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!
Is your Labrador Retriever the most gorgeous dog in the world? You’ve
probably shared photos of him or her with friends and family, and on
Facebook too. How would you like the chance to make your Lab an even
bigger celebrity? We are asking for submissions for the 2015 calendar,
with lucky Labs to be chosen to grace the pages of the calendar, while
raising much needed funds for Lab Rescue. If you would like a photo
of your Lab(s) to be considered as one of the photos
in GGLRR’s 2015 Calendar, please send the photo(s) along with your name, the dog's name and the month / year the dog was adopted from us to GGLRR.. The email address is email@example.com. We only accept submissions from the dog owner and by emailing the photo, you are
giving GGLRR permission to use the photo for the calendar or our website.
The calendar will be a fundraiser for GGLRR this fall, and so we want to feature Labs that have been adopted through GGLRR. If you've adopted a dog from another rescue organization or other source, that dog isn't eligible for inclusion in our calendar. Photos with multiple dogs are welcome, but all dogs shown in the photo must be from GGLRR.
All colors, ages and sexes of Labradors are welcome! Since this is a LAB calendar, we prefer to feature dogs that look like Labradors (purebred or mostly-Lab mixes) though we have loved all the dogs placed through GGLRR regardless of what they looked like. We encourage people to use settings showing the fun people have with their Labs in beautiful Northern California settings (beach, mountains, hiking trails, Golden Gate bridge, etc).
You may include as many GGLRR-adopted Labs in the photo as you want, but please no people, text, nor copywritten backgrounds. Professional photographs will be accepted if submitted by the photographer who can provide GGLRR permission for unlimited usage of the photo as listed with the submission. Please do not use watermarks or other text since photo info and credits will be added consistently on the calendar.
Each owner may submit up to 6 photos of the same Lab. Please submit as high of resolution as your camera permits (8 megapixel or higher preferred). Photos should only be sent in .jpg or .png format.
Photos can be submitted through August 31st, 2014 .
Please note that you don't need a fancy SLR camera to win, e.g. a point-and-shoot camera that captures a beautiful Lab's personality while playing in Tahoe snow has a good chance of winning one of our winter months!
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.
Saga of Athena (So Far)
In Greek mythology, Athena was the daughter of Zeus. She was the goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts, and literature. She was also the goddess of war, as she sprang full-grown and in armor from the forehead of Zeus.
Our Athena took the form of a beautiful, healthy two-year-old chocolate Lab that was suddenly stricken with debilitating cataracts. One day she was a normal pup running around happily in her home in Grass Valley, then next day she was falling down, bumping into things, and quite confused. Her owners rushed her to the vet only to find that she suffered from an unusually rapid onset of cataracts – an opacity of the back of the lens in the eye. For Athena, both eyes had these cataracts, rendering her nearly-sightless… and getting worse.
Her family was devastated at the diagnosis but even more distressed that they could not afford the $5000+ in medical costs for the tests, surgery, and follow-on care that would be needed to restore her sight. They could not imagine their wonderful, vibrant Athena losing her sight forever. After coming up short with other rescue organizations, they called Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue.
After consulting our veterinary advisors, GGLRR stepped in to take custody of Athena and begin the urgent evaluation to determine if she is a candidate for cataracts surgery. We are working our way through this process now.
But whatever the outcome, Athena is now a GGLRR dog and we will find her an absolutely wonderful forever home. She is in a safe foster home in Sonoma and will soon be headed to a local canine ophthalmologist to determine if the surgery is appropriate for her. Her foster reports that she is doing extremely well despite her visual limitations -- incredibly affectionate, playful, and interested in the world around her. Like the Greek goddess, she is a true warrior.
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.