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

Labs Available from GGLRR

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






LUTHER: 8 Month Old Black Male Neutered Lab 40 Pounds

Background: Luther came to Lab Rescue from his family as they are having a 2nd child and Luther has some medical issues and they can’t afford to take care of him at this time.

What Luther’s owner says: Luther is a very sweet, lovable boy. He’s 8 months old and has a lot of energy and loves people. He knows basic commands of sit, stay, come, and he still is learning down, so he is jumpy. He will need a family who is able to take him out on regular walks and play lots with him because he is very social. He does pretty well on a leash when he has a harness on but still needs a little work not pulling. He is curious about other dogs and may bark but more in a friendly manner.

He has been around small children as we have an 18 month old who he does very well around. He doesn’t jump on her but does like to lick and sniff her. He will let her take his toys or food from him without any problem. He doesn’t chew on anything in the house but the toys he knows are his, however outside he chews on just about everything. He loves to play fetch and loves food but is usually pretty good about not begging and leaving your food alone. Luther is crate trained and sleeps in his kennel at night with no problems. He also is house broken and hasn’t had an accident in a long time and knows that outside is where he should go potty.

Overall he is a super sweet dog with some puppy tendencies that he should be able to grow out of. He loves being with people so a family that is home a lot would be ideal.

What Luther’s Rescue Rep says: We would like to find a home for Luther that is around and has the time for a young Lab. A home that will continue his training and will get him the exercise he needs. He has a wonderful foundation from his current family that GGLRR would like the adopter to continue.

Medical information: Luther is neutered, has all his shots and is microchipped. Luther has been having some seizures the last few months and the family was not sure why. GGLRR got Luther to the vet and he is a healthy pup but needs to be on anti-seizure medication. (He may have to be on this medication for life.) The vet wants to start him on this medication and then wean him off. (The vet thinks it may be from him having Bravecto as a puppy. It can cause seizures.)

Luther is located in: Santa Rosa

If you are interested in Luther call or email Rescue Rep Liz, 415-613-6374, liz@jobshopsf.com.

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

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Mongo hanging with the boys



Mongo and Joshua -- tug-of-war



Mongo and Joshua and referee Diesel








Mongo: 2-year-old male chocolate Lab mix 70 pounds neutered

Watch Mongo's videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.
Who the heck loses a dog like this? Maybe they were expecting a calm dog. Maybe they were expecting a dog that will just sleep at their feet all day and go on one walk each week. Maybe they thought an energetic 2-year-old dog would suddenly decide to become a chill-pill. Maybe they should have bought a turtle. Well, three-weeks in a central valley shelter, after being picked up as a stray, was enough for this guy … and he is now a Lab Rescue dog in search of an active forever home where he will thrive.

What Mongo’s Rescue Rep says: We are just getting to know Mongo. His name at the shelter was “Marco”, but we thought that was little too gentlemanly for this guy. Mongo is tanked up with rocket fuel – and will require a no-holds-barred owner committed to investing in training and exercise. Not for the faint of heart. Not a good dog for a family with young children or anyone not steady on their feet. Not a good dog for a family that will leave him alone for extended periods of time. Mongo gets along fine with other dogs… and is great with cats. Mongo is currently with a trainer for some basic doggie manners training.

Medical Information: This young buck is in super health. Mongo was just neutered and is up to speed on rabies and distemper vaccinations, and is microchipped.

Mongo is located in: Oakland.

If you are interested in Mongo, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

(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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Brandy






Brandy: 7 year old female yellow Lab 88 pounds

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

**Foster or Adopter Needed**

Brandy is an absolute love with her humans and will make a fantastic in-home companion to some lucky parent or family. Currently Brandy is with a trainer working on her behavior around other dogs, especially other female dogs. She has progressed during training so that with skilled, confident handling, she is workable with large male dogs.

We are looking for an adopter or a foster home for Brandy to go to when she completes her training.

There are two kinds of homes we believe would be a good match for Brandy.

A home that would exercise Brandy in locations where she would not frequently encounter other dogs.

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An experienced, confident, dog-savvy home that will be consistent in controlling and correcting Brandy if she acts out when encountering other dogs.

Background: Brandy is a beautiful AKC registered yellow female that lived with her family since she was a puppy and who had a number of litters of puppies herself. She was primarily a backyard dog used for breeding that didn’t get out much to socialize with other dogs, although she did have regular socialization with members of the family.

What Brandy’s Rescue Rep says: Brandy is ready for a fresh start with a family that is around a lot and makes her a part of family life inside the home and out. She may be 7, but she still has a lot of energy and she is looking forward to regular exercise. She is treat motivated and will be a quick study of a full range of obedience commands. She needs parent(s) committed to daily exercise and controlled food portions in order to get her back to a healthy weight.

Medical Information: She is microchipped, heartworm negative and current on shots. Brandy should lose about 8 pounds. We will coordinate her spay with her adopter.

If you are interested in Brandy, please call or e-mail Rescue Rep Sarah, 707.373.8920 or slwslwslw@comcast.net. Provide information about your family, other pets, home/property, schedule, activities, dog experience and anything else you think will help me understand the life Brandy would live if you adopted her.

(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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Phillip: ~9 year old neutered male black Lab/Shepard mix 76lbs

Hi. I am Phillip – a true Prince Charming. I am seeking a new home where I am valued and loved and where my parent(s) will give me the ongoing attention and care that I need. Will you love me and spend time with me? I promise to give you abundant love and joy in return.

Background:Phillip is a friendly and calm male Lab/Shepard mix looking for new parent(s) that will make his well-being a priority. His last family left him tied to the fence of a local animal shelter sometime in the night, apparently unable or unwilling to care for him once his arthritis and hip dysplasia became more severe. A volunteer favorite for his friendly demeanor with both people and other dogs, the shelter called GGLRR to find him a new home.

What Phillip’s Fosters Say:

Phillip greets people very nicely and likes every person we have introduced him to... from senior citizens to teenagers. (We don’t know how he is with young kids). He knows the command “sit” and does so readily to meet newcomers. His people skills are his strong suit!

When meeting new dogs he is either friendly or indifferent. He is fine around our two labs (1 male/1 female). He doesn’t engage them in play but he gets along with them easily.

Phillip is a delight to have around the house. He has excellent house manners (potty trained, does not jump up on furniture or people, no counter surfing). He is a dog who is looking for a companion... he will follow you from room to room and look longingly at you when you cook. He knows the command “lay down” and will settle down very nicely especially on a dog bed. He has gone out for coffee with my husband and he was very well behaved on the Starbucks patio. He “helped” me garden yesterday and happily laid in the shade chewing his toy. He strikes me as a very loyal guy who is looking for a family who will include him in their daily activities.

Phillip could use a refresher on leash manners. He has a tendency to pull a bit. He’s not the worst I’ve seen but he’s not the best either. In the backyard he happily comes when called.

What Phillip’s Rescue Rep says:

Having been dumped at a shelter by his former family, Phillip is looking for a home where he is a loved, integral part of the lives of his new parent(s) or family. He needs an orthopedic dog bed and someone willing to regularly administer the medications that keep him comfortable. His exercise consists of a 15 minute walk on flat terrain twice a day. In return for this care, he will give love and affection and be a steadfast companion.

Medical Information: Microchipped, heartworm negative, current on shots, and neutered. Phillip has hip dysplasia as well as arthritis in his back and hips. Twice-daily medicine and supplements are needed to keep him comfortable.

Phillip is located in: Lafayette.

If you are interested in Phillip, please e-mail Rescue Rep Sarah at slwslwslw@comcast.net. Provide information about your family, other pets, home/property, schedule, activities, dog experience and anything else you think will help me understand the life Phillip would live if you adopted him.

(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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Scratch my belly



Watch me walk



I am whooped







Dodger: 7-year-old male yellow Lab mix 70 pounds neutered

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

Background: This dog was born in the LA Dodgers’ dugout. No, that is not right. This dog was owned by Clayton Kershaw. Not really. This dog pitched a no hitter against the Giants in 2015. Nope. Named “Dodger” by LA fans who just happened to live in the SF Bay area. Correctamundo! But now his family must give him up as they are moving to Arizona (but remaining Dodger fans) and they cannot take him with them. A better life awaits Dodger with another family in the SF Bay area. Maybe it is also time to rename him “Buster” or “Mad-Bum” or “Matt” [Chapman].

What Dodger’s owner says: We adopted Dodger from the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont as a puppy, and have not enough time to devote to him. He gets along great with all people… especially those that scratch and rub his belly. Dodger has very little experience with other dogs, but pays them little mind when he does encounter them.

What Dodger’s Rescue Rep says: An outdoor dog, Dodger has been relegated to the backyard for many years. He is neither house-broken nor crate-trained. He knows no commands. He is rarely walked. He pulls on leash – never having learned how to walk on a leash. Dodger has spent 99% of his time in his backyard. Well, all of this is about to change! We will ensure Dodger will land in an active family that is ready to imbue him with a sense of inclusion and attention… and that will be patient as he learns the basics for the very first time. We predict the following for Dodger’s future: he will sleep indoors on an incredibly comfortable dog bed; he will get at least two good walks per day; he will be provided lots of opportunities to socialize with other dogs; he will learn how to walk comfortably on a leash; he will get to run free in open fields; he will become a San Francisco Giants fan – this is our commitment to this deserving dog.

Medical Information: Dodger is in good overall health, and is due to see a vet for a full check-up and vaccinations. He is neutered and microchipped.

Dodger is located in: Fremont.

If you are interested in Dodger, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

(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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The Water Dog



Joshua walking around



Interview with Joshua



Joshua and the ball



Joshua and his stuffed toy







Joshua: 10-year-old male black Lab 95+ pounds, neutered

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

We are Not Taking Additional Inquiries on Joshua.

Background: Brought up on trumped-up misdemeanor charges of “grumpiness” towards younger dogs in his former home, Joshua spent three weeks at a central valley shelter collecting dog bones and biscuits to fund his bail. The judge threw out the charges after reviewing his case, and Josh made his jail-break soon thereafter…

What Joshua’s foster says: One big boy here! His soft and fluffy coat was revealed after his bath. Despite his age, he is totally game to fetch a ball – and drop it at your feet, awaiting you to toss it again. Quite pleasant on leash… although he seems to be a bit out of practice. Remarkably agile, he is ready and willing to jump around playfully. Is getting along great with our own 97-lb black Lab. Very friendly to people we meet out in the neighborhood. Working on his house-breaking skills. While weeding the garden today, he was happy to just hang out with me and lie in the high grass with a slobbery tennis ball. Or if there is a tough squeaky toy within reach, he will take great pleasure on chewing the crap out of it.

What Joshua’s Rescue Rep says: Would probably benefit from having 3-4 kids climb all over him. Or maybe just to lie at your feet while you are relaxing on your patio. Superb walking companion for someone looking for a slow-but-steady fitness partner. J-dog would be fine in a home with another large dog. May be fine with cats; we are still figuring that out. Incredibly hard to believe a family gave him up for being grumpy to other dogs. Little gray around his muzzle and that’s it. Sure doesn’t look or act like a 10-year-old.

Medical Information: Current on vaccinations, neutered, microchipped, fecal negative, and heartworm negative.  Joshua just got a clean-bill-of-health from our vet.

Joshua is located in: Berkeley.

(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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JAKE: 14-year-old neutered male black Lab mix approx. 90 lbs

Background: Jake first came to Lab Rescue about a year ago from a local shelter where he was turned in due to his prior owner’s not being able to take care of his medical needs. Unfortunately, due to his current owner’s health, she is unable to provide Jake with what he needs.

What Jake’s owner says: Jake is a young at heart 14-year-old lab with an enthusiastic personality that loves getting affection and is happy to hang out with his people. He does a happy dance at meal time and when the leash comes out. He will sit patiently to get “dressed” for his walk. Jake has responded well to a refresher course in training. Jake now will back-up and wait at the door for his people to enter, then with a command of “Jake come” he will walk through the door or gate. At the beginning of a walk, Jake is eager to get going and the command “Easy” is used to have him slow his pace down. After a few minutes, he settles into a nice pace and will gladly stop and smell things along the way as often as you let him. Jake is happy to meet people on walks. He is always eager to greet other dogs when he sees them and isn’t bothered if they bark at him. He’s just happy to say hello.

Jake rides well in the car. We don’t know how Jake is with cats. He sleeps in an open crate at night. It appears that he never had the opportunity to learn to play as he shows no interest in balls or toys. Jake has free access to the yard.

What Jake’s Rescue Rep says: We would like Jake to find a family that will provide him the attention he so deserves and will keep up with his medical treatments. Jake spends the day hanging out indoors on his bed and we are looking to see that continue rather than him being an outdoor dog as he was previously.

Medical information: Jake’s owner has worked with the vet to address Jake’s chronic ear and eye issues as well as to manage his arthritis. These issues are under control with a medical treatment plan. Jake is currently about 10 pounds overweight. Jake is microchipped and current on vaccines as well as heartworm and flea prevention.

Jake is located in: Walnut Creek

  If you are interested in Jake call or email Rescue Rep Liz, 415-613-6374, liz@jobshopsf.com.

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

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Interview with Hercules



Hercules speaks



Hercules relaxes with a bone



Hercules, the Master Fetcher



Trotting thru the dog park







Hercules: 11-year-old male chocolate Lab 86 lbs neutered

Watch Hercules' videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: The Twelve Labours for King Eurytheus were nothing compared to the four long weeks Hercules spent at the local county shelter. Hercules was found wandering the streets of Discovery Bay having slain the Lerneaen Hydra, captured the Nemean Lion, and cleaned out the Aegean Stables… but after his owner was unwilling to spring him back from the shelter… this remarkable hero dog decided to search for his new forever home through Lab Rescue. He has many epic adventures ahead of him…

What Hercules’ foster says: What a joy it is to hang out with this guy. Mellow but playful. Housebroken. Affectionate. Inquisitive. Sleeps through the night without a peep. Loves his balls and bones. Hercules is happy to just lie nearby as I work at my desk. Loved our outing at a large dog park where he trotted around, always staying close to us as he explored. Became quick friends with the other three Labs we have in our home.

What Hercules’ Rescue Rep says: This guy has a wonderful personality. Gets along with other dogs. Walks fabulously on leash. We think he is fine with cats. We are looking for a forever home for Hercules that will care for him for his remaining time. GGLRR will be responsible for veterinary care expenses related to his cancer.

Medical Information: Neutered, microchipped, negative for heartworm, current on shots. Hercules has a few lumps (lipomas) and has some arthritis in his legs. He does have an inoperable sarcoma growth on his rear left hock (ankle) – the vet does not have a good estimate on how much longer Hercules has until the cancer spreads and further impacts his wellness. Despite this cancerous growth on his foot, Hercules has an incredible zest for life and deserves the opportunity to thrive for as long as possible.

Hercules is located in: San Francisco.

If you are interested in Hercules, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

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

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Click to watch Happy Stella.



Stella walking with roomie dog.



Stella Yoda – working on my treat catch.






Stella: 6-year-old female black Lab mix 70 pounds, not-yet-spayed

Watch Stella's video by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: What do you do when a friendly stray dog suddenly shows up in your garage? Notify local animal control; check with all of your neighbors; make posts on the internet; put up signs around the neighborhood – and, most importantly, take the dog into your home and care for it like it is your own dog. Well, more than 30 days have passed and this wonderful family cannot keep her as they already have two dogs.

What Stella’s caretaker says: We named her Stella. She is affectionate and loves to be with her people. Stella hangs out most of the day in our backyard without issue and happily stays in a crate in our home during the night. For exercise, our toddler chases Stella around the house and we take her on 30-minute walks around our neighborhood. She doesn’t seem to have any interested playing with our own dogs. Stella has shown the knack of counter-surfing and seems to only know the “sit” command. She did snarl at our own dogs at first when they got too close, but once they all became acclimated with each other there were no more issues. Stella loves to chase cats. She has a lot of energy and would do best with an active family.

What Stella’s Rescue Rep says: She is in good health. Current on vax, microchipped, and just got spayed. Stella is an affectionate, engaging, happy dog. Will do anything for a good belly rub. Would be great in a family with kids.

Stella is located in: Los Gatos..

 If you are interested in Stella, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

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

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Click to watch Smokey and the ball.



Smokey and the rope toy.



Smokey and the ball and the bag.







Smokey: 1-year-old male black Lab/Rottweiler mix 80 pounds neutered

Watch Smokey's video by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: Purchased as a puppy from the back of a pick-up truck at a Cabellas store near Sacramento, Smokey’s current family is a bit overwhelmed with his juvenile energy and reluctance to accept direction from some members of the family. They hope Lab Rescue can find a more appropriate home for him where he can thrive.

What Smokey’s owner says: He is generally relaxed but has a few spurts of tons of energy during the day. Smokey is an assertive dog [maybe that’s the Rottie genes coming thru] and does not respond so well to weak human leaders. Have worked with a trainer; Smokey knows “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come”, “heel”, “drop”, and off”. He loves fetch, tug-of-way with toys, and playing with friends’ dogs. He can be a bit protective of his food with other dogs; no problem with people. We think he prefers male human companionship (and pack leadership) versus females. Can be a little leash reactive with other dogs; work in progress. We crate Smokey at night.

What Smokey’s Rescue Rep says: Current on vaccinations, microchipped and neutered, Smokey is in fine health. He requires a strong human leader. Not for the feeble-hearted. Smokey will reward his caretaker with loyalty, companionship, and adventure.

Smokey is located in: Fairfield.

  If you are interested in Smokey, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

(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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Elvis: 6 - 7 year old neutered male black Lab/hound mix, ~ 60 pounds

If the name Elvis brings to mind the Elvis Presley song “Hound Dog”, well put that out of your mind! Elvis isn’t crying all the time, (although he would probably be quite interested in a rabbit!) but one look at the lovely Lab face with the longer hound ears, and you’ll be singing his praises! Elvis was found in Tuolumne and sent off to the shelter in San Jose. He’s a sweet boy. He has a wonderful bark that’s half bark/half bay, which makes you laugh to hear it. He’s a beautiful black color with brindle highlights. He gets along well with his foster siblings, and is learning the rules of the house, including how to walk well on a correction collar. He is attracted to squirrels and cats when they walk by but he’s learning! We think Elvis once had a home with someone who cared for him, as he responds to correction and does know some commands (and he likes to sit on the couch!). How he ended up lost is a mystery to us, but his foster mom has noticed that if something interests him, he will bolt after it, and his recall is not great. (We’re working on it!).

Elvis has a super sweet personality, but his physical needs have clearly been neglected. He’s super skinny and needs to add a few pounds (which his foster mom is happily doing). We took Elvis to our vet for a once over and a heartworm test, which came back positive. That could partially explain his thinness. We’ve started him on the treatment to get rid of the heartworm. The treatment is pretty time consuming and requires a lot of structure and little exercise during the 60-90 days it takes to get those darn worms safely out of his body. He’s also had bloodwork (in addition to his heartworm test) and xrays of his spine and hips done, which show that he has signs of arthritis, muscle atrophy and some compromised discs, which are all part of aging. His bloodwork all came back fine (other than the heartworms).

What Elvis’s foster mom says:

We gladly welcomed Elvis into our family the week before Christmas and he has truly been a gift! Every day we learn something new about him and I imagine he may feel the same way about the new world he is in. Elvis came to Lab Rescue as a stray, for how long no one knows, but he is street savvy, meaning he knows how to scavenge for food, whether it is on the kitchen counter or out on the sidewalk. He knows how to tip over our kitchen recycling can (he only did this once and knows now that it is not ok) and loves any opportunity he can find to lick the hibachi (we are now keeping the hibachi out of reach!) We understand why he does this---he has a history of not knowing where his next meal is coming from. So, we correct him lovingly but firmly. We feed him extra, including turkey, chicken, etc., to put some fat on his bones and to let him know that he does not need to search for food. (Oh, did I say he loves to eat?!)

He really is a hidden gem: he is gangly----all legs--- and wiggles all over when he wants to eat or go out on a walk. His bark/bay is hilarious: every squirrel or cat or chicken will know he is around!!

He acclimated relatively quickly to our two senior labs and enjoys his daily walks (restricted due to the heartworm positive treatment) with them. He has good leash manners on a pinch collar and we know he was taught how to sit. He does well in a crate when need be. He takes his meds with a soft mouth, and loves to curl up in his dog bed for an afternoon nap.

Elvis is a survivor with a huge heart, happy tail, dancing, gangling legs and a bark/bay that says, Hi, I’m E-L-V-I-S!!!!! We know he is adaptable because we have seen it. We know he has a good spirit, because we have lived it. We know he is happy, because we see him wag his tail, shake his legs and bounce and wiggle every day. Elvis has a lot of love to share and we know despite how hard it will be to say so long to him, that the right family will bring him the love, fun and stability he needs and in turn, he will bring them the joy they want.

What Elvis’s Rescue Rep says:

It’s hard not to fall in love with this boy, in spite of everything going on with him!

Elvis is not a super active dog under normal circumstances but he has good energy for his age. Even when he’s healthy, he’s not going to require long fast walks or extensive hikes to keep him fit and trim; a few moderate walks a day should be enough (again, this is once his heartworm is gone). He is very strong, and his new family will have to work with him on his leash walking. He’s housebroken, learning to sit on command and responsive to correction. He definitely notices cats and squirrels, which suggests a strong prey drive, so he should not go to a home on a farm or with cats. He has a tendency to bolt if you open the door and don’t have him on leash, although we are working on that with him.

Elvis is a pretty easygoing dog. The ideal family for him is one that has the patience to get him through the remainder of his heartworm treatment (he’s about half way through at this point), and can maintain the structure necessary for successful completion. Once cured, his family should take him on short on-leash (remember he’s an escape artist!) walks 2 to 3 times/day; he doesn’t need lengthy hikes or jogs! A retired couple or a family where someone is home with him most of the day would be ideal. Elvis gets along well with his foster siblings and would be very happy with another dog to hang out with, or as an only dog with stay at home people to hang out with. Due to his strong prey drive, Elvis needs to go to a home without cats or farm animals. Most of all, we want a loving family for Elvis, one that understands the needs of an older dog and is committed to keeping him happy, healthy and safe. He is crate trained.

Medical Information:

For the duration of his heartworm treatment, Elvis’s activity level will have to be closely managed. He is about halfway through at this point. We’ll explain the entire protocol to interested adopters, but as his treatments ramp up, his activity level will be further reduced, until the heartworms are all gone. We have some suggestions for keeping his mind busy when you can’t count on exercise to wear him out.

Elvis is neutered, current on vaccinations, and micro-chipped. Whoever adopts Elvis will need to commit to seeing him through whatever remains of his heartworm treatment at that time, which will be done at Lab Rescue’s vet and through a very generous grant from SJACS (San Jose Animal Care Services). We will thoroughly brief Elvis’s new owners as to what the treatment entails. Heartworm is not contagious and can’t be passed on to other dogs through dog to dog contact.

Elvis is located in Fairfield.

  If you would like to make this wonderful boy a part of your family, contact Rescue Rep Dave at david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net or 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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Sweet Sweet Molly: 9 Year Old Spayed Chocolate Female 90 Pounds

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

Background: Molly was adopted from Lab rescue about 6 years ago but her current owner is unable to continue to care for her due to health issues of her own. It is hard for the owner to give her up but she can’t care for her any longer.

What Molly’s owner says: Molly is affectionate and bonded to her owner. She is a large lab and is very food motivated. She loves to walk and knows basic commands (sit, stay and will come when called) but is strong and will get excited if there is something exciting to investigate. She spends her days with inside/outside access to the back yard and will probably do best in a home where someone is around most of the time. She loves her plush toys and will chase a ball.

What we know about Molly: Molly is an amazing dog and is a very smart dog. She is well trained and will do what you ask of her. She will get excite don leash when she sees other dogs but if you are walking her and her not walking you; she has no issues. She always has a smile on her face and just seems to go with the flow. She is a big girl and she is in great shape. The owner used to take her to the dog park for socialization but has not been able to over the last couple of years. She loves to swim and play with other dogs. We think she will chase cats. She is a very affectionate dog and loves all humans. When you enter the house and she does not know you she may bark but will quickly warm up to any visitor.

A good home for Molly: A dog experienced home with older kids. A home that will get Molly out for regular exercise and a home without cats. A home that will lead Molly and not let Molly lead you.

Medical Information: She is in great shape, she is current on her shots, spayed, microchipped, and heartworm negative. She has a couple fatty tumors and they have been tested and are negative.

Molly is located in: Corte Madera

  If you are interested in Molly, email rescue rep Liz at liz@jobshopsf.com.

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

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KONA: 9 Month Old Black Spayed Female Lab Mix 47 Pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Kona.

Background when GGLRR got the puppies: A lab rescue volunteer got a call from the SFSPCA asking us to help them with some Lab puppies that were surrendered to the shelter by the owner. He told them that it was an accidental breeding and he did not want the puppies. (The SFSPCA will adopt out 4 of the puppies.) GGLRR picked up the puppies and we now have them in foster care. The SFSPCA was told by the owner mom was a lab and dad was a golden.

Background: Kona was adopted from Lab Rescue as a puppy and joined a family with an older dog. Kona’s energy and desire to be in charge doesn’t work well with the older dog, so the family is heartbroken that they need to find a home where Kona can be the only dog and thrive.

What Kona’s owners say: We love our Kona! She is a really, really good dog with lots of energy, very sweet, and just wants to be loved. She is house trained, only chews on dog toys, and knows several commands if there are no distractions—sit, down, off, stay, OK, kennel, release, gentle, shake, etc. Kona is crate-trained and usually sleeps from 10pm to 6am. Trained to walk on a leash and with a harness, Kona does best when walked alone, currently walks about 3-4 miles a day, and can already walk up to 10 miles on long weekend hikes. She loves to run around and play in the backyard. When walked and playing on her own and with her family and their friends (lots of older kids in and out of our house), Kona is such a good dog—she LOVES attention from kids. She needs some re-socialization training with other dogs because of being competitive with the other family dog and dominating him. In creating more space between Kona and the older family dog, Kona is now sleeping in her own crate and having some issues with the transition of sleeping by herself.

What we want for Kona: a dog experienced home with older kids, where Kona can be the only dog and where she can be loved. A family that will get Kona out for regular exercise.

Medical Information: Kona has no health issues, has been spayed, microchipped, is up to date on all vaccinations, and sees a vet regularly. She has been well cared for and loved!

Kona is located in: San Francisco

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

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SWEET KEEPER: 11 Month Old Black Male Neutered Lab Mix 44 Pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Keeper.

Background: Keeper was dumped in a field and brought to the shelter by a person who found him. He was not doing so well so she knew he needed some help right away.

What we know about Keeper: Keeper has been in a foster home and has done well. He has some health issues he is dealing with and GGLRR will be doing a full vet visit soon to address any medical needs. He is great with other dogs, goats, horses and of course loves people! He loves to be outside and does not seem to bark at all. He puts himself to bed in his kennel around 8:30-9 and he is fine until the next day. He is a very sensitive dog and a simple no gets to the point. When you pet him he melts into you.

What we want for Keeper: a dog experienced home with older kids. A home that will get Molly out for regular exercise.

Medical Information: We are working on his medical and will have more information in the next week.

Keeper is located in: Novato

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

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

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

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




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Charlie walks on leash after romp at dog park






Charlie: 22 mo old neutered male yellow Lab ~70 lbs

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

We are Not Taking Additional Inquiries on Charlie.

Hi! My name is Charlie! I am looking for a new parent or family that will spend time with me at home and that will include me in their many adventures away from home. I need more exercise! I am ready to hike, to swim, to play at the beach or dog park, to go along with you on other family outings.

Background:Charlie is a young male Lab looking for an ACTIVE home that wants to include him in their family life and activities. Schedules changed for his current family so that everyone goes to work or school each day, leaving Charlie behind for long hours without companionship and without adequate exercise for a dog his age. The family wants a better life for Charlie and so they contacted GGLRR to find him a new home.

What Charlie’s Owner Says: Charlie is a very happy dog, both excited and curious. But he is a handful and his energy level can be overwhelming at times. He loves to chase a ball, but does not retrieve it. We recently took Charlie to a dog park and he played well with the other dogs there. He also plays well with our 4 year old child. He is mouthy in his play but never bites down. We would like Charlie to be adopted by a family that won’t leave Charlie alone for long periods of the day.

What Charlie’s Rescue Rep says: Charlie is a happy, animated boy that will be a fun addition to an active family that will be consistent with his training and provide exercise, structure and boundaries. Charlie would make a great training companion for an active person who can take him out for runs or hikes. He needs to burn energy! Charlie is a smart dog who now knows basic commands, but would love to find a new parent that can provide leadership and who has the time to continue working with him on training and other mental stimulation. He needs to be taught not to jump on people or to counter surf or to chew on shoes, for example. Charlie sleeps in a crate. He likes to chase cats.

Medical Information: Neutered, microchipped, and current on shots.

Charlie is located in: Napa.

(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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Marge: 9-year-old female black Lab – 70 pounds

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

How does someone lose or misplace a wonderful dog? That is what Marge would like to know. “Oh, heck, let’s just find me a new home that will accept me as I am.”

What Marge’s foster says: This sweet girl has earned a life of leisure. She's happy with a brisk walk or two each day and is otherwise content to spend her days lazing about. If you cuddle up with her you will enjoy her abundant curly, soft fur and soulful eyes. She loves attention and especially likes tummy rubs. She's learning not to pull on the leash and she (mostly) does sit and lie down on command. We've been working with a behaviorist to learn to manage her negative reaction to other dogs. She barks and lunges if they come too close. She would be best in a house with no other dogs and a neighborhood where she can walk without passing lots of other dogs. She is completely housebroken and does not shed much at all. You couldn't find a lower maintenance animal companion as long as your home contains a comfy dog bed or two!

What Marge’s Rescue Rep says: Marge is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. She would be best in a home without another dog. No idea how she is with cats. She has some arthritis in her back legs and she is currently on some pain-reliever/anti-inflammatory meds.

Marge is located in: San Mateo.

(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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Millie and Brutus on leashes



Brutus with a Ball at the Park



Brutus loves Millie






Millie 10 year old female yellow Lab - 80 pounds

Brutus 4 year old neutered male black Lab - 77 pounds

Watch their videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are Millie and Brutus. We are Millie and Brutus. Our owner had to move and could not take us with her, so Lab Rescue took us in and is working to find us a new home. Our foster mom says we are wonderful dogs. We are mother and son and we are looking for a home where we could remain together, if at all possible, and get daily exercise and lots of interaction with our new parent(s).

Background: Sweet Millie lived in two different homes in her ten years and has had two litters. The first litter resulted in Brutus, her 4 year old son, who joined the family. Their owner recently had to move out of her home with nowhere to go and asked GGLRR to take the dogs into foster and then find them a new forever home. Brutus has never known life without Millie and is bonded to her.

What Millie’s and Brutus’ foster says:

Millie and Brutus are very sweet dogs. Despite being 10 years old, Millie has the energy of a much younger dog and keeps up with Brutus without a problem. Millie is also known as “Millie the explorer” – she likes to see and check out anything that is new. Millie is quite confident and poised. She plays well with other dogs. Doesn’t bark, is unphased by other dogs we cross in our walks or at the park. In the first few days she was a bit anxious being left alone and foraged for food. We got her a Kong, and this has resolved the issue.

Brutus loves to play ball and can do it for hours non-stop. Even in the house, he will ask you to play. If there are no balls, then Brutus will play with socks. He will find any socks lying around and loves throwing them into the air and catching them again. It is heartwarming to see how happy he can be with this game! Millie will play a bit, particularly if Brutus is playing and she wants to play with him (with the ball, or the socks!). Brutus is a bit more timid and highly affectionate. Less than a week with us, he gently weeps when he sees one of us leave, and welcomes us back home as if he has known us forever and not seen us in years. He will then shadow whoever returned asking for affection. He will move his head up to be scratched under the chin.

They know sit and shake. Both are housebroken. Both are very calm as they get “dressed” for their walk (we are using harnesses to help them learn to walk slowly) and even once they are dressed, they calmly wait for the door to be opened and patiently walk out. Past the gate, they will tug on leash. They are learning their leash manners and have made huge progress. Millie is completely oblivious to other dogs we pass. Brutus ignores smaller dogs but will bark at larger ones (his size or bigger). It takes a good tug and “stop” for him to settle. If allowed they will try to go onto the bed and sofa – we have been breaking that habit and they are responding well. Millie sleeps in our room -- -she will come in as soon as we do, and sleeps through the night. Brutus is still figuring out where he wants to sleep. He tends to move from the living room to the bedroom and back. They travel well in a car.

What Millie’s and Brutus’ rep says: We would love to see both dogs adopted together with a family who is active. These dogs will make amazing running and hiking companions. They should not go to a house with very small kids since in Brutus’ playing he will sometimes jump to ask you to join in the game.

Medical Information: Current on shots, heartworm negative and taking preventative. Millie received a clean bill of health during a recent wellness exam. We will coordinate Millie’s spay with her adopter.

Millie and Brutus are located in: Millbrae

(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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Loves to play fetch.



Obstacles won't stop him.



Won't be deterred from his mission.







Scout: 1-2 year-old male black Lab mix ~70 lbs, neutered

Watch Scout's video by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: Scout was found as a stray in Tuolumne county. When an owner could not be located, the shelter contacted GGLRR to help find this sweet and smart pup a new forever home. When we picked up Scout, he covered our face in kisses, he was so happy to be leaving. He’s an affectionate dog, definitely a leaner, and could be a (big) lap dog if you let him.

Scout is housetrained and knows basic commands like sit, down, and stay. We think he’s a very smart dog. As a young dog, Scout will test limits, but he listens and responds well when told no. Scout LOVES to play fetch and will ask for more. Scout will need some work to learn not to jump up when greeting new people. We think he would counter surf if given the opportunity. He rides well in the car.

Scout is a very energetic and strong young dog who wants to play and he can get overexcited at times. Needs an owner comfortable with handling “a lot of dog”. Scout can pull strongly on leash when excited but is learning to walk on a loose leash with his foster.

What Scout’s foster says: Scout did great his first night in my home. Tried to get into my bed once, but when told no, he got down. Preferred sleeping on a blanket to any of the dog beds. Scout slept through the night, was very quiet and did not get up early. Scout did well meeting another male black lab on our walk this morning.

What Scout’s Rescue Rep says: Scout is a high energy, strong young dog. He will need an active owner who can provide leadership, lots of exercise, and plenty of opportunities to play and engage his mind, and who will continue his training. Scout is a great dog and will be awesome in the right home but could easily become a handful if not given the proper leadership, exercise, and training.

Medical Information: Up to date on shots, microchipped and heartworm negative.

Scout 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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Max: 4.5 year old yellow neutered male Lab ~76 lbs.

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Max.

Hi! My name is Max! I am looking for a new parent or family that can put the same energy into me that I put into retrieving balls. Let’s play! Let’s run or hike! Let’s train together!

Background: Max is a 4.5 year old male Lab looking for an ACTIVE home that can keep up with him! His family has had him since he was a puppy and they love him but they need to find him a new home due to an upcoming major medical procedure in the family. They asked GGLRR to find Max that good home.

What Max’s Owner says: Max is a really good dog without behavior or health issues. He gets excited meeting new people and his energy level can be overwhelming at times but can be redirected with exercise or a firm, “wait,” “off,” or “no.” He loves to retrieve balls at the local dog park. He also adores swimming. I used to jog with him, but now his exercise most days is two thirty minute walks plus a short midday walk for an additional potty break. He pulls on the leash at first but then settles into the walk. He gets along with other dogs and the kids that we meet on our walks, but is probably too enthusiastic for a home with small children.

What Max’s Rescue Rep says: Max is a happy, animated boy that will be a fun addition to an active home with parent(s) that will be consistent with his training and provide exercise, structure and boundaries. He would make a great training companion for runs or hikes. Although he is 4.5, he looks and acts more like a 2 year old dog. He needs to burn energy. Max is a smart dog who now knows basic commands, but would love to find new parent(s) that can commit time to continue working with him on training and other mental and physical stimulation.

Medical Information: Neutered, current on shots and microchipped.

Max is located in: Pleasant Hill

(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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Honey: 10-year-old female yellow ~Lab 63 lbs spayed

Background: Honey was found on a road in Escalon by a nice young couple who took her in, and took her home and named her Honey. And what a honey a she is! She’s very relaxed and mellow, the definition of a low maintenance dog. A few 15 minute walks a day, some loving and play, and she’s a happy girl. Unfortunately her owners both work very long hours, and Honey spends her days in the backyard with another dog. She’d much prefer to be in the house with the humans, and so she barks, which has caused a problem with a neighbor. Reluctantly Honey’s owners have decided that it’s best for Honey to be in another home, where she can hang out with her humans rather than be in the backyard.

Honey is crate trained, and she is comfortable in the crate for up to 4 hours. She has also been left alone loose in the house and has done fine.

What Honey’s owner says: Honey is a pleasure to be around and is a wonderful companion dog. She loves being petted, taking short walks, hanging out on a comfy bed, and wagging her tail. She’ll happily follow you around and plop down wherever you are and really just wants to be around someone.

What Honey’s Rescue Rep says: Honey is a very sweet dog, who is happiest when she is hanging out with her humans. She is good around other dogs, but not particularly interested in them. She likes to ride in the car, swim and go for walks.

What we’d like for Honey is a home where someone is home the majority of the day. She does really well with people and would prefer to hang out inside on her bed all day long. She does not mind other dogs or cats being around. She loves to sit outside on the grass and bask in the sunshine when it's shining. A short walk or two around the block is enough for her every day. She is not high maintenance or require a high volume of attention.

Medical information: When she was found she had an ear infection, impacted anal glands, and was very thin. She’s since been to the vet to have all of these things addressed, and a senior blood panel was done and the results are, in vet parlance, unremarkable. Like most senior Labs, Honey is currently being treated for arthritis; this is ongoing treatment, which will need to be continued.

Honey 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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Sapphire: 6-7 year old spayed female black Lab mix 61 pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Sapphire.

I am named Sapphire after a gemstone because I am a gem! My foster mom calls me Sapphy and I respond well to that. I am seeking a new home where I am valued and loved. Will you love me and spend time with me? I promise to give you abundant love and joy in return.

Background: Sapphire is a sweet and calm female Lab mix looking for new parent(s) that will make her well-being a priority. Her former mom loved her, but died, and her former dad didn’t have the interest or finances to care for her properly after that so he contacted GGLRR to find Sapphire a new home.

What Sapphire’s foster says: Sapphy is friendly to all people when introduced and her tail wags happily. At home she likes to play with toys, including tennis balls. Her activity level is medium to low. She’ll go on a hike or walk for as long as you want, but she doesn’t need to do so. What she loves most though is being at home with you by her side. She sits on command, including when putting on a collar, and her recall is beyond excellent – though even off leash, she doesn’t go more than a few feet away and then comes right back. On leash, she does have the tendency to walk a step or two ahead but doesn't pull, with the leash remaining slack. More often than not she's right by your side. She's doesn't have much interest in passing dogs. She rides well in the car making it easy to take her on lots of outside adventures. However much love you give this girl, she'll return it to you a hundred-fold!

What Sapphire’s Rescue Rep says: Having been neglected at home for some time, Sapphire is looking for a home where she is a loved, integral part of the lives of her new parent(s) or family. In return, she will give love and affection and be a steadfast companion. She would do best in a home where she is the only dog. Sapphire knows sit and down – especially when treats are offered – and could easily be trained to comply with a broader array of commands. She walks well on leash and at 61 pounds is an easy dog to walk, though she is still learning to walk at a heel position instead of a couple of steps ahead.

Medical Information: Microchipped, current on shots, and spayed.

Sapphire is located in: Oakland

(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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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

Bella’s owners moved out of state from Bakersfield and were not able to take her with them so they are happy to have her go into the Rescue program knowing Rescue could find her the very best home.

From the moment Bella arrived in Monterey/Carmel all who met her were completely taken by her sweet disposition and friendly demeanor. She charmed even the most resilient of the staff at the clinic where she was vetted and where she now is being boarded (due to the GGLRR rep’s schedule). Many staff members absolutely adore her and some if they didn’t have many dogs already would want her.

Bella was recently fostered bya local family in Salinas and here is the foster mom’s assessment of Bella.

Bella is the sweetest, most affectionate dog! She is driven to please her family, and an incredibly fast learner. In a few short days she learned to sit (on command, with or without treats), knows lie "down", understands "on your bed" and will play catch (and fetch!) all day long. She will go potty, on command and with prodding will sit (not patiently, tail is wagging like mad!) for her meals. She loves warm baths and thinks the blow dryer is a fabulous thing. Bella likes to be on her bed, and she has a favorite toy that if you say, "where is your baby?" She will search high and low to find it. When you say, "bed time" she picks up her baby and goes upstairs to her bed. Bella has a nickname, Shadow, as she likes to be where the family is.

She can be left in the house alone, completely potty trained - but will sit on furniture if allowed, to look out the window. She does not dig and in over two weeks we have not heard her bark...not even alarm bark. She is fine in a secure back yard, and while she explores, she does not try to escape. She is unfazed by cats but is mesmerized by birds. And Bella should be in a ONE DOG family. She’s wonderful with children and a fabulous family dog.

She loves attention in a very calm way, will sit by you forever and will stare at you with her sweet soulful eyes for a pat or an ear massage. Happy to be in the same room with you lying on her bed and just seeing you and knowing she has someone in her life that cares. You can tell because she often will give this little sigh of happiness when she rests. All in all she is a very calm girl, wants to please and is very loving and grateful and willing to learn. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vickie: Black Lab, Female 55 pounds 5 to 6 years old

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

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

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

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

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! See some of the recent rescued Bay area Labs adopted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017and this year (2018) for examples of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

         
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