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Lab adoption fair Last updated 8/30/2016 6:30 AM

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.









Sweet SARA: 10-Year-Old Yellow Female Lab Spayed 81 Pounds (could lose 5 lbs)

Sara came to Lab Rescue through the San Francisco SPCA. She was a breeding dog in Grass Valley and when the breeder’s husband died she had to give up all her dogs. Sara came in with 12 other yellow females.

All of the dogs come from champion breeding. Sara is a very sweet dog that loves getting attention and riding in the car. She is a mellow girl that still loves to go for walks. She will settle in on her bed after a walk and be happy just to hang out with you the rest of the day. We don’t know how she is with cats. She does fine when left alone in the house.

What Sara’s Foster says:

Sara is a gentle, sweet girl that knows basic commands and is responsive to training – treat motivated! Sara will “wait” to exit doors and to get her meals. She walks well on leash. Sara sleeps on her bed in my room through the night. While Sara likes to be with her people and will follow them around the house, she is also content napping on her bed. Sara can be left alone in the house with no worries of destructive behavior. She will alert bark when someone comes to the door. Sara gets along well the foster’s male Lab, however, she would be happy to have her people all to herself (along with belly rubs!).

Sara is looking for a strong leader to continue to build her confidence. Sara is the type of dog that if you are her leader she will do fine with meeting people and dogs but if you let Sara lead then she may become anxious in new situations.

Sara is microchipped, spayed, and is current on vaccinations and heartworm, flea and tick prevention. She is one healthy girl.

Sara is located in Walnut Creek.

  If you are looking for a wonderful companion, please call 415-613-6374 or 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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Madden and Raider 10-year-old male yellow Lab (66 lbs) and 12-yr-old male chocolate Lab (73 lbs)

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

Time for the Silver-and-Black to step up for two of their own. Madden and Raider came to Lab Rescue after spending six months alone in a vacant house after their owner died unexpectedly. A related of the deceased visited the dogs every other day to feed and water them, but they’ve been without walks, dog socialization, or other human contact for a very long time. Finally the relative called us to re-home the dogs. Given these conditions, we found both dogs to be absolutely charming – and starved for attention. We do consider them bonded (understandably given all they have been through) and we want to adopt them out together.

What Madden’s and Raider’s Foster says: Raider and Madden are adorable, sweet “siblings”. The two have been together at least for 4 years when they were adopted from a shelter. They will do everything together. Sleep, eat, drink, play and follow us around the house! When separated they very much miss each other and it’s a big party when they come back together! Raider shows signs of an 12-year-old dog. His movements are slower. Madden is more active. Both walk well on leash, with Madden occasionally pulling. We have given them some toys but they have not taken to playing with them. They both respond quite well when called and take orders very easily (“no”, “go lie down”, “come here”) —they were clearly well trained dogs. There has been no barking, except when someone rings the doorbell. They used to go onto furniture in their old home, however on the first night we told them “no” and they have not tried to go onto furniture again. They sleep together in the living room. They should go to a home with minimum/no stairs as Raider has a torn ACL and struggles with stairs

What Madden’s and Raider’s Rescue Rep says: Both dogs are on pain-killer/anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis and other issues. They are up-to-speed on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Madden and Raider get along great with all people and dogs; not sure about cats. They are currently in Burlingame.

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

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

(Should gain some weight.)

Lab Rescue is will have him neutered next week.

It still is shocking when we get a call from the shelter and they have a dog they want us to help them with. I ask them the dogs story and they say – found roaming the streets – STRAY. What is shocking is that a lot of the dogs GGLRR takes in with this story are amazing dogs and Shadow is one of these dogs. (I can’t believe that people are not looking for these dogs! A lot of the males get out as they are not neutered and then the owners stop looking for them as the fine to get them out of the shelter is too high. It is cheaper to go and get a new dog – yikes!)

They shelter emailed me and said do you want a gift? I have a wonderful boy – Shadow. (The shelter gave him his new name.) The shelter evaluated him with other dogs and a variety of people and he had no issues.

We have Shadow with a professional trainer and she gives him two thumbs up! >What she has to say about Shadow:

He is a very sweet dog and not a big barker. He does want to chase cats so a home without cats would be good. He can get a little mouthy when he is excited but when corrected he stops. He has had some training as he knows basis commands and he is a dog that wants to please. He knows: sit, down, walks pretty well on a leash and we are working on stay. (When he sees a cat on the leash he will pull.) We are crate training him and he did get out of the wire crate so we are not using zip ties so he can’t open the crate. Over all Shadow is a very nice dog and should make a great addition to his new home.

What GGLRR wants for Shadow:

Shadow can be in a home with kids but they should be older kids as he may knock down small children because of his size. He can be in a home with other dogs but they should be larger dogs in case he may want to chase smaller dogs. He can’t be in a home with cats. We want a home that will be committed to his training and get him exercise each day.

Shadow is current on his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative, has had a well check and is microchipped.

He is located in Santa Windsor.

  If you are looking for a handsome young Lab / Mix like Shadow, are committed to taking him to training, to showing him the wonderful world that he deserves, and will be his lifelong buddy, please call 415-613-6374 or 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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HANK: 6.5 year old neutered Black Lab mix 60 lbs (needs to lose ~5-7 lbs)

HI,

My name is Hank and my Rescue Rep says I am one great dog! I LOVE people and am very exuberant. I love to give soft gentle kisses. I've had a great life thus far with my wonderful owner though we have moved several times. Because of my Dad's work and new location living in apartment, he is no longer able to give me the time and attention that a big dog like me needs. I am in small living quarters and not getting enough daily exercise which is what I was used to prior to moving to San Francisco. My Dad made the tough but selfless decision to call Lab Rescue to see if they could find a forever home that will meet all of needs. I have been with my owner my entire life.

From Hank's owner:

I got Hank in Atlanta, GA. At that time, I was living in a house with a large yard. He had plenty of space to run around and my work schedule also allowed me to take him to the dog park. We've moved around quite a bit since Atlanta, and here in San Francisco, I simply cannot take care of him like he deserves. I work long hours and he is an apartment for most of the day with access to only a small yard. I think he has also developed leash aggression from not being able to get enough exercise and free space. (See Rep's note on this below.) He's a fabulous dog and I am very sad to see him go but it would be the best solution for both of us.

Hank is a wonderful, sweet, loving dog who loves to be around people. Currently, he's also living with another dog, so he gets along with other dogs in close quarters. Hank is a people dog. He is always by my side and will want to be in close contact with whomever he ends up with in his new home. He has no issues off leash. He likes to sleep in his bed on the floor or up on the bed with me. He's got a lot of energy and definitely needs to get daily exercise. I haven't been able to run him enough so he has put on some weight lately.

From Hank's Rescue Rep:

Hank is one terrific sweet boy who will be 7 in September. He definitely is a "people dog." Even though he has been with a dog buddy he has been alone for 9 hours a day so we do want someone who is home for a good part of the day. He wants to be part of the pack again as well as needing lots of daily exercise. His owner feels he has developed leash aggression from being unsocialized with dogs due to lack of time being able to walk him. I tested him with my dog and at a distance Hank was great and you could see he wanted to play. There was no lunging or barking and the owner states it is when he gets right up in a dog's face that he becomes aggressive, though he has never hurt another dog. Therefore, he needs training in how to approach another dog when on leash. This will need to be done with a private trainer following Hank's adoption since obedience classes typically don't tackle this. Since Hank is such an easy friendly dog this should be a quick fix. Because of his energy and exuberance any kids should be 6 and older so they don't get intimidated or knocked over by him. He is house and crate trained and rides well in the car. He likes to fetch and swim and will roll over for those yummy belly rubs!

Medical:

Hank is neutered, had a recent well check and is healthy, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped.

He is located in San Francisco.

  If you are interested in making this terrific happy energetic guy part of your family, please call Rescue Rep Sandy @ 650-303-2436.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Dixie: 9-year-old female yellow Lab 85 lbs

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

New video posted 8/16.


Don’t ever ask a lady her age! Cause this one will prove you wrong… whatever you guess. Dixie recently came racing into a Central Valley shelter as a stray -- took one look at the place -- and raced right out into the welcome arms of Lab Rescue. She is the life of the party and will win your heart over in an instant. Better be careful cause as soon as she gets out of the pool she will want to come over and give you a wet hug. Dixie loves long walks (although she’ll tug quite a bit at first), and is absolutely delighted to receive the attention and affection of her humans. She knows a few commands and is quick to learn. She can been a bit overbearing and pushy with other dogs at times, and that has resulted in some growling and other unacceptable responses, so her behavior with other dogs needs to be closely and properly managed.

What Dixie’s foster says: Dixie is house-trained, sleeps well through the night, and has easily settled into our routine. She likes to be where the people are and seems to understand normal conversation such as “come on” or “let’s go here”. She definitely knows “sit” and sort of “down”, but she’s not consistent yet. She loves her food (hey, she’s a lab!) and seems very trainable when treats are part of the deal! She is a very easy dog – eager to be part of whatever is going on, but also happy to just hang out. She has a good deal of energy and has started to play with our lab, Molly; tug ‘o war, chase, etc. I don’t yet fully trust her around ‘strange’ dogs because she’ll occasionally get into skirmishes, although over time she has integrated nicely at the dog park where we go. I think she would do fine in a two-dog home after an initial ‘getting-to-know’ period, but I also think she would be just as happy to bond with a person or people exclusively. Her one incorrigible trait is that she is a terrible car-rider -- even when crated in the car she frets, paws, and barks obnoxiously! Ironically, she really wants to ride in the car, so some concentrated training may be well worth the effort.

What Dixie’s Rescue Rep says: Dixie is spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. She could probably lose five pounds (but can’t we all). Dixie is located in Los Altos where she is hanging out with a younger female yellow lab. She will need continued leadership to help her overcome her occasional snarliness towards other dogs. No idea how she is with cats.

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

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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JACKPOT (formerly Mr. Nobody): 4 year old non neutered purebred English black lab 74 lbs

(Lab Rescue will coordinate his neutering)

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

We are not taking any more calls for Jackpot.

Yes, I WAS Mr. Nobody. My previous owner named me that. The shelter took one look at me and knew that I was more like a Mr. Somebody. You see, lucky for me my owner was (allegedly) caught being mean to me on surveillance camera. He was arrested (trial pending) but I was the one taken to the "pokey" till the trial. It got pretty lonely there as I had to be in a cell by myself as they said I was "evidence", whatever that means. These nice people from Golden Gate Lab Rescue heard my story and made the long drive to pick me up so that they could foster me until I was hopefully released to them. I felt like I hit the jackpot and thus my new name is "Jackpot!" I am now with a wonderful foster/trainer and making great progress. Once I am officially surrendered to Lab Rescue, they have committed to finding me my forever home.

Update from Jackpot's trainer:

Jackpot knows "heel", "sit", "down", "come", "stay" and go to a "Place" until released, and will listen to "no." Jackpot loves to retrieve. He is a very easy keeper as far as food goes, doesn't take much food to keep him at a healthy weight. He is used to sleeping in lots of different situations be it crate, run and loose. Doesn't seem to care about horses or cats but always be careful when introducing a dog to either.

Jackpot has mellowed out a lot when new dogs come in. Male or female, he greets them with a wagging tail though if he is placed in a home with another dog, it should be a female. He would also be fine being an only dog. There is no barking or growling in his kennel. He doesn't care about other dogs being out while I walk him. His manners are really good in the house and he is way better with giving up his toys. He will listen to my staff and to me and do what is asked of him. He will test others that he doesn't know to see if they will follow through and he will be pushy with toys and food with them. His new owner will need to continue with a trainer.

From Jackpot's Rescue Rep:

Jackpot is a handsome English Lab with the blocky head and a stocky build. He wants to please but apparently has not had structure in his life before and thus didn't understand what was expected of him. Because of this, we want someone who is around most of the day to provide this for him. He requires adequate exercise for physical and mental stimulation which also provides an opportunity for training and bonding with his new owner. He walks well on a leash with a prong collar. He is house trained, rides well in the car and is crate trained. Because of his large size and strength, any kids in the house should be 10 and up.

Medical:

Jackpot is healthy and up to date on vaccinations. He will be neutered, microchipped and heart worm tested. He is located in Watsonville.

Jackpot will require additional training with his new owner. We require a $250 deposit at the time of adoption which will be refunded when proof of training has been completed by a professional dog trainer. (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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Ash: ~ 2 year old spayed female yellow Lab, ~ 50 pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Ash.

Hi I’m Ash, short for Ashley, but that name just isn’t me! I am an adorable mix of Lab and Husky, with maybe something else mixed in, who knows! I love, love, LOVE to play fetch, go for a run, or play with my cousin Taco. Even though he’s bigger than me, I can run circles around him (literally!). I LOVE people, especially when they want to pet me or throw the ball. I had a wonderful owner, but he was sick, and now I am with my aunt. But it’s very busy here with 3 teenagers, and no one home during the day except me and Taco. I need more time than my busy family can give me. Are you the family for me? What Dog’s Rescue Rep says: Ash is a super sweet girl. She’s a Lab/Husky mix with cute patches around her eyes, and ears that operate independently. There may be other things in there beside Lab and Husky, but she definitely has the retriever gene, and will play fetch until you are worn out! Ash is house trained, and accustomed to being left alone in the house with the other dog, a golden retriever, sometimes for up to 8 hours. She has the energy typical of a 2 year old Lab and needs a plenty of exercise to keep her happy: a couple of long walks, a good run, a game of fetch, or two, or three…she will happily bring you that ball as many times as you are willing to throw it. She’s an active dog, but not hyper. She’s a good girl on the leash, with some pulling initially before she settles down, but she could still use some work on her loose leash walking. The key may be wearing her out a bit with a quick game of fetch before the walk. She’d be a great companion for a runner. She is accustomed to gong to the dog park a couple of times/day for a long game of fetch or going for 2 good walks. Ash hasn’t had a ton of training, but she’s smart as a whip. She knows Sit, Down (especially with a treat in your hand!), Come, Drop, Heel and Fetch and she knows how to open the screen door and let herself out. She does jump up when she’s excited, but if you correct her she stops. She is good with other dogs at the dog park, as well as her “cousin” Taco at home. She does love her ball and will bark if another dog wants to share it. She loves to play with Taco, and can outlast him in a game of wrestling. Ash is housebroken and house safe but has not been crate trained. A test run of having her go into a crate went well, so it’s likely that she can be crate trained. Ash is good around people of all ages, and is quite accustomed to teens and adults, but because of her age and energy, we feel she should go to a home with older kids who can handle her (age 10 and up). She has not been around cats. The ideal home for Ash would be one with an energy and activity level that would match hers. A family that would give her a good walk (45+ minutes) or run twice a day would be perfect (a tired dog is a good dog!), as well as play games of fetch. Ash’s new family should be willing and able to take her to basic obedience training (she is still a puppy in Lab terms) and provide regular reinforcement (and practice) of what she learns; she’d love the experience, it would occupy her mind and help her to mature into a wonderful, well behaved dog, as well as being good for bonding. Ashley would be fine as an only dog with a family where someone is home a good part of the day, but she’d also be a great in a home with older, dog savvy kids who are not afraid of her size and energy, and will walk her, play with her and wear her out. She’d also do well in a home with another dog, as long as that dog has (or can tolerate!) a similar energy level. Ash is spayed, current on vaccinations, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Ash is located in Los Altos.

(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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BISCUIT: 1 year old female yellow Lab 75 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Biscuit.

Biscuit is being surrendered by her loving family due to a serious illness of a family member that prevents them from providing Biscuit with the time and attention she needs. She is an active youngster that will need significant outlets for her energy. Not too keen on playing with balls or toys, she does love bouncing around on a trampoline with her 12-year-old human playmate. Biscuit needs some instruction on how to walk properly on a leash… as right now she will take you out for a vigorous tow around the neighborhood. She is affectionate, attentive, and loves to be with her humans – she does jump up on strangers – eager to greet them. She lives with a cocker spaniel (who is the alpha dog). Biscuit appears to have some leash reactivity towards other dogs, but does fine off leash – she may just need more walks, more exercise, and more socialization with other dogs. More, more, more. She thoroughly enjoys going to dog parks and behaves properly with other dogs when off leash. Barks and lunges at cats. Biscuit likes to chew things, anything. She sleeps in a crate at night.

What Biscuit’s Rescue Rep says: Biscuit is a delightful dog, but will need obedience lessons, lots of exercise, and properly managed socialization with other dogs. Great for an active family with older kids but not young children (under ~8-yr-old) due to her rambunctiousness and energy. Better not have cats. She is not yet spayed or microchipped. Biscuit is located in Fremont. (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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Sierra ~12-yr-old spayed female black Lab 65 lbs

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

“Why would my owner drop me off at the shelter and instruct them to euthanize me?” Thank God for the shelter vet and staff who said “Not so fast! We have some other plans for you”. Fast forward to today… and Sierra has been rescued and placed into a Lab Rescue foster home where she is delighting everyone she encounters. Her tail wags incessantly. She will fetch balls till the cows come home. This is one happy, happy dog… hoping to land in a fabulous new forever home.

What Sierra’s Foster says: Sierra walks well on leash, really enjoys walks around the neighborhood and at the dog park, a chance to sniff everything. She gets along well with other dogs, greets them appropriately, but people are her focus. Friendly with all people, large and small. Not sure about cats. She wags her tail whenever she catches your eye, looking up expectantly for a pat or a treat, and loves to explore. Knows "down" and "sit" but those are a bit hard for her with her arthritic back legs. Also knows stay, and waits patiently for her meals, does the cutest happy dance when the bowl comes her way. Very gentle mouth, loves treats. She is so engaged in the world, loves visitors, and totally charms everyone she meets. Her arthritis doesn't diminish her passion for gentle ball-playing - she brings her ball to me at least 10 times during the day. If I put it away, she looks for it each place in the yard and house where it has been. Surrendering owners said she was an outside dog, but she is more comfortable inside, it seems. Totally housebroken. Goes outside a couple of times a day to explore the yard, and loves to lay under the apple tree. Not afraid of noises on the street or household noises, like the vacuum cleaner or washing machine. She is a total sweetie.

Breaking news (8/9): Someone was throwing a frisbee for their dog today at the park; Sierra recognized that, and practically pulled me [the foster] off my feet to join in. Later we came across someone using a chucker to throw the ball for their much younger dog. Sierra also recognized the chucker. By that time she was off-leash so joined the game. She is not fast, but very methodical, and found the ball before the other dog twice, brought it back to the owner for the next throw. It is increasingly evident that someone loved Sierra, played with her, and taught her. She knows commands - sit, down, wait, stay, no. She waits at the door until you give her permission to go in or out. So polite. She is a treasure. 😄

What Sierra’s Rescue Rep says: Sierra is a delightful gal who has a lot to give to her new adopters. She is fine with other dogs and all people. She is microchipped, current on shots, heartworm negative. Sierra's health has not been well taken care of in the past, but Lab Rescue's vet has done a complete senior screen, is treating her for chronic ear infections, and put her on meds for arthritis. Her skin is recovering well from flea dermatitis. She has several skin tags that we will be getting removed, along with getting her a dental in the near future. Sierra is currently located in Berkeley. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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

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

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




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Kovu 2-yr-old male black Lab 60 lbs.

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

Kovu is a Lab/German Shepherd mix, according to his owners, a small family who lost their home and are now living in a motel where pets are not allowed. As a result of chronic ear infections, he requires regular ear cleanings and he has responded well to treatment for a possible skin allergy and has no symptoms now.

What Kovu’s Foster says: Like his namesake in Lion King 2, this is an energetic boy. Adopters who are hikers or runners (or who drive a pickup!) will get extra points with Kovu. He's generous with his affection, and responds well to obedience training; he has made considerable progress in a very short time. An adopter would be able to form a very strong bond with him during further training. He’s good with our two cranky old dogs, and he’s learning to accommodate our (as yet) unneutered male. Kovu also gets along with our cat. He’s happy to hang out with humans, and quietly keeps us company in the house. He’s learning not to counter-surf (part of obedience training). Food and treats are very motivational for this young fellow.

What Kovu’s Rescue Rep says: Kovu's teeth, coat, weight & general health are good. He's responsive to human leadership and quick to learn commands. Kovu can also be quite affectionate. He will need a human who can spend time with him; he's happy to just hang out, but an active family (with older kids, as his enthusiasm might intimidate smaller children) would be a good fit. Kovu is ready for a job, if you've got one! He is neutered, microchipped, and current on shots. Kovu is currently located in Vacaville. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Austin: ~ 2.5 year old neutered male yellow lab 88 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Austin.

My name is Austin and I was found wandering the streets of San Jose looking for love (or maybe barbecue). My rambling ways landed me smack dab in the pokey and I was facing some serious hard time until these cowgirls from Lab Rescue came and busted me out. They saw that underneath all my youthful energy and exuberance was a good ol’ dog with a big heart who just needed to be shown the ropes and learn how to settle.

What Austin’s rescue rep says:

Austin is a really good looking, very sweet, happy and enthusiastic boy with a lot of energy. Judging from his teeth, his demeanor and his energy level, he’s about 2 or 3 years old, which is still a puppy in Lab years. He is very strong, and leaps like a gazelle into the air. He needs some socialization and training to become the great dog that we think he can be. He gets very excited when he sees another dog, jumping and barking, but not hackling or showing aggressive behavior. A new owner will need to work on this with him. He will most likely not be a dog park dog, and will probably do best as the only dog in the home, or with a non-reactive, mature dog who can guide him along. Austin does well being handled and readily gives up his food and toys to people.

Austin’s ideal family will be one that is experienced working with and training young, active large dogs, especially Labs. The right adopter will be able to handle him physically, get him plenty of exercise, and will need to provide strong and consistent leadership to help Austin be a responsive and well-behaved family member. Because of his size and energy level Austin should go to a home with older children (teenagers would be best). His adopter will need to commit to taking Austin to training or working with a trainer. We think Austin just hasn’t gotten the kind of attention and leadership that he needed in his previous home, so he has some catching up to do. He can get very excited but given exercise to burn energy and calm leadership he settles in nicely. He is food motivated and eager to please so we think he will respond very well to training.

Austin has been recently neutered, brought up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. Austin is located in Dixon. (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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Mac: almost 9 year old black purebred male 70 pounds

Mac was bought from a breeder in the Carmel area when he was just a few weeks old and has papers. He has lived with the same family since the time he was adopted from the breeder. He will be 9 years old in Sep 2016 but you cannot tell it by looking at him. He has plenty of energy and very little grey around his muzzle. He is a very pretty boy and very happy.

Mac lives with another small dog and a cat and is as sweet as he can be. Mac for the most part has been an outdoor dog but is gentle and very anxious to please and he just loves attention. He doesn’t bark at all and doesn’t jump on people. He knows basic commands like sit, down and stay (when he’s not excited such as when new people give him lots of attention). He’s great with children of all ages.

Mac has a hot spot that has just developed which Lab Rescue is treating and for which we will provide meds. Mac will be neutered, heartworm tested, and up to date on vaccines, fecal tested and microchipped in the next few days.

For more information contact Sylvana text or email preferred. Text 831-596-1700 or 831-402-6600 or Email: sylstrattn@aol.com.

Mac update:

Mac was put into an experienced foster home after his family moved out of the area. This is what his foster mom says about him.

He was purchased as a puppy and then found his way to the back yard, to stay for the next 9 years of his life. He proved in his first week in his foster home to be well worth the effort of rescue. His initial reaction to being indoors was pacing and panting. His foster family spent the first 3 days figuring out how to help him feel ok about being inside while giving him lots of time on a shady deck with a yard to explore to decompress.

He now sleeps happily indoors on a bed next to his foster folds at night and has many supervised visits throughout the day inside. He is absolutely wonderful with other dogs and loves to play with his foster dog siblings. He has no food or toy aggression issues and thrives on attention. He's wonderful with children. He will need a family that can commit to helping him figure out boundaries (the food on the counter really isn’t up for grabs), the refrigerator, (although it really seems to be too good to be true) also is off limits.

He’s curious and playful and everything just seems new and fun. Mac will make someone a fabulous companion. He’s super food motivated – he’s a pleaser. He wants to be a part of your pack. He needs a loving, patient family who can help him grow into the awesome dog that he is. (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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LeRoy: 6-month-old male black Lab mix 75 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for LeRoy.

LeStray, LeShelter, LeStressed, LeRescue, LeFreedom, LeFoster, LeWonderful… Young LeRoy sure has been on an unexpected adventure in recent weeks. But he is now a Lab Rescue dog hanging with lab Hailey, two cats, and two girls in Vacaville. He is well on his road to a fabulous new life and new forever home.

What LeRoy’s foster says: LeRoy is all puppy. He loves people and will follow you everywhere. He is very eager to please and is both treat- and praise-motivated. He does ok on leash with a little pulling. LeRoy loves to play with toys, cats and other dogs. He loves balls and is quite the expert at catching them. He enjoys showing off with twists and turns with each catch. He can get very excited while playing with other dogs and is learning personal space. My older lab gets a little tired of all the wet kisses and is working on training him. He is not aware of his size and can be overwhelming to small children and smaller dogs. He is house-trained and will go to the door and whine if he needs to go out. We are working on crate training. LeRoy is a beautiful mix and gets many compliments on our walks. With a little training and a whole lot of love, LeRoy will be a wonderful family addition.

What LeRoy’s Rescue Rep says: The shelter thought he was one-year-old, but our vet believes he is much younger… maybe as young as six-months-old. LeRoy could become one big dog -- our best guess is that he is part Lab, part Shepherd, and part Great Dane. He is current on vaccinations and microchipped… and neutered. Personality-wise, there is a little bit of Marmaduke in LeRoy. LeRoy is located in Vacaville. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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RIVER: 1 ½ Year Old Yellow Male AKC Lab Neutered 80 Pounds

We are not accepting any more calls for River - all calls received so far will be returned soon.

What a nice boy River is and will be! His family loves him very much but they are expecting their 5th child and realize they do not have the time now for River and with the new one on the way they will have less time. They have come to the hard decision they need to find River a home that can give him the exercise and time he deserves.

River was purchased from a breeder in Lake County and they brought him home when he was 6 weeks of age. River is a wonderful boy and has been exposed to the world and just LOVES everyone and everything: women, men, dogs, kids, cats, seniors and rats! (He just wants to give everyone a HUG!) River is a big boy and some of his energy will go away once given the proper exercise.

River is housetrained, is crated or left in the outside run when the family is gone, does not bark when left alone and loves to carry his leash in his mouth when he thinks he is going for a walk. River is one smart boy: he knows sit, stay, down, come, shake and high five! River is very treat, ball and water motivated. He loves a fun game of fetch, loves to swim, go for car rides and goes to the dog park, goes for walks and goes to the river on a regular basis. River does pull on his walk so he is walked with a correction collar, they do not trust him in the home not crated as they feel he will search for food or may chew on non-dog items. (He is still a puppy and has that puppy energy.)

He currently lives with a female dog, is around kids but at times does not realize his size, is very friendly with cats and other animals. His family describes River as a very friendly playful dog who adores other dogs and is a very submissive dog. River has a lot of energy and needs a family or owner that has the time to properly train and exercise him.

River is current on his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative, has had a well check and is microchipped.

He is located in Santa Rosa. (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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Maggie: 10 month old spayed female black Lab 60 lbs

We are not accepting any more calls for Maggie - all calls received so far will be returned soon.

What Maggie says:

So there I was in the country, living with two other Labs outside, not much to do, not much attention from my owners, not sure what my future was. Turned out I was supposed to be part of a breeding operation to make money for my owners. But one day a Lab Rescue hero showed up at our place, and the next thing I knew I was in a car with my two Lab friends heading north. It was so exciting, I had to bark a lot to show how fun it was! Then we arrived at this cool boarding place, we got to play outside sometimes and meet lots of people (they told me I was beautiful, of course). I wanted more - playtime, meeting people - so I did bark to get their attention.

Now I am in a foster home with three other Labs - so much fun - and lots and lots of toys to play with. And kids! Wow! My life is so much better. They tell me someone wonderful looking for a terrific girl like me will find me soon, and adopt me! My good life is just beginning.

What Maggie's boarding place had to say:

Maggie is a very sweet, active young Lab who loves playing with toys, and carrying things around in her mouth. She craves attention (didn't have much in her previous life) and will bark to get it. She is good with other dogs.

What Maggie's Rescue Rep says:

Maggie is a delightful (and yes, beautiful) AKC registered young Lab who is exuberant and playful. She craves attention from people, but needs to learn to curb her demand barking for attention. She will benefit from some leadership, structure, and routine in a new home. Since she has had little or no training in the past, but is smart and eager to learn, a training class with her new family would be a great bonding opportunity. She loves other dogs, and will play for hours with toys. This eager young gal is ready to give her heart to her new family.

Maggie is spayed, microchipped, up to date on shots, Heartworm negative, and very healthy.

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

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ZEN: 2 Year Old Black Male Labradoodle 70 Pounds

We are not accepting any more calls for Zen - all calls received so far will be returned soon.

Due to the family moving and not being able to move to a place that can provide space for Zen, they need to give him up for adoption. Zen was purchased from a breeder in Oregon and he is an Australian Labradoodle. He is AKC registered and has no health issues.

What the owners have to say about Zen:

Zen is just over two years old a people pleaser and major ball chaser! He is sweet, minds well and knows basic commands. He is not a runner can be off leash and stays on property. Comes right away when called and is not a big eater more a grazer! He respects other dog’s treats and food. He does not grab food nor is he in constant search of food. His chewing days are over (he liked pillows) but no more issues. He is friendly with people other dogs and cats. He is the fun dog at the dog park no issues. He backs down when another dog confronts him. He will be protective with a strong bark! Zen is a character he charms all our friends and people he meets! He currently plays with a Jack Russell that hangs all over him. They run till they drop! He is living with two yorkies and a cat. He is bossed by both yorkies and loves to let them chase him yipping at his feet! I can see him placed with a family that the new owners love to throw balls, hikes and really wants to be active as Zen will be right there beside them! Just thrilled to be part! Zen loves to go for car rides, likes to fetch and does have a fear of fireworks. He has gone to doggie day care with no issues and knows many commands. He knows: drop, leave it, off, sit, stay, down, come heel, off and currently he goes on daily walks.

Zen is healthy has no health issues such as stomach problems or loose stools. He loves to be bathed and brushed sits perfect for haircuts and nail clipping!

Zen is located in Rutherford. (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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TOBY: 7 year old male neutered yellow Lab, 99 lbs (needs to lose ~15 pounds)

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

We are not taking any more calls for Toby.

Definition of Toby (written by Toby) -

One well-mannered, sweet, lovable, goofy, easy, mellow big love! Okay, I think that sums it up about me. Anyone looking for a big boy like that? Well heck, I'm your guy. Some of us rescues come with issues but they are few and far between with me. Yep, I love to chase and retrieve the ball and when I bring it back I bark at you to throw it again. That's not such a bad thing is it? I've seen some of us Labs with a lot more issues than that. And yes, my waistline is a little bit over on the BMI chart. I'm a slow eater but I finish my food and I LOVE my treats (though my foster Mom is stingy with them till I lose weight.) I love to eat and my former home knew that so they fed me and fed me and didn't walk me. Between lots of food and no exercise, well, you got it, I lost my svelte figure. I may be a little chunky but the super duper foster I'm with is walking those pounds right off of me. I'll be a calendar boy in no time at all. You will be wishing you had adopted me when I was still available. I have some arthritis and am a little stiff in the hips but those extra pounds don't help so that should improve when I slim up. It doesn't keep me from running after a ball or frisbee. Just take a look at my video at the top of this page. You see how I caught the frisbee before that young slim black Lab in the video? I am as good as they get. You see, I didn't come from a great home situation. One day, one of my family members realized that I needed a better life so they called this place called Lab Rescue. I was a little scared that I was leaving what I knew but I knew the grass had to be greener on the other side. And boy is it! I'm in this place they call a foster home and it came with a dog buddy too. Woo Hoo! I wonder if I can take him with me when I get adopted. I play in the yard, my foster mom takes me to the park to play with the neighborhood dogs as well as going on walks. It's just GRRRREAT. Lucky me. Every one who meets says I am one GOOD dog. I heard them say I'll be moving on again. I don't really want to but they said the next move will be my last move because I will be with my forever family in my forever home. I used to dream of biscuits and balls and now I dream of my my new family.

What Toby's Foster Mom has to say:

Toby is a big affable boy who needs to lose a few (well more than a few!) pounds. With the exercise he is getting and cutting back on his food, that will be an easy fix. He gets along with all of the dogs he meets. He greets them and goes on his merry way. Likes to chase the ball with other dogs at the park but is too slow to be the first one to catch it. He is great in the house, housebroken (has not marked in my house and rescues often do in the beginning) and sleeps through the night on the dog bed next to my bed. He rides well in the car though does need some help with his hind legs getting in. We are hoping that improves with the weight loss. He walks well on a leash without any type of correction collar, another unusual trait for rescued dogs. We are currently limiting his walks to 30 minutes but that can and will improve as he drops weight. Toby likes to be in the same room as his humans but will listen when told to go lay down. He is a "people" dog and is happy to receive pets and belly rubs. He barks when he gets happy and excited. He knows sit, stay, lay down and come.

What Toby's Rescue Rep says:

Toby is one of those dogs that you can't help but love. He's a big boy, getting smaller (weight wise) and he loves everyone he meets, canines, cats and humans. He has a soft mouth. He doesn't really care about playing with other dogs but he has wonderful manners greeting them. Like many Labs, he is really more interested in the ball. He doesn't require much other than love, food, exercise, playing ball and having a human to love. He's good around kids, big and small. Because of his size (he will still be a big boy when he loses weight), he might inadvertently knock over a toddler so kids should be 5 and up. His first foster had 2 cats, though the cats were dog savvy and as you can see in the photo he ignored them. Toby came from a place where he had no guidance, training, or any of the kind of structure that young Labs need. Yet, in spite of it all, he still remains a darling boy who is great with people, other dogs, and wants to be the best family dog ever and have a lifelong bond with new family. Because he deserves better than he's had in the past and because he so wants to be part of the pack we don't want him home alone all day when his humans go to work. We want Toby to be in a home without stairs.

Toby had a well check, blood work is perfect, is up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative, neutered and microchipped. He came to us with eye, ear and a lip infection but he is on temporary meds for that and doing very well.

He is located in Mountain View (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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Sienna: ~6-month-old female fox red Lab mix 37 lbs

We are not accepting any more calls for Sienna.

This young adorable pup came to Lab Rescue via a central valley shelter where she had been found as a stray with an injured back leg – shelter vet believe it to be slightly broken. We had her xray’d immediately -- revealing a severely-fractured right rear femur. Despite this terrible injury, her tail continued to wag and her licks were unstoppable. Our wonderful vets operated soonest thereafter and repaired the break (with a stainless steel plate and eight screws). Over the past five weeks her recovery and rehabilitation has been fabulous -- she is putting full weight on that leg and walking normally. We expect a full recovery for this wonderful gal.

What Sienna’s Foster says: Sienna is an absolute delight. Her leg is mending well and she can now explore the yard on her own. We go on multiple short walks as she is rebuilding her leg muscles and endurance. She is a sweet, loving puppy. She gets along with other dogs and is very good with children. Being a puppy she loves chewing and likes playing with her toys. At first I didn't think she could bark, but I have heard her bark, "once". She also loves her crate… where she spends much of her time resting and healing. She would love to be in an active family and will be a treasure.

What Sienna’s Rescue Rep says: Sienna is a charmer… and will melt any heart with her wags and kisses. All puppy, she is wiggly and affectionate... and a bit mouthy While her leg will be fully-healed by mid-August, her adopter will have to exhibit care in her exercise and training program. She is up to speed on vaccinations and microchipped, but still needs to be spayed. She may top off in the vicinity of 60 pounds – just a guess. Doggie obedience school should be on her future schedule to benefit both Sienna and her adopters. Sienna is currently located in Saratoga. (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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Bo ~ 3 year old neutered black Lab / border collie mix 91 lbs

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

Bo is a stray who followed a kind hearted person (and his beagle) home. After many unsuccessful attempts to locate an owner, his rescuer contacted Lab Rescue to help Bo find a new forever home.

If Bo (short for Lightning Bolt), didn’t already have such a great name, we’d be tempted to call him Draymond. He’s big and energetic, loves to jump and take up space, and approaches everything he does with unbridled enthusiasm. He needs some coaching (training) to learn to contain his excitement and stay out of foul trouble. Once Bo settles down, he’s a big, lovable teddy bear. Bo loves to rebound (fetch), and has a great dribble fake move. Haven’t seen his 3 point shot yet, but who knows?

Bo is friendly with other dogs, but his enthusiastic approach may overwhelm small or insecure dogs. Don’t know about cats, but we expect that he would be the type to chase or herd them. Bo has not had much training and he can pull strongly on lead (Places to go! Things to Sniff! A World to Explore!). Sufficient daily exercise and training/guidance so that Bo knows what is expected on walks will help him improve. Obedience training would be a fantastic way for Bo and his new owner to bond together.

Bo is a high energy dog who needs more than a casual morning and evening stroll around the neighborhood. He needs energy burning exercise every day and a job to provide mental stimulation. He’s a young athletic dog that would make a great partner to try out dog sports. Bo is the kind of dog that seems to do better with some space, so he’s not the best dog for someone with a small city abode and minimal yard. A secure yard is a must to keep Bo from seeking out his next adventure.

Bo’s eagerness to give “hugs” makes him not a good fit for homes with young children. Bo needs a home that will provide leadership and guidance. An active and experienced dog owner who can spend time and would enjoy working with Bo can help this enthusiastic young rookie realize his potential and become a superstar MVP (Most Valuable Pup).

Update from his rescue rep:

Bo has settled in nicely at our boarding facility and seems to really enjoy being around the other dogs. He has learned to walk nicely on leash with a correction collar or slip lead and is working on commands. Bo is an intelligent and alert dog, with an underlying sweetness that melts your heart the more time you spend with him. He’s an absolutely awesome dog that will rock the world of the right owner.

Bo has been recently neutered, brought up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and is heartworm negative. (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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Buddy: 19 month old male neutered black Lab, ~ 65 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Buddy.

What Buddy says:

I am a very handsome young AKC registered young Lab (don't YOU think I'm handsome??). I was destined to father many Lab puppies who look like me, to make my owners lots of money. I had two Lab girlfriends all to myself. But it wasn't a very good life, we all lived outside with no human friends to pay attention to us or play with us or teach us anything. Then one day like a lightning bolt, a Lab Rescue hero arrived, loaded me and my friends into his car, and off we went to a wonderful place. At our new place, nice humans spent time with us, played with us in the big yard, and treated us really nice. It is great! AND, they tell me what a good boy I am! They do say it is only a temporary place for me, that a wonderful adopter will soon find me and take me to my new home. I can't wait to begin my new life with a family.

What Buddy's boarding place has to say:

Buddy is a happy sweet young boy who is very well behaved in his kennel. He loves attention, is energetic but not over the top, and is good with other dogs. A very cute Lab...

What Buddy's Rescue Rep says:

Buddy came from a place where he had no guidance, training, or any of the kind of structure that young Labs need. Yet he is a darling boy who is great with people, other dogs, and who wants to learn how to be the best family dog. Taking him to training will help him become that dog, and will create a lifelong unshakable bond between Buddy and his new family.

Buddy is now neutered (no more little Buddies in his future), microchipped, up to date on shots, Heartworm negative, and is a healthy young boy.

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

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LUCKY: 10 year old yellow spayed female 50 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Lucky.

Lucky was rescued from a listing on the internet; where she was listed for free. The place that took her in has had her for 4 months. The foster mom is now faced in finding her a new home as they have to move into a place that does not take multiple dogs – they have 6.

Lucky is an 10 year old yellow lab that lived with the same owner all of her life. She went into foster care with me when her owner went into assisted living for dementia and the family made a decision to let her go. I believe Lucky would be best suited in a forever family with someone who was looking for a companion, or a family that really wanted to make their dog a big part of their life. She is used to having her human all to herself and I can see that in her even today. She gets along very well with animals of all shapes and sizes but can intimidate a small dog with her interest. She is large for a lab and to our 4lb Chihuahua she could be a little much. Not because she wants to hurt her but because of her size and personality. Lucky has an assertive personality that means no harm. I have 6 dog's here including her and they all get along fine. We have a cat also that is very fond of Lucky but he is easy going and I'm not sure he knows he's a different species. She has also been around chickens and other livestock and is interested but loses interest quickly and is not interested in hurting them. She is 100% potty trained. She is so good that if she is uncertain about what to do she will wine at the door to go out. She has not had an accident here once. Lucky has no food aggression problems but she's a little obsessed with food and very food motivated. She is extremely smart and if she knows there is a treat somewhere she will stand nearby hoping to get something. She is not a counter surfer but I'm sure she would be happy to steal something if she had a chance. I feed her all together with my other 5 dogs and cats and there are no problems at all.

Lucky makes incredible eye contact and knows several voice commands such as sit, down, wait, stay, drop it, heal, and go lay down. She can be a little stubborn sometimes with " come" if her nose is involved with something interesting but she always responds when persistent. Lucky is pretty awesome off leash. I can take her in my front yard while I am gardening and she sticks close by. She loves for me to throw the ball for her and does know how to bring it back when asked. She enjoys fetching but is not at all obsessed and tires out after about 8-10 times. Lucky rides well in the car. She also does well on the leash but sometimes will assert herself when passing by an obnoxious dog. If another dog is barking obsessively she may pull on the leash and bark back. She can be strong when this happens so appropriate leash gear is good. She is outgoing and friendly but will often bark out of excitement. Her bark is deep and loud and could startle someone who didn't know her intentions or at the very least be annoying. We have worked with her on it by ignoring her or putting her in her crate if needed. She does NOT have a barking problem she just gets excited and dominates the room with her voice. Like I said, she is used to being an only child. She chews toys sometimes and likes to chew bones but is not destructive on furniture or in yards. She really just wants to be wherever you are. Recently we took her with us swimming and learned that she loves the water, especially if a ball is involved.

Lucky is a very healthy girl. She is spayed, has all her shots, is on heartworm preventive and is microchipped. She has no health issues.

She 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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FUDGE: 7 Month Old Chocolate Male Lab Not Neutered 70 lbs AKC

(Lab rescue will work with the adopter on his neuter.)

We are not taking any more calls for Fudge.

It is heartbreaking for the family to give up Fudge but they have a full plate at this time with medical needs for their young child and Fudge is not getting the attention and exercise he needs. They know at this time it is best for them to find Fudge a new home.

Fudge is all puppy! He loves loves to play and he does not realize his size. The owners moved to the Bay Area from Washington where they purchased Fudge from a pet store. They have owned Fudge since he was 8 weeks of age.

Fudge is crate trained and in Washington they lived on a farm and he was mostly an outdoor dog. Since coming to the Bay Area Fudge now sleeps inside the home in his crate. He is great with kids, fine with taking toys or food away from him, they make him sit for treats but if a child has food he may grab the food out of their hand. He is great with other dogs, they take Fudge to the park and he gets to play with a variety of dogs. He may pull on leash but with a correction he does fall into a heel position. He knows sit and they are working on drop.

His owners say Fudge is a very sweet social dog, that is great with other dogs ad playful with kids. He is a puppy so he can be a little wild at times and loves to chew anything he can get his paws on. He is housebroken, crate trained, he stays in the backyard currently for 7-12 hours at a time. Fudge loves to go for car rides, loves to swim, comes when called, likes a good game of fetch and loves to chase other dogs. Fudge would be fine in a home with other dogs and cats.

Fudge is a very healthy boy. He is AKC, has all his shots, is microchipped and has not had any health issues.

He is located in Santa Rosa. (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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Lily: 1 year old spayed female black Lab, 50 lbs

What Lily says:

I was living a life destined to supply my owners with puppies, so they could make money, over and over again. I already had one litter of beautiful puppies; they were taken away and sold to people. I lived outside with two other Labs, but I really wanted to be inside, and have the good life that I know some dogs have. Then one day a Lab Rescue hero scooped me and the other Labs up, put us in his car, and drove us a long way to a wonderful boarding place where we were cared for, and played with, and taken care of. I am quite shy and timid, but the people there understood that and helped me to not be so afraid.

Now I am in foster home with a big exuberant happy Lab boy. I had to tell him right away that I am a small shy girl, give me time to get to know you. But now I am following him around because, well, he is a nice boy after all. I know I will become good friends with him. I have been left alone at the foster’s home and I have not had any accidents in the home. I love my foster brother and of course my foster parents. It took me awhile to make sure they were ok but I knew for sure when they gave me cheese as a treat! I went to the dog park the other day and let the nice people pet me. (I am still shy but I am understanding that the world is a nice place.) I will grab food off the counter if the foster is not paying attention but I am learning!

What the staff at the boarding place say about Lily:

Lily is an adorable, very sweet timid girl when she first meets someone. She is very mellow, but needs someone to work with her to build her confidence. She is great with other dogs.

What Lily's Lab Rescue Rep says:

This sweet girl Lily will do best in a quieter home environment, with someone around most of the day, and perhaps another mellow dog to help her learn about the world, and gain confidence. She should not be in a home with small kids as they will overwhelm her. A home where she will understand that her new owner is there to help her!

Taking a basic training class with her adopter is a great way to help her bond and become more confident. She has had limited exposure to the world beyond her previous home as a breeding dog in the country. She is young and healthy, Heartworm negative, has been spayed, microchipped, and is up to date on her shots. (She will not be a very large girl)

Lily is located in Moraga. (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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Dude: 5-1/2-yr-old male yellow Lab, 80 lbs

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

Dude comes to our Lab Rescue program through an unfortunate turn of events… After knee surgery in early 2016, Dude lost the use of both of his rear legs and was recently diagnosed by UC Davis as being paralyzed in his hind end. He gets around each day on a two-wheeled cart, when he is not “relaxing” in his living room or on his back patio near his humans. His current owners have worked hard to see to Dude’s needs for the past few months, but they are unable to provide long-term continued care for him.

What Dude’s Rescue Rep says: Dude is an engaging, delightful lab that just wants to find his new rhythm. He loves his frequent cart-walks around the neighborhood – and has become accustomed to the harness/rig. Got things to see… got things to smell… got dogs to meet… While it might be difficult to observe, Dude will pull himself around by his front feet to get to where he needs to go -- carpeted surfaces are ideal for allowing him to move about. The biggest challenge is attending to Dude’s need to urinate every few hours and defecate during the day. He is friendly and playful towards all dogs and people… and cats. We are hoping very much that there is a special someone out there that can open up their heart and home to provide the care that Dude needs. Dude is located with his current owners in Hayward. (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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Lucy: 3 Year Old Spayed Female Black Lab Mix 58lbs.

We are not taking any more calls for Lucy.

Hello! My name is Lucy!

Or, at least that’s what my name has been since June 20th when I entered the Madera County shelter. I was found as a stray wandering the streets. My time had run out at the shelter, but fortunately, Golden Gate Lab Rescue stepped in to take me. I am now in a foster home with a great foster mom and a silly black lab foster brother. I am showing my foster momma that I already know a lot of things. Some of these things include going into my kennel/crate. I go in there whenever I need a little nap or some down time and I am quite content doing so. I also sleep in my crate at nighttime and will sleep through the night without a peep! I am great in the car and love riding in the back seat. I load right into the car and curl up on the seat and rest my head against the door. I know “sit” and “down” and am working on other my other commands such as “stay” and “kennel”. I am a really smart girl and very eager to please. I eat nicely out of my bowl at breakfast and dinnertime and am learning to wait patiently for my meals.

I get along well with other dogs as long as they are not overly pushy and can take social cues well. Mostly, I am interested in my people. I am learning to walk nicely on a leash. I wear a correction collar which helps remind me when I am pulling too much on the leash. I will need continued practice with this, but should have great leash manners in no time! I would love an active family who will make me a part of their pack. Walks, hikes, camping trips, beach days….these are the things I dream about! I am a young girl and can still find mischief if unattended or unexercised. I know the word “no” and respond very well to it when I am doing something I shouldn’t. I would love a family who is around most of the day and can continue to teach me structure and manners. I am unknown with cats, but I do correct easily so could possibly learn to cohabitate with a kitty cat in the right circumstance. I would be fine with another dog in the house as long as we have the right chemistry, but would also be very happy to be an only pup.

If you are an active and happy home with love and structure to give a young labby girl, then give my rescue rep a call! I would love to meet you!

Lucy has been spayed, brought up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, fecal sample negative, well check and HW negative.

Lucy 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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Gwen: ~ 7 year old spayed female chocolate Lab, ~ 90 pounds

This sweet Tootsie Roll of a chocolate Lab ended up at the San Jose shelter because her owner was dying (or had died). A friend took her in but had allergies and couldn’t keep her due to allergies. It sounded like Gwen spent a lot of her time outside (as in day and night!) and we weren’t sure what she knew or even if she was housebroken, but the staff at the shelter loved her and didn’t want to see her put down, so they contacted Lab Rescue. As it turns out, Gwen is a pretty amazing dog! She knows Sit, Down, Stay and Come. She’s housebroken and crate trained. As she’s settled in she has begun initiating play with her foster and any human she can talk into playing with her. She has been wonderful with all creatures, human and canine, that she has met on and off leash. She gets in and out of the car easily through the passenger door, rides well and enjoys going for a ride.

Although she’s pretty darn close, Gwen is not quite perfect. We’ve had her on a diet and she’s making progress, but she needs to lose about 10 pounds (used to be 20). We took Gwen to the vet for a lookover, and had some lumps and bumps removed (hence the attractive tee shirt in her photo), none of which were a problem. She does have low thyroid, which is taken care of with an inexpensive pill (the same one that humans take).

What Gwen’s foster says about her:

Gwen is a great house dog as she is quiet nor does she bark on walks. She enjoys being with people, but is not an attention hog. She is the best dog I have ever had!

We would like Gwen to go to a home where she will live inside with her pack, and be a valued member of the family. She would be fine in a house with another dog, or as an only dog, as she loves everyone and all other dogs she meets. She needs a family that will continue to manage her diet and give her regular vigorous exercise, both to get the weight off and to keep it off. Gwen has plenty of energy so long brisk walks will not be a problem for her. She is crate trained, and house safe, so would be fine with run of the house when left alone.

Gwen is spayed, heartworm free and on preventive, microchipped and current on her vaccinations. Gwen 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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Nina, 8 month old female yellow puppy (special needs) 30 pounds

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

We are not accepting any more calls for Nina.

Sweet Nina is a very special girl looking for a very special home. A lucky set of coincidences helped Nina find her way to her current foster home in GGLRR and we know those same fates are guiding her to a perfect forever home. Could you be the one?

Nina has a genetic disease called Labrador Myopathy (aka Labrador CNM). The disease causes muscle weakness and atrophy which typically stabilizes at about a year. Nina is currently doing well in our foster home and Labradors with milder cases of CNM have lived long and happy lives. We are hopeful that with a little bit of luck and the right home that Nina will continue to thrive in her own special way.

Nina is a playful, spunky puppy with a loving and expressive Lab personality. While her disease slows her down, it certainly doesn’t stop her. Watching Nina enjoy the simple pleasures of life – going outside on a sunny day, frolicking in the grass, and investigating the latest scents, will help you remember to “stop and smell the roses” in your own life.

Comments from her foster mom:

Nina is a special dog - very affectionate and people oriented. She gets around mostly walking in her halting fashion, but sometimes crawling when she gets tired. She is playful with a ball and with toys. She is curious about the outdoors and my dogs. She is house trained and sleeps quietly in her crate at night. The ideal home for her will be a one story home with minimal hard surface floors as it is easier for her to walk on carpet (she does manage the couple of steps into the house). If you’re looking for the love and companionship of a young dog without the high energy and exercise requirements, Nina is your girl.

Comments from her rescue rep:

We are looking for a very special home for Nina. We would like a home with an experienced dog owner where someone is around most of the day. Other friendly dogs in the home are fine as Nina enjoys their company and they seem to motivate her to do more. Nina is looking for a special owner who will love her as she is and who can provide a rich and quality life for this very sweet girl. (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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MOLLY: 7 Month Old Yellow Lab / Golden Mix Female unsprayed 58 pounds.

We are not taking any more calls for Molly - all calls will be returned on 7/5.

Girls just wanna have fun is Molly’s theme song!

Sweet Sweet Molly is looking for a new home.

Molly was listed on craigslist in March. A wonderful family bought her but they have some health issues they need to deal with and know it is not fair for Molly. It is very hard for them to let her go but they want the best for her.

Here is sweet Charlie / Molly’s story.

Molly was Charlie:

Charlie was first purchased from a breeder when she was 8 weeks of age. (They gave her the name Charlie and her new family named her Molly.) When the family bought Charlie they were told she was a Lab/Golden mix. The family seemed like they wanted a dog for their family and for their 12 year old son. They got Molly in January 2016 and then decided in March it was best to find her a new home. The father did not like pet hair and the family had a dark carpet, so Charlie did not fit into their home life. Both the parents worked fulltime and Charlie spent most of her time in a small run in the backyard. The wonderful thing for Charlie was when the owners realized they should find her a new home; that it truly was not fair to her. The family had a 12 year old son and a Persian cat in the home – which was shaved due to the hair. They put Charlie up for sale on craigslist and she was purchased in March from a wonderful couple. (The husband bought Charlie for his wife, for her birthday.)

Charlie is now Molly:

Molly has thrived in her new home and has learned a lot. She is still a puppy and needs plenty of exercise and more training. Molly loves all people and animals, all she wants to do is have fun! (She is a blonde girl, you know!) She has been around kids but she does get excited when first greeting people and we feel she would do best in a home with older children or a home with dog savvy adopters. She sleeps through the night in her crate and if she is left for a few hours she has been left in the backyard. (The owners have given her an area not around the plants as she will eat the bark in the yard.) She will go to the door when she has to go out to do her business but she does not make noise, so a dog door would be good for her or someone who will take her out on a regular basis. She is currently getting two walks a day at least 2 miles on each walk. She was ready to start doggie day care so she could play with other dogs on a regular basis but she needed to get clear of a stomach issue. (She went through the evaluation at the day care and passed with flying colors.) She loves to go for car rides and we do think she will be a dog that will love to swim. We think she would be fine with cats as she lived with a cat in her previous home but she does like to chase cats, lizards and anything else that seems like a fun game. Molly would be fine in a home with other dogs as long as the other dogs are fine with a young energetic Lab bothering them all day long. Molly does pull on the leash at times and currently gets walked with a correction collar. When she first greets new visitors she will do a submissive pee. Molly is a very healthy dog and has a clean bill of health! The current owners see Molly thriving in a busy home with adults or older kids who can get her plenty of exercise, want to play with her and a home that will continue her training. We want a home that will be her leader and not a home that will not set boundaries.

She has all her shots, she has been on regular flea and tick medication, regular medication for heartworms, she has had some fecal tests done and all is clear, she does need to be spayed and get a microchip.

(GGLRR will arrange the spaying with the adopters.)

She is located in Santa Rosa. (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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FRANKIE: 1 year old, yellow male lab mix, 60 lbs.

Frankie was a stray in the Ukiah area. The shelter contacted GGLRR to see if we could take him into our program. They evaluated him and he passed all the temperament tests and was the honor student with all A’s!

We now have him with a professional trainer and this is what she has to say about Frankie:

Meet Frankie. He was a stray who was picked up and brought to a local shelter where he passed his evaluation with flying colors. Frankie is just around a year old so he is a young and energetic dog! He is social with other dogs but has a big play style that can overwhelm small or timid dogs. He needs guidance in learning that not all dogs want to romp and play as much or as hard as he does. Being a young dog, Frankie is continuing to learn all his basic obedience. A training collar is a big help in teaching him how to walk nicely on a leash, sit when asked, and to lay down. We have found he is eager to learn anything you want to teach him and wants nothing more than to please you. Frankie is also learning how to sleep in a crate at night, which we think is new to him. Although Frankie loves all people he’s met so far with us, children over the age of four would be best due to his size and exuberant movements. Even though he was brought in as a stray we feel he must have been raised by someone caring because Frankie loves affection and attention and will seek it out. He is a fun, loving, young dog who needs continued training and a family to call his own. If you want a new buddy to hike, play, and train with, Frankie is guy for the job!

Frankie needs to go to a family with older kids or if smaller kids a dog savvy family, a home where he will get more training and plenty of exercise. Frankie is a very smart happy dog and will make a wonderful addition to his new home.

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

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Miller: 9 year old neutered male Chocolate Lab ~ 86 pounds

Do you like chocolate? Then you are going to LOVE me!

I am a youthful 9 years old, with lots of bounce in my step. I’d love to go for a walk with you, or better still, how about a jog! I have lots of energy and would love to live with someone who can keep up with me!

My parents adopted me from a breeder when I was just a pup, and was the only “child”. Over time we all grew up together, and then the human child came, and my parents had to move. I came with them, but my new home was a run outside the house. Because my parents both worked full time, I haven’t had a lot of exercise or ways to work off my energy (although I have kept my slim boyish figure in spite of that!). Finally my parents decided they wanted something better for me, a family with the time and energy to take care of me and love me, so they called this place called Lab Rescue.

I am in good physical and medical shape, although I have a couple of hot spots on my neck that are being treated. I’m going to live temporarily with another dog and her humans, until Lab Rescue finds the right family for me. Is that family YOU?

What Miller’s Rescue Rep says:

Miller is a wonderful, handsome chocolate Lab! You would never guess that he’s 9, he’s in great shape with a beautiful glossy coat. He’s been with a loving family his whole life, but most of the last few years he’s spent his days in a run at the side of the house only coming inside at night. He lived with two small dogs that he got along fine with. Miller is much more interested in humans than other dogs. He’s done fine with dogs at the dog park in the past, but because he wasn’t neutered at that time, he tried some humping. When he’s corrected, he backs off with no problem, and now that he’s been neutered, this should not be a problem.

Miller is a big Lab, tall but not overweight. He had no lumps or bumps that can be typical in a dog his age. He is a handsome dog, and he gives very gentle kisses. He also takes treats gently. He walks beautifully on a collar that’s a combination flat collar/halti. He is a confident dog, and will require an owner that understands they are the alpha, and will provide appropriate leadership to Miller. Like many dogs, Miller doesn’t like fireworks or scary noises (he has been known to hide under a table), so his new family will have to be careful around the noisier holidays (4th of July) to keep him inside, safe, and comforted.

Miller has been around adults and young children. We don’t know how Miller would do with cats, as he has not been around them.

Miller is crate trained and has been sleeping quite comfortably in his crate at his foster home. He is housebroken and safe in the house. He has had training and knows Sit, Stay, Down, Heel, Drop, Leave It and Off. We would still recommend that his new owner take him to training; it’s great for bonding and establishing leadership with a new dog, especially a big strong dog like Miller.

We would like Miller to go to a family where someone is home with him most of the time, and can build on the training that he has already had. Someone who is experienced with dogs and comfortable with providing the leadership and consistency he needs to know the house/pack rules would be ideal. Miller would be fine in a home with older children (because of his size); we would consider a younger children if they are dog savvy. An active family that can consistently give him the exercise he needs is a must; a tired dog is a good dog!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Click to watch Vickie's video.






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

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

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

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

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

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

         
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