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Welcome to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue!

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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A Board Meeting will be held on November 4, 2017, 9 a.m. 163 2nd St #400, San Francisco, CA 94105. To attend the meeting by telephone, please call 415-227-8610.

DOG AND PEOPLE TRAINING SEMINAR WITH SAPIR for GGLRR Adopters and Volunteers - Sun., 11/12, 9am - 4pm.

Golden Gate Lab Rescue has aligned with several dog trainers around the Bay area over the past two years. We are very fortunate to have aligned with Sapir Weiss from Olivet Kennels and since he respects how we operate he has offered his services to our organization for free. We truly believe in responsible rescue and once you get your dog into your home things will come up and we all need to know how to be a good leader for our dogs. (We want to make sure we help with a smooth transition into your home and we want to help you understand how a dog thinks.) We like to stay in touch and try to reach out to help you with any issues that may have come up since your adoption. If you have adopted a dog from Golden Gate Lab Rescue and would like to attend the dog and people training seminar below please RSVP now. Please include who will be coming, the dog's name, when you adopted your dog and the issues you would like covered. Space is limited so please sign up right away. (If we are full you will be put on the list for the next one in the Spring.)

GGLRR is pleased to announce this wonderful upcoming opportunity courtesy of Sapir Weiss, of Olivet Kennels. Sapir has over 35 years of experience in many areas of dog training and is a great friend and supporter of GGLRR. The training will take place at Olivet Kennel, 2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Previous training workshops were a wonderful success, as Sapir and Olivet trainers, Mark and Wendy, helped participants and their dogs address relationship and behavior issues. We hope you and your dog will join us to take advantage of Sapir's expert insight and instruction.

Special Offer from Pet Food Express

Special Order - Gay Pride Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue T-shirts

GGLRR has expanded our logo merchandise selection with a new “Pride” paw print t-shirt. A variety of other products are available including red or white “Good Boy” “Good Girl” shirts, hats, scarves, bags, water bottles and coffee travel mugs.

Order online or purchase GGLRR merchandise at our Pet Fairs to show your support for Lab Rescue. The prices are reasonable and profits from our product sales go towards helping more homeless Labs.

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Animal Rescue Podcast

Listen to Rescue Rep. Dave Ely talk about GGLRR and his experiences with saving Labs on the Pawprint podcast. Click for the podcast.

Learn more about Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue.

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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