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Lab adoption fair Last updated 7/16/2018 6:00 AM

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

Labs Available from GGLRR

Our volunteers donate their personal time & phones so please only call during reasonable hours (8am - 8pm). The Rescue Rep identified in the dog posting is the only person with information about the dog - please only contact the designated volunteer. We do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week; we do not have a facility where the dogs are housed, they are in foster homes throughout the Bay Area.







Ace: 5-6-year-old male black Lab ~90 lbs neutered

Background: Ace and his side kick Shadow arrived at the San Jose shelter after going walkabout, and their owner said he was done bailing them out of jail, so there they stayed. Ace was adopted as a puppy and had lived with his family for about 5 years. He spent his days mostly outside in the yard, except for when he went wandering through an open gate. Sometimes he would come inside in the evening and hang out with the humans; he’s house trained and accustomed to going to the bathroom in a specific part of the yard. He’s not been left alone in the house without humans.

What Ace’s owner says: Ace’s owner says that he is a very nice dog, very friendly. He’s lived in a home with kids as young as 8 (when he was first adopted) who are now 13 and 18. He’s good with kids but can play a little rough. He hasn’t been walked in a while, but when he was his owner used a correction collar and Ace walked quite nicely. Ace has been to dog parks and off leash beaches and does well with other dogs.

What Ace’s foster says: Ace is a super happy dog who is thrilled to be with humans. He eagerly follows you around the house, in the garden and anywhere else your adventures take you. He is housebroken, loves sleeping in his crate at night, and only chews dog toys. His favorite activity is to find dog toys and bring them to you in hopes of playing fetch or tug-of-war. Ace was well behaved when meeting his foster brother, another Lab, and will share the ball when fetching. He is used to joining humans on the couch so expect companionship while watching TV. While he has not countered surfed yet, he is a Lab and would probably enjoy any food not being actively monitored by the humans. He does have a right amount of energy for a five years old dog, so fetch, and walks will help him adjust to a healthy weight. Ace can jump about 36" easily over puppy pens, baby gates, or low fences, so you will need a higher fence if you want to keep him contained or out of a room, that being said he only jumps them to be with the human on the other side and get attention. His endearing face, when he brings a new toy for you to play with, is hard not to love and pick a game of fetch over emails, books or TV, so it will get you moving and outside too. Now that he has been in our house for a few days he is settling into the routine and will make a great family dog for a lucky household.

What Ace’s Rescue Rep says: When I met this blocky English boy he was immediately friendly and gave kisses. He passed his handling test with no problem; I think he took it as the attention he was due! Ace LOVES the ball; he’ll chase it, bring it back, drop it for a treat (usually) and if he doesn’t, it can safely be wrestled out of his mouth for another throw. He’s your typical big goofy Lab. Although he was surrendered for being an escape artist, he doesn’t go over fences so keeping the gate closed and latched should preclude any adventures. He is accustomed to sleeping in a crate outside, and he is quite happy (even happier!) to sleep in his crate INSIDE. He could stand to lose a few pounds but regular exercise and some training would both keep his brain occupied and strengthen his muscles.

The ideal home for Ace would be one where he can be indoors with his humans (he’s spent enough time as an outside dog!). We’d like a home where someone is home at least part of the day to give him the exercise and training that he needs to trim him up and build his muscles and stamina. He’s a smart boy and learns fast and his new owners will need to commit to taking him to training to become the awesome dog he can be! Ace chases cats and squirrels, so a home without cats is required (we can’t do much about the squirrels in the yard!). Given his size and his roughness taking treats, a home with older kids over the age of 8 would be fine. He may be too much dog for younger kids.

Medical information: Ace is a little overweight and being treated for an ear infection, but is otherwise in good health. He has callouses on his elbows from spending so much time outside, and what look like healed lick granulomas on his paws. Overall he looks great. He is current on his shots, neutered, heartworm negative and on preventive, and micro chipped.

Ace is located in: Santa Cruz

If you are interested in this sweet boy (and who can resist that face!), please contact Rescue Rep Debbi at dragonflydebbi@gmail.com. In your email please tell me about yourself, your dog experience and why you think you’d be a good fit for Ace.

(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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Geno and Rufus romping



Geno and bone and Diesel



Geno and bone and ball



Geno want ball



Geno romping in the backyard







Geno: 5-month-old male yellow Lab 55 pounds not yet neutered

Watch Geno's videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Background: This youngster was surrendered with great sadness by a man who realized that he was not able to provide the care and exercise that Geno needed. He did put Geno on a wonderful path as Geno comes to us crate-trained and well-socialized with other dogs… with a zest for life…

What Geno’s Foster says: How do you spell “cute”? G-E-N-O. Rambunctious, playful, inquisitive, affectionate, engaging, a bit naughty… Geno is a typical young pup. Everything goes into his mouth – beware of your good shoes. Not yet house-broken, he will pee inside without warning if we are not careful on getting him outside often. Loves rough-housing with our own 95-lb black Lab – and every dog he encounters. All over the place while on walks – pretty clueless what being on leash is all about, but is learning. He is pretty uncoordinated as he throws his body all around in complete goofiness. Spends the night in his crate -- incredibly quiet – not a whiner or barker. We also crate him during the day for 2-3 hours at a time so he can chill and relax. He will go-go-go for an hour and then curl up in a ball to zzz for a brief time before he wakes up fully recharged and re-engages the world around him. Loves to counter-surf – work in progress to discontinue this practice.

What Geno’s Rescue Rep says: Geno will need an adopter who is around most of the time; not leaving the G-man alone for long. Already 55 pounds, Geno is probably going to be a big strong guy when fully grown. Obedience school will definitely be in the cards for Geno’s adopter.

Medical Information: Not yet neutered or microchipped, we will be taking Geno to our vet in the near future for a check-up.

Geno is located in: Berkeley.

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

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

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Quinn Hangs Out at the Park



Quinn Explores in Town



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Quinn: ~3 year old female yellow Lab 87 pounds, not-yet-spayed

Watch Quinn's videos by clicking on the link above the pictures.

Hi. My name is Quinn. I am looking for a forever home where I can be an integral part of my parent(s) life and activities. I like a lot of together time, inside the house and out. And I am ready to join you for a daily walk, run, hike or swim. Then let’s play ball!

Background: A year ago Quinn was found wandering the streets of an East Bay town, having recently delivered a litter. Some good Samaritans took her in thinking they could make her part of their family. But with demanding work schedules and the arrival of a new little one, they knew they wanted Quinn to find a forever home that could give her a higher level of attention, exercise, training and care.

What Quinn’s Former Owner says: Quinn is so loving and a genuinely happy girl. She loves tennis balls - can't choose between the balls and waves when running around fetching in the ocean. She gets along with cats (we have 3), other dogs, and all children (we've had her around 2 babies, 1 year and 2 year olds, 7 year olds and teens) - she loves anyone who wants to pet her head and just hang out with her. Oh, and she has no idea she's 87 lbs - thinks she's a lapdog.

What Quinn’s Foster says: We are just getting to know Quinn, as she recently arrived at our home. This morning we went for an hour-long morning walk during which she pulled while on a “no-pull” harness, but much less than when we first tried walking her with the leash attached to her flat collar. Afterward she was ready to play with a Kong and ball in my home office. When we headed out later for a short walk and the photo session, she pulled less and sniffed more. Last night she slept on a dog bed next to our bed after spending the evening with us in our living room as we watched some television. Although she is a young dog with a lot of energy she does settle on a dog bed in my home office after she’s had some exercise and play time.

What Quinn’s Rescue Rep says: Quinn is a loving, energetic and large Lab that requires daily exercise and consistent training, as well as a lot of interaction with her humans. She needs to be taught how to walk on leash without pulling. She does well with cats and kids. She is fine with another dog one on one. She is not a good dog park candidate as groups of dogs are overwhelming for her. She is missing fur mostly on her hindquarters; her former owner and vet thought it might be due to allergies.

Medical: Current on shots and heartworm negative. Quinn will be headed to our vet for a wellness exam. She will soon be spayed and microchipped. She may have allergies and should remain on a grain-free diet in her new home.

If you are interested in Quinn, please e-mail Rescue Rep Sarah at slwslwslw@comcast.net. Provide information about your family, other pets, home/property, schedule, activities, dog experience and anything else you think will help me understand the life Quinn would live if you adopted her.

(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 fetching







Kona: 5-year-old male black Lab 75 pounds neutered

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

Background: A beloved pet who was left behind as his family grew and their human schedules changed. Kona is in his prime now, but no one at his former owner’s home had time for the exercise and engagement he needed. Left in the backyard for long periods of time, he voiced his displeasure by barking to the neighbors’ dismay… and escaping from time to time to explore the world around him and visit the other neighborhood dogs.

What Kona’s Foster says: Kona is equally affectionate with men and women, and has settled in with our existing 3-dog pack easily. He’s healthy, slim and (of course) always hungry. Kona is playful and loves to fetch – doing our best to tire him out at this. He hasn’t met our royal cat yet, but he has a reputation for chasing felines, though the queen of the cats may give him a quick lesson in good behavior!

What Kona’s Rescue Rep says: Kona needs a new ohana (Hawaiian for family)! He's definitely a family dog – and will do best in an active pack of humans that will do their best to wear him out. He is a healthy, handsome fellow, affectionate and energetic. Kona would love to run, hike, or bike with you! His family must be committed to not leaving him alone for long periods of time. Kona has a propensity to escape and bolt. He is able to scale a 6-foot fence to get out of a backyard. He may also run away if his new owner drops his leash. Kona needs a patient and committed owner who will work with Kona to crate train him and teach him that his new home is the greatest place in the world. “Stay” and “Come” will become critical commands.

Medical Information: He is in excellent health. Kona is microchipped, current on distemper and Rabies vaccinations, and now neutered.

Kona is located in: Vacaville

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

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

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Thor outdoors, 2 days after his operation







Thor: 9-year-old male chocolate Lab 78 pounds not yet neutered

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

Background: Snagged by the dog catcher in the central valley, classified as a stray without an owner, and identified as a candidate to be euthanized due to his alleged poor health and medical condition. A wonderful good Samaritan contacted us and we determined this guy deserved a second opinion and a second lease on life. And, boy, are we happy we did. Our vet removed a 5-pound spleen tumor (along with his spleen) from him, treated his ear infection, and provided care for the pyoderma on the side of his head. What the heck was that central valley shelter thinking???

What Thor’s Foster says: Thor is a sweet loving boy with a great personality and still plenty of play left. He has basic commands mastered, is fully house-trained and has great manners. He sleeps on a dog bed on the floor near us at night. Not so happy in a crate or when separated from us – he wants to be with his peeps. Good with dogs and goats. Chases squirrels and local cats – but not viciously. He would do best in a home with another dog. Great with kids of all ages. Alert barks at visitors; calms easily once his people thank him for his bark.

What Thor’s Rescue Rep says: What a trooper! Thor (named after the Norse god of strength and thunder) has rebounded incredibly from whatever past ordeals he suffered. His tumor was analyzed and found to be benign, and his recovery following this surgery has been remarkable. He is one fabulous dog.

Medical Information: Thor still needs to be neutered. Fur is slowly growing back on the sides of his head. He remains under treatment for ear infections.

Gus is located in: Oakley.

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

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

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Simba 5 1/2-Year-Old Male Yellow Lab (neutered) approx 75 lbs.

**Experienced Foster or Adopter Needed**

Simba should be the only dog and in a home without children. Simba has not been around cats, so a home without them is best.

We are looking for an experienced adopter or foster home for Simba.

Simba arrived to Lab Rescue as his family is moving to a smaller home without a yard and are unable to take him with them. He has been an outside dog all his life and has not been socialized, other than with members of his previous family. Anyone outside of that circle can initially be scary for him.

Simba just completed a 3-week board and train program to help him with his behavior around other dogs and overall socialization.

Simba is sweet once he warms up to you. Upon Lab Rescue’s first meeting, Simba was nervous and barked at the rep, but quickly warmed up once he knew the rep wasn’t a threat to him. The rep had two subsequent meetings with him, and he didn’t bark at all and was bouncing up and down on his front paws in excitement, ready to go.

He will require a confident, patient, dog savvy family that can work with him on being comfortable and trusting. He will require a home that will continue to invest in training with him so he can be successful and happy in life.

 Background: Simba is a handsome AKC (not registered) yellow male that has lived with his family since he was a puppy. He was a backyard dog and didn’t get out to socialize with other dogs or different people. He did have regular socialization with members of his family.

 What Simba’s Rescue Rep says: Simba is ready for a fresh start where he will be a member of the family and can rest his head inside the home. He needs a parent(s) committed to daily exercise, leadership, and training.

 What Simba’s Trainer says: Simba’s ideal home would be with a person who is confident with large dogs, yet patient and willing to wait for him to warm up. He is hesitant when first meeting and the best thing is to wait for him to initiate interaction. Once he has bonded he is a happy typical Lab with his people. His lack of socialization with dogs has left him easily overwhelmed by them. He is fine with dogs that pay him no attention, but the young “in your face” dogs he will be quick to tell off. Simba has been an outside dog and will need someone to continue teaching him right from wrong as far as house manners go. Simba is a medium drive dog, fun and energetic, but not over the top “needs a job” kind of dog.

 Medical Information: He is microchipped, heartworm negative and current on shots.

Simba is presently located in Santa Cruz County.

 If you are interested in Simba, please e-mail Rescue Rep Kris and include a brief description of any relevant dog experience, along with what a typical day would be like for Simba in your home krisellen.nm@gmail.com.

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

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Kea playing in yard



Kea playing tug






Kea: 7 year old, spayed female chocolate Lab, 90 lbs

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

Kea's owner has had since she was a puppy. The owner unfortunately had to move and her current accommodations do not allow dogs. Kea has been staying at a friend's home, but the friend is moving at the end of June and the owner has not been able to find another friend who can take Kea. So she called Lab Rescue to help find this beautiful girl a loving new home.

 What Kea’s Rescue Rep says: Kea is a happy, playful, active, spayed female chocolate lab who just turned 7. She enjoys going on walks/hikes and playing fetch and tug in the backyard. She likes to ride in the car and swim. She is easygoing and social and enjoys the company of people and other dogs. Kea is currently living in a home with another dog. Don't know how she would be with cats. Kea knows basic commands and attended group training classes when she was young. She walks fairly well on leash, with some pulling if she sees something she is interested in.

 Medical Information: Kea has a recent well check vet visit, is current on shots, spayed, heartworm negative, and micro-chipped. In early 2016 Kea had a tail injury that left her with a limp tail. She is housetrained, but as a result of her injury, will sometimes have leakage. Her current home easily manages when this happens by having her wear diapers inside the house.

 Kea is located in: Los Altos

 If you are interested in Kea, call/text Rescue Rep Katy at 650-796-3596 or email katy4gglrr@gmail.com

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

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JAKE: 14-year-old neutered male black Lab mix approx. 90 lbs

Background: Jake first came to Lab Rescue about a year ago from a local shelter where he was turned in due to his prior owner’s not being able to take care of his medical needs. Unfortunately, due to his current owner’s health, she is unable to provide Jake with what he needs.

What Jake’s owner says: Jake has an enthusiastic personality, is always ready to go for a walk, loves getting affection, and is happy to hang out with his people. He does a happy dance at meal time and when the leash comes out! He will sit patiently to get “dressed” for his walk. Jake has responded well to a refresher course in training. Jake now will back-up and wait at the door for his people to enter, then with a command of “Jake come” he will walk through the door or gate. At the beginning of a walk, Jake is eager to get going and the command “Easy” is used to have him slow his pace down. After a few minutes, he settles into a nice pace and will gladly stop and smell things along the way as often as you let him. Jake is happy to meet people on walks. He is always eager to greet other dogs when he sees them and isn’t bothered if they bark at him. He’s just happy to say hello.

Jake rides well in the car. We don’t know how Jake is with cats. He sleeps in an open crate at night. It appears that he never had the opportunity to learn to play as he shows no interest in balls or toys. Jake has free access to the yard.

What Jake’s Rescue Rep says: We would like Jake to find a family that will provide him the attention he so deserves and will keep up with his medical treatments. Jake spends the day hanging out inside with his owner and we are looking to see that continue rather than him being an outdoor dog as he was previously.

Medical information: Jake’s owner has worked with the vet to address Jake’s chronic ear and eye issues as well as to manage his arthritis. These issues are under control with a medical treatment plan. Jake is currently about 10 pounds overweight. Jake is microchipped and current on vaccines as well as heartworm and flea prevention.

Jake is located in: Walnut Creek

  If you are interested in Jake call or email Rescue Rep Liz, 415-613-6374, liz@jobshopsf.com.

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

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Click to watch Smokey and the ball.



Smokey and the rope toy.



Smokey and the ball and the bag.







Smokey: 1-year-old male black Lab/Rottweiler mix 80 pounds neutered

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

Background: Purchased as a puppy from the back of a pick-up truck at a Cabellas store near Sacramento, Smokey’s current family is a bit overwhelmed with his juvenile energy and reluctance to accept direction from some members of the family. They hope Lab Rescue can find a more appropriate home for him where he can thrive.

What Smokey’s owner says: He is generally relaxed but has a few spurts of tons of energy during the day. Smokey is an assertive dog [maybe that’s the Rottie genes coming thru] and does not respond so well to weak human leaders. Have worked with a trainer; Smokey knows “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come”, “heel”, “drop”, and off”. He loves fetch, tug-of-way with toys, and playing with friends’ dogs. He can be a bit protective of his food with other dogs; no problem with people. We think he prefers male human companionship (and pack leadership) versus females. Can be a little leash reactive with other dogs; work in progress. We crate Smokey at night.

What Smokey’s Rescue Rep says: Current on vaccinations, microchipped and neutered, Smokey is in fine health. He requires a strong human leader. Not for the feeble-hearted. Smokey will reward his caretaker with loyalty, companionship, and adventure.

Smokey is located in: Fairfield.

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

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

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We are not taking any more inquiries for these dogs.

GGLRR wants to make sure people have the latest status about Labs they may have seen on our website so have a category called "taking no more inquires". These are dogs that we have received lots of good inquiries and so are not taking any more.



Gus romping at the park



Gus walking on leash







Gus: 7-year-old male yellow Lab 105 pounds -- neutered

Watch his videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Background: Gus was diagnosed by his vet with PTSD in 2016 due to exposure to loud fireworks. Since then Gus's anxiety has been triggered by the mechanical “pool sweep” cleaner in his home. His anxiety sends him into a sensory overload state and he begins to pant heavily, pace about, salivate profusely and then tries to escape from the house or yard. Gus has chewed his way through wooden fences, drywall and clawed thru gravel in order to escape. When not triggered by that pool sweep noise, Gus is an absolute delight and a normal Lab.

What Gus’ Owner says: Gus is a fantastic dog when not having an anxiety attack. He usually is very happy and is extremely friendly and loves people. He is partially crate-trained; he travels in a crate in the back of a pick-up truck on long trips. Gus likes to ride in the car, and loves the water. He is very playful, knows a bunch of commands, and has great recall. He enjoys playing with dogs of all breeds and sizes; likes chasing and being chased; gentle, submissive, playful, and friendly. He will gladly (and without warning) sprint after cats and squirrels. We are unable to keep Gus as he is terrorized by our pool cleaner device, and we hope to find him a new home where he can thrive without anxiety. We are terribly sad to have to say goodbye to our Gus but we know it would be best for him in a stress-free home (without a damn pool sweep gizmo).

What Gus’ Rescue Rep says: Great with all other dogs and people of all ages. Walks wonderfully on leash. An incredibly pleasant and engaging dog. Gus could lose 10+ pounds or so. His extreme anxieties requires that he find a home that is free of such mechanical noises and irritations. Would do great with another dog in the home.

Medical Information: In good health! Neutered, current on shots, heartworm negative, microchipped. Gus is being treated for a mild ear infection.

Gus is located in: San Ramon.

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

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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.




Remi and her stuffed toy







Remi: 2-year-old female yellow Lab 60 pounds spayed

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

Background: Brought to a vet by her owners who would not obtain the anti-seizure meds to manage her epilepsy. She had been allegedly kept outside in their back yard and not allowed in the house. These owners asked to vet to either euthanize the dog or take custody of her. For the vet this was a no brainer; he immediately put her on a regimen of anti-seizure meds and contacted us.

What Remi’s Foster says: Remi is a darling. She loves to be right beside you all the time. Cuddly and affectionate. Enjoys her walks, but needs some leash training. Fabulous with other dogs. A super gentle girl.

What Remi’s Rescue Rep says: We are still getting to know Remi but so far she is angelic. We are hoping to land her in a forever home that will totally accept her epilepsy and the occasional grand mal seizure. Information about Dog Seizures. She would do wonderful with another dog as a roomie and/or in a home that will spend lots of time with her.

Medical Information: Remi got checked out by our vet and is in fine health except for the epilepsy which we are trying to manage with meds. Remi is spayed, current on vax, and heartworm negative.

Remi is located in: Oakland.

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

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Click to watch Happy Stella.



Stella walking with roomie dog.



Stella Yoda – working on my treat catch.







Stella: 6-year-old female black Lab mix 70 pounds, spayed

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

Background: What do you do when a friendly stray dog suddenly shows up in your garage? Notify local animal control; check with all of your neighbors; make posts on the internet; put up signs around the neighborhood – and, most importantly, take the dog into your home and care for it like it is your own dog. And when no one comes to claim the dog, you call Lab Rescue to help find a new home for the dog.

What Stella’s foster says: She definitely loves being with her people!! She is a very easy and quiet dog inside. She is house and crate trained and sleeps thru the night. The minute her nose hits the outside air she comes alive! She enjoys being outside to explore anything on the move. Her nose leads her everywhere and anywhere... so she is a bit over-curious outside! She goes on 3-4 walks a day. We are working with her on leash manners and etiquette. She does pull on leash, and we are using an Easy-Walk harness to try to correct her. Since her nose will lead her, she is always on a leash. She does well in the car; she will initially whine and bark, more curious about where the adventure will bring her, then she settles down. We take her to our cabin in the mountains and she enjoys the fresh air, mountain critters and hiking. After a 5-mile walk, she crashes for the rest of the day!!

What Stella’s Rescue Rep says: She is in fine health, current on vax, and spayed. Stella would do great in a home with another dog. But no cats! No squirrels either.

Stella is located in: Los Gatos..

(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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Boomer and Diesel



Boomer on the tennis court



Boomer’s intro to a pool



Tug-o-war Boomer style



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Boomer: 7-month-old male black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix 55 pounds not yet neutered

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

Background: A good Samaritan and his wife took in young Boomer when a woman asked them to care for Boomer for a few weeks while she was out of town. The woman stated that he was a Lab and Great Pyrenees mix. The woman never returned, leaving Boomer with the couple, who already had a dog. The couple realized they would be unable to keep this youngster and they contacted Lab Rescue to help.

What Boomer’s Foster says: Boomer is a treat to have with us! He’s sweet, mellow, but playful. He’s laid back and very calm for a pup. Boomer is very curious and likes to follow us around to see what’s up. He likes to chew, either a hard bone or plush toy; he’s picked up a couple of slippers, but is willing to “drop” when asked. He’s a nibbler, soft mouth to clothes and also to legs/ankles. He’s highly motivated by food. Not fully house trained, but close -- he’s had a few accidents in the house but mostly does business outside. He does use the doggie door to get in and out of the house. Boomer sleeps in crate at night (all night) and wakes up every morning when we get up with a little whine, ready to get out and pee. He has met our cat and chickens briefly, and we are confident with more exposure he will get along with either.

What Boomer’s Rescue Rep says: 55 pounds… going on 100+ pounds… Boomer will likely be a large dog when he is fully grown. His current “small” cuteness will soon give way to huge lap-dogness. Affectionate. Engaging. Friendly. Amazingly mellow for such a young dog – tat might be the Great Pyrenees in him. Not so playful with toys or balls yet – maybe just figuring out what they are all about. Crate-trained. Not sure if he is house-broken yet. Learning basic commands, Boomer walks pretty good on leash. Deserving of a basic obedience class. Gets along great with other dogs. Not sure how he is with cats.

Medical Information: Boomer just got checked out by our vet and is in fine health. He still needs to be neutered.

Boomer is located in: Walnut Creek

(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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Brandy with Her Trainer



Brandy Feels Safe when Another Dog Runs By






Brandy: 7 year old female yellow Lab 80 pounds

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

Hi. I am Brandy, a recently retired puppy-mama (with 4 very cute litters in my resume!). I’m ready to trade in my backyard life for a new home where I get to live inside with my family and sleep on a cozy dog bed. I am in my prime at 7, and I still have a lot of energy - looking forward to regular walks or hikes with my new family to explore new worlds (I never got out of my backyard before). I do like to sleep after walks! I'm a little chubby, so regular walks will also help me achieve and maintain my ideal weight and condition. I never got socialized with other dogs, so I really need someone to provide leadership and help me feel safe when we encounter them.

Want to join me? If so, I promise to give you so much love and companionship.

What Brandy's Foster Family says: It is so hard to write how amazing Brandy is. We're having some pretty major construction done and she hasn't barked once. Not. once. This dog is unbelievable! She needs someone who is semi-lazy and a home body.

We took her to our cabin over the weekend, and she loved it up in Arnold. All of the smells, and the squirrels...she was definitely showing her strength on walks!

Brandy has been a very welcome addition to our family from the moment we brought her home. We have three small kids (6, 4.5, 2) and Brandy is a dream around them – she has consistently demonstrated patience, calm, and love. We all know how two-year olds can be, and Brandy takes it like a champ! She is fully house and crate trained.

Laid back and mellow, Brandy has been enjoying our two or three short walks each day followed by hours of sleep on her fluffy dog bed amidst the chaos of a family of five. I’ve heard her bark one time when the neighbor had a cable guy on the roof. We are having some major construction done to our house right now and she just sleeps through the noise. Hasn’t barked a single time.

We have been working with her on leash and she has come quite a long way. We will continue to take Brandy to private training so her forever family will have an easier transition. This dog deserves all of the love in the world. She is seriously the best.

What Brandy’s Rescue Rep says: Brandy is ready for some “golden” years with a family that is around a lot and includes her in activities inside and outside. During a 3 week board and train session with a very experienced trainer, Brandy learned to be more settled around other dogs, and learned some basic obedience, including walking in a heel position. We are looking for a home with a leader that will maintain and build on these new skills. She would be happiest as an only dog. She IS treat motivated, smart, and looks forward to learning a fuller range of obedience commands. She did lose some of her extra pounds during training, and controlled portions with regular walks will help her achieve her ideal weight.

Medical Information: Brandy is spayed, microchipped, heartworm negative and current on shots.

Brandy is located in: Benicia

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

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Elvis: ~7 year old neutered male black Lab/hound mix, ~ 60 pounds

Elvis is ready to leave the building…and enter into your heart and your home! This lovely Lab-Hound dog mix has had a bit of a rough time, but that’s all behind him now and he desperately wants to find his new forever home.

This handsome boy was found in Tuolumne and sent off to the shelter in San Jose, who contacted Lab Rescue. How could you not fall in love with him? At the time he was skinny, dirty and as we later found out, heartworm positive. Thanks to the efforts of Sage and his foster parents, and generously funded by San Jose Animal Care Services, Elvis has now completed his treatment and is ready to be adopted!

Elvis is a charming boy; He has a wonderful bark that’s half bark/half bay, which makes you laugh to hear it. He’s a beautiful black color with brindle highlights. He hangs out well with his foster siblings but he’s really much more interested in humans than other dogs. The last 4 months have been tough for Elvis – treatment for heartworm, very limited activity, not doing much – but he’s past that now and ready to come back to just being a dog. To really know Elvis, read what his foster parents have to say about him:

What Elvis’s foster mom says:

Elvis has transformed from a stray dog with few manners and a penchant for escaping to a dog who is gentle, gregarious, curious, very smart and talkative! Once you get acquainted with Elvis, he is very affectionate. He is easily disciplined, knows how to sit and will obey if we are consistent and persevere. He will need some basic training to heel and stay. We found that a correction collar helps Elvis not to pull on dog walks. One huge success is that Elvis doesn’t bolt to get outside. I think this means he likes the occasional chicken or turkey we feed him!

Routine has become very important to him: we feed him at the same time each day, walk him once a day and treat him to a dog bone or chew. He has endured a rigorous four-month treatment of heartworm protocol. He is an imp: he still likes to counter surf, most likely a remnant of living life as a stray dog.

Like any other dog, Elvis thrives on love, routine, dog bones and food! He has a big heart and we know there is someone for whom Elvis would be the perfect companion.

What Elvis’s Rescue Rep says:

It’s hard not to fall in love with this boy, he’s a wonderful dog and quite the character! Elvis is the ideal middle-aged dog; he loves his regular walks but doesn’t need to job for ours to keep him in shape and under control! He’s learned a lot while with his foster family, but still has some room for improvement while walking leash. He has a tendency to bark/bay at the humans and dogs he meets; it’s not an aggressive sign, just that he’s interested and making his presence known. He loves to travel in the RV, he’s just a travelin’man!

The ideal family for Elvis is one where he would be the only dog, and his humans are around to hang out with him and keep him out of mischief. I can picture him traveling the country in an RV with his humans, head hanging out the window…ok, an RV is not required, but a family that incorporates Elvis into their lives and activities IS required!

Elvis is a pretty easygoing dog, but he does have a strong prey drive so he needs to go to a home without cats or farm animals. Most of all, we want a loving family for Elvis, one that understands the needs of a ~7 year old dog and is committed to keeping him happy, healthy and safe. Elvis’s humans need to be confident leaders of the pack or he’ll take over.

Medical Information:

Elvis has completed the bulk of his heartworm treatment; at this time he is getting a monthly dose of heartworm preventive (just like all dogs should!) but is on no other medications and no exercise restrictions. Because his activity has been so limited for 4 months he’ll need to work his way back up to a regular activity level, which should not be difficult. He should be retested for heartworm around the end of September to ensure that he is completely free of all heartworm.

Elvis is neutered, current on vaccinations, and micro-chipped.

Elvis is located in Fairfield.

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

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Jack: ~5 month old yellow male Lab (not yet neutered), ~ 40 pounds

Whoo hooo, things are really looking up for me! A few months ago I had to leave my mom and siblings and I ended up in this place where all I did every day was to hang out in the backyard. I don’t think the people who had me liked puppies very much, as they didn’t pay much attention to me. Then a week ago this really nice lady came and took me away! She knew I deserved better, but she can’t keep me so she called Lab Rescue to find my forever home with someone who really wants a pup like me!

What Jack’s foster mom says:

Jack has been in a backyard for a couple of months and hasn’t had an opportunity to see what the world has to offer, but he is discovering it now! He is fascinated by bicycles, trucks and construction sites (such a boy!), and he is perfectly content to sit on the curb and watch the world… well, for a few minutes away. Then be prepared for a Jack-Attack! He’s puppy through and through. He’s curious, smart, goofy and addicted to peanut butter. He is very crate shy (likely forced at some point), so we’re working through that as well as better doggie manners all around. He needs training, lots of positive reinforcement, people to love him, and a yard to be responsible for. He’s so smart and sweet and deserves the best life. What a guy!

What Jack’s Rescue Rep says:

Jack is beyond adorable! He’s got big brown Lab eyes, a gorgeous soft yellow coat, beautiful teeth, and what’s more important, he’s a very nice puppy! He’s a Christmas baby but he’s no saint! He is a typical puppy, chewing on things, counter surfing where he can reach, and mouthy when he plays (and those puppy teeth are sharp!) but he wants to please and he learns fast. He’s learning how to walk well on a leash, he knows Sit and even did a Down a couple of times (when a treat was at stake!).

Jack’s rescuer had not intended to adopt a puppy but when she saw how he was living she knew he deserved better, and took him home with her. She cleaned him up, took him to the vet, started some basic training, and called Lab Rescue for help in finding him the perfect forever home. Jack is a really nice puppy and will grow into a great dog with the right family to teach him what he needs to know.

Jack needs a family who has raised a puppy (or two!). He needs a home where someone is home with him most of the time, to work on training with him, and provide him the leadership and direction that are critical to his success. His new family needs to be prepared to give him regular play and exercise, several times a day, each and every day (a tired puppy is a good puppy; he is currently getting about 3 hours/day of walks, romps at the park and playtime). A home with another dog to show him the ropes would be ideal. A home with dog-savvy children over the ago of 10 would be fine. We don’t think he would do well with cats.

Like any Lab puppy, Jack needs basic obedience training, which will take time and probably more than one set of classes. He’ll need an owner who will not only commit to taking Jack to training, but one who is willing and able to spend time with him each and every day practicing what he learns in those classes, 2 to 3 times a day. It will be time consuming and challenging, but so rewarding to see Jack become the dog he can be. Jack’s adopter will be required make a training deposit of $200, which will be refunded after Jack has completed his training. The vet says that Jack is likely to be around 90 pounds when full grown.

Medical Information:

Jack has had his first few sets of shots, and has a few boosters to go. Lab Rescue will have Jack neutered when he is old enough.

Jack is located in San Jose.

(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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Brady (male) and Leia (female): 9-week-old black Lab Mix Puppies approx. 20 lbs. each

Mom, Bella, is the last photo – Black Lab, Dad believed to be a Doberman (owner said only dog she was with).

Photos: Brady (green collar), Leia (yellow collar), Two pups @ 9 wks. – Leia is on the left with Brady sitting, Bella – mother, bottom picture

Background: Brady and Leia are part of a 12-litter of all black puppies! All puppies are healthy, smart and have had a great start to their lives provided by their mother’s family, friends, and Lab Rescue volunteers. The puppies people socialization continues with adults and children.

What Brady and Leia’s foster says: These puppies have been well-socialized and cared for since the day they were born! Leia can be a little timid at first and then is all about playing, sitting in your lap, and getting belly rubs. Brady is very playful and loves starting a game of chase or keep away with a toy – then it is nap time, usually belly up! They are ready for a forever home where they will get lots of attention and training. They are very smart dogs who are excited to learn and will be a faithful family member!

What Brady and Leia’s Rescue Rep says: We have the puppies in a foster home and they are doing well! Playing, sleeping, pooping and eating and then repeating! Puppies are great but you need to be prepared to have an active dog in your home for the next 5 plus years. Everything is a fun game! They have been well socialized, met a variety of people and kids. All are very social and tolerant.

Story on Mom - Bella 1-year-old Black Female: Bella was found being given away for free on a Facebook site. There were many people commenting that they wanted to take Bella so they could use her for breeding. Fortunately, a Lab Rescue volunteer was tagged in the post and we made arrangements to scoop Bella up immediately. A wonderful volunteer foster picked Bella up from her home where he found a very sweet and happy young pup.

Bella has been adopted and has been in her new owner's home since March, getting lots of love and attention from her new forever family with 9 year old twins. She is working with a trainer who sees her as a sweet, smart dog who picks up commands quickly.

Medical:

They had their first shots and medical visit at 8 weeks of age on May 18.

Lab rescue pays for all their shots, spay/neuter and microchip. You must go to one of our vets to have the full medical bill taken care of. If you use your vet them only a portion can be paid for. Adoption fee is $450 and spay and neuter deposit is $400.

The puppies are located in: Danville

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

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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recently Adopted from GGLRR!

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! See some of the recent rescued Bay area Labs adopted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017and this year (2018) for examples of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

         
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