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Lab adoption fair Last updated 12/17/2014 6:00 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 (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.






Joy: 5 year old spayed chocolate female 55 lbs.
(She should gain around 5 pounds)


Want a little “Joy” in your life? Then I’m the girl for you! I had been out on my own for a while. Then I was picked up by the Humbolt County Shelter. I remember just scratching and being so miserable, they said I was covered with fleas that were causing me some skin irritation and some hair loss. Then my “guardian angel” came into the shelter, she told me she was afraid that some people might not look past the patches of hair missing and might not see my radiant personality. She whispered in my ear, “Joy I am going to help you.” Wow… The next thing I knew I was loaded up in the car for a road trip to Petaluma, which was great fun. I do enjoy a good car ride. I got to stay at this nice resort for dogs; they bathed me, gave me a nice bed to sleep in. I had a great time playing with all the other “doggie guests.” I heard the nice ladies telling Lab Rescue that I am a sweet girl and they really like me. Pretty good for a dog that has been on the streets for a while; don’t you think? Joy loves to be with humans; she is so happy to see everyone, when she wags her tail, her entire back end wiggles, pretty cute! She still can act pretty puppy like, jumping and getting excited when she sees something she would like to investigate. Joy attended one of our Pet Fairs this last weekend; she was pretty excited at first, but she settled down nicely to greet everyone and enjoyed everyone's attention. She gets along great with other dogs, sniffing and checking them out, then moving right along. Since we don’t know much about her history and training, Joy does pretty well walking on a leash; she may get excited and pull at times. We do have Joy in a foster home now; they will be working on her commands, continue reinforcing good behavior when walking on a leash. The foster mom and dad have another dog and a cat. They are crating her at night and they think she is wonderful addition to their pack. Joy has all her shots, she is spayed, she is heartworm negative, she is microchipped and she has had her skin tested. She has some hair loss and we feel it is from her past flea issue. She has hair loss on her back end and we feel it will grow back. Joy is located in Castro Valley.

If you have the time for this sweet girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or email 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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Lacey: Purebred pedigreed Yellow Lab spayed 5 years


Lacey was bought from a good breeder in Southern California when she was just an eight week old puppy. She was raised alongside a young boy and a boxer who became her constant companion. The family became a single mom and child and the two dogs and between work and raising her child the mom just couldn’t spend quality time with Lacey so she and her boxer buddy became close. The boxer was much older than Lacey and recently passed away. The mom decided it was best for Lacey to be re-homed so she could have a great new life and get the attention she deserves.

Lacey is being fostered by a couple in Santa Cruz who have a GGLRR black lab who is just a little bit younger than she is. They play and romp and run and run around the yard like puppies. She is teaching him how to retrieve. Once she and the fosters’ dog have finished playing they come into the house and snuggle and take long naps. Lacey is housebroken, loves food and treats as is typical for a Lab so her adopters might have to watch her diet or make sure she gets plenty of exercise. She’s a sweet dog but not a good dog for a condo or very small house because her tail wags constantly and it’s a big otter tail so watch the expensive crystal or china at coffee table height.  Lacey will chase cats. Lacey would be fine in a home with another dog but it would also be nice if she were the center of attention for the first time in her life.

Lacey is spayed, microchipped, heartworm tested, up to date on vaccinations, and fecal tested.

For more information or to meet Lacey please email Sylvana at sylstrattn@aol.com, text at 831 596 1700 or call in the evenings or weekends at 831 373 2759.

(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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Bodey: 3-4 year old Neutered Male Black Lab 75 lbs


Bodey is a gorgeous male black lab who somehow landed himself as a stray in the Oakland shelter. The shelter contacted GGLRR because no one had come looking for Bodey and Bodey had decided to go on a hunger strike. The stress of the shelter had him not eating and the shelter knew he needed a calm environment to flourish in. Bodey has since been in a foster home with 3 other male dogs who he gets along extremely well with. He is eating well and has a gorgeous shiny black coat and soft brown eyes. It seems as though Bodey was not provided with much structure in his prior life and as a result will need some brushing up on his training. He does like to jump up on people which his foster is training him not to do. We would recommend he go to a home that is experienced with labs and does not have any small children as Bodey could easily knock them down. He would do very well as an only dog or with another female dog in the home. While Bodey gets along with all dogs, he does try to mark where other male dogs have been. As a young lab, Bodey will need continued regular exercise and would make an excellent jogging, running, hiking partner (a tired dog is a good dog!). Three miles (yes, that’s 3) would not be to much for him! He does pull a bit on the leash, but does very well with a correction collar. Bodey is crate trained and is crated at night time and when the foster is not home. Bodey will make a great addition to someone who is willing to give him the attention and training he so very much craves and deserves. When doing introductions to the foster’s 3 dogs, Bodey did a great job making eye contact with the GGLR volunteer who was holding his leash and truly looks to his human for direction. He loves his person and wants very much to please you.

We’d like Bodey to go to a home where he will be an only dog or with another female dog. A young active couple or a active family with older children (12+) who can get him the exercise he needs on a daily basis, would be ideal for himHis new family will need to commit to taking him to training (and it could take more than one class!), and will have to provide consistency and reinforcement to help Bodey settle down and become the great dog that he can be. It would be helpful if someone is home much of the day, to work with him regularly on reinforcing his training.

Bodey is still young, so his new family will need to be patient with him and bring him along to where he should be at 3-4 years old. For the right family, this will be a rewarding and fun project. Because of his energy level and training requirements, we feel he would be fine in a home with older kids, age 12 and up. Bodey is neutered, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped. Bodey is being fostered in San Jose.

If you have the time to devote to giving Bodey strong leadership and a loving home and the experience and inclination to work with Bodey to be the wonderful dog he can be, call Rescue Rep Debbi 408-613-2044.

(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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Hollie: 10 yr-old spayed female yellow lab ~105lbs.


Bad lyrics aside, this lovely yellow cuddle bug would be a great asset to any home. Some how she ended up in the San Jose shelter (and she assuredly didn’t just walk off from her home!). From the looks of her, Hollie’s life has been one of having many litters of puppies. Maybe her owners decided that she was too old for that life, and left her somewhere; we’ll never know. But she is a lovely, happy go lucky, yellow bundle of joy, and is a great people dog. Hollie is super friendly; she’s quick to give a kiss and roll over for a belly rub. And oh does she have a belly! We’re not sure how much she weighs, but she needs to lose about 25 pounds, which will melt off when she gets a proper diet (not too much!) and regular exercise. Hollie passed her handling test with flying colors, just taking it as her due that we’d want to touch her and pet her all over. Like many Labs her age, she is a little lumpy; the shelter removed two fatty masses and a skin cyst, so she is currently sporting a Frankendog haircut, but her lovely fur will grow back. She also has a condition on her paws called hyperkeratosis (referred to by someone on the internet as mutant hairy dog pads, when you see them you’ll see why). Basically it’s an over-production of skin on the paws, which can be genetic and is not uncommon in Labs and over the age of 10. It doesn’t seem to bother Hollie, and the condition is managed by softening and removing the hardened skin over time. Think of it as a puppy pedicure!

Hollie is easy to walk and will stay with you. Hollie is wonderful with people, but she’s not so excited about other dogs who invade her space or come on really strong. For this reason, Hollie would be happiest and best served in a home where she is the only dog and which is cat free.

Overall, Hollie is in good health. But most of all, she is just a bundle of love! Will you take her home to share that love with you?

What Hollie’s Rescue Rep says:

I can’t imagine how someone could have given up this sweet dog. Hollie was micro chipped when she came to the shelter, but her owners never responded, and so Hollie was placed on their rescue list. When I first met Hollie at the shelter she came bounding into the play area with a big smile on her face. Anything I wanted to do with her I could. She took treats oh so gently. Hollie knows her name and Sit, but that seems to be all the training she’s had (she must have been too busy having puppies).

We’d like Hollie to go to a home where she would be the only dog. She would be great for a retired person or couple; while she needs regular walks to get the pounds off and keep her joints in good shape, a couple of 30 minute walks a day would be just fine. Even when Hollie loses the extra pounds, she will still be a large dog, so a home with children over the age of 5, or dog savvy children if younger than 5, would be best. She does need some training, and we’d like her new owner to commit to training her, which is great for bonding and lots of fun.

Hollie is spayed, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped. Hollie is being fostered in Belmont.

If you are interested in making Hollie a part of your family, call Rescue Rep Debbi 408-613-2044.

(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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Calder: 2-yr-old neutered male yellow lab/golden retriever mix 50 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Calder.


Lean, loving, and lonely. Calder has grown up wonderfully in an active family with teenagers, but Mom and Dad are both teachers and gone from the house for 9+ hours each day, and the older kids are now out and about doing their stuff. So Calder is isolated in the kitchen during weekdays… and quite unhappy. He has exhibited some pretty severe separation anxiety; lots of barking and some chewing up of the kitchen door. He even reportedly chewed his way out of a crate once. During the week, he really misses his humans -- especially Dad, his pal, who takes him on daily afternoon walks and exercise. But the family realizes this cannot continue and is not the best for Calder, so they are putting him up for adoption. His current owners report that Calder “loves company, loves his Kong chew-toy, throw ball, loves to chase/grapple with other dogs (mostly focuses on fetching ball with other dogs around and trying to engage him in play).” Calder responds to “sit”, “stay”, and “come”. He approaches cats with the apparent eternal hope for a play partner, but he might just chase them (playfully) if not on leash. Calder does pull a bit on leash in anticipation of play and exercise.

What Calder’s Rescue Rep says: Calder is a bundle of energy and joy. He had a wonderful time chewing up every squeaky toy we gave him at a recent pet fair. Calder would be best in an active home with people home during the day. His separation anxiety issues will have to be accepted and worked with. He is current on Rabies & Distemper shots… and is micro-chipped.

Calder is located in Berkeley.

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Natasha: Lab mix spayed one year old 50 pounds


Natasha was just another stray in the Kern city shelter when one of Lab Rescue’s volunteers saw her and fell in love with her sweet and funny ways. In spite of being in a kennel in the shelter she greeted everyone passing her with exuberance and a big smile. The shelter staff members were particularly fond of her too. Everyone found it hard to pass her by because she was so sweetly engaging and had such a lovely way about her.

Tasha is being fostered with a family with a seven year old son and two dogs. She’s charmed them all and everyone loves her. Here’s what her foster has to say about her. She is really a GREAT dog. She’s very playful and athletic. If you like to hike or take long walks this is the dog for you but she also settles nicely with you when you are just hanging out. She is totally housebroken and very respectful of house habits. She doesn’t jump on children or adults at all. She’s taking many cues from her foster dogs and is learning quickly. She’s a smart, intuitive dog but can still sneak in funny puppy antics like running around and enticing other dogs to play. She’s a dog who would be fine in a home with another dog but would also be just fine as a single dog getting all the dog attention. She loves to snuggle and she’s a good size for it. Her foster continued by saying she helped her foster Dad hang the Christmas lights after which she quietly and gently (and undetected) climbed into the bed with her foster Mom for a nap!

Natasha is spayed, microchipped, heartworm tested, up to date on vaccinations, and fecal tested.

For more information or to meet Natasha please email Sylvana at sylstrattn@aol.com, text at 831 596 1700 or call in the evenings or weekends at 831 373 2759.

(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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Callie: 11-month-old spayed female yellow lab/rotty mix 61 lbs
(and still growing)

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Meet Callie an 11 month old female lab mix. This big goofy girl was found roaming the streets in the south bay and was picked up and taken to the Humane Society. The Humane Society contacted Lab Rescue and now she is currently staying with a trainer learning some basic obedience and manners. Since Callie was found on the streets we don’t know much about her past but being with a trainer she is quickly learning how to be a well-behaved, obedient dog.

What Callies’ Foster/Trainer says: Callie is quickly learning how to walk on a leash without pulling. She does have some leash frustration when she sees another dog but with a correction collar and treats is doing much better. Being young she loves to play with all sizes of dogs and she is working on how to better share toys and chews. Callie is crate trained and does well supervised in the house. She really loves to play ball, go on hikes, and over all enjoys life! She would do well in a home with an experienced owner who can continue to work with her on training and manners. We do not recommend she be with young children as she may mouth or knock over a small child. Callie is young and has lots of love to give but with that she is in need of lots of exercise and structure. With the help of a leader this girl will be a great addition to someone’s life!

What Callies’ Rescue Rep says: Callie is a fun-loving, sweet and special girl. We are looking for a home with an experienced owner who is committed to continuing her training (Callie would really shine in obedience classes) and giving a young active pup all the exercise they require to be good canine citizen. A tired dog is a good dog. Callie would do best in a home with no other dogs, but would do ok in a home with other dogs as long as they were closely supervised. With Callie’s size (she is still growing) and zest for life a home with children over the age of 13 is ideal her. Callie is healthy, current on shots, and micro-chipped.

Callie is currently with a foster/trainer in Geyserville.

If you are interested in Callie, call Rescue Rep Jennifer 650-430-5357 (please text or send email: dekker3073@aol.com).

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

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Minnie & Daisy: 5 Month Old Female Lab Mix Non-Spayed 40 Pounds

We are not accepting any more calls for Minnie and Daisy.


GGLRR rescued these sweet sisters from a high kill shelter in the central valley the day before their put down date. Somehow these two girls ended up as strays and no one came looking for these sweet girls! We were sent a video and full evaluation on them and we networked to get these girls their freedom ride out of the shelter and up to the Bay Area. When we first met the girls they were a bit on the shy side but were not fearful. They wanted to come over to give kisses and crawl into your lap. Since they have been in their foster home they have flourished! While Minnie tends to be a bit more reserved than Daisy, both girls are very playful and love to run around with the fosters two labs. As typical puppies, they do find things to chew on and some puppy mischief. They sleep through the night together in a large crate and settle in from 9 – 6. They are getting lots of attention and socialization with their foster family’s 3 children and would do well with a family with kids. The fosters two labs are doing a great job at showing the girls the ropes and teaching them all the great things about being with a family and being inside the home. They lay with the other dogs in their dog beds by the fire, they all play together in the yard and interacting with many people. Both girls came not knowing much but they are very quick to learn and listen when asked to do something.

Foster notes:

The girls are completely house broken and use the dog door. They sleep through the night in a crate and are not barkers. Both girls are very playful and love to run around with the other dogs. Neither dog exhibits any unusual fearful or timid behavior. The person who adopts these girls will have two wonderful additions to the pack.

We are looking for a home for the girls that has the time for them, will get them regular exercise and will take them to training. GGLRR is working on getting them spayed, all their shots and microchipped.

They are located in Oakley.

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Max: 1 Year Old Chocolate Male Lab Neutered 65 Pounds



Lab Rescue got a call from the Fremont Animal control as there was a young lab at the emergency vet clinic that needed a rescue. The owner had taken him into the clinic as he was having some complications due to having ingested some plastic. (This was the second time this was happening in less than a year and the owner could not afford to have another stomach surgery.) Max had not eaten for around a week so the clinic felt it was an emergency that Max get to a vet to have his surgery. Everyone said Max was a wonderful dog and should not be put down so GGLRR agreed to take Max and pay for his needed surgery.

Max had to have several inches of his intestine removed as there was scar tissue from his last surgery that was blocking things going through his system. He has not fully recovered and we have Max in a foster home. (We spoke to the previous owners and they loved Max but could not afford the surgery and were not home enough to give him the care he needed.)

From the previous owners:

Max was purchased from a breeder in Paradise, CA at 10 weeks of age. He was in the home with another dog and the extended family had dogs and children. Max was wonderful with them all! The owners work full time so Max was in part of the backyard and the garage during the day and out of boredom he would chew on things. He chewed on the doggie door and ate some plastic which did not pass through his system; so they had to have the 1st surgery on him in February 2014. They have not had any issues with Max with any other animals of kids. The owner wanted to work with Max on hunting but they did not have the time. From the foster parents:

Max is a very active, high energy boy. He also thinks everything is a toy or food. When he first came to us he would jump up on people but we have worked on this and he only will jump up every once in a while, usually only when he gets very excited. He loves people and dogs and he does very well with cats. He is very respectful of them, although if they run he will want to chase them. He would love to chase cars, so he should not be off leash where there is traffic. (We would not recommend this with any of our dogs.) He does come when called! He also knows: sit, kennel and leave it. He does love the water and anything the sprays or puts out air. If he does grab something he is not supposed to have he will try to turn this into a game. If you grab his collar he will drop it. Sometimes a sharp no or a “ah ah” will work. The previous owner would use a Kong with him and this is what we would suggest for toys for Max, a Kong or Nyla bones. Max is a very sweet dog and everyone that meets him, falls in love with him. Max likes to go for car rides, play ball and of course loves to swim! He sleeps either in a crate next to the foster parents or on a dog bed next to the foster parents. The foster has another male lab that can be grumpy at times and Max will leave him alone. The foster also has horses and Max does not seem to notice them!

We would love Max to go to a home that is around most of the time, a home that can get Max the exercise and training he needs. We think Max needs to be in a home with older kids. Max can be in a home with cats and other dogs.

Lab Rescue did the surgery on Max, he has all his shots, he came to us neutered, he is heartworm negative, and we got him a microchipped. At times Max may need to take Pepcid for his stomach and he may need to eat a special food - ID.

Call to come and meet this wonderful boy. Max is located in Livermore.

If you have the time for this active sweet boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or email 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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Mischa: 10 Year Old Black Female Lab Spayed 55 Pounds



Mischa was an owner surrender to the Napa shelter as her owner passed away and no one was able to take her into their home. The shelter called GGLRR as they were full and needed to free up some space. Mischa was not doing so great in the shelter, not eating much and they felt she needed to be in a less stressful environment. Also since she was 10 years old they were not sure they could get her adopted. If GGLRR was not able to pull her, she was due to be put down.

Her owner was single and made her part of his life for the last ten years. He fell on hard times and was living out of his car the last couple of years, so Mischa was a bit neglected with her medical care but she was still with her owner who took her out for adventures each day. Mischa’s owner passed away in his car and was not found for a couple of days. (Mischa was by his side until the end. The family was notified but was not able to provide a home for Mischa. They brought her into the shelter where they filled out the surrender forms on her. Also GGLRR has spoken to the family to get more details on Mischa.)

What we know about Mischa:

Mischa was purchased from a breeder and was brought into the home when she was 10 weeks of age. She has been an inside dog, with her owner and is house broken. She has a wonderful temperament and gets along with everyone and everything. She is a very easy girl and will do what you ask of her with no issues. She knows sit, down, walks well on a leash and is not a jumper. Mischa is one of these dogs that is an old soul! She has very soulful eyes and it seems like she is talking to you when you are with her. She is use to companionship and is one of these dogs that can go for a walk and then will be happy laying at your feet the rest of the day. She loves to go for car rides and will curl up on the back seat or she will sit up and watch out the window. She is a very easy going girl and is a very sensitive girl. She rolls with the ups and downs and will give you the look : Are you my new owner?

Medical

Mischa is a very healthy girl. She has had a full blood panel with no issues, she is heartworm negative, she has all her shot and she is microchipped. We are confirming she is spayed. If she is not spayed we will get her spayed and will do a dental at the same time. She had a back case of fleas which we have treated. From having the fleas she has some hair loss on her tail and her back side. The hair should grow back over the next few months. (Since we have had Mischa she got a virus and we ran every test you could imagine and all came back as a healthy girl. We did put her on prednisone to help her with her appetite and to reduce her fever. She will be on this for a couple more months – we are wedding this off her right now. With the medication she will drink more water and will need to pee more.

From the foster mom:

She is a super sweet, affectionate girl who wants to be by your side all the time. She will hang in the kitchen (she is a beggar but I don't give in), the bathroom, outside or where ever you are. She loves go on walks and is great off leash exploring an area that you can keep an eye on her. She doesn’t wander off, but her nose can lead her in a different direction. Since she seems to have some hearing loss, she usually will not hear you call her. Once she sees you, she’ll catch up to you. She walks very well on leash and completely ignores other dogs and cats too. She is slow, but can go for about ½ hour walk, twice a day. She’s put on some needed weight and is eating well. She drinks TONS of water (from the prednisone) and needs to go out very often. I have a dog door that she uses to let herself out. She will needs to be with someone who has a dog door or can let her out frequently, sometimes 3x an hour, at least while she is still on the meds. She was guarding water when she first came to me, but I’ve worked with her and she has backed off on that. You can touch her and pet her when she is eating, but not so much when she has a bully stick. She has responded to a clap and that is what I use to get her attention. She doesn't bark. In fact, I don't think I've actually heard her bark. Overall, she is just a very sweet girl. I think she’ll do best in a home where someone is present most of the time. She just really seems to blossom when someone is there with her. Overall, she is a great dog and will adapt easily to her forever home. She’s been a great dog to foster.

Come see Mischa all she wants is a soft bed to lay on and she will be your best friend for life!

Mischa is located in Napa.

If you have the time for this calm, gentle girl and want her to be a part of your family, please contact 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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Murphy: 8-yr-old, 70-lb, neutered black lab



I was given up by my owner (after 7-1/2 years) who could not properly care for me given her new work-life routine in Oakland. She was a big-time runner and that is how I got my exercise, so I’ve been conditioned to have one predominant speed: full speed.

So now I’m 8, and on my own, and life is a bit different. I’m figuring out my new life and a little unsure of myself from time to time – looking for leadership.

My favorite activity is chasing the tennis ball. Anytime anywhere. Which means it’s really easy for you because you can just stand in one place, throw the ball, and I’ll tire myself out, then we can go back inside and take naps together. I’m pretty self-reliant too. I can put myself to bed at night. When you take off my “work” collar, I know it’s time for bed, and I’ll crawl into my crate, and then… zzzzzzz… see you in the morning.

But I also thrive with focused walks with my human leader. I walk great on leash and even heel, so walking and making me focus on my human is a great way to direct my energy. Make me work for everything I get. 45 minutes of focused walking followed by 15 minutes of tennis ball action is a great recipe for success with me.

I sit/ lie down/ heel on command. I’m a great fetcher. I’m good at coming back to you when you call me off leash. I do not jump on people or furniture, and don’t chew on your nice things. I could use your help with, er, well, uh, I kind of like taking food from the counters – doh! I get overly excited when in automobiles – I guess I always think I am going on some great outing. But I can be quite stubborn at refusing to get out of the car – so putting me in a crate when we drive around is the optimal way of managing my unbridled excitement [anxiety].

While I get along OK with other dogs, I really want to be some human’s best friend. For that special someone, I will be deeply loyal till my last day. I’ve got a good brain, am well-motivated by food, and quick to learn and respond to mild corrections. Emotionally I need a time to build relationships. Please be patient with me.

What his GGLRR rep says: Murphy is a smart, eager and energetic dog who desperately needs strong leadership from his human. Murphy may have the looks of a black lab, but he has the soul of a border collie, a breed that loves nothing more than to have a job. Murphy is looking for an experienced and dog-savvy person, who is willing to put Murphy’s need for structure and leadership before their own need for Murphy’s affection.

In the past, Murphy’s lack of proper structure, training and exercise has resulted in Murphy exhibiting aggressive behavior in specific situations. This behavior has included growling and snarling (not biting). His owner will have to be prepared to deal with such behavior, and work to eliminate it. A successful management regimen for Murphy will include use of a correction collar, crating him, or using a tie-down. GGLRR will provide three sessions with one of our professional trainers to Murphy’s adopter.

Murphy is house-trained and crate-trained, in great health, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and micro-chipped.

If you are interested in Murphy, call Rescue Rep Dave 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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Huey: ~3-yr-old neutered male chocolate lab mix 60 lbs



Not sure how I got there… Was I dropped off by my previous owners? Did I escape from a backyard? Am I an undercover dog for the CIA? Did I botch my last assignment? My memory is blank. I don’t even remember my name. And this is how the rest of my life began…

This mysterious woman spotted me wandering the streets of Oakland that day. She seemed like a nice human. And then her accomplice showed up with a leash… and I was hoodwinked and taken to a safe house in Oakland. Then the games began. They fed me. I said nothing. They gave me a comfortable place to sleep. I told them nothing. They introduced me to an older Dachshund; was she there to gain my trust and make me talk? I was worried; what did they all want from me? They walked me around the neighborhood trying to trigger my memories – either that or they just wanted me to pee. A trip to the nearby SPCA resulted in some doc poking and prodding me. I even think he shot me up with some truth serum. And still I told them nothing – heck, I didn’t know anything. I overheard my human male captor calling the Feds over at City of Oakland Animal Shelter who told Drew to post my photos around the neighborhood and wait the mandatory two weeks to see if the Russians came forward demanding my release. Nothing. Latest I am being told is that I’m being released to a half-way house lab rescue organization to be connected with Forever Family – whoever they are. The adventure continues…

What Huey’s Rescue Rep says: Huey has settled in well. He is a bit of a goof, and very smart. If not playing with our dog Kona, he likes to be by our side. When he wants a pet and you’re not paying attention, he will rub his face against your leg until you give him a nice pet. He is very easy to walk, and is somewhat of a stroller. I don’t think he has the concept of fetch yet, but will go after the ball and carry it around for a while. He is very food motivated, but will wait for his dinner until you say ok. We are working on getting him comfortable getting him in the car, and today I sat in the back with some kibble and he got his two front paws in, which is a huge accomplishment. I believe in a matter time, he’ll be able to jump right in. He hasn’t seemed skittish with our neighbors, but does sometimes get startled with loud noises, but calms down immediately.

Huey is being fostered in Livermore…

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Sterling: 8 Year Old Chocolate / Silver Lab Neutered 80 Pounds


Sweet Sterling was found tied to a pole in the local grocery store parking lot with a sign that read – “Can you give me a new home? My family lost their home and can’t keep me any longer!” Animal control picked up Sterling and took him to the Ukiah shelter and the person called Lab Rescue to ask us to take him into our program. They were full and knew he deserved to get out and find a new home before his time was up. We meet Sterling and fell in love with him as he is a very easy boy! We now have him in a foster home and this is what the foster has to say about him!

Foster Notes:

Sterling is everyone’s dream dog. He’s calm and quiet in the house, enjoys his walks, and loves to play, run and jump around our backyard. (He loves to play with his ball!) On walks he does not want to chase the cats we run into, in fact he ignores them. When we encounter dogs that are not that nice he decides to ignore them to! He’s appropriately friendly with other dogs we decide to meet. Sterling loves to snuggle in for hugs and pets and is friendly with everyone we meet! He knows some basic commands and walks well on a leash. He will do well in any family large or small. He does not try to get out of our yard and is content to hang out if need be. Sterling does not chew on anything if left alone – only his toys – loves to play tug of war. He is in a home with a female Lab foster sister and he gets along very well with her. He loves to sleep in the foster's bedroom on a dog bed or hang out with the foster sister. He appears to be crate trained – he will slip in and out of an open crate to sleep. Sterling prefers to be with people than other dogs and would make a great companion who is around most of the time and wants a sweet boy to hang out with or one that will curl up at your feet. Whoever adopts Sterling will be a lucky person! If we were looking for another dog we would keep Sterling.

Lab Rescue got Sterling his shots, neutered, microchipped, heart worm tested – negative, dental and a full senior screen and everything came back as a very healthy dog. He does have some hair loss and we think it could be poor food and some fleas. Sterling is located in Santa Rosa.

If you have the time for this sweet boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or email 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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Charlie: 4-5-yr-old neutered male chocolate lab 81 lbs
We are not accepting any more calls for Charlie.


Good grief, Charlie Brown! I was found as a stray dog on the streets of Fremont and brought into the city shelter where I was cared for until some nice folks got me transferred to Lab Rescue. I am now hanging around an awesome family with two boys who are putting me through my paces: walks and exercise, sleeping in a crate, keeping me from jumping and putting my front paws on stuff… all that “good dog stuff”. I respond to a few commands like sit, off/down, no, potty, and drop (when playing fetch), but I welcome a pack leader to show me all the ropes. I walk pretty good on leash, but could do better – practice, practice, practice. Hey, I am just absolutely thrilled that I am now in a safe home getting two square meals a day along with having a bed.

What Charlie’s foster says: Charlie is a great walker. He's excellent on the leash and doesn't pull. When distracted by another dog/cat he generally just needs a slight tug to remind him to stay focused. When meeting other animals he's genuinely curious and displays no aggression. We're walking 2-3 miles a day… and this seems to satisfy him but, he could easily do more. Charlie loves to play fetch. He sits when waiting for the ball to be thrown and usually drops the ball when asked. The crate seems to be new to Charlie. He's motivated by treats to get in but, he's not exactly excited about being in the crate. Once inside he lies down and rests. When we return to the house or first thing in the morning, he's not overly anxious to get out of the crate. He'll sit quietly for 30-40 minutes before wanting out. He is getting more and more comfortable with going into the crate on his own or with minimal direction. It is quickly becoming his spot to chill and relax. Charlie loves people. He likes being around the family, relaxing just a few feet away. He's great with our kids (8 and 14) and shows no alpha-dog tendencies. He loves to be where we are and follows us where ever we go. He's getting better about resting in place and feeling comfortable just being. This is a fabulous dog!

What Charlie’s Rescue Rep says: Charlie is a charmer. He is neutered, micro-chipped, and current on all vaccinations. Charlie would be a great dog for a family with children. Not sure how he is with cats.

Charlie is currently with a foster in Windsor.

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Lightning: 11 year old neutered male black Lab 95 lbs

Sadly Lightening needs to find a new home in his senior years. His owner died unexpectedly and he was taken to animal control. The owner’s grandson got him out of the shelter and has taken him into his home but the landlord said he has to find a new home for Lightening. GGLRR met Lightening and we knew from the start we needed to bring him into our program and help find him a home that he can live the rest of his life!

Lightening has been a well-loved pet for his entire life. The owner got him when he was a puppy and kept him at his antique shop with another dog you can see in the photo. He has been an onside dog his entire life and sleeps on a dog bed at night. He loves all animals and just have a BIG smile on his face when he meets new dogs and people! The best thing he likes to do is snuggle and lay at your feet. He likes to go for car rides but he needs help getting in and out of the car. We have him on a diet right now and trying to get him out for regular walks as he needs to lose at least 8-10 pounds. Lightning would do well in a home with other dogs, cats or kids. He is a dog that only needs 1-2 short walks per day. He takes treats easy from your hand and knows a few commands but he really wants to just curl up at your feet!

We got Lightening into the vet and did a full health check on him and got him neutered. He is up to date on his shots, microchipped, full blood panel – which all came back great, x-rays, ear cleaning and a dental. Lightning has some back end issues and we got him on Rimadyl to help him. (He should be on this ongoing to help him with arthritis.) He can walk, get up and down but he does need some pain relief.

Lightening would make a great companion and would make anyone smile as he never seems to stop smiling! He has had a good bath and he has a very healthy coat.

He is located in Santa Rosa.

If you are interested in this sweet boy, please call 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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Brooklyn: 2-1/2-yr-old spayed female black lab mix 96 lbs

Brooklyn came to GGLRR from a family that could no longer afford her growing medical bills. She was being treated for a severe anemia which was causing her red blood cell count to drop to dangerous levels. She’d been lethargic, losing her appetite, and in general decline. GGLRR’s vet has since been weaning her off the strong anti-anemia medication (which appears to have worked) and she is on the road to recovery. While she may need continued medication to address the underlying condition, she has returned to being a vibrant and engaging dog. Her skull is currently slightly misshapen due to the strong doses of Prednisone (vet’s call it “pred head”) – but the vet says her skull may return to normal once her body purges itself of the Prednisone and its effects.

What Brooklyn’s foster says: We have had Brooklyn since late September and she is an absolute delight. She follows me around constantly and her lab gesture of choice is her head in your lap. She's just super sweet, doesn't bark, and loves to play tug of war. She's finally even wagging her tail and giving kisses! She gets excited to play when we get home or the other dogs start playing, but she's actually really mellow. Brooklyn is very aware of everything around her, constantly watching, but loves to just chill on her bed or sit with her head in our laps and get some love. Unless of course we get up and then she's up and following us around every time! She's the typical lab that will lay by your feet in front of the fire.

What Brooklyn’s Rescue Rep says: Brookyn is an angel in a dog’s body. Her previous owner reported that she has some Rottweiler in her, but it is hardly noticeable. She is spayed and micro-chipped, and soon will be brought up to date on shots. Brooklyn is ideal for an older person or someone looking for company while they work at home; someone that wants the ideal lab curled up at their feet.

Brooklyn is currently with a foster in Concord.

If you are interested in Brooklyn, call Rescue Rep Dave 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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Catie: 8 year old female black lab mix 78 lbs


Catie’s previous owner did too much traveling to adequately provide for her needs, so he reluctantly gave her up in hope of a new forever home. She loves her walks and is always ready to go. Catie loves to swim and eagerly jumps in the pool to retrieve the ball. She is very sweet and snugly and loves a good petting session. She takes her treats with a gentle mouth. She is always up for an adventure. Her previous owner took her to a municipal dog park and to a county pond every week. She likes other dogs, unless they are young and wiggly, then she loses interest. Catie is very well behaved and rarely will you hear a bark. She obeys the following commands: sit, stay, leave it, drop, come, off, and “Get it, Catie”. She is house-broken but not crate-trained.

What Catie’s foster says: Catie is a real sweetheart. She gets along great with other dogs and loves playing with our lab. She can be left outside or inside and I have not seen any bad habits like barking, chewing or digging. She is great in the house and I don’t hear a sound from her all night. Catie does have some arthritis in one of her legs so she is not a long distance hiker. She does not require a lot of exercise, but sure gets excited for her 15-minute daily walks. She pulls a little on the leash so I recommend using a correction collar. Catie loves to swim especially if there is a ball to retrieve. I have put her in a crate a few times for short periods and I think it would be easy to crate train her. She is a loving dog and just looking for a good forever home to share with someone.

What Catie’s Rescue Rep says: Catie has lived for many years with another dog, so she is used to having another dog around but she would also do well in her new forever as the only dog. She is current on all shots, micro-chipped, and negative for heartworms. Catie does suffer from hypothyroidism, and takes pills twice daily to regulate her thyroid. She is also taking some arthritis medicine.

Catie is being fostered in San Jose.

If you are interested in Catie, call Rescue Rep Dave 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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Blackie: 10 Year Old Black Male Lab Neutered 90 Pounds AKC


Blackie’s owner passed away and the kids promised to their dad they would take care of Blackie. The kids decided they did not want a large dog in their home so they took Blackie to the Merced shelter. Blackie did not have a chance there as he is an older dog and he is a black dog. (Black dogs are not adopted as quickly as the other colors.) Blackie had a couple more days before he was going to be put down when a friend of Lab Rescue was checking the listings for the Merced shelter and saw Blackie and knew she had to help him! She called Lab Rescue and asked if she met Blackie and she felt he was a good fit for the program would be take him. She went and evaluated Blackie and she found a wonderful older dog who just wanted to be with people!

Golden Gate Lab Rescue pulled Blackie and now have him at their boarding facility.

This is what we know about Blackie:

He was a well-loved pet for 10 years of his life. His world was turned upside down when his owner had to go into the hospital and did not come back home. He was taken to another home for a short time and then he was dropped off at the shelter. He rode well in the car from the shelter, he is fine with other dogs, and he is fine in the kennel and is a real love! He does not bark when left alone, has no issues with food and is a great dog for someone who wants some company and someone who wants to go for short walks. Blackie is one of these dogs that always seems to be smiling no matter what life hands to him!

Blackie is very healthy, has all his shots, microchipped, we need to neuter him and do a dental on him. He does have some sight loss but he can still see. We are working on getting Blackie into a foster home.

BLACKIE is located in Monterey / Salinas.

Update from the foster:

Blackie is a big, slow moving, loveable companion, likes to be around humans and needs a second chance for a good home!

If you have the time for this happy boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact 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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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.










Hank: 10 year old neutered male Lab / Golden Retriever Mix 80 lbs


Hank was placed in a home when he was around a year old. He was to be a service dog through Leader Dogs for the Blind. (www.leaderdog.org) Hank was 24 / 7 companions with his handler for years. His handler loves Hank and typically when a dog retires, either the person keeps the dog as a pet or they place the dog with a trusted friend or family member. So when Hank was retired Hank was placed with a family that did not have a fenced yard. When Hank was let outside he would decide to make a break for it and would go exploring. The family decided it would not work because they could not be with him all the time and needed to be able to let him in the yard. Hank then was placed with another family that lived on a farm and Hank decided it was pretty cool to chase the livestock so that did not work out either. Hank’s handler would love to keep him but his wife is not a huge dog fan and is was looking forward to a dog free home. Leader Dogs for the Blind knew a volunteer with GGLRR and asked us if we could take Hank in as he was located in Chico and they trusted us to find him a new home.

Hank is of course a well-trained dog. He may be 10 years old but he has the energy of a younger dog. He knows many commands and of course he has excellent leash manners. His biggest joy with us is to chase his tennis ball. He has excellent dog manners and loves to be with his human companions. Hank would love an active family and a family that would be with him for a good part of the day. He is not big into playing with other dogs and since he will chase livestock we think he would chase cats. He rides well in the car and if he is not our in the play yard at the boarding facility he will rest on his bed. He is not an excessive barker and will make an excellent companion for someone who will take him on a couple walks a day.

Hank can be in a home with other dogs and a home with kids. He does not jump up to greet you and of course Hank will listen to what you ask of him. He is one happy dog!

Hank is in excellent shape and has no health issues. He is neutered, microchipped, updated on his shots and heartworm negative. (Hank has had many names and we decided that Hank would be best.)

Update from Hank's foster: Hank is an energetic, handsome lab who used to be a guide dog for the blind. He is now in foster care and is doing well in the new home environment. He would be a great fit in a home with some dog experience, he plays hard with the ball and is overly energetic during play time, so we do not recommend a home with young kids although he doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He tolerates dogs and cats but doesn't like to play or interact with them. He prefers to be with a human all the time. He is crate trained and knows all the commands. He will surf the kitchen counter if given access to it. He is very much loved in his foster home and gets to be the dog he always wanted to be with lots of time spent playing fetch and going on hikes. We are looking for a wonderful home for Hank where he will get the daily exercise he requires, a home where someone is around for the most part.

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Rocky: “The Italian Stallion” 1.5 Year Old Black Male Lab Mix Not Neutered 95 Pounds
We are not accepting any more calls for Rocky - all calls received will be returned shortly.

We have Rocky in a foster home and this is what the foster has to say about him:

Even though Rocky is a BIG young boy he is an amazing boy! He walks off leash next to your side when we go for walks and he will come when he is called. He gets to play with all the neighbors’ dogs and he is a big goof ball. The other day another male told Rocky to back off and Rocky told him he did not like it but a few minutes later Rocky was back walking at our side and wanted nothing to do with the grumpy older male dog. The foster home has a 15 year old female lab and Rocky is very respectful of her. Rocky is left during the day at the foster home but he gets walked during the day and he is taken out for playdates with other dogs. We would like a home that is around for a big part of the day for Rocky as he is still very young and he spent most of his life already in the back yard. Rocky can be in a home with other dogs and we think cats. (He will walk by cats and he does ignore them. He did chase a rabbit the other day?) Rocky knows a few commands but he is a very quick learner and he wants to please. He has not had any accidents in the fosters home and he sleeps on a dog bed at night-next to the fosters bed. Rocky loves to play ball, not much of a swimmer and at first it was hard for the foster to get him in the car but he now wants to go for car rides and will jump right in. Rocky should be in a home with older kids and Rocky is a big dog and will sometimes put his paws on you to say hello. If you tell him off he will stop. He is not much of an eater and he has a very gentle mouth. The foster home is using tie downs with him as he does like to follow you room to room and it creates some anxiety with him. He lays down on the floor with the foster dad and the foster lab sister and watches TV. (For a young boy he does not have crazy energy.) If you are up for a big boy Rocky is your guy as he has a wonderful temperament and is a really great dog.

A good neighbor convinced the owners of Rocky to surrender him to Lab Rescue. He was spending his entire time outside and was not allowed inside the house any longer, as he got too big! (He was no longer that small 20 pound lab puppy, so out he went!) The neighbor loves to garden so when she was in the yard; Rocky would come over and look through the part of the fence that was broken and try to get some attention. After this went on for a few months she went next door and spoke to the owner’s and convinced them to surrender him to Lab Rescue. They purchased Rocky through a friend who use to breed labs and Rocky was an inside dog and around their kids until 8 months ago. He is not a barker in the back yard, he does not dig or attempt to escape but he is very bored!

The neighbor takes him out on walks and he has decent leash skills but needs to walk with a correction collar. He knows some basic commands and needs continued training. She brings him inside her home and he does not have any accidents and he has not had any issues with her small dogs. GGLRR met Rocky out on a walk with two other foster dogs and Rocky loved them. (They are two large males and all got along; which is great with Rocky not being neutered.) We walked Rocky off leash and he got to swim, play with the other dogs, would come when called off leash and takes treats very gently. Even though Rocky is a big boy he is not a fighter but a BIG lover. We saw cats on our walk and Rocky did not pay attention to them. He tried to chase a rabbit but once we told him no, he stopped and came right back. He rides well in the car and seems like a very happy dog. You can touch him all over, his paws, his ears and he will roll over for belly rubs!

Rocky has such a great time he did not want to leave. Rocky is a very well-tempered dog and just wants to find a home where he can be part of the pack! He is very healthy, has his shots, microchipped and heartworm negative. Rocky needs to go to a home that will continue his training, a home that can get him plenty of exercise and he can go to a home with kids. He is a big boy but he does not jump up to greet anyone; he might knock over a small child with his tail!

Lab Rescue got Rocky all of his shots, got him neutered, did a heartworm checked on him – negative and got him a microchipped. Rocky is a very healthy boy!

Call to come and meet this wonderful boy.

Rocky is located in Novato.

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Bandit: 7 Year Old Black Lab Neutered 68 Pounds


I am the sweetest dog ever who sadly, through no fault of my owner, has through some rough times. All I want is to have a forever home to call my own. My owner purchased me from a breeder when I was a puppy. All was well until she became homeless and had nowhere for me to go. She asked someone she knew if he could watch me for a little while till she got on her feet. Well, sadly that hasn't happened and after several months her friend could no longer keep me as he has a dog of his own and really didn't want two dogs. He was trying to find a home for me when he came across Lab Rescue and gave them a call. Lab Rescue met me and knew that I deserved to once again be someone's special dog. When the surrogate owner came to surrender him he told Lab Rescue that he held back on giving too much love as he didn't want to fall for Bandit and because he is such a sweet boy he knew that is what would happen.

Foster Notes:

Bandit is a VERY VERY sweet dog. We brought our 3 year old Lab when we picked him up and the dogs did great together. He settled nicely in the car for his ride home. We stopped and gave him a bath and he did well with that too. After we got back home, in no time the two dogs were playing tug of war. There's a lot of rah, rah, rah sounds, air snapping and rolling on the ground. It's really cute to watch. Bandit had never been crate trained but it was time for bed and he saw our Lab walk into his crate and lay down so he figured there must be something good so he walked into his crate and settled down for the night. We left the door open the first night but he never came out of the crate. He is definitely crate trained.

He has shown no anxiety about being in an unfamiliar place as he's eating, sleeping and playing well. He pulls a little on leash so we are using a correction collar. He is fine when we meet other dogs. He knows sit and down and definitely wants to please. When you call him over he leans on your leg and immediately rolls over for a belly rub. He's pretty quiet too. We take him to the dog park and he is good with both big and small dogs. He does a quick sniff greeting, no fuss, no barking.

What Lab Rescue is looking for:

Bandit is such a great dog and needs to be in a home where he will be part of the family. He is housebroken and uses a dog door. He is good with cats. He is such a mellow dog and is good with young children. He likes to be brushed. Although he is fine and not destructive in any way when he is home alone, we would like someone to be around part of the day as he would rather be with his person than other dogs. Whoever adopts Bandit will be very fortunate to have such a loving, loyal dog.

Bandit is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is located in Los Altos.

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Rosie: 4-1/2-yr-old spayed female black lab 59 lbs


Hi, I am Rosie the Riveting! I am one beautiful babe! Like the English? Then you’ll love my blocky English style head and body.

I‘m small. And I’m CUTE! And I mean, really cute! I will be a perma-puppy for all of my life. And I love to cuddle, and I am shamelessly free with my kisses. Give me a hug? Lick! Rub my belly? Lick! Give it a try! I guarantee you’ll love it!

My previous owner loved me and I was queen of the house! I don’t understand why he was upset when I took over! After all, he left all those entertaining things for me on the counters…the furniture…in every room! How was I supposed to resist? He never said anything! Was it my fault if I got into what he left out?

And I love to eat! My motto us “if I can find it, if I can get to it, I will eat it!” My former owner said I was food obsessed…I am a Lab! What Lab isn’t food obsessed? I am just better at it than most!

But most of all, I am just a bundle of love! Will you take me home and teach me how to be the great dog I am inside?

What Rosie’s Foster says:

Rosie is a total sweetheart. She gets alone with dogs of all sizes, as well as the cat. She’s crate trained and sleeps happily in her crate at night. She’ll even go in on her own from time to time. She has lots of energy, and we’re working on the leash walking. She’s not jumping up any more. She’s a really smart girl. She loves her food! Rosie will need to eat separately from other dogs, and she should have a Go Slow bowl so that she can’t bolt her food. Rosie really loves to play with the ball, and needs someone (human or canine) to play with her. She’s a quiet dog, and doesn’t bark.

What Rosie’s Rescue Rep says:

It wasn’t so rosy for Rosie for a while. While Rosie was in a loving home, she spent much of her time carousing around her backyard playing with an older lab – and just tearing the place up. Rosie’s owner found it extremely difficult to manage Rosie’s antics. Her owner wasn’t able to walk the two dogs, so she wasn’t getting any exercise, other than what she gave herself in the backyard. Being cooped up inside the home and yard likely only increase Rosie’s anxieties. She also wasn’t getting leadership, direction or correction, and so she took matters into her own paws. Ultimately Rosie’s owner felt it was best for Rosie to surrender her to GGLRR.

We now have Rosie in a foster home with 2-3 other dogs (the number varies from time to time) and she is doing great. Her foster mom has begun crate training her, and she sleeps well in her crate in the bedroom at night. She has not been counter surfing, and she gets along well with the other dogs. When the foster mom has to go out, Rosie is confined in the kitchen with the other dogs, behind a baby gate, and she’s been just fine. Rosie is easy to walk on a correction collar (she pulls with other collars) and takes treats gently.

We’d like Rosie to go to an experienced dog home, where someone is home with her most of the the time to train her, and where the humans have the time, experience and inclination to reinforce that training with love and consistency. Rosie is sort of a puppy in a 4 year old Lab body, so her new family will need to be patient with her and bring her along to where she should be at 4 years old. For the right family, this will be a rewarding and fun project. She loves kids and would fine in a home with children over the age of 5.

Rosie is spayed, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped. Rosie is being fostered in San Jose.

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Marshall: 12 year old neutered male yellow Lab 80 lbs

SWEET SWEET MARSHALL

Golden Gate Lab Rescue got a call from the Merced shelter as Marshall was brought in by his owners and they told the shelter he was too old and they did not want him any longer. (They wanted to get a puppy for the holidays.) He was due to be put down so we arranged for him to be driven up to the Bay Area, as we knew Marshall had much more life left! When we met Marshall we met a very happy sweet boy. He is a very easy dog and always seems to be wagging his tail! He gives you a big smile as to say thank you for coming to my rescue!

We now have him in a foster home and this is what the foster has to say about Marshall:

This dog has gravitas! Marshall is a gracious companion, gentle, quiet and in very good shape for his age. He has a very nice coat and very soft eyes. Marshall gets along with everyone. We crate him when we have to leave the house and he loves going inside. He loves to go for walks, has great table manners – you can reach into his food bowl and grab some kibble if you want a snack. Marshall is very diplomatic with other dogs, but is not a cat lover, though more out of habit than obsession. He is laid back and curious and will accompany you from room to room but is not clingy or demanding. A soft dog bed or a nice rug, a tickle on the ear, a treat for good behavior and he is content.

Lab Rescue got him neutered, did a dental on him, got a mass removed from his eye lid, removed a couple other masses – that came back as non-cancerous, we did a full blood panel and it came back as a very healthy dog. We got him all his shots, heartworm test and microchipped. Marshall is located on Fairfield.

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Dexter: 2 Year Old Black Male Lab Mix Neutered 60 Pounds


This is what we know about Dexter:

Dexter was found by someone who was walking her dog in Merced. She took him in and did all his medical, got him neutered and took him to formal training. They then had to move and he was surrendered to the shelter.

Dexter was with them for 10 months and was a wonderful inside dog with them and caught on quickly in his training. He knows: Sit, down – to lay down, heel, here – to come, leave it – to wait for food bowl or toy) and off. He is housetrained and would sleep on his dog bed in the living room. Dexter was around children, loves to play with other dogs and they say he is a very sweet, playful boy. He loves to go for car rides and loves his rope toys. Dexter’s time was up at the shelter so GGLRR was contacted to see if we could bring him into our program. We met Dexter and knew he should have another chance.

We now have him in a foster home and this is what the foster has to say about Dexter:

Dexter is a very affectionate dog, loves to be petted, have his belly rubbed, always looking for attention. He’s house broken, no accidents, no chewing or destructive behavior. He knows sit, down, off, leave it, heel well, great recall off leash. Dexter does well in the dog park with other dogs, outgoing and playful, not even a hint of aggression. Loves people. His only bad behavior is jumping up on people with excitement, we are working on this. Loves to walk, chase ground squirrels off leash, fetch the ball and tug of war with his rope toy is his favorite thing in the world. Dexter will make a great dog for someone who can provide continued training and exercise.

Dexter is neutered, up to date on his shots, microchipped and heartworm negative. Dexter is located in San Ramon. (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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2 LAB MIX FEMALE PUPPIES 6 Weeks Old


Golden Gate Lab Rescue got a call from the Oakland shelter that a mom was found wandering the streets. She was picked up by animal control and brought to the shelter. It was obvious that she was going to give birth any day and the shelter did not want her to give birth in the shelter. They called Lab Rescue and we came to meet the mom and knew we had to pull her ASAP and get her into a foster home. We pulled her on a Saturday and mom gave birth on October 6th to 12 healthy puppies. The foster mom has done a great job at socializing the puppies, many volunteers have come over to spend time with the puppies and they are getting the hang of the newspapers. The mom is a Lab Mix and we are not sure who dad is but they look Lab / Golden or Lab / Hound but a Lab mix? There are a variety of colors from Red, yellow to white. They are eating puppy food at this time and will be ready to go home at seven weeks. All of the puppies seems very sweet and good natured and seem very smart!

They will have well check with the vet and they will be dewormed this next week.

We want homes for the puppies where people are around, will commit to their training and homes that can commit to regular exercise. From what we can tell the dogs will not be huge dogs but the girls would be around 50-60 pounds and the boys 70-80 pounds.

Puppies are located in Danville.

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Jack: 8 Year Old Black Male Lab Neutered 90 Pounds AKC
Duke: 6 Year Old Yellow Male Lab Neutered 90 Pounds AKC
Jack and Duke are bonded and we would like them adopted together


Jack’s owner has recently divorced and is having to sell the home to settle everything. He had to move in with a friend and could not take his dogs with him. He reached out to Golden Gate Lab Rescue and we evaluated Jack and his half- brother and took them into our program.

This is what we know about Jack:

The owner purchased Jack from a breeder in the San Francisco area and brought him home at 8 weeks of age. (Breeder http://drycreeklabradors.com/wp/2013/07/18/jasper/- Jack and his brother Duke had the same dad who was an AKC Champion. You can see him on their website – Jasper.) Jack had been a loved member of the home for the last eight years and it is very sad for the owner to have to let go of his dogs. When the person from Lab Rescue called the vet and spoke to the receptionist about the dogs, she started to cry as she was very sad the owner had to let go of his dogs. She told Lab Rescue the two dogs were amazing and everyone loved them! The owner describes Jack as the more serious of the two dogs, not as goofy as his brother but still a sweetheart. He is housebroken and has been an inside outside dog his entire life. (He uses a doggie door when the owner is not at home.) Jack has been raised with other dogs and he has been well socialized over the years with people and other dogs. The owner has had many labs in his past and he has trained all of them. Jack knows: Sit, stay, down, fetch, leave it, drop, come and off. (He stated Jack has a large vocabulary. I am sure he knows GO GIANTS!) Jack will come when called and the owner walks him on a harness as when he sees other dogs on leash he will pull towards them. Lab Rescue would suggest using a correction collar. He has been around children and he would do fine with small kids as he is not a jumper and will listen to no. Jack went on daily walks with the owner and he would get out to play with other dogs at least once a week. He has not been around cats so we are not sure about cats but he is fine with other dogs and other animals. Jack loves to go for car rides and hang his head out the window and of course he loves to go for a refreshing swim! Jack can be left alone and will not bark, does not have separation anxiety and does not have any possessiveness towards food or toys.

We currently have Jack at our boarding facility and he gets along and plays with a variety of dogs. The kennel really likes him and his brother and says he is a real sweetheart of a dog!

Jack is very healthy, has all his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative and is microchipped. We are working on getting a few pounds off Jack.

This is what we know about Duke:

The owner purchased Duke from a breeder in the San Francisco area and brought him home at 8 weeks of age. Duke had been a loved member of the home for the last six years and it is very sad for the owner to have to let go of his dogs. The owner describes Duke as a gentle mellow dog that is a real sweetheart. He is housebroken and has been an inside outside dog his entire life. (He uses a doggie door when the owner is not at home.) Duke has been raised with other dogs and he has been well socialized over the years with people and other dogs. Duke knows: Sit, stay, down, fetch, leave it, drop, come and off. (The owner stated Duke has a large vocabulary.) Duke will come when called and he walks very well on a leash without pulling. He has been around children and he would do fine with small kids as he is not a jumper and will listen to no. Duke went on daily walks with the owner and he would get out to play with other dogs at least once a week. He has not been around cats so we are not sure about cats but he is fine with other dogs and other animals. Duke loves to go for car rides and hang his head out the window and of course he loves to go for a refreshing swim! Duke can be left alone and will not bark, does not have separation anxiety and does not have any possessiveness towards food or toys.

Duke is very healthy, has all his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative and is microchipped. We are working on getting a few pounds off Duke.

(Duke tore his ACL and we will arrange for the ACL surgery over the next couple of weeks. He was running and stumbled in a hole.)

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Jasmine: 7 Year Old Spayed Yellow Female Lab 70 Pounds


Jasmine has been owned by one family since she was a puppy. They purchased her from a breeder in the Mendocino area and she has been a loved pet her entire life. Jasmine's family lost their home and had to move to a place that would not take dogs. They thought they had found her a great home, but when they found out that her new owners planned to use her as a breeding dog, they persuaded them to return Jasmine. Her family were trying to hide her in their new place while they searched for a new home for her, but the landlord found out and there was no choice but to take her to the Ukiah shelter. Lab Rescue works closely with the Ukiah shelter, who contacted us about her. As soon as we met Jasmine, we could see what a wonderful dog she is, and that she needed to get out of the shelter, burn off some pent-up energy, and of course, find a new and permanent home and family!

Jasmine has been an inside dog, been around kids of all ages and has been exposed to cats. She does get excited when she sees a cat, but she could be trained to not chase them. Even though Jasmine is seven she is a very active dog and needs to go to an active family. Her foster mom says she is full of energy, and as you can see, she loves her new foster brother. Jasmine gets along well with other dogs and has never had any issues with them. She loves to play ball, ride in the car and of course she loves the water! She knows a few commands, including sit, stay and down. The one area where Jasmine needs help is walking on a leash. She may not have ben walked on a leash very often, so a bit of basic leash training is in order. We would recommend using a correction collar with her, initially. Jasmine is able to jump in and out of the car, though when she is riding in the car we would suggest a tie down or a crate...as we said, Jasmine is an active girl. She had not had any health issues in all her seven years, is current on her shots, heartworm negative and microchipped. Lab Rescue is working on getting her spayed soon.

We are looking for a home for Jasmine with an active family who are around much of the time, and who are willing and able to continue the training her foster has started. Children in the family should be 8 or older, as Jasmine is a very excited girl and may knock over small children until she learns proper greeting protocol.

Update from the foster mom:

We've had Jasmine for a couple of weeks and she and our chocolate Lab are best friends and love playing with each other. Jasmine is crated when we are away and she sleeps on her dog bed at night. She is an active girl, even though she is seven. We have been working on her leash skills and she is doing much better with a correction collar. Jasmine is being fostered in the city and she loves her walks and hikes. Jasmine is one of these dogs that always has a smile on her face no matter what happens to her. She is always wagging her tail and ready to go on the next adventure. She rides well in the car, settling down after a few minutes. She is housebroken and well behaved in the home.

Jasmine is located in San Francisco.

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Jack: 10 1/2 Year Old Spayed Black Male Neutered Lab 90 lbs.


Hi! I’m Happy Jack and I’m happy (as my name says :-), easy-going and a great companion. I’m looking for a special someone or family to let me into their home and their hearts. Through no fault of my own, my family had to surrender me to the Humane Society because they lost their home. I lived with kids and love them! In fact, I love all people. I’ve met several dogs and can be excited to socialize, but appropriately friendly. I love belly rubs, short walk and lots of pets. Though I’m a “Retriever,” I’m not all that into chasing the ball. And as a Lab, I definitely have a fondness for food and other chewy toys. Sometimes I get upset about sharing my favorite chews, so I should probably live with a family with mature kids over 13. Hey I have an idea – it’d be great if my whole new family can work with me to learn to share happily by trading favorite treats for chewys I would rather not share. I’m currently in a foster home with this incredibly nice trainer and I’m sure she could show you some tricks of the trade.

I am a very good boy who would like to enjoy my golden years with someone who likes to go for a few walks a day, who loves to rub my belly and who wants to be my new best friend.

Though I’m a senior dog, please consider adopting me. I come with so many great benefits – you know what you’re getting, I’m house-trained, I promise not to chew up your house and I’m pretty darn mellow. And mostly, I’d so appreciate you taking a chance on me that I’d smile and give you kisses all day.

What Jack’s foster has to say: "Jack is a big bear of a dog. He loves going for walks and getting belly rubs. He loves to wag his tail and generally enjoys life. Jack is friendly with all dogs he meets but because most of his life he didn’t live with another dog he is not very good at sharing toys. To manage this behavior I do not let Jack have toys around other dogs and in doing so he doesn’t have a problem hanging out with other dogs. He also sometimes doesn’t want to share his chews with me but he’s learning that trading for a treat is pretty cool idea! Like a typical lab, Jack loves food! Breakfast and dinner are pretty much his favorite time of day. Jack is doing really well at walking on a leash but if he sees a squirrel or a cat he gets a little excited so Jack wouldn’t do well with cats. Over all Jack is a great dog looking forward to sharing his retirement with someone where he can take nice walks and long naps."

What Lab Rescue is looking for: Jack is a wonderful dog who has had a few bumps in the road lately. We want him to go to a home where someone can be around most of the day with him, someone who will continue with his training and who will get him out for regular exercise to lose some of those extra pounds. Jack is healthy, neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and micro chipped. Jack is located in Santa Rosa.



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Jojo: 8 years old, spayed female, yellow Lab, 65 lbs.


Jojo was reluctantly surrendered to GGLRR in March of 2011, after months of agonizing on the part of her owner, who had rescued Jojo as a stray, when he found her wandering a rural road near Grass Valley. Her owner loved her sweet, friendly temperament and always cheerful companionship, but he lived on a large, unfenced property, often worked away from home, and his wife would not allow dogs in the house. This had likely been a similar scenario to Jojo's original home, because she was wandering off and her owner worried that she would eventually come to harm.

We found a wonderful family with two young daughters in the North Bay, who found Jojo to be the perfect family dog. She was friendly to all (a total failure as a guard dog), patient and gentle with the children and a fun running companion for her mom. As a busy family, Jojo's adopters simply adapted to her habit of staying outside and remaining if-fy on the house-training. Jojo spent her time in the family's back yard and slept in the garage. Her family provided Jojo with plenty of exercise, help to socialize her with unfamiliar dogs and she had daily fun and play with the kids.

When the mom became pregnant with her third child, the daily runs gradually decreased and then stopped altogether, and it was around this time that Jojo's wanderlust returned in earnest. (The family was gone 8 plus hours a day and it seems like instead of helping Jojo become part of the pack, they left Jojo to outside and alone.) Just as her previous owner had, her family worried that one of her excursions would not end simply with a call from the shelter to say that Jojo was a guest (she was becoming a "frequent flyer"), but eventually a call would inform them of a terrible accident. Loving Jojo and having exhausted their ability to cope with the situation, the last time the shelter called, her family declined to pick her up and informed shelter staff that Jojo was a GGLRR dog.

When LR got the call from the shelter, we heard that she was current on her vaccinations, in good shape and well known by the staff to be friendly and "easy to handle". The boarding facility where we keep some of our dogs went to go get Jojo and they immediately called to let us know, “What an amazing dog!” (The kennel owners use to be trainers for Guide Dogs.) That if they did not have a few dogs of their own they would keep her. That she is in great shape, she had a fabulous temperament, jumped right into the car and was excited but laid down right away! (They said she is such a sounds dog with her body and her behavior that she could be from a breeding stock.) She gets along with all the dogs she meets, has good leash manners and is just one happy girl, even with all the bumps along the way.

Lab Rescue will be very focused on finding a home for Jojo where her new family will work with her on structure and bonding through training and leadership. Her adopters need to understand that although Jojo has gotten out in the past she does not have separation anxiety, she just needs to be let inside the home to be part of the pack. She did not bark when left alone in the yard or the garage but if she was left alone for long periods of time in the yard and left there over night she would try and dig out.

Original bio from 2011:

Jojo has been a country girl all her life. Her current owner took her in three years ago, after a friend found her wandering the road in Grass Valley. The vet thought she was about 1 1/2 at the time. She has enjoyed the outdoors on her owner's property, swimming in the pond, and entertaining herself while alone (and sometimes "escaping" to find some friendly company). She has spent her nights in a heated garage. Her owner is away from the home a lot, and because he loves her, wants her to have the family life and home she deserves. Jojo is a little reserved, but very sweet-tempered and responsive -we said she is a country girl- and once she is comfortable, is playful and ready for fun. She is fine with other dogs as long as they are respectful. She is polite and receptive to people, and cooperative with correction. Her owner says she is fine with children, but we feel they should be 6 or older, as she might not be accustomed to the little ones. She takes treats gently, rides just fine in the vehicle and walks well on the lead. Lab Rescue wants Jojo to have a home where she is inside and a part of the family, although it might take her some time to adjust to being inside and "off the range". A consistent routine of meals, training and exercise at predictable times will go a long way towards assuring her that the good life is here to stay. Jojo is microchipped, and has recently been to the vet for an exam and updating on her vaccinations. She is fit and healthy, and would be a wonderful addition to a "Lab-savvy" family. (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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Sheba: 3 Year Old Yellow Female Lab Spayed 60 Pounds AKC


Sheba’s owner knew a friend at the Napa shelter and they referred her to Golden Gate Lab Rescue. Her family was displaced from their home and could not find a place that would take a large dog so it was a very hard decision but knew they had to surrender Sheba.

We took Sheba into our program and she is a wonderful dog and has been well cared for by her owner. She is a very happy girl but needs to go to a home that will get her plenty of exercise and continue her wonderful training and foundation.

What we know about Sheba.

She was purchased from a breeder in Sonoma and she was brought home at the age of 8 weeks. She has been with one family her entire life. She is AKC registered, and has been an inside dog and well socialized with other dogs, people and situations her entire life. She has been in a home with adult men, women and children from the ages of 7-17. She has lived with cats and will chase the cats but then will stop and sniff them. The previous owner describes her as loving, playful and kind. She is housebroken, has been crate trained and stays in her crate only overnight if they are visiting relatives. They have trained Sheba themselves and she knows: Fetch, take it, leave it, drop, come, sit, stay, down, off and wait. Sheba will come when called and will walk-on leash without pulling but not consistently. She will need work on her leash skills. When she needed to be disciplined they would tell her no and go lay down. The owner states she loves children and she would get daily walks and ball play. She loves to play with other dogs and currently at the boarding facility she has some favorite play buddies. She loves to go for car rides and of course swim! When Sheba gets excited she may jump up but she generally will greet people and keep all four paws on the ground. She does chew on socks in the home and will bark a little when she is excited.

We currently have Sheba at our boarding facility and she gets along and plays with a variety of dogs. The kennel really likes her and says she is a real sweetheart of a dog!

Sheba is very healthy, has all her shots, is spayed, is heartworm negative, recent fecal and is microchipped.

Sheba is located in Petaluma!

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Ellie: 8 Month Old White Lab Mix Spayed Female 45 Pounds


Hi, my name is Ellie and my foster mom says I am about as sweet as they come and that I am a smiley dog. You see, my story starts off a little sad. I was dumped out on the streets of Merced and was wandering around when I found myself in a strange neighborhood. There were some humans being not so nice to me, but fortunately a nice lady came out of her house and brought me inside. This is where the story gets better! I went to the vet and had some shots and flea medicine put on (no more itching for me!). Then, another nice lady fostered me for a few days until I found my ride up to the Bay Area. Now, I am in a foster home with two other lab siblings and I think they are awesome. At first I was a little nervous with new dogs coming to greet me, but my foster sister quickly showed me the ropes. She has taught me fun games like chase and tug of war. My foster brother is a little boring but he shares his bones with me, so that’s pretty cool. My foster mom and dad keep telling me that I am super smart! They have taught me to come, sit and shake and are working on some other commands. I also know “off” when I try to jump up on the furniture. I am learning my leash manners and doing quite well. I do love to say hello to all the other people and dogs along our walk, but foster mom just says, “lets go” and I know that means to keep trotting along. I eat breakfast and dinner alongside my foster brother and sister and am very good about staying at my own bowl. At nighttime, I sleep in a crate with some cozy blankets. I settle right in and don’t make a peep until morning which my foster mom says is very good! I also go in the crate when nobody is home. Since I am still a puppy, the crate is the safest place for me when there is no one at home to watch me. Some of my favorite things are snuggling (I LOVE affection), playing with my foster siblings, and playing with toys. I am very good about only playing with dog appropriate items (don’t worry, your shoes are safe around me!). I am a good girl in the car as long as I am crated or on a tie down (I hear these are the safest ways for dogs to travel anyways). Since I am a little girl still, I would love a family that could take me out for a couple of walks a day to help me get out some energy. If you have other pups in your house for me the play with, that would be fun, but I am also content with being your one and only pup. So, call my rep below and ask about me, Ellie!

From the foster: Ellie has been a joy to have. Her sweet personality shines through and you can even see in her pictures that she is always smiling. We are impressed with how smart she is and she is a very quick learner. She gets along famously with our two labs sharing beds, bones, toys, and love. She will likely end up being on the smaller side at about 55lbs full grown. She has not been tested with cats, but has played with small dogs and got along great with them. We think Ellie would be good with kids as well. She would benefit from a basic obedience class as this would help her to bond with her new owners since she is such a pleaser.

Ellie is up to date on all her shots, microchipped, and spayed. She is located in Clayton.

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Mackie: Black Female - spayed 6 years old 50 pounds


Mackie was surrended to a high kill shelter because the children begged their mom to get them a new puppy. How anyone could have dumped this lovely senior gal makes no sense to us. She's a total lovebug. She's a great size and is very well behaved. She's wonderful with children. She can be left home alone for a few hours with run of the house and is totally trustworthy. There are many good things about adopting a more mature Lab such as no chewing, digging, etc.

Mackie has a very cute smile, takes treats very gently and can be counted on to sleep all night and take a few naps during the day although she has plenty of energy to take long hikes and could make a good running partner. She loves to go for rides but when you're ready to watch a movie or the daily news will cuddle with you on the couch and watch TV. She also gives sweet little kisses but only if asked to do so.

One of her favorite tricks is to grab one of her toys or a sock if you've left one lying around while you're fixing her meals and dance around with it, tossing it in the air and catching it. She's very good on a leash and doesn't get distracted by othe dogs or squirrels etc. She might even be a good apartment dog as she's small, disciplined on the leash and doesn't get into mischief if left alone.

(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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Cal: Neutered Black Male 1 year old


Cal was found in Hollister by a Cal Fire Crew who took him to one of Lab Rescue’s foster family who are active in the Firefighters community. He was very happy, clean and friendly and so they were confident they would be able to find his owner quickly. After days of searching for the owners it was obvious that no one would come to claim this cute, fun, special guy.

His foster family has three Labs of their own and he is great with them. He is also fine with the family cats. He’s not a barker but may whimper a bit if he wants attention. He loves to be with people and is very gentle for his age. He may put his arms up around you as if to hug you but isn’t pushy and will get down as soon as you tell him to do so and is definitely a cuddler.

We would love to see him go to a home where someone can spend time with him. Although the foster family does not have small children we feel he would be fine with 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.)

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Charlie: 10 months old neutered yellow male 62 pounds


Charlie was rescued from a shelter where he was left when his family moved. Lab Rescue saw his handsome face and rescued him immediately. And what a handsome dog he is. But there's so much more to this guy than just his looks. He's a great puppy and with that comes all the energy of a puppy.

Charlie is being fostered in Santa Cruz in a family with two other Labs and a young child. He's great with kids always hoping they will throw the ball for him as he LOVES to retrieve. He will do a big happy dance when someone shows him something to retrieve. He's not particular about who throws the ball for him as long as someone does. He's definitely not fanatical about it though. He loves to go for rides and is quite well behaved in the car. He is not a barker either.

Charlie is a young Lab so he will need exercise and attention and training. He already knows sit and down and his foster is working on his leash training.

(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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Frieda: Frieda Bonita Bell 8.5 Year Old Female Chocolate Lab Spayed 90 Pounds AKC Registered
Current on vaccinations and health checks. Has had regular check ups all her life.
Diego: Diego San Rio Carmelo 8.5 Year Old Male Chocolate Lab Neutered 120 Pounds AKC Registered
Up to date on vaccinations, up to date on all health checks. Regularly vet check ups all his life.
We would like them to be adopted together.

The family is moving to another country due to the Dad's work assignment and they cannot take the dogs with them. As one might expect the family is totally heartbroken to leave these wonderful, loving, trained and well behaved dogs but they have no choice. They trust Labrescue to find the very best home for both of them. These are truly exceptional dogs.

They helped raise the children in the family and are excellent with babies, toddlers and adults alike. They are perfect with other dogs and live with cats and are great with them. They have perfect house manners and currently stay in the house for 8 hours daily. Labrescue would like to find them a home where they wouldn't have to spend so many hours every day alone. Both are also crate trained although they no longer need to stay in a crate.

They run two miles every day. Both like to retrieve but Frieda likes to do so just a little bit more than Diego. Both love to swim in the ocean and love to run free at Carmel beach. They are both very calm, gentle, sweet dogs. They have perfect recall so can easily be walked off leash in safe areas.

These two are very special dogs who have belonged to a very loving family and lived together their entire lives. Lab Rescue would really like to see them adopted together and in this case two is easier than one!!!!

(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 Labs adopted in 2013 and 2014 for an example of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

 

Abigail (Abbey) and Homer Purebred Golden Retrievers Abbey is 4, Homer is 2

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Frank: 7-8 years old, neutered male Chocolate Lab

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bud: 11 month old neutered male black lab mix - 60lbs.

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bella: Spayed 7 year old yellow female

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Sargent: 2 years old Black neutered male

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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JACK: 14 month old neutered black lab about 55 lbs

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Evie: Spayed black Lab mix (Border Collie or Kelpe) 1 year old 48 pounds

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Dakota and Bear Purebred Chocolate Labs 4 years old

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Rex: 10 month old, neutered black lab, 63 lb

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Felix: Male Chocolate Lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Ellie: Spayed Yellow Female 4 years old

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Darma: 3 years old Black female

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Jade: 3 months old, Golden Retriever Mix

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Moose: 4-yr-old, 80 lb, neutered black lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Fahrenheit: 10-year-old, 79-lb, Neutered Black Male Lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Freddy: Golden Retriever 1 year old neutered male

Adopted September, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Travis: 3 Year Old Yellow Lab Male

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Danny: 2 to 3 years old Neutered Male chocolate lab

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Alex: 1 year old Neutered Male

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Annabella: 1 Year Old Black Lab Female Spayed 63 Pounds

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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CRACKER: Yellow Mini Lab mix neutered male 11 to 13 months 35 pounds

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Molly: 2 year old Yellow Female Spayed

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Roxy: 10 Week Old Non-Spayed Black Female Lab/Border Collie Mix

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to fosters Theresa and Geri and to Rescue Rep Sandy and all who help Lab Rescue


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Caesar : 1 year old neutered male 60 pounds

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Gunner : 8 year-old neutered yellow male Lab 80 lbs.

Adopted February, 2014! Thanks to fosters Janet and Amanda, everyone at UC Davis who has helped Gunner, and all who help Lab Rescue


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Choco (now Zoe): 8 Month Old Chocolate Non-Spayed Female 60 Pounds

Adopted February, 2014! Thanks to K9 Country Club and Rescue Rep Sandy, and all who help Lab Rescue


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