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Lab adoption fair Last updated 4/30/2016 6:00 PM

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.






HUNTER: 2 year old year old yellow male neutered 60 lbs.

One of our volunteers found Hunter on Craigslist. She wanted to make sure Hunter was adopted out to a home where he would be part of the pack and not just stuck in the backyard, so she reached out to the owner. The owner had to give him up as the city told the owners they had too many dogs and Hunter had to go. The volunteer went and picked up Hunter from the owner and this is what we know about him.

From the foster mom:

Hunter is a very handsome boy. He is house broken, knows basic commands, uses a doggie door and is fine with other dogs. Hunter is a spunky 2 year old – loves to play fetch, retrieves and brings back the ball and is obsessed with playing tug of war. Although he can be a typical 2 year old lab, he quickly calms down when inside the house. He will bark when someone comes to the door but quickly calms with commands. Hunter has been an inside dog all his life. He has not been crate trained and does not like being in a crate. I am working with him on this but he is fine when left in the house alone with my 2 other labs. He is a messy drinker (what lab isn’t) but Hunter will put half his face in the water bowl when he drinks. (He does love the water.) I live out in the country on acreage and take Hunter for a few walks a day off leash with my other 2 dogs. He does tend to wander, as he has always been on a leash with his past owners, so being off leash with lots of new sniffs is all new to him. He does pull when on a leash but responds to commands. He has never had a correction collar used on him and he does well without one. (If needed a gentle leader can be used for him.) He responds well to commands. I make sure he knows I have treats in my pocket when we go on walks. He is NOT a hunting dog, (see photo of him under my desk when he heard a gunshot) – nor is he an outside dog - he is afraid of gun shots and loud things like a lawn mower. At first Hunter was leery of my two 8 year old labs but quickly warmed up to them and cries if he can’t find them. Hunter is by my side24/7 and I feel he would be best suited with someone who can spend a lot of time with him and is home all day – not someone that works. I do not know how he is with cats. He is fine with a small dog but wants to play and given his size, he could overwhelm a dog that is too small. He plays good with my labs but they are 8 and not interested in playing too much as Hunter can be a bit rough with his play.

Hunter is a bit unsure of things and he will bark at new things, including people. When he is told no he will stop. We feel Hunter did not get out much from his previous owner and he needs a home that will work with him on his confidence.

We want a home for Hunter that can work with him on his confidence, a home where someone is around a lot of the time, a home with other dogs is fine, we are not sure about cats, a home that can get him plenty of exercise and a home that will continue his training. A home with kids would be fine as long as the kids are 10 and over.

Hunter is a very healthy boy. He is neutered, he has all his shots, he is on regular heartworm medication and we will get him microchipped.

He is located in Escalon.

  If you are interested in making this nice boy part of your family call Rescue Rep Liz at 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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Bailey: 1+ year old spayed female Lab/Boxer mix, 63 pounds, will be available for adoption soon!

This little cutie pie was out walking with her elderly owner when something attracted her attention and she bolted around the corner. Her owner heard her get hit, and then she ran back to him…which is truly amazing, because her leg was severely injured, so much so that the emergency vet told her owners that the best course of action was to amputate. The owners were devastated, and because they were financially constrained, decided that the best course for Bailey was to euthanize her. The vet could see that Bailey was a sweet wonderful young dog, with the possibility of a great life even without the leg, so she called Lab Rescue. We immediately transported Bailey to our wonderful vet, who is working to save the leg if at all possible. In the meantime, we have Bailey in a wonderful foster home, and know that this dog is definitely worth saving!

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

We’ll know in about 6 weeks if Bailey’s leg can be saved; and we are very optimistic. For now, Bailey’s activity is severely limited - no walks, no jumping up, no active play – but she is very good about hanging out quietly with the other dogs. She loves cuddling up to the humans too! Her leg is bandaged top to bottom, and she wears an IV bag on her foot when she goes out to potty to keep it dry. She has to wear the cone of shame whenever the humans are not in the room and at night so that she doesn’t lick or bite at her bandage, which must be kept dry. Twice a week she goes in for a bandage change.

What Bailey’s foster has to say about Bailey:

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

Although Bailey’s recovery is not yet complete, we are looking for a home that can help her through the next stages of her recovery; a home that will give her the right amounts and kinds of exercise when she can have it, that will continue the medical regimen for bandage changing etc. that is prescribed by the vet. Lab Rescue will cover her medical costs until her leg is stable and into recovery. She is located in Danville.

  If you are interested in adopting this wonderful girl and giving her the great home that she deserves, contact Rescue Rep Liz at liz@jobshopsf.com and Rescue Rep Debbi at dragonflydebbi@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Clover is located in San Pablo.

  Are you an active home with love and structure to give? If so, give my rescue rep a call so you can come meet me! Rescue Rep Morgan (925)726-9616.

(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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Click to watch Duke romping in the high grass.



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Click to watch Duke and Diesel wrassling.







Duke: ~4-year-old male yellow Lab mix 58 lbs

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

Duke was recently surrendered to the Yolo County shelter when his family lost their home and had to move in with relatives. He lived as a mostly outside dog with a dog friend, and a family with children ages 7-14. The family described Duke as a "very sweet dog, very playful, high energy, very kid friendly". They also said he was sometimes too much for small children, and that he likes to chase small animals. The former owners said that he used to often jump the family's short fence and go roaming the countryside, but that he always came home on his own. He was a good watchdog, and would bark and sometimes growl when strangers startled him at the house, especially threatening men.

What Duke’s Foster says: Duke is settling in wonderfully at our home. He gets along fine with our 2-year-old lab. Initially shy and skittish, he has come out of his shell and follows us around the house. While he does spend a lot of time chilling in his crate, he’d rather be in the same room as you are. He loves to go on walks in the neighborhood, and walks quite well on leash. He has shown some initial heightened interest in other dogs, but that quickly diminishes after the initial greeting. While he has chased the occasional ball and picked up the random squeaky toy, he has not shown an affinity for playing with toys or balls. He is quick to bark initially at people approaching the house, but will great them at the door with a happily-wagging tail. We are still crate-training him, and he currently sleeps in his crate throughout the night without a peep. We’ve even allowed him some off leash time at a nearby open space area… and his recall is terrific – it helps that he likes yummy treats. Beware: he has shown an affinity to counter-surf in the kitchen – we are working on that.

What Duke’s Rescue Rep says: Duke will benefit from obedience training with his new family. He’s probably 10+ pounds underweight and we are trying to put some quality pounds on him. His back legs are weak and the vet has found no skeletal issues with him, so we are hoping that plenty of exercise and good nutrition will strengthen his back legs. Duke is current on his vaccinations, heartworm negative, neutered, and microchipped. He is house-trained – Yaay! Duke is located in Berzerkeley.

  If you are interested in Duke, 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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Dixie 18 month old female black Lab/border collie mix 55 lbs

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

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

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

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

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

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









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

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

Time for the Silver-and-Black to step up for two of their own. Madden and Raider came to Lab Rescue after spending six months alone in a vacant house after their owner died unexpectedly. A related of the deceased visited the dogs every other day to feed and water them, but they’ve been without walks, dog socialization, or other human contact for a very long time. Finally the relative called us to re-home the dogs. Given these conditions, we found both dogs to be absolutely charming – and starved for attention. We do consider them bonded (understandably given all they have been through) and we want to adopt them out together. What Madden’s and Raider’s Foster says: Raider and Madden are adorable, sweet “siblings”. The two have been together at least for 4 years when they were adopted from a shelter. They will do everything together. Sleep, eat, drink, play and follow us around the house! When separated they very much miss each other and it’s a big party when they come back together! Raider shows signs of an 12-year-old dog. His movements are slower. Madden is more active. Both walk well on leash, with Madden occasionally pulling. We have given them some toys but they have not taken to playing with them. They both respond quite well when called and take orders very easily (“no”, “go lie down”, “come here”) —they were clearly well trained dogs. There has been no barking, except when someone rings the doorbell. They used to go onto furniture in their old home, however on the first night we told them “no” and they have not tried to go onto furniture again. They sleep together in the living room. They should go to a home with minimum/no stairs as Raider has a torn ACL and struggles with stairs What Madden’s and Raider’s Rescue Rep says: Both dogs are on pain-killer/anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis and other issues. They are up-to-speed on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Madden and Raider get along great with all people and dogs; not sure about cats. They are currently in Burlingame.

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

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

Here is what his foster has to say about him: He is the easiest foster they have ever had and they have had many fosters.

Turbo is a handsome 7 year old male neutered English black Lab. He has that big blocky head and broad chest and shoulder stature that so many of us love in this breed. He is full of love and energy. He has been tirelessly playing with his foster mates (dogs) and shows no signs of food or toy aggression. He showed up in the Santa Cruz County shelter back in 2014 and was adopted out. He recently got loose and was picked up and his second owners decided they didn't want to come pick him up. It's hard for anyone who has met him imagine how he could be left behind. Turbo is great with kids. He has been living in a foster home with kids and 2 other dogs and he has taken it all in stride. He's not a chewer. He gets left unsupervised (and not crated) and he simply finds a dog bed and rests up for his next play session. The only area where he could use some improvement is, he likes to counter surf. Unsupervised PB & J sandwiches will be snatched up in a flash. But that should be easy to correct.

 For more information or to schedule a visit text Sylvana at either 831-596-1700 or 831-402-6600 or email sylstrattn@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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KALI: 3 year old spayed yellow female 60 lbs.

We are not taking any more calls for Kali.


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

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

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

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

She is located in Petaluma.

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

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LEILA: 1 ½ year old spayed black female 70 lbs.

We are not taking any more calls for Leila and all calls received so far will be returned


Liela’s owner moved to Ohio and could not take her to their new home. (She also felt it was best to give her up as her husband did not have the patience for a young dog. He would lose his temper with her.) The owner left her with her sister who thought they would be able to care for her. A few things have happened over the last two months including caring for an elderly parent, so they just do not have the time for another young dog in the household. They came to the sad decision that is was best to reach out to GGLRR to find her a new home.

What they have to say about Leila:

Leila was purchased from a breeder in the Sonoma area and they got her at 8 weeks of age. She has always been an inside dog and part of the family. She is a very smart girl and really wants to please. She knows: Sit, down, come, fetch, drop, leave it and when told “No” she will stop what she is doing. She loves loves to go for car rides and will stand up to see what is going on but will settle down after a few minutes. She loves to swim, they took her to the dog park on a regular basis to keep her socialized with other dogs. They crated her at first but now she sleeps on her dog bed at night. They are able to leave her alone in the home and she is good but may grab things off the counter if left in the open. Leila has been walked on a correction collar and needs better leash skills. She gets along with all dogs, had respected our house cat and the two outside cats and has learned to leave our parakeet alone. She has been around kids of all ages and does well but she will jump up when excited so she may knock over a small child.

We now have Leila in a foster home that has three labs and two older kids:

The foster said she is doing great. Leila is really sweet and has tons of puppy energy. She plays really well with the other dogs and is very responsive to corrections. She did not want to go in her crate last night but once in she was fine. Needs some leash work and a bit of a counter surfer. She is going to be a great addition to any family!

Leila has been spayed, has her shots, had a well check in Dec 2015. GGLRR got her a well check, fecal and a microchip.

What we want for Lelia – someone who is home and does not work full time, someone that can work with Lelia on her leash skills, someone who will lead Lelia and not have her take over, someone who is up for 1-2 hours of walks, runs, hikes, play time with Lelia. We want her to be an inside dog and part of the pack. She can be a bolter so we must have a secure yard! Someone that will continue her training. If you have young kids we want them to not be scared if she knocks them over – a dog experienced family is preferred.

She is located in Concord.

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

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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.




Click to watch Comet.






Comet: yellow neutered male, 6 to 8 years old

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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MASON: 3-4 Year Old Yellow Male Lab Neutered 80 Pounds

Mason was a stray in the Easy Bay and was picked up by the Humane Society of the North Bay. He has been at the shelter for a month. The shelter staff really liked him, he passed all their temperament tests with flying colors. He came in with a collar and a microchip that was not registered but Mason sat there waiting for his owner to come and no one showed up to claim him. A volunteer with GGLRR saw him on Facebook and made the call to see if they wanted our help placing him. WE went over met Mason and knew he would be a great dog for our program.

What we know about Mason:

Mason jumped right into the car and went right into the transporters crate with no issues. He was very calm and quiet in the crate for the ride to our boarding facility. He knows sit, fetch and will take treats nicely from your hand. We currently have him at our boarding facility and he plays with other dogs, does not seem to be a barker and is very clean in his kennel run. He is a strong dog and does have a lot of energy.

We would want a home for Mason that can give him plenty of exercise and continued training. We think Mason would be fine in a home with another dog but we are not sure about cats. We would suggest Mason go to a home with older kids as he can knock down a small child.

Health:

Mason is in great shape and he is one happy BOY! Mason has been neutered, has all his shots, is heartworm negative, had a fecal test, had his ears cleaned, is microchipped and had a well check. Mason is located in Petaluma. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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BENTLEY: 6 year old neutered black male lab / hound mix 95 lbs.

The owners on Bentley need to find him a new home as he has allergies to wheat, yeast and most ingredients in human snacks. With her young children it is hard to keep human snacks away from him. They have owned Bentley since he was 8 months of age. They really love him but they need to keep him away from the kids and he wants to be part of the pack. They describe him as very mellow and laid back. He has the personality and energy level of a true hound. Bentley is an inside dog, he is housebroken and he is crate trained but they do not use a crate at this time. He stays in the house during the day and sleeps in the house at night. He is rarely left alone for long periods. Bentley gets out to play with other dogs at least once a week and he has been socialized with other dogs on a regular basis. He has gone to obedience school and knows: leave it, sit, stay, down, drop, come and off. He will come when called and have pretty good leash skills. (He can pull at first as he gets excited.) Bentley is wonderful with kids and the kids in the home play with him on a regular basis – the kids are 1, 3 & 16. He likes to go for car rides, he does not get car sick, he does not swim or attempt to escape from the yard. When he meets you he does not jump up to greet you, he does not chew on non-dog items, he does not bark at strangers or bark or whine when left alone. The two things Bentley does not like are fireworks and getting his temperature taken at the vet. If he is having an infection he does not like his ears or paws being touched.

When we met Bentley we noted:

Bentley is a very low key, good natured dog. He should lose around 10 pounds, he is very tolerant of cats and ignores the barking dog next door. He is ok on a leash but he can have that fascination with scents when on a walk.

Bentley is a very healthy boy. He is neutered, he has all his shots, he is on regular heartworm medication and we will get him microchipped. He is doing well with his allergies at this time as he is not eating people food.

He is located in Vacaville.

(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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MISSY: 7 year old non-spayed yellow female lab 75 lbs.

(GGLRR will work with the adopter to get Missy spayed.)

We are not taking any more calls for Missy.


Missy has been with her current family for 5 years. She was rescued from the clear lake area. The family loves her but they feel she deserves a better home then they can provide at this time. They have three kids under the age of 8 and they have another dog. The family works full-time and then they are busy with kid’s activities on the weekends. Missy was trained to hunt when they first got her. (Her family does not hunt with her but she has the obedience.) She was trained with hand controls and knows: sit, stay, down, heel, fetch, take it, leave it, drop, come and off. She is housetrained and sleeps inside the house at night and she usually is in the yard during the day. She has been chewing the kid’s toys and will dig out of boredom. Missy’s owners currently exercise her by throwing the ball – which she can do for hours! Missy loves other dogs and never has had any issues with any dogs. She lives with a cat currently and a French bull dog. Missy’s next favorite thing to do besides playing ball is swimming! She loves to go for car rides, she does not jump up when you meet her and she is not a barker when left alone. They do take her to doggie day care on some of the longer days. She have great leash manners but does pull when excited but she would pick up quickly with a refresher course on leash walking.

Her owners say she loves to fetch, swim and just loves to be with you!

Missy is a very healthy girl. She has all her shots, she is on regular heartworm medication and we will get her spayed and microchipped.

She is located in Windsor.

(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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OZZIE: 4 Year Old Chocolate Male Lab Neutered 85 Pounds

We are not sure why Ozzie was dumped by the side of the road but he had an angel watching out for him that day! The angel watching out for Ozzie was behind a car that slowed down and pushed something out their side door. She looked up and could not believe what she saw rolling on the side of the road but a chocolate lab. The road she was on was not a busy road so she slowed down, opened her passenger door and without missing a step Ozzie jumped right into her car. She took Ozzie right to the vet and other than a little rash he was just fine. She took him home, tried to find anyone who knew Ozzie and then called animal control. (She has two dogs of her own and would have loved to keep him but she does not have time for three large dogs.) GGLRR emailed the Ukiah shelter to see if they wanted help with Ozzie and they said they would love the help and transported him to us last week.

What we know about Ozzie:

Ozzie is a very nice gentle boy! He is very friendly and seems to just roll along with a smile on his face no matter what happens! He loves to play with the ball, has decent leash manners, loves to swim and loves to swim after the ball. He has a very gentle mouth, does not jump up to greet you and rides well in the car. Ozzie has had a lot of changes over the last couple of months and some of them were not great experiences but he seems to have a very sound temperament as he still greets everyone with a tail wag! He knows sit, off, down and loves a good game of fetch. Ozzie has been around other dogs and he is just fine and when we took him to the vet the other day for his neuter he did not mind being at the vet. He does need better leash manners and would suggest he be walked with a correction collar. We do not know about Ozzie with cats and we would suggest a home with older kids or a home that is lab experienced if you have younger kids.

Health:

Ozzie is in great shape and he is one beautiful BOY! Ozzie has been neutered, has all his shots, is heartworm negative, had a fecal test, had his ears cleaned, is microchipped and had a well check. He has droopy eyes and our vet checked him and nothing is wrong with his eyes they are just a little droopy.

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

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DUTCHESS: 7-8 Year Old spayed yellow female 70 lbs.

Animal Control of Humboldt County called GGLRR to see if by chance we could take in a Lab mix from a hoarding situation. They had been getting calls from the neighbors about a lot of dogs barking. When they went to investigate they found an older lady who was trying to do the right thing by taking in the dogs that were dumped around her property but she had too many to care for properly with her age. The case worker convinced her to give up a few of her dogs and they took Dutchess in and found her to be very sweet. GGLRR now has taken her into our program and have her in a foster home. In her home she was mostly outside but was allowed to come inside at night a few days a week. We are not sure where the owner got her from but she has had her for around 5 years.

What we know about Dutchess:

Everyone who meets Dutchess says what a sweet gentle girl. She responds well to commands, she is housetrained, she has been around other dogs from her previous home and we now have her in a foster home with another male lab. She rides well in the car, does need some better leash skills, has been around outside cats and does not show much interest. We are not sure about her with kids and we feel she would be fine with another male dog in the home. She is a very sweet easy girl that deserves a final loving place! She loves to play with toys and does not seem to be destructive with her bed or toys. She is not a barker and will wait quietly until you come back home.

Medical:

The vet loved Dutchess and felt she was in great shape. She has all her shots, she is spayed, we did a full blood panel on her, she is heartworm negative and she is microchipped.

She is located in San Ramon.

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ZIGGY: 6 year neutered black male Lab/Shepherd mix ~60 lbs

Ziggy was given up to Lab Rescue as the family has a new baby and they do not have the time that Ziggy needs. (Also they had a friend over and their toddler stepped on Ziggy and he barked at the child and they are worried that Ziggy will not tolerate their new child.) They got Ziggy when he was 8 weeks of age from the shelter. They saw mom who was a black lab and they were told the dad was a shepherd. They have provided Ziggy a wonderful home but know it is best to find him a new home. The owners say he is a very sweet, playful dog. He loves to play with kids but we would want him placed in a home with older children.

Ziggy is a very smart boy and walks well on a leash with the trainers help, he knows sit, down, come, leave it, off, stay and he takes treats very easy from your hand. He is left during the day for 8 hours and he has free roam of the home and he is not destructive. He is housetrained and has always been an inside dog. They take him to the dog park on a regular basis and he has never had any issues with other dogs. He loves to go for car rides and will sit on the seat looking out the window. Ziggy is has lived with cats.

Ziggy is currently being fostered by a well-experienced dog trainer. This is what he has to say: Ziggy has traits of a shepherd, that of being whiny and prey drive. He has been affectionate with everyone. He knows basic obedience commands and is learning how to walk nicely on the leash. He has never been in a crate and has been free to roam in the previous owner's home. They say he has good house behavior and is housebroken. He has gotten along with several different dogs in my home, large and small breeds. He will bark at unknown people but then is friendly. Any kids in the family should be 10 and up.

Ziggy is neutered, up to date on vaccination, heartworm negative and microchipped.

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

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Jesse: 6-year-old yellow neutered male Lab 80 lbs

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

We are not taking any more calls for Jesse.


This Jesse is no outlaw. He is a wonderful AKC-registered lab with a fabulous resume. Currently lives in a home with a 14-yr-old Aussie and a 3-yr-old French bulldog – and everyone gets along fine. He is a frequent-flyer to the Point Isabel dog park in Richmond where he loves to meet-and-greet every dog and every human. Great with kids – big and small. He loves to chase and retrieve balls and squeaky toys – and drop them at your feet. He knows a number of voice commands and loves to go on walks. His biggest vice could be sneaking up onto the leather couch at night for a comfy snooze – while all the humans have gone to bed.

What Jesse’s current family says: “Jesse is very sweet, friendly and well-adjusted. He'd do best with very affectionate, loving people who give him a lot of physical attention, and he'd probably be happiest with another dog, especially if his people are gone a lot. He's a wonderful dog with no issues to speak of (except he swallows dirty socks whole if left out and is drawn to dead animals such as squirrels or dead fish at Pt. Isabel). Great with baths, getting nails trimmed, going to the vet, and riding in the car. He's like an ambassador at the dog park. He literally runs up to everyone smiling, whole body wagging, and if he gets any attention at all, he'll lie on his back to get his tummy scratched. He's pretty much never met a stranger.”

What Jesse’s Rescue Rep says: Jesse is in great health -- current on shots, microchipped, and neutered. He could lose 5-10 pounds. Not for a home with cats, chickens, or ducks – as he would like nothing better than to catch and eat them. He will fill some lucky family’s home with joy, fun, and love. He is currently in El Cerrito. (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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RILEY: 6 Year Old Yellow Female Lab Spayed 74 Pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Riley.


Riley is an angel and she had an angel looking out for her when her owner took her to the vet to have her put down as they no longer wanted to deal with her allergies. The owners would start her on a special diet and medical but then would not follow through. They would leave her in the back yard for long periods of time where she would lick her foot which became raw. The owner had her their entire life but gave up on her and purchased a new puppy. (So sad for Riley!) The angel receptionist at the vet clinic did not feel right about ending Riley’s life so asked for permission from the family to reach out to a rescue for her!

Riley is a very sweet girl, loves other dogs, loves loves people and kids, she should not be in a home with cats as she will chase cats. She loves to play fetch, loves to swim and wags her tail for a car ride. She is house trained and will sleep on her dog bed through the night! Riley does need better leash skills, she will pull on her walks!

Riley’s allergy testing came back and she is allergic to Cockroaches, house mites, dust mites and timothy grass. Since we have had her in a foster home and have been giving her medicated baths and have stopped her from itching her skin has improved and her hair is growing back. Riley does not need to be on a special food, we will be switching her to a good quality dog food. We will start Riley on Apoquel for her allergies. (http://www.thedrakecenter.com/blogs/tags/apoquel/itchy-dog-new-drug-apoquel-may-help) We have had dogs on this medication before and the dogs stop itching and live a normal life. The monthly cost for the medication will be $100 a month.

Update from Riley’s Foster:

She’s an extremely good girl! She’s sweet, smart, gentle, happy, wants to share her love … she’s just looking for someone to help her once and for all get rid of this itchy problem! Her family obviously spent time training her very well. Riley knows sit and own and we found out that she “shakes” too! However, her new family will want to work with her on “stay”. She’s very smart and she’s learning new commands already. When we point and say a word like “bed”, it’s only taken her a few times and she picks up on it and knows what we’re looking for. This little girl is pure happiness from the minute she wakes up! She was overly excited the first morning but we’ve shown her that you can be happy and be loved in the morning without knocking everything over in the midst ;) The tail is always going and she really just wants to be with her people. She walks very well on leash and she knows the word “W-A-L-K” so we spell it out now. We’ve been walking her on the pinch collar because she pulls on the flat collar. We’re going to work on switching back and forth with small corrections so that she can be walked just with the flat collar. She gets excited to go for walk and pulls just the first few steps. With one or two quick/small corrections, she settles right down and the leash is lose the rest of the 30-45 minute walks that we take twice per day. She doesn’t care about passing dogs and seems indifferent to them, as if to say “whatever!”. She barked at one dog but he was a large dog and he barked at her first but that was the only interaction where we’ve seen her bark or pay attention to other dogs.

Doorbells are a question mark and she didn’t understand why our two dogs went to the door and were barking when this bell rang. She stood back about 10 feet as if to say “what’s all the hub bub about girls?” Squirrels and birds in the yard … she’s very confused as to why our Marley gets so territorial they’re in our yard. She stands there watching and then turns around and looks at us with this question mark over her cute little face. She wags her tail but doesn’t really understand what the commotion is about. She seems to have attitude of “everybody should be welcome” Riley LOVES riding in the car. I left the windows down in my car that was parked in the garage and when we went to the garage to get everyone ready for a walk, she tried to jump in the car through the window! She’s a character! We’ve taken her a few places and she gets really excited when she hears the car keys! Riley loves to play fetch and she will go fetch a toy as many times as you throw it in the house or yard. And squeaky toys? Wow, those are the best thing ever invented and will squeak them until the end of time if she could!!

Miss Riley does however need some table manners. It’s obvious she was allowed to beg/cry/whine when her humans were eating. We’re not sure that she might have even gotten some scraps … shame! We are working on this behavior and trying to refocus her during that time. There is absolutely not food aggression, toy possessiveness or dog / human aggression. We’ve been playing with toys and just pick them up and put them away and she doesn’t react at all. She only looks at us like “ok, what fun think do you have planned next?” Our two labs and Riley eat at the same time. Riley is done first and absolutely inhales her food. I’d probably recommend a ‘slow down’ bowl for her to avoid any issues with eating too fast. When she’s done eating, she comes to see us and could care less that the other two dogs are eating and have lots of food in their bowl that she could steal. We tried picking up her bowl in the middle of her meal and she only looked sad and showed no aggression at all. We put it back down and she wagged her tail and was happy to finish inhaling her food. Our parrot Nikki really hasn’t had any sort of impact on Riley. We’ve put Nikki inside her condo for now because we’re just not willing to take that chance. Nikki’s been vocal this week but Riley just looks at her like “what are you and what kind of language is that?” When Riley goes near Nikki’s condo, we say “leave it” and “come” and she does!

We have her on Science Diet ZD which is the best food on the market for allergies. She gets one cup in the morning and one cup at night. She’s finishing up her antibiotics and she’s getting a medicated bath twice per week. Her blood test for allergies was taken 2/10/16 and it’s expected to take 2-4 weeks to come back. The rest of her check-up went well and there were no issues in her regular blood work. She’s simply an itchy little girl who needs her humans to do right by her. She went for her check-up 2/10 and the magical vet waved a magic wand (cortisone shot) to try and break the ‘itchy cycle’. As of 2/11, one day later, she is a different girl. Not nearly as itchy and extremely happy and settled. She does respond very well to any correction when she is scratching or licking … she’s such a good girl! Overall, she’s just a really really good girl!! She’s sweet and has lots of kisses and love to share. She aims to please and just wants you to be as happy as she is!

She has her shots, is heartworm negative, she is spayed, she is microchipped and the current vet has been treating her skin allergies.

She is being fostered in Danville. (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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IZZY: 7 Year Old Chocolate Female Lab Mix Spayed 65 Pounds

Izzy is being rehomed as her new family has a baby that is now walking and crawling. (GGLRR Adopted Izzy to them 6 years ago.) When the baby gets close to Izzy she will normally walk away but she has barked a couple of times at the baby and the parents feel it is a risk. Their baby does not know the message Izzy is communicating and with the parents working and not being able to monitor the situation all the time, they feel it best to find Izzy a new home. This is a very hard decision for them to make, as Izzy has been a big part of their pack for the last 6 years.

Summary from the family:

We love Izzy and she's a great dog. In the 6 years we've had her she's become a big part of our family.

A little less than two years ago we welcomed a cute little terrier mix named Jake into our family. After a short adjustment period, Izzy and Jake have become good buds. She gets along great with other pups. 10 months ago, we welcomed our son, Vance, into the world. Izzy has always been great with little kids, so we had no doubts she'd welcome Vance. As he started squirming and crawling around, Izzy has given him what we call "warning barks" when Vance starts to get too close. She's never done more than a quick "woof" bark, and most times she actually gets up and moves away from him. It's never felt aggressive, but it's given us doubt and now it feels like a risk of her doing more if unattended. Therefore the choice is clear. We can't take the chance and we need to find a new home for Izzy. It breaks our hearts. Izzy loves to be outside. She walks well on the leash. She knows basic commands and listens to us. The beach and swimming are two particular favorites. At night Izzy snuggles right up with us on the couch, and halfway thru the night she finds herself in bed. She will go back to her bed when told. She's got a soft and velvety coat that never stinks. Izzy is 100% house broken and is a great communicator when she has to go. She also communicates when it's breakfast and dinner time (she'll bark).

More about Izzy:

Izzy knows sit, stay, lie down, will come when called, will walk well on a leash without pulling, she can shake with both paws and roll over. She does not have car sickness, she does not attempt to escape, jump fences and she does not have separation anxiety. We are not sure about Izzy with cats. She does not jump up on people when greeting them, she does not chew on non-dog items and she does not bark or whine when left alone. She loves to swim and of course loves to play ball. At first she was unsure of the car but now she knows getting in the car means somethings fun like a walk or a swim on the beach. She is left alone for periods of time and she is not destructive and is calm in the home. The one thing Izzy will do is bark at the door when the mailman comes to the home. When I came to the home she barked at the door. (She is fine and calm when people enter the house. This is an easy solution, Izzy should not be allowed to greet people off leash at the door. She would be one a leash, the person at the door would give her a few treats and after a few corrections she will realize that people coming to the door is a good thing.) Izzy can be off leash at the beach, she gets along with all dogs except when on a leash and small dogs come up to her and get in her face she will bark at them.

What GGLRR would like for Izzy:

Izzy has been a city dog for the last six years but we think she would do better in a quieter environment, than a large city. She will bark at the buses when they go by when she is on leash. Plenty of exercise for Izzy is the key, we would say 1-2 walks per day. She can be in a home with older kids and a home with other dogs.

She is a super sweet dog and would make a wonderful companion.

Izzy has been taken care of well:

She is spayed, has all her shots, is microchipped, has been on regular heartworm medication and she has a cyst on her butt that has been tested and it is just a cyst. (The owners will have it drained 2-3 times per year.)

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

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HUEY: Chocolate Male neutered 4 years old


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

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

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

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

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

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Mackie: Black Female - spayed 6 years old 50 pounds


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

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

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

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

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Cal: Neutered Black Male 1 year old


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

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

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

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

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Charlie: 10 months old neutered yellow male 62 pounds


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recently Adopted from GGLRR!

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

 

Aspen: Yellow Lab, male , neutered 3 – 4 years 80 pounds

Adopted April, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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RED: 3 Year-Old Male Labrador Mix – Neutered 79 Pounds

Adopted March, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Kris and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bear, 4 Years old Golden/Lab Mix, 75 lbs

Adopted February, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Lady Winifred "Winnie" 10 year-old Chocolate Female 60lbs spayed and up to date on vaccinations, fecal and Heartworm tested.

Adopted February, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sara and all who help Lab Rescue


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HUNTER: 6 yr old Chocolate Male Lab neutered 60 lbs

Adopted February, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Keale: 5 Year old Yellow Spayed Female

Adopted February, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Lady Bug: 1-2 Year-old Yellow spayed female lab mix 45 Pounds

Adopted February, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Buddy: 8 yr old neutered male yellow lab

Adopted February, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Lady: Yellow Spayed Female (55 pounds) 1 year old (born 7/20/2014)

Adopted January, 2016! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Shadow Neutered Purebred Black Lab 4 Years old

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


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Maxx: 5 Month Old Neutered 41 Pound Black Lab Mix

Adopted October, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sara and all who help Lab Rescue


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RUSTY: 3 yr old neutered 70 pound chocolate male lab.

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


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DANNY: 1 yr old neutered male yellow lab, 47 lbs.

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


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Libby: Female Lab Mix 42 pounds

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


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Pete: 2 yr old neutered male chocolate lab, 73lbs.

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


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

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


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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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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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