Fosters Needed

Last updated 5/26/2021

GGLRR foster homes are often full when we find special Labs who we think deserve a chance. These Labs are in the process of getting into our program (evaluation, vet visit, etc) and having a foster identified gets us one step further in finding a forever home.

Find out more about about fostering with GGLRR and contact the rep listed if you are interested in helping in this key way. These Labs will be added to our Labs Available page when they are ready for adoption.

Foster needed -- Hope - 1.5 year old spayed purebred female yellow Lab 60 lbs

Background: Hope was adopted as a puppy from a breeder by a woman with a 12 year old son who was home every other week. Hope learned to become protective of the owner when the son was there, which resulted in a nip on the son’s hand (no stitches.) The owner decided to surrender the dog to GGLRR. Lab Rescue subsequently had fosters who stepped up to foster her. After two months, they loved her and adopted her. Hope did things she had never done before. She would take daily long walks and hikes, they discovered that she loved to go swimming and she even went mountain biking with her owner. She was a happy, thriving dog.

After living with Hope for six months, she began to show symptoms of anxiety. She would try and nip at the owner when he would do something like drying her off with a towel after swimming. Small dogs seemed to upset her at the dog park where she was used to going.

The owners have a young grandson and called Lab Rescue as they feel they can no longer keep her.

Lab Rescue contacted an experienced professional dog trainer for advice. She feels this new behavior is anxiety based, something that occurred in her initial training. If, for instance, someone consistently reprimanded her with their hand, or something held in their hand, she could have a visceral response to the movement of a hand in a particular (unknown) way. A bite could be triggered by increased anxiety such as noise, activity or unknown surroundings. Unfortunately, the behavior has started to generalize, making her not safe in her current home.

A trainer could help with a desensitization/counter conditioning program but the dog would need to be housed in a very comfortable location, with people who know that punishing fearful behavior doesn’t work, no matter how aggressive the dog seems. At this time the dog needs anti-anxiety medication prescribed by a veterinarian.

Hope is a beautiful 1.5 year old purebred yellow Lab. She would do well with a lot of land to run on. Lab Rescue is looking for someone to step up to the plate and work with a professional trainer so she can have the life this young dog deserves. No other dogs, cats or kids in the home please.

Lab Rescue is looking for someone with strong leadership skills who has experience raising a young challenging Lab. When Hope is adopted, the adopter must commit to working with a professional trainer in order to help assure a successful adoption. No other dogs, cats or kids in the home please.

If you are interested in fostering (or adopting) Hope, please contact Rescue Rep Sandy at Please leave your callback number.

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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.