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Lab adoption fair Last updated 4/19/2014 7:30 PM

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places over 400 Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (424 in 2011)!  See the Recently Adopted section 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.  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). 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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Ginger : 8yr old yellow spayed female 85 lbs
(Needs to lose 7 pounds)
Watch Ginger's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Hi, my name is Ginger! I am looking for my “forever” home. I am a really nice girl, and I don’t understand why it is taking so long to find someone to love me. Maybe it’s because I am a little older than those young puppies that everyone seems to want. You know the ones that chew up your shoes and your furniture? I gave that up a long time ago! Maybe it’s because I am a little over weight, but I am working really hard to lose a few more pounds and now that I am getting out for regular walks and eating a little less, I’ll be slim and trim again in no time!

My foster mom has said I have lady-like manners. I will sit and wait for you to give me the go ahead to eat my meal, which I dearly love. Yep, I am a lab. When I get under foot you can tell me to leave the room, and I will do as you say. I can even be left alone in the house for a little while, and I don’t touch your things. I might get up on your couch for a little snooze, or you could find me in my crate taking a little nap just waiting for you to get home. We have been working on my commands; I am paying attention and doing really well. I know sit, stay, down, come and NO. I will walk nicely on a leash with a correction collar; I just love to be outside for my walks. I also like to do some hiking off leash. I do keep on eye on my foster mom just in case she gets into trouble and needs my help. I love to swim and go to the beach. I am so happy to run and play, just check out my video at the top so you can see for yourself. I also love to go for rides in the car; I will sit nicely just watching the world go by. I have only been around older kids in my life; I really think I might be too wiggly for little children. I have never been properly introduced to small children so I may not know how to act with them. I am not so good with cats so a home without them would be great. I am also not very fond of fireworks…they scare me, but I think you can help me with that once we have gotten to be BFFs.

I am looking for a family that will be home with me part of the day so we can hang out together. I love to be petted and will sit at your feet and soak up all the attention and love you have to give me. I also want a family that will continue my training and give me structure so I will continue to be the wonderful girl that I am. I know my “forever” family is out there; I will wait patiently with my foster mom until we find each other.

WHAT GINGER’S FOSTER MOM HAS TO SAY:
Ginger is a very happy girl who is grateful to be your companion. She loves to eat, walk and play, and responds well to direction. Ginger especially loves going on a long walk and does very well on a leash with a training collar. Even though Ginger gets along and plays well with my young male lab, she would do best as an only dog. Ginger is crate trained and prefers to sleep in her crate at night. She knows her basic commands and sleeps through the night. Ginger is OK left alone in the home for a couple of hours and will not destroy your house. She will alarm bark but does not get carried away. Ginger is affectionate, loves to be petted and responds well when she is told to go lay down. With consistent leadership, Ginger will be your loyal friend forever.

Ginger is a healthy girl; she is up to date on her shots, has her microchip and is heartworm negative. She is located in Mountain View.

Please call Rescue Rep Judy T. @ 707-480-8469 if you are interested in adopting this fun girl.

(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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Raider: 8 Year Old Male Black Lab/Rottweiler Neutered 98 Pounds
(could lose a few pounds)

This is Raider's story:

"here is the scoop..my human dad adopted me as a rescue when I was 3 months old, and named me Raider after his favorite football team. (Of course the Oakland Raiders.) He had always wanted a dog of his very own, and when his life circumstances looked right to have me, he tracked me down in Stockton from a lady who rescued my dog mommy. (He got me when he was 24 years of age.) We spent the next six years being roomies, but we had to move a few times, and he married a very nice lady who loves me too, but they had to work a lot. So I got sad because there wasn't much time for exercise or playing my favorite thing ever, fetch the ball. Then another little human came into the house and life got even more complicated. So my dad's mommy said I could come live with her until things settled down. But that was 1 1/2 years ago, and my mom and dad are busy as ever and there's not much room for me in their new apartment, with that new baby too! I think the baby is very nice, but he can't take me for a walk, so I'm not much interested in him. So my human family talked about it and decided that I'd be happier with folks that had more time to play with me, and take me for long walks and stuff.

Here is some more scoop about me.. I don't mind living with cats, birds, kids or other dogs. I adore going to the dog park but once I check out the other dogs, I just want to play fetch. If another dog takes my ball, I will just follow them around until they drop it - no big deal! My owner did a wonderful job at getting me out and socialized as a younger dog and it is just in me to be a lover and not a fighter. I love getting big hugs! (When the nice Lab Rescue lady came over to meet me she could do anything to me. She touched me all over and all I wanted to do was roll over so she could give me a nice tummy rub! This made me very happy and when I am happy I will let you know with a small growl. All I am doing is letting you know I am happy.) I don't chew up stuff if you have to leave me at home alone. I use a doggie door if I need to go outside to do my business during the day. I seldom bark except for maybe when the doorbell rings and I don't know who is at the door. My grandma keeps telling people how smart I am, and I tell her how handsome I am. (I am very treat motivated so my Grandma buys me these toys where I need to figure out how to get the treats out. I get the treats each time!) I know many things: sit, stay, down, fetch - of course, take it, leave it, drop, come, off, let's go to bed and lets go for a walk. I love to go for car rides and go for a swim. I have a few dog beds to lay on but I like to sleep on my grandma's bed and look out the window. I get out each day and sometimes twice a day to play fetch or go to the dog park. I walk pretty well on a leash and I am great at walking off a leash. (If you tell me to come I will come when called and will come to the heel position.) When I see other dogs on leash I am fine but I will look at them as I just want to play. I do not jump up on people and I do not dig or bark at strangers. It is sad that my owner and my Grandma can't keep me any longer but I understand it is in my best interest to find a home where someone is home more and where someone can get me out on a more regular basis. They have given me a wonderful 8 years of my life and I have been well cared for, I have always been an inside dog, been well trained, well socialized and have been taken to the Vet on a regular basis. My vet says I act just like a pup and that I'm fit as a fiddle. I have been neutered, I have all my shots, I am heartworm negative and I take heartworm prevention, I go in each year for a well check, I get my ears cleaned on a regular basis and I eat a good quality food. I am located in San Rafael.

If you have the time for this BIG LOVE and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Rescue Rep Liz at 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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Maggie 9 Year Old Yellow Lab SPAYED Female 91 Pounds
(could lose a few pounds)

Well here I am looking for a new home again! It seems like it is out with the old and in with the new. Life sometimes sucks but I am a glass half full type of girl and I know I am in good hands with Lab Rescue and they will find me a good last forever home. A family adopted me from a rescue 8 years ago and they took wonderful care of me for the last 5 years and then I seemed to be shuffled off on the side. (Literally - off to the side of the house.) My family fell on hard times, they lost their home and had to move into and apartment and so the last two years of my life I have been left alone in a side yard by myself. My family is still having hard times and are now getting divorced and can no longer keep me - I think this is a good thing for me as things are looking up. (They called Lab Rescue and they said they could take me into their program, get me the medical I needed, get me into a foster home and then get me into my forever home. Wags and kisses to Lab Rescue.) I have been in a home for the last eight years with men, women and older children and I love them all. My family describes me as Happy, happy, happy! Even though I have been outside the last two years I am housebroken, I have been socialized, I get out to see other dogs at least once a month and I get to play with the new smaller inside dog each day. I am an older girl so I do not need to know much as I am a pretty easy girl but what I do know is: sit, stay, I will come when called and if you tell me "no" I will respond. I rode in the car fine when I came to Lab Rescue and I do love to swim! I do not like fireworks so you will have to make sure I am safe around the 4th of July. I have never been around cats so I am not sure how I would be in a home with cats or small dogs.

I can't tell you how happy I am now that I am in my Lab Rescue foster home in San Francisco! This is what they have to say about me:

Maggie is a 9 year old yellow lab who likes people and is always eager to be around them. She is affectionate and will often come up to you and lick your hands to be petted. She is very calm around the house, she stays in our guest bedroom at night and is pretty content to just lie on her dog bed. She does not bark when closed up in a room or left outside for a little bit of time. Maggie loves to go for walks and explore. She needs to be reminded of her leash skills she once had and we would recommend walking her with a correction collar. She will pull at first when going for a walk. We dropped the leash when we got to the park yesterday and she was pretty good at staying with us. We kept the leash on her but dropped it on the ground and let her walk free, but she stayed with us the whole time. We are getting her to respond consistently to recall commands. After burning off some energy she was much better walking on the leash when we came back home. When the doorbell rings she does not react at all…unlike a lot of dogs who bark like crazy. Give her a rawhide stick to chew on and she is a happy girl. Maggie is a great companion and often cheers on the Giants with her foster parents. We have two other dogs in the home and she grumbled at them at first but things are fine now with Maggie and our adopted Lab Cheeto. We would recommend Maggie go to a home with no cats and no other dogs.

Lab Rescue has taken Maggie into the vet and has had a well check done on her. She passed with flying colors. She has her shots, she is heartworm negative, she is microchipped, she had a full blood panel, she had a cyst on her back that was removed and she is spayed. She is located in San Francisco.

If you have the time for this happy girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact Rescue Rep Liz at 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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Three girl 3-4 months old Lab / German Shepherd Puppies 20 lbs.
(Mom is a yellow lab - dad is german shepherd)

We were surrendered to the Fresno shelter and Fresno Lab Rescue was full so the asked Golden Gate Lab Rescue to help. Our time was up and if they could not help we would have to be put down. We were evaluated and had full health checks so Golden Gate Lab Rescue said they could help find us wonderful new homes. We traveled in a crate a long way the first day and my sister got a little sick; so it was not a very nice ride but we arrived at the foster moms house and we knew we would be well taken care of. We got to play in the back yard area, we love to play ball, we of course love to dig and chew on everything. Our foster mom has these great neighbor kids who come over to play with us and we love to snuggle with them and be petted by them. We are very nice girls and are not aggressive puppies but are puppies that will stand back and think about things first. We respect other dogs and understand when other dogs tell us no - with a growl. (Out foster family has some old grumpy dogs.) We are clean in our kennel area and are starting to be crate trained. The foster mom works full time so we have been moved to a boarding facility where we get to play with some younger dogs. (I hear we are being moved to a foster home on Thursday.) We have had our first round of shots, been dewormed, bathed, had flea and tick medicine, nail trim and well check. We are being touched and socialized and we love all the attention. We love to meet all the new people and of course when we see people we want to have their attention. We did not have a nice start to life but we are back on track and ready to go to our forever homes.

No doubt about it, we are cute and adorable but puppies take a lot of time, patience and training to ensure that we grow up to be good canine citizens. Puppies have sharp nails and teeth so any kids in the house must be 6 or older. As a growing puppy and an active breed, we will need daily exercise, outings and socialization with people and other dogs (once the puppy vaccinations are completed.) We want someone who is around most of the day to provide the time, training, structure and leadership that a new puppy needs. They are located in Oakland.

If you are around most of the day and are willing to commit to the time and work that goes into a puppy, please call Rescue Rep Liz 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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SIX Lab / Shepherd / Border Collie Mix Puppies 6 weeks old Four Girls and Two Boys
(Mom is a yellow lab - dad is german shepherd)

Six young mixed breed puppies were found in a field in Fresno. The puppies were turned into the Fresno shelter and they contacted Lab Rescue as their time was up. The shelter listed them as Lab / Shepherd / Border Collie Mix puppies. We have them in a foster home and they are very nice puppies. They love to be with people and love the fosters two older dogs. (The fosters dogs do not care for the puppies and the puppies do submit to them.) They have had their first round of shots, have been dewormed,microchipped, bathed, flea and tick medicine, nail trim and well checks. They are being touched and socialized and they just love all the attention. We have kids playing with them and they think everything is a new adventure. They are being paper and crate trained. They did not have a nice start to life but they are back on track and are ready to be adopted.

No doubt about it, we are cute and adorable but puppies take a lot of time, patience and training to ensure that we grow up to be good canine citizens. Puppies have sharp nails and teeth so any kids in the house must be 6 or older. As a growing puppy and an active breed, we will need daily exercise, outings and socialization with people and other dogs (once the puppy vaccinations are completed.) We want someone who is around most of the day to provide the time, training, structure and leadership that a new puppy needs. I am located in Novato / Petaluma.

If you are around most of the day and are willing to commit to the time and work that goes into a puppy, please call Rescue Rep Liz 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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Misty: 3 year old spayed female yellow lab ~ 90 pounds
We've had many calls for Misty and are no accepting any more calls at this time.

I’m Misty, and when you meet me, you’ll go misty-eyed over me! I’ve had some great families in my life so far, but life hasn’t always treated my humans well, and now I am looking for a new home. I’m hoping that the third time will be the charm, and I will find the perfect forever home.

I was one of 8 pups born to Romeo and Kodiak 3 years ago. No wonder I am as lovely as I am, with Romeo as my father! There were no battles between Montague’s and Capulet’s, and a nice man took me home for his mom. Unfortunately he got something nasty called ALS, and was not able to care for me. His mom was older and she couldn’t care for me either, so I spent a lot of time in the garage. I was lucky though, because my human’s neighbor took me home with her, and for a year and a half I had a wonderful home. But now they have to move, and I am once again looking for my forever home. Will you be my third time charm?

I love hanging out with humans, and I am happy to be your lap dog. I know, you are thinking I am too big to be a lap dog, but I hung out with a rescue rep that was my size, and I fit in her lap, so I can fit in yours too! I love to cuddle, and give kisses. I will give you lots of opportunities to rub my belly too; I think it brings good luck!

What Misty’s rescue rep has to say:

Misty is a drop dead gorgeous dog; her pictures don’t do her justice! At three years old, she has lots of energy and bounce, but she’s also a good cuddler, and likes to give kisses. When we first met Misty and were doing our handling test, we had a few problems… because she kept dropping down for a belly rub! You can touch this girl anywhere and she takes it as love. She is just a cuddle bug! She does bark when there is someone at the door, but she greets you with a smiling face, a wagging tail, and sometimes a quick jump up (something to work on!). Misty knows sit and down. She’s great with kids, even toddlers, having been around her mom’s 19-month-old grandchild. She let’s little children pet her, and doesn’t jump on them. She responds to your direction and correction well. Misty rode really well on her 45 minute ride to her foster home; she sat nicely on the back seat, chewed on her Kong, and didn’t make a peep. She’s not used to going on lots of car rides, but she did very well.

Misty is fine with other dogs but she prefers humans. She is used to being an only dog and an indoor dog. She does share her food and toys with other humans (notably small children). She has been to the park and is good with humans and dogs alike. She has only recently noticed cats and birds, and will chase them if they run (or fly). She will chase small dogs to play, and they may not like that, so we’d suggest that she go to a home without them.

Misty is still young, and has received only informal training. She’s a smart girl and will learn quickly. She’s also a strong girl, and at 91 pounds, she could stand to lose a few pounds. Like most young Labs, Misty has a lot of energy. Regular energetic walks and managing her diet can help take care of both the extra pounds, and her energy, as can regular play time each day. A tired dog is a good dog! She does pull on a leash, but this can be helped with consistent training and reinforcement. She can be safely left alone on her own for several hours; she’s accustomed to being alone with a doggie door (although we’d rather she not be left alone that much). Her new family will need to take her to training, and then be consistent in reinforcing her training and providing leadership; she’s a smart responsive girl, so this will be fun for the whole family.

We’d like Misty to go to an active home where the people have time to spend on training and giving her the kind of exercise a happy energetic Lab needs on a daily basis. Although she is accustomed to being left alone while her humans go to work, we’d rather that her next home be one where she won’t be left alone 8 hours a day. Misty is definitely an inside dog, and her next family will want to keep it that way. While Misty is good with kids, she does have a lot of energy and she is a BIG girl, and should go to a home with children that are 8 years and older.

Misty is spayed, up to date on her shots, housebroken, and on heartworm and flea preventive. She is in fantastic shape! Misty is located in Danville.



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Anook: 6 year-old spayed yellow female Lab 78 lbs.


I am Anook and I have quite a story, so grab a seat. My family got me as a puppy and I'll assume that like so many people who get a puppy, they had the best intentions. My family also had young kids and kept adding to their brood, so they got busier, the home got smaller and smaller and where was I? Yep, pretty much outside, having to think up ways to expend my youthful Lab energy. As I said, my folks did have good intentions; I know this because they gave me all the food I could eat; maybe to keep me busy or quiet, or because they felt bad not getting me out for walks and playtime with other dogs. Eventually, my family made the tough decision to surrender me to the Marin Humane Society so they could find me a new home.

The wonderful people who work there were understandably impressed by my beauty - yes, I am a babe and I know it, although I did need to lose about 20 lbs (which I have done). They also noticed that I have a bit of an eating issue, in that I am not into "share-sies" whether it's with my food bowl, treats, bones or what they called "high-value" objects. I am otherwise a very friendly girl with people and other dogs, so my new friends at MHS thought they could help me deal with my possessiveness. Small wrinkle in the plan, though: shortly after arriving at MHS, I was diagnosed with a ruptured cruciate and that's when GGLRR got involved. My new BFF, Larry, who is a trainer and behaviorist at Marin Humane, called Lab rescue to see if they would be willing to be a part of the plan he had hatched. I'd get the surgery I needed funded by Lab Rescue and for my recovery time, I would go to the Pen, as in San Quentin. You see, some years ago, Larry began a program called Pen Pals of SanQuentin www.marinhumanesociety.org/penpals. Selected inmates who qualify, foster dogs that need a little help with training and other problems. It works out great for both the dogs and the guys, because each dog is assigned to her inmate and we spend pretty much 24/7 together, helping each other learn a kinder, gentler approach to problem solving. After my surgery, I traveled to the Big House for my recuperation, which involved total restriction of activity. My inmate friend, Max, had a crate for me in his small room and kept me company whenever he wasn't working at the prison firehouse. We would play quiet games together, where Max tried to teach me to be a little more relaxed about my food and other treasures. Because of my surgery, training had to be limited to things we could do without moving around, which wasn't easy for either one of us, but we stuck it out together. Last week, when my "stint" at San Quentin was up, Lab Rescue picked me up and brought me to one of their trainers, where I am still on limited activity, but have been able to work a little on leash manners and the possession thing. I am making great progress and getting along great with my trainer's dogs and kids; under supervision, of course. I'll still be on restricted activity for the next four weeks, but have begun taking short walks (when we work on my leash manners) of about 2 blocks in length and will be gradually building up the distance, so my legs can get stronger as I continue healing, which recent x-rays showed is coming along very well. I want you to know that even though I did time, I didn't do a crime and with the right family, I have the potential to be a loyal and devoted companion. It will take some time and patience and people with some experience with dogs like me, but I promise to make it worth your while. I am healthy, microchipped, spayed, heartworm negative and current on all my vaccinations.

From the foster / trainer:
Anook is a large female yellow Lab that is very affectionate when you get to know her. She loves to be petted and loves to have her belly rubbed. She does love to fetch balls and toys. She does have a tendency to get a bit possessive at times over valuable toys and treats with other dogs and we are working with her on this behavior. (I have several dogs in and out at my home and she has settled into the pack well.) She is crate trained and sleeps in her crate at night. She would do best in a home with no other pets. She loves to go out on a walk and is now walking very well on the leash. Anook is a sweet girl that will do well in a home that provides boundaries and structure. While in my home Anook knows I am the leader of the pack and she is fine with having me lead.

Lab Rescue wants the adopting family to keep her weight down, a home that will exercise her and a home that will be a leader for her.

If you have the time for this wonderful girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact Rescue Rep Liz at 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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Ranger: 8-year-old, neutered male yellow lab, 90 lbs

Ranger’s story: I have been with a wonderful family with two teenage children for the past two years, but personal and financial issues with my human caretakers are forcing us apart.

Over the past two years, my human pack leader has provided me with wonderful discipline so that I learned my place in the pack. I must admit I was incredibly wild and out-of-control before that – but those days of counter-surfing and knocking-over-kitchen-trash-cans are over. I am currently trained to stay out of the kitchen, and I even sit and wait for a release before I head to my bowl for my next meal. I am house-trained but I’ve never had the pleasure of hanging in a kennel – not sure what that would be like. Did I say that I will not destroy your house while you are gone? I don’t even destroy my own toys. Now, if you pick up a tennis ball you will have my undivided attention. Please throw it, please, please! If not, I am happy to lie nearby and chill out.

I love long walks and do very well on leash, if I may say so myself. The humans like to walk on my right and I let them do that. Even though I am a pretty darn strong dog, I don’t tug or pull on the leash. If you let me off my leash, I will probably stick close to you… and we can walk along together. By the way, please don’t let me put on any more weight – I need and want lots of exercise.

I’ve lived with and enjoy the company of other dogs. I admit to growling and barking at cats… so they best keep their distance… I just can’t shake that urge to chase them.

I do bark occasionally, particularly at strangers (the first time) or when I am left alone outside for a long period of time.

What Ranger’s GGLRR rep says: Ranger is a wonderful dog, well-trained and disciplined. Ranger’s new family should take full advantage of the outstanding training (come, sit, stay, no) that Ranger has already received.

What Lab Rescue wants for Ranger: We are looking for a home where someone is home during most of the day so Ranger will not be left alone for long hours. Multi-dog household and/or one with children would be fine, but no cats please. Ranger’s new family must be willing to commit to sticking with the established discipline and exercise routine. Continued leadership and structure to Ranger is important. Ranger is neutered and micro-chipped. He is very healthy, is on flea prevention, and will get a full checkup by a vet and updated on shots, if needed, in the next two weeks. Ranger likely requires grain-free food due to allergies (according to the current owner).

If you think Ranger is the dog you are looking for, please call Rescue Rep Dave at 415-686-4248.

(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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Allie: Spayed Labrador Mix (maybe Border Collie) 2 years old


Allie was rescued from a high kill shelter in the Central Valley where the dogs don’t get much exposure to adopters and nice dogs like Allie are saved by rescues like GGLRR. Allie is a real people dog. She’s intensely loyal to her people, just loves to be with them but is not intrusive about it at all. She loves to lie at her foster’s feet as she’s preparing dinner, watching TV or reading. She’s a great one to give advice on your choice of attire as she’ll keep you company while you’re getting ready to go out for the evening. Allie is great with both men and women. She also loves to cuddle. She would make a great running buddy as she loves the exercise and she can run fast. She can also entertain herself with a dog toy so she’s not needy. She’s playful but doesn’t need constant attention. She’s good on the leash and this is one smart dog. She learns very quickly and responds well to training. She knows sit, stay, shake and NO very well. She stays in her crate while her fosters work. Allie would do best in a home without another dog or a male dog companion.

For more information or to schedule a visit to meet Allie please call Marty at 831-633-1259.

(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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Chance : 12 Year Old Neutered Yellow Male 65 Pounds


Hi,
My name is Chance and I am about the sweetest (just turned) 12 year old that you will ever meet. My previous owner didn't have time for my sister or me so we were relegated to the backyard for some time. I'm now with my foster Dad in a wonderful loving home with lots of love, care and walks.

When Lab Rescue took me into their program, I was not able to walk on my right front leg as my dew claw was embedded in my leg and infected. The nice people at Lab Rescue took me to the vet. I am off antibiotics now and have been given a clean bill of health. I love going with my foster Dad on two half mile walks daily. He says I am such a love - a sweet easy going guy! A fun game for me is playing "find it" and tossing treats or just put the treat in your hand and I'll take it with a gentle mouth. I am not possessive of my toys and you can take anything from me.

I have a beautiful dense coat and I love to be touched and especially getting belly rubs. I love being with my person so I will make a great companion for someone who would like to hang out with me, go for walks or outings in the car. I have no trouble getting in or out of the car and I settle down nicely for the ride. I am not a barker so no worries about your neighbors complaining! I am housetrained and sleep through the night in a dog bed next to my foster's bed. Lab Rescue wants someone to be around a good part of the day because I deserve that after being a backyard dog but when you do need to go out without me, I am fine being left home alone. I am not destructive in any way. So you see, I am a very easy boy who just wants to be loved and give you love in return.

I'm not trying to brag but I can tell you many reasons why you should adopt me. Adopting a senior dog like me definitely has its benefits. I won't chew your furniture. We settle in quickly - no drama! I'm smarter and calmer than those adolescent and crazy puppies! I know your shoes are for walking and not for chewing. I don't require the commitment and time that a young dog does. You know what you're getting with me - I'm fully grown and mature so no surprises! You will get a good night's sleep because I'll sleep when you do. I am so appreciative to be in a loving home and will make a great, loyal companion in my new forever home. Just take a look at my face - it takes a long time to get this sweet! I would do well with someone who is retired and looking for a companion and I would also do great in a home with children who are dog savvy and respectful of a senior gentleman like myself.

Chance is healthy, neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is located in Palo Alto.

f you have the love and devotion to give this handsome sweet boy, please call Rescue Rep Sandy at (650) 303-2436.

(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.







Harley: 4 year old neutered chocolate lab 93 lbs.

Hi my name is Harley! I bet you are wondering why a handsome dude like me is looking for a new home. Well due to no fault of mine, my family has hit a rough patch in life, and I am spending lots of time in the back yard during the day. I heard them having a “family meeting” and it was decided that I needed to be in a home that could give me more time and guidance.

I have only been with my family for about a year now; they really didn’t realize how much time and commitment having a lab can be, even though their hearts were in the right place. I have lived with one other family; they purchased me when I was a puppy. They took me to obedience training where I learned lots of commands. I am a little rusty, but I am very smart and really want to please my humans. I know sit, stay, down, leave it, and come! Pretty good don’t you think? When I am in a down or stay position my release word is “Aroondie.” I heard my family tell the rescue lady it was a character in a Peter Seller’s movie. I don’t watch many movies, so I’ll take their word for it. You can tell me “NO” and I shape up real fast. I like to go for walks; my dad tries to get me out for a walk in the morning. I remember when I first came to live with my family, my dad, and I would run together; boy I would sure like to do that again, it was so much fun and great exercise for me. My time walking on a leash has been less and less, so I do like to pull, I get so excited to be out and about. I am willing to work on this, if you are!

I live with two great kids; they are 10 and 13; we don’t play as much as we used to, they are busy and all. I love kids; I get really excited to see them and I can be a bit jumpy, so older kids would be better for me. I am housetrained; when everyone is away I spend my day outside in the backyard. Sometimes I get to sleep in the house, other times I may be sleeping in the garage. I will bark if I hear noises I don’t understand, or know where they are coming from. I have never been around any cats to say if I like them or not, but if they run I think it could be great fun to chase.

I like to go for car rides, and I love to swim! But, the most absolute fun thing in the world for me is to play fetch. When the Lab Rescue lady came to our house to visit, she said, “let’s go to the dog park, play fetch and meet some friends” I was all over this! My dad brought my “chuck it,” he puts the balls in a little pouch so I can’t see them, but I really know they are in there. I was so excited to go to the dog park; I saw some friends, we said “hi”, and then we moved on to play some fetch. When we were playing fetch this pretty little girl lab came along and joined in the fun, we had a great time running after the ball and bringing it back….we had so much fun, I was a happy lab!

Harley is a very handsome lab that is excited for your attention. He was very interested to see what I had in my bag, looking for treats I suspect. When I gave him a treat he did take it eagerly, but when he had calmed down, he was taking them very nicely. He does this very funny, goofy thing with his lips, there is no sound, and I would have to say I think he is smiling just a lab with scrunchy lips. I did take him for a walk, and he does pull, when I walked him with a correction collar he did very well falling into place for a nice walk. He does know his commands he needs someone to work with him and reinforce what he already knows. Harley is an exuberant, active, and very friendly Labrador. He would most likely be a great jogging buddy for someone. Harley is not fond of fireworks so his new family will need to be attentive to this.

Harley needs a family that will welcome him into the home and make him part of the family and all their activities. He will need patience, persistence and calm leadership and in return you will get a great companion to be a member of your family. We will be looking for a home where someone is home part of the day, and can give him structure and guidance and plenty of exercise, a home where he will be an inside dog, and a home that will be consistent with his training. Harley is a healthy dog, he could lose a few pounds, more exercise less treats and he will do well. He is current on all his shots, has his microchip and is heart worm negative. Harley is located in Napa.



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Coco: 3-5 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 55 Pounds

Hi there! My name is Coco, I know what you are saying of course another Chocolate female Lab named Coco. Well if you adopt me and give me a loving home you can call me anything! (The shelter gave me that name. I am grateful they called Lab Rescue but maybe we should send them a book of good dog names?) Let me tell you my story, it is an interesting one and one that jumps around a bit. I am a very secure dog but with all the changes I would like nothing more than a forever home! I hope you would think about coming to see me to give me that home.

I was found a few months ago running on the road with my puppies. A very nice lady picked me and my puppies up and took me to the Ukiah shelter. I had been on the run for a while with my puppies and I was not in very good shape. The shelter took my puppies in and found great homes for them and the nice lady told the Ukiah shelter she would take me home and get me in better shape. She did take me into her home and she got me back to my beautiful self! (As you can see from the pictures! I have a beautiful shiny coat, I am the perfect weight and I have the sweetest face.) I am very happy the lady took me into her home and provided the TLC that was needed for the last few months but she had cats and I would not leave them alone so she took me back to the Ukiah shelter. (I was an inside dog at her home, I could be left and I would not destroy anything and I was fine with her other dogs. The nice lady did not give me a name?) The shelter at Ukiah knows Lab Rescue well and they knew they would be full for the Easter weekend so they called them right away as they wanted me placed in a wonderful home. I was loaded in the car and off I went to the boarding facility they use in Petaluma. The person who drove me to Petaluma told the boarding people if he did not have so many dogs at home he would keep me! (I must have made a good impression on the car ride! It could have been when I looked up at him and batted my eye lashes - it gets them every time.) Even though I am a young chocolate lab I am not crazy! I have been great in the car but when I went to the vet today I was a little nervous and would do well on a tie down or crated. I know sit, down, shake and will take treats very gently from your hand. I walk very well on a leash and I love to play ball. I can be placed in a home with kids of all ages as I do not run around crazy and jump up as I see some of these Labs my age do. (Maybe when I was out running the streets with my puppies, I got it all out of my system or maybe I was just born an old soul.) I am sure I would love to swim and I would be a great hiking or running companion. I should not be in a home with cats and I do get a little excited around little dogs. (At the boarding facility they do Pug Rescue and I get a little excited when I pass by and see them running around. I am a hunting dog you know!) I am very healthy and have had all my shots, heartworm negative, just got spayed and have been microchipped. I am being moved to a foster home in Oakland.



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Zeus: 8 year-old neutered yellow Lab 85 lbs.


Zeus - is the "Father of Gods and men." Big name to live up to but I think I have done this so far! I am shocked I am looking for a new home; not sure why this keeps happening to me but I think the third time will be the charm! (I want to share my story with you so you will see that me looking for a new home has nothing to do with me Zeus; as you can see I do look like a Greek God!)

An older man purchased me from a breeder in Cotati when I was a puppy and he took great care of me. I was well socialized, went to training classes and I got plenty of exercise. After about a year all of a sudden I woke up and I was now staying at the neighbors home. Everyone was very sad and I was not sure what was happening until I heard my wonderful owner had passed away. Even though he was older he was able to get me out for regular walks, took me to training and was the leader of the pack. I am a very happy and confident dog so making the switch to a new home was very easy for me and I got a lot of attention as there was two high school kids in the home. My new home was very nice and I was a big part of the pack but then one family member moved to Southern California and took me with her. Once we landed in la la land I was delegated to the back yard. (They moved into a much smaller home and there was no room inside for me.) I still got walked each day and the kids would play ball with me but I was very lonely in the yard by myself for 8-10 hours each day. I was use to being in a home where someone was around all the time and use to being inside the home at night. I would bark when left alone this long as I wanted to make sure no one forgot about me in the yard. (I wanted to make sure I was fed and of course make sure I would be given the love and attention I deserved.) The owners could not change their work schedule so they brought me back to Northern CA and back to the neighborhood I grew up in. I love it here and I love being back inside the home. I was just starting to settle back into my old routine when I heard the kids talking that they would have to find a new home for me. They did not want to leave me with their mom as she is older now and not stable on her feet. (She needs to walk with a cane and they were afraid I would be too much of a dog for her and they did not want to risk me knocking her over.) So here I am again looking for my forever home! I am a very stable confident, happy dog but "Paws Crossed", I find my new home soon and this will be my last home as I am not sure I can keep smiling forever. This is what I can tell you about me - I love to play and I think I will never grow up as I am young at heart! (Remember I am Zeus the Greek God!) I am housebroken, I have lived with several dogs and I would get out twice a week for dog play groups. I do like to chase things so when I see little dogs run I can get excited and chase them as all I want to do is play. (I think it is fun to chase the chickens where I was living in Cotati and since I am fast I caught one of them. I did not do anything to the chicken and I was scolded for doing this but even though I want to please my leader I will probably chase chickens and cats - I just think it is a Fun thing to do.) Some little dogs can be scared of me as I am a big boy! I know many commands and I will do them right away when you ask me. I know: leave it, sit, stay, down, stop it, shake, will take treats easy from your hand, love to play fetch and I walk well on a leash with a correction collar. I love to go for car rides and I will settle right down once we are on the road! I love all people and I can be around all kids - young, old, big or small. (I do not jump on you to greet you but I am a tall boy and may knock over a small child.) I can be left alone in the home and I will not destroy anything but if I am left alone in the back yard for any length of time I will bark. (I guess all the home switching makes me feel I will be forgotten.) I am in great shape and have never had any health issues - I come from a great line of breeding Gods - oops dogs. I am currently at a boarding facility GGLRR uses and I get to play with all the dogs here and I could hear the ladies say what a nice boy I am. I am happy that I did not go to the shelter but each night before I lay my head down I say a doggie prayer to the doggie Gods I will find my new home soon. (That is all I really want is a new home that I will get exercise, get a bed to lay on inside at night and a new home that will make the forever commitment to me. If you do this I promise you I will give you much love, smiles, wags and many years of happiness.) If you have time come and see me this weekend! I am up to date on my shots, neutered, heartworm negative, passed my well check with flying colors and I am microchipped. I am located in Petaluma.



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Click to watch video of Harley playing!






Harley: 16 month-old male neutered chocolate Lab, 90 lbs
See the link to Harley's video above his pictures.

Harley came to Lab Rescue as his owners both work full-time and Harley spent his days in the back yard, which was a problem as there were 4 neighbor dogs in the next yard and Harley was barking at (with?) them. This wasn't appreciated by the neighbors and so Harley spent his days inside. As a young dog in the house all day might do, he was bored and entertained himself with counter-surfing and chewing non-dog items. So his owners kept him in a crate during the day. Understanding that all day in a crate is not a great life for a young, active dog, his owners reluctantly contacted us to find him a better home. Harley is an active, friendly, sweet boy. Harley is also, we have to say, very handsome! He gets along well with other dogs (lived with a boxer) and loves to wrestle if they are game. He is great with kids. He is interested in cats and will give chase. Harley is up to date on his shots, neutered and has had one training course plus puppy classes. Harley is microchipped and heartworm negative. He does need some leash reminders as he will pull. Harley rides well in the car. Lab Rescue would like a home for Harley where someone is home much of the day. It would be ideal for him to have a canine brother or sister, but it is not a must-have. He would be fine with dog-savvy children, although given his size, very small children would not be ideal. Harley will need a family dedicated to getting him the exercise, attention and leadership he deserves. He will make a wonderful addition to any family. Harley is located in Livermore.
**Update from the foster**--"Harley is a very well behaved boy. He comes when called, doesn't jump up, counter surf, or beg, and is learning to wait at the door and wait for the ok to eat his food. He really wants to please and do the right thing. Harley has settled down nicely--is active but isn't hyper. He stays in his crate when we go out and isn't destructive with his bed. Harley is easy to train and is improving on his leash walking. He and our dog Chance are getting along great and love playing…he's one of the best dogs we've fostered!"



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Hoss: 10 year-old neutered male yellow Lab 80lbs

Howdy, folks, proud to meet you. As you may guess from my name, I'm a good ol' country boy, and for most of my 10 years, I've lived a country life. I've spent a lot of time on my own, but all I really wanted was a place to call home. At times I didn’t know where I was supposed to be, so sometimes I’d just mosey off, and the next thing I knew, SLAM! I’d be behind bars at the shelter. I don’t know why the family that owned me decided I wasn’t worth keeping, but after my third strike, I really was on my own.

But boy, things sure are different now. Since I’ve been at my new foster home, life has turned around. I’ve got 2 humans who shower me with love, and a new 10 yr old lab buddy named Stanley. We go out for walks, play fetch, and we even get treats! And best of all, I got a dog bed! I never knew sleeping on a soft bed could be so wonderful! Bye-bye, hard ground. These days, I wouldn’t wander off if you poked me in the eye! I feel sad that my family didn’t want me anymore, but I sure am glad the Lab Rescue folks picked me up when they did. I know good luck when I smell it! If you adopt me and give me a loving home, you wouldn’t believe how much I have to give back to you.

Foster Sumee’s comments: I was expecting Hoss to be a handful, without much training, and a strong tendency to take off without a moment’s notice. But I couldn’t have been more wrong! He is in fact the most wonderful, sweet, and gentle dog I’ve met in a very long time. And I didn’t have to do a thing except show him how much he was wanted. He’s completely housebroken, knows most commands (stay, sit, drop, lie down, come) and absolutely loves to retrieve (including bringing it back!), he walks both on and off leash (in dog-safe areas), is friendly with other dogs, and is quiet (very little barking). It’s possible he may have had some field training, as his “stay” and “fetch” are strong during play. Although he is estimated to be 10, he is as active, athletic and strong as a 6 or 7 year old, so he likes to get exercise. But he definitely is as good at napping as he is at playing. He’s such an exceptional dog, with so much heart, I desperately hope he finds a kind family he can love, and grow old with.

Hoss is located in Novato, he is very healthy, we had a senior screen done and he passed with flying colors, he has all his shots, neutered, microchipped and his heartworm negative.



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Apollo: 12 Week Old Black Lab / Mastiff Puppy 15 lbs.
(Lab Rescue will coordinate his neuter)

I was a surrender to the Fresno shelter. The shelter contacted Lab Rescue and lucky for me they stepped in and took me as my time was up. I am now in a foster home getting lots of love and being well cared for. I love to be with people and my foster Mom says I have great eye contact. I am getting along really well with her 2dogs. Other than that, I heard her say I'm beyond adorable! I am sleeping through the night and am being crate trained.

I've had my first round of shots, been dewormed, microchipped, bathed, had flea and tick medicine, nail trim and well check. I am being touched and socialized and I love all the attention. I am going to work with my foster mom and love to meet all the new people and I love all the action on the San Francisco streets. I did not have a nice start to life but I am back on track and ready to go to my forever home. I came to the shelter with my two sisters and brother and I am the only one left - kind of sad but I am not getting all the time and attention of the foster mom.

No doubt about it, I am cute and adorable but puppies take a lot of time, patience and training to ensure that we grow up to be good canine citizens. Puppies have sharp nails and teeth so any kids in the house must be 6 or older. As a growing puppy and an active breed, I will need daily exercise, outings and socialization with people and other dogs (once the puppy vaccinations are completed.) We want someone who is around most of the day to provide the time, training, structure and leadership that a new puppy needs. I am located in Novato.



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Darma: 3 years old female
(Soon to be spayed)


Darma was brought to the shelter in Mojave (Kern County - Bakersfield area) as a stray by a concerned citizen. No one came to claim her and we think we knew why (see below). GGLRR saw her beautiful photo on the rescue list and checked with the shelter about her. The shelter let the rescue rep know Darma was in great shape, found to be very loving and happy and good with all dogs as well a beautiful Lab. The shelter reps were very fond of her and were hoping that a rescue organization would rescue her for adoption to a fabulous family. They were very kind to coordinate bringing her to the Bakersfield shelter holding area. While she was in the holding area in the shelter in Bakersfield she delivered 8 adorable puppies. She and the puppies have been fostered in a wonderful foster home in Bakersfield while the pups were being readied to be adopted.

The pups are now ready and information follows on them. They were born on January 11, 2014. Darma is a sweet, quiet, very loving lab. She has been a fantastic mother to the pups and has had a great time playing with the other dogs in foster care. While it's obvious she's just had pups she's in great shape and will get her girly shape back very quickly. She's good with adults and children and doesn't jump up on small children.

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Midnight: 12 Years Old, Black Female Non-Spayed Lab, 60 Pounds
Snowball: 8 Years Old, Yellow Female Spayed Lab, 65 Pounds

It was very hard for the owner to give up her two dogs to rescue but she knew it was the right thing to do. She recently gave birth to a premature baby who has been in the hospital for three months and will more than likely have to be in the hospital for another three plus months. She was busy before the baby arrived and now that she has a baby that is taking all of her time she has no time for the girls.
The girls love each other and are very attached - we want them to be adopted together.

Midnight: Midnight was purchased as a breeding dog but the owner never received the correct paper work so Midnight was not used as a breeding dog but she did have one litter by accident. You would never guess Midnight was 12 years old as she has plenty of energy, is in great shape and is one happy girl. The owner describes her as a very loving dog, loves to be petted, she can get excited at first but after a few minutes she will calm down. She loves to go on walks with her head in the air just sniffing things. She use to go to the dog park and interact with other dogs and she has not had any issues with other dogs. (We currently have her at our boarding facility and she plays with all dogs with no issues. We have moved her to a foster home with a few dogs and she has been growling at the fosters dogs. She is fine with other dogs out of the home environment but we feel she should be an only dog in the home.) She knows a few commands and she will listen to you when you are asking her for something: she knows sit, come, drop it and she has a very soft mouth when you are giving her treats or taking the ball from her. (She can be at times a bit hard of hearing.) She used to be walked and she is in great shape and with a little refresher course she would be an easy dog to walk on leash. She loves to go for car rides, go for a swim, is fine if you touch her all over or take anything from her and does not bark when left alone or when she sees a new person. She would be great around kids of all ages but she is a strong dog and needs to be reminded from time to time on proper manners in the home. (She has been doing a little counter surfing at the fosters home.) She has a strong prey drive and should not be in a home with cats. At the foster home Midnight is being crated at night to make sure all the dogs get along during the night and to make sure she does not snag anything off the counter. We took Midnight into or vet for a senior screen and she passed with flying colors - if we could all be this healthy at her age! She has all her shots, is microchipped, her urine culture came back fine, she is heartworm negative and her blood work was excellent.

Snowball: The owner has had Snowball since she was a puppy. She has grown up with Midnight her entire life and when you see the two of them together you can see that they are very attached to each other. Snowball has a wonderful and happy personality. She loves to go for walks, she loves to play fetch and the owner took her to basic obedience classes. She knows: sit, fetch, drop, will come when called, will walk on a leash without pulling and will try to stay in the heel position. (She can get a little wiggly.) She is always up for a car ride and like her companion she does like to swim. She use to go to the dog parks and has been around a variety of dogs and has no issues with anyone. Currently at our boarding facility she will play with other dogs with no issues and she does not have any issues with other dogs through the fence. We feel she should not be in a home with cats. She is great with children and can be in a home with kids off all ages. (She is a strong dog and if small kids are involved then it should be a dog savvy family.) Snowball is one of these Labs that can play fetch for hours! She does not bark or show signs of anxiety at the boarding facility. She has a very soft gentle mouth and you can take anything away from her. We took Snowball into or vet for a senior screen and all the test came back great. She has all her shots, is microchipped, her urine culture came back fine, she is heartworm negative and her blood work was excellent. The one thing with Snowball is that her head has some atrophy to both sides. In speaking with the owner she said she never noticed this and she said her Vet mentioned this three months ago when she took her into the Vet for her ear infection.
They are located in Vacaville.



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Penny: 7 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 70 Pounds

Hi there! My name is Penelope, but friends call me “Penny” for short. I am a 7 year old female chocolate lab. My story starts out sad, but then happy! I somehow became separated from my owners and was wandering the streets of Fresno. I was taken to a place called a “shelter” where I was stuck in a small pen with other dogs. I was out of time at the shelter and given a “review date” (those aren’t good). Luckily, some wonderful people at GGLRR heard about me and arranged for my freedom ride! Before I knew it, I was riding shotgun on my way to northern California. I am a very good girl in the car, but I did try to sit in the drivers lap. I had missed humans so much and just wanted to snuggle! He told me to sit in my seat, so I did….for nearly 4 hours! Then I went to my new foster family’s house. I have been having so much fun with my foster sister who is a yellow lab. We love to chase each other around the house. I am learning to walk well on a leash and with some continued practice and a gentle leader harness, I will be a pro in no time. I am potty trained and know to “go outside and go potty”. I also know, “sit”, “down”, “shake”, “come”, and “go lay down”. I try to be a people pleaser! I sleep through the night on a dog bed next to my foster parent’s bed. I also eat my breakfast and dinner right alongside my foster sister and foster brother and I have no food aggression. I take treats gently and am happy to just lay down at my foster dad’s feet while he works at home during the day. I am a good girl when I am left alone inside the house, I just find a nice place to nap until you get back! When I got out of the shelter I had a bubble bath and my ear’s cleaned. I was a very good girl while my foster mom cleaned me up. I don’t know about kitty cats….my foster mom thinks that I may want to chase them and I think she may be right. I am a happy go lucky girl and full of spunk! I LOVE to go for walks and pIay ball, but I am very calm and well behaved indoors. There is one other thing about me you should know.....I really would like to be an only dog. I get along great with other dogs, but I get a bit jealous when I am getting attention and one of my foster siblings walks up and I try to push the other dogs out of the way. Could you be my forever family? I am up to date on my shots, heartworm negative, microchipped, spayed and have not health issues. I am located in Clayton.



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Red: 2 year-old neutered Red Lab / Mix 60 lbs.


GGLRR got a call from the Fresno shelter as they had a wonderful dog in the shelter and his time was up. Someone stepped up at the last minute to adopt Red but it did not last very long. Red got into the home and he chased the family cats. (Most dogs will chase cats and small dogs when they run - they think it is fun.) He caught the cat and the family knew it was not going to work so they returned Red to the shelter. Since Red caught the cat the shelter put rescue only on him and gave him until 5 pm or his time was up. GGLRR had Red fully evaluated by two different people and he passed all tests with flying colors so we decided Red deserved more time to his life, as he had many things still to do! We currently have Red at our boarding facility and he is doing great there. He is a very gentle, calm dog who has excellent manners. Red was an owner surrender to the shelter and the family did not fill out much on the forms but we do know he was an inside dog and he seems to have been well cared for. Red will do what you ask of him right away and he knows: sit, down, stay, leave it, does not jump up on you, walks well on a leash and is a champ when he takes treats from your hand. (He will leave you with all your fingers!) Red loves to play a nice game of fetch and he will bring anything back to you. We have had Red at the boarding facility with other dogs and he does just fine - seems to have not much interest in the other dogs. He rides well in the car, does not bark at the boarding facility and shows no signs of anxiety. The GGLRR rep spent time with Red and was able to take toys and treats away from him with no issues. He does not mind to be touched, have his mouth looked at or have his paws touched. Red is a dog that needs a home that will understand he will chase cats and probably small dogs. (He does not mean them any harm he just gets excited when they are wiggly and running around.) He can be in a home with children of any age and can be in a home if he needs to be left for a few hours at a time. Red would love a home that will get him out for regular exercise, a home that he will not be set up to fail and a home that will give a dog bed to rest his head on inside the home.

Red is in great shape and a wonderful thing about Red is his size and for a dog his age he has a very calm side to him. Red has all his shots, is neutered, heartworm negative, microchipped and passed his well check with flying colors.



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Bruce: 10 year old, neutered male yellow lab, 60 pounds

Hi, I’m Bruce, and I am told I am a sunny boy! That is probably because I am in a wonderful place, getting lots of love, and playing ball as much as I want with my foster siblings. But mostly I like hanging out with my foster mom and dad, who give me lots of love and attention. This is all new to me!

A month ago I was living in a garage, all by myself. I don’t know why, but my family didn’t seem to want me around. I never got a walk, or was allowed in the house, so I would cry, and cry. It was really cold in there, and I was hungry a lot. My skin got really itchy, and it turned black! I'm not sure how that happened, because I am yellow.

The one day someone from Lab Rescue came to see me. Before I knew what was happening, I was outta there, and off to a wonderful foster family’s house. I feel like I have been reborn (or re-whelped?)! But I can’t stay here forever, and I would really like to have a forever family. Are you the family for me?

Background on Bruce:
We knew something was wrong when we got a call from Bruce’s owner looking for a place to drop him off that very day. We suspect that the owners were anxious to drop him off that day because their neighbors had called Animal Control multiple times. A second clue was the picture he sent of Bruce, with a towel over his head. Those were just 2 signs that something was very wrong for Bruce. We were afraid he would be dumped at a shelter or worse, so we got someone out to meet him immediately.

The GGLRR Rep who met Bruce instantly saw what a sweet, loving boy he is. He was friendly from the first hello and so happy to go for a walk. It was obvious, upon seeing him that he was not in good health. He had a serious skin condition where he was losing fur and the skin was grey/black underneath. He was also very thin although the owners said he ate a lot of food. Something was clearly wrong. He was moving well though, and gently bouncing up and down when he saw the leash. The GGLRR Rep found out that because both owners worked and had a young baby, Bruce was locked in the garage all day and night. The owners said if they had him out in the yard he would whine to come in. He just likes to be with people! He wasn't getting walks anymore because in his eagerness to go outside, he would pull on the leash a bit too much for the wife. (The GGLRR Rep noticed after half a block, he walked just fine on the leash.). The neighbors would see Bruce's leg come under the garage door with open sores and would hear him cry in the garage day and night. San Francisco Animal Control called GGLRR to ask them if they were taking Bruce in, as they had placed five notices with the owner, who finally called back stating he was donating Bruce to GGLRR. The owner told Animal Control it was very hard to give Bruce up as he loved him! We are very thankful for the caring people who took the time to turn in Bruce's owner as Bruce is now with an experienced, loving foster family. Bruce is getting the vet care he needs and lots of TLC, and his skin ailment is improving. He does have some arthritis, probably from spending so much time on the cold garage floor, and we are treating that too.

Bruce is house trained, and sleeps on a dog bed in his foster’s room next to his foster siblings. He loves attention, and gives the daintiest kisses! He shows some anxiety when he’s eating, which is not uncommon for dogs who have been starved. However, for this reason, Bruce should go to a home where he would be an only dog, as he should not be around other dogs when food is involved.

Is there a place in your home and your heart for this sunny boy?

The kind of family we would like for Bruce is one where he would get the love, attention and leadership that he has lacked for so many years. While Bruce gets along well with other dogs, he is much more interested in hanging out with the humans. He is possessive of his food, and should go to a home where he is the only dog. He would be great with a retired person or couple who are home enough for him to hang out with them, or a family where someone is with him most of the time. A family with children over the age of 10, where the children understand that they can’t play rough with him, or let him overdo with the ball, might also work, as long as he would not be around other dogs and food.

Lab Rescue will ensure that Bruce has his shots prior to being adopted. Bruce is located in Saratoga.



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Puppies: 8 weeks old, males and females
Lab rescue will coordinate their spay / neuter.

These sweet puppies were surrendered by their owner. Their mom is a lab and the dad is unknown but believed to be a lab/bull massif. We just received them in our program, they've had their first round of shots and will be at the pet fair in Danville on Saturday!



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Jack: 8 Years Old, Black Neutered Male Lab, 79 Pounds

It is sad that Jack needs a new home but things have changed for his family and he now has been shoved out the door, to the backyard. Jack has been with his owner since he was a puppy. He was purchased from a breeder in the central valley for hunting, but the owner never got around to really hunt Jack. Jack needs a new home because his owner just got married and his new wife has two little ones and Jack was removed from the home and put outside 24/7, into a side dog run.  Jack did not like being removed from the pack and realized quickly that he was not going to be let back into the home so when he had the opportunity, he would run to the neighbors house and hang with them inside. The owners have two small children and they felt Jack was too much for them and with the wandering off they put an ad on craigslist - Dog needs a new home - free to anyone who will come and take him. Golden Gate Lab Rescue saw the ad and decided Jack should come into our program and we would find him a new home where he could live out the rest of his life inside the home with an owner that would give him the care and attention he deserved.

The minute we met Jack we knew he would be a great candidate for our program and we know anyone that meets Jack will fall in love with this special boy right away. Jack is a very loving, sensitive, happy Lab that is very well trained. He knows sit, stay, down, heel, leave it, drop, come, off, speak, shake and you can place a cookie on his nose and he will leave it there until you say ok. Jack does wonderful off and on a leash. If he is off leash and you call him - he will come. He will walk in a heel position with a gentle leader and he loves to go for car rides and will sit and look out the window. Jack has been around kids and he can be around children of all ages but at times Jack can get excited and may turn around and knock a small child over. Jack is in great shape and would get out for a walk, swim or play a game of fetch each day. He loves to play fetch and of course he loves the water! He was raised with Bullmastiff and gets along with all dogs. If another dog try's to start anything with Jack he will just stand there or walk away. (He did once get into some growling with the Mastiff over some food but only one time.) He is wonderful with chickens and cats, he will show some interest in cats but he is not aggressive towards them. Jack does not try to jump fences, will not jump up on people, does not bark in the back yard, will bark sometimes when strangers are out front, does not have separation anxiety but he will howl at sirens. If you want to be Jack's favorite human all you need to do is bring out a frisbee - he will follow you anywhere for a frisbee. Jack has a very soft mouth and does not have any possessive issues.

I have done Lab Rescue for 16 years and certain dogs come into our program that reach out to you with not only their demeanor but also with their eyes and the way they hold their head. When you talk to Jack you know he is listening to what you are telling him and you know he has an answer for you. (No I am not a crazy dog person!) Jack is a very kind, sensitive dog that no matter what happens to him he just keeps his chin up and does not let it affect him. (If we could all learn this lesson from Jack.) I think Jack realizes what a great dog he is and he knew he deserved better than the side of the house. We got Jack into the vet and had his lumps tested - they came back as fatty tumors, we got his ear infection treated, he has some mild allergies around his eyes and we treated him for this, he is updated on his shots, he is heartworm negative, his senior blood panel came back very healthy, his urine culture was fine, he is neutered and he is microchipped. He does have a small mass by one of his eyes and the vet said if his one eye does not clear up then she would recommend having this removed as it may be irritating his eye. Jack is located in Petaluma.



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Jet : 2 Year Old Neutered Black Male 70 Pounds


My name is Jet and I was found on the streets in Bakersfield and the next thing I knew I was behind bars at the Bakersfield Shelter. I heard a rumor that they are a high-kill shelter and I didn't know what that meant but the next thing I knew I went for a long ride and ended up behind bars again at another shelter. Lab Rescue was called and the nice lady from Lab Rescue came to see me. She knew I was a great boy with a wonderful personality so my next car ride was going with her to a foster home. When I arrived, there were four Labs and one Pit. I wanted to play with all the dogs but the Pit was a bit of a bully so I didn't get in his way. However, by the next morning we were best buds and my Foster Mom took a video of Tyson and me nestled and intertwined together on the sofa!

I have already learned to sit, especially when I'm waiting for a treat. I am food motivated and will be easy to train. I'm one of those "will work for food" pups! Although I have hip dysplasia in both hips I still want to do everything any 2 year old wants. I run when playing, love my squeaky toys and chase a ball, although I'm not so good about bringing it back. No one every told me that I was supposed to. I need a little work on my leash manners but that's not unusual for a rescued dog. I will learn that and more when you take me to obedience training to learn the basics that I've yet to learn. I will need a good amount of daily exercise (a tired dog is a good dog!) The vet said I don't need surgery now and may never need it but down the road it is possible. A long time volunteer at Lab Rescue found a 1 year old Lab with hip dysplasia but with keeping his weight down to make it easier on his joints, a good diet and joint supplements, he never needed surgery. He was active his entire life and lived to be 12.5 yrs. I need an active home who will commit to taking me on daily walks. I am great with other dogs both big and small and I want to play but don't get me wrong, I'm also a snuggler. Now I am with the foster's two labs along with Tyson, the Pit, my new best friend! I sleep on a dog bed next to my foster mom and sleep through the night. My foster Mom says I'm smart and catch on fast. I live with 2 cats now who are separate from us canines but my Foster let me see them to see how I would do. I was interested in them, tried to smell them but didn't chase them.

I have no aggression with humans or canines. I just love everyone! I have a gentle mouth when taking treats and like to give kisses. I have no food or toy possession issues. Lab Rescue is looking for someone who is around most of the day as I have been on my own for a while and need someone to provide leadership, guidance and training. We want someone who is committed to keeping me as healthy as possible while understanding that there may come a day when I need surgery.

Jet is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is located in San Jose.



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Puppies: 2 months old Black, tan and cream
(Soon to be spayed)

Darma was brought to the shelter in Mojave (Kern County - Bakersfield area) as a stray by a concerned citizen. No one came to claim her and we think we knew why (see below). GGLRR saw her beautiful photo on the rescue list and checked with the shelter about her. The shelter let the rescue rep know Darma was in great shape, found to be very loving and happy and good with all dogs as well a beautiful Lab. The shelter reps were very fond of her and were hoping that a rescue organization would rescue her for adoption to a fabulous family. They were very kind to coordinate bringing her to the Bakersfield shelter holding area. While she was in the holding area in the shelter in Bakersfield she delivered 8 adorable puppies. She and the puppies have been fostered in a wonderful foster home in Bakersfield while the pups were being readied to be adopted.

The pups are now ready and information follows on them. They were born on January 11, 2014. Darma is a sweet, quiet, very loving lab. She has been a fantastic mother to the pups and has had a great time playing with the other dogs in foster care. While it's obvious she's just had pups she's in great shape and will get her girly shape back very quickly. She's good with adults and children and doesn't jump up on small children.



(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.)



The puppies pictured in order are:



Homer and Toby

Angel, Nancy, Junior, Mate and Toby

Buster and Homer

Angel and Nancy

Angel

Buster

Homer

Junior

Mate

Nancy

Toby

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Rustin : Neutered Yellow Lab Male 3 Years Old 67 pounds


Lab Rescue saved Rustin from a high kill shelter in the Mojave Desert where he was found as a stray. It’s unlikely that Rustin was a stray for very long. When he arrived in Monterey his coat was in beautiful shape, very silky and shiny and he appeared very well kept. Rustin is a spectacular looking Lab with all the features that make up a gorgeous Lab, great size, warm eyes, well proportioned and just a really handsome dog. In addition to being handsome Rustin is a very easy and respectful house dog. He’s completely housebroken and is crate trained if that is important to his new family. Otherwise he would love to sleep in a nice dog bed next to you, your children or if allowed to join you in bed. He is an easy bed partner although he would never do so unless invited. His fosters say this about Rustin. He’s an expert at fetch and at the commands of sit and stay and understands when you tell him to “leave it”. He’s great on the leash and LOVES being outdoors and going on long walks. He has very good recall if you call him while off leash unless he finds a squirrel or a cat to chase. He’s playful but very gentle and absolutely loves to cuddle and have his belly rubbed. He loves going for car rides and his fosters take him many places with them and he is EXCELLENT in the car. He will happily and quietly sleep next to you while you are reading, having deep philosophical discussions or just watching a movie. Rustin is a very loyal, dedicated and fun dog. When Rustin is happy or when you tell him to give you a scrunchy face he makes the most adorable scrunchy face. Who knows where he learned this or why but it's very endearing.

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Recently Adopted from GGLRR!

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! Here are some of rescues who found their forever homes this past month.

See some of the other rescued Labs adopted in 2013 and adopted in 2014 for an example of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have coming through GGLRR!
Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

         
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