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Lab adoption fair Last updated 12/11/2018 5:30 PM

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places many Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (288 in 2017)!  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.


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Bish: 10 year-old female chocolate Lab mix 50 lbs spayed
Watch Bish's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: Bish is a sweet and happy dog who has lived with one family her whole life. Her family got Bish as a puppy from her mother’s owner – mom was a black Lab and lived on a ranch, dad was most likely a herding dog breed. Bish was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is responding well to treatment. Her family’s finances are very tight and they do not think they will be able to afford the cost of the ongoing treatment. Since Bish is otherwise healthy and canine diabetes can be successfully managed with consistent treatment, the family’s vet contacted GGLRR to help the family find Bish a loving new home that is better situated to be able to help her.

What Bish’s owner says: We've had Bish since she was a puppy, her birthday is 1-31-08. My kids were ages 8 to 14 at this time (4 kids) and she has been around kids all her life. She started out as an outdoor pet but I'm a softy and brought her indoors by the 3rd year. She likes her play time whether outside chasing after a tennis ball (she doesn't necessarily fetch/release, she prefers "keep away") or indoors wrestling on the carpet. She lays around more often than plays and likes to lay around right by me (if I'm in my office, she'll sleep under my desk; if I'm in the family room, she'll lay next to the couch; if I'm cooking, she'll lay on the kitchen floor, and bedtime she likes to sleep by our bed, either my or my husband's side). She barks when someone comes to the door but nothing more aggressive than sounding intimidating, once she smells the stranger she calms down. She does fine on a leash and does well with car rides (longest I've ever taken her is about an hour drive); she understands the commands sit, stay, get on your bed (or go lay down) & she shakes "hands." We're able to come and go without worrying about her; she stays inside and uses the doggie door (she is house trained). She isn't normally around other pets but does live out in the country so there are cats that come through the yard & she doesn't seem to be bothered by them. She has adjusted to taking her insulin quite well, I give her the shot when I feed her so she's distracted (I feed her dry dog food mixed with a small amount of canned food since she started taking insulin, prior to that it has always been dry food). She's just a loving/trusting dog that likes a little attention every now and then :).

What Bish’s Rescue Rep says: Bish is a delight! When we first met Bish, she came running up to us with a friendly greeting and promptly sat in our lap to cuddle. What a love bug! She walks fairly well on leash but may pull a little if she sees someone that she wants to go meet. Her smaller size (for a Lab) makes her easy to handle and she’d be a great companion for someone looking for a loving and easygoing companion. GGLRR has placed a number of dogs with diabetes that have done well - the key is consistency in treatment, feeding, and monitoring. This sweet senior girl will do great in a home that can maintain a regular routine.

Medical Information: Bish is spayed and microchipped. She’s coming due on shots, so we’ll be getting those updated along with a heartworm test. Her blood sugar levels have stabilized at her current level of insulin treatment.

Bish is located in: Brentwood

If you are interested in Bish, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Katy, 650-796-3596 or katy4gglrr@gmail.com.

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

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Tonka: 8 Year-Old Black Male Labrador (Neutered) 84 Pounds

Meet Tonka, affectionately renamed by his foster, for his vigor! He may be 8 years-old, but that has not slowed this friendly guy down.

Lab Rescue pulled Tonka from the Hollister shelter on October 30. They contacted us reporting they had an 8 year-old black neutered male Labrador-- a friendly dog that passed all their behavioral tests. They mentioned he had a bump on his bottom that they thought was a skin tag. This shelter does not have a vet on staff.

Records show his previous owner surrendered him saying s/he could not keep him any longer. His name was Winer, and we wanted to change that right away.

Upon meeting him, Lab Rescue came upon a dog with a big smile and wagging tail. We took him out to the yard where he played with another dog, swooped him up and got Tonka into the vet the same day for an examination, including getting him up-to-date on vaccines.

The lump on his bottom was bleeding, and the vet discovered a foxtail was lodged near the bump which she removed with forceps - OUCH!. Tonka's body was covered in foxtails. She cleaned the bump and put Tonka on antibiotics.

Tonka is reportedly doing very well in his foster home and is affectionate with good energy.

What Tonka's Foster Says:

Although he is gray in the muzzle, I walk him at least 50 minutes/day because he is pretty active. He is always wagging his tail and smiling. He usually sneaks his way on my sofa and likes to snuggle with me on my bed.He is quite the love and a big kisser! I can’t keep him off my couch now. He is a lapdog and even when he is sleeping he has to have at least one of his paw on my leg. He doesn’t know any of the common commands.

What Lab Rescue Says:

He will make a wonderful addition to a family. He gets along well with other dogs, but would do well as an only dog. If a dog is too frisky, Tonka will growl. The rep transported Tonka and another dog to a vet exam, and while Tonka lay quietly enjoying the ride, the other dog was whining. Tonka growled as if to say, "be quiet." That didn't stop the other dog, and Tonka endured the hour-drive, maturely, tuning him out and falling asleep.

Tonka would do best in a home with adults and older children. Families with small children, who want to climb and,or pull on him, will not be a good fit. Tonka does react to cats so a home without them is recommended.

Tonka is up-to-date on vaccinations and is heartworm negative. Tonka has been approved to have the two bumps removed from his bottom at UC Davis. Lab Rescue will help coordinate this.

If you are interested in Tonka, please email Rescue Rep Kris at krisellen.nm@gmail.com.

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

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Hope: 9-year-old female yellow Lab mix ~75 lbs spayed

Background: Hope came to us from the local shelter in pretty bad physical condition; it was clear she had been neglected (at best!) and has had puppies, maybe more than one litter. One of our volunteers met Hope at the shelter and told us this one’s a keeper. Now she’s with us and We agree! We are looking for a home for Hope that will make up for all that neglect!

What Hope’s foster says: Hope was quite stressed getting in my car, but once in she settled down enough on the way home that she put her paw on my lap and laid down. She appears to have no experience with squeaky fuzzy toys or balls. She walked nicely on leash, except for SQUIRREL!!!! Strong prey drive, kitties probably not a good idea. She's curious, wants to explore everything and everywhere. This girl is smart (already getting used to her name), curious, goes outside to pee and poop. She is watchful, not hand shy, responds well to T-touch, and seeks it out.

What Hope’s Rescue Rep says: We think that Hope did not get a lot of time with her people; lots of things seem new to new to her like toys and balls, but she is making up for lost time! She’s settling in nicely in her foster home, loves getting pets, treats and chicken! So far she is pretty good on a leash (although very strong) unless she sees a squirrel or small dog; she seems to have a very strong prey drive. Hope is going to doggie day care for some socialization and reports have been very positive. We think Hope has spent enough time on her own being a puppy factory! The ideal home for Hope would be one where a human is around much of the day to hang out with her, give her basic obedience training, and show her how wonderful life as an inside dog with a human family can be. Her new owner needs to be both physically able to handle a strong dog and a strong leader. Someone who has experience working with dogs like Hope, who missed out on the socialization and training that they should have gotten as a puppy, would be really helpful in transitioning Hope to the wonderful inside family dog that she can be. Hope has a strong prey drive, wants to chase squirrels, does not like small dogs and should not go to a home with small dogs or cats. Hope is fine with large dogs.

Medical information: Hope is spayed, micro chipped, heartworm free and up to date on her vaxes. She had some lumps removed and biopsied and they are not malignant.

Hope is located in: San Jose

If you are interested in Hope, please contact Rescue Rep Debbi at dragonflydebbi@gmail.com (preferred) or 408-613-2044 (NOT a textable number)

(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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Huff: 7 yr old male black Lab - 85 lbs – neutered

What Huff’s owner says: Huff has been with us all his life. Unfortunately, we need to find Huff a new home. With two full-time jobs and young children, he is not getting the time and attention that he needs and deserves. We moved from a home with property to a home with a small backyard that is not enough room for him to run and play fetch.

What Huff’s Rescue Rep says: Huff is one happy and gregarious lab that loves to play and run. When we met Huff, he was in the backyard where he spends his days along with his mother. He was very excited to be getting attention; he took some treats very nicely. Huff is very active in the small backyard, bringing his toys to you hoping you will play with him. Huff lives with children four and eight years old; he does well with them. Sometimes his “zoomies” are a little too much for the youngest child. So he will need a home with children that are dog savvy. Huff is crate trained and sleeps there at night in the garage. He would love to come into your home and be part of the family. Huff has been housetrained; he would go to the door to let you know he had to go out. We are not sure how he will do with cats. Owners say that he does like to go in the car, now he rides in the back of the truck. Huff knows Sit, Stay, Fetch, and Drop. Loves the water!

Huff does not get out of the yard too much to walk on a leash, so when we took him out, he was a little rusty. With the slightest correction, he would fall into place nicely. Huff does have good recall, even with all the excitement and attention he did not try to escape or run off when he was off leash. His recall, of course, should not be trusted until you are sure his recall is 100% with you.

Huff is a big strong boy; he is slightly overweight, possibly 5 -10 lbs for his size. He is a very smart lab that needs someone that knows Labs, and that will keep him active, burn off that energy that he has now. Establish leadership and guidance and reinforce his training, and welcome him into their home.

Medical information: Huff is neutered, up to date on his shots and chipped, he will need to be Heart Worm tested. He is a healthy boy, a little overweight, less food, and more activity will trim him down nicely.

Huff is located in: Napa

If you are interested in Huff, please 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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Izzy playing fetch



Izzy rolling in the grass



Izzy and the Frenchie







Izzy: 10 year-old female black Lab mix 90 lbs spayed

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

Background: This sweet and delightful girl loves to be petted and will gently touch you with her paw if she thinks you are stopping too soon. Could you provide the loving forever home Izzy so truly deserves?

Izzy’s owner adopted her from a shelter in Chicago a few years ago and was very devoted to her. But life changes happened. Izzy and her owner moved to the Bay Area six months ago into a household that already had three other smaller dogs. Although Izzy played nicely with the other dogs, she wasn’t that keen about sharing bones or favorite toys with the other dogs. The people weren’t good about picking up these valuable items and conflicts between the dogs occurred. The other people in the home aren’t really big dog people and the smaller dogs were there first, so Izzy’s owner was asked to find another home for Izzy. Izzy’s owner is very sad about giving her up, but is respecting the wishes of his household, and called Lab Rescue to find Izzy a new family that would provide her a loving forever home. We can’t imagine how anyone could bear to say goodbye to this wonderful girl!

What Izzy’s foster says: Izzy is a very calm and polite dog. She prefers to be inside with people and will happily sleep or rest next to me all day. At night she sleeps on the floor at the base of my bed and sometimes goes in and sleeps next to my son’s bed on the hard floor. I think that she thinks she is protecting the child by sleeping there. She has never tried to climb on the bed or the furniture and will often wait outside my door to be invited into my room. Sometimes I hear her bark when she is on her own in the yard, but not a lot. She likes to chase squirrels but is way too slow to catch one. She has found a potty spot in the garden to do her business and does it there rather than the lawn.

What Izzy’s Rescue Rep says: Izzy will provide a great companion for someone looking for a dog devoted to their person. She’s very people focused and wants to please you. Watching Izzy enjoy a good back scratch wriggle on the grass will bring joy to your heart. She’s a sweet, intelligent, easy-going, and loyal dog. We think Izzy might do best as the only dog in a home where she can be the focus of attention. Izzy has enjoyed playing with other dogs, but can be reactive when she sees other dogs while on leash. Her owner trained her to sit and focus on him when saw another dog while on leash, her foster reports she does great at this, especially when you put a treat on her nose!

Medical Information: Spayed, microchipped, current on shots, and is heartworm negative. Overall healthy. Has a cyst on one eyelid that her vet recommended letting be.

Izzy is located in: Woodside

If you are interested in Izzy, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Katy, 650-796-3596 or katy4gglrr@gmail.com.

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

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Shadow: ~ 8 year-old male black Lab 70 lbs neutered

Are you the family to give Shadow his home for the holidays and forever?

Background: EVERYONE loves Shadow! His first foster mom adored him. The foster that took him for a week vacation loved him. The foster family who took him in after TPLO thinks he’s the greatest. …so why is this wonderful guy still available for you to adopt? It would be a real Thanksgiving for Shadow if he could be in his forever home in time to celebrate with his new family!

This wonderful boy came to us via the San Jose shelter, along with his sidekick Ace, who has already been adopted. From that first meeting we knew that Shadow was something special: sweet, loving, easy to have around. He’s trustworthy in the house, both to be a good boy and to chill out with another dog. He loves walks (although he does pull) and he’s super easy to hang out with. And he’s crate trained, and will happily hang out in his crate with the door open.

So why hasn’t Shadow found his forever home? Shadow came to us with torn cruciate ligaments in both hind legs. We’ve had the first knee fixed, and he’s rehabbing nicely. Lab Rescue will have the second knee done as soon as he’s recovered from the first. We’d really like him to go to his forever home before the second surgery, so he can recover in a home he his familiar and comfortable with, with the family who will love him forever. He will make a wonderful addition to someone's family. The ideal home will be one story, and have someone who is home a good portion of each day to hang out with Shadow, go for walks, and do his rehab exercises. A pool would be a big asset!

Medical information: Shadow is in overall good health for his age. He is current on his shots, neutered, heartworm negative and on preventive, and micro chipped. And he has a new knee!

Shadow is located in: Belmont

f you are interested in this sweet boy, please contact Rescue Rep Debbi at dragonflydebbi@gmail.com (preferred) or 408.613.2044 (no texts). In your email please tell me about yourself, your dog experience and why you think you’d be a good fit for Shadow.

(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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Bean and Maple watching the treats



Maple and Bean on a walk







Maple and Bean – 8-yr-old female chocolate and male black Lab siblings 80 pounds each spayed and neutered

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

Background: Maple and Bean are unable to go with their human family on their move to Germany… so their people must reluctantly find a new home for both dogs. Together since birth, Maple and Bean get along great with each other and we want them to be adopted together.

What Maple’s and Bean’s owners say: Bean and Maple were seven years old when they came to live with us, after a woman was widowed and couldn't handle them and her two other indoor dogs. They were not potty-trained or leash-trained and jumped for food, but within a couple weeks and with training over the year, they were on track and now are good on the leash, with potty, with waiting (eagerly!) for food and sitting at door to go out for walk. They have both had dental surgery this year to get them caught up on their health exams, taking out a broken tooth and an abscessed tooth apiece. Other than that, these are two very healthy 8-year-old dogs at their correct weight (a "5/10" good for bigger dogs), and with energy that lets you take them with you hiking, swimming, camping, and on trips. Maple is a very passionate and compassionate dog and for that reason we call her "therapy dog." She will come snuggle you just so if you have a headache, she will lick the face of your child when they are cry out or just because they are giggling, and join into a family hug or play wrestling to lick everyone and make sure everyone is happy. She inserts herself into the action - whether it’s a crashing wave or people talking, and can also be unflappable, like when her brother is excited getting into the car, Maple lies down cool as cucumber. The dogs are not allowed on our furniture but need regular reminders, and Maple gets away with some things because of her pushiness with a strong topping of sweet - like when Maple climbs into bed in the morning and finds her way under your arm, licking you, so that it can be hard to move her and then it seems cozier to just enjoy her talent for snuggling. She is also squirrel and cat crazy when she sees them outside our window, and has that desire to chase, but when faced with either in the flesh, doesn't know what to do about her excitement. Maple loves to run in open spaces and explore. Maple can occasionally bolt if the door is left open but probably wouldn't if she had a yard for some more movement. When she leaves, she comes back joyfully in about 20 seconds after sniffing for a squirrel and enjoying the moment of freedom. We think it’s because she was stuck in a back yard for so long that she reacts to this open door as a reason to run. Bean, by contrast, is a pretty chill and subservient dog and will find a quiet spot if there's a lot of people around, where he can see kids leaping from the furniture to make sure he isn't surprised from behind. He follows his sisters lead and when she bolts gets excited but immediately stops when you call him to wait for approval, and even tries to get his sister to come back. He is great on hikes and jogs on the leash, staying right by your side, sensitive to your every turn, speed up or slow down. When he is out in the open off leash, he seems like a herding dog, checking on everyone in succession, whining a bit if he can't see his sister who is happy to go off on her own exploring and sniffing. Both dogs love to swim and get along great. Maple is the leader between the two and is " a pushy broad" as we like to joke. Bean, when he hears a siren, nudges his sister so that if he wants to howl, he can still follow her lead:) They bark as someone climbs the steps but if you tell them it's you from outside, or if you're home and show Bean the bark collar, he takes the hint. Two very sweet dogs who would like an owner that doesn't expect them to be 100% tamed but a good 95% with their quirks. Two lovable labs with very sweet and complimenting personalities.

What Maple’s and Bean’s Rescue Rep says: We consider Maple and Bean as a bonded pair… and they will be adopted together. Great dogs for a family with kids. The recipe for adoption success with these two should include: camping, hiking, trips to beach, pool action, belly rubs, lots of walks and exercise… and little bit of obedience. Both dogs were crate-trained in their past but are likely out of practice. Maple will chase cats and Bean will chase Maple… so Bean will end up chasing the cat too – might be exciting!

Medical Information: Current on vaccinations, chipped, spayed/neutered, and negative for heartworm. Both dogs are in very good health.

Maple and Bean are located in: Berkeley

If you are interested in Maple AND Bean, 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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Emma at the shelter.






EMMA: 8 Year-Old Female Spayed Labrador Mix - Black, Approx 50 Pounds

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

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Emma, formerly named Imogene, came to us from the shelter in San Jose. She was brought to our attention by a concerned good Samaritan, who saw a plea for help on social media, posted by San Jose Animal Advocates - see the attached video below.

Emma's time was up at the shelter, and Lab Rescue scrambled to find an emergency foster. Thankfully, one stepped up in time and Emma was able to stay with her for five days until she was moved to a longer term foster.

It is clear Emma has suffered some significant neglect, and we're not sure how long she was wandering the streets, but it is also very clear, that she is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. Despite everything she's been through, she is incredibly gentle and ever so sweet.

She is presently being treated by one of our vets for skin allergies. We don't know what she's allergic to, but she is responding very well to her treatment. She had a lump removed from her shoulder and thankfully, that was benign. She has terrible teeth and we are working on getting her fixed up at UC Davis.

Here is what her present foster says:

Emma is doing great! She is not scratching, so no more cone collar. She is showing personality and eagerness and to me, she seems younger than 8.

What Lab Rescue Says:

We'd like Emma to go to a home where she can receive the love and attention she's been deprived of for so long. She deserves to be part of a family and have a home to call her own. She is an easy-going, calm, and sweet lady. She does react to cats on walks, so a home without them would be best.

Emma is UTD on vaccines and is heartworm negative. She does have some arthritis in her hips which is managed with an anti-inflammatory. Lab Rescue will be coordinating her dental care through UC Davis.

If you are interested in Emma, please email Rescue Rep Kris at krisellen.nm@gmail.com.

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

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Moxy: 5.5 -year-old female yellow Lab Mix 90 pounds spayed

Intro: Moxy is a great dog. One of the biggest hearts and loves to please. We had her for 4 years and she was great to our family. 2 boys now 8 and 12. They were 4 and 8 when we got her. They love her and she loves them. Our lifestyle and time at home has changed a lot in the last 4 years. We are heartbroken to rehome her, but we know it is best for her long term and us. We are writing this to be sure her new forever home has all the details we learned over the last 4 years. If we could sum her up in a few words, it would be “play” “love” and “fearful/worried”. She takes a while to warm up, even with us to start, but soon was a big mush of love. Why are we rehoming her? It was not easy. We love her and tons of tears were shed. We feel that she is a great dog, but our busy life, combined with a loud household; she has developed some behaviors that are stressful to us and we cannot manage her the way she needs and deserves.

Play: Moxy loves to play fetch or ball. She will chase it far and bring it back or just be happy in the house catching it out of the air. We had 4-5 chuck it balls around the house and she loved to chew them or bring them to you to play a game of catch. In a field or park she will run full speed to get the ball. She loves ball. It is her favorite. She also enjoys tug: We had 1 or 2 in her toy basket. She would go retrieve them to play or if you ask her “where is your tug” or “go get your tug”. She is a tough competitor, but always drops it on command. Rare to actually beat her. She loves to swim. We have brought her to the river (nothing rushing) and the ponds where we hike. She will swim forever. So be prepared. We have a very long leash we leave on her to make sure we can get her back in. She will chase floating buoys if you throw them. She also just likes to play. Meaning run around the house at crazy speeds. Usually ends with her grabbing a ball or tug and bringing it to you. She loves to go out on walks and even hikes. Most our play was ball or tug related. Old, young, big or small she loves anyone that will play ball or tug.

Animals: Moxy does not live with cats. We have them next door and she barks at them through the fence from time to time. She sees them on walks and ears go up, but no barking, lunging or obsession. Moxy has been mixed with other dogs. She is working with Caity at Balanced Behavior and spends hours with the pack. She is not wanting to play and will let other dogs know that, but will co-exist with them. She is sometimes reactive on the leash towards dogs that are pulling towards her or lunging at her. But even that is hit or miss. We were working to get her a friend and why we had her weekly at doggie day care. She lives with 2 Guinea Pigs and a hamster. She never gets to be with them face to face, but never jumps up or seems to care about them. Hamster ball has ran into her in his ball a few times with zero issues. She is very respectful.

Walk/Commands/Leash: Moxy is very well trained. She has had months with a great trainer Caity at Balanced Behavior. She walks very well on the leash and actually off the leash too. When on the leash she will “heel”. Never pulls or lags. Stays right alongside of you. Very very easy to walk. Over time we started to walk and hike with her off the leash. She will not go off trail much and stays with you. She will stop to smell here and there when off leash and is in no big hurry, but keeps up. When on the leash and you stop she will “sit” when asked. She knows “sit”, “down”, “wait”, “ok”, “drop it”, “give it”, “heel” and “stay” very well. She recently learned “bed” and does pretty well with it. She loves to walk and hike.

Behavior/Environment: We have 2 boys and the house’s volume and energy has increased a lot. I think this is not good for Moxy. She is not a fan of loud noises. She will usually leave and try to find a less stressful place in the house or yard. She is not freaking out or have major anxiety, but we can tell she does not like it. She is a big lover, but it takes time to warm up. When we got her for the 1st month we got very little “pet me” or “cuddles”. Now she is wanting it more than we can provide. When she wants pets and love she is open to it all. I think a home with a little less commotion and energy would be great. We are gone a lot on weekends and at work all day and she would love someone home more. She has had a house sitter and does fine with her. She would stay at our house. She is not a runaway type of dog. She doesn’t not leave if front door is open, gate or garage. She is a home body. She has never dug in backyard or destroyed anything. She does great with positive reinforcement and will be submissive when in trouble. She has had the great pleasure of working with Caity at Balanced Behavior. She is awesome. She did trainings with her and for the last few months has gone to daycare 1 day a week. She loves it. Caity and her staff have her in with all the dogs for 2 to 5 hours every week. She doesn’t play but is not aggressive towards other dogs. Moxy will be missed! We love her! She deserves a less stressful home, owners that are home more and all the hugs and kisses we used to give her!

The Vet: She is not a big fan. It can be very stressful for her. She can be very defensive. She has on her vet notes : NO TEMPERATURE. We started to muzzle her to be safe. For the 1st 3 years we did not do that, but the stress she was in at the vet, it was just easier. She is not a fan of muzzle, but it is most likely best. Nails: No issue getting her nails cut. She does not love it, but does not fight it. She DOES NOT like the groomer putting the noose/leash attached to the wall around her neck to do her nails. Our groomer had one person hold leash and other do nails. No issues. Baths: She does not mind the baths. We do them in back yard and at the self-wash place. She is fine with either. Never had her groomed. No sure she would like that.

Health: Moxy is in great health overall. We just had all her blood and urine tested, plus a full examination. She is a little over weight. Could lose some weight. She is on Pronin for incontinence. It was not a problem for the 1st year or so. We think it could be weight related. The Pronin works great. Just goes in her food. Very easy. We have been down to 1 tablet each feeding. We even do some mornings without it. No issues. She is a little susceptible to ear infections. So, we recommend ear wash once a week and same day as any swimming.

Moxy is located in: Windsor and is being fostered by a professional dog trainer – Caity Haistings

If you are interested in Moxy 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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Kea playing in yard



Kea playing tug



Kea jumping for joy







Kea: 7 year old, spayed female chocolate Lab, 90 lbs

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

Kea's owner has had since she was a puppy. The owner unfortunately had to move and her current accommodations do not allow dogs. Kea has been staying at a friend's home, but the friend is moving at the end of June and the owner has not been able to find another friend who can take Kea. So she called Lab Rescue to help find this beautiful girl a loving new home.

 What Kea’s Rescue Rep says: Kea is a happy, playful, active, spayed female chocolate lab who just turned 7. She enjoys going on walks/hikes and playing fetch and tug in the backyard. She likes to ride in the car and swim. She is easygoing and social and enjoys the company of people and other dogs. Kea is currently living in a home with another dog. Don't know how she would be with cats. Kea knows basic commands and attended group training classes when she was young. She walks fairly well on leash, with some pulling if she sees something she is interested in.

 Medical Information: Kea has a recent well check vet visit, is current on shots, spayed, heartworm negative, and micro-chipped. In early 2016 Kea had a tail injury that left her with a limp tail. She is housetrained, but as a result of her injury, will sometimes have leakage. Her current home easily manages when this happens by having her wear diapers inside the house.

 Kea is located in: Santa Clara

 If you are interested in Kea, call/text Rescue Rep Katy at 650-796-3596 or email katy4gglrr@gmail.com

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

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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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We are not taking any more inquiries for these dogs.

GGLRR wants to make sure people have the latest status about Labs they may have seen on our website so have a category called "taking no more inquires". These are dogs that we have received lots of good inquiries and so are not taking any more.







Kane: 2 year & 10 Month Yellow Female 52 pounds

We are not taking any more inquiries for Kane.

Background: Kane’s owner will be having to travel a lot in 2019 and feel sit it best to fine Kane a home that will be more stable and a home where someone is not gone for 12 plus hours a day. It is very hard for the owner to rehome Kane but he know it is best.

What Kane’s owner says:

Kane is a smart, sweet, loving, and very energetic white lab. She is just a couple months shy of her third birthday, and weighing in at just 52lbs, she’s the perfect size for a dog on the go. She was born in Colorado and has had just one previous owner who she moved to San Francisco with in January of 2017. Kane is a lab in every sense of the word: She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body and is good around children and other dogs, she loves to be with humans and will pal around with you anywhere you’d like to go, she is the ultimate swimmer and loves a classic game of fetch (with a stick only) into a lake or at the beach, and she’s is hands down the best Cuddler you will find. Don’t be fooled by those cuddles though, she didn’t earn the nickname ‘hurriKane’ for no reason and she needs plenty of opportunities throughout the day to unleash all that energy. And even though she tries her best to have good manners, she sometimes needs reminders to help keep her on track. Speaking of manners, Kane is of course house broken, and she’s also crate trained and will go in willingly and has even been caught taking a nap in there with the gate open. Furniture is also off limits, except for the bed (who could say no to the cuddling?), and she knows all the basic obedience commands sit, down, out, off, heel, etc.)When it comes down to it, Kane just loves to love. I always say she’s so energetic because she has to get all her love out there into the world.. and with her birthday on Valentine’s Day, Love was bound to be part of her dna.

Medical information: Kane is spayed, has all her shots, is microchipped and has not had any health issues.

Kane 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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Boomer and Bosun romping

Boomer on the loose

Boomer and the ball

Boomer is so done fetching the ball






Boomer: ~6-yr-old male black Lab mix 66 pounds neutered
Watch Boomer's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are not taking any more inquiries for Boomer.

Background: Boomer was relinquished to a local vet when he was brought into the vet with an unknown gastrointestinal obstruction. The costly treatment to remove the obstruction was well beyond the financial abilities of his family. Boomer whispered in the vet’s ear (we are still not sure what he told the vet), and the vet agreed to take custody of The Big Boom… and perform the surgery to remove the obstruction. A few hours later, with the removal of a near-fully-intact pig’s ear from his small intestine, Boomer was feeling soooooo much better. The vet put the only-partially-digested pig’s ear in a jar of formaldehyde and put in on his office shelf to counsel future dog owners on the risk of pig ear consumption. The vet then whispered into Boomer’s ear… something to the effect of “Time to find you a new forever home, pal.”

What Boomer’s Foster says: Boomer is settling in nicely. He is very well behaved and he knows “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “shake”, so far. Boomer is interested in Hotspur (our dog-savvy cat) but seems very deferential to him thus far. Sleeps quietly in his crate all night; don’t think he needs it to be honest. Have taken him to the dog park multiple times -- he loves getting out and running; fine off leash and meeting other dogs. More interested in chasing our dog than chasing (or fetching) balls. Still trying to figure out how to wrestle with our dog Bosun instead of humping him. He is a great dog, well trained and easy going. No vices to speak of. Loves his morning romps at the park and an evening walk, so wouldn’t want him to be just sent out to the backyard. Otherwise I think he could go to a wide variety of adopters: kids, other dogs, cats, older people -- all good. He likes his people so he sticks around us, but just curls up and is happy. I am so glad that vet gave him another lease on life.

What Boomer’s Rescue Rep says: This is one terrific dog. Not sure what he is mixed with… maybe chow, maybe shepherd. Would love to be in a home with another dog. Should be fine in a home with a cat, so long as the cat is dog-savvy.

Medical Information: Current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, neutered, and microchipped.

Boomer is located in: El Cerrito.

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

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Harley: 11 Month old male black Lab / Mix - 74 lbs – neutered

We are not taking any more inquiries for Harley.

What Harley’s owner says: We adopted Harley from an over-crowded apartment situation in July. Harley is energetic, loving, house-broken and I should mention a chewer (socks, napkins or tissues & logs). He loves everybody especially children and other dogs. He is curious about cats but has not attempted to hurt them. At 74 lbs he thinks he is a lap dog and loves to cuddle when he is not playing & chasing butterflies. His biggest treat is going for a car ride & is a good car companion. He has been neutered and is up to date with all his vaccinations and is taking Heartgard & NexGard. He has attended 12 weeks of training and sits beautifully, responds to the following commands: up, off, down, leave it, stand, heel and walks well on a leash. He is still working on stay and come.

Medical information: Harley is neutered, up to date on his shots and chipped.

Harley 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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8 Lab Mix Puppies are available for adoption

We are not taking any more inquiries for the puppies.

Story of Mom:

Cali 7 year old yellow female Lab (Photos Attached)

Background:

Cali is a well-loved dog and have been with her owner since she was a puppy. Cali would get out from time to time and surprise one time she got out she got pregnant and now we have 8 healthy mix puppies. The owner wanted to make sure the puppies got spayed and neutered and were placed in loving homes so he called GGLRR to place the puppies. We now have them in a foster home.

What the puppies foster says:

4 Boys & 4 Girls

1 Boy is adopted & 1 Girl is adopted

These are typical 6 week old puppies – sleep, eat, pee, poop, play, repeat... they are very mouthy at this age, so having siblings to test things out on is a good idea. They are very bouncy and very affectionate and very interested in the humans of varying ages who come to visit them. Basically, they all just want a lap and some attention and something to chew on and life is all good. We don’t know what dad is, but mom is a small yellow lab and we expect these pups to be between 60 and 70 pounds. They have great character, and are very wiggly, right now to the end of their tails or bums, whatever the case may be (3 have full tails, and the rest have little to no tails – good for avoiding the typical lab wiping the coffee table clear of everything!) These are very special pups who we are very happy to have in our care and they deserve very special homes and families!

We have the puppies in a foster home and they are doing well!

Playing, sleeping, pooping and eating and then repeating! (Puppies are great but you need to be prepared to have an active dog in your home for the next 5 plus years.). Everything is a fun game! They have been well socialized, met a variety of people and kids. All are very social and tolerant.

Medical:

They will have their first shots and medical visit at 8 weeks of age. They will also be dewormed. Currently on 12/03/2018 7 weeks of age Ready to go home on the weekend of 12/09/2018

Lab rescue pays for all their shots, spay/neuter and microchip. You must go to one of our vets to have the full medical bill taken care of. If you use your vet them only a portion can be paid for. Adoption fee is $450 and spay and neuter deposit is $400.

They are located in Danville.

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

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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.



Franklin sitting for treats

Franklin bopping around the yard and house

Franklin wrassling with Diesel

Franklin and Diesel -- Tug-of-war action






Franklin: 8-month-old male yellow Lab 56 pounds not yet neutered
Watch Franklin's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: Found on the streets of Sonoma County and taken in by a good Samaritan… we are dumbfounded how someone “loses” a great young dog like this and doesn’t come looking for him. Well, it is time for Franklin (so named by the good Sam)… to score some Benjamins and find himself some new life, liberty, and major pursuit of happiness. This dog seeks that perfect union with a forever family, will provide for the common defense against rogue stuffed animals, and is guaranteed to promote the general welfare of everyone he meets – not so sure if there will be much domestic tranquility though.

What Franklin’s Foster says: What you see is what you get. One young male Lab! Bouncy, engaging, affectionate. Big-time licker. Loves to romp with other dogs. Walks pretty good on leash—still learning. Not yet fully house-broken. Sleeps the night away in his crate with minimal whining. Loves mud puddles and water sprayed from hose – but not necessarily in that order. Loves meeting everyone at the dog park. No idea how he is with cats’ suspect he will be inquisitive but other fine. Still learning commands – the only real command he knows now is “wiggle your butt” – and he does it without asking. We are currently taking him on two 1-hour walks each day… he thrives with such exercise.

What Franklin’s Rescue Rep says: We declare this is one fabulous dog. Franklin has two primary speeds: “All out” or “Crash”. Must be given plenty of exercise to release his bountiful energy; you will be rewarded with a mellow happy dog. Needs to be the center of attention in the home. May be a good dog for family with young kids – might be a shade rompy-rough though. Would be fine with another (older) dog, but he will endeavor to play with the other dog (a lot) – and the other dog may not appreciate such resolute attention (er, annoyance). Does not yet know how to fetch or retrieve. Not a good dog for families who are not ready to have their world rocked. Still growing – probably headed to 75+ pounds. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that Franklin will make for a wonderful family dog, that he must be endowed by a family rich in walks and dog parks, that nothing short of a mutual pledge by his forever family to provide him with the greatest home ever will suffice.

Medical Information: He is now microchipped and vaccinated. Needs a distemper booster shot in a few weeks. Needs to be neutered,

Franklin is located in: Larkspur.

(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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