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Lab adoption fair Last updated 7/29/2014 11:00 AM

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.  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). 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.






Kona: 7 1/2 years old, Spayed Female, Chocolate Lab, 55 Lbs


Kona was adopted from GGLRR by a South Bay couple who have loved and cared for her for the past four years. Sadly, the wife has developed health issues and they can no longer keep Kona, so this wonderful girl is now available for a new family to give her another wonderful home. Kona was originally found as a stray roaming around in a park. Her guardian angel brought her home to his family. She was micro chipped, so owner was contacted. He said that he did not want her anymore and that he did not have time for her. So, this wonderful rescuer kept Kona at his home. Suspecting that she might be pregnant, he took her to the vet, and the vet said that it was probably just a false pregnancy. About a week later, he found her under his porch giving birth to 5 puppies. This is what he had to say about her: “Kona would like a home where she is treated like the princess she believes she is. Wherever you go, she would like to be right there with you. She loves to ride in the car. She is housebroken. Being close to her people is what truly makes her happy. She doesn’t whine or chew and will only bark when someone comes to the front gate. She gets along great with my older lab. She loves her walks but will pull. She is a very affectionate girl who loves to give kisses and loves to be loved!!"

Her current owners say that Kona is still just as sweet and loving. She has spent periods of time in boarding and the owner of that facility reports that Kona is a typically energetic chocolate Lab, although not hyper. She has a moderate ball drive, so while she enjoys playing with the ball, this should not be a primary form of exercise. She is food-motivated, which will be helpful in training work, which Kona will enjoy, as she will work for attention and rewards of treats or affection. Kona still pulls on the lead and will need some work in this area as a part of learning that her people are leaders. Since Kona has now been through a few changes in her life, structure, routine and a relationship with her people built through simple training exercises and consistent leadership will be important. As a very social girl, Kona will need a home where she will not be alone for long periods. Kona will be fine with children 8 or older, as she has not had much recent exposure to children and still has a youthful exuberance. We have no information about Kona's feelings regarding cats. Another dog in the family would be fine, but not a necessity. Kona is crate and house-trained, up to date on her vaccinations, microchipped and in good health. We currently have Kona in a foster home and they have another Lab. Kona is located in San Francisco.

If you would like to learn more about this lovely girl, please call or text GGLRR Lab Rescue Rep Kathleen at (415) 706-5868.

(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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Coal: (Just turned) 9 Year Old Black Male Neutered Lab 98 Pounds
(Should lose a few pounds)


My name is Coal and I just had a birthday on July 13th! I have been very well loved and cared for by my previous owners for the last five years. Prior to that I was with a family for four years who abandoned me and left me out in the yard with the other family dog - a Rottweiler. Rottweiler Rescue took both of us until I was adopted by this loving family. Dad had a hip and knees replaced and my mom was legally blind and both were aging (well, who isn't??) so their concern was that my mom might not see a big black dog and could fall over me. Dad walked with a cane and has not been able to take me on walks this past year so they knew it was time to find a better situation for me. With a lot of tears and a call to Lab Rescue they surrendered me as they knew I needed a better more active life than what they could provide. After going for a long car ride to my Foster Mom, I was seen by a vet. It turns out I had a couple of grapefruit size masses in my spleen so they were removed and I'm feeling so much better. It's not uncommon for us "big" kids to develop a mass in the spleen around my age and we live perfectly fine without our spleen. I I am recovering very quickly from the surgery and my daily walks are increasing time wise. My foster Mom says I act much younger than my age. Even though I'm recovering from surgery, my foster Mom says she can see how much better I feel already. I will not have any limitations due to the surgery. My back legs are a little stiff but only from arthritis. (Not uncommon for us canines and humans as we get older.) Losing some weight will definitely help along with Glucosamine. Both my previous owners and my Foster Mom describe me as a very sweet boy.

What the foster has to say:

We've had many foster dogs and Coal is one of the sweetest boys ever! He is a good with other dogs and with people. We go to our neighborhood park and although I keep in on leash while my dog plays off leash (dogs should be kept on leash until they have 100% recall) Coal is good with all the dogs running up to him. His leash manners have improved using a correction collar. Since he hadn't been walked for a year or more he is doing extremely well now. He is "okay" with retrieving the ball - certainly not obsessed but loves a good game of tug of war with my dog. I've left both dogs alone for a few hours and there is no destruction of any kind when I return. He is learning some basic commands and he waits at the door before we go out. He sleeps on his dog bed throughout the night. Coal is a dog with good energy and acts like a much younger dog. He's a happy dog who wants to have fun and play. No worries about your neighbors complaining - he is not a barker. He definitely loves and needs to be with his human.

What Lab Rescue has to say:

Coal is a wonderfully sweet, good dog with a gorgeous black coat. He is house trained and came to us knowing how to use a dog door. He has no issues with food or toy aggression. His previous owner said he loves to swim and retrieve a stick and when he's done he puts the stick down and steps on it! We are working on teaching him what a soft mouth is as he will take treats a little rough from your hand. He doesn't mean any harm - he just doesn't know any better as he hasn't been taught. Because of this and his large size, any kids in the home should be 10 and older. He is a sweet boy but could inadvertently knock over younger children (possible exception for large dog savvy kids.) He follows his humans but is fine with canines and is currently enjoying playing with the Foster's three year old Lab. We want to adopt him out to a home that will be committed to regular walks and someone who is around the home during the day as he is used to being with his person. Coal will need a leader who is not only physically strong but someone who will be a leader and provide structure in the home. A basic obedience class will be beneficial as he wants to please and it will establish his new owner as the leader and develop a bond between them. He is good with other dogs and loves people. We are unsure of cats.

Coal had regular vet visits throughout his five years with his previous owners. We took him to our vet and post surgery he has been given a clean bill of health. He is up to date on vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative, microchipped and blood work is normal. He is located in Mountain View.

If you are interested in this sweet, loving boy and can provide a loving home with daily exercise and be around to give him the love he deserves, please call Rescue Rep Sandy @ 650 303-2436.

(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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Arabella: 6 Year Old Spayed Yellow Female Lab 65 lbs


Are you the lucky family for Arabella? Arabella is an energetic, affectionate, happy girl who loves to play ball, get belly rubs and be with her people. She was a stray and brought to a shelter where she was quite anxious and not able to put her best paw forward. While at the shelter, she was taken for regular walks but it was hard for her to settle in to her environment. Fortunately, she was also able to jump in a car once a week and go for a long hike along with many other shelter dogs. And boy does she love car rides! On the hikes, she was a perfect lady, walking alongside other dogs, large and small, as well ahead of and behind the pack, and not reacting to any of the oncoming dogs, runners or cyclists. She can be a bit protective of her water bowl, but that can be managed. After languishing in the shelter for several months, along came Lab Rescue who saw all her best Lab qualities and thought she was a great dog. Though we don’t know much about her background, Arabella has been a quick learner.

We current have Arabella in a foster home who has trained dogs for 30 years and who currently has been at Guide Dogs for 23 years. With the leadership provided by her foster, Arabella is learning lots every day. She walks very well on leash and sleeps in a crate quietly overnight. She is very food motivated which is a great tool to work with her to continue to improve her obedience work. She loves to play fetch and brings the toy back very nicely. She has also done well with the small dogs she’s been introduced to. The foster has had his grandkids visiting and they range in age from 3-6 and Arabella has done wonderful around small kids. When we saw her at the shelter she was excited to see the chickens in the fenced area so we would recommend a home without cats. Arabella would love to go hiking and play at the beach or any other family activity. And she will reward you with a thumping tail and sloppy kisses!

What Lab Rescue is looking for – Arabella is a wonderful dog who has had a few bumps in the road lately. We want her to go to a home where someone is around with her, someone who will continue with her training and someone who will get her out for regular exercise. A key thing for Arabella is a home that has experience with dogs and a home that will lead her and not let Arabella be the leader of the pack. Arabella is healthy, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. Lab Rescue will give one session with the trainer when Arabella is adopted. She is located on Petaluma.

If you have the time for this beautiful active girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact Rescue Rep Candace @ (415) 860-5456.

(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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Lola: Yellow female 8 years old (This is a guess from the Vet.) Lab-mix 50 lbs.


Lola was rescued from a busy intersection in the East Bay by a Good Samaritan who quickly called Lab Rescue. Lola is a sweet girl who looks like she's either been neglected in her home or been on the streets a little while. Lola is quiet but not fearful and seems so appreciative of love and attention. She has not barked or whined in her rescuer's house. Lola has already been to the vet for a wellness check, blood work, heartworm test, shots, x-rays and a microchip. From the x-rays it did come back that Lola has had a previous ACL injury which she has arthritis in her leg and her hips. She is a dog that will need to be on medication for this. (From her teeth our guess is that - she was an outside dog and may have chewed on rocks as her front teeth are worn down.) She needs to gain a little weight and has a few sore spots, but nothing that can't be treated, which is already in process. Lola is one of these dogs that crosses your path and it makes you realize why we volunteer all the hours we do. She is a dog that always has a smile on her face no matter what life hands her.

**UPDATE from the fosters**-- "Lola is people orientated and just a gentle soul. She wants to know where we are at all times and pretty much follows one of us around the house. She will lie down and get comfy on her own, but definitely likes to be with the whole pack. We have another dog and two cats, and she gets along quite well with all of them. The cats have come up to her face to explore, and she just leaves them be and doesn't seem particularly interested. She's very thin and needs to gain weight. However, despite her thinness and age, she's a good walker and does fine climbing the 6 stairs up to our house. We've taken her on walks--she does great on the leash and no real pulling except when she smells something good and wants to sniff. But even then she's a gentle puller and listens when you encourage her to keep moving. She seems house-trained as there haven't been any accidents in the house. She likes to be pet and loved, and has been very sweet with guests who come over to meet her.

This one is a real sweetie. She likes head rubs, belly rubs, physical contact, and makes lots of inquisitive eye contact to see what you're up to. She hasn't been very interested in toys or fetch, but will roll around joyfully in a cool patch of grass. Absolutely no disruptive or destructive behaviors like chewing barking etc."

Lola is a sweet, loving girl who would be a wonderful addition to a moderately quiet home. Lola is located in Oakland.

If you are interested in providing a loving home and some TLC to sweet Lola, please contact Rescue Rep Allison at 415-806-2490.

(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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Shiloh: 8 Year Old Spayed Chocolate Female Lab AKC 74 lbs


My name is Shiloh and I have had a great life, that is, until my owner recently passed away. He purchased me from a breeder at 8 weeks old (yes I am AKC papered) and I was the light of his life. It was just the two of us and we did everything together. I was well cared for, loved, walked, played with and went on many outings. About a year ago he became ill and although we were still best pals, unfortunately the daily walks and outings had to stop. After my Dad passed away, I ended up going to a dog training facility for one month and then being placed in a boarding facility for one week. At that point, my Dad's family reached out to Lab Rescue as they wanted only the best for me as they knew they would find me another wonderful home.

Let me tell you a little about myself (not that I'm bragging or anything.) I am now with my Foster Mom and Dad who are showing me what it's like to live in a home again. They say I am one terrific girl who doesn't act my age. I'm not sure what that means but they said I'm very active. They have a young Lab and after taking enough time for a proper introduction, we are now best pals but my Fosters feel that I am more attached to my humans canines. Thus, Lab Rescue is looking to place me where I will be the only dog. I am already bonded with my Foster family and will follow them and watch them wherever they go when we are home. I love playing a good game of tug or war but I'm pretty strong when I play and thus would not want my mouth to get in the way of any children. I am not aggressive and wouldn't mean any harm but to play it safe Lab Rescue wants any children in the home to be 10 or older. Since I haven't been walked in a while my leash manners need improvement. I know "sit" and "down" and could use more training so that I can continue to be a good canine citizen. I will need someone committed to daily exercise. I am housebroken and crate trained and that is where I sleep throughout the night. I am a velcro dog who will come up against your leg and cuddle or put my head down on your lap. I am gentle with my kisses as well as taking treats from your hand. You can take anything from me as I don't have any toy or food possession issues. Like most Labs, I like to eat! We are unsure of cats. I get in and out of the car fine and like going for rides. I am friendly and get very excited when someone comes over so I can be a little pushy with my body but it's all out of excitement and easily correctable with training.

Update from the foster- Shiloh is very comfortable in the house and is happy to be by herself in the kitchen without being crated when I leave for work and Dad is still snoozing in bed, though she loves to follow me around the house. She is not a chewer so you don't have to worry about leaving your favorite slippers unguarded. Her favorite game is tug-of-war with her buddy Dugan or with the humans in the house.

It's a joy to watch her and Dugan play. They're great buddies and she will initiate a lot of the play. She can definitely go to a home with a non-dominating dog and a dog that doesn't play too rough. She is quite affectionate and loves to put her head in your lap.

P.S. She really wants to be a sofa dog. When we are not looking she thinks because she's chocolate and the sofa is chocolate brown, we won't notice her up there but we do!

What Lab Rescue is looking for - Shiloh is an exceptional dog who has been very well cared for and loved his entire life. We want her to go to a home where someone is around with her, someone who will continue with her training and someone who will get her out for regular exercise. Shiloh was just seen by the vet, is healthy, spayed, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped.

If you have the time for this beautiful active girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact Rescue Rep Sandy @ (650) 303-2436.

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


Hi, my name is Moose! I am one big furball of wags and cuddles! I am a super affectionate, loyal, kind-hearted and gentle spirit. I truly melt the heart of anyone who meets me. I was born blind, but that does not slow me down! Being blind is all I have ever known, so to me it is normal! I can memorize any new floor plan within just a few hours, and if you see me about to bump into something all you have to say is “bonk!” and I usually will stop right away. Sometimes you will need to help me get down stairs, or couches, or beds, but after a few times I get the hang of it.

I love all people. I would stay by your side all day if you want. I just love being around you giving you lots of tail wags and head nudges. I like to think of myself as a lap dog; yes, I am big, but that doesn’t stop me; I love to snuggle up! I will even share the bed with you if you let me! I like other animals as well! Since I can’t see, my fellow canine friends have told me I can be a little forward, but I am just excited to meet them! I am great with cats as well, they are not prey to me, instead, they are another friend to hang out with! I do well with people of all ages too, young and old, just know sometimes I can get very excited with all the new people to meet.

My favorite thing in the world to do besides just being with you is to go on walks with you! Daily walks are the best! I love, love adventure and am up for almost anything! I am 100% house trained, and know all the basic commands too. I have been told I am a smarty pants and could learn to do just about anything as long as there is a yummy prize at the end. I would love to go to a home where my human can be my best friend and spend lots of time with, and one that will also keep up with my fun, active side as well. I am not interested in living in a backyard or garage because how would I get to spend time with you there? I am looking for a lifelong companion and a warm home to call my own.

What his GGLRR rep says: Moose’s owners made the heartbreaking decision to rehome their beloved dog… due to non-dog job/family/financial situations that have left them unable to provide him the life he deserves. Moose is a special-needs dog that deserves a special owner who is willing to patiently work with Moose to learn the layout of his new home, reduce his leash-pulling behaviors, and teach him how to properly meet, greet and play with other dogs. Moose’s lack of sight is more than made up by his lively and loving personality. Moose is micro-chipped and will soon be current on his rabies and distemper shots.

If you are interested in Moose, 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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Georgia: 5-yr-old, 80-lb, spayed black lab
We are not accepting any more calls for Georgia.


I’m a happy, healthy female black lab with a smiling face that greets you at the side of the bed in the morning. I love all the things Labradors love: retrieving that ball, going swimming, rolling around on my back and waving my feet in the air. Cats are not a problem for me, and I get along with other dogs very well (even my foster parents’ crabby old pack!). My owners reluctantly surrendered me because those little human twins, whose company I enjoyed, left little time for walks and visits to the dog park. I do have a little extra weight around my middle, but my foster parents keep me moving, and already my girlish figure is returning! My shots are current (medical records available), and I have always been well treated, as my personality shows. I would fit very well into a family with children, and be a good companion for an active life. I even have hiking boots!

I also have an “aura” in the past, I had some scary grand mal epileptic seizures, but it may have been a phase that’s coming to an end, since I haven’t had one for some time. My owner thought it might be an environmental issue, and at my foster’s house, in spite of all the changes, I’m seizure-free. Two veterinarians agreed that my seizures aren’t frequent enough to require medication. But don’t let my occasional seizures dissuade you from taking me on – I have so many, many upsides.

PS. If you cannot tell by my photos, I really love fetching and playing with balls. I hope you have a few hours each day for this – hah!

What my foster family thinks: If we didn’t already have 3 dogs, we’d keep this lovely girl! She is a ray of sunshine in black, with a glossy, healthy coat and a positive attitude. When you pet her, she purrs! She knows basic commands, and after 5 years with good owners, she walks with you on leash or off, and gets along with our menagerie of dogs and cats. She’s submissive in social interactions, and though she is now carrying a few extra pounds, with daily exercise (GET THE BALL, GEORGIA!), she’s already looking slimmer. She rarely barks, greets everyone with a smile, and stays close (maybe a bit insecure after leaving her family just a week ago). Several visitors have already expressed an interest, and the seizures (an intimidating prospect), may indeed be a passing phase. When people meet Georgia, we hear stories of similar episodes in the past that tapered off and haven’t recurred.

What Georgia’s GGLRR rep says: As Georgia is a special-needs dog due to her occasional seizures, her future owners need to be special and considerate humans. Georgia will pay back her new owners ten-fold for the care and loving home she deserves.

Georgia is located in Vacaville.



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Sheba: 8 Year Old Black Female Lab 70 Pounds


Hello my name is Sheba! I am an 8 year old spayed female black lab. Unfortunately, I have found myself in a sad situation as the result of a divorce. My owners got me as a puppy – I was given to them as a present. I have been with them for the last eight years and before any of us really knew what was happening we were living in an apartment with just one of my owners and my dog brother. We went from having someone around and being walked each day to being left alone for 8-10 hours each day. The landlord told my owner I had to go as he said he did not approve large dogs in his complex. The owner could not find anyone to take me so he brought me to the Chico shelter. My owner ran into someone from Golden Gate Lab rescue when I was being left at the shelter and after being evaluated they said they would take me into their program. I am now at their boarding facility and I will be going into a foster home with other dogs and kids.

The scoop on me:

I am an indoor dog and I am house trained. I am a good girl when left alone inside the home, I may get into the trash can from time to time but many Labs do! My owners use to let me sleep on their bed but I would be fine sleeping on my own bed next to yours. I am a very loyal girl and will follow my owners where ever they would go. I am good with other dogs and great with kids! My previous owner had grandchildren and I thought they were awesome I am a dog that rides nicely in the car and will settle down in the back seat. I am not a fan of cats and will chase them if they run. I know the basis commands: sit, down, I can sit up on my hind legs for a toy and I walk well on a leash with a correction collar. I am not a fan of thunder or gun shots and I think the vacuum cleaner is a fun toy. One thing my owner taught me is to “find the bad guy.” (My owner use to have a security company and he thought I would make a good search and rescue dog so he taught me a few commands.) I love to play ball and play with my toys.

From the foster home:

The foster has had Sheba for a month now and she has settled nicely in their home. She sleeps on her dog bed at night, no issues in the home and she gets along great with their other dogs. The foster has children and Sheba loves them loves to hang out with the kids. Sheba loves to swim as you can see from the pictures – the foster took her on their family vacation to Tahoe.

Lab Rescue had Sheba professionally evaluated and the training had this to say about her: When taking Sheba out she saw no arousal on the walk. She did well on turns and took treats very gently from your hand. For just having met me she did great on focus exercises. She does a very cute “beggin” behavior when you have her sit in front of you. She sits back on her haunches and puts her paw in the air. It is clear she can be trained very easily. She seems to be very good natured – when we saw my husband she did pull harder on the leash but she wanted to go over to say hello. Sheba would be a wonderful family dog.

Sheba is a very healthy dog and has had a full vet check, shots, heartworm test and microchip. She is located on Oakley.

If you have the time for this wonderful happy girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact Rescue Rep Liz at 415-613-6374.

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

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Blondie: 2 year old spayed female Yellow Lab/American Bull Dog 75 lbs
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Blondie is an owner surrender as the owner started to be away from home more and they felt they could not give Blondie the exercise, leadership and time she needed. The owners have two small children and Blondie and the kids got along great. The owners describe her as an energetic dog that gets very excited at first but is only interested in meeting you and playing. Blondie loves to play with toys, especially tennis balls. She is a very happy friendly dog that needs more attention, training and exercise than the current owners can give her. Blondie is crate trained. She picks up quickly and really wants to please. She knows sit and with a correction collar she will walk well on leash. She loves to go for car rides. She has not been around cats but she does get excited when she sees them so a home with no cats would be best.

We have Blondie in a foster home with dog trainer Caity of Balanced Behavior Dog Training - http://balanced-behavior.com/ where she is helping her with some great training - this is what she has to say about her:

(Once Blondie is adopted out we will give the new adopters 2-3 sessions with Caity.)

I am very pleased with her progress. Blondie knew a small amount of obedience already, as I had been working with the owner. Using a correction collar, I am working on heel, down, wait, stay, potty, come (for recall), off, and no. As you can see from the pictures Blondie goes on pack walks with other dogs, walks well on a leash, can go into a down and stay and we are working on her with any distractions that come our way – example a tennis ball. Blondie can walk very nicely on a leash in the heel position. She sometimes can get excited but with a correction will calm down. I have had Blondie for over a month now and with my leadership Blondie has no issues with other dogs. She meets new dogs on a regular basis and all she wants to do is play. (Caity does an introduction with Blondie and the new dogs and they are off playing.) She does have a desire to chase cats and would do best in a home without them. She wants to please, though distractions can throw that off, especially if a ball is involved. She is crate and house trained. She will lie quietly and snooze if nothing is going on. Rides in the car on a tie-down. Can be left alone in a crate for a few hours but may bark or whine if anyone else is home while she’s in the crate. Loves to play ball. I have worked with her on her commands and she is a wonderfully trained dog. (She does love the tennis ball and if you are playing ball with her she may run into someone when she is chasing the ball.) She does fine with bath and ear cleaning. She attends a local doggie daycare and can play and board just fine there. Generally she is a happy, affectionate dog. She accepts my leadership and is a pleasure to have around.

The adopter must be a person who will lead Blondie and not let Blondie lead them. Blondie wants a home where she will be part of the pack and a home that she can show you Blondes have more fun! Blondie has all her shots, is spayed, is heartworm negative and is microchipped. (She has no health issues.) She always has a smile on her face - one happy girl. She is located in Santa Rosa.

If you are interested in adopting this fun girl, please contact rep Caity at 707-836-3033.

(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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Daisy: 8 - 11 Year old Black Purebred Lab Spayed Female 50 Pounds
Use the link to the left to watch Daisy play!

Woof! I am Daisy. I was rescued from a backyard near Yuba City in February 2014 where I’d been confined to a small muddy cage. Since then, I’ve been cared for by some great humans… and have regained my figure and my strength. I am rather small as far as labs go – weighing in at a lovely 52 pounds. I’ve seen several vets, and they have guided me back to health. Now I don’t mind eating my meals alongside other dog pals -- so long as all the other dogs are cool too and my human gives us our own private place to eat.

I recently spent six weeks with a dog trainer-guru, getting max guidance on how to be a dog. This was awesome. I am learning how to play with other dogs (check out my video) or even just hang with a pack. Yeah, I will admit that I do get quite anxious when my humans go away or I can’t see them. “Please don’t leave me in that backyard cage again!” I need you humans to teach me to not be so anxious. This will take some time but with each passing week, I am learning to trust that life is good, that people care and that all these great new changes are not temporary. I am a quick learner and I really want a home in which to flourish and become the whole dog I was meant to be.

Here is what Daisy’s foster-trainer has to say:

Daisy loves her daily walks and is very easy to walk. She will rarely pull on the leash and just loves to be out in the fresh air exploring new places. She will appear tense when meeting a new dog but if the other dog is calm and relaxed and friendly, she will reciprocate all of this. She is happy to share the water bowl and has an extra soft mouth taking treats. Overall she is a pretty calm dog and loves all dogs and people of different shapes sizes and colors. She does get a little excited when she realizes it's meal but is relaxing around this more and more as she learns to trust that it IS going to come. Daisy is a sweet, smart girl who wants to learn. She loves the challenge of learning new commands and does them.

She will still bark occasionally if left alone at home or in a vehicle, but we find this neediness is diminishing. What she needs most is to believe that all of her basic needs will be met that she will always have enough food and water and someone to protect and guide her and most of all who will return to her and give her all of this again and again! She loves her crate and is quite content in it. She will need to continue using one to help her feel more secure and to help ward off separation anxiety. I would recommend at least two training sessions from me with Daisy’s new owner. One, to set up all of the in-home protocol and structure -- extremely important for her -- and a second lesson, if needed, as a follow-up to anything that comes up.

What her GGLRR rep says:

We would love for Daisy to be adopted into a 1-dog home by a person or family dedicated to giving her the structured and disciplined environment key for Daisy’s continued rehabilitation. It is possible for her to be in a 2-dog home as long as the other dog is balanced and more of the laid-back type and as long as the home environment is structured – especially at meal time.

Daisy is spayed, micro-chipped, is current on all shots and in good health. Her target weight is probably in the 55-lb range, so she is a smaller-than-usual lab. She is incredibly affectionate toward humans and very interested in the world around her.

If you are interested in Daisy, 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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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.








Travis: 3 Year Old Yellow Lab Male


Travis is an active and loving 3 year old. He is terrific with children and plays very well with them. He loves the attention and is very gentle with them. He doesn't jump up on people when greeting them at the door and will most like give you kisses. He likes stuffed squeaky toys but is not much of a ball chaser. He is not much of a swimmer but he loves to get wet. He knows sit, down, stay, out, outside, to your bed, wait and release. He walks well on a leash and just wants to please his people. He is a very mellow dog in the house and typically moves from room to room with you and just lies down. Rubbing his tummy is a must. He only gets excited when he sees his leash or his stuffed toys. He will be a great addition to any family who has the time to be with him and to just love him. He is definitely a must have dog for your family.

(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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Titus: 1 Year Old Black Lab Male Mix 50 Pounds
(Lab border collie)



Hello

I am new to lab rescue and think this is the coolest place! People to love and doggies to play with! What more could a boy want? Well, they tell me that there are these things called families, that give will give me a nice stable home! I sure am hoping for one of those. I was found as a stray wandering the streets of Madera (near Fresno) and was brought into the shelter. Nobody came looking for me and well….in a central valley shelter, that’s not a good thing. Lab rescue was called and they saw what a sweet boy I was. I was able to hitch a ride up to the Bay Area where I have been neutered (ruh roh!) and I will soon be in a foster family. I am a young boy and no one ever spent much time training me. I will need a family to show me commands and give me strong leadership so I can be a good K9 citizen. I get along great with other dogs and think they are fun to run and play with. I am unknown with cats for right now, but since I am a young boy, I may be ok with a dog savvy cat. I think the car is a super fun place and love to look out the window and then find a cozy spot to rest my head while you drive. I saw a swimming pool and wasn’t too sure what to do with it. Other dogs were jumping in and looked like they were having fun. Since it seems no one has worked with me before, I will also need some work on my leash manners. A correction collar should help me learn to stay by your side. I am an active boy since I am young, but I am also very mellow and sweet when the time calls for it. The lady who took me to the vet said she even thought I would make a great “therapy dog”. I say that I will be whoever you need me to be as long as I am given exercise and leadership! Are you looking for a guy like me? I would love to meet you! I am HW negative, current on vaccines, microchipped and neutered. I am located in San Jose. Titus is in Petaluma.



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Hershey: 4 year old neutered male Chocolate Lab 80 lbs


Golden Gate Lab Rescue was asked to take Hershey into their program as he was at the Ukiah shelter and was due to be put down. The shelter put Hershey through all their tests with other dogs, food, toys and people and he passed all the tests with flying colors. This is what we know about Hershey and the reason why he ended up in rescue.

Hershey is a 4 year old neutered male Chocolate boy. He was picked out by his last family 4 years ago when his litter was being given away in front of a supermarket. He has been a well-loved family pet and has been part of the pack as an inside dog and the family has not had any issues with Hershey over the four years they have had him. The family consisted of an autistic boy who loved Hershey and climbed over him, pulled his ear and tail. All the behaviors that children should not do to the family dog! Hershey was tolerant and loved the boy. Hershey lived with two other dogs and got out on a regular basis to meet and play with other dogs. He likes to ride in the car, likes to swim, likes to play ball and walks ok on leash with a correction collar. Hershey is an active boy and should go to a home where he will get regular exercise, can go in a home with other dogs and a home where the owners will continue his training he has received. He knows sit, stay and he will take treats gently from your hand.

So why is this great dog looking for a new home? Some intruders broke into his family home. The intruders started to rob the home and the family got up to see what was going on and one owner started to wrestle with the intruders. All three dogs went to defend their family of humans and in the ruckus that ensued one dog bit the intruder. Although it was unclear which dog bit, all three were quarantined in their local shelter. The family could not afford to pay for all three dogs to get them out of the shelter, so they chose the smaller dog to take home. (They are very upset over having to make this decision but felt like they had no choice.) Once the quarantine was over and since GGLRR offered to find Hershey a new home he stayed at the shelter. Hershey is a friendly happy guy that will be a wonderful new addition to your pack. We currently have Hershey in our boarding facility and he is great with all the dogs and just wants to play. He is a very healthy dog and has never had any health issues. He is neutered, heartworm negative, up to date in his shots and is micropchipped. He is located in Petaluma.

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Toole: 12 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 75 Pounds
(Should lose a few pounds)


Toole came to Lab Rescue from the Ukiah shelter. She was picked up wandering around and was taken to the shelter. The shelter person who works with Lab Rescue contacted us right away as Toole has been a repeat customer at the shelter and it would take the owner a few days each time to come and pick her up. They sent a certified letter to the owner and it came back that he moved to Ohio. Since this time the owner would not be coming back to get this sweet girl who would be put down due to her being 12, the Ukiah shelter asked Lab Rescue to take her into our program. Toole is a very sweet girl who gets along with everyone and has one of those lab temperaments that can adjust to about any situation. She loves all dogs, all people but we are not sure about cats. She likes to ride in the car, go for a walk or a swim. She is fine being left alone in the home on her dog bed and when you come home she will be sleeping on her dog bed. She is very well trained and has excellent house manners. She is a very healthy girl – spayed, has all her shots, heartworm negative and microchipped. It seems she has not been walked on a regular basis but the foster mom is taking her out each day for a walk and a swim. She is a little stiff but she needs to lose some weight which will help her. We want to adopt her out to a home that will be committed to regular walks and a home where someone is home with this wonderful girl! She is located in San Francisco.

From the foster mom:

Toole is a wonderful dog -- has integrated very easily into our family -- affectionate and quiet ... in fact, we have yet to hear her bark! She is reasonably active for a 12-year-old -- has no problem getting in the car nor walking up the stairs. She goes on walks with us and loves to swim. She's good with recall and does not need to be leashed. At first, she got a little out of breath on walks, but she's getting better as she gets more used to walking. She gets along great with our other dog and our neighbors' dog. She is very calm and easygoing. Toole would be ideal with adopters who are not overly active, she's happy just sitting or lying around the house. (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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Daisy: 5 Year Old SPAYED Yellow Female Lab 105 Pounds


Daisy is a pretty yellow Lab that we think is around 5 years old. She’s about 25-30 lbs. overweight, weighing in at 105!

She was picked up as a stray by the San Jose Animal Shelter, and we don’t know very much about her. However, what we do know is that she is super sweet! We recently had her spayed, and she has settled in nicely to her foster home which includes two Lab sisters and an older cat that she leaves alone (most of the time). Her foster mom is taking her on short walks to get her weight down and build up her endurance. Daisy is easily walked with her two sisters. She is up to 20 minutes a day, but is really worn out after that. Foster mom thinks she may have been a “couch potato.” Daisy is great with the other dogs in the house but she does like to guard her food with the other dogs in the home. She snapped at her sisters a few times but didn't bite them. Foster mom keeps Daisy out of the kitchen when she’s preparing meals, and Daisy eats alone. (It only takes a dog 30 seconds to eat a meal so feeding separate would be best. You would need to make sure Daisy was fine with bones in the home.)

Here’s what her foster mom has to say:

Daisy is doing well in the foster home. She is a dog that loves to be with her people and will follow the foster mom around. She is getting better about exploring the yard and space on her own. She his housebroken and sleeps quietly on a dog bed next to me. I'm able to walk her well on a leash along with my two Labs without a problem. My five year old grandson was over yesterday for a couple hours and she was fine with him.

She had a bath - I turned on the shower for me and she walked right in! She now tries to get in everyday! She loves attention and doesn't mind sharing it with my two dogs. We are not sure how she would do in a home with cats and we think she would be fine in a home with children over the age of 7/

Lab Rescue is looking for a forever family where someone is home most of the day, someone who will work to get the weight off of Daisy and someone who will lead Daisy so she can continue to be a great canine citizen.

We had Daisy spayed, got her updated on her shots, got her a microchip, she is heartworm negative and she has been dewormed. Other than Daisy needing to lose some weight she is a very healthy dog. Daisy is located in San Jose.



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Bailey: ~1 year old spayed female chocolate lab ~ 55 pounds


On a cold and rainy night, Lab Rescue got a call from a security guard at Intel. A young female chocolate Lab was found in the stairwell of their parking garage. She was looking for something…or maybe someone, but there was no one in sight. How did she get there? Where was her family? The guard didn’t know, but he did know he did not want this sweet dog to go to the shelter. So he called Lab Rescue. One of the rescue reps drove right out there to pick this sweet girl up, and named her Bailey, after the chocolate liqueur.

Her initial impression was that this wonderful girl might have had a hard life. She flinched when she didn’t quite know how you'd touch her. Her eyes were almost pleading. Maybe someone had a heavy hand and scared this girl. She seemed to love people, and appreciate affection. She was a little unsure at first but slowly she came around and became more trusting. Bailey didn’t have a collar or microchip, and she hadn’t been spayed. She was a little thin. She eats and takes treats eagerly, leading us to believe that she has gone hungry at some time in her short life.

What Bailey does have in spades is personality! This little girl is just a cuddle bug. She loves to play fetch. She will happily roll over for a belly rub. She’s very responsive, and may have had some training. She knows sit, and she will even wait to take the treat, if you tell her to Wait. She also knows Down, and about half of roll over. She has probably spent a lot of her life outside; she has callouses on her elbows, which you don’t usually see in someone her age. Bailey loves car rides and she is very well behaved in them.

Now that we’ve had Bailey for a while, we know more about her. Bailey is in a house with other dogs, and while she often plays well with them, she can get possessive about sharing the attention of the humans. She sometimes doesn’t like to share her toys or your bed. She’s young and this can most likely be addressed with patience, leadership and clear rules. She doesn’t need other dogs to be happy; her interest is the humans, and she would be fine as the only dog in the family. Bailey needs work on the leash (as do most of our rescue Labs!). When she sees a small dog she can get quite excited; she may just want to go meet them, or she may think they are prey. Bailey has a strong prey drive, and she should go to a home without cats.

We’d like Bailey to go to an experienced dog home, where she can get the love, leadership and care that this young girl needs. A home that has prior experience with rescue dogs and has dealt with behavioral challenges is preferred. She needs a family that can set and reinforce boundaries and appropriate behaviors for her. We’d like a home where someone is home at least part of the day; it’s hard to train a dog when you are working full time. She is crate trained, and can be in the crate for a few hours alone, but we don’t want her to spend her days alone and locked up. She needs to be with her family, and like all young Lab’s she needs a good amount of exercise (a tired dog is a good dog!). Although Bailey has been good with the children she’s met on walks, we think that some of her behaviors would be challenging to manage with children around. Bailey would probably prefer to be an only dog. Bailey’s new family must take her to training, to teach both Bailey and humans what proper doggie behavior is, using patience, consistency and love. With time and leadership, Bailey can become the wonderful dog we know that she is.

Bailey is house trained, spayed, up to date on her shots, heartworm free and micro chipped. She is located in San Jose.



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

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Sonny: 3 Year Old Neutered YELLOW Male Lab AKC 70lbs (perfect weight)


Sonny is looking for a new home as his owners are moving from a home with a yard to a small apartment in Brooklyn. They will be away from home quite a bit and feel it is not responsible to bring a very active lab into this environment. Sonny was purchased from a breeder in New Jersey and the family has owned him since he was 8 weeks of age. He has been the family pet and has been well cared for. He has lived with children his entire life and the ages of the children currently are five and two. In one of the photos you can see the one child giving Sonny a command to sit. Sonny is a very ACTIVE and FRIENDLY dog, he loves to say hello and play with everyone. His tail seems to never stop wagging and he always has a smile on his face. Sonny is an inside dog, is house broken, is crate trained and is inside the home when he is left alone. (Currently he is only crated when they have a baby sitter who is not comfortable with dogs.) Sonny gets out often but he is left alone for 6-8 hours per day currently. He gets out each week to play with other dogs and has not had any issues with any dogs and is very friendly with any dog. He has only seen cats on his walks and he seems to not like them so we would suggest a home without cats. The owner has taken Sonny to training and he knows: sit, stay, heel, leave it, drop, come, will come when called and will walk on leash without pulling. Sonny also has a very soft mouth and will take treats very easy from your hand. If he needs to correct Sonny he uses the “SH” sounds. Sonny does try to avoid the kids but once they catch him he is patient with the kids until he is rescued by his human. Sonny gets two walks a day and they will play fetch with him or the kids will chase him around the yard. He loves to go for car rides and of course loves to swim! When Sonny is in the yard he does not try to escape or jump the fence, does not bark when excited, shows no signs of being possessive of his toys or food, does not bark of whine when he is left alone and does not have any separation anxiety. So you ask me – Does Sonny have anything wrong with him? He will jump up on people and he will chew on non-dog items. He will take things and will go lay down and wait for someone to take it from him and he will shred paper if he can get it. Even though Sonny is three he is still a bit of a BIG puppy. We want Sonny to go to a home where someone is around with him, someone who will continue with his training and someone who will get him out for regular exercise! Sonny has no health issues and is neutered, current on his shots, currently on heartworm meds, is microchipped.



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Cira: 3 Year Old Spayed Chocolate Female 80lbs


Hi, my name is Cira. My foster mom gave me this name because it means “the sun” in Italian and my coat is currently very blonde from spending too much time in the sun. I somehow became a stray and was found wandering the streets of Porterville (a very rural area) and taken to a shelter. I absolutely adore people and being stuck in a small cage all day made me sad. Day by day I tried to stay happy, but my spirit was starting to get down. Then, I became very sick. At that point, my days in the shelter were numbered and that is when Lab rescue came in. I was able to get out of the shelter and get started on some medicine by a nice volunteer in Fresno. I then hitched a ride up to the Bay Area where I have been with my foster family ever since. My foster mom helped nurse me back to health and when I stopped eating for a few days from how sick I was, she would make me chicken and veggie burgers! Now that I am a happy healthy girl again, life is good! I have two lab siblings in my foster home and I think they are pretty cool, but really, what I care about most is spending time with my foster mom and foster dad. I follow them wherever they go. I am learning how to walk well on a leash and will pull a bit to greet other dogs and people. I am not a barker and am a very good girl when left alone in the house. My foster dad works from home and I love going into his office to hang out with him during the day. I had never really been in the car before coming to rescue and I am slowly learning to love car rides. I can hop up into the backseat if you just tell me, “lets go”. I am potty trained and sleep through the night without needing to go out. I am a super gentle girl with people. My favorite game to play is fetch, but I will need you to continue practicing “drop it” with me. I am also doing some off leash work with my foster mom. She thinks I would be a great hiking buddy since I love to stay with my people. I am not a high energy girl, I do love going for walks, but am also content just hanging out at home with you. At meal time, I eat right along side my foster brother and foster sister and I have no food aggression. I sleep on a dog bed on the floor in the bedroom. My foster mom says I am a little too interested in cats, though not aggressive, I need work learning kitty manners and would probably do best in a home without cats. I would be great with kids since I am such a gentle girl.

From the Foster:

Having fostered many labs, I can honestly say that Cira is the closest we have ever come to “foster failure” (adopting her for ourselves). However, having two labs already of our own, we know taking on a third full time dog would make fostering other future labs difficult. Cira is an absolute joy to have and it has been wonderful watching her go from a sick, broken hearted girl to the confident, secure, and loved pup that she is now. Her coat is currently on the blonde side from spending too much time in the sun, but you can see she has a gorgeous dark brown coat underneath. She loves to be brushed so I am sure her beautiful dark brown coat will show in no time. It is hard to figure out how she may have become a stray since she never leaves our side. We speculate that she was perhaps “dumped,” especially given the area she was found. She is such a gentle soul and also a great hostess with no barking when someone is at the door. We hosted a party with around 20 people and Cira approached each guest with great manners (not a “in your face” kind of lab). My 86 year old grandmother came to visit and Cira just sat down next to her and loved being pet. She also joined us at the town 4th of July parade and loved hanging out and seeing all the people. Cira’s future family will be incredibly lucky to have her as an addition. She will be much missed in our household. Cira is now over her kennel cough, came to Lab Rescue spayed, is microchiped, heartworm negative and is updated on her shots. She is located in Clayton.



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Mazie: 7-8 year old spayed chocolate Lab 85 lbs


If ever there were two words to describe me, they are sweet and mellow. Everyone who meets me calls me that. Why anyone would have wanted to give me up, I will never know. I was picked up as a stray - not sure what that really means but I was alone walking the streets in Fresno. Next thing I knew I was taken to this place and put behind bars - think someone called it a shelter. I heard another one of my dog buddies say that we don't stick around here for very long. It sounded kind of scary to me. A volunteer for Lab Rescue realized what a great catch I was and the next thing I knew I was in for a long car ride and ended up in the bay area. Lab Rescue checked me out and said I was the sweetest girl ever and that she knew they could find me a wonderful forever home. Phew - got me out of that other place with bars just in time. One of Lab Rescue's wonderful foster Mom and Dad drove out of their way to pick me up and brought me to their home. I spent one night there until I could be transferred to my permanent foster home which is where I'll be till I get adopted. A lot of work goes into saving us great dogs. I'm now with my foster Dad and loving having a roof over my head, some good meals and lots of loving and walks. Ahh, what more could a girl ask for? No more looking at people through bars. I want to go to a home where my human will be my best friend and spend lots of time with me. It won't take me long to bond as I am already bonded with my Foster Dad!

Here's what both foster families both said about me:

Mazie is a wonderful girl and someone will be very lucky to have her as their pet. Her first night she went right into a crate and slept through the night without a peep. Neither family has heard her bark once. She walks with a loose leash (really? a rescue dog who knows how to walk on a loose leash???) When we pass by another dog, she looks then keeps on walking - no reaction. We went out to lunch and took Mazie with us. She laid at our feet as we ate with all the people going by and it didn't phase her. People would come up to pet her and she quietly would wag her tail and let them pet. Although kids did get close to her and she was wagging her tail, she has not actually have any direct contact with children but seemed perfectly relaxed and happy around them. She is not a licker so if you need those big sloppy kisses she is not the dog for you. She gets in and out of the car without a problem and rides well although she will try and get out before you do so caution must be taken when the door is open. However, she does not try and run away so it is an easy fix to teach her to "wait." She does not show any signs of separation anxiety when left alone. When she arrived at her Foster Dad's home she slept all night on the floor next to his bed. She appears to be housebroken and when taken outside and told "go potty" she goes on demand. She also came to us knowing "shake" and will give you her paw.

What Lab Rescue has to say: Mazie would stay by your side all day if you let her. She is more of a people dog than a dog - dog. Although she seems to be fine when passing other dogs on the street, she would do well being an only dog and having someone around most of the day with her. She was definitely someone's dog before becoming a stray. She is on the quiet side, and yes, sweet and mellow. We are unsure of cats so a cat-free home would be best. She recently had a litter of pups before being picked up as a stray. It's Mazie's turn to be the center of attention.

Lab Rescue is looking for someone who is around most of the day, would take her for a basic training course so she knows what is expected of her as these dogs really want to please and this would boost her confidence. She also needs someone who will provide adequate daily exercise and lots of love.

She has been seen by a vet and is healthy, spayed, up to date on her vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. She is located in Palo Alto.



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Bodie: 9 Year Old Yellow Lab / Sheppard Mix Neutered Male 65 Pounds


Hi, my name is Bodie.

I am a 9 year old lab / sheppard mix. (Even though I am 9 I act like I am 6 – lots of good energy left in me! He has tons of energy and loves to take long walks and run around the foster’s backyard and chase balls. Bodie is super fit and lean.) I was rescued as a puppy from Pound Puppy rescue at 8 weeks of age. I have been with the owner my entire life up until recently. My family is getting divorced and no one in the family can keep me. I was the husband’s dog and I am currently with the mother n law who wants me to go. She has fed me and taken care of me to the best she can but I love to go for walks and I have not been getting walked much over the last year. I love other people, children of all ages and animals. I grew up with kids who are now 3 and 6 years old. (Bodie can be around kids of all ages. He is very friendly with kids and he does not jump up to greet anyone.) As a puppy I attended obedience / socialization training through Bark Busters, which has a life time membership specific to me no matter who I am with. If for some reason my new family or I need some help through the transition to a new home, Bark Busters will come to my new home at no additional costs.

I am house broken and I am an inside dog. (I have perfect manners and I never jump on the furniture, chew anything or bark unnecessarily. Bodies is a wonderful companion.) I sleep on my dog bed at night and have no issues being inside a home alone. I know a few commands and I am very willing to please! I know: sit, stay, down and come. I will come when called and of course I will walk on a leash without pulling. (Bodie may need a refresher course as he has not had many leash walks recently.) I like to go for car rides and I will sit and look out the window. I am very friendly with other dogs and I am pretty indifferent with cats. The only thing I do not like is the smoke alarms – I will pace around a little. I have never had any health problems and my owner has had me into the vet for regular health checks. I am neutered, up to date on my shots, heart worm negative have had a recent well check. (All I need is a microchip.)

Bodie’s foster knows whomever adopts him will be the luckiest person/family ever because whatever love you give Bodie you will get back double!



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Guiness: 8-yr-old, 70-lb neutered black lab


Talk about a new outlook on life. I, Guinness, began my life as a stray puppy at the Sacramento SPCA at 12-weeks-old and was adopted by a family who provided me with tremendous care and attention. Life was great. But, as it sometimes happens, after a few fabulous years the family’s life became filled with a newborn child and work, work, work. So the number of my walks diminished and my exercise routine became more infrequent. I didn’t get much face-time with other unfamiliar dogs either so I started showing some attitude when I would see strange dogs – this was not cool – but I could not control myself. My family finally surrendered me to the lab rescue folks to find me a new forever home and here I am.

People – I absolutely adore them. Kids, dogs, cats – I love them all. I am used to hanging around a 2-year-old human – and all the noise and chaos that these little ones create. Heel, sit, stay, down – I rock on all cylinders. Got a ball – you now have my attention! I also love splashing in the ocean or a pool. Chasing deer – yes, that is near the top of my to-do list.

Medically-wise, I am pretty darn healthy. I was told that I had an auto-immune-disorder reaction to a treatment of anti-flea medication approximately five months ago. This resulted in my toenails becoming inflamed and all gnarly – and it really hurt to walk around for a while, hence minimal walks, and that stunk. But my toe nails are growing back.

Did I mention that my current foster human is a dang professional dog trainer and has totally shaped up my behavior and interactions with other dogs? Check out the selfie of me with three of my buds. And how bout that photo of the trainer’s 3-yr-old grandson walking me on leash? Schweet!

Here’s what my former owner says about me: “Guinness is not a jumper or barker although he does bark for some reason when the garage door opens. He will bark at local wildlife if left outside by himself, but inside the house he will only go nuts if there is a particularly antagonizing squirrel. Guinness loves a nice fire and he will lie in front of it and relax if given a comfy spot. He hates to be cold or in the rain but he loves anything water. Guinness loves squeakies and chew toys. We tie a knot in old socks and he knows that socks with knots are his chew toys; he will completely tear them up with joy. He does not chew our good socks. He loves empty paper towel rolls as well.”

Here’s what my foster says about me: “Guinness has been doing very well with me [for the past 10 days]. If I could pick at an issue it would be his whining, but he responds well to a verbal “quiet”. No aggression with any of the dogs I have been boarding, ranging from Large labs to small breed dogs. Early on he did growl one time when new boarders ran towards him. Stopped immediately when corrected. He may show this defensive behavior with new dogs. He has been walking very well on leash. He has not shown any destructive tendencies. My whole family loves him but we have enough dogs.”

Guinness will thrive best in an active family (with kids!) as an only dog or with another dog. A cat in the family is okay too – but please check with the cat first.



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Dustin: 4-5 Year Old Neutered Male Lab 75lbs (perfect weight)
(Lab Rescue will coordinate his neuter)

I am Dustin! The handsome yellow lab.

(The pictures we have of him do not show how handsome he is!)

Everyone that meets me tells me how handsome I am (I am trying not to get a big head about, but I think they are right!). I was dumped out in the country and picked up by the shelter as a stray. I was so used to being with a family and my old environment that I became very stressed in the shelter. I started licking my paws and kept licking until they were raw. People would come to the shelter but I kept getting passed up (I think my ouchies on my paws scared them) and I was getting really stinky from sitting in a pen all day. I was just about out of time in the shelter when a nice lady came and picked me up. I didn’t understand much of what was going on other than hearing the words rescue and Bay Area. The nice lady petted me and made me feel secure and loved again. I was promptly taken to the vet where I was neutered, tested HW negative, microchipped, and given vaccines. I have stopped licking my paws now that I am a happy guy again. I was then given not one, but two baths! I loved getting brushed afterward. Once I got up to the Bay Area I spent a day working on some manners with some trainers and volunteers. I showed them that I hadn't had much leash work (if any), but they were patient and helped me learn. I am a smart boy and within 10-15 minutes I had picked up on how to be a gentlemen on a leash! I do know some other basic commands as well, but I will need my new owners to continue to work with me on this (all I want to do is have you lead me!). I am a good boy in the car and love to ride shotgun and stare out the window while you drive, but if you want me to be a backseat dog, that’s ok too! I'm not the biggest fan of those crates and I may try to bark a little bit but if you help me work on it (maybe even involve some treats!), I think I could learn to be comfortable in the crate. I am very good with other dogs and am a gentle boy when it comes to the smaller pups. I am also good with kids. I am unknown with cats for now, but may do ok with a dog savvy cat. I would love an active family who will make me part of their pack. If you are looking for an exercise buddy to run and hike with, I am your man! Will you give me a forever home? I can promise lots of dog kisses and cuddles in return!

We currently have Dustin at our boarding facility and he gets to play with other dogs. The one thing he does right now that he is newly neutered is he likes to hump things. He will be moved to a foster home in Livermore on Saturday.



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Danny: 2 to 3 years old Neutered Male chocolate lab


Danny was surrendered to the Bakersfield shelter when his family had to move out of state. He was very sad to see his family go as they were to give him away. Lab Rescue immediately let the shelter know we would rescue him. He is a very loving and playful boy with a gorgeous dark chocolate coat and stunning eyes. He was a bit shy when he first went into his foster home but warmed up very quickly because they gave him lots of good hugs and tummy rubbing which he loves. He is marvelous with other dogs and would be great with children. He met a cat and as you can see from the photo was just fine. He’s very easy going and mellow. He definitely likes his people and should go to a home with a family who can spend lots of time with him. He loves to run on trails especially with other dogs but also so with just his people. He will make a great family member and is just an outstanding and wonderful dog.

(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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Marley: 1 year old Yellow Male Lab 70 lbs


Yes, I am the one. They wrote a book about me. They made a movie about me. It’s all about me.

I was purchased a month ago by a family who wanted a puppy for their three sons (7, 10, and 11 yr old) whom I play ball and Frisbee with all the time. Well, they got me: Marley! Only when they got me home and let me loose did they realize I was more than they bargained for. Yes, I am a bit excitable… and love to climb all over humans if they come down to my level. “Play” is my middle name. I also love to chew on things – you did see the movie, didn’t you?

My current owners have been wonderful to me in the short time they’ve had me. I am crate-trained (that’s where I sleep right now) and house-trained. I am current on all shots… and have been neutered (doah, I’m not old enough to know what that means).

My current owners say I am a “sweet dog who needs a lot of time, attention, love and training.” Yes, I am Marley! I know “sit”, “stay”, and “come”. I do not know “Marley, stop licking me” and I definitely do not know “Marley, heel”. My owners also report that I am have some separation anxiety and will bark and whine a bit when you humans all leave me – Will someone teach me how to chill when you all go away???

I currently pull on the leash when we are out walking… cause I need to go, go, go. I am Marley! I do not have much experience socializing with other dogs – but I am friendly and curious. I am game to find out more about those other dogs if you are.

I am looking for an active family who will invest substantial obedience training with me. I am Marley. What else do you need to know?



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Luna: 1 1/2 Year Old Black Purebred Lab Spayed Female 70 Pounds

Luna’s family is sad to let her go, but knows that as a growing puppy she needs to be in a more active home. Luna is the teenage girl’s dog and she is gone at school all day, mom is home but can’t give the dog the attention, exercise and playtime she needs. Her family has had her for three months, after adopting her from a trainer who was friends with her original owners, an elderly couple. They realize that although their intentions were good, Luna needs a more active home and looks forward to seeing her settled in her forever home. They say she is very sweet, curious, energetic, and loves being with them. (She is left for 3-4 hours per day.) They hope that her new family will be able to spend time with her and be with her a good portion of the day. Luna has lived with teenagers, a family male older dog, cat, bird, and rabbits and gets along well with all of them. They say she loves water, going to the dog park, and playing fetch with a ball. Luna rides well in the car, is house trained, sleeps in the house at night, and is current on her vaccinations. The current owners describe her as friendly, sweet and hyperactive. (If they could walk Luna more she would burn off the energy that is making her a little hyperactive.) She was trained by a dog trainer and the current home has tried but are not leading Luna to reinforce the commands she knows. She knows sit, stay, down, leave it, come and let me see. They take her to the dog park 2-3 times per week and they play fetch with her there. She loves to play fetch and will bring her ball back. She has been around cats and she is curious – not aggressive. She loves to ride in the car, likes the water and needs a home that will get her out each day for regular exercise. She does not dig or show signs of separation anxiety but she does like to chew on non-dog items. (Lab rescue would recommend exercise and to make sure Luna has appropriate Nyla bones to chew on.)

She will jump up a first so we would recommend a home with children over five years of age or a dog savvy family! Luna is housebroken, stays in the house and yard during the day when someone is home and sleeps in the house at night. Luna is in great shape – she has been spayed, current on her shots, has a current heartworm test is microchipped and has had regular vet care.

Rep visit….Luna is one happy pup. She can get excited with people arriving, but calms down quickly. She will need a home that can help her learn her manners about jumping, however she listens well and will learn quickly. She is a healthy, beautiful girl with a lot of energy (as most puppies are) who will mature into a wonderful addition to the right home. Luna walked well on the lead (was excited at first, but settled in very quickly) and loved having her belly rubbed. Since she is energetic a family with older children would be best and one that is around a lot to help her mature and stay active.

Luna is located in Novato.



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Bentley: 3 Year Old Black Lab Neutered Male 80 Pounds


Hello everyone I am handsome, happy, even keel Bentley!

I came from championship breeding lines as my owner wanted to pass along my wonderful genes and have me and another champion breeding dog turn into puppy machines as times were tough financially. Things did not work out so well with these plans and we were then turned into loved pets. Our owner was trying to do the best he could for us but we are two big dogs and we needed food and care. My owner purchased two other dogs - golden retrievers to help with things financially - he wanted them to have puppies to help with the finances. The female golden got out under the fence and got pregnant by a dog down the street so the plans were foiled again. My owner then had four large mouths to feed, he had cats and he had him and his girl friend to support. We were well cared for the first few years of our lives but then we would not get walked on a regular basis and we would not be allowed inside the home on a regular basis. I got very itching and my owner felt bad he could not help with the vet care any longer. He decided it was the best thing for all four of us to find a new home for us! A nice rescue group stepped up - Golden Gate Lab Rescue - they called Golden Retriever Rescue and before we knew what was happening our owner loaded us up in the car and took us to this nice boarding facility. I know we are going to be in a nice place soon - I just need to be patient. I get to play with other dogs and I get to see people on a regular basis. I was taken to the Vet and got a clean bill of health. If you are looking to adopt a very nice boy with a wonderful temperament - bit shy then come and see me!

What we know about Bentley:

The owner could not take care of his dogs so we took all four of them in. He says that they are very sweet - which they are, have been outside for the last year. (Was inside before but would need to not be given freedom in the home to make sure they understood the boundaries.) He did get them out for walks the first few years, he will come when called, knows a few commands: sit, fetch, drop and come. Bentley is great with other dogs but will chase cats. He loves to swim, play fetch and Bentley will need help with better leash manners. Bentley is a very easy gentle soul. All he wants to do is sit around and get some love and attention! I

He is neutered has all his shots, heartworm negative, dewormed, and is microchipped. He has had some pretty bad flea allergies and we have gotten him treated for this.



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


Allie was rescued from a high kill shelter in the Central Valley where the dogs don’t get much exposure to adopters and nice dogs like Allie are saved by rescues like GGLRR. Allie is a real people dog. She’s intensely loyal to her people, just loves to be with them but is not intrusive about it at all. She loves to lie at her foster’s feet as she’s preparing dinner, watching TV or reading. She’s a great one to give advice on your choice of attire as she’ll keep you company while you’re getting ready to go out for the evening. Allie is great with both men and women. She also loves to cuddle. She would make a great running buddy as she loves the exercise and she can run fast. She can also entertain herself with a dog toy so she’s not needy. She’s playful but doesn’t need constant attention. She’s good on the leash and this is one smart dog. She learns very quickly and responds well to training. She knows sit, stay, shake and NO very well. She stays in her crate while her fosters work. Allie would do best in a home without another dog or a male dog companion.

(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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Alex: 1 year old Neutered Male


Alex through no fault of his own found himself in the shelter in Bakersfield where labrescue has saved many, many deserving Labs who would not otherwise be saved. Alex is in a foster home in the Monterey area with two other Labs (both labrescue dogs) and he is a delight to the entire family. He just LOVES other dogs, is completely respectful of the dog pecking order in the household, but can even play and entertain himself. He plays nicely with his kong toy even when left alone. He's a very, very affectionate, easy going boy. He's completely housebroken. His foster has taught him to sit before he gets to eat and he takes treats very gently. He is a great retriever and retrieves and walks very gracefully. This is a really sweet boy and we would not hesitate for him to be with small children and although unknown with cats we think he's gentle enough not to harm cats. But cats are an unknown.

(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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Darma: 3 years old female
(Soon to be spayed)


Darma was brought to the shelter in Mojave (Kern County - Bakersfield area) as a stray by a concerned citizen. No one came to claim her and we think we knew why (see below). GGLRR saw her beautiful photo on the rescue list and checked with the shelter about her. The shelter let the rescue rep know Darma was in great shape, found to be very loving and happy and good with all dogs as well a beautiful Lab. The shelter reps were very fond of her and were hoping that a rescue organization would rescue her for adoption to a fabulous family. They were very kind to coordinate bringing her to the Bakersfield shelter holding area. While she was in the holding area in the shelter in Bakersfield she delivered 8 adorable puppies. She and the puppies have been fostered in a wonderful foster home in Bakersfield while the pups were being readied to be adopted.

The pups are now ready and information follows on them. They were born on January 11, 2014. Darma is a sweet, quiet, very loving lab. She has been a fantastic mother to the pups and has had a great time playing with the other dogs in foster care. While it's obvious she's just had pups she's in great shape and will get her girly shape back very quickly. She's good with adults and children and doesn't jump up on small children.

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Recently Adopted from GGLRR!

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

 

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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Eskimo, aka Moe: SPECIAL NEEDS 14 week old male yellow lab mix, 15 lbs
(Lab Rescue will coordinate his neuter when he is old enough)

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to foster Stacy and her family, Rescue Reps Dale and Tom, 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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