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Lab adoption fair Last updated 11/15/2017 6:30 PM

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places over 400 Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (424 in 2011)!  See Recently Adopted or Happy Ending Stories for examples of Labs we have placed. We typically have between 5-15 rescued Labs available for adoption with several available Labs added/removed each week from the list below.  There are usually more males and yellows/blacks, with a variety of ages from occasionally puppies through adults and seniors. Some in-demand Labs are adopted before they are posted on this website by our pre-approved adopters.  If you are willing to donate, you can join our pre-approved adopter program to receive early email notification about GGLRR Labs before they are posted on the website (the pre-approved adopter program is not available for the dogs in the Monterey area).  An explanation of the adoption procedure is contained on the how to Adopt page. We also provide a listing of Other Labs available for adoption from individuals or shelters.

Labs Available from GGLRR

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.



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Josie walking about off leash






Josie: 9-year-old female black Lab mix – 64 pounds

Watch Josie's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

A perfect blend of lab and hound (maybe), Josie will win your heart in an instant with her charming demeanor. Please be prepared to fall in love with her.

What Josie’s Owner says: We love our Josie but feel she needs to be in a home that is prepared to handle her separation anxiety. Sweet and loving, Josie wants to be around humans and/or other dogs. She knows a bunch of commands including “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come”, “drop”, “leave it”, “wait”, “release”, and “take”. She loves to ride in the car and likes to swim. We have had her for 6+ years, and Josie is great around our 3-yr-old daughter – she has been amazing with her since birth. She is absolutely wonderful with all kids. Josie spends the day Monday thru Friday at a doggie daycare in Oakland where she does great with other dogs. She does not handle being left along in our home alone during the day… and she is very anxious at night (even with us at home). When we are not at work, we take her with us everywhere. We hope and pray there is a great adopter out there for our Josie.

What Josie’s Rescue Rep says: Josie would do best in a home when the humans are around all or nearly all the time… or maybe the presence of another dog will settle her down. Her adopters will have to be prepared to continue her rehabilitation of her separation anxiety – which can be quite a challenge. But the reward will be incredible. She is interested or maybe even scared of cats, but has not chased them – she will gladly chase squirrels. Josie is spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. Josie is located in Oakland.

If you are interested in Josie, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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DAISY: 8 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 80 Pounds



After a very hard decision the owners have decided it best to find Daisy a new home. Their schedules have changed, their kids have busy schedules and are not able to spend the time with Daisy that she deserves. She has been a well loved and cared for part of the family and they know she deserves more time and attention than they can give her. They describe her as a very playful, happy, energetic dog who always seems to be smiling. (When GGLRR met Daisy this is what we experienced with her!)

What we know about Daisy:

They got Daisy from an older couple who could not handle a puppy and they have had her since she was 3 months old. She has grown up with kids that currently range in age from 6-15 years. She has no issues with people or other dogs and truly is a Big love bug. She wants to be with people and just loves the attention and the petting. She is a well-trained dog and knows: Sit, stay, down, come, heel, leave it, wait, off and she walks on a gentle leader. She is a strong dog and could use a refresher on leash walking. She will bark at people who approach the house but stops once she knows you. She has a VERY gentle mouth, likes to ride in the car, loves to play ball but Daisy is not fond of the water.

From Foster Family:

We love Daisy! She is a very easy girl and loves loves our kids! She can be left alone with no issues, she has access to in and out and does not disturb anything when we are gone. She will bark when people come to the door but once she meets anyone she is fine. We have been working with her on leash manners on our walks and she is doing great and does not pull on the leash on our walks. She sleeps on her bed in the hallway – we can’t say enough good things about Daisy. Daisy will bark at other dogs on leash but we have had dogs in our home off leash with Daisy with no issues. If Daisy does bark you give her a correction and she will stop; she is a well-trained girl! Daisy is a girl who wants to do the right thing as she just loves to be around people and will listen to what is asked of her.

Daisy could be in a home with older kids and other dogs but not a home with cats; she likes to chase them! We would recommend Daisy not be adopted to anyone who lives in the city as the constant sights and sounds are too much for her.

 Daisy’s health:

Daisy has not had any health issues, she is current on her shots, takes regular flea and tick medicine and heartgurad, she is spayed and we will check to see if she is microchipped. Daisy is taking proin and is doing great; as long as she is on the medication she does not have any accidents. (The cost for her medication is around $20 a month.) She is housetrained and has been an indoor dog her entire life.

  If you are looking for a sweet Daisy girl to be part of your pack please email Rescue Rep Liz at liz@jobshopsf.com or call 415-613-6374.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Noah: 6 year old chocolate male, 75 lbs.

We're unsure of Noah's exact age. We've been told that he is 6, but this information comes second hand and not from the original owner. After vet checks, they think his age is more around 3 years.

Looking for an active, dog-experienced family to be Noah’s forever home. He will require a leader, exercise, a yard to roam, and a family to play with him. He absolutely loves to play fetch, and his trainer sees good search and rescue potential in Noah!

Noah just completed a two-week training. He has learned to walk well on leash, as well as better manners on greeting people and dogs. He loves to snuggle and lean against you. He will hackle upon seeing other dogs and,or people at which point, his person will need to catch and correct to keep Noah on the right track. He’s learned what it’s like to live in a home with clear rules, consistent leadership, and love.

He will require a family who will continue to maintain the training he's received. We're not sure how he is with cats. He did okay with one, but not a couple of others. He may do well with a dog-savvy cat.

He'd do well as an only dog, or with another dog with excellent social skills that is tolerant of other dogs.

Noah was abandoned and left alone in the house after his owner basically destroyed the home and left Noah to fend for himself. The landlord would feed Noah once a day. Outside of that, Noah was left completely alone for 2 1/2 months.

The landlord told one of her colleagues about Noah. What this good Samaritan saw upon visiting Noah left her sickened and disheartened by how someone could be so cruel and neglectful towards their dog. He was left in the garage with access to the yard with a rusted crate and no mat to sleep on; the garage and yard reeked heavily of urine. Noah was so happy to see her, all he wanted to do was play. He muddied her business suit, but she didn't care and his desperation for attention tugged at her heartstrings. After meeting him, she couldn’t bear to leave him there any longer and brought him home with the intent to adopt him.

She got him to the vet, had him neutered, UTD on vaccines. Poor Noah was left for so long, he had a bad flea infestation and scratched a spot on his back against the fence until it became raw where he lost his fur. He has a bald spot on his back but with proper flea treatment, it should grow back.

Noah did beautifully in her home, but not with her cats. He also did not do well living in a condo in the busy downtown area. He needed a yard.

He LOVES playing ball and will return it, drop it over and over and over again....He is very treat and food motivated once he trusts you. He loves having his ears scratched, body rubbed, and is a love. He absorbs all the positive love and leadership each day.

What Noah's trainer says: Noah progressed nicely with his behavior. He walked well. He did at times hackle and tried barking at other people or dogs but was easily managed with a well-timed correction. His basic obedience skills are slowly coming along. He is very ball obsessed and retrieves extremely well, a possible search and rescue career.

What we want for Noah: The right family for Noah would be one who has experience with large dogs, including experience with training. Our preferred home is one where someone is home most of the time. Noah will do well with a family that has a loving, consistent pack leader. He would not do well in a family where the humans are gone during the day. Will do well in a home with a dog that has excellent social skills and is tolerant of other dogs, or as a solo dog in a home that can provide exercise, mental stimulation, and less busy housing.

Noah is neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm negative and micro-chipped. Noah is located in Mountain View.

Please contact Kris at #415-652-6091.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Theo bopping around



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Theo on a leash walk



Theo relaxing in the grass







Theo: 2-year-old male mixed breed – 84 pounds

Watch Theo's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Brought in to the county shelter as a stray by a good Samaritan who believed he was hit by a car, this big guy immediately won over many hearts at the shelter. The medical staff gave him a thorough look-over and took some x-rays… and found no lingering injuries or concerns from any car incident. We did find that he loves to romp in a kiddie pool – big time! We brought this guy into our Lab Rescue program honestly believing he was a Lab mix… but his recent DNA analysis revealed that he is 50% Maremma Sheepdog along with some German Shepherd, with a splash of Rottweiler.

What Theo said (during a recent interview): Hi, my name is Theo (previously known as Buddy). My Mareema Sheepdog genetic makeup means I am intelligent, loyal, an independent thinker, energetic, completely devoted to my person/family, and have a low prey drive with instincts to protect my “herd”. I will thrive in a home that has experienced, dog-savvy people to guide my training and socialization and ideally has no small children. I am insecure and shy around strangers and especially children (they are loud and move quickly) but I am slowly working through this with the help of my trainer and I am getting better every day. I love playing with other dogs and I am a favorite at Doggie Day Care and at the local dog park. I love daily walks with my mom and dad and I stay in perfect heel the whole time, unless there is a really, really good smell for me to investigate. I am learning basic commands like sit, down, wait, stay, come, watch me, load up, and go place. I am very eager to please and I am a fast learner. I am happiest when I have a “job” to do whether that is guarding my house or yard, hiking with my backpack, or practicing “doggie push-ups.” I bet with the right person I could even compete in obedience trials! Everywhere you go with me, people will comment on how “beautiful” I am. It’s true. I’m a knock-out. I am also house trained and will not get on furniture unless I am invited. My mom calls me “the cat whisperer” and even shy cats seem to trust me instantly. I get very anxious when I am left alone because all I want is to be near my person so if I can’t be supervised or dropped off at Doggie Day Care then I need to be in a very sturdy crate, kennel or dog run so I am safe (I am learning to like the crate and munch on goodies while I am in there). It takes me a little while to warm up, but once you have earned my trust I am the best, sweetest, most charming boy ever.

What Theo’s Rescue Rep says: Friendly, engaging. Food motivated, but not obsessed. Loves praise and playing with his toys/bones. Walks pretty darn nice on leash. Gets along great with other dogs. Theo Boy is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Theo would do best in a home without children. He can be protective of his people around strangers. Theo is located in Martinez.

If you are interested in Theo, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Dave, 415-686-4248, david.c.ely@sbcglobal.net.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Shadow: Five year old black female spayed Lab 70 to 75 pounds

Sweet Shadow was rescued from a negligent home about 4 years ago. Though no fault of her own, she is now finding herself looking for a forever home as her 2 legged family is finding it difficult to give her the time and care that she so richly deserves. Shadow has recently been diagnosed with Addison’s Disease which is being treated and maintained quite nicely.

Shadow has lived with a family that has two small children and is quite gentle with them. She gets along nicely with some dogs, and ignores or is indifferent to others. Not sure about cats. Shadow is housebroken and in the house during the day while family is away. She sleeps inside in the bedroom at night, and is only outside to play and go potty.

Words from her family:

We removed her from a negligent home about 4 years ago. The owner didn’t know her exact age, but said she was about a year old. We said we would take her and they quickly said yes. We thought of just fostering her to good health and then passing her to a forever home, but as time went on she became such a part of our family. She was our Shadow. She got along with our little dog and play together. She is so patient and aware of our son.

This is why it’s so hard to say goodbye. She is the sweetest, most loving dog, and she just needs a family who can continue to give her the best life possible.

Her family also says “she’s a big cuddle bug, loves playing endless games of fetch, and chasing her tail. If you pet her once you become her best friend and she never leaves your side and will try to nuzzle under your hands constantly for more pets. Being that she’s between 5 and 6 she is much calmer than ever before, until she’s outside and off leash then she’s ready to play. She also gets excited when we first come home, but that’s just because she loves her family. She is a wanderer (not a take off and run type, just will go exploring if she finds an open door or gate) so will need a fenced yard. She’s allowed on our furniture and sleeps in bed with us, but I don’t think that would be too hard a habit to break. She learns amazingly fast.

What the evaluator for GGLRR said about Shadow:

Sweet dog that you would never believe was ill.

Excellent retriever, plays well with others, lots of spunk. Needs some brush ups on basic training.

Looks as if she has a bit of flat coated retriever in her. Really pretty face. Eager to play.

What we want for Shadow:

Doesn’t she sound lovely!?!

Shadow is looking for a home that will be with her a good portion of the day, help her with her brushing up basic training, keep her as an inside dog, love and give her lots of attention and affection, and most important of all help manage her Addison’s so that she can live a long and happy life. She will need continued vet care to help manage her disease, which in many cases is a monthly shot and blood test. Vet records available for future family.

Shadow is located in North Highland (Sacramento Area)

If you are interested in adding this sweet girl to your family (or know someone who might be), call Rescue Rep Carol 415 246-0321 or email cturrini@aol.com.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Elliott: 6 year old neutered male Lab mix 75 lbs

Watch Elliott's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Are you looking for the love and companionship of a Lab, but don’t want to deal with the exercise requirements and rambunctiousness of a high energy dog? Is a casual stroll to the local cafe to people watch more your speed than a vigorous hike in the woods? Are you looking for a sweet, playful and happy dog to hang out with at home? Are you the kind of person that believes when life gives you lemons you make lemonade? Then Elliott may be the dog for you.

What his former owner says about Elliott:

Elliott is a sweetheart. He loves to play tug, chew on balls and to be scratched all over. He responds very well to commands (sit, down, off) and walks well on or off leash with good recall. Elliott is very much a people dog and loves children. He came into the home as a puppy and shortly after was living with a new born (and then a 2nd) who he is very gentle and affectionate with. Elliott is loyal and loves to be with people. He also loves to play with other dogs but still very much thinks he is a puppy and can play as such.

Elliott is extremely friendly and playful and sweet and lovable. He loves to play but is also very easy going and can be content for half a day to lay in the sun. We love him dearly, but we live in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in the city without a yard. It is difficult for Elliott to safely navigate the 3 flights of stairs to get outside and to walk all the way to a local park. We are looking to find him a new home to improve his quality of life. This would ideally be a single floor home with access to an outdoor area that he could take himself to and walk in at his leisure.

What his foster mom says about Elliott:

Elliott loves to be with people. His normal spot to lie at my home is with his rear in the computer room where I spend most of my time, and his head and paws out in the hall so he can see me if I go in the kitchen, or walk out into the backyard or out the front door. He likes watching people and other dogs as they walk by the house. He enjoys tug-of-war and is really good at it.

Elliott is the ideal dog for someone who wants a dog with a ferocious alert bark when someone comes to the door. So when the doorbell sound comes from the TV, Elliott barks and I have to tell him it is the TV and then he is quiet. He also has his soft bark to tell you he wants some attention. He also will give you soft nudges when he wants some petting. Then when you look into his brown eyes, you cannot resist. But if you are busy he stops immediately. Elliott is not a licker so your face, hands, and legs will stay dry.

Elliott has been a perfect house guest. Due to his condition, Elliott does not get on the furniture. He has never had an accident nor chewed on anything in my home. He is a quiet sleeper and willing to sleep in in the mornings. But he does like to chew and knows which toys are his (and he knows other dog toys as demonstrated when we visit a neighbor who has a dog box of toys. Elliott heads directly to the box as soon as we arrive.)

We go out 3 to 4 times a day for short 4-block walks as longer walks are difficult. There is no pulling on the leash as Elliott follows me anywhere I go. More than a couple stairs is difficult. He walks very well on carpet and stationary rugs. He does need assistance getting in and out of cars, but is a great traveler.

What his rescue rep says about Elliott:

You may be wondering what’s up with Elliott’s walking. He has cerebellar ataxia, a condition that affects the part of his brain that controls coordination and balance. There really isn’t a treatment (though his foster mom swears that the coconut oil she gives him with his meals makes a difference). So he doesn’t need a lot of special care, just a home environment suited to his mobility challenges –single story living, carpeted floors, and access to a grassy yard. He also loves to get out for short walks to explore the neighborhood. He may stumble and fall at times, but he picks himself up and continues on. He’s an inspiration on having patience, perseverance and to not let little setbacks in life get you down.

Elliott is adorable and a very happy go lucky dog. He can be a bit shy when first meeting people but loves to get belly rubs once he knows you. He does well living with young children and is friendly with other dogs. He has not lived with cats, but we think that he might do ok, as he seems to have more of a friendly curiosity than a desire to chase.

Elliott is very healthy, if only he had better control of his hind legs. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, is microchipped, heartworm negative, and has had regular well check vet visits.

  If you would like Elliott to be the sunshine in your life, call his rescue rep Katy at 650-796-3596.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Charlie: approx. 2 year old neutered Lab/Flat Coat Retriever Mix – 50 pounds

Charlie’s current owner adopted him from Mexico via a rescue organization. While in Mexico he was tied to a tree and the only time he was loose was when he accidently got loose and was running around town. He has been with the current owner for approximately 6 weeks and is doing well in their home and adjusting to their daily schedule. Charlie’s current owners, even though he is adjusting and fitting in, have decided that they may not be the exact home that he needs and so they contacted GGLRR. The current owners only want what is best for Charlie and they knew GGLRR could help them find it.

From Charlie’s Owner:

Charlie is very affectionate. At approximately two years old, he retains the fun and playful attitude of a puppy. Charlie loves his walks where he is allowed to dig for gophers in the fields. When Charlie has dirt on his face and tongue hanging out, the owner knows it’s time to return home. At noon he gets his “kong” toy, then plays with his ball, then quickly rolls around on his back on the lawn, and finally settles in for his afternoon nap. Charlie is allowed to go in and out of the house (he is housetrained). Right before dinner, the owner plays games with him and then Charlie gets really excited and starts running around the yard for about a minute. He is all smiles and knows that dinner is served at 6 pm sharp. After dinner Charlie pretty much settles down for the evening. He sleeps in the house with no problems.

From Charlie’s Rescue Rep:

Charlie’s current owner is working with him on leash walking and he is doing well with that, although he may start pulling if he sees a squirrel or cat. Charlie can become anxious and/or overly excited when he sees other dogs while on a leash so that is something that will need to be worked on. He has been ok, mainly tolerant, of 2 smaller dogs that have visited his current home. We believe that his anxiety when encountering other dogs on leash has come from his time in Mexico. Charlie is an extremely loving dog. When I went to evaluate him he was all about the attention, leaning and coming in for more love, which could be a bit overwhelming at times, though he was easily corrected when this happened. Charlie is still very much a puppy running around with his toys with such joy and exuberance. His deep, soulful eyes will win you right over.

Charlie’s ideal home would be with someone that has the time and energy to put in to training him and giving him daily physical and mental exercise. A home with a big backyard would be ideal. He needs a home with no small animals or cats as his prey drive is very high and no other dogs. Children over the age of 14 years old only.

Charlie’s new home will need to commit to taking him to training classes and work on slowly socializing him with other calm dogs. He will probably never be a dog park dog and his new owners will need to understand that and be willing to hire a trainer to work through his dog issues.

Charlie is a very smart and loving dog who will be an amazing family member for the right home. Charlie is current on all his vaccinations and has no health issues. He is not currently microchipped but that will be handled before he goes to his new home. Charlie is located in Millbrae California.

  If you are looking for a loving, exuberate new family member contact his Rescue Rep Jennifer at jdavidson0516@gmail.com.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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BANDIT: 12- 13 Year Old Black Male Lab 72 Pounds

* Donor has given $400 to their medical care once they are adopted

Bandit was taken to the San Jose shelter as his owner committed suicide. A volunteer with GGLRR saw him at the shelter and knew we needed to help this sweet boy. They told us Bandit was a very playful, great energy dog that lived with another dog; with the owner. When we met him he wanted to play, would play with the squeaky stuffed animal and loved to play fetch! He let us touch him all over and will take treats nicely. He loves to go for car rides and he is a perfect gentleman.

This is what the foster mom has to say about Bandit:

You wouldn't guess this pup is 12-13 years old: he loves his walks and retrieves balls with great enthusiasm! He naps part of each afternoon and sleeps soundly all night long, not even asking to go outside to pee!

His appetite is hearty and his weight of 72 lbs. is perfect for his frame. He does get stiff in both hips so needs assistance getting in and out of cars. An ideal home would have only a few stairs to climb. Otherwise his senior bloodwork and complete physical exam were normal! A calm, affectionate dog, he only barks when someone comes to the door or he wants to play with other dog on his walks. He has been a delight to foster for these past 2 weeks! When he sees the leash he gets excited and knows it is walk time. The current foster takes him out for a walk twice a day and if he is not out for a walk he is fine settling down in the home. Once of Bandit’s favorite thing to do is to play ball. (Of course he runs a bit slower but he still has an amazing spirit.)

Bandit is very healthy if only we could all be this healthy at his age. He has his shots, is microchipped, heartworm negative, complete well exam, neutered and complete blood panel.

Bandit always seems like he has a smile on his face from ear to ear no matter what happens to him! (One happy BOY!)

He is located in Antioch.

  If you are looking for a special boy, please call, text, or email Rescue Rep Liz, 415-613-6374, liz@jobshopsf.com.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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STEVE: 7-9 Year Old Neutered Male Chocolate Lab 80 lbs

Watch Steve's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are looking for a foster home for Steve.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

Steve is a great dog for someone looking for a buddy to pal around with. He's an old soul with a young heart. The shelter guessed his age at 9 after he was found as a stray but our vet thought he might be closer to 7. He’s got the sagacity of years with the energy of a youngster.

Watch the video to see his joy and exuberance romping through the fields after being liberated from a local shelter by GGLRR. Gaze into his eyes and you see a grateful and affectionate dog, wanting to connect and to be understood.

Steve is playful and would love having some space to run. He has a bit of an independent streak but will also listen and take direction well. He’d make a loyal companion for long walks and will rest his head in your lap while hanging out together.

Steve’s is sweet, happy, fun, and a goofball at times. His bouncy ways remind one of Tigger, the Winnie the Pooh character. One of Steve’s favorite activities is to roll around in the grass and give his back a good scratch. He also likes having people pet him and scratch behind his ears.

Steve enjoys playing with other dogs and he’s become great buddies with Cash (another GGLRR dog). The two of them hang out and play together and Steve provides a calming influence for the younger dog. Dogs are fine, but Steve isn’t fond of cats, so he should be in a cat free home.

Steve has been working on his food manners. He’s been doing great learning to sit and wait for meals politely and to take treats nicely since he’s been with GGLRR. We want him to go to an experienced dog owner willing to work with him as needed and continue his training.

Steve will benefit from calm, patient leadership with structure and consistency. He’s an awesome dog who can thrive in the right situation with the right owner. If you’re that person, here’s your chance to make a huge difference in the life of a dog.

Steve is neutered, has a well-check exam and blood panel, is current on vaccinations, heartworm free and is microchipped. Steve is located in Dixon.

  If you are interested in Steve, please call or text Rescue Rep Katy at 650-796-3596.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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CHLOE: 6 month old female lab puppy, 40 lbs

we are not taking any more calls for Chloe. All calls and messages received so far will be returned.

This delightful girl finds herself looking for a forever home as her current owner is relocating for work and pets are not allowed in the new residence. We don’t understand how anyone could bear to leave this sweet angel behind – our hearts would be breaking!

Chloe is an energetic, happy, and playful pup who loves attention. She is housebroken, crate trained and knows sit and down commands. She has been well socialized with other dogs and enjoys playing with them.

Chloe does fine being left home alone while her current owner is at work and school, but we think she deserves better. We want her to go to a home where her people have the time and energy to spend with a young dog helping her grow into a most awesome canine companion.

Chloe has had regular vet checkups, is current on vaccinations, heartworm free, and is microchipped. GGLRR will coordinate spaying with her adopter. Chloe is located in Oakland. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Wiley at beginning of hike on Arnold Rim Trail



Wiley hikes with Foster Dad



Wiley enjoys the wind on the boat



Wiley swims for the ball



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Wiley: 10-year-old male yellow Lab – 77 pounds

Watch Wiley's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are not taking any more calls for Wiley.

I don’t live at Pet Food Express. But I did find myself at a local Pet Food Express a few weeks ago when some humans brought me in after they thought I’d been attacked by a coyote. What? I don’t think so. But I do like Pet Food Express. Great people! Free treats [check out the low bins] if you don’t get caught! Bada-boom. Bada-bing.

What Wiley's foster says: This is one sweet happy boy… who delights in going for a walk around the neighborhood… or hikes in the mountains. We wake up in the morning to the gleeful sound of his thumping tail. He loves to fill his jowls with water then turn his head so it's no longer over the water bowl, then let the remaining jowl-water drain. Wiley loves to just lie nearby on a dog bed as we are doing our stuff around the home. He is definitely not so keen on using a crate – and avoids it like the plague. Warning: if you get down on the ground to say hi” to Wiley, your neck and face will be assaulted by a great big dog licks. We recently took Wiley out on our pontoon boat and gave him the opportunity to swim – he loved it.

What Wiley’s Rescue Rep says: We are just getting to know Wiley but think he would be great in an active family… with or without kids… with or without another dog… with or without a boat…with or without a cabin in the mountains. We are working to resolve Wiley’s skin issues – cause unknown. Our vet determined that Wiley has a thyroid condition and he has begun taking thyroid meds. This guy is current on shots, microchipped, and heartworm negative. He still needs to be neutered. Wiley is located in Benicia. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Adoption Pending (no new calls being accepted on these Labs)

GGLRR wants to make sure people have the latest status about Labs they may have seen on our website so have a category called "adoption pending" which is just like home sales pending, e.g. no new offers being accepted but still working through the details with the expectation that it will close successfully. Most of the time, our "adoption pending" turns into "adopted", so will only accept calls in the rare case when a Lab is moved back to "available".

So why would a Lab adoption be "pending"? When GGLRR places a Lab in a home, we want to make sure it's a great match! Thus, we have a trial period to find out whether all is well with cats and other pets welcoming the new family member. Usually in just a day or two, the adopter knows it's clearly going to work out, but we take the time to be sure. We also move Labs to "Pending" when we've received so many calls about a particular Lab (especially puppies!) that the Rep knows that one of the callers will be a match and doesn't want to get other people's hopes up by accepting more calls.




“Woola meet Spiderman”, “Spiderman meet Woola”



Woola fetches… not







Woola: 6-year-old female black Lab mix – 61 pounds

Watch Woola's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are taking any more calls for Woola.

It is tough to say goodbye to a beloved family dog, but Woola’s human peeps must bid her farewell as her young two-legged pack mates have severe dog allergies that they cannot shake. Woola has raised these two young boys, and they will miss her dearly.

What Woola’s current owner says: Woola is a sweet couch potato who loves to snuggle, but when it comes to playtime she is very active and playful. Loves to fetch things and play tug. She sleeps at night on her own bed in our bedroom. She is super active and needs a yard. Woola has completed several training classes at ARF in Walnut Creek. She knows “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come” “drop”, leave it”, “wait”, and “off”. Kids play with her on a daily basis, she likes to chase them around the yard. Woola is a big time fetcher who also likes to swim. I will admit, we allow her to sit and sleep on our couch. In playful excitement, she will jump on people. She also likes to jump up onto our 6-foot fence in an attempt to catch squirrels. Playful and friendly with other dogs… likes chasing them and likes being chased.

What Woola’s Rescue Rep says: Woola is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. She would do best in an active home with children… and a pool. Curious towards cats. Woola is located in Pleasant Hill. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Lulu: 1-year-old female black Lab mix – 45 pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Lulu.

The amazing Ms. Lulu was found in a Vacaville field next to a busy farm road shortly after delivering her first litter of pups. She was still lactating and cleverly eluded capture for several days. Finally the Animal Control Officers gave up searching for her puppies (they were never found) and devoted themselves to catching her. After a meltdown when she was taken to the county shelter, one of the shelter employees offered to foster her, so she spent a few days with her foster, until Lab Rescue stepped in.

What Lulu’s Foster says: Lulu is settling in with us quickly, and her resilience, given the circumstances, is incredible. She is affectionate, though she shows more relaxed behavior around human females than she does around males (not unusual in rescue dogs). She gets along with our feisty cat and our 3 other dogs. At first, she was always hungry; the vet discovered she had tapeworms and treated for them, and we expect the hunger to subside. She behaves well on leash (maybe more because she is very attentive than because of prior training). She's not food aggressive and is very comfortable with crating. Her recovery from spaying and worming has been rapid. We think she's still traumatized by her abandonment and the loss of her pups, but each day she is more relaxed. We allow her to sail up onto the bed for morning cuddles, and she is learning to sit for meals. There are occasional house-training mistakes, but she is intent on pleasing, and upset when she gets in trouble. At first she preferred staying indoors, but as her anxiety has diminished, she spends more time outside. She has separation anxiety when left alone in the house, but not if left outdoors, even for long periods of time.

What Lulu’s Rescue Rep says: Lulu is a sweet, healthy young dog. Current on shots, microchipped and recently spayed. Lulu’s adopter will need to continue her psychological recovery from her traumatic abandonment and loss of her puppies. Lulu is located in Vacaville. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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DURANT: 2.5 - 3 year old Neutered Black Lab Mix 88 Pounds

My name is Durant and yes I was named after the big Kevin Durant. I may not be as famous as he, but I have as much energy. Though I am not a puppy I am still puppyish, not an uncommon thing for us young Labs! My owners decided that Lab Rescue could find a home that could provide more of what I need. I have a black spotted tongue and my owners call them hearts!

From Durant's Owners:

We love Durant but Dad has major allergies to dogs and though we have tried many things to calm the allergies nothing is helping. We adopted Durant from a rescue organization about a year ago and coupled with the allergies, we also know with both of us working and growing children in the house our time is limited and we are unable to provide what this sweet boy what he needs. We know it is not fair for Durant to be home 8+ hours a day and confined to a small gated area in our house. He spends about 2-3 hours in the backyard every day. We play fetch and he runs after the ball but doesn't always bring it back. We take him to dog parks to play with other dogs. He is a lovable doofus, very sweet and cute and good with our children.

From Durant's Rescue Rep:

Durant is a good dog with kids (currently 5 and 11 in the home.) Any kids in the home should be over 5 as he could inadvertently knock over a small child. Durant is housebroken. He is not currently crate trained. He loves his belly rubs and is good in the car. Durant is a dog who gets excited when people come over so he will initially jump but then settles down. Though Durant knows a few commands, he will need to go to class for obedience and to learn leash manners. He is an alert barker letting you know when someone is at the door. Lab Rescue wants someone who is home a good part of the day to provide the structure and leadership that a young Lab needs. We are looking for someone who will be a strong leader, not only in strength but also in the ability to be his leader.. A cat free home is a must. Experience raising a young Lab would be a plus.

Medical: Durant is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped.

Durant is located in Berkeley. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Duke: ~18 month old neutered male black Lab, ~ 88 pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Duke.

This beautiful English style Lab was found in a field in San Jose. He was covered with foxtails and fleas; both ears were infected, and well, let’s just say he’s a bit on the chunky side. But oh, is he one sweet lovable dog! He loves to hang out with humans, loves to play with other dogs (but needs to learn some manners, and can be oblivious to corrections from the other dog), and is very affectionate and responsive. He’s getting lots of good walks to help get him fit and get some of the extra pounds off. He hasn’t had much training (if any, before now) and his walking on leash is well, lets call it inconsistent but he’s just endearing, and a wonderful project for the right family. He has a couple of potential medical issues that we are looking into, but nothing that gets in his way of being a typical Lab. He has lots of promise; he’s even going to work with his foster mom, which says a lot for a dog his age with no previous training!

What his foster mom says about Duke:

First and foremost, Duke is a very sweet and handsome boy. Duke does seem to have a split personality: at home (and at work) he is quiet, settles down nicely and really wants nothing more than to put his head in your lap. You'd hardly guess that this guy is still a puppy! It's when he's outside that his true puppy-nature comes to life! He loves all other dogs: big or small, the gender irrelevant. He wants to play with them all and try, he does! His approach can be a bit much for some and it's definitely the biggest thing we're working on. He's curious when we're out on the trails, but not dangerously so and has demonstrated some prey-drive, towards birds in particular. He spends most days with a nine-yo Boxer and hasn't displayed any food aggression or resource guarding whatsoever. Duke would have no problems in a home that has a dog.

And it's when you get him home that you're instantly won over as he attempts putting his huge, wonderfully blocky head in your lap and looks up at you with his very intent brown eyes. From that moment on, you're hooked!

What we want for Duke:

The right family for Duke would be one who has experience with young large dogs, including experience with training, and has the time to provide the regular exercise he needs to get fit and lose some of those extra pounds. At 18 months, Duke is still a puppy, and we don’t think he’s gotten the socialization that a young Lab needs, so we’re looking for a family who can help him with that. The right family will take Duke to at least one training program (typically 6 weeks of classes) so that the family and Duke can learn and practice together.

We think Duke would be happy in a home with dog savvy older children (8 and above) who can handle his size (he’s got the biggest paws I’ve seen!).

Duke is neutered, current on vaccinations heartworm negative and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Duke is located in Oakland. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Morris AKA “Big Mo”: 6-year-old male black Lab – 130 pounds

Morris’s current family has to give him up for adoption as they have two small kids and just do not have the time or space to care for him properly. This is a very hard decision for the family but they know it is best for Morris.

From his family:

Morris is our gentle giant, the sweetest boy you will ever meet; very affectionate.

Morris will be 6 in October. We adopted him when he was about 1.5 years old. I'll never forget, he came running from around a corner and knocked me over! It was love at first sight! He is a gorgeous boy and a gentle, gentle soul. He's never met a dog or a child he didn't like. Little dogs can be a bit intimidated by his size, though. He currently weighs in at around 130! He is a big boy to begin with, but has put on some weight due to his epilepsy and the meds that we use to control it. We would love to see Morris go to a family that first and foremost loves labs, because Morris is such the typical lab! Also, a large yard would be great. Morris loves to be around his people and he loves to snuggle! He does not realize how big he is! He goes out frequently with his dog walker and loves to be outdoors. He does very well off leash, always comes when called.

Morris knows: Sit, stay, down, come, drop, leave it, wait and off. He will bark when the mail man comes to the door, loves to play fetch, he has gone swimming once and he loved it. GGLRR would recommend Morris to swim as it would help him get some weight off. He gets walked each morning and night and then goes with a dog walking group three days a week. Morris is great and can be walked off leash and he will stay right by your side. He will pull on the leash if he sees a squirrel. He is in a home with a 1 and 3 year and just loves kids.

GGLRR met Morris and everything his family says about him is true! He is a wonderful boy and just loves to be the center of attention. He can be left alone without any issues; he will try to counter surf and he does have a sensitive stomach so the family sticks to just his dog food.

Medical:

Morris takes medication for his epilepsy; he has no other health issues and has been to the vet on a regular basis. Morris needs to lose at least 30 pounds.

He is located in San Francisco. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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9 Black Lab Mix Puppies 3 Boys and 6 Girls: 7 Weeks Old

Calvin, Cooper, Cody, Cleopatra, Chloe, Connie, Cassie, Carly and Cammie We are not taking any more inquiries about the puppies - all emails received so far will be answered.

A lab rescue volunteer got a call from the SFSPCA asking us to help them with some Lab puppies that were surrendered to the shelter by the owner. He told them that it was an accidental breeding and he did not want the puppies. (The SFSPCA will adopt out 4 of the puppies.) GGLRR picked up the puppies and we now have them in foster care.

What we know about the puppies:

We have the puppies in a foster home and they are doing well! They are being touched and socialized.

Playing, sleeping, pooping and eating and then repeating! (Puppies are great but you need to be prepared to have an active dog in your home for the next 5 plus years.) The foster mom has three dogs of her own and they love to try and play with them, they seem to understand going to the bathroom outside. Everything is a fun game!

From the foster mom:

Experienced GGLRR puppy foster says, "I am so thrilled to be fostering these adorable and sweet natured pups! Their personalities are quickly coming to light, and they are fast learners! They get along great with my adult dogs and are spending time every day with children and adults and are super cuddly! I look forward to finding the best family fit for each one of them!"

Medical:

They have had their first round of shots, well check, fecal and have been dewormed.

They are located in Danville. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Click to watch Kylo and the big ball.

Click to watch Kylo the licker.

Click to watch Kylo rompfest (“buckle your seatbelt”).







Kylo: 1-1/2-year-old male black Lab mix 78 lbs

Watch Kylo's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are not taking any more calls for Kylo.

Recipe for one great dog:

Ingredients:

1 cup of Labrador Retriever

1 cup of Great Dane

2 cups of unbridled affection

½ cup of dirt (dug up in your back yard)

5 heaping tablespoons of rocket fuel

1 hefty pinch of “jump”

1. Mix ingredients in one very large bowl.

2. Add in a few chewed-up children’s toys (to taste).

3. Let stand or “sit” or “stay” or “come” or “down” or “drop”.

4. Serves an entire family including kids (big kids).

What Kylo’s owner says: Kylo is a very sweet and loving dog… and a smidge on the energetic side. He requires more attention and training than we can give him. We’d love him to land in a home with older kids and another dog that he can romp with.

What Kylo’s Rescue Rep says: This guy is pure joy and excitement. A spirited youngster, Kylo will benefit from a committed training/obedience program. Lots of exercise and socialization with other dogs will go a long way to meeting his needs. His strength and current rambunctious nature makes him a poor match for families with young children. No idea how he is with cats, but they would probably not appreciate his gregarious manner. Kylo is up to speed on vaccinations and is neutered. Kylo is located in Vacaville. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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REESE – AKA The Big Easy: 11 year old neutered chocolate male Lab 82 lbs

What a beautiful boy!

The Ukiah shelter contacted GGLRR as they did not want him to end his life in a shelter; they wanted to see if we could take him into our program. His family fell on hard times and became homeless and it was very hard for them to make the decision to surrender him to the shelter after owning him for 11 years. They reached out to family and friend but they found no options for Reese. (That is why GGLRR exists to help dogs like Reese find his next home.)

Reese was a loved pet and was an inside dog and part of the family. He has been around a variety of people – small and large with no issues. He gets along with all dogs and he lived in the home with another dog. We are not sure about cats but he seems to be a dog that could care less about cats. He is very easy when you give him treats and he is fine when you take his food bowl away. He rides very well in the car, likes to trot after the ball and loves to swim. He is housetrained, has leash manners, loves to be brushed and goes for a nice walk and then will settle in for the day.

Notes from the foster: Reese is a very sweet boy! He’s quiet and well behaved and has settled in quickly. He’s very affectionate and just wants to be around people. We are giving him a lot of attention and he is just loving it! He has a great appetite and is food motivated; loves his treats. He pulls a little on leash but we are working on it; he is fine when he encounters other people and dogs and is a real sweetheart!

Medical: Reese has all his shots, he is heartworm negative, GGLRR will microchip him, he has had a well check and he had a mass removed from his front leg.

He is located in Danville. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Hank on a walk

Hank and his ball… well maybe not

Hank relaxing after his walk






Hank: 6-year-old male black English Lab 105 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Hank.

Hank is looking for a new forever home as his current owner is downsizing from a small apartment to a really-small apartment… and there is just not enough room for Hank. This purebred English lab is a delightful fellow who is just happy to be hanging out with his human.

What Hank’s Current Owner says: Hank is a mellow, affectionate, playful, and enthusiastic guy. He’s graduated from the Happy Hounds training program in Oakland and knows a number of commands, including “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “fetch”, and “leave it”. He occasionally barks a little when I leave him, but not for long. He hasn’t been getting much exercise lately so he could lose a few pounds. Hank is calm and affectionate with kids.. and gets along great with my two cats. Hank could easily become a therapy or companion animal due to his calm and gentle demeanor. He does pull on his leash when walked and is a bit barky and lunges at some dogs.

What Hank’s Rescue Rep says: Chipped, current on vaccinations, and neutered, Hank is in fine health… albeit 15 pounds over his desired weight. Hank would be a tremendous partner for someone wanting to get on a fitness program. He would also be a fabulous family dog. House-trained, but not crate-trained. Hank is located in Pleasant Hill. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Bo: ~11 year old neutered male yellow Lab, ~ 106 pounds

This handsome boy was brought to the shelter by his owners for euthanasia because they could no longer take care of his needs. But one look at him told us that they hadn’t been taking care of his “needs” for a long time: he’s overweight, has pressure sores from too much time lying on concrete, was flea infested, both ears were badly infected…just what care did this super sweet boy get?!

We were happy to take Bo into Lab Rescue, where he is now comfortably ensconced in a wonderful foster home and gets the love and attention he deserves. He needs a bit of “refurbishment” to get him to where he should be: regular exercise and portion control to get those extra pounds off, anti-inflammatories for his arthritis (and treatment for a related lick granuloma), flea prevention and regular baths to soothe his skin and keep him from being itchy, and a safe, loving environment to spent his retirement years. We had blood tests done and there is nothing going on with Bo that a great home with loving humans and good care won’t fix!

Bo gets along well with other dogs (he’s got 3 Lab foster siblings) and humans. He takes treats really nicely. Unlike a younger dog, Bo doesn’t need 3 miles of walking and jogging; nice and easy regular walks, maybe a couple each day are just fine for him.

What his foster family says about Bo:

Bo came to us from the shelter following a vet visit all in one day, handling the transition extremely well by showing no signs of stress or anxiety. When he arrived at our house, our three Labs greeted him: tails wagged, noses sniffed and then everyone settled in, as though they had all known each other for quite some time.

Bo is easy going, mellow and an all around quintessential senior Lab. He loves to go on walks---don't let his extra pounds fool you--he moves quite well and has good stamina. He does really well on a leash--he does not pull and has a steady gait. He is overweight, so he will let you know when he gets tired by lying down. We are monitoring his portions so that we can take some pounds off him. He is well socialized--he fits in with our dog walking crowd easily. He did try to tear up a chew toy, but we took that away and haven't seen any other chewing behavior. Bo likes to lie down on Paul's feet when he is working in the office. Bo also likes the cool kitchen floor (what Lab doesn't like the kitchen?!)

Bo's needs are simple: love, companionship and dog walks. He has endured neglect yet has a lot of love to give, so he needs to be with people and not left alone. He is unassuming, adaptable and gentle-- we know he will be a treasured member of someone's family.

What we want for Bo:

We’d like Bo to go to a home where he can hangout with the humans and not be left alone outside. Bo’s family should be willing to take him on regular walks, manage his portions, and be sensitive to the needs of an older dog.

Bo is neutered, current on vaccinations heartworm negative and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Bo is located in Fairfield. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

Bella’s owners moved out of state from Bakersfield and were not able to take her with them so they are happy to have her go into the Rescue program knowing Rescue could find her the very best home.

From the moment Bella arrived in Monterey/Carmel all who met her were completely taken by her sweet disposition and friendly demeanor. She charmed even the most resilient of the staff at the clinic where she was vetted and where she now is being boarded (due to the GGLRR rep’s schedule). Many staff members absolutely adore her and some if they didn’t have many dogs already would want her.

Bella was recently fostered bya local family in Salinas and here is the foster mom’s assessment of Bella.

Bella is the sweetest, most affectionate dog! She is driven to please her family, and an incredibly fast learner. In a few short days she learned to sit (on command, with or without treats), knows lie "down", understands "on your bed" and will play catch (and fetch!) all day long. She will go potty, on command and with prodding will sit (not patiently, tail is wagging like mad!) for her meals. She loves warm baths and thinks the blow dryer is a fabulous thing. Bella likes to be on her bed, and she has a favorite toy that if you say, "where is your baby?" She will search high and low to find it. When you say, "bed time" she picks up her baby and goes upstairs to her bed. Bella has a nickname, Shadow, as she likes to be where the family is.

She can be left in the house alone, completely potty trained - but will sit on furniture if allowed, to look out the window. She does not dig and in over two weeks we have not heard her bark...not even alarm bark. She is fine in a secure back yard, and while she explores, she does not try to escape. She is unfazed by cats but is mesmerized by birds. And Bella should be in a ONE DOG family. She’s wonderful with children and a fabulous family dog.

She loves attention in a very calm way, will sit by you forever and will stare at you with her sweet soulful eyes for a pat or an ear massage. Happy to be in the same room with you lying on her bed and just seeing you and knowing she has someone in her life that cares. You can tell because she often will give this little sigh of happiness when she rests. All in all she is a very calm girl, wants to please and is very loving and grateful and willing to learn. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Mac: almost 9 year old black purebred male 70 pounds

Mac was bought from a breeder in the Carmel area when he was just a few weeks old and has papers. He has lived with the same family since the time he was adopted from the breeder. He will be 9 years old in Sep 2016 but you cannot tell it by looking at him. He has plenty of energy and very little grey around his muzzle. He is a very pretty boy and very happy.

Mac lives with another small dog and a cat and is as sweet as he can be. Mac for the most part has been an outdoor dog but is gentle and very anxious to please and he just loves attention. He doesn’t bark at all and doesn’t jump on people. He knows basic commands like sit, down and stay (when he’s not excited such as when new people give him lots of attention). He’s great with children of all ages.

Mac has a hot spot that has just developed which Lab Rescue is treating and for which we will provide meds. Mac will be neutered, heartworm tested, and up to date on vaccines, fecal tested and microchipped in the next few days.

For more information contact Sylvana text or email preferred. Text 831-596-1700 or 831-402-6600 or Email: sylstrattn@aol.com.

Mac update:

Mac was put into an experienced foster home after his family moved out of the area. This is what his foster mom says about him.

He was purchased as a puppy and then found his way to the back yard, to stay for the next 9 years of his life. He proved in his first week in his foster home to be well worth the effort of rescue. His initial reaction to being indoors was pacing and panting. His foster family spent the first 3 days figuring out how to help him feel ok about being inside while giving him lots of time on a shady deck with a yard to explore to decompress.

He now sleeps happily indoors on a bed next to his foster folds at night and has many supervised visits throughout the day inside. He is absolutely wonderful with other dogs and loves to play with his foster dog siblings. He has no food or toy aggression issues and thrives on attention. He's wonderful with children. He will need a family that can commit to helping him figure out boundaries (the food on the counter really isn’t up for grabs), the refrigerator, (although it really seems to be too good to be true) also is off limits.

He’s curious and playful and everything just seems new and fun. Mac will make someone a fabulous companion. He’s super food motivated – he’s a pleaser. He wants to be a part of your pack. He needs a loving, patient family who can help him grow into the awesome dog that he is. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Max: 2-3 year-old male black English Lab

What Max says: I’m a handsome, happy boy who just wants to be with my people—which makes it hard to understand why my last owner left me alone at the shelter. I didn’t like it there, it was noisy and made me nervous. Luckily a nice lady from Lab Rescue spotted me, made a few calls and now I’m living the good life with my foster mom up in the Santa Cruz mountains, exploring my big new yard, meeting all the neighbors and their dogs and getting long belly rubs. There’s so much to do that I’m even starting to forget about my itchy ears! My foster mom takes me on lots of walks and sometimes we even go in the car—I love life!

What Max’s foster says: Max is an owner surrender from the Santa Cruz shelter and appears to be a very well bred English Labrador. He is not very tall but has those adorable thick English features we love: a big blocky head, wiggly otter tail, massive paws, luxuriously silky coat and a joyful labby smile full of sparkling white teeth. He’s still very much a big puppy who’s just starting to settle into a daily routine.

Max has very good house manners and quickly learned to respect boundaries like the kitchen and front door threshold. He’s not a counter surfer but like most puppies, will steal a fuzzy slipper or shoe if you’re not careful. He enjoys his nylabone and seems to just be learning about how to play with other toys. Right now, he prefers to play by interacting with people, but suspect he will eventually grow into toy play, too. Oh, and the hose¬¬–Max loves to play in hose water!

Max took to his crate immediately and sleeps there at night and when his foster mom is away from home. He’s quiet in the crate and in the yard too.

Max is a really a sweet, happy-go-lucky boy who will benefit from an experienced home and positive-reinforcement training. He’s still learning his name and doesn’t realize his own strength or size, so basic obedience and socialization will be a top priority in helping him to become a well-rounded family member. Max especially loves our male renter so we think he will be great with both men and women. He spent an entire afternoon with a child, so we suspect he’ll be great with older kids who are big-dog savvy, too.

Max has met several neighbor dogs (male and female) and really wants to be social, but is not very experienced with greetings yet. He seems to be more comfortable with larger, well-balanced dogs. He is a little too interested in our 2 resident cats for now but longer term, he may be workable. He’ll definitely need close supervision with other dogs (and kids) while his post-neuter hormones settle a bit.

What Max’s Rescue Rep says: Max is up to date on vaccinations and is newly microchipped and has stunningly good looks. He has a healthy bodyweight and is the epitome of a Lab-lovebug. Max appears to have allergies but it's predicted that good food and attention will make a huge difference. The ideal home for Max would be with an experienced dog owner who can provide the training and socialization he needs to become a good canine citizen, including a securely fenced yard.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Vickie: Black Lab, Female 55 pounds 5 to 6 years old

Watch Vickie's video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Here is what her foster has to say about her: Vickie is a sweetheart who has a lot of of love to give. She has been adaptable, loyal, and well behaved. She loves to play, take walks, and is food driven which is a great way to train her. She is with me 24/7. At home, she is very observant while hanging out on the deck towards the cars and people. Does not bark at anyone or at my housemate’s cat. She has only barked if another nearby dog barks at her. She prefers to sleep inside her crate over her large dog bed at night voluntarily. I keep her crate door open at all times so she may roam freely. At work, she is excited as she is with someone at all times. She will settle down and get comfortable as you start to settle down to begin work. She is well behaved during car rides.

Please get to know her more by watching her videos and pictures on the two provided links. I will continue to update it with content over time.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Recently Adopted from GGLRR!

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! See some of the recent rescued Bay area Labs adopted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and this year (2017) for examples of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

         
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