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Lab adoption fair Last updated 10/17/2018 12:00 PM

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.



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Tahoe: older male in need of foster home

Watch Tahoe's videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Foster needed for an old-timer male black Lab at Oakland Animal Services

Named Tahoe by the shelter staff, #44361 was picked up as a stray on 28 Sep. Our guess is 10-12 years-old. We think he was dumped by his owners as they just didn’t want to deal with an old dog. Give me a break! Medically, he is in rough shape: bad flea dermatitis on his back and tail; anemic (possibly from the fleas); infected ears; very stiff in hind end; weak in the back legs; pretty thin. May be coming down with kennel cough (has been started on antibiotics); possible laryngeal paralysis. His coat is filthy.

Tahoe is not really interested in other dogs, but welcomes human contact and attention. His tail would not stop wagging when we took him out of his kennel and spent some time with him. We think with a real good bath, some decent food, basic medical care -- and a heavy dose of TLC – he will rebound nicely. He would do best in a quiet foster home with minimal stairs and a flat backyard.

What is a foster? A foster provides a home for a dog while it is up for adoption. A foster feeds and shelters the dog, takes it for walks and exercise, and cares for it as it is their own dog. Sort of a temporary adoption. A foster is truly an angel as it provides a critical bridge for a rescued dog.

If you are interested in fostering this guy and nursing him back to health, please call, text or email Dave at david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net, 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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Happy Vegas saying hello



Hanging out with Vegas



Vegas and Tess playing tug







Vegas: 3-yr-old male black Lab 70 pounds not yet neutered

Watch his videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Background: Found on the side of the road by police in the central valley on 26 September… having been hit by a car… this wonderful guy was taken to the county shelter where he was found to have broken or severely injured front legs. But his tail would not stop wagging and his eyes begged for help. A local vet advised the shelter staff to either find a rescue to take the dog or the dog should be put down the next day. Lab Rescue was notified at 9:30 AM on Friday 28 September of the situation… and, after a frantic consult with our vet, immediately sortied a volunteer to pull the dog. By 12:15 PM that Friday, the dog was being transported to our vet in San Ramon. Vegas is now with a Lab Rescue foster recovering from his ordeal.

What Vegas’ Rescue Rep says: Upon arrival at the vet, we named this guy “Vegas”… as we felt he had just hit the jackpot. While we are just getting to know this guy, all indications are that he is a great dog. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but he is one fabulous Lab! Vegas is rolling 7s at his foster… He is rebounding from his automobile accident nicely and has become quite active and playful.

Medical Information: Vegas’ abrasions to his head, face, and armpit have been treated with antibiotic ointment and are healing nicely. The very minor (hair-line?) fracture to the right side of his scapula (shoulder bone) is healing on its own – no surgery needed or appropriate. His worst injury is significant trauma to his front upper left leg’s muscle/tendon/ligament; our vet (in consult with a surgeon) determined that surgery is unnecessary and inappropriate… Instead Vegas just needs several months of rest and rehabilitation to allow the muscle and nearby tissue to recover. We have added cold laser therapy to his recovery treatment. His adopter will have to be absolutely committed to follow the rest and rehabilitation protocol to ensure Vegas’ right upper leg fully recovers.

Vegas is located in: Walnut Creek.

If you are interested in Vegas, 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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Shadow: ~ 8 year-old male black Lab 70 lbs neutered

Can you help Shadow?

Shadow needs a special foster/adopter now! Can you be that home?

Shadow is a super sweet 8 year old black Lab, who ended up at the shelter in San Jose after his owner refused to bail him out. We noticed that he had some discomfort in his back end, which is not unusual for Labs his age, so we took him in to be checked out. It turns out that Shadow has a torn cruciate ligament in one leg, and a partially torn cruciate in the other, necessitating at least one surgery, possibly two.

We reached out to our partners at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to see if they could help out. Shadow has his appointment for surgery all scheduled. There are a couple of options, so we won’t know exactly what he’ll have done until he gets there, but in any case, Lab rescue will make sure that he has two working knees! So all good, right? Wrong. We have problem.

Shadow’s current wonderful foster family cannot keep Shadow through his surgery and rehab; he needs to be in a home where someone is home most of the time, and can ensure that his activity level is strictly managed (as in, he gets basically NO activity) through his rehabilitation. He needs a home without many steps that is carpeted or has rugs covering floors so he won’t slip. We are looking for a foster or adoptive home that can take him now, and keep him through his surgery at UC Davis and his rehab. Is that foster or adoptive home you?

If you can help this sweet boy, 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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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: 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.

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.








Dexter: 13-year-old male black Lab mix ~65 lbs un-neutered

Background: Dexter was a frequent flier at the shelter; with his most recent visit his owner chose not to spring him from jail. We know that he’s 13 and that he’s been around kids, but from his neglected condition, we’d have to say that his owner didn’t do much for him, including feeding him! Of course now that he’s a Lab Rescue dog, we’re working on getting him into great shape!

In spite of the neglect, Dexter has good energy and really great teeth for his age. There is spring in his step, he’s curious about things around him, and is a super sweet boy. We’re looking for a home that will make next years of Dexter’s life the great life he deserves!

What Dexter’s foster says:

Dexter is a sweet boy who loves hanging out with his people. He is very interested in exploring and is surprisingly nimble for his age. He pulls a bit on leash, but overall is very well behaved. While he obviously spent a long time outside, he is well mannered in the house and probably spent some time as an indoor dog. He is curious about kitties and our chickens but not aggressively so. He chases squirrels when he sees them, but is not obsessive about them. He has the typical Lab love for food and thus far shows he will do anything for a treat. Plus he has a very soft mouth when taking treats. We have not heard him bark even once. He’s patient about baths and loves to be dried off with a towel afterwards! Dexter travels well in the car, sleeps through the night and shows no interest in digging or chewing. He’s been with us for less than a week and is happy to simply receive some love and attention. He’s a true gentleman and sweetheart.

What Dexter’s Rescue Rep says: Dexter is a lovely, sweet dog. In spite of his age and clear neglect, he’s got spring in his step and a lively curiosity. He was good around other dogs in the shelter, and passed our food guarding test with flying colors. He was very interested in the chicken that shared the courtyard in a kennel; he sniffed at her several times and she put him in his place! He enjoys attention, takes treat gently, and is doing well in making the transition from neglected outdoor dog to happy indoor dog. Because Dexter has spent so much time in the back yard, his muscles have atrophied a bit, but a regular regime of ever increasing easy walks will help build up muscles and stamina. Dexter will enjoy seeing all those things he’s missed in his backyard life!

Medical information: Dexter is up to date on his vaxes, heartworm tested and on preventive. Dexter has a skin condition that is being managed medically, and we are working on putting some weight on him. Other than that, Dexter is doing great for his age medically. Dexter is not neutered, and won’t be until he has finished his treatment for his skin .

Dexter is located in: Concord

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

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Dempsey fetching in the yard



Dempsey romping in the grass



Dempsey walking on leash



Dempsey walking with another dog



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Dempsey: 11-yr-old male yellow AKC lab 80 pounds neutered

Watch Dempsey's videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.

What Dempsey’s Foster says: They can’t believe Dempsey is 11 years old. He is completely house broken, gets along with their small dog and loves to go on hikes. Dempsey is full of life and fun! He is very young for being 11 years old, he is very smart and will be obedient for a treat! (Of course he is a LAB!) He is very happy when he pleases the people around him. We are loving our time with this spirited boy!

What Dempsey’s Rescue Rep says: Dempsey is a well loved pet but the family need to give him up for adoption as they have allergies and feel Dempsey would be better in a new home. It was a hard decision but know it is best as he will get the attention that he deserves. Dempsey loves to swim, likes to take car rides and loves a good game of fetch!

Medical Information: Dempsey is up to date on his shots, neutered, microchipped and GGLRR had worked on making his ears heal from infection.

Dempsey is located in: Petaluma.

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

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Koby: 5-year-old male chocolate Lab ~74 lbs neutered

We are not taking any more inquiries for Koby.

Background: This handsome boy ended up in the shelter with his sister when his owner went into the hospital and there was no one to take care of them. When his human came home, she realized she was unable to handle two active young Labs, and signed them over to the shelter, who contacted us about both Labs. His sister has since been adopted.

What Koby’s Rescue Rep says: I was so pleasantly surprised when I met Koby: a chocolate Lab who was calm in addition to being gorgeous! Yes, he had had a walk before our visit, but shelter staff say that calm is his usual state of being. Koby is super sweet, and enjoying being handled. He did well on his handling test, and when he met another dog through the fence, he sniffed politely and moved on. He was completely indifferent to the chicken in a kennel within the courtyard; gave it a glance and moved on. Koby does not fetch (he’s of the Labrador Retrieve-less line of Labs); he did briefly take the tug rope but wasn’t interested in playing. Koby is a really nice dog, who belongs in a really nice home where he can get the attention, training, exercise and love he deserves.

We’d like a home for Koby where someone is home most of the day. He’s accustomed to having both human and canine company during the day, and a home with another dog would likely make him very happy. He’s a big boy, so if there are kids in the home they should be over the age of 8. Koby is also the kind of dog who could easily go to work with you! We don’t know how Koby would be around cats.

What Koby’s foster says: Koby is a really nice dog! He loves to have his belly rubbed and his butt scratched. He walks pretty well on a leash with a martingale collar. He does nicely with my 14 year old female Lab, and I can tell he is happy to have another dog around. He is still setting in and figuring things out, and is a little clingy (which is typical), but he’s a curious dog and loves checking out new things. He’s been respectful of other dogs he’s met on walks, and loves humans. Koby would be an easy dog to have around, and a great companion for another dog.

Medical information: Koby is up to date on his shots, neutered, dewormed and micro chipped. We’ve taken him to the vet and are currently managing a skin infection and ear infection, but overall he’s physically in great shape with a beautiful dark glossy coat.

Koby is located in: Redwood City

(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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Tyson: 5 to 7 year-old male black Lab mix 60 lbs neutered

We are not taking any more inquiries for Tyson.

Background: Tyson was adopted by a man in Texas who loved him dearly but who passed away suddenly. The owner’s son and girlfriend brought Tyson to the Bay Area to live with them for the past year but their work schedules and current housing situation do not allow them to have a dog. So they are sadly surrendering Tyson in hopes that he will find a wonderful new family that will love and care for him as much as they do.

What Tyson’s owner says: Tyson’s last owner that loved him dearly passed away leaving him displaced. My boyfriend and I have been caring for him to the best of our abilities since the tragic incident but we have not been able to provide the forever home and care he deserves. He is a very good boy! Well mannered, has some obedience training and will do almost anything for a treat and has zero food aggression even though he loves food very much. He is a pro at "sit, shake, down, come, and rollover ". He enjoys being in the company of people and likes to be in whatever room you are in. He is very smart, highly trainable and learns new games very quickly. Tyson loves going on walks, hikes, catching frisbee and gets very excited about them. He will bark at unfamiliar sounds and when someone knocks at the door. He is crate trained and sleeps in his crate almost every night. Tyson is also house trained and never has accidents.

What Tyson’s foster says: Tyson is such a pleasure to have around. He is well-mannered and well-behaved. Someone has spent a lot of time with him as he knows many commands and looks for more to learn. He is enjoying being with me as I work in the backyard or when I come inside for a break. We met four dogs out on our walk this morning and he did well with all of them.

What Tyson’s Rescue Rep says: Tyson is a wonderful dog. Eager to please and very intelligent. We would like Tyson to go to a home that will enjoy working with him and keep up his training. We think Tyson would enjoy doing agility games or having puzzles to solve. Tyson can be a bit nervous initially in new situations but looks to his humans for guidance. He did great riding in my car. Tyson enjoys playing with other dogs on the beach but doesn’t like it when other dogs try to dominate him, so we’d like to see him go to a dog-savvy owner who will supervise and maintain appropriate play sessions. Tyson is working on his leash walking skills and practicing his heel command though he's already a pro at the "wait at the door" aspect. He is quite a smart and special guy.

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

Tyson 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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Honey walking around her foster home






Honey: 12-year-old spayed female yellow Lab mix 78 lbs

Watch Honey's video by clicking on the link above the pictures. We are not taking any more calls for Honey.

Background: Honey lived with her prior owner since she was 3 months old. The family was recently displaced by a home fire and the owner’s future housing is uncertain. The owner reached out to GGLRR to help find Honey a loving forever home that would open their hearts to this sweet “Golden Girl”.

What Honey’s foster says: Honey has been through some rough times recently. Earlier this month, her home caught fire, she was separated from her owner and her companion 4 dogs and 5 cats, and she spent a week in a Central Valley shelter. Then, when she arrived in her foster home, she had two separate infections. Her toenails were so long that she couldn’t walk comfortably, and she was in desperate need of a good wash and brushing. She did little but sleep for her first few days.

But none of these experiences have broken her sweet and gentle nature. Now that she’s gotten on medications and had a few days to sleep and recover, she’s getting some pep back in her step. She’s still a mellow girl, content to lounge most of the day in her crate or on her bed. She enjoys her brief walks, though she’s still building up her stamina. She’s got a lovely silky coat and a sweet temperament. She is fine in the foster’s home with teenage kids and lots of noise, and former owner reportedly had her around grandchildren as well.

Her ideal home would be with someone who wants a low maintenance companion. There’s also a special joy in opening your home to a senior dog who has been through so much. She needs very little, and appreciates so much!

What Honey’s Rescue Rep says: Honey is a calm, happy girl. She’d make a great companion for someone looking for an easy dog to hang out with and go on short walks. She has lived with other dogs and cats and is crate trained. Honey was fine riding in my car and got in and out easily. Her owner says she enjoys swimming, though we haven’t had a chance to try,

Medical Information: Spayed, microchipped, current on shots, and heartworm negative. Honey had a UTI and GI infection when GGLRR first got her, which have cleared with antibiotics. Honey could lose a few pounds which would help ease the load on her senior joints.

Honey is located in: Menlo Park

(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 has an enthusiastic personality, is always ready to go for a walk, 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 inside with his owner 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

(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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OLIVER: 7 Week Old Black Lab Mix Puppy Male Not Neutered 7 Pounds

We are not taking any more inquiries for Oliver.

Background: Hi! My name is Oliver! Aren’t I cute!? Everyone who meets me thinks so! A wonderful volunteer with GGLRR saw me on Craig’s list. She let everyone know and I was snagged by another volunteer who kept me for the night (big surprise to him as I was the youngest he has had overnight), who then brought to my foster family’s home the next day where I settled in nicely with my 4 legged foster sister and foster brother. How lucky am I! They said I was a purebred (and a vet said it was possible, even with the little white toes and blaze on my chest). Who knows, I don’t care, and everyone I’ve met so far doesn’t either. I am a purebred bundle of baby joy.

What Oliver’s foster says: Oliver is definitely a baby. That means he is working on his potty training (and doing quite well actually even though he needs to go out several times during the night as that’s part of being a baby ), crate training (still not his favorite place but will quiet down after a few minutes), and trying not to use his sharp teeth when he plays or is hungry. He tries not to get under feet, but his enthusiasm with being with you and playing with your pant leg gets the best of him. Oliver gets along well with his foster canine sister and brother. Enjoys following them around, but will leave them alone when they gently tell him to bug off. He has seen the foster cat with no reaction. He hasn’t a clue what she is, only that she is smaller than the other two. Oliver sleeps crated in the bedroom with the rest of the family. Has been left an hour or so in an x-pen and open crate in the kitchen during the day. Outside he is never left unattended as he is so tiny and the yard is so big.

Medical Information& What GGLRR Wants: Oliver has had his first round of shots. He should go to a loving home that is around most of the time, or can take him with them to work/etc. A home with children over the age of 10 would be best, as he needs to have lots of patience, attention and support while going through his puppyhood. GGLRR will coordinate his neuter when appropriate.

Oliver 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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Annie: 9 year old yellow female 90 Pounds

Background: What a sweet, smart girl! Annie was picked up as a stray in the north bay- how anyone could let this lovely girl go is beyond me. She is a happy, goofy lab who LOVES to play tug and perform surgery on her stuffed toys. Annie likes to hang out with her people, is calm in the house, and goes for walks enthusiastically. She is strong, and I use a gentle leader to walk her--she does quite well with it

What Annie’s foster says: Annie is a perfect companion dog, up for adventure anytime. And everything is an adventure. Need to put gas in the car? GREAT! Let's go! Need to walk to the market/ mow the lawn/ go to the park/ wash the dishes/ anything else? FABULOUS, let me assist! Annie gets along well with my lab, and she greets people and other dogs nicely. Unknown how she is with kitties. She is being treated for yeast in her skin, for which she gets regular medicated baths. Annie is happy to help you de-stress by offering you her belly to rub while she gives you little kisses, and is truly a special girl.

Medical Information: spayed, microchipped, well check, blood panel, treated her ears, treated some skin issues and heartworm negative. She is a healthy GIRL!

Annie 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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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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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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