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.
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 close to 400 Labs in 2012 (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!
Hi. My name is Red and I am 3 ½ years old. Until recently, I had a wonderful life, living with a family who loved me, including 2 kids and 2 Lab siblings. Then, I hurt myself, and had to have surgery…very expensive surgery. I was in a lot of pain, and it hurt my family to see it, but they could not afford the surgery. They didn’t want to give me up, but they wanted to do the right thing for me, so they called Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, who saw what a sweet guy I am, and made arrangements for me to have the surgery.
I had the surgery 2 days ago. I have a really strange haircut on my body now, with stitches, lots of stitches, in my leg. I have to wear a funny cone on my head, and it hurts when I walk. Even worse, I have to stay quietly in a pen all day, and can’t run around and play for at least 8 weeks! Even then, I will only be able to take very short walks, and maybe swim a bit, until my bones are completely healed.
I have a wonderful foster family taking care of me with endless patience for all the special things I need during my recovery, and watching over me carefully to make sure I don’t do anything that would slow my healing. I can’t wait until I am all better. I know that Lab rescue will find me a wonderful forever home.
Lab rescue is establishing a fund to help cover the costs of my treatment. I hope that you will be inspired to donate generously to help so that I can find my new forever home.
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 to help these wonderful Labs by the stories of those we have been able to save and adopt to their forever families.
To donate, please follow the instructions on the Donation page and designate "Senior / Special Needs Fund"
Bruce had been with his loving family for most of his 14-year life. Losing their home had necessitated his family's move to a rental and they discovered the landlord would not allow them to keep Bruce. Besides the challenges of finding a 14-year old dog a new home, Bruce also had a fairly severe skin condition and allergy that caused much of his hair on his back end to fall out and and a terrible sore on one of his legs where he was chronically chewing it. Lab Rescue gave him the medical attention he needed and determined that he had an untreated flea bite reaction as well as a food allergy. With the right medical attention, appropriate food, medicated shampoo and antibiotics for his foot-- and a foster family dedicated to his care--Bruce fully recovered, including having his hair grow back in. Bruce's sweet demeanor and loving personality allowed us to find him a wonderful new home where he is loved and is his new family's "24/7" companion.
Cindy-Lou, age 9, was surrendered by her owner, who had been unable to provide adequately for her for years. She was overweight and her initial vet exam revealed some lumps and bumps that were found to be benign fatty tumors. A couple of days after arriving in her Foster's home, Cindy became ill and lethargic. After another vet exam and tests, Cindy was diagnosed with pneumonia and a collapsed lung. Two courses of anti-biotics and vet checks later, Cindy was well enough to be adopted by a wonderful family who love her quiet, gentle presence and eternally sunny disposition.
Frankie had lived with his guardian for his whole life...all 11 years. They were always together, but when Frankie's dad hit a financial rough patch, he realized that he was unable to care properly for Frankie, and made the painful decision to surrender him to Lab Rescue. His initial vet exam revealed that a lump on his chest was cancerous and he needed surgery to remove it. There was also a problem with his eye, which had been injured at some point and without treatment, had developed an ulcer that would require treatment by a canine ophthalmologist. Frankie is such an exceptional dog; sweet, kind-hearted and gently playful. He is the kind of Lab that wins the hearts of all who meet him. We felt that Frankie stood an excellent chance of being adopted and deserved every chance to live out the rest of his days with the same love and companionship he has always known.
Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. 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.