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Save-a-Lab: Abby - Thank You Everyone, We Reached Our Goal

I knew something was wrong. I wasn’t hungry, didn’t want to eat anything. I felt like I was going to throw up; I tried, but nothing happened. I wanted to play fetch, but didn't have any energy. They gave me some medicine but it didn't help. I had a hard time getting up and walking. I really, really, didn't feel well.

My parents took me to the doctor, twice. The news wasn’t good. There was a mass somewhere in my abdomen, they thought my heart was swollen and there was fluid around it. Sadly, my parent’s took me to the local shelter to put me to sleep forever.

The shelter staff was nice to me, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be. Then, somebody came to see me. I didn’t know it, but she was from Lab Rescue. She stroked me and told me I was a good girl. She got me to eat a little treat. The next thing I knew I was in a car again, to another doctor. The new doctor looked me over and told Lab Rescue that I have a large mass on my spleen and fluid around my heart, but my heart seemed ok. They are going to remove the mass from my spleen, and while they are in there, they will check my heart to be sure there isn’t anything going on there. They have already put me on meds to help my heart get rid of the fluid. I have the surgery on Wednesday.

All of this is very expensive, and I know that GGLRR has a lot of dogs they need to help. I am so happy that I am still here to be able to tell you my story, and to ask you: Won’t you please make a donation to GGLRR to help them cover the costs of my surgery?

Thank you for saving the life of a Lab (literally). Without this surgery, Abby for sure would die. This way Abby has another chance to live out her normal life. To donate, please follow the instructions on the Donation page and designate "Abby's Fund". Any amount helps!

Thanks to Dr. Ann Gratzek at Ophthalmology for Animals

Calendar A big wet doggie kiss goes out to Dr. Ann Gratzek at Ophthalmology for Animals for taking such good care of Huey, now known as Maxx. Huey was rescued from Bakersfield in good spirits despite having gone through not one but two neuter procedures and some serious swelling of his boy parts. He was placed in a foster home with a family in Felton. Maxx is a big strong, athletic Lab and has an immense amount of energy that was not helping his incisions heal. Aside from his neuter issue, his foster mom noticed that his eyelids were rolled in and his lashes were constantly rubbing on his corneas. He didn’t complain but he had pigment on his cornea indicating that it had obviously been a problem for a long time. Dr. Gratzek took one look at him and diagnosed entropion (a condition in which the eyelid is rolled inward against the eyeball) and explained that this is not all that uncommon for Labrador Retrievers. She offered to perform surgery to place his lids in a normal position to help out Maxx. She and her staff stayed late on a Friday night after seeing patients all-day and fixed his troublesome lids for good. He had to wear an e-collar for two weeks (and cleared off many tables, flipped water bowls and bounced off walls with said e-collar) but then was able to have his sutures removed and e-collar ceremoniously thrown away! He is now in his new forever home, loving a life pain free. Thank you Dr. Gratzek and your amazing staff!

Lab Rescue Overview

GGLRR is an all-volunteer, nonprofit tax-exempt organization in the greater San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California.  Our Lab Rescue team saves purebred Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes from shelters, as well as assists people giving up their dogs for adoption.  We provide foster homes, veterinary care, and rehabilitation when needed, and place them with loving, forever families. Read some of our happy ending Stories.

Our services are limited to the greater San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose Bay Area (including up to Napa and down to Monterey/Carmel) and encompass the following area codes:  408, 415, 510, 650, 707, 831, and 925.

Please read about adoption options and process on our how to Adopt page, or see our Labs looking for homes and those recently adopted under Labs Available.

Show your support of lab rescue by shopping in our GGLRR logo and Lab merchandise Store. Profits from our product sales go towards helping more homeless Labs.

GGLRR rescued 325 dogs in 2013 (380 in 2012, 424 in 2011, 383 in 2010 and 347 in 2009!) but the need is far greater with so many people losing jobs and homes or other reasons for abandoning their dog. If you want to help Labs in need, please consider adopting a rescue/shelter dog, making a Donation of cash/vehicle, or donating your time as a Volunteer. GGLRR and the Labs we rescue are very appreciative of all the tremendous support we receive -- thanks to the people and businesses who are contributing their time, services, and money!

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Just think how that will help all the rescue dogs!!

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Amazon Wish List

We've recently set up an Amazon Wish List with items needed for the dogs. Have fun shopping for the dogs and thank you for your consideration.

Many thanks to those of you who have donated to our Amazon Wish List. We (and especially the dogs) appreciate your help!

Senior/Special Needs Fund

We are inaugurating a new fund designed to help with the expenses associated with rescuing senior, special needs and dogs that have chronic illness. Increasingly, we are seeing senior dogs and those that have chronic conditions that have gone untreated, being surrendered, dumped at shelters, or abandoned. Due to the shortage of space, most shelters will not put dogs with even minimal health issues up for adoption. The cost of treating these dogs is prohibitive on their limited budgets and they are not able to re-coup their costs through the adoption fees.

Lab Rescue wants to be able to save more of these dogs, to get them the treatment they need and adopt them out to new homes where they will be loved and receive the care they need to remain happy and healthy. These dogs may have diabetes, Addison's disease, epilepsy or other chronic conditions, including severe allergies, that can be managed with regular vet care and (often inexpensive) medications.

We hope you will be inspired by the stories of the wonderful Labs we have been able to save and adopt to their forever families with your generous help.

To donate, please follow the instructions on the Donation page and designate "Senior / Special Needs Fund"


GGLRR is in urgent need of caring, qualified foster homes. Many wonderful Labs are in need of our help to find new, life-long homes and families. Without foster homes where they can be safe and receive the care they need to prepare them for adoption, we will not be able to save deserving Labs. If you would like to learn more, please go to the Volunteer Page. Follow the Next Steps at the bottom of the Volunteer Page to contact us.

More about GGLRR

GGLRR exists to:

Essentially GGLRR facilitates the placement of unwanted Labrador Retrievers into loving new homes. We have a spay/neuter requirement for all dogs that we place. If a dog has been abused or needs medical attention, we provide emotional and medical rehabilitation. Individuals who desire to adopt Labrador Retrievers must first contact one of our rescue representatives for adoption screening before being introduced to any of our dogs. Our primary purpose is to provide good homes for Labrador Retrievers who might otherwise be abandoned or euthanized by their previous owners. Through education, we seek to reduce the unwanted dog population and increase responsible pet ownership.

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