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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.



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Merlin: 2-yr-old neutered male black lab mix 70 lbs

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


Talk about magic. One early December day I was roaming the streets of Oakland near the Coliseum. Poof! Then I suddenly landed in the Oakland Animal Shelter… and promptly stole the hearts of all the volunteers. Poof! Then I was swept away to a dog rescue spa in wine country for a few weeks. Poof! Now I get to hang around lots of other dogs and great people in Berkeley… as I await my forever home. Now that is some strong magic. Warning -- I will cast a spell and you will fall in love with me. And I will fall in love with you – especially if you have a tennis ball in your hand.

What Merlin’s current foster says: What a great dog! He has settled in to our home very well and gets along great with our other dogs. He is a high energy dog; very eager to head to the nearby park or to the backyard for some tennis ball fetching. He is very comfortable relaxing in his crate when things slow down or at the end of the day. Merlin can be easily excited/anxious when meeting other dogs on a walk – but after a quick greeting ala sniff, he looks up and asks “are we going to the park to play ball?” Merlin is a super dog for an active person or family.

What Merlin’s current trainer says: Merlin is a young, energetic male with strong toy/ball drive. He is extremely responsive and motivated, which would make training him both easy and fun. His ideal family will need to be very active with him, even engaging him in sports like flyball, dock-diving or obedience. He is good with dogs and people, including children. However, his strength in playing with toys and balls make him best suited for a home without children younger than 12 years old. He is well behaved in the house and would do best with structure inside the home, keeping most of his play with balls and toys in the yard or at parks. He is comfortable sleeping in a crate or on a comfy dog bed. He will be most satisfied after 2-4 hours of daily exercise, and two hours is a minimum for him. His desire to play with and search for balls and toys can make him somewhat aloof to other dogs and people when out in the world but he will maintain engagement with his family and dogs he's familiar with. He would benefit most from continued basic obedience training and maintaining some simple rules and boundaries for his play.

What Merlin’s Rescue Rep says: Merlin is a bundle of energy and joy. Merlin is a dog that will best thrive if he has a job. He is current on shots, micro-chipped, heartworm negative, and was recently neutered. We believe he is a lab/shepherd mix. He would be best with a young active couple or single person who wants to get him into sports, obedience or other active dog activities. We are exploring his possible candidacy for search dog training – given his relentless drive to fetch balls. Merlin is located in Berkeley.

If you are interested in Merlin, 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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Pepper: 10 year old spayed female yellow lab 81 lbs


Sweet Sweet Pepper!

She needs a new home and she deserves this to be her last home!

Pepper came to her new home from a breeder in the Napa area. The current owners saw an ad on craigslist and met with the breeder and felt sorry for Pepper as when they met her the wife mentioned her husband was done with Pepper as they could no longer breed her as she had an eye issue in her gene pool. The couple decided to take her home and Pepper has been a loving part of their family for the last 5 years. The couple need to give Pepper up for adoption as they watch their one year old grandchild and Pepper does not like her crawling / walking and giving her hugs. (The grandkid has a dog at home and is allowed to crawl on the dog, so she does not understand that Pepper does not want to play with her.) Pepper is a ten year old, female yellow lab. She is a loving, affectionate member of our family. She likes a lot of attention but is getting older and likes to spend much of the day curled up on her favorite rug. She loves to go on walks and sometimes on her walks she will get excited when she sees another dog. (She is not aggressive but she will pull on the leash to try to go over to say hello to them. GGLRR would suggest using a correction collar when walking Pepper.) Pepper is very friendly with other dogs and people once she goes over to say hello to them. (We have many people over to our home and have other dogs over to our home and Pepper has no issues.) We do not get Pepper out on regular walks and feel she also needs more exercise so she can lose a few pounds. She has a few quirks but don’t we all. She does not like dog beds – she only likes to lay on a rug. Pepper use to go down our stairs but since they are not carpeted and are steep, she prefers to hang out in the living room, the hall way and in the kitchen area. (If the adopter had stairs Pepper would be fine as long as they were carpeted. She will go down the stairs once you bring out the leash as she LOVES to go out for walks!) She is left alone in the home on a regular basis and will just sleep on her rug, she is housetrained and she is a dog that always seems to have a nice smile on her face. She can be in the home with another dog but not a home with cats. We would also recommend a home with older children.

From the trainer / evaluation of Pepper:

We had Pepper professionally evaluated since she has some insecurities with other dogs on leash. The trainer said she was a very friendly dog and liked the dogs and people that she was introduced to. She allowed the trainer to touch her all over but did seem a little worried when the trainer went to touch her paws. (Pepper was bitten by a rattle snake in one of her paws around 4 years ago. She is healed and has no health issues from this but we think her one paw may be a bit sensitive. She did not pull on the leash when they went for a walk, she did fine when meeting her dog – sniffed him and then just ignored him. She was a bit protective over a pig’s ear but allowed the trainer to take it away from her.

Pepper is very healthy other than she needs to lose a few more pounds. She is spayed, she has all her shots, she had a full blood panel done, she has had her thyroid checked, she is microchipped and she is heartworm negative. Pepper is one healthy girl!

She is located in Healdsburg.

If you are interested in having a very loyal companion, a companion who loves to go on walks and a companion that will give as much love as she gets, call Rescue Rep Liz 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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CHOPPER: 7 year old neutered English Purebred Black Male Lab 84 LBS


Chopper was purchased from a breeder at 9 weeks old. He has been a wonderful family dog and is used to being around people and young kids. There are four children in the house starting at 22 months, all of which adored him and would dress him, climb and wrestle with him. He is a gentle giant according to his previous owner. Unfortunately, their lifestyle changed and both adults had to work full-time leaving Chopper home alone. He does not like being home alone and has tried to escape over the fence, out the gate and even attempted to chew through a crate. He did not exhibit any of these behaviors until his family went back to work and he was alone all day five days a week. When the family was home he was your typical happy go lucky Lab as he wanted to be where the action was. Surrendering Chopper has been a very difficult decision but since they loved him so much, after much contemplating, they decided they needed to do what was best for Chopper. They called Golden Gate Lab Rescue and after a lengthy conversation they knew that Lab Rescue would find a great forever home for him.

From my Foster Mom:

Chopper has been great with our dog-savvy cats. He sometimes bugs the house cat, but our house cat is not too smart, so he teases Chopper and then wonders why he gets worked up. He is learning how to play ball. We have our own Lab and we left the dogs in the house alone for a couple of hours and all was fine. There was no evidence of separation anxiety when we returned. This was a good test for Chopper to see how he would do with another dog at home but without humans. With Chopper's unending play level with our dog, it would be good for Chopper to have a dog buddy in his new home. He has a gentle mouth for taking treats and he does not have any possessive issues with toys or food.

From my Rescue Rep:

Chopper is a wonderful boy who loves life and everything in it! He loves his walks but needs work with his leash manners. He mostly loves to go on hikes when he can roam and has good recall but should never be off leash until his recall is 100% with his new family. More than anything else he LOVES to swim. He has a history of ear infections (not uncommon with dogs who swim a lot so care must be taken to clean the ears after swimming.) Water is his favorite whether the beach, lakes, kiddie pools, ponds (fish or not) and very small puddles, he will find a way to roll in it! He has a history of having a hematoma in one ear (blood accumulating in the flap of one ear) which can occur in dogs who have ear infections. The ear infection causes irritation to the ear, resulting in shaking of the head which in turn causes the development of the hematoma. This has been treated by the vet and just needs to be observed in the event of any future ear infections. He is a sweet mellow dog at home but full of energy when he is out. He does not climb on furniture or chew inappropriate items. He's great with other dogs and never wants to stop playing. Chopper knows some commands including sit, down, come and go. One thing he doesn't like are fireworks. He sleeps through the night on his dog bed next to his Foster's bed. He is not a barker and he doesn't jump on people. His new family will be lucky to have him.

What Lab Rescue is looking for:

Because Chopper is used to having family around and is not happy being home alone we definitely want someone who is around the majority of the day. If there is a dog buddy at home, that would be a plus but this would not take place of having a human around as well. He is a big boy and thus will need someone who is physically strong enough to walk him although with training and proper leash manners that will become easier. An active household is necessary as he needs consistent daily exercise. To keep this boy happy, being around water on a regular basis would be a big plus!

Chopper is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is located in Livermore.

If you have the time, meet the requirements above for this wonderful happy boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Sandy at 650-303-2436. Please leave good days/times to call and how late I can call in the evening.

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

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DUKE: 13 year old neutered Purebred Black Male Lab 95 LBS


Duke is a wonderful young acting 13 year old Lab who was previously a hunting dog. They occasionally still took him hunting and he would retrieve birds. He was very well taken care and then his owner lost her home due to foreclosure and became homeless. This wonderful family stepped up to temporarily foster him until the owner found a suitable living situation but sadly that never happened. They've had Duke for the last year and although he is a great dog they already have two dogs, one of which is a Springer Spaniel who didn't like a third dog joining their pack. They tried to keep their dog away from Duke but after a year they felt it was only fair for all the dogs to surrender Duke so that he wouldn't be bullied by the other dog.

From Duke's surrendering owner:

Duke is about as sweet as they come. He is great with other dogs, cats, kids and people. He would love to lay down and snuggle all day. However, if you pull out a hunting training bumper to fetch, then it's "okay, let's go!" He loves to swim too often going to the Delta. His former owner spent thousands of dollars training him. Some of the commands he knows are sit, down, stay and fetch. He is housebroken. He has a thyroid condition that is treatable with daily medication (thyroid medicine is fairly inexpensive.) He is also on an anti-inflammatory for arthritis. The only reason this big love bug is being surrendered is because another male dog in the household shows aggression towards Duke.

From Duke's Rescue Rep:

We met Duke and saw that he was a big hunk of senior dog love! He looks English, is very mellow and walked on leash well. He is a little arthritic like most senior dogs but had no problem laying down on the cement for some belly rubs! He is a young looking and handsome 13 year old. He is good with other dogs and showed no aggression. He sleeps throughout the night on the couch! He is good when he is left alone at home as there is no digging or chewing inappropriate items. He is not possessive of his toys or food. He is not a barker and rides well in the car. He has good recall off leash but should never be taken off leash till his new owners are confident that he has 100% recall. He enjoys his walks and will need to continue daily exercise to keep his joints mobile. Senior dogs are sometimes under appreciated. There is no baggage and what you see is what you get. They just want to love and be loved. Duke is an easy going boy and will become your buddy and best friend. Because Duke is a big boy, he will need someone who is physically strong enough to walk him. He is really happy when he is swimming so being around water would be a big plus!

Duke had a well visit and blood workwas given a clean bill of health by the vet, is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is located in Fairfield.

If you have the time, are interested in this wonderful happy-go-lucky boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Sandy at 650-303-2436. Please leave good days/times to call and how late I can call in the evening.

(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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SWEET SWEET ANGEL: 10 Year Old Yellow Lab / Shepherd Mix Spayed Female 95 Pounds
(Foster mom is working on getting some weight off with less food and more exercise.)



Angel came to GGLRR as her owners lost their home and had to move. We asked a professional trainer to evaluate Angel, to meet her and see if she would be a good dog for our program. Angel passed all the tests with flying colors! Some information from the owner: They would walk her with the neighbor’s shepherd but it seems other than this activity not much was put into Angel. She was an outside dog and came to GGLRR filthy and in a much shut down state.

She is now in a foster home and is thriving. This is what the foster mom has to say about her:

Angel is 10 years old and the sweetest most perfect dog ever. She is a very young 10 year old – she does not act her age. She has the cutest happy dance when I get home from work! She looks and acts like a lab but GGLRR was told she is part shepherd. The foster mom thinks Angel has had a heavy hand in the past as if you raise your hand or if you raise your voice she will cower and run immediately to her dog bed. She walks perfectly on leash – loves to go for walks! The foster mom lives on several acres and Angel will walk along off leash and will always look back to make sure her foster mom is right there. She loves to play ball. You throw the ball for her and she will bring it back each time. She loves to be petted and brushed. She now will come into the foster home with no issues. She comes in grabs a stuffed toy from the toy box and will go lay down on her bed. She is also very content laying down outside on her dog bed. I have had her outside on our 20 acres and she stays close by. She will wander a bit at times to seek new adventures but when I call her she comes right back. She has no food issues with people or my two other labs. She loves kids and will play with my 5 year old grandson. She is fine with my two other dogs but it took her a little while to warm up to them and be secure with them in our home. The only negative the foster has about Angel is she does not like car rides. She is working with her on this to make her more secure in the car. She is a very easy dog to have in my home – happy to get out for regular walks or happy to hang out at home with her head in my lap. We are not sure how Angel would be with cats.

Angel is located in Escalon.

If you are interested in sweet Angel call rescue rep 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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BELLA: ~9-Year-Old Spayed Chocolate Female Lab 75 lbs
We are not taking any more calls for Bella.


Bella was surrendered to us by a family that could no longer keep her due to family relocation and related human issues – nothing due to Bella. She was well socialized with plenty of kids and other dogs. The family had this lovely purebred lab (we have her papers) since birth, and she is one fabulously well-balanced and adjusted dog. What a pleasure to be with. Her family describes her as “mellow, easy going, very loving”.

What Bella’s foster says: Bella is the MOST AMAZING dog -- she's very mellow, doesn't bark, loves to keep close but not in an annoying way. She has good recall off leash – every day we walk a mile or more on dirt trails and Bella loves it. She gets excited about going out and does a happy dance in a circle. Bella gets along with every person and dog in the park. She loves to sit in the car, put her head out the window and enjoy the wind in her face. Her hind legs are a bit weak, may be due to lack of consistent exercise and walks… or she may warrant some joint supplements – but it really does not slow her down. She has no problem going up the two flights of stairs to the house. Bella is an absolute sweetheart.

What Bella’s Rescue Rep says: Bella has all her shots, and is spayed, micro-chipped, and negative for heartworms. Bella is great with kids of all sizes and with other dogs… and doesn’t really pay much attention to cats. She is remarkably active and engaging for a 9-year-old dog. Bella is being fostered in San Francisco.

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COOPER: 6 year neutered Chocolate Lab Mix 50 lbs


Cooper is a darling, sweet boy who came to Lab Rescue as his owner was getting divorced and couldn't keep him. We believe he is a Vizsla or Pointer mix as he has slighter body build than a full-bred Lab. He was owner-surrendered from a home where he was loved (a least by his human mom) but not cared for very well. He had an untreated ear infection that caused a large hematoma in one ear, some fur was rubbed off around his eyes and the skin on his nose was raw. His ear stood out from his head when met him but we could see what a loving boy he was--he just needed some serious TLC. Cooper has found this TLC and more from his Lab Rescue foster family. He has had surgery on his ear to remove the hematoma and is getting healthier food. He has gained weight and is feeling much better. Cooper is gaining trust in people again--was skittish around men when he first came to us--and is part of a loving foster family. He's ready to look for a stable, loving place to call home! From the foster: "Cooper is a very sweet boy. If you want a grown up dog in a puppy’s body he’s for you. He is crate trained, housebroken, and can be left alone in the house without worry. He is a bit of a leaner and loves to be rubbed. He has gone running with me several times, and does really well, but doesn’t seem to need a lot of exercise to stay calm in the house. He knows sit, stay, down, “go to your bed”, and waits for his food. He walks well on a leash unless he sees another dog then he will pull. We are working on socializing him a bit more. He was a bit scared and apprehensive when we first got him, but is doing much better meeting strangers. He was also underweight when he came to us, but has put on 5lbs, and probably could put on some more. He gets along great with our 3-year old lab, and our eleven year old daughter. He does not do well with cats, and will chase them. He will be best with someone who will be patient with him as he gets to know you. He will do great with a family with older kids and would be fine with another dog, but also seems like he’d be okay as an “only” dog."

If you are interested in learning more about sweet Cooper, please contact Rescue Rep Allison at 415-806-2490. (Text is fine too, just tell me something about yourself.)

(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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MOLLY: 10 Year Old Yellow Spayed Female 55 Pounds


Molly came to Lab Rescue as she was a frequent flyer at the Ukiah shelter and she used up all her miles with the shelter. (Meaning since she was at the shelter so often her owner decided that this was the last time and he was not going to come and bail her out. We spoke to the owner and he said he just could not afford the $300 each time she ended up at the shelter. That he told her this was the last time he would come bail her out!) The Ukiah shelter would not be able to get Molly adopted due to her age so the asked Lab rescue if we could take her into our program. We had the shelter perform an evaluation on her and she passed all tests and was loaded up and on her way to Lab rescue’s boarding facility.

We tracked down Molly’s owner and this is what he had to say about Molly:

They have owned Molly since she was 8 weeks of age. Their daughter got her from a friend and then when she took Molly home the landlord said no large dogs. Molly then went to mom and dad’s home. Molly has been a well-loved pet for the last 10 years but the owners work full time and expect Molly to stay in the yard during the day while they work. (Sounds easy but they have no secure fencing around their property. Molly stayed on the property the last 8 years but they got two other black labs and a border collie and then this is when the mess started. The other dogs were not neutered so they would wander off and of course Molly would follow. (Thank god Molly was spayed!) They could not understand why the dogs would not just stay in the yard? Since Molly was the oldest she was the one they decided would stay at the shelter as they had limited funds and could not afford to bail out all the dogs. The owners told Lab rescue that Molly is a very friendly dog and has been around all people and children with no issues. She has been around all kinds of dogs and has lived with several dogs and has not had any issues. She loves to swim, loves to chase the ball and of course loves to go for car rides! They have maybe heard her only bark once since they have owned her and she is not destructive when left alone. They have not had any health issues since they have owned her and they wish they could keep her but they are on limited funds.

We currently have Molly in our boarding facility that we use and she is doing well.

She has all her shots, she is spayed, she is heartworm negative and she is microchipped.

Molly is located in Petaluma but will be moved to San Jose in the next week!

If you are interested in friendly Molly call rescue rep 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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KONA #2: 7 Year Old Chocolate Female Lab Spayed 72 Pounds


My name is Kona and I am a sweet active girl. My story is that I’ve had a great life full of lots of fun and adventure My Mom and Dad got me from a breeder when I was 8 weeks old. They haven’t taken great care of me and love me very much but their life has changed. They love me so much that they realized that can’t give me all the love and attention I deserve anymore now that they have 2 small children to run around after. They knew the best thing they could do for me would be to find me a new home where I could get all the love and attention I deserve, so they contacted Lab Rescue to help.

What My Rescue Rep has to say: Kona is a very exuberant dog with a zest for life (and tennis balls!) She needs a home that can give her daily exercise and a refresher course on her obedience commands. She does pull quite a bit on the leash, so she will need to be taught how to walk politely (use of a Gentle Leader or correction collar will help with this). Kona has a fused ulna that was the result of either a birth defect or injury when she was very young, so making sure that she doesn’t overdo the ball playing is something you will need to watch. Kona loves her tennis balls and would play with you all day if you let her. She is housebroken and also crated trained. Kona likes to go for rides in the car and is well-behaved when you’re on the road. She is also up for a swim anytime you are game. When I met Kona she never stopped smiling at me and was up for whatever and wherever I wanted to take her.

We would like Kona to go to a home where she will get the attention and exercise that has been lacking in her life lately. She is dog friendly. We currently have Kona at our boarding facility and she is loving all the play time she is getting with her doggy friends. We are not sure how she is with cats. Kona needs to go to a home with children over the age of 8 due to her size and excitement level. Kona is spayed and up to date on her vaccinations. Kona is located in San Jose.

If you are interested this sweet, funny girl, 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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TIBBY: 8 Year Old Yellow Female Lab Spayed 60 Pounds


Tibby is a sweet girl, on the smaller side for a Lab with a delicate slim face. She comes from a happy, loving home but her owner works from home and Tibby has started a habit of escaping from the house during the day and wandering the neighborhood. Because of how the house is structured and with the owner being home during the day (and in and out frequently), it's easier for Tibby to get outside and it's become an issue for the owner. Tibby is fine with other dogs although may bark and pull on the leash occasionally if she encounters a dog that is insecure or "unstable" (which is fairly common behavior). She is not difficult to control, particularly with her smaller size, and has had lots of training so should be no problem for a dog-savvy owner. She is friendly to people, including those that come to the house. Tibby greeted the Lab Rescue rep who met her at her house at the door and settled right in for a pet session. She has had exposure to lots of children and plays well with them. Tibby rides well in the car and is fine left at home alone. She is calm and not destructive in the house-- although is an avid counter surfer! Tibby is active (walks rather than strenuous hikes or runs) and loves to explore. She is fine when left alone in the house although would be a great companion for someone who works from home too. Her health is good, she is up-to-date on her vaccinations and she has had excellent vet care. Tibby is located in Danville.

**Foster Update**

"Tibby is a wonderful dog. She loves her bed and sleeps there very easily. She likes to be petted but is not obnoxious about continuing to ask to be petted. She has no food aggression. I can take food out of her mouth or toys, whatever. She knows all of her basic commands and even will lie down and wait until you say okay before she eats. She does like walks and prefers to do her business not in your yard. She likes to follow people around and will often come up to my room looking for me. She walks very easily on a leash. We have avoided small dogs because we were told that she has a strong prey drive and we don't want to have any incidences. She has met a couple of larger dogs and that went well. I can't say enough good things about this dog. She is the love and really deserves a home. She's not afraid of the children in our neighborhood and likes to go up and be petted as well as easily approaching adults."

If you are interested in this sweet girl, please contact Rescue Rep Allison at 415-806-2490. (Text is fine too.)

(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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REX: 6 year neutered black male AKC 110 lbs



Rex came to Lab Rescue from his owner in Fresno. He could no longer keep his dogs as they were not getting the attention they deserved. He is getting divorced and his wife was the main care giver for the boys. Since the two boys were litter mates they would fight with each other. (A few of the fights caused a little damage to the brothers, they would always fight over who was the leader of the pack.) Since the owner was gone for over 12 hours a day and since he was getting divorced he knew it was not fair to keep them. He took them to the Fresno shelter and the shelter called Fresno Lab rescue and they asked the owner to take them back. Fresno Lab Rescue was full so they reached out to GGLRR to see if we had room. Fresno Lab rescue tested the dogs and they passed all the tests and were soon loaded up and headed to the Bay Area.

GGLRR has Rex at their boarding facility and he is a very nice boy. (We are splitting up the two brothers even though they do love each other they also will fight with each other.) He gets along with all the other dogs and has been around several dogs. They have been around kids of all ages and they love them! We would suggest that Rex is placed around kids that are older due to his size. He loves to swim, go for car rides, really did enjoy going on his walks but also the owner said Rex is the lazy one. (Rex will need a refresher on walking on a leash as since the separation he has not been walked much.) Rex has been well cared for and came from a breeder in the central valley. He is a real love of a dog and would make a great companion.

What the foster home has to say about Rex:

Rex does fine on our walks with a correction collar. He is a very mellow dog, no barking, and content to hang out with me around the house. He thinks he is a lap dog! He knows sit, “Off” and takes food from your hand very gently. He is fine with us cleaning his ears. When we leave him we let him have the garage and backyard and he is fine and is not destructive. He is fine in his crate at night or fine on a dog bed. When we walk by other dogs he is fine and has no issues greeting other dogs.

Rex has no health issues: Has all his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative, is microchipped. We had his ear cleaned and his bite on his nose looked over. The vet said these were bit wounds from a little while ago. He is currently on antibiotics. Rex needs to lose a few pounds, he is well on his way with less food and more exercise.

Rex is located in San Ramon.

If you have the time for this nice 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 83 lbs
Watch Charlie's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.


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 who are putting me through my paces: walks and exercise, working me on commands, sleeping in a crate, keeping me from jumping and putting my front paws on stuff… all that “good dog stuff”. I now respond to commands and walk on leash very well… but I need practice, practice, practice under the guidance of a strong pack leader. I have been under the tutelage of a Lab Rescue trainers who has shown me the ropes – I had so much to learn.

What Charlie’s foster-trainer says: Charlie is a big strong boy. He will do well with a family that is active, consistent and demonstrates pack leadership. Charlie does well on tie down and in the crate, but needs exercise and training/mental stimulation before confinement. He is doing very well with training and knows all the basic obedience cues. He is proficient with sit, down, heel, stay, come. My philosophy is to food-reward all excellent obedience responses and leash/collar-correct poor behavior and distracted behavior.

Charlie jumps up on people on occasion but when corrected and shown leadership he quickly behaves. Charlie does have prey drive and enjoys chasing birds away and would like to catch one. Charlie has done well with all the dogs in my home large and small breeds. He is a bit pushy and needs boundaries immediately when he meets a new dog. He will go face to face and stand tall and I always correct this behavior. He quickly interacts appropriately with the dogs when the poor behavior is corrected.

Charlie can be a very fun dog to be with. He loves to fetch toys and you can run with him if that is your thing to do. He has lots of energy!! He is very affectionate and loves to be close to any person that will pet and love him.

What Charlie’s Rescue Rep says: Charlie is a great, but a strong demanding dog. He is neutered, micro-chipped, and current on all vaccinations. Charlie would be a fine dog for a family with older children. Probably not good with cats. Charlie will require a physically-strong and capable owner to control him. Charlie’s adopter will be required to have one-to-two lessons with Charlie’s trainer to ensure they can follow the appropriate protocols to continue Charlie’s rehabilitation. Charlie is a treasure but demands a strong hand.

If you are interested in Charlie, 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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BUDDY: 3-4 Year Old Neutered Black Lab 60 Pounds
Watch Buddy's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.
We are not accepting any more calls for Buddy.


Buddy came to GGLRR from the City of Oakland Animal Services shelter where he’d been found as a stray in downtown Oakland in early November. While he exhibited significant skittishness, fear, and anxiety when first taken in at the shelter and was on the path to being put down, a volunteer stepped up to invest time and energy with Buddy to calm his jitters, build his confidence, and get him beyond his anxious state of mind. Wonderful things happened. He became more comfortable being handled. He became interested in other dogs. His fear of strangers diminished. We knew there was a wonderful dog inside ready for a comeback.

What Buddy’s foster says: Buddy has been gaining more and more confidence every day in our home, but he is still quite skittish. He will take time to adjust to a new family but when he does, he will be the sweetest dog ever. He loves to be touched and thrives for affection. He just does not like sudden movements towards him. It is best to let "Buddy" approach you on his own will and slowly pet him showing him you are ok, using treats when he approaches is a positive tool. Buddy is great with our dog. He is energetic and likes to run and play. Buddy rides very well in a vehicle. He tends to bark and gets excited (but not in an aggressive way) when greeting unfamiliar dogs… bouncing around trying to get closer to them; he settles down with verbal and leash corrections. Buddy is crate trained and does very well in the crate; we bring him to the vicinity of the crate and he goes in. Buddy would thrive with a family that has a large fenced-in back yard and another confident dog to play with. Buddy does have a fear of unfamiliar people and he will avoid engagement until he is comfortable. He is absolutely not aggressive towards people but is reluctant to approach folks he does not know. He is even stand-offish with people that he has been with for a while. He may have been abused in the past, which could explain his reluctance to engage. It will take time for Buddy to get comfortable in a home… but with structure, boundaries, love and affection he will be a great addition to an active family!

What Buddy’s GGLRR rep says: Buddy was a medical mess when he was found on the streets. He has recovered from intestinal flatworms, giardia, and a flea infestation. He is current on all shots, negative for heartworm, and micro-chipped. Buddy loves parading around with a chew toy and playing tug-of-war. See the attached video of Buddy (blue collar) playing gently with a 1-yr-old lab (red collar). Buddy will thrive in a home where he is the only dog (and he has the full attention of all humans) or where he has another pal dog to play with (and learn from). Could be a great dog for family with children, as long as the children are calm and allow Buddy to warm up to them. Whoever adopts Buddy will have to be patient and enable him to grow comfortable with them -- they will have to be on “Buddy-time”.

Buddy is located in Castro Valley.

If you are interested in adopting Buddy, please call GGLRR Lab 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!

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.










RAMBO: 6 year neutered black male AKC 100 lbs



Rambo came to Lab Rescue from his owner in Fresno. He could no longer keep his dogs as they were not getting the attention they deserved. He is getting divorced and his wife was the main care giver for the boys. Since the owner was gone for over 12 hours a day and since he was getting divorced he knew it was not fair to keep them. He took them to the Fresno shelter and the shelter called Fresno Lab rescue and they asked the owner to take them back. Fresno Lab Rescue was full so they reached out to GGLRR to see if we had room. Fresno Lab rescue tested the dogs and they passed all the tests and were soon loaded up and headed to the Bay Area. Rambo has been well cared for and came from a breeder in the central valley. He is a real love of a dog and would make a great companion.

We have Rambo in a foster home who is a professional trainer – this is what she has to say about Rambo:

Rambo is doing great with training. With the use of a training collar he is walking nicely on leash and he is behaving around other dogs. He knows: heel, sit, down, will come when called and he is crate trained. Rambo loves to swim in the river and chase a ball whenever given the chance! Although he is a big boy, he is a gentle giant with people. When calmly introduced with other dogs he does well and could live with another dog. We recommend kids 11 and older mainly due to his size. With continued training, leadership and exercise Rambo would be a great addition to your life. Since Rambo is with a trainer we would hand him off with a session from the trainer. We are not sure about cats with Rambo.

Rambo has no health issues: Has all his shots, is neutered, is heartworm negative, is microchipped. Rambo needs to lose a few pounds, he is well on his way with less food and more exercise.

Rambo is located in Geyersville.

(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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Cali: 3 to 4 year old black female May have some Beagle with Lab. 51 Pounds

Cali was another dog whose family couldn’t keep her any longer in Bakersfield so she was left at the shelter where the shelter manager contacted Lab Rescue because the staff really liked her. The shelters in that area are considered high kill shelters and many really wonderful dogs never make it out. The staff works hard with Lab Rescue when a nice, sweet Lab or Lab mix is out of time. Here are the comments her foster mom says about her.

Cali is quiet and calm and very sweet. She knows “sit” and is learning “down” and “heel”. She likes to retrieve balls and will bring the ball back to your hand and relinquish it with a very soft mouth. She has a very beautiful and sleek coat and doesn’t shed much at all. She can jump straight up when excited. She’s clearly housebroken and is consistent about her potty habits. She can be trusted alone and won’t chew things. She has the spirit and energy of a puppy and loves to play but settles down quickly when play time is over. Although not necessary she would make a good exercise partner. Cali is located in Santa Cruz.

Cali is spayed, heartworm tested, up to date on vaccines, fecal tested and microchipped. (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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Bear: 2 year old black female 49 pounds


Bear was found by a fireman in Bakersfield. As he says, he was traveling in his big red fire truck when this cute dog streaked across their busy path. The firemen immediately stopped the truck to rescue Bear as she was running in oncoming traffic. She was dodging cars and was panicking. The firemen pulled the fire truck over and somewhat blocked traffic enough for the rescuer to capture scared Bear who upon being safe started wagging her tail and licking the firemen. They brought her water which she drank thirstily. Her rescuer then scooped her up and she got to go on a big trip in the big red fire truck. While she was at the station she stayed by the side of her rescuer and sat quietly and calmly. He tried to find her owner but as things go in that area couldn’t and with his schedule he knew he couldn’t keep her so he reached out to friends who recommended Lab Rescue.

Bear is great with other dogs, is as sweet as can be. Here are some things the fireman who fostered her in Bakersfield says about her. She minds well, she’s housebroken, she doesn’t jump on people. She loves water and is inquisitive about everything around her. She rarely barks and she loves kids. She’s being boarded at the vet clinic because of a lack of fosters and the staff LOVE her. One wanted to adopt her but the timing wasn’t right. Her fireman foster wants her to go to as wonderful a home as she is wonderful.

Bear is spayed, heartworm tested, up to date on vaccines, fecal tested and microchipped. (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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JAKE: 8.5 year neutered yellow male 75lbs



Golden Gate Lab Rescue has a volunteer who is a dog trainer that lives in the Tahoe area. She saw Jake on craigslist listed for $20. She contacted us right away as she knew she needed to help this sweet buy. She went to meet Jake and had no hesitation taking him in getting him down to the Bay Area. Jake was adopted two years ago from the Nevada Humane Society. The family had to give him up as they have a newborn baby who will need multiple surgeries so they could not keep their dogs any longer. Jake is 7 years old, neutered, healthy, loves kids, loves other dogs but will chase cats. Jake likes to play ball but is not obsessed, fine riding in the car and just seems to greet everyone he meet with a smile.

We now have Jake in a foster home and this is what his foster mom has to say about perfect Jake:

Jake is a very sweet well-behaved Lab. Great manners in the house, house trained, takes treats gently – a perfect gentleman. If you are up for dancing at dinner time, Jake has a very cute dinner dance. He sleeps through the night on a dog bed, loves to get baths and his favorite thing to do is cuddle with his foster family. He is not a beggar or barker and is not that interested in toys. He has been fine when he has been left alone in the house and will go to the door when he needs to go out. We live in the city and Jake is great with the city life and with our stairs. Jake loves to go for hikes and swim at Chrissy Field. He is wonderful with all the new dogs he meets on our city adventures. We are working on Jakes leash skills and he is getting better each day. (He will pull and sometimes he gets all over the place.) Jake has adapted very well coming into our home and he is a very quick learner. We have a couch he is allowed on and one he is not – he does not try for the couch that is off limits! We must say Jake is a perfect dog!

Jake is a very loving guy and is eager to find his forever family / home. Jake is being fostered in San Francisco.

Jake is neutered, up to date on his shots, heartworm negative, full well check with a full blood panel, microchipped and will have a dental next week!

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LUNA: ~3 Year Old Female Black Lab 55 Pounds
Watch Luna's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.


Luna is a wonderful dog that we pulled from the Oakland shelter. She was clearly a well-loved pet at some time, and we are shocked that no one was banging down doors to find her. It wouldn’t have been hard…Luna has only three legs! But that missing leg doesn’t slow her down a bit. She goes on great walks, can go up and down stairs, and while she needs a little help getting into an SUV, she can get out just fine. She even does handstands occasionally!

Luna is adjusting beautifully in her foster home. She is a very curious girl; walks are an adventure of sniffing and checking things out. She has learned to walk well on leash (not yet perfect, but doing very well). She loves to chase balls, and sometimes even brings them back to you. She will lean against you for a pet and an ear rug, and she gives very gentle kisses. She rides well in a car. While Luna is not a barker, when someone is at the door she has a deep bark that is much bigger than she is! That’s the only time we have heard her bark.

What Luna’s fosters say: Luna has settled in very nicely. She gets around extremely well with a rear wheel missing. She does need help getting her rear into the back seat of a car, but the front goes right in. And getting out, she has no problem. She loves tummy rubs.

We have taken Luna in to many different situations. She did well at a very busy Farmer's Market, lunch in downtown Danville, in front of Costco, walks around the neighborhood, walking at the Information Center of a state park and a walk on a beach. She touched noses with a couple of dogs with no problems. She plays well with children. She knows basic commands like sit and stay. She is not food aggressive and waits politely for me to put her food down. In fact, she doesn't always eat right away. She whines to go outside to go potty. She sleeps very well downstairs on her bed all night. We are working on the command heel. She loves her toys. She has never growled at us. She is a real sweetheart and any family would be lucky to have this very loving dog.

What Luna’s GGLRR rep says: Luna is a super sweet, cuddly girl. We’re not sure of her exact age but she’s got really pretty teeth and is on the younger side. She is great with people, and would be fine in a home with older kids (~8+, depending on their dog experience). We’d love a home where someone is around much of the time; Luna’s favorite thing is hanging out with her human! She can be safely left alone for a few hours. She is a moderate energy dog, quite happy with a couple of good walks each day. No need to go jogging to keep this sweet girl exercised! Luna is fine with other dogs on leash, and we are working on her off leash behavior with other dogs. We think she prefers not to share her life with another dog should go to a home where she can be an only dog. Luna is very interested in cats and squirrels and should go to a home that is cat-free.

Luna is current on all shots, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Luna is located in San Jose.



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SAMSON: 5 year old neutered Yellow Male 79 LBS (needs to lose ~ 5-7 lbs)



Just call me lucky dog! I don't know how a great dog like me ended up as a stray but I ended up in the pokey (well I think they call it a shelter) and though they took great care of me, who would want to spend their time in a dog run with bars? Throughout the time I was at the shelter, I had several other dogs in my run come and go and I was fine with them. On leash, through no fault of my own, I didn't know how to properly greet other dogs. All I wanted to do was play but the other dogs didn't know that. The shelter was full and my time was up so they called Golden Gate Lab Rescue. The shelter knew they could find the best home for me. The volunteer for GGLRR came to pay me a visit and without hesitation she immediately fell in love with me as she saw my potential and knew I would make someone a lifelong buddy. And so you have it! I am one lucky dog!

From my Foster Mom:

Samson is an easy going, active and happy guy. He loves to play ball and tug of war and is always excited to go on a walk. Samson is a very handsome English Labrador with a chunky head and body. He is housebroken and sleeps through the night in his dog bed next to mine. Samson does well with adults, kids and my 3 year old male Lab. Samson plays well with other dogs at the park but needs work on greeting them more appropriately (both on an off leash) to avoid scaring them away. He loves to follow me around and is glad to park himself near my feet or the nearest dog bed. He knows sit, shake and lay down and we are working on the stay. He walks very well on a correction collar with a couple of walks each day. Samson is easy to love.

From my Rescue Rep:

I am amazed that Samson was a stray as he was someone's dog. He immediately knew the commands sit and down. On my multiple visits, each time I walk him to and from his kennel, he dead stops at the front door of the shelter because he knows walking out that door is the key to his future. He is a big, physically strong boy and we are working on getting several pounds off of him but he will still be big and strong! He likes to be near his person but is not a licker. Samson apparently was debarked at one time which doesn't mean you can't hear him when he does bark but the volume is reduced. When our wonderful foster came to meet him at the shelter with her 3 year old Lab, she saw the same potential I did with this great boy. So what is Samson's issue you ask? He apparently was unsocialized with other dogs and thus does not know how to approach a dog while both are on leash. He does not have leash aggression but lacks leash manners and thus, if you restrain him, it causes frustration on his part. When we let the foster's dog off leash and Samson off leash, no problem. Over his time at the shelter he has been with several other dogs in his run who came and went without any incident. He has made big strides in the short time he has been with his Foster Mom as she is teaching him how to approach dogs on leash. He is already walking side by side on leash with unfamiliar dogs. We have our trainer set to work with him for a couple of sessions to continue improving this behavior. He wants to learn and to please.

Samson reminded me not to forget to mention the great things about him! In his own words - I jumped right up in the back of my Foster Mom's SUV for the ride home. I now ride in the back with my buddy Charlie and I settle down nicely in the car. When Mom tested me with the crate I walked right in and didn't mind it when she closed the door. I am housebroken and learned to use the dog door my first day home. At first I would chase after the ball, now I actually retrieve it at long distances. How about this one - I have great house manners as I don't jump on the furniture. I like to be brushed. I am good greeting people and even kids. "Rub my belly" - yep, like that too! I don't dig or chew inappropriate items and when my Mom left me at home for about an hour to test me out, yep, good as gold! What more can you ask for??

What Lab Rescue is looking for:

Because Samson is a big, strong boy we are not only looking for someone who is physically strong enough to handle him but also to be a strong leader. We want someone who is experienced working with Labs. Although he is good with kids, any children in the house must be 10 or older. He has a "hard" mouth when taking treats although we are working on teaching him to have a "soft" mouth. We want someone who is around most of the day to provide the structure and guidance that he needs and someone committed to continuing his training. An active household is necessary as he needs consistent daily exercise.

Samson is neutered, up to date on his vaccinations and microchipped. He will be heartworm tested next week. He is located in Mt. View.

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Bella: 7 yr-old spayed female yellow lab 81 lbs


Bella Bella, Belissima Bella! This lovely beauty’s name says it all; she is a beautiful dog from the tip of her yellow white tail to her soulful brown eyes, and with a personality to match! Bella is happy all of the time! She has everything going for her: charm, beauty, intelligence and an overall sweetness. Bella grew up with children, including infants, dogs, has even been around a cat with no problems. She is a super easy, super sweet dog.

A few months ago, Bella injured herself, and her owner could not afford the surgery she needed. We have had Bella evaluated, and will be scheduling the surgery for her soon.

Bella loves to hang out with her humans, and even with her injury, enjoys her walks. Because she was not able to get her regular walks after her injury, she does have a few extra pounds she will need to lose after her surgery; it’s important for her comfort and mobility to keep her fit and at a good weight. As is typical for a dog her age, she also has the beginnings of arthritis, which is managed through medication and appropriate exercise, which she will be able to get after her surgery.

Bella has had some training, but because her previous owner was deaf, she knows all of her commands by sign, not verbally. It would likely be very easy to train her to recognize verbal commands, and even to new hand signals.

Bella is a wonderful dog! 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. A great family for Bella would be one where she gets the love and attention she deserves and is accustomed to. She would be fine for a retired person or couple, or a family with children. She is good with other dogs, but does not require another dog to be happy; as long as she can hang with her humans she is happy!

Bella is spayed, current on vaccinations and micro-chipped.

What Bella’s Rescue Foster says:

Bella has very nice manners. She knows when there is extra yummy food being prepared in the kitchen, and waits quietly in case something drops, but does not beg. She is comfortable staying at home by herself for 3-4 hours, and prefers to be indoors. She will drop the ball at my feet to ask for some yard time (we don't throw the ball right now due to her injury). She always lets me know if another walk is in order before she can complete her day. And although she has made several attempts to get on our bed, and would certainly prefer to be closer, she stays on her bed all night.

She is starting to respond to verbal commands. And while the training has been somewhat loose so far, she is very attentive and always looking to me for direction. She walks fine both on the leash and off, doesn't pull, but occasionally refuses to continue moving forward until she is completely done sniffing. She is very relaxed when we stick to the routine.

She is a loyal dog and a pleasure to have in the family. She is located in Sebastopol.



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Kona: 5-6 year old spayed female chocolate lab, ~ 55 pounds


Kona’s story: Kona came to us over a year ago, originally from the San Jose shelter. Her owner just dumped her there in the street, alone, when the person she needed to speak to wasn’t there. She was filthy, itchy and clearly not well cared for. The shelter called Lab Rescue and said that she was a sweet girl, and because they have so many dogs to help who are not Labs, that they hoped Lab Rescue could find someone who would love her and take care of her. We took Kona into our program, and she was adopted by a family who loved her. Unfortunately, Kona has allergies which require regular maintenance. She is a young energetic dog, and while chasing a ball, caught her foot in a hole and had a serious break to her leg. The medical expenses were more than her family could handle, and they called Lab Rescue to find Kona a new home.

Kona is a sweet, petite chocolate lab. She is cuddly and will give gentle kisses. She takes a treat gently from your hand. We think she has had some training and knows sit, and will wait for her dinner. She goes into her crate when told to, and she is a very smart girl!

Kona rides quite nicely in the car. Kona’s foster family includes a lovely senior lab, and she gets along quite well with her.

Kona’s food allergies are something which will need to be managed. They have caused some hair loss around her eyes, on her legs and parts of her belly. We have her on a limited ingredient diet and her fur seems to be recovering. Most of her fur is full and glossy, and a lovely shade of semi sweet chocolate! Her broken leg has healed, and she is walking normally on the leg. Her muscles in that leg will need some time and regular walks to build back up. She is an energetic girl, and regular walks will not only help build her fitness and stamina, they will keep her eager little mind occupied and out of trouble. A tired dog is a good dog! Overall, Kona is a very healthy dog.

What Kona’s foster mom says about Kona:

Kona is a little love bug who follows me around the house, always eager to help. :) She tucks her head into me, I rub her head or belly, she closes her eyes, and is lost in bliss. Kona gets along great with my lab, they love going on walks together. Because Kona's leg is still healing, she won't be ready for a rough and tumble dog park scene for at least another month. Kona is learning to take treats gently and to approach other dogs calmly. Her skin condition is improving with medicated baths and a non-starch food. Kona's new people will be getting a sweet, curious, smart, little girl who wants to be with them always.

Kona super sweet dog, and deserves a wonderful home. She loves humans, and while she would be fine in a home with another dog, her real preference is to hang out with the humans, as she just loves human attention. We’d like Kona to go to a home where someone is with her a good portion of the day and has the time and experience to continue working on and reinforcing her training, as well as committed to managing her allergies. A retired couple, or a family where someone works from home, or can take her to work, would be ideal. Managing her allergies mostly involves providing a limited ingredient diet and frequent baths, as well as being vigilant in watching for ear infections, which many Labs are prone to. Kona would be fine with kids, but because of her leg, any children in the family would need to be old enough to understand that rough play is not going to be good for her. She doesn’t seem to have been all that well cared for her in the first part of her life, so we’d like to make sure that the rest of her life is as wonderful as this sweet dog deserves.

Kona is housebroken, up to date on her shots, spayed, microchipped, and heartworm free.



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CARTER: 2-3 year neutered black male lab mix 65 pounds


Carter was an owner surrender to the Solona shelter. They got him as a puppy and have not done much with training. He was alone during the day and then would get walked a few times a week. They had small kids and when Carter was around the children he would give them a hug and they could not handle this behavior so they decided it was best to surrender him to the shelter. GGLRR was contacted and we went to meet Carter and to see if he would pass out evaluation. Carter had no issues other than he is a young active dog that needs more manners. We pulled Carter and we currently have him at our boarding facility we use and he is getting along with the variety of dogs at the kennel and he gets out on a daily basis to play with a variety of dogs. Carter was an inside dog when the family was home so he is housebroken, he was in the home with a cat and another dog.

Carter is a young boy that needs exercise each day so then his brain can focus on some training. He is a very easy boy and wants to please his leader but he needs someone to let him know some of his bad habits are not ok. His one main bad habit is he will try to give you a hug when you meet him. (GGLRR wants Carter to be in a home with older kids.) Carter loves to ride in the car, he has been swimming and he is not so sure about a ball. He has excellent house manners and is the more submissive dog in the pack. HE is not a barker and when left alone he is not destructive.

If you think you can give Carter the exercise and training please call his rep to talk more and book a time to come and meet him. He is a very nice boy and with some more training he will be a dog you can take anywhere and a dog that can meet anyone!



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EMMA: 1 Year Old Chocolate Spayed Female 50 Pounds


Emma is a beautiful 1 year old chocolate lab. She was picked up in Turlock as a stray but obviously she is friendly with people, dogs, cats, and children so we believe she was well loved and taken care of at one time. She appears to have had puppies at her very young age! She is very long legged and runs like a gazelle when outside, but she is good on the halter/leash and does not pull. She is a bit timid around new people, but when we got her, she rode in the car very calmly for about 2 hours so once she got to know us, she is very calm and affectionate. She loves belly rubs, gives lots of kisses, and is content laying on the floor beside you when working! She is calm and content in the house. She gets along with our other 3 dogs and 1 cat. She sleeps well at night in a crate all night without a peep, just needs to be convinced to go into the crate but once in there she is very comfortable.

She would do well with someone who can spend the time to train her, she still needs to learn to be a good canine citizen but is very eager to please and she is very quick to learn, she is very smart. Emma is very sweet and loving, loves people and does well with other dogs. She is a bit needy right now, and would need someone who is at home enough to provide lots of exercise and training. She is very good in the house, house broken and does not want to chew as much as other 1 year old labs we have had. She knows sit and come and is walking on leash, without pulling, she is learning fast with positive reward treats and takes treats with a very soft mouth. She will need training for OFF – as she still jumps up on people in excitement.

Emma is very healthy, up to date on her shots, spayed, heartworm negative and is microchipped.

Emma is located in Berkeley.

(The foster has three other labs and a cat.)



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WESLEY: 8 year old black lab / Mix Male Neutered 78 lbs.


Wesley was brought to GGLRR’s attention and he was not doing well in the shelter. He was very depressed and had open sores on his back end Once we met him we knew we had to pull him to give him another chance! We now have him in a wonderful foster home.

From the foster family:

Wesley the family dog! Wesley and 10 other pets (Cats and dogs) lived with their owner in rural Solano County until his death in Dec 2014. Wesley is regaining his equilibrium after a stint in the Fairfield shelter, ad getting much TLC from the 3 dogs and 2 cats at his fosters’ home. As you would expect after living with a crowd of “Siblings”, Wesley is an easygoing guy, use to going along and getting along. He’s cheerful and friendly with everyone: cats, dogs, and people. He’s flexible: stairs made him cry at first (which we fell he did not have any in his old home), but he has already learned to go up and down the stairs in his fosters’ house off leash with ease.

At approximately 8 years, Wesley has a touch of arthritis and has a bit of hair loss from untreated fleas. Wesley is not a big eater and needs to lose around 10 pounds. We feel he is a mix of Lab and Rottweiler. Wesley would be a happy family dog or a great companion for a single or for seniors. He’s quiet and responds to basic commands and he loves attention but he is not clingy. He is not a wild crazy boy and have excellent house manners. Wesley would be fine in a home with kids, cats and other dogs. We got him into to vet and did a full blood panel on him and he is a very healthy boy. He has all his shots, he is microchipped, heartworm negative and he is neutered. The vet would like to get 10 pounds off of him and he had terrible curled nails. His new pedicure, regular walks and getting 10 pounds off of him will help him with his arthritis. We asked the vet to get him on some meds for his arthritis. We are not sure he will need to be on this long term. He has been getting plenty of exercise at his foster home, stairs are not a problem, he likes to follow the tractor around, takes walks after dinner and loves hanging out in the yard with the other cats and dogs.

He is located in Fairfield.



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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, 2014 and 2015 for examples of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

 

Lua 3 years old Purebred (papered) Black Female Spayed

Adopted March, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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< Bo: 1yr old neutered black lab male - 70lbs

Adopted March, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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4 male Black Lab Puppies - 8 weeks

Adopted February, 2015! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Lacey: Purebred pedigreed Yellow Lab spayed 5 years

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


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Natasha: Lab mix spayed one year old 50 pounds

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


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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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