest lab of the litter and had the best personality. Junior has been an inside dog, housebroken, crate trained, knows sit, down, shake, come, loves to swim and with the help if the trainer he walks well on a leash. Junior was in a home with cats and chickens and he got along with all of them. You can take Junior’s food bowl away from him with no issues and his previous owner had to take a chicken out of his mouth once and Junior allowed her. Junior was in a home with 3 kids and they ranged in age from 7-14 with no issues, he would jump up for night snuggles before he went into his crate. The owners use to take Junior to the beach where he loved to swim and play fetch but then he started to have anxiety in the car, so they stopped taking him for car rides. Their friends would come to the house with their dogs and Junior got along with everyone. The family decided they had to take Junior to the shelter as the family worked during the day, the mom would come home and call the dogs and they would come running to her. Junior and his dad would push each other around for the attention of the mom and during one of these times Junior bit the dog on the ear. The family did not do anything to help set the dogs up for success in this situation, they would just let them compete for attention. (They did seem upset that they took Junior to the shelter.)

The current foster /trainer is taking Junior for car rides to help him get over his anxiety. He is leading him on walks and he is working with Junior on positive training methods. The foster has several dogs in and out of the home and he has two small dogs of his own and Junior has been fine with them all. Junior is very healthy and has not had any health issues during his 3 years. He is current on his shots, microchipped, heartworm negative and neutered.

We would like Junior to go to a home that will continue his current path of two walks a day and the path of leading him. He would be fine in a home with cats and children.

He is located in Santa Petaluma.

If you are interested in having a happy, active new family member, 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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DELLA: 3 Year Old Yellow Female Spayed Lab 70 Pounds

Della has had a lot of shuffling around in her short life.

Here is Della’s story:

Della had an original owner, a family with twins babies bought two puppies. They could not handle two puppies so they gave Della to their friend. The friend did not really want a dog so Della got left in the backyard. She got little attention and exercise. They put Della up on craigslist for sale and she was purchased for a gift for their father who lives on the same property of the current owner. (Della was 98 pounds when she was purchased off craigslist.) The father became very ill and passed away in September of 2014. Della then went back and forth between the two homes but really wanted to be with the current owner as Della’s best friend was her Husky. The current owner, the daughter, needed to find Della a new home as her mom has a small dog that is not nice to other dogs and Della decided she had enough and went after the small dog. Della did not hurt the small dog but the owner felt since they work it was not fair to either dog.

What the owner has to say about Della:

Della has been around lots of other dog and people. We take her to the dog park, she runs around our property, 6 acres, with other dogs, she loves attention from people and loves to play with other dogs. Della knows: sit, stay, down, leave it, come and no. Della is housebroken, loves to be around kids, gets daily exercise, should not be in a home with cats, loves to ride in cars, loves to swim, great on leash around people and other dogs, does not have separation anxiety, sleeps on her dogs bed at night and does not bark or whine when left alone.

We took Della into our program and we currently have her in a foster home that is a dog trainer.

This is what the foster/trainer has to say about Della:

Della loves to play with other dogs but she can get excited. When she wants to run over when she gets excited she now sits at the trainer’s feet to calm herself before she continues to play with the other dogs! She is a very social dog and loves to play with other dogs but is learning to wait calmly when the energy gets too high. She loves training and engagement and is a very smart dog. She enjoys being with her pack and her recall is pretty awesome. She also loves running and swimming. She calms down easily in the home when she has had enough exercise during the day and is quiet.

What we want for Della:

A home that has had experience with large dogs and a home that has been through training. Della can be in a home with other dogs but the dogs need to be larger dogs and a dogs that are older – over 6. She will need at least 2-3 hours of exercise a day. The ideal family will be very active and want a dog to do something with, she wants to be included and has a lot of energy. We will do a hand off session with the trainer and we will ask the adopter to follow up and pay for at least 2 more training sessions with the foster / trainer.

Della is very healthy – she has not had any health issues. She is spayed, heartworm negative, microchipped, has all her shots and is spayed.

She is located in Berkeley.

If you are interested in having a happy, active new family member, 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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HUNTER: 8 Year Old Male Neutered Black Lab 75 Pounds

Hunter is looking for a new home as the family is moving to a place with no yard and they have a three year old and Hunter is not getting the time or exercise he needs.

This is what Hunter’s owner has to say about him:

I went looking for a dog almost 8 years ago and after a long day looking through all the Santa Rosa shelters, I came across an 8 month old black lab named Hunter. He was the only dog that day that spoke to me as a singe 26 year old. He was surrendered by his original owner due to a job transfer to New York City had been at the pound for about 3 weeks. I took him home the first day he was available for adoption after being neutered and chipped. We have been together ever since. Hunter has been through numerous Sonoma County humane society training classes and around 6 months of private lessons. Hunter is a very sweet boy, loves his balls and laying in the sun. As soon as he knows it’s time for a walk or play he gets very excited. Once you are out for a walk Hunter will pull at bit but will calm down once you are walking. (Golden Gate Lab Rescue would recommend a correction collar.) Once he sees another dog on the walk he will get excited and pull towards the other dog as he wants to go over and say hello. (He is not aggressive towards any dog but is excited to greet them.) We love him but feel he needs someone or some family that can include him in more of their everyday life. Exercise is everything for Hunter. Ever since our 3 year old came along he has unfortunately not gotten the attention or exercise he needs. We want to ogive him every opportunity to find a home that loves him as much as we have.

From the rescue rep:

When meeting Hunter he would jump up with excitement but currently he is living in the back yard and the garage. The family has moved out and they are keeping this home for a rental and Hunter then will go to their parents’ home to stay until we can find him a new home. Hunter is housetrained but has not been in the home over the last few months due to the small child and too much shedding in the home. You can touch Hunter all over with no issues, you can take his food bowl away, he loves to ride in cars and he likes to stand in water but not much of a swimmer. Hunter loves all dogs and gets along with large and small! Hunter knows leave it, drop, sit, stay, down and loves to go for card rides! Hunter has a very happy personality and just seems to always have a smile on his face not matter what happens to him. He is great to go on a walk or two during the day and then he would lie on his bed or with his owner for the rest of the day. If you have to leave Hunter alone he is not destructive or he does not have separation anxiety. All Hunter would need is a tune up on walking on leash, so he does not pull. We are not sure about Hunter with cats

We want to find Hunter her last and forever home!

Hunter has all his shots, he is microchipped, heartworm negative and neutered.

He is located in Santa Rosa.

If you are interested in having a happy companion, 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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Kaepernick: 3 Year Old Black Male Lab/Border Collie/Shepard Mix Neutered 65 Pounds


Hi, my name is Kaepernick. Everyone tells me I am named after a 49er, I’m not sure what that means but I bet you I can out run him!

I was adopted when I was 1 and unfortunately my original owner didn’t know what she was getting into with me and didn’t know how to handle my energy. I was left alone 8 hours a day either in the house or the backyard and had no really structure, exercise or guidance. Because of this I realized that I need to find my own outlet for fun. I figured out very quickly that I can clear my fence and check out the neighborhood myself, so I would. My original owner lost her home and was having trouble finding a place that would take large dogs so they gave me to a family while they searched for a place. The family realized rather quickly that they could not keep me. They didn’t have the time or energy to give me what I needed. Even though I was only there a short time I really loved playing with their kids (I hope my new home has some.) So, I was given to my wonderful current home. I was only suppose to be here a few months until my original owners could get a plan in place and get me back, that never happened and due to my current mom’s physical limitations and my dad’s allergies they can’t keep me either so they contacted my original owner and it was decided it was best to start the search for a new home for me. That is how I came to be a Lab Rescue dog. And the search begins….

What Kaepernick’s Rescue Rep says: Kaepernick is a great dog, even though he has had a lot of changes in his short life he has just rolled with the punches. Kaepernick is a dog that needs a job. He needs to go on long walks everyday and he needs something to entertain his brain on a daily basis. He is a very smart dog and would make a great agility partner and he would definitely excel at obedience trials. If Kaepernick is not fulfilled both physically and mentally he can become anxious and look for a way to entertain himself. He has found that fence jumping can be a form of entertainment(this can of course be fixed with the right combination of exercise and mental stimulation). Car rides are not his favorite thing but with time, consistency and training this will improve. Kaepernick is very quiet and well-mannered in the house(when properly exercised) and is not destructive when left alone. We would like him to go to a home where someone is home most of the day at least. A home that is going to give Kaepernick a job is important. He loves kids. An active family with someone who thinks trying agility would be fun is the perfect place for him. Kaepernick would also love to have a buddy to hang out. He loves other large dogs (he tends to herd the small ones.) A home with a balanced large dog would really help Kaepernick learn how to be a dog. Due to Kaepernick’s incredibly high prey drive a home without cats or other small animals is a necessity. Kaepernick is microchipped and up to date on his vaccinations.

If you are looking for an active partner to make part of your family, and have the experience, leadership qualities and time for this amazing dog, and are willing to commit to the structure and exercise he needs, please contact Rescue Rep Jennifer at dekker3073@aol.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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DUSTY: 8 Month Old Male Neutered Lab / Blue Heeler Mix 60 Pounds



Dusty’s owner called Lab Rescue as for the first 8 months he was a pretty calm dog. They work fulltime, do not get him out for walks during the week and do not have the time for a young active boy. They have a very low fence so they would put him on a long line away from the fence during the day and they would have him sleep in the shed. They decided Dusty needed a better life so they called Lab Rescue. We went to meet Dusty and took him into our program and got him into a foster home.

This is what we know about Dusty:

He takes treats very nicely, knows sit, down and shake. He is in a foster home and the foster says he is a very spunky happy dog with a lot of personality. Gets along great with dogs, cats and humans of all sizes. He is a tall dog, who does not quite know his size; he thinks your lap is the best place to sit. He is a jumper with a lot of energy so probably best with older kids, at least 5 and up. He needs more leash manners but is pretty good, great in the car and did fine with a 4 year old who ran up to greet him. You can touch him all over with no issues. He does not have any possessive issues with food or toys. Loves to play ball and we think he would love to swim.

Dusty is a wonderful dog and will grow up to be a wonderful companion. We want him to go to a home that is around during the day, has time for the exercise a young active dog needs and a home that is committed to get him more training.

GGLRR has gotten him a well check, he has all his shots, dewormed, heartworm test microchipped and he is neutered.

He is located in San Francisco.

If you are interested in having an active happy companion, 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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CODY: 8 Year Old Neutered male chocolate Lab 65 lbs



Cody had been wandering around a neighborhood in Los Banos in the San Joaquin Valley when he was picked up by animal control as a stray. He passed the shelter temperament tests with flying colors, but his skin and coat were in terrible shape due to allergies and neglect. Cody had a microchip, but the contact number had been disconnected...just like Cody and his previous owner.

A Lab Rescue volunteer stepped in and arranged for Cody to be vaccinated and brought to the Bay Area, where he was welcomed into the home of long-time fosters, who have adopted two of their foster dogs, but always have room to help another guy down on his luck.

Cody has been under a vet's care for the past several weeks, taking medication, getting special baths and food, and his transformation has amazed everyone, including the vet. We expect Cody to make a full recovery, and already, his coat is growing in healthy and shiny, revealing a Lab as handsome as he is sweet. Did we mention that Cody is sweet?

What a deserving dog! Despite being dumped by his owner, and enduring the discomfort caused by his skin condition, Cody has always been kind-hearted and friendly to all. He loves playing with his foster brothers, and going for long walks and swims. His fosters rave about his cheerfulness, soft mouth when taking treats and the ease of having him around the house. Cody has not been cat-tested, but he is so easy-going, we think he would be fine with a dog-savvy cat.

We'd love for Cody to have a home and family where he will continue to receive the care and attention he'll need to complete the recovery established by his foster family. A grain-free diet, consistent grooming, skin and ear care will keep Cody healthy and happy. Cody is a social boy, so being around his people most of the day, including children aged six or older, is tops on our wish list for him.

Cody is up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. Cody is located in San Francisco.

If you would like to learn more about this special boy, please call Rescue Rep Kathleen (415) 706-5868 ca;; or text.

(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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Cooper: 11 year old neutered male yellow Lab, ~ 80 pounds



My name is Cooper, and I can tell you, YOU want ME! I am a handsome boy, still in my prime even at 11 years old. Let me tell you my story:

My family adopted me when I was about 8 weeks old. I lived with a chiweenie, and even though he was an itty bitty thing, he was alpha and I let him do anything he wanted to me. I lived with kids, and there was even a cat around. I didn’t bother with the cat, unless he went outside on our fence. Then I might chase him, but only for a minute because I knew it was a waste of time! I am just a mellow kind of guy, and love being with my humans. My humans spent a lot of time with me when I was growing up, and I know lots of tricks: Sit, Stay, Down, Heel, Come, and my favorite one where my mom puts a cookie on my nose, and when she tells me, I flip it in the air and catch it! I am also a talented counter surfer, a trick my mom does not really appreciate!

Unfortunately my mom has lost her home, and can’t keep me. It’s so sad; the house has no furniture in it, and I just wander through looking for everything and everyone. My mom has introduced me to a new human who will be taking care of me until I find my forever home. I hope that is soon! My new human is wonderful, but I really miss my family, and would like to be in my forever home. Come meet me, you will love me!

What Cooper’s Rescue Rep says:

Cooper is a wonderful dog! He walks nicely in a leash on a choke chain (pulls a bit for a few minutes until he settles down, but then he is super easy to walk). He’s not big on toys, but did enjoy a tug toy, and gave it up easily when asked to Leave it. He’s been around dogs large and small, and also kids of all ages. He rides well in the car and can be safely left alone in the house for a few hours. He is accustomed to being able to go outside when needed, as his owner would leave the door open for him.

Cooper is a healthy dog for his age. He has a little bit of stiffness in his back legs which might benefit from joint supplements. (His hindquarters are a little weak, and he needs help getting his back end into the car.) He still runs and bounces and has good energy. He goes on walks of 30 to 45 minutes and does just fine! He does have grain allergies, so he needs to be on a grain free diet (currently he’s on Salmon and Sweet Potato from Costco). He is a lover and will happily roll over for a belly rub.

Cooper would be great in just about any home, but we think given his age he would be best served in a home with somewhat older kids, 8+, who know they shouldn’t jump on him. Also, like many Labs he is very food oriented, and he isn’t always as gentle about taking treats; we wouldn’t want little ones getting their fingers inadvertently made part of the treat! It would be great if someone was home much of the time; he’s accustomed to having a work at home parent. Since he’s been with his original family his entire life, we think he may be a little needy as he settles in to his new home, and having someone with him will help speed that process.

Cooper is neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Cooper is located in San Jose.

If you are interested in making Cooper a part of your family, call Rescue Rep Debbi 408-613-2044.

(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 70 lbs.

Stumpy 10 year old spayed female black lab 65 lbs.


Kibbles & Stumpy’s owner had to move out of her home and could not take the dogs where she was going. We saw them 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.

Stumpy a 10 year old AKC English lab. 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.

Both of these two girls are very special and have been together for ten years and we would like them to be adopted together. They have excellent house manners. The foster parents have another lab and is watching another one also and everyone gets along great. They walk off leash next to your side, ride well in the car and will hang out in the front yard. They come when they are called and one of their favorite things is to play fetch.

Other than needing to lose a few pound Kibbles & Stumpy are very healthy girls. They are spayed, has their shots, microchipped, heartworm negative and the owner had their lumps tested and they came back as fatty tumors. They are 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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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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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.






MAX: 5 yr old neutered male yellow lab, 93 lbs

Max was surrendered by his family to a shelter in Bakersfield because of a lifestyle change. GGLRR picked up this amazing boy and he is being fostered on the Monterey peninsula. He is a very sweet, gentle and easy going boy. He knows sit, stay, lie down and he can shake with both front paws and will speak on command. He is very good on a leash and loves to play fetch. The foster family has two other labs, a big black male and a smaller chocolate female and all get along very well. He has absolutely no aggressive behavior and is just as happy lying by your feet as he is when you want to to play. He is very playful like a big puppy. His whole personality is just amazing. Max would be a wonderful addition to any family whether it is just adults, children of all ages or even a dog buddy. He does not jump up either. An active family that will take him on long walks, to the beach or a lake would be wonderful. He may even be a good running buddy.

Max is located in Monterey. He is current on vaccinations, heart worm tested, parasite tested and micro chipped. (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: 5 yr old neutered male yellow lab, 93 lbs

Max was surrendered by his family to a shelter in Bakersfield because of a lifestyle change. GGLRR picked up this amazing boy and he is being fostered on the Monterey peninsula. He is a very sweet, gentle and easy going boy. He knows sit, stay, lie down and he can shake with both front paws and will speak on command. He is very good on a leash and loves to play fetch. The foster family has two other labs, a big black male and a smaller chocolate female and all get along very well. He has absolutely no aggressive behavior and is just as happy lying by your feet as he is when you want to to play. He is very playful like a big puppy. His whole personality is just amazing. Max would be a wonderful addition to any family whether it is just adults, children of all ages or even a dog buddy. He does not jump up either. An active family that will take him on long walks, to the beach or a lake would be wonderful. He may even be a good running buddy.

Max is located in Monterey. He is current on vaccinations, heart worm tested, parasite tested and micro chipped.

 If you are interested in this remarkable boy, please contact Marty at 831-633-1259 or email at marthwiggins60@yahoo.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.

(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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NESSA: 8 Month Old Female Non-Spayed Lab/Great Pyrenees Mix (Long White Coat) 60 Pounds

(GGLRR is working on getting them spayed.)



Hi, my name is Nessa!

I was found as a stray pup a few weeks ago with my two sisters out in the foothills of Stockton. The lady who found me had seen my parents roaming around and knew that my mom was a black Labrador and my dad was a Great Pyrenees. Sadly, no one was caring for us and we were left to fend for ourselves. A nice lady knew that we were stray dogs hanging out on someone’s property and that it was a dangerous situation so she sent one of her workers to come rescue us. She kept us safe and fed until Golden Gate Lab Rescue could help. We have been with a wonderful foster who has given us a lot of love and security. At first, I didn’t know how to walk on a leash and now I heel like a perfect lady! I get a little nervous when I hear cars go by, but I am still learning all of these city sounds! I am the leader of the pack with my two sisters and will often push my way to the front for attention. I am usually the first to explore and check out new things. I have good manners when eating my meals and I am learning to go to the door when I need to go outside to potty. I am looking for a leader who will continue to slowly expose me to new sights and sounds so that I can continue the wonderful foundation I have been given and gain more confidence. I am a super smart girl and learn very quickly. Our foster is working on crate training with us and we are doing well. We even got to go on a camping trip with our foster! With the mix of breeds that I am, I will need a family who can give me a couple of walks each day and a family who will spend time grooming my lovely coat as it is longer than an average Labrador’s coat. I do sometimes jump up for attention, so a family with children 7 or up would be ideal for me. I am a sweetheart of a girl and ready for my forever family! We would love for Nessa to go to a family where she would have someone home with her throughout the day to give her continued confidence and/or with another dog companion in the home.

GGLRR has gotten them a well check, all their shots, dewormed, microchipped and we are working on getting them spayed.

They are located in Brentwood. (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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CINDER: 8 Month Old Female Non-Spayed Lab/Great Pyrenees Mix (Long Black Coat) 56 Pounds

(GGLRR is working on getting them spayed.)



Hi, my name is Cinder!

I was found as a stray pup a few weeks ago with my two sisters out in the foothills of Stockton. The lady who found me had seen my parents roaming around and knew that my mom was a black Labrador and my dad was a Great Pyrenees. Sadly, no one was caring for us and we were left to fend for ourselves. A nice lady knew that we were stray dogs hanging out on someone’s property and that it was a dangerous situation so she sent one of her workers to come rescue us. She kept us safe and fed until Golden Gate Lab Rescue could help. We have been with a wonderful foster who has given us a lot of love and security. At first, I didn’t know how to walk on a leash, but I am learning quickly. Like a lab, I keep my nose to the ground and am very interested in all the smells and sights around me. I correct very easily when I am distracted. I love to meet new people on walks and charm them with my wagging tail and sweet puppy kisses. I am the more mischievous girl of the pack and like to instigate games of wrestling with my sisters. I am told that I am the most “Labby” out of the group as I am interested in chasing balls and following scents. I have good manners when eating my meals and I am learning to go to the door when I need to go outside to potty. I am looking for a leader who will continue to slowly expose me to new sights and sounds so that I can continue the wonderful foundation I have been given and gain more confidence. I am a super smart girl and learn very quickly. Our foster is working on crate training with us and we are doing well. We even got to go on a camping trip with our foster! With the mix of breeds that I am, I will need a family who can give me a couple of walks each day so that I am a tired and happy girl. I am a very sweet and gentle girl and love to get affection from humans. We would love for Cinder to go to a family where she would have someone home with her throughout the day to give her continued confidence and/or with another dog companion in the home. Cinder is up to date on shots and we are working on getting her spayed.

GLRR has gotten them a well check, all their shots, dewormed, microchipped and we are working on getting them spayed.

They are located in Brentwood. (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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Spirit: 10-year-old female black Lab 55 lbs

We are not accepting any more calls for Spirit.


Imagine spending most of your life in a crate or kennel. Imagine spending most of your adult life being used to breed and produce puppies. Imagine the day a wonderful couple from Livermore came across you at that breeder and literally spirited you out of that situation and onto a cattle ranch where the only fences were to keep the steers and cows in their pastures. Imagine a new future full of wonderful possibilities.

Well, the majestic cattle ranch is too wide open for Spirit as she doesn’t know how to handle the lack of confinement and the open space. Her good Samaritan rancher-rescuers hope GGLRR can find Spirit a new forever home that is a safe and secure (i.e., fenced) home with plenty of room for her to be a dog. Spirit has a remarkably good attitude and behavior despite her lengthy confinement at the breeder. She loves to run and play and retrieve. Spirit know basic commands such as sit, down, drop, come – and, of course, fetch. She will need patience and guidance when being walked on a leash, as she has little experience doing so. She gets along great with other dogs (but needs to be fed separately) and does fine with cats. We do not think she has had much, if any, exposure to children.

What her current caretakers say: Spirit is sweet and gentle with all our pets and is very respectful of our livestock. She loves to fetch and be around people. She has never shown any hesitation to meet-and-greet anyone. This is one fabulous dog that deserves caring and dedicated humans that can provide Spirit with a home in which she can thrive – and make up for lost time.

What Spirit’s Rescue Rep says: Spirit is current on vaccinations, and will be spayed and microchipped in the near future. She is located in Livermore. (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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Duke: 5 Year Old Red Male Lab Neutered 68 Pounds



Hi, my name is Duke, and I am a prince of a dog!

I didn’t have a great start to my life. I was purchased from a breeder as a young pup, along with my sister. Even though she was the runt of the litter and I was the biggest, she dominated me right from the beginning, stealing my food and toys. We were left on our own all day long so it took my owner some time to figure out what was going on. When she did, my sister was rehomed, and I stayed with my owner. But things didn’t get a lot better.

My owner tried: she sent me to puppy training and doggie day care, but she was having problems of her own and didn’t work with me herself. And at each of those places, some other dogs attacked me. I didn't feel very safe or protected, and it made me somewhat wary of other dogs. Then she sent me off to hunting training for a year, where they used a shock collar on me. I got attacked there too. I wasn't wearing an “attack me” sign but for some reason, other dogs thought I was. Then when my owner would try to walk me, and I’d see another dog, I’d react. She couldn’t handle an energetic scared boy like me, and finally she asked a friend for help. That’s when I got lucky.

For the last year I have been with a family who has taught me how to behave at home with other dogs and on leash. They took me to training and practiced with me at home. I walk really nicely on a leash with a correction collar, including when I walk by people or another dog. I know Sit, Down, Stay, Leave it, Heel Right, Heel Left, Over, Crate, Take it Nice, Go Get It. I am really good with the Chuck it! I am very happy sleeping in my crate at night or if my foster parents are out of the house for a few hours.

So why am I looking for a new forever home? Because my foster parents have 3 dogs already, and they can't have 4 where they live. Because this was supposed to be a temporary arrangement. And because I don’t get along well with one of the other dogs, I need to find a new home.

What Duke’s Rescue Rep says:

Duke is a wonderful dog! He’s sweet and cuddly, and does indeed know a lot of commands. He takes treats gently and is a very handsome boy. He is well trained and playful, with a nice energy level (not too hyper and not too mellow). He’s looking for love, leadership, security and structure in his new home, so he feels safe and not like a good offence is the best defense. Duke previously lived in a home with 2 cats, and is most likely cat safe. He has not been around small children, but has been around the neighbor’s kids who are 10+ years old, and he loves them. We are having Duke assessed to learn more about his reactivity to other dogs, so that his new family will be prepared to help him overcome this issues (If possible) or manage them, as required.

We’d like Duke to go to a home where he is the only dog. His new family must be experienced with dogs/Labs, and have familiarity with addressing behavioral issues. His new family should be with someone who is a strong leader, comfortable with providing structure for the dog and making clear the dogs order in the pack hierarchy (which is at the bottom!). Duke needs a home where someone is home a good portion of the day (his fosters have schedules where someone is usually home and that works well for him). Even though Duke has had obedience training, we would like his new family to commit to taking him to training; this is great for bonding, establishing leadership, and helping him to feel safe and protected. Duke is not and won’t ever be a dog park dog. If you have another dog, or you regularly get together with friends and family where everyone brings their dog, Duke is NOT the dog for you.

Duke is housebroken, crate trained, neutered, up to day on his vaxes, heartworm free and on heartworm preventive. Duke does have some food allergies (beef and soy, verified through testing) but he does very well on Nutro Natural Choice Venison and chickpea available at Petsmart. If he eats the wrong things he gets itchy skin and ear infections, but has no problem when fed products he is not allergic too. (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

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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. (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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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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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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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

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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.

 

Ace n Andy: 2 black lab puppies 8 weeks old

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


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Lady: Black Female 6 years old spayed

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


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Bo: 14 month old neutered male yellow lab 75 lbs.

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


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

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


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

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


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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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