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Lab adoption fair Last updated 12/16/2017 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.



Shadow and Bosun wrassling



Shadow and Bosun more wrassling



Shadow learning to fetch



Shadow out in the shelter play yard








Shadow: 1-year-old male black Lab mix 65 lbs

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

Off the streets of Contra Coast County, Shadow spent two months at an area shelter... scared out of his gourd. Only through the commitment of shelter staff and wonderful volunteers, Shadow has grown comfortable moving about and being handled. Having made his jailbreak, he still is decompressing at a foster under the watchful care of another male black lab named Bosun.

What Shadow’s foster says: A real sweetheart, Shadow is cuddly and good natured with no inherent vices; just a young dog who has missed some of the joys of being a puppy, and has some catching up to do. He is learning sit, down, stay and come, and has taken well to crate training. He does not seem to be a barker and sleeps well through the night after only a few days with us. He likes to curl up at your feet and just relax in the house. Shadow enjoys playing in the yard, wrestling with our 2-yr-old male lab and going for walks, which are steadily increasing as his confidence goes up. He is interested in retrieving and loved his first visit to the park so my guess is there is potential here once his recall skills are confirmed. He also gets along well with our cat, but he is still trying to figure out how to play with him, and I would bet he likes kids too. While curious as any pup should be, he can be nervous or frightened of new sounds, people and places, but he quickly recovers with calm reassurance. The car is pretty scary for him still but once he realizes that he is going someplace fun and will come back home again, I suspect he will be fine. He will need lots of gentle but firm reinforcement and training early on as he figures out how to be a dog and part of a new family, but he clearly wants to be a good boy. He will be a loving and loyal companion, and I am glad so many people went to bat for him as he is a kind and gentle soul.

What Shadow’s Rescue Rep says: Shadow is recently neutered, microchipped, and current on his vaccinations. He gets along with other dogs and people he is familiar with. Shadow will need a savvy dog owner committed to his recovery from his abandonment. The watch word with him is “patience. Shadow is located in El Cerrito.

If you are interested in Shadow, 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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Sunny walking with a pal



Sunny hanging with Diesel



Sunny walking







Sunny: 4-year-old female chocolate Lab mix 70 lbs

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

Sunny has returned to lab rescue after demonstrating quite inappropriate behavior toward strangers in her former adopted home. She is generally uncomfortable with people she is unfamiliar with. Once she is comfortable with people, she is a darling.

What Sunny’s foster says: Sunny has been doing really well. She enjoys her walks and is very relaxed during them -- slack leash and we don't need the harness. She ignores other people and dogs we run into. Sunny does bark to alert us when someone comes to the door but is otherwise very quiet. We have been having the interior of our house painted; after the first few days she now just ignores the painters coming in/out of the house. She just remains quiet in a room or in her crate. She needs a calm, confident leader and is secure and gentle when she knows her place in the pack -- not a good alpha dog. She is extremely affectionate and just begs for belly rubs and ear scratches. Sunny enjoys treats but is more interested in attention and affection. This is the first dog I've encountered that doesn't want cheese -- Hah! She does not beg at the table. She'll eat peanut butter from my hand but not inside a kong or other chew toy. She's not interested at all in chew toys. Thankfully she's not chewing anything else. She steals slippers/shoes but she doesn't chew them - she just gathers them up and leaves them by her bed. She loves the crate and feels safe and secure in there. She must have been crate trained before. She goes right in and has no problem when we close the door. Overall she is pretty calm, quiet and sleeps a lot. She really enjoys playing fetch with a tennis ball. She is initially cautious at strangers, but will warm up to them if introduced properly and given space and time. Once she accepts a person she is extremely affectionate, gentle and loyal.

What Sunny’s trainer says: Can be fearful and defensive if stressed by strangers, yet very tolerant and sweet with her people. In the right home, she could be a great dog. Things to look for in an adopter is someone willing to tell people to leave her alone in public. Someone with very few house guests, willing to discipline and give boundaries. For example, make her go to her bed if trained to and supervised, or outside, crate, or kennel when company, yard workers, home repair, or any people strange (to her) comes over. I know this is hard to find. She is a sweet dog with a fun personality; no issues with other social dogs from what I have seen.

What Sunny’s Rescue Rep says: Sunny is spayed, microchipped, and current on her vaccinations. She gets along with other dogs and people she is familiar with. Best in a home with no children. Sunny will require a very savvy dog owner who is willing to provide the appropriate structure and protocols to keep everyone safe. May do best in a home with another dog. Sunny is located in Danville.

If you are interested in Sunny, 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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Max: 2 yr old Black lab male 80 lbs nonneutered

King: 2 yr old Yellow lab male 80 lbs nonneutered

(GGLRR will do a complete well check and neuter next week.)



This is what we know about Max & King:

These two happy go lucky boys are looking for a new place to call home, not due to any fault of their own. Owners have said, “they are both playful, young, sweet dogs.” Max and King are brothers, and they have had them since they were puppies. Owners have had them to dog parks, and they have done well with other dogs. It has been a while since they have been out and about. They are now just hanging out in the backyard. Max and King do live with another little dog, that they say, “does rule the roost so to say.” The boys have been living outside, and sleep in an indoor patio area. They do go outside of the patio area to do “their business.” They do get excited to see people, so they may jump up to greet you, with patience and consistency this is a trainable behavior. It has been awhile since the boys have been out and walked on a leash so they may pull, also a trainable behavior. They are fine eating their food together, they show no possessiveness over food or toys. Max and King both like to swim, and are fine riding in the car, maybe a little excited at first, but will settle down. They do like to chase cats so a cat free home will be best for them.

Max and King will be neutered, up to date on their shots, Heart Worm tested, and microchipped by Lab Rescue.

They are being fostered in Petaluma.

  If you are interested in Max & King, call oremail 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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Froggy: 2-year-old male black Lab Mix – 65 pounds neutered



Froggy came to Lab Rescue from way of the Ukiah shelter. He fell out of a truck in August on 101 and the owner just kept on driving. The person picked him up and took him into the shelter. He needed vet care to fix a broken pelvis and now he is ready to go to a new home!

Some information about Froggy:

Froggy was in a foster home in Ukiah and they just loved him. He is an active boy and will need plenty of exercise. He plays fine with many dogs; he is crate trained and knows sit. He does need better leash skills and he will come when called; but you need to say his name Frog EEE. (He is just now coming to a GGLRR foster home.)

What we want for Froggy:

A home that will give him more training, a home that can give him plenty of exercise, a home that is not gone for large periods of the day or a home that has a game plan if they are. A home that has a secure yard and a home that has had experience with large dogs. Froggy is a wonderful boy!

Medical:

Froggy is neutered, he is microchipped, has all his shots and he is heartworm negative; he is a very healthy boy.

He is being fostered in Palo Alto.

  If you are interested in Froggy, call, text, 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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Marge walking around



Marge’s soft mouth



Marge walking with a husky






Marge: 9-year-old female black Lab – 70 pounds

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

How does someone lose or misplace a wonderful dog? That is what Marge would like to know. “Oh, heck, let’s just find me a new home that will accept me as I am.”

What Marge’s foster says: This sweet old girl has earned a life of leisure. She's happy with a very short walk or two each day and otherwise is content to spend her days lazing about. If you cuddle up with her you will enjoy her abundant curly, soft fur and soulful eyes. She loves attention and especially likes tummy rubs. She pulls a bit on the leash but she does sit and lie down on command. Her previous foster home observed her barking and lunging at other dogs. We live in a quiet neighborhood and have only seen her bark in response to other dogs barking at her. I think she would be best in a house with no other dogs. She is completely housebroken and does not shed much at all. You couldn't find a lower maintenance animal companion as long as your home contains a few (orthopedic) dog beds!

What Marge’s Rescue Rep says: Marge is spayed, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. She would be best in a home without another dog. No idea how she is with cats. We suspect she has some arthritis in her back legs and she is currently on some pain-reliever/anti-inflammatory meds. Marge is located in Pinole.

If you are interested in Marge, 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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Josie and the squeaky toy 1



Josie and the squeaky toy 2



Josie walking about off leash






Josie: 9-year-old female black Lab mix – 64 pounds

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

A perfect blend of lab and hound (maybe), Josie will win your heart in an instant with her charming demeanor. Please be prepared to fall in love with her.

What Josie’s Owner says: We love our Josie but feel she needs to be in a home that is prepared to handle her separation anxiety. Sweet and loving, Josie wants to be around humans and/or other dogs. She knows a bunch of commands including “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “come”, “drop”, “leave it”, “wait”, “release”, and “take”. She loves to ride in the car and likes to swim. We have had her for 6+ years, and Josie is great around our 3-yr-old daughter – she has been amazing with her since birth. She is absolutely wonderful with all kids. Josie spends the day Monday thru Friday at a doggie daycare in Oakland where she does great with other dogs. She does not handle being left along in our home alone during the day… and she is very anxious at night (even with us at home). When we are not at work, we take her with us everywhere. We hope and pray there is a great adopter out there for our Josie.

What Josie’s Rescue Rep says: Josie would do best in a home when the humans are around all or nearly all the time… or maybe the presence of another dog will settle her down. Her adopters will have to be prepared to continue her rehabilitation of her separation anxiety – which can be quite a challenge. But the reward will be incredible. She is interested or maybe even scared of cats, but has not chased them – she will gladly chase squirrels. Josie is spayed, current on vaccinations, and microchipped. Josie is located in Oakland.

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

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

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DAISY: 8 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 80 Pounds



After a very hard decision the owners have decided it best to find Daisy a new home. Their schedules have changed, their kids have busy schedules and are not able to spend the time with Daisy that she deserves. She has been a well loved and cared for part of the family and they know she deserves more time and attention than they can give her. They describe her as a very playful, happy, energetic dog who always seems to be smiling. (When GGLRR met Daisy this is what we experienced with her!)

What we know about Daisy:

They got Daisy from an older couple who could not handle a puppy and they have had her since she was 3 months old. She has grown up with kids that currently range in age from 6-15 years. She has no issues with people or other dogs and truly is a Big love bug. She wants to be with people and just loves the attention and the petting. She is a well-trained dog and knows: Sit, stay, down, come, heel, leave it, wait, off and she walks on a gentle leader. She is a strong dog and could use a refresher on leash walking. She will bark at people who approach the house but stops once she knows you. She has a VERY gentle mouth, likes to ride in the car, loves to play ball but Daisy is not fond of the water.

From Foster Family:

We love Daisy! She is a very easy girl and loves loves our kids! She can be left alone with no issues, she has access to in and out and does not disturb anything when we are gone. She will bark when people come to the door but once she meets anyone she is fine. We have been working with her on leash manners on our walks and she is doing great and does not pull on the leash on our walks. She sleeps on her bed in the hallway – we can’t say enough good things about Daisy. Daisy will bark at other dogs on leash but we have had dogs in our home off leash with Daisy with no issues. If Daisy does bark you give her a correction and she will stop; she is a well-trained girl! Daisy is a girl who wants to do the right thing as she just loves to be around people and will listen to what is asked of her.

Daisy could be in a home with older kids and other dogs but not a home with cats; she likes to chase them! We would recommend Daisy not be adopted to anyone who lives in the city as the constant sights and sounds are too much for her.

 Daisy’s health:

Daisy has not had any health issues, she is current on her shots, takes regular flea and tick medicine and heartgurad, she is spayed and we will check to see if she is microchipped. Daisy is taking proin and is doing great; as long as she is on the medication she does not have any accidents. (The cost for her medication is around $20 a month.) She is housetrained and has been an indoor dog her entire life.

  If you are looking for a sweet Daisy girl to be part of your pack please email Rescue Rep Liz at liz@jobshopsf.com or call 415-613-6374.

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

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Click to Watch Steve Run!



Click to watch Steve and Zaza relaxing.



Click to watch Steve and the black Kong.









STEVE: 7-9 Year Old Neutered Male Chocolate Lab 80 lbs

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

We are looking for a foster home for Steve.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

Steve is a great dog for someone looking for a buddy to pal around with. He's an old soul with a young heart. The shelter guessed his age at 9 after he was found as a stray but our vet thought he might be closer to 7. He’s got the sagacity of years with the energy of a youngster.

Watch the video to see his joy and exuberance romping through the fields after being liberated from a local shelter by GGLRR. Gaze into his eyes and you see a grateful and affectionate dog, wanting to connect and to be understood.

Steve is playful and would love having some space to run. He has a bit of an independent streak but will also listen and take direction well. He’d make a loyal companion for long walks and will rest his head in your lap while hanging out together.

Steve’s is sweet, happy, fun, and a goofball at times. His bouncy ways remind one of Tigger, the Winnie the Pooh character. One of Steve’s favorite activities is to roll around in the grass and give his back a good scratch. He also likes having people pet him and scratch behind his ears.

Steve enjoys playing with other dogs and he’s become great buddies with Cash (another GGLRR dog). The two of them hang out and play together and Steve provides a calming influence for the younger dog. Dogs are fine, but Steve isn’t fond of cats, so he should be in a cat free home.

Steve has been working on his food manners. He’s been doing great learning to sit and wait for meals politely and to take treats nicely since he’s been with GGLRR. We want him to go to an experienced dog owner willing to work with him as needed and continue his training.

Steve will benefit from calm, patient leadership with structure and consistency. He’s an awesome dog who can thrive in the right situation with the right owner. If you’re that person, here’s your chance to make a huge difference in the life of a dog.

Steve is neutered, has a well-check exam and blood panel, is current on vaccinations, heartworm free and is microchipped. Steve is located in Dixon.

  If you are interested in Steve, please call or text Rescue Rep Katy at 650-796-3596.

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

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SNOW: 2-year-old female white Lab mix 65 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Snow - calls received so far will be returned.

Poor Snow came to the Ukiah shelter as a dumped dog in the town; they call them lost their way dogs. GGLRR heard about her and decided to pull her from the shelter and find her a new home for the holidays.

What we know about Snow:

She is a very nice girl, friendly, very people oriented, loves to get snuggles and pets. She can be shy at first with other dogs but once she knows they will be fine with her she is ready to play. She has been in off leash play groups and is fine with other dogs; she tends to walk around by herself. She perks up when she is around all people and kids. She loves to go for car rides and she has decent leash skills.

She is very healthy girl and GGLRR will do a well check on her next week.

She is located in Petaluma.

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

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Dozer: 2-year-old male black Lab Mix – 55 pounds neutered

We are not taking any more calls for Dozer, calls received so far will be returned.

Dozer came to lab rescue from the Central California SPCA. GGLRR was contacted to see if we could take Dozer in; as his time was up at the shelter! His owner brought him into the shelter as he did not have time for him any longer.

Some information about Dozer from the foster family:

Dozer is very mellow and gentle and would be good with small kids. He gets along great with other dogs. (He did try to hump another dog at the foster home but the foster told him “no” and he has never tried again.) He was afraid of the horse at first and then started to growl at them. The foster mom told him “no” and he has left them alone! They even spent time in the paddock while the foster mom cleaned and Dozer did not bother them. He has been taught to stay out of the kitchen and he knows sit very well. (The foster mom thinks he may have been taught to sit and put his paws up in the air.) He will pull on the leash but he will come when he is called. He is curious about the cats but if he is told to “leave it” he soon forgets about them. He does try to jump on you when he first sees you, but he rears up first so there is time to correct him. He does not always want your attention but will come for pets when the foster dog is getting attention. He is a not a big eater; so we think he may have been free fed. He crates just fine but the foster mom has been leaving him in the house; they went to town the other night and he did just fine being left alone with their other dog.

What we want for Dozer:

A home that will give him more training, a home that can give him plenty of exercise, a home that is not gone for large periods of the day or a home that has a game plan if they are. A home that has a secure yard and a home that has had experience with large dogs. Dozer is a wonderful boy!

Medical:

Dozer is neutered, he is microchipped, has all his shots and he is heartworm negative; he is a very healthy boy.

He is being fostered in Livermore.

(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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Wiley at beginning of hike on Arnold Rim Trail



Wiley hikes with Foster Dad



Wiley enjoys the wind on the boat



Wiley swims for the ball



Wiley wants it thrown again








Wiley: 10-year-old male yellow Lab – 77 pounds

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

We are not taking any more calls for Wiley.

I don’t live at Pet Food Express. But I did find myself at a local Pet Food Express recently when some humans brought me in after they thought I’d been attacked by a coyote because of my skin issues. What? I don’t think so. But I do like Pet Food Express. Great people! Free treats [check out the low bins] if you don’t get caught! Bada-boom. Bada-bing.

What Wiley's foster says: This is one sweet happy boy… who delights in going for a walk around the neighborhood… or short hikes in the mountains. He loves to fill his jowls with water then turn his head so it's no longer over the water bowl, then let the remaining jowl-water drain. Wiley enjoys being near his humans and is content to lie nearby on a dog bed as we are doing our stuff around the home. Warning: if you get down on the ground to say “hi” to Wiley, your neck and face may be assaulted by great big dog licks. Wiley is a dog you can take with you about anywhere – downtown community events, visits to friends and family, outdoor sporting events. He travels well and enjoys meeting people everywhere we go. He needs some work to be more relaxed greeting other dogs. Wiley has a moderate level of energy for exercise, but thoroughly enjoys about 30 minutes at a time. We took Wiley out on our pontoon boat and gave him the opportunity to swim – he loved it. At night he sleeps on a dog bed next to our bed and we wake in the morning to the gleeful sound of his thumping tail and the sight of his belly as he rolls over for morning rubs.

What Wiley’s Rescue Rep says: Wiley would be great in an active family… with or without kids… with or without another dog… with or without a boat…with or without a cabin in the mountains. We are working to resolve Wiley’s skin issues. Our vet determined that Wiley has low thyroid and he now takes thyroid meds. Wiley also just completed treatment for a deep skin infection that was the source of his skin problems. This guy is current on shots, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Wiley 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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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.






Daisy: 12 ½ years young – spayed yellow female – 85 lbs



There’s a special place in Heaven for those who give their heart to an old dog.

Sweet Daisy is looking for a new home, her family is moving into a rental and has not been able to find one that would allow pets. Thankfully they called Lab Rescue to help find this very mellow, friendly, loving girl a new home. Daisy has been loved and well taken care of by her former family.

Daisy loves to be with her people; she is happy to lay on her bed and enjoy being with you. Since she is an older gal, she does have some lumps, and bumps which can be common in labs. Daisy also has stiffness in her hips; her walks are very short, enjoys a little outing in the backyard. Daisy is still young at heart; enjoys life her tail is always wagging, she loves the company of other dogs.

Daisy is wonderful with kids of all ages, as young as six months. She does know her commands sit, stay, down and come. Daisy is fine with cats. She likes to ride in the car and go swimming. She loves her treats and takes them very gently.

She would love to have a family that will take care of her, give her a nice warm bed to rest her head at night; could that family be you? A few nice things about an older dog, “what you see is what you get!” No potty training, no long hours of continuous exercise to get out the wiggles and jiggles.

Lab Rescue will be looking for a home for Daisy that would like a well-behaved companion to be part of their family.

Daisy is microchipped, up to date on her shots and Heart Worm negative.

Daisy is located in Petaluma.

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

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BANDIT: 12- 13 Year Old Black Male Lab 72 Pounds

* Donor has given $400 to their medical care once they are adopted

Bandit was taken to the San Jose shelter as his owner committed suicide. A volunteer with GGLRR saw him at the shelter and knew we needed to help this sweet boy. They told us Bandit was a very playful, great energy dog that lived with another dog; with the owner. When we met him he wanted to play, would play with the squeaky stuffed animal and loved to play fetch! He let us touch him all over and will take treats nicely. He loves to go for car rides and he is a perfect gentleman.

This is what the foster mom has to say about Bandit:

You wouldn't guess this pup is 12-13 years old: he loves his walks and retrieves balls with great enthusiasm! He naps part of each afternoon and sleeps soundly all night long, not even asking to go outside to pee!

His appetite is hearty and his weight of 72 lbs. is perfect for his frame. He does get stiff in both hips so needs assistance getting in and out of cars. An ideal home would have only a few stairs to climb. Otherwise his senior bloodwork and complete physical exam were normal! A calm, affectionate dog, he only barks when someone comes to the door or he wants to play with other dog on his walks. He has been a delight to foster for these past 2 weeks! When he sees the leash he gets excited and knows it is walk time. The current foster takes him out for a walk twice a day and if he is not out for a walk he is fine settling down in the home. Once of Bandit’s favorite thing to do is to play ball. (Of course he runs a bit slower but he still has an amazing spirit.)

Bandit is very healthy if only we could all be this healthy at his age. He has his shots, is microchipped, heartworm negative, complete well exam, neutered and complete blood panel.

Bandit always seems like he has a smile on his face from ear to ear no matter what happens to him! (One happy BOY!)

He is located in Antioch.

(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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Noah: 6 year old chocolate male, 75 lbs.

We are not taking any more calls for Noah.

We're unsure of Noah's exact age. We've been told that he is 6, but this information comes second hand and not from the original owner. After vet checks, they think his age is more around 3 years.

Looking for an active, dog-experienced family to be Noah’s forever home. He will require a leader, exercise, a yard to roam, and a family to play with him. He absolutely loves to play fetch, and his trainer sees good search and rescue potential in Noah!

Noah just completed a two-week training. He has learned to walk well on leash, as well as better manners on greeting people and dogs. He loves to snuggle and lean against you. He will hackle upon seeing other dogs and,or people at which point, his person will need to catch and correct to keep Noah on the right track. He’s learned what it’s like to live in a home with clear rules, consistent leadership, and love.

He will require a family who will continue to maintain the training he's received. We're not sure how he is with cats. He did okay with one, but not a couple of others. He may do well with a dog-savvy cat.

He'd do well as an only dog, or with another dog with excellent social skills that is tolerant of other dogs.

Noah was abandoned and left alone in the house after his owner basically destroyed the home and left Noah to fend for himself. The landlord would feed Noah once a day. Outside of that, Noah was left completely alone for 2 1/2 months.

The landlord told one of her colleagues about Noah. What this good Samaritan saw upon visiting Noah left her sickened and disheartened by how someone could be so cruel and neglectful towards their dog. He was left in the garage with access to the yard with a rusted crate and no mat to sleep on; the garage and yard reeked heavily of urine. Noah was so happy to see her, all he wanted to do was play. He muddied her business suit, but she didn't care and his desperation for attention tugged at her heartstrings. After meeting him, she couldn’t bear to leave him there any longer and brought him home with the intent to adopt him.

She got him to the vet, had him neutered, UTD on vaccines. Poor Noah was left for so long, he had a bad flea infestation and scratched a spot on his back against the fence until it became raw where he lost his fur. He has a bald spot on his back but with proper flea treatment, it should grow back.

Noah did beautifully in her home, but not with her cats. He also did not do well living in a condo in the busy downtown area. He needed a yard.

He LOVES playing ball and will return it, drop it over and over and over again....He is very treat and food motivated once he trusts you. He loves having his ears scratched, body rubbed, and is a love. He absorbs all the positive love and leadership each day.

What Noah's trainer says: Noah progressed nicely with his behavior. He walked well. He did at times hackle and tried barking at other people or dogs but was easily managed with a well-timed correction. His basic obedience skills are slowly coming along. He is very ball obsessed and retrieves extremely well, a possible search and rescue career.

What we want for Noah: The right family for Noah would be one who has experience with large dogs, including experience with training. Our preferred home is one where someone is home most of the time. Noah will do well with a family that has a loving, consistent pack leader. He would not do well in a family where the humans are gone during the day. Will do well in a home with a dog that has excellent social skills and is tolerant of other dogs, or as a solo dog in a home that can provide exercise, mental stimulation, and less busy housing.

Noah is neutered, current on vaccinations, heartworm negative and micro-chipped. Noah is located in Mountain View.

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

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Elliott: 6 year old neutered male Lab mix 75 lbs

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

Are you looking for the love and companionship of a Lab, but don’t want to deal with the exercise requirements and rambunctiousness of a high energy dog? Is a casual stroll to the local cafe to people watch more your speed than a vigorous hike in the woods? Are you looking for a sweet, playful and happy dog to hang out with at home? Are you the kind of person that believes when life gives you lemons you make lemonade? Then Elliott may be the dog for you.

What his former owner says about Elliott:

Elliott is a sweetheart. He loves to play tug, chew on balls and to be scratched all over. He responds very well to commands (sit, down, off) and walks well on or off leash with good recall. Elliott is very much a people dog and loves children. He came into the home as a puppy and shortly after was living with a new born (and then a 2nd) who he is very gentle and affectionate with. Elliott is loyal and loves to be with people. He also loves to play with other dogs but still very much thinks he is a puppy and can play as such.

Elliott is extremely friendly and playful and sweet and lovable. He loves to play but is also very easy going and can be content for half a day to lay in the sun. We love him dearly, but we live in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in the city without a yard. It is difficult for Elliott to safely navigate the 3 flights of stairs to get outside and to walk all the way to a local park. We are looking to find him a new home to improve his quality of life. This would ideally be a single floor home with access to an outdoor area that he could take himself to and walk in at his leisure.

What his foster mom says about Elliott:

Elliott loves to be with people. His normal spot to lie at my home is with his rear in the computer room where I spend most of my time, and his head and paws out in the hall so he can see me if I go in the kitchen, or walk out into the backyard or out the front door. He likes watching people and other dogs as they walk by the house. He enjoys tug-of-war and is really good at it.

Elliott is the ideal dog for someone who wants a dog with a ferocious alert bark when someone comes to the door. So when the doorbell sound comes from the TV, Elliott barks and I have to tell him it is the TV and then he is quiet. He also has his soft bark to tell you he wants some attention. He also will give you soft nudges when he wants some petting. Then when you look into his brown eyes, you cannot resist. But if you are busy he stops immediately. Elliott is not a licker so your face, hands, and legs will stay dry.

Elliott has been a perfect house guest. Due to his condition, Elliott does not get on the furniture. He has never had an accident nor chewed on anything in my home. He is a quiet sleeper and willing to sleep in in the mornings. But he does like to chew and knows which toys are his (and he knows other dog toys as demonstrated when we visit a neighbor who has a dog box of toys. Elliott heads directly to the box as soon as we arrive.)

We go out 3 to 4 times a day for short 4-block walks as longer walks are difficult. There is no pulling on the leash as Elliott follows me anywhere I go. More than a couple stairs is difficult. He walks very well on carpet and stationary rugs. He does need assistance getting in and out of cars, but is a great traveler.

What his temporary foster says about Elliott:

Elliott is a sweet and affectionate boy who quickly and easily adapts to new people and their routines. Taking "Big E" as we called him, on a walk does require some time and patience, not because of his disability, but because he loves to stop and sniff everything and loves to be outside. All you have to do is say the word "walk??" and that big lab face lights up with delight and Big E's tail starts wagging and the "woofing" starts! After a walk Elliott's favorite thing to do is have a drink of cool water and lie on the front lawn to watch the world go by. We found multiple shorts walks for Elliott were best, as he sometimes tires easily, although it depends on the day and what else he has done.

Our house is one level, although we do have a sunken living room and a step down onto the patio. Elliott is able to easily navigate these steps once he is used to where they are. He is a very smart dog and loves being around his people. His favorite thing in the whole world is a tennis ball - this motivates him more than treats!! He has also developed a new love a soccer balls, thanks to a playing with a certain 8-year-old boy (although he will try to get his mouth around it!)

Despite Elliott's condition, he is very playful, and will bring you his toys and let you know when he is in "play mode." He loves to play tug, and to romp around with his squeaky snake. He is wonderful with kids of all ages, although when first meeting people on walks he can be a bit shy. He takes treats very gently and loves a good belly rub.

Elliott does fine in the house alone, and will never touch anything -not the garbage, your shoes, etc. He will bark a few times as you walk out the door as if to say, "What?? You're leaving? Without me??!" but will then settle right down and will be waiting for you right by the door when you return, and will greet you with happy lab kisses.

"Big E" would be a wonderful companion for the right person or family who is willing to spend the time to get to know him and look past his disability.

What his rescue rep says about Elliott:

You may be wondering what’s up with Elliott’s walking. He has cerebellar ataxia, a condition that affects the part of his brain that controls coordination and balance. There really isn’t a treatment (though his foster mom swears that the coconut oil she gives him with his meals makes a difference). So he doesn’t need a lot of special care, just a home environment suited to his mobility challenges –single story living, carpeted floors, and access to a grassy yard. He also loves to get out for short walks to explore the neighborhood. He may stumble and fall at times, but he picks himself up and continues on. He’s an inspiration on having patience, perseverance and to not let little setbacks in life get you down.

Elliott is adorable and a very happy go lucky dog. He can be a bit shy when first meeting people but loves to get belly rubs once he knows you. He does well living with young children and is friendly with other dogs. He has not lived with cats, but we think that he might do ok, as he seems to have more of a friendly curiosity than a desire to chase.

Elliott is very healthy, if only he had better control of his hind legs. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, is microchipped, heartworm negative, and has had regular well check vet visits.

(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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CHLOE: 6 month old female lab puppy, 40 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Chloe. All calls and messages received so far will be returned.

This delightful girl finds herself looking for a forever home as her current owner is relocating for work and pets are not allowed in the new residence. We don’t understand how anyone could bear to leave this sweet angel behind – our hearts would be breaking!

Chloe is an energetic, happy, and playful pup who loves attention. She is housebroken, crate trained and knows sit and down commands. She has been well socialized with other dogs and enjoys playing with them.

Chloe does fine being left home alone while her current owner is at work and school, but we think she deserves better. We want her to go to a home where her people have the time and energy to spend with a young dog helping her grow into a most awesome canine companion.

Chloe has had regular vet checkups, is current on vaccinations, heartworm free, and is microchipped. GGLRR will coordinate spaying with her adopter. Chloe 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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Theo: 2-year-old male mixed breed – 84 pounds

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

Brought in to the county shelter as a stray by a good Samaritan who believed he was hit by a car, this big guy immediately won over many hearts at the shelter. The medical staff gave him a thorough look-over and took some x-rays… and found no lingering injuries or concerns from any car incident. We did find that he loves to romp in a kiddie pool – big time! We brought this guy into our Lab Rescue program honestly believing he was a Lab mix… but his recent DNA analysis revealed that he is 50% Maremma Sheepdog along with some German Shepherd, with a splash of Rottweiler.

What Theo said (during a recent interview): Hi, my name is Theo (previously known as Buddy). My Mareema Sheepdog genetic makeup means I am intelligent, loyal, an independent thinker, energetic, completely devoted to my person/family, and have a low prey drive with instincts to protect my “herd”. I will thrive in a home that has experienced, dog-savvy people to guide my training and socialization and ideally has no small children. I am insecure and shy around strangers and especially children (they are loud and move quickly) but I am slowly working through this with the help of my trainer and I am getting better every day. I love playing with other dogs and I am a favorite at Doggie Day Care and at the local dog park. I love daily walks with my mom and dad and I stay in perfect heel the whole time, unless there is a really, really good smell for me to investigate. I am learning basic commands like sit, down, wait, stay, come, watch me, load up, and go place. I am very eager to please and I am a fast learner. I am happiest when I have a “job” to do whether that is guarding my house or yard, hiking with my backpack, or practicing “doggie push-ups.” I bet with the right person I could even compete in obedience trials! Everywhere you go with me, people will comment on how “beautiful” I am. It’s true. I’m a knock-out. I am also house trained and will not get on furniture unless I am invited. My mom calls me “the cat whisperer” and even shy cats seem to trust me instantly. I get very anxious when I am left alone because all I want is to be near my person so if I can’t be supervised or dropped off at Doggie Day Care then I need to be in a very sturdy crate, kennel or dog run so I am safe (I am learning to like the crate and munch on goodies while I am in there). It takes me a little while to warm up, but once you have earned my trust I am the best, sweetest, most charming boy ever.

What Theo’s Rescue Rep says: Friendly, engaging. Food motivated, but not obsessed. Loves praise and playing with his toys/bones. Walks pretty darn nice on leash. Gets along great with other dogs. Theo Boy is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Theo would do best in a home without children. He can be protective of his people around strangers. Theo is located in Martinez.

(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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Lulu: 1-year-old female black Lab mix – 45 pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Lulu.

The amazing Ms. Lulu was found in a Vacaville field next to a busy farm road shortly after delivering her first litter of pups. She was still lactating and cleverly eluded capture for several days. Finally the Animal Control Officers gave up searching for her puppies (they were never found) and devoted themselves to catching her. After a meltdown when she was taken to the county shelter, one of the shelter employees offered to foster her, so she spent a few days with her foster, until Lab Rescue stepped in.

What Lulu’s Foster says: Lulu is settling in with us quickly, and her resilience, given the circumstances, is incredible. She is affectionate, though she shows more relaxed behavior around human females than she does around males (not unusual in rescue dogs). She gets along with our feisty cat and our 3 other dogs. At first, she was always hungry; the vet discovered she had tapeworms and treated for them, and we expect the hunger to subside. She behaves well on leash (maybe more because she is very attentive than because of prior training). She's not food aggressive and is very comfortable with crating. Her recovery from spaying and worming has been rapid. We think she's still traumatized by her abandonment and the loss of her pups, but each day she is more relaxed. We allow her to sail up onto the bed for morning cuddles, and she is learning to sit for meals. There are occasional house-training mistakes, but she is intent on pleasing, and upset when she gets in trouble. At first she preferred staying indoors, but as her anxiety has diminished, she spends more time outside. She has separation anxiety when left alone in the house, but not if left outdoors, even for long periods of time.

What Lulu’s Rescue Rep says: Lulu is a sweet, healthy young dog. Current on shots, microchipped and recently spayed. Lulu’s adopter will need to continue her psychological recovery from her traumatic abandonment and loss of her puppies. Lulu is located in Vacaville.

(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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Morris AKA “Big Mo”: 6-year-old male black Lab – 130 pounds

Morris’s current family has to give him up for adoption as they have two small kids and just do not have the time or space to care for him properly. This is a very hard decision for the family but they know it is best for Morris.

From his family:

Morris is our gentle giant, the sweetest boy you will ever meet; very affectionate.

Morris will be 6 in October. We adopted him when he was about 1.5 years old. I'll never forget, he came running from around a corner and knocked me over! It was love at first sight! He is a gorgeous boy and a gentle, gentle soul. He's never met a dog or a child he didn't like. Little dogs can be a bit intimidated by his size, though. He currently weighs in at around 130! He is a big boy to begin with, but has put on some weight due to his epilepsy and the meds that we use to control it. We would love to see Morris go to a family that first and foremost loves labs, because Morris is such the typical lab! Also, a large yard would be great. Morris loves to be around his people and he loves to snuggle! He does not realize how big he is! He goes out frequently with his dog walker and loves to be outdoors. He does very well off leash, always comes when called.

Morris knows: Sit, stay, down, come, drop, leave it, wait and off. He will bark when the mail man comes to the door, loves to play fetch, he has gone swimming once and he loved it. GGLRR would recommend Morris to swim as it would help him get some weight off. He gets walked each morning and night and then goes with a dog walking group three days a week. Morris is great and can be walked off leash and he will stay right by your side. He will pull on the leash if he sees a squirrel. He is in a home with a 1 and 3 year and just loves kids.

GGLRR met Morris and everything his family says about him is true! He is a wonderful boy and just loves to be the center of attention. He can be left alone without any issues; he will try to counter surf and he does have a sensitive stomach so the family sticks to just his dog food.

Medical:

Morris takes medication for his epilepsy; he has no other health issues and has been to the vet on a regular basis. Morris needs to lose at least 30 pounds.

He is located in San Francisco.

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

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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mac: almost 9 year old black purebred male 70 pounds

Mac was bought from a breeder in the Carmel area when he was just a few weeks old and has papers. He has lived with the same family since the time he was adopted from the breeder. He will be 9 years old in Sep 2016 but you cannot tell it by looking at him. He has plenty of energy and very little grey around his muzzle. He is a very pretty boy and very happy.

Mac lives with another small dog and a cat and is as sweet as he can be. Mac for the most part has been an outdoor dog but is gentle and very anxious to please and he just loves attention. He doesn’t bark at all and doesn’t jump on people. He knows basic commands like sit, down and stay (when he’s not excited such as when new people give him lots of attention). He’s great with children of all ages.

Mac has a hot spot that has just developed which Lab Rescue is treating and for which we will provide meds. Mac will be neutered, heartworm tested, and up to date on vaccines, fecal tested and microchipped in the next few days.

For more information contact Sylvana text or email preferred. Text 831-596-1700 or 831-402-6600 or Email: sylstrattn@aol.com.

Mac update:

Mac was put into an experienced foster home after his family moved out of the area. This is what his foster mom says about him.

He was purchased as a puppy and then found his way to the back yard, to stay for the next 9 years of his life. He proved in his first week in his foster home to be well worth the effort of rescue. His initial reaction to being indoors was pacing and panting. His foster family spent the first 3 days figuring out how to help him feel ok about being inside while giving him lots of time on a shady deck with a yard to explore to decompress.

He now sleeps happily indoors on a bed next to his foster folds at night and has many supervised visits throughout the day inside. He is absolutely wonderful with other dogs and loves to play with his foster dog siblings. He has no food or toy aggression issues and thrives on attention. He's wonderful with children. He will need a family that can commit to helping him figure out boundaries (the food on the counter really isn’t up for grabs), the refrigerator, (although it really seems to be too good to be true) also is off limits.

He’s curious and playful and everything just seems new and fun. Mac will make someone a fabulous companion. He’s super food motivated – he’s a pleaser. He wants to be a part of your pack. He needs a loving, patient family who can help him grow into the awesome dog that he is. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Max: 2-3 year-old male black English Lab

What Max says: I’m a handsome, happy boy who just wants to be with my people—which makes it hard to understand why my last owner left me alone at the shelter. I didn’t like it there, it was noisy and made me nervous. Luckily a nice lady from Lab Rescue spotted me, made a few calls and now I’m living the good life with my foster mom up in the Santa Cruz mountains, exploring my big new yard, meeting all the neighbors and their dogs and getting long belly rubs. There’s so much to do that I’m even starting to forget about my itchy ears! My foster mom takes me on lots of walks and sometimes we even go in the car—I love life!

What Max’s foster says: Max is an owner surrender from the Santa Cruz shelter and appears to be a very well bred English Labrador. He is not very tall but has those adorable thick English features we love: a big blocky head, wiggly otter tail, massive paws, luxuriously silky coat and a joyful labby smile full of sparkling white teeth. He’s still very much a big puppy who’s just starting to settle into a daily routine.

Max has very good house manners and quickly learned to respect boundaries like the kitchen and front door threshold. He’s not a counter surfer but like most puppies, will steal a fuzzy slipper or shoe if you’re not careful. He enjoys his nylabone and seems to just be learning about how to play with other toys. Right now, he prefers to play by interacting with people, but suspect he will eventually grow into toy play, too. Oh, and the hose¬¬–Max loves to play in hose water!

Max took to his crate immediately and sleeps there at night and when his foster mom is away from home. He’s quiet in the crate and in the yard too.

Max is a really a sweet, happy-go-lucky boy who will benefit from an experienced home and positive-reinforcement training. He’s still learning his name and doesn’t realize his own strength or size, so basic obedience and socialization will be a top priority in helping him to become a well-rounded family member. Max especially loves our male renter so we think he will be great with both men and women. He spent an entire afternoon with a child, so we suspect he’ll be great with older kids who are big-dog savvy, too.

Max has met several neighbor dogs (male and female) and really wants to be social, but is not very experienced with greetings yet. He seems to be more comfortable with larger, well-balanced dogs. He is a little too interested in our 2 resident cats for now but longer term, he may be workable. He’ll definitely need close supervision with other dogs (and kids) while his post-neuter hormones settle a bit.

What Max’s Rescue Rep says: Max is up to date on vaccinations and is newly microchipped and has stunningly good looks. He has a healthy bodyweight and is the epitome of a Lab-lovebug. Max appears to have allergies but it's predicted that good food and attention will make a huge difference. The ideal home for Max would be with an experienced dog owner who can provide the training and socialization he needs to become a good canine citizen, including a securely fenced yard.

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

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Click to watch Vickie's video.






Vickie: Black Lab, Female 55 pounds 5 to 6 years old

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

Here is what her foster has to say about her: Vickie is a sweetheart who has a lot of of love to give. She has been adaptable, loyal, and well behaved. She loves to play, take walks, and is food driven which is a great way to train her. She is with me 24/7. At home, she is very observant while hanging out on the deck towards the cars and people. Does not bark at anyone or at my housemate’s cat. She has only barked if another nearby dog barks at her. She prefers to sleep inside her crate over her large dog bed at night voluntarily. I keep her crate door open at all times so she may roam freely. At work, she is excited as she is with someone at all times. She will settle down and get comfortable as you start to settle down to begin work. She is well behaved during car rides.

Please get to know her more by watching her videos and pictures on the two provided links. I will continue to update it with content over time.

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

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

         
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