In last month’s newsletter, we introduced you to our beautiful, recently-surrendered, 2-year-old chocolate Lab, Athena, who was recently stricken with debilitating cataracts. Cataracts – an opacity of the back of the lens in the eye – would, if untreated, result in Athena becoming a blind dog for the rest of her life. We told you of our plan to pursue the expensive cataracts surgery for her.
Well, on September 25th Athena underwent double cataract surgery – funded completely by GGLRR – and it was a resounding success. Hooray! She walked into Eye Care for Animals of Santa Rosa a near-sightless dog that Thursday morning… and walked out eight hours later with an entirely new and restored view of the world around her. She is recovering in a foster home in Sonoma and will soon be up for adoption. We are thrilled that she is now able to experience the world around her through her own eyes.
To help offset the costs for this very expensive surgery (~$5000), we welcome the donations of our extended GGLRR family and friends. Athena thanks you for your financial contributions that make such critical veterinarian services possible for our dogs. Through your incredible generosity, Athena is seeing the world, literally, through a new lens… and her future is incredibly bright.
To donate, please follow the instructions on the Donation page and designate "Athena Fund"
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 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!
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 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.