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Lab adoption fair Last updated 6/27/2017 6:30 AM

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.






Charlie: approx. 2 year old neutered black male Lab 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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MOCHA: 3 year old Chocolate Lab Mix 50 Pounds Spayed Female

Mocha was an owner surrender to the Ukiah shelter - she was not doing well so they asked us to take her. Her owner passed away and she was alone in the home with the owner before they found her. She then went to a home of a friend who was not allowed to have dogs in her apartment. Once the landlord found out Mocha had to find a new home. She was taken to the Ukiah shelter.

Mocha is a very sweet dog but when she is stressed her "go to" is to hunker down. We have her in a foster home and she is doing GREAT!

From the foster mom:

Mocha is a sweet and gentle girl who just wants to hang out with her people. She’s a bit shy and can be slow to warm up, but with only a little getting to know each other, she is super affectionate. She walks well on leash and enjoys going for her walks, whether long or short. She looks ready to play when passing other dogs but might need some instruction. She is quite interested in cats and given the chance might give chase. She may need some additional house training guidance. She has led a sheltered life and needs to be gradually introduced to the wider world. Given her calm demeanor and desire to cuddle while watching TV, this friendly girl will make for a great companion.

Update from the foster mom:

Mocha is a sweet, playful and gentle girl who just wants to hang out with her people. She’s shy and nervous when approached by strangers, but if given the chance to meet people on her own terms, she is super affectionate. She does pull a bit on leash and definitely enjoys going for walks, whether long or short. She looks ready to play when passing other dogs but needs some instruction in appropriate greeting and play. She is quite interested in cats and given the chance will give chase. She's a bit anxious when left alone in the house and will whine and occasionally bark a bit when we first leave. The up side of her slight separation anxiety is that she is really good off leash with her primary caretaker. We find that if we tire her out with some off leash runs, she does not have as much difficulty being alone. She whines when riding in the car and will bark if left alone in the car. She is housebroken. Now that she thinks of our house as hers, she will bark when people come to the door but will warm up to them given time. We thought she was a mellow girl, but after a month with us, her true energetic nature is beginning show. She is a youngster after all!

Mocha should be placed in a home with older kids, she can be placed in a home with another dog but not cats. Mocha has no medical issues. She is spayed, up to date on her shots, heartworm negative and is microchipped.

She is located in Pinole.

  If you are interested in making Mocha part of your pack please, call 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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BLUE: 2 Year Old Black Lab / Pointer Mix Neutered Male 87 Pounds

Hi, my name is Blue I am looking for a new home; could that be with you? I have lived with my family since I was three months old, along with my doggie brother and four human brothers. So you can imagine the house full we have, and it doesn’t leave much time for me. My human mom and dad are making the hard decision to find me a new forever home; I know they love me and care about me. I love my human boys; we get along great, they will sometimes climb on me. I don’t mind I love the attention.

You see, I am a happy young guy, that is energetic, not over the top, I just need some good exercise and leadership. I do spend most of my time outside, and I sleep in the garage when I do get to relax sometimes in the house I do not have any accidents…I know where the door is. When I get to go for a walk on a leash, I might pull a little that’s only because I don’t know what you are asking me to do. I am a smart guy, and I am willing to learn and be a good canine citizen. I know sit, I love love treats, I don’t grab them out your hand. I have been around kids, and I know better. I do get excited when someone comes to the door, but I will settle right down when we meet. I love to go on car rides, good idea to make sure I am secure, I have been known to try and be the co-pilot. I do love to chase cats, so I better find a home that does not have cats.

What Blue’s Rep say about him: Blue is a very sweet dog, that has great potential, he is eager to learn. He is curious, sensitive to noise kind of guy, so on the 4th of July turn the music up a little louder. Blue has not learned to wait at the door when it is opened, so he may try to get out first. He needs some work on coming back. He has not been with other dogs on a regular basis other than his brother. He is excited to see them, likes to play a little, but would rather be with his human.

We are looking for a home that has the time for exercise, and some training. Lab Rescue would like to see him go to a home that has a yard for him to run and play. He is a smart, affectionate dog and will be a wonderful addition to your pack.

He is a very healthy boy and has no health issues: Neutered, has his shots, we are working on getting him a microchip and heartworm test.

Blue is located in Angwin.

  If you are looking for a very nice boy to be part of your pack, please email Rescue Rep Judy at judee.tay@gmail.com or call 707-480-8469.

(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 Steve and Zaza relaxing.



Click to watch Steve and the black Kong.






STEVE: 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. 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 can be very sweet, but can also show some inappropriate behaviors in certain situations. Steve is a foodie, a chowhound, and gets obsessed with food. He goes a bit crazy when food is around, and doesn’t react well if you try to move him away from food. We think recent events in his life may have contributed to these behaviors.

We are looking for an experienced dog owner in an adults only household who is able and willing to do situational management (humans and dogs eat separate from each other) while working with a trainer/behaviorist to help Steve improve his behaviors around food.

Steve has been doing great at a boarding kennel in Dixon, where he has been learning to sit and wait for meals politely. We’d love to move him to an appropriate and experienced foster home who could continue these efforts. Or even better, a new forever home.

Steve should go to a house with no kids and no cats. Steve is friendly and enjoys playing with other dogs but might do best as the only dog in a home to reduce opportunities for resource contention and to give his new owner time to focus on bonding and working with Steve.

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, current on vaccinations 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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Click to watch Cash bopping around.


Click to watch Steve and Cash relaxing.


Click to watch Cash romping at Happy Paws Kennel.


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Cash 1-year-old male black Lab 65 lbs

We need a foster for Cash!!!

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

Cash (formerly known as Zaza) joined Lab Rescue from a local shelter where he was one day away from being euthanized. He’d been returned to the shelter after being adopted – the adopting family found him to be aggressive towards their existing dog. Huh? Our evaluation did not find any such unacceptable behavior, but we did find an anxious, skittish dog that needs a calm, safe environment with structure and appropriate human pack leaders. Since we rescued Cash, he has come out of his shell and is much more accommodating towards strangers... After some initial barkiness, he quickly warms up and becomes playful. He has become best buddies with choc lab Steve, another lab rescue dog at the kennel – we’d love to adopt them out together. He would thrive in an active family with kids and/or other dogs. Not sure how he would be with cats.

What Zaza’s Rescue Rep says:Cash is neutered, chipped, and current on all shots. Cash is located at a kennel in Dixon, but we’d love to get him into a good foster home where he can continue to decompress.

If you are interested in Zaza, 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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Click to watch Oso hanging with his peeps.



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Oso: 9-year-old male black Lab mix 85 lbs

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

Oh so lucky we are… to have the opportunity to provide this happy-go-lucky guy a new lease on life.

Oh so ridiculous… that his former owners took him to the local shelter to be euthanized.

Oh so wonderful… that the shelter vet said “I don’t think so” and we quickly became aware of Oso’s situation.

Oh so happy he is… now that he is hanging out with a pack of dogs being waited on paw-and-foot by his two-legged foster caretakers.

Oh so much we want… to find him a wonderful forever home… with a loving family who accepts Oso as he is…

What Oso's foster says: Look at his face! Oso is a very gentle and sweet Lab.  He is easy to get along with.  Oso is thriving in our foster home. He adapted to our home routine right away; he gets along with our three labs, but definitely relates to his human companions more.  Oso soaks up love and attention like a sponge.  He's a sweet dog; wags his tail alot and has those mesmerizing dog eyes:) He has the most soft mouth--eats his cheese/meds very gently.   He cries with joy and wags his tail when we come home!  He loves his walks and would be a terrific companion for a family with kids… or a retired person.  We’ve been able to slim him down a little and he is moving around much better.  We found out he loves to look for squirrels in our back yard and on dog walks, and doesn't seem too crazy about cats.  Oso is a darling.  A hidden gem. 

What Oso’s Rescue Rep says: Oso is neutered, microchipped, and current on his vaccinations.  He likely has some arthritis in his back legs and/or hips or a torn ligament that never fully healed… seems he favors his rear left leg a bit…  and he is taking a pain/anti-inflammatory med.  But it doesn’t seem to slow him down much at all.  Oso is located in Fairfield.

  If you are interested in Oso, 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

“The Rose has but a summer reign The Daisy never dies!”

FOSTER HOME NEEDED FOR DAISY

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 have a VERY gentle mouth, likes to ride in the car, loves to play ball but Daisy is not fond of the water.

Daisy has not had any health issues, she is current on her shots, takes regular flea and tick medicine and heartguard, she is spayed and we will check to see if she is microchipped. Daisy is taking proin and is doing great. She is housetrained and has been an indoor dog her entire life. The family is so busy Daisy does spend a lot of time in the backyard.

  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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TUMAI: 9 Year Old Black Lab/Mix Male 80 Pounds

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

Meet handsome Tumai! His owner got him when he was a puppy. However, recent life changes and health challenges have forced his mom to give him up. She has entrusted us to find him a great new home. Tumai is just a wonderfully friendly boy! His tail simply does not stop wagging! He might be 9 years old, but he is no senior citizen…..Tumai prefers to be called “seasoned.” Do not let his age fool you. He is full of love and life – just watch his video.

He LOVES to be active. He especially enjoys hiking, playing on the beach, swimming and chasing his ball (endlessly). He has put on a few extra pounds and those activities will get his boyish figure back quickly! Tumai knows basic obedience (sit, down and shake). He is treat-motivated, so teaching him more obedience skills will be fun and easy. He would love to attend obedience training with his new people. He gets along well with other dogs (even goes to doggy day care) and was raised around older children, but smaller children could be easily knocked down by his exuberance.

Tumai needs a foster home.

  Please watch Tumai’s video! If you are looking for a sweet, fun loving and active senior Lab to share your life with, please text Rescue Rep Mitzi at 408-472-2030.

(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

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 email Rescue Rep Liz at 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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Elliott: 6 year old neutered male Lab mix 75 lbs (special needs)

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

Elliott was adopted as a puppy from a shelter after being found on a highway with a broken right front leg. He made a full recovery after pins and surgery and was adopted by his current family at 1 year old. He has full strength and range of motion in both front legs and has lived happily with the family the past 4 years.

Elliott has a condition that causes him to lose coordination and strength in his rear legs at times. His owners live in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in the city without a yard. It has become increasingly difficult for Elliott to safely navigate the 3 flights of stairs to get outside and he can no longer walk all the way to a local park. Although they love him very much, the owners want Elliott to have a better quality of life and are surrendering him so that he could be adopted by a family with a single story house and a yard which would make it much easier for Elliott to get outside and play.

What Elliott’s current owner says:

Elliot 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. Elliot 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. Elliot 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, which considering his size is a bit rough for smaller dogs.

While his joints, muscles and ligaments all seem strong and fine, he cannot go for very long walks, cannot run without falling every few steps and has a walk that looks like he is dancing with his back legs. Probably one of the happiest dogs, he has no idea that there is anything wrong.

Elliot 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 are looking for a home to improve his quality of life and this would be ideally a single floor home with access to an outdoor area he could take himself to and walk in at his leisure.

What Elliott’s rescue rep says:

We are looking for a very special owner who can provide Elliott an improved quality of life in a home environment more suited to him. We prefer an adopter with a single story home with easy in/out access and a grassy yard for Elliott. Carpeted floors would be easier for Elliott than hardwood floors. Given Elliott's condition he won't need a lot of long walks, but short walks and play sessions in the back yard would be good. Elliott was socialized with other dogs when he was young but hasn't been around other dogs much recently due to his reduced mobility. He might do ok in a home with another mellow dog.

Elliott had a rough start in life and we want to see this sweet dog get a chance to enjoy more of the simple doggie pleasures of life – basking in the sun, wriggling in the grass, playing in the yard, short strolls, and sniffing the latest smells outdoors. And of course, hanging out in the house with his people, snuggling together, getting back scratches and belly rubs. Elliott is looking for that special owner who can deal with his disability and who welcomes the joy and love that Elliott will bring to their home. Elliot is current on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered.

  If you can provide a great forever home for Elliott, 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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Brody: ~12 month old neutered male red Lab/Lab mix, ~ 75 pounds

Watch Brody's video by clicking on the links above the pictures.

We are not taking any more calls for Brody.

Brody is a wonderful, active young boy who was picked up as a stray and ended up in the shelter. Initially we thought he was a back yard dog with no training, but as we’ve gotten to know him better, we can’t figure out why no one has come looking for him! His obedience is solid: he knows Sit, Down, Come Here, Heel, Shake and Watch Me. He needs real work on his leash manners; he pulls and he’s strong! He seems to like children and want to play with them. He’s been introduced to female dogs and has done fine; we’ll introduce him to male dogs when he settles down a bit (we think right now they might not be in love with his in-your-face energy!). He should settle down a bit with regular exercise, and time for the hormones to leave his body!

The right family for Brody would be one who has experience with young large dogs, including experience with training, and one that has the time to provide vigorous exercise (45 minutes or more twice/day) which could be a brisk walk or run. We think Brody is about 75 pounds, so his adopter would need to be physically able to handle his size and energy level. We think Brody would be happy in a home with dog savvy older children (7 or 8 and above) who can handle his size and his energy.

Brody is neutered, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped. Lab Rescue will have him heartworm tested and on preventive, before he goes to his forever home. Brody is located in San Jose; he will move to his foster home within the next week or so.

(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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Harpo: 2-year-old male black Lab 61 lbs

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

We are not taking any more calls for Harpo.

Lost in Lodi… Harpo joined Lab rescue after a brief stint in a central valley shelter. Harpo is currently in the care of a dog trainer for some basic obedience and life skills.

What Harpo’s Trainer says: When Harpo first came to me, he was all over the place. Poor guy did not know what was going on ! After a few days of decompression, we started our work together, laying a nice foundation of obedience. Harpo is initially outwardly focused but with a little help from his handler, he is happy to tune in and engage. It doesn't appear that anyone gave him much attention and he was most likely stuck in a backyard somewhere to languish and make sense of what he could smell on the other side of the fence ... in that other world. Fortunately, he's got a wonderful temperament and is naturally social. With a proper introduction he has made good friends with at least half a dozen dogs and it is just the first week. Occasionally, he will meet a dog who intimidates him for some reason and he may get his feathers a little ruffled but with calm centered leadership, he will let it go and turn to me. He is quite sweet and lovable but if given too much affection at this stage, the affection will feed his insecurity and caused him to become over attached and needy. Like most dogs, he is looking for someone who is confident and secure and can show him that he is in good hands. He seems very appreciate of this and having the structure I'm giving him, allows him to feel very safe and secure. He enjoys the ball but isn't obsessed with it. He has a nice balance of moderate drive so he knows how to turn it off when you need him to.

What Harpo’s Rescue Rep says: Chipped, recently-neutered, heartworm negative, and current on vaccinations. Crate-trained and becoming house-trained. Gets along great with most other dogs, although he can be a bit exuberant. This youngster will need lots of exercise and discipline. Not for the faint-hearted but Harpo will be a terrific dog for an active family. Harpo is located in Pittsburg.

(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.






PENELOPE: 9 Months Old Chocolate Lab Mix 45 Pounds NonSpayed Female

(GGLRR is working on getting her spayed.)

We are not taking any more calls for Penelope.

Cute Cute Penelope – she lost her way!

The Ukiah shelter contacted Lab Rescue to see if we could take Penelope into our program. She passed all the shelters tests with flying colors and how could we say no to that cute face! When I asked the shelter what her story was they replied she was a lot her way pooch! (Meaning she was dumped our got out and no one came to look for her.)

We now have her at our boarding facility where she is doing GREAT! She gets to play with all dogs – small, large, nice and not so nice. She does not have any issues with any of them. She is clean in her kennel, she is not a barker and she wants to please her humans. She does not know much but she will listen and she picks things up quickly. She rides in the car GREAT! She can be placed in a home with another dog but we are not sure about cats; she does  like to chase the birds! She must have been with an owner who treated her decently as she is not scared of people and other animals!

She is very healthy: she has all her shots, heartworm negative. We need to arrange her spay and microchip.

(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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JACK: 2 Year Old Black Lab / Pointer Mix Neutered Black Male 78 Pounds

Jack has been with his owner since he was three months of age. The family has four kids, and they do not have the time that Jack deserves. They called GGLRR so we could help them place this wonderful boy in a good home.

The owner describes him as a very happy, loving, energetic dog that wants to have human affection. He spends his time outside, and at night he is in the garage. (He is housetrained.) When we met Jack, he did bark when you approached the home, he was very excited at first but then calmed down. He loved all the attention he was getting, he is great with the kids, the kids climb all over him with no issues. Jack loves a good belly rub, he will take treats very nice from you and has no issues with food. Jack is a quick learner, and he is ready to learn: he knows sit but wants to learn more! If a door is open Jack will try to get out, but he will come back when called. When walking Jack on the leash, he was a little unsure what was going on but would pick leash walking up quickly. He will chase the neighbor's cats so a home with no cats. He likes to go for car rides, but he will try to get in the front seat.

He is a very healthy boy and has no health issues: Neutered, has his shots, regular flea and tick and heart guard – working on a microchip.

Jack needs a home that has the time for exercise and training. Lab Rescue would like to see Jack go to a home that has a backyard for him to run and play. He is a smart, affectionate dog and will be a wonderful addition to your pack.

Jack is located in Angwin.

(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: 10 Year Old Yellow Female Lab Spayed 80 Pounds

Sweet sweet Bella: My face may be white, but my heart is pure gold. There is no shame in growing old. Author unknown

Bella has had a rough few months but now GGLRR has her in our program and she is on the way to a full recovery and we hope soon to her new forever home.

GGLRR was contacted by the SFSPCA as they had heard about Bella and her situation. (If a rescue did not step up for Bella she would have been put down.) They reached out to a volunteer with GGLRR to see if we could help Bella. GGLRR stepped up and took Bella into their program and got her into a foster home where she is doing great. Bella was a stray in the Tehama area and she fell into a swimming pool. A good Samaritan helped Bella get out of the pool but she was in such a panic at that time that she bit the hand of the good Samaritan. She was taken to the shelter where the found a microchipped but her owner did not come looking for her. She got pneumonia from falling into the pool and she started to shut down in the shelter. She was being treated for her pneumonia at the shelter but truly needed to be in a home.

From the foster mom:

Bella is a sweetheart and definitely worth the effort. She is very friendly to people and dogs alike, quiet relaxed and quiet. Bella is housebroken, she sleeps through the night on a dog bed next to her foster mom and does not make a peep. Bella is not destructive when left alone, does not guard her food and to a true lady. She is learning to walk on a leash but she is not a big puller. Bella goes on a 20 – 30 minute walk a day and is a DREAM dog. She loves to hang out inside the home with her foster mom. She can be left alone with no issues or she goes with her foster mom to deliver meals on wheels. We would recommend Bella be adopted to a home with older kids, she would be fine in a home with dogs or cats.

Medical:

GGLRR has had he to the vet a couple of times to make sure she is getting clear up her pneumonia. She has had all her shots, she has been microchipped, she is heartworm negative, she has had x-rays and she has had a full blood panel and well check. Bella does need some dental work and she needs to be spayed but GGLRR can’t do this until she is cleared of her pneumonia. Bella goes in on May 1st for her last x-ray to clear her. She is feeling great and is running around the fosters backyard.

She is located in Petaluma.

(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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BRUTUS: 13 Year Old Black Lab Neutered Male 73 Pounds

“Some call me a senior dog, that just means I have years of experience in the fine art of friendship!”

Love, Love Brutus...

How could such a sweet boy end up at the shelter? Well his owner could no longer afford to care for his dogs and the best thing he could have done for Brutus is take him to a shelter; where he had a chance at a happy ending! The shelter immediately reached out to rescue and GGLRR decided he was a dog we should take into our program; we wanted to make sure Brutus would have a happy ending, no matter how long he had left to his life.

He loves all dogs, people, and doesn't have a problem with cats, birds outside, or just about anything and just wants to be around someone who wants a companion by their side. He is very gentle with kids and will sit and wait patiently until the kids give him his treats. He even eats with his two foster dogs in the same room without any problems.

Brutus loves to ride in the car and he takes treats very nice from your hand. He actually loves to shake hands for his treats! He knows to sit and of course he will walk well on a leash, just a couple easy walks a day for Brutus and he will be fine to rest inside your home the rest of the day. He was an inside dog; so he is house trained. He is a very quiet dog and will do what you ask of him; we think he may be a bit hard of hearing. Brutus had a full blood panel at the shelter, a well check, he is neutered, he is updated on his shots, plus a senior panel with us. I'm up to 73 pounds already being in my foster "homes" and my tail never quits wagging!

From Brutus:

I am Brutus and I am adjusting to a very interesting life. Momma K does morning duty, feeding me, letting me relieve myself and then tucks me back in she says she has to go to work. Momma T comes later in the morning and brings me down to where my foster sister, brother, cat foster & Poppa T live. I get to play, socialize, run errands and take naps at Momma T's Then Momma K comes to get me, she says she just returned home from work. I have dinner, look at my cat siblings, curl up on one of my beds until it's bedtime. Momma K covers me w my blankie & then Momma & Poppa K go to bed and I don't go to bed hungry. It is very different from my past life but I am really liking it.

From his foster Momma T:

Brutus is a young 13. He is such a happy, sweet young/old soul! He just keeps on wagging his tail, "hugging" (rubbing his head on you is his hug), smiling, and just loving being by your side (not separation issues, just love for you). He can be left for several hours at a time in the house without any problems. Totally turn key is this gentle, gentleman! Love this guy to pieces as will you!

From his foster Momma K:

Brutus is my first adult senior foster and didn't know what to expect.....well actually I was anticipating a feeble, unstable dog, having difficulty getting up/down steps or in/out of the car. OMG, Brutus is anything but, he is calm yet energetic, gets into/out of cars easily, has no trouble getting in and out of the house. We have baby gates up, but this is more for our cats, so they feel safe. But honestly, we really don't need them, one of our cats, Quincey, feels completely safe to come into the family room. Quincy will walk inches by Brutus, what does Brutus do you ask? Brutus wags his tail, he also puts his head down and turns slightly away as if to say, "don't worry I won't hurt you." Sometimes I think he would like to make a kitty friend but Quincey isn't ready. To summarize, Brutus is a calm, loving, energetic 13 yr old who is house broken, has no separation issues, gets along w cat's, love bug.

Note from Momma T:

Sometimes fosters come in many different packages. Even if you work full time, or only have weekends, you might find a co-foster that will be your partner to help a dog in need. It's a joy not to be missed!

Brutus is located in Novato.

(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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