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Lab adoption fair Last updated 8/17/2018 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.






Moxy: 5.5 -year-old female yellow Lab Mix 90 pounds spayed

Intro: Moxy is a great dog. One of the biggest hearts and loves to please. We had her for 4 years and she was great to our family. 2 boys now 8 and 12. They were 4 and 8 when we got her. They love her and she loves them. Our lifestyle and time at home has changed a lot in the last 4 years. We are heartbroken to rehome her, but we know it is best for her long term and us. We are writing this to be sure her new forever home has all the details we learned over the last 4 years. If we could sum her up in a few words, it would be “play” “love” and “fearful/worried”. She takes a while to warm up, even with us to start, but soon was a big mush of love. Why are we rehoming her? It was not easy. We love her and tons of tears were shed. We feel that she is a great dog, but our busy life, combined with a loud household; she has developed some behaviors that are stressful to us and we cannot manage her the way she needs and deserves.

Play: Moxy loves to play fetch or ball. She will chase it far and bring it back or just be happy in the house catching it out of the air. We had 4-5 chuck it balls around the house and she loved to chew them or bring them to you to play a game of catch. In a field or park she will run full speed to get the ball. She loves ball. It is her favorite. She also enjoys tug: We had 1 or 2 in her toy basket. She would go retrieve them to play or if you ask her “where is your tug” or “go get your tug”. She is a tough competitor, but always drops it on command. Rare to actually beat her. She loves to swim. We have brought her to the river (nothing rushing) and the ponds where we hike. She will swim forever. So be prepared. We have a very long leash we leave on her to make sure we can get her back in. She will chase floating buoys if you throw them. She also just likes to play. Meaning run around the house at crazy speeds. Usually ends with her grabbing a ball or tug and bringing it to you. She loves to go out on walks and even hikes. Most our play was ball or tug related. Old, young, big or small she loves anyone that will play ball or tug.

Animals: Moxy does not live with cats. We have them next door and she barks at them through the fence from time to time. She sees them on walks and ears go up, but no barking, lunging or obsession. Moxy has been mixed with other dogs. She is working with Caity at Balanced Behavior and spends hours with the pack. She is not wanting to play and will let other dogs know that, but will co-exist with them. She is sometimes reactive on the leash towards dogs that are pulling towards her or lunging at her. But even that is hit or miss. We were working to get her a friend and why we had her weekly at doggie day care. She lives with 2 Guinea Pigs and a hamster. She never gets to be with them face to face, but never jumps up or seems to care about them. Hamster ball has ran into her in his ball a few times with zero issues. She is very respectful.

Walk/Commands/Leash: Moxy is very well trained. She has had months with a great trainer Caity at Balanced Behavior. She walks very well on the leash and actually off the leash too. When on the leash she will “heel”. Never pulls or lags. Stays right alongside of you. Very very easy to walk. Over time we started to walk and hike with her off the leash. She will not go off trail much and stays with you. She will stop to smell here and there when off leash and is in no big hurry, but keeps up. When on the leash and you stop she will “sit” when asked. She knows “sit”, “down”, “wait”, “ok”, “drop it”, “give it”, “heel” and “stay” very well. She recently learned “bed” and does pretty well with it. She loves to walk and hike.

Behavior/Environment: We have 2 boys and the house’s volume and energy has increased a lot. I think this is not good for Moxy. She is not a fan of loud noises. She will usually leave and try to find a less stressful place in the house or yard. She is not freaking out or have major anxiety, but we can tell she does not like it. She is a big lover, but it takes time to warm up. When we got her for the 1st month we got very little “pet me” or “cuddles”. Now she is wanting it more than we can provide. When she wants pets and love she is open to it all. I think a home with a little less commotion and energy would be great. We are gone a lot on weekends and at work all day and she would love someone home more. She has had a house sitter and does fine with her. She would stay at our house. She is not a runaway type of dog. She doesn’t not leave if front door is open, gate or garage. She is a home body. She has never dug in backyard or destroyed anything. She does great with positive reinforcement and will be submissive when in trouble. She has had the great pleasure of working with Caity at Balanced Behavior. She is awesome. She did trainings with her and for the last few months has gone to daycare 1 day a week. She loves it. Caity and her staff have her in with all the dogs for 2 to 5 hours every week. She doesn’t play but is not aggressive towards other dogs. Moxy will be missed! We love her! She deserves a less stressful home, owners that are home more and all the hugs and kisses we used to give her!

The Vet: She is not a big fan. It can be very stressful for her. She can be very defensive. She has on her vet notes : NO TEMPERATURE. We started to muzzle her to be safe. For the 1st 3 years we did not do that, but the stress she was in at the vet, it was just easier. She is not a fan of muzzle, but it is most likely best. Nails: No issue getting her nails cut. She does not love it, but does not fight it. She DOES NOT like the groomer putting the noose/leash attached to the wall around her neck to do her nails. Our groomer had one person hold leash and other do nails. No issues. Baths: She does not mind the baths. We do them in back yard and at the self-wash place. She is fine with either. Never had her groomed. No sure she would like that.

Health: Moxy is in great health overall. We just had all her blood and urine tested, plus a full examination. She is a little over weight. Could lose some weight. She is on Pronin for incontinence. It was not a problem for the 1st year or so. We think it could be weight related. The Pronin works great. Just goes in her food. Very easy. We have been down to 1 tablet each feeding. We even do some mornings without it. No issues. She is a little susceptible to ear infections. So, we recommend ear wash once a week and same day as any swimming.

Moxy is located in: Windsor and is being fostered by a professional dog trainer – Caity Haistings

If you are interested in Moxy email rescue rep Liz at 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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Shiloh: 18-month-old female black Lab mix 83 pounds not yet spayed

Background: Young Lab/Shepherd mix Shiloh was given up by her family as they were moving to Idaho and could not take her.

What Shiloh’s Rescue Rep says: Shiloh is full of energy – very puppy-like but in a large body. She likes jumping up on things, like chairs and tables. She likes jumping over things, like baby gates and short fences. Incredibly playful… she will find every toy in the room and try it out… only to be distracted by another toy. Loves tug-of-war… will bring the toy over to you to grab. Gets along with other dogs, but her exuberance can get her into trouble with another dog who doesn’t appreciate her getting in their face. Shiloh is a water dog – tough to keep her out of the pool – swim, swim, swim. Crate-trained – sort of – work in progress. Appears to be house-broken. No idea how she is with cats. Has been around children – but her rowdy nature will be problematic for young kids. Shiloh is just learning how to walk on leash. She can be a bit mouthy when playing… Shiloh is also crate trained (sort of)… as she will bark for a while when first put into her crate, but then soon settle down… Shiloh is a typical young vivacious dog… worthy of a family or individual with the time to devote to her.

Medical Information: Shiloh is in superb health. She is current on vaccinations and negative for heartworm. Will soon be spayed and microchipped.

Shiloh is located in: Oakland.

If you are interested in Shiloh, 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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Abbie ~8 or 9 year old spayed female yellow Lab mix 45 pounds

Hi, guys! My name is Abbie and boy could I use a forever home! I am a petite Lab in middle age – life begins at 40, right? Well in dog years, I’m ready for my life to begin! Will it be with you?

Abbie’s Background: I was in the shelter before GGLRR rescued me. That was no fun. My foster friends think I might have been a stray for a while or a backyard dog because I can be somewhat skittish. I had litters of puppies in my past, but that job is done for me now and I am ready to retire to the good life with my forever human(s).

Abbie in her Foster Home: I like to know where the door is, and I’m an expert in backwards walking! I am gentle as can be with people. I love, love, love to eat, so a treat will get me to do what you want. I know “sit” like a boss and I’m housebroken. I do great when left home alone. I’ve got pep in my step, and I’m feeling good (though the vet says my thyroid pills are the key to that). Walking on a leash is new to me, but I am figuring it out. I like to please, so anytime my foster friends say “no” or “stop,” I am happy to do it. I gotta say, though, I sometimes still pull on leash and I’m not a big fan of seeing other dogs when I'm on a leash, so I really need a home with people who will take me to training to get better about that or at least can help me steer clear of other dogs when we are walking.

From Abbie’s Rescue Rep: We are looking for a home for Abbie that will provide her a lot of human companionship, which she thoroughly enjoys. She loves the indoor life, but likes to know she can get outside if needed, so a home with a dog door and a securely fenced yard would be ideal. She is best-suited to a home with no children or with older children where she is the only dog. We do not know about cats.

Medical: Spayed, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations, and heartworm negative. Abbie tested low on thyroid and was prescribed twice-daily thyroid medication that she will need to continue in her new home. She was underweight at 45 pounds and probably is a 48-50 pound dog when at her optimal size.

Abbie currently is located in: San Francisco

If you are interested in Abbie, 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 Abbie 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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Tucker Enjoys Toy Carrot



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Tucker Explores on Leash



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Tucker: ~6 year old chocolate neutered male Lab 75 pounds

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

Hi! I am Tucker. I can be a little shy at first, but then really warm up to my humans. I also enjoy living with another dog. The key for me is slow, easy introductions of humans, dogs and new places or situations. I am looking for a patient, loving forever home that understands and accepts this about me. Then I will be your best friend and companion.

Background: Found afraid and hiding under a porch bench after the 4th of July, Tucker was taken to the shelter by Animal Control but he wasn't chipped and no owner came to claim him. The shelter named him Sgt Pepper. He is tentative when first meeting new people so the shelter asked GGLRR to take him into foster and help to find him a new home. Our fosters renamed him Tucker.

What Tucker’s Fosters Say: Tucker is beginning to adjust to life in our home with the two of us and our female Lab. He bonded to us fairly quickly, even more so than to our Lab. Sometimes Tucker and our Lab play together in the yard and other times they are happy to be in their separate places. Tucker quickly learned to use the dog door and now goes in and out with ease -- in fact, we think he finds it quite amusing, as he chooses the dog door over the people door, even if it’s wide open! We are not sure if he has played with toys before because he didn’t seem to know how when he first arrived, but now he has begun taking one toy to his dog bed and chewing on it a bit. He will easily give it up if our dog wants to play with it. We tried to take a hike on his second day with us. He was fine for a while but then froze up and we had a challenge getting him to move again so we could head home. We had to stop and wait numerous times while he worked up the courage to continue. We think with time and patience, he will move past his fears and be an active companion. Tucker is a love bug and has charmed our friends.

What Tucker’s Rescue Rep Says: This boy is shy at first but warms up in time. We are looking for an adopter who has the patience to let him do so at his own pace and not prematurely put him into social situations with which he is uncomfortable. Tucker knows some commands and is treat motivated, so we believe he will be easily trained.

Medical: Neutered, microchipped, heartworm negative and current on shots.

Tucker is located in: Tiburon

If you are interested in Tucker, 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 Tucker would live if you adopted him.

(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: Santa Clara

 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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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.






Shadow: ~ 8 year-old male black Lab ~80 lbs neutered

We are not taking any more calls for Shadow.

Background: Shadow and his side kick Ace 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. Shadow was adopted as a puppy at about 7 months old and has lived with his family since. He spent his days mostly outside in the yard, except for when he went wandering with Ace 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 in a certain part of the yard. He’s not been left alone in the house without humans.

What Shadow’s owner says: Shadow’s owner says that he is a very nice dog, very friendly. He’s lived in a home with kids as young as 5 (when he was first adopted) who are now 13 and 18. He hasn’t been walked in a while, but when he was his owner used a correction collar and Shadow walked quite nicely. Shadow has been to dog parks and off leash beaches and does well with other dogs and people. He does like to chase cats and squirrels.

What Shadow’s foster says: Shadow is a very sweet-natured dog with lots of love to give. After spending the majority of his time in the backyard at his former home, he has done amazingly well at quickly adapting to being an in-house dog. We trust him when we leave the house, both to be a good boy and to chill out with our own dog.

Shadow is a typical happy-go-lucky Lab. He loves over-sized tennis balls and walks. When he walks around with the tennis ball in his mouth, his tail does not stop wagging! And when we get the leash out to go for a walk, he jumps up and down with excitement.

Shadow has limitations with his rear legs. We have learned that stairs are hard for him. Also, he thinks twice before getting up once he's laid down. He has recently started new meds that should help. Regardless, Shadow eagerly goes on neighborhood walks with us each day.

Shadow and our own Lab get along well. He would do well as an only dog or in a house with a calm dog. Just so long as he gets love and attention from his people, especially if it includes belly rubs, he will be a happy guy. He will make a wonderful addition to someone's family.

What Shadow’s Rescue Rep says: Shadow is a very friendly dog with good energy. He bounded around the enclosure, chased the ball (and brought it back!). He passed all his tests (handling, dog to dog and food guarding) just fine. He’s a very sweet happy boy. He is accustomed to sleeping in a crate outside, so would likely be quite happy (even happier!) in a 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 Shadow 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. Since he is a bit stiff in the rear end, he would not do well in a home with stairs. Given his size a home with older kids over the age of 8 would be fine. He would also do fine in a home with another dog. Shadow chases cats and squirrels, so a home without cats is required (we can’t do much about the squirrels in the yard, but he shouldn’t be allowed to go crazy chasing them).

Medical information: Shadow is in overall good health for his age. He has a bit of stiffness in his hind end which is not unusual for his age. We’re giving him meds to help with this. He has callouses on his elbows from spending so much time outside. Overall he looks great. He is current on his shots, neutered, heartworm negative and on preventive, and micro chipped.

Shadow is located in: Belmont

(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.




Charlie Knows His Commands



Charlie Obeys 12-yr-old During Training Session



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Charlie: 14 mo old neutered male Chocolate Lab Mix ~60 lbs

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Charlie.

Hi! My name is Charlie! I am looking for a new family that will spend time with me at home and that will include me in their many adventures away from home. I am social and travel well, so you can take me along about anywhere you go. I am ready to walk, to hike, to play at the dog park, and to go with you on other family outings. At home I like to snuggle with both adults and kids, and I don’t even mind the family cat.

Background: Charlie is the result of the pairing of a male chocolate Lab and a female black Lab mix (Shepard?). Most of the pups were solid black or solid chocolate. Because of Charlie’s unusual markings, people often stop to comment on the beauty of this unique Lab mix. The family Charlie has lived with since he was weened socialized him well with kids, the cat, and other dogs. They are moving to a place they cannot take Charlie so with heavy hearts they contacted GGLRR to find him a new home.

What Charlie’s Owner Says: Charlie is a happy, healthy dog, without behavior problems. He is great with our kids. My 12-year-old daughter works with Charlie on his commands and even taught him to “high-five.” Since Charlie weighs about 60 pounds, my daughter can walk him even though he pulls a bit when they start out. He also is good about greeting other dogs when out on leash. We take Charlie to a local dog park where he plays well with the other dogs. Charlie is in the house with us each evening and enjoys sleeping in the kids’ beds. We would like Charlie to move to a home where he is loved and included in family life and we know GGLRR will find that for him.

What Charlie’s Rescue Rep says: Charlie is a happy, animated boy that will be a fun addition to an active family that will be consistent with his training and provide exercise, structure and boundaries. Charlie is a smart dog who now knows basic commands, but would love to find a new parent that will continue working with him on training and other mental stimulation. He needs to be taught to greet people without jumping up, for example.

Medical: Healthy young boy! Neutered, microchipped, and current on shots.

Charlie is located in: Concord

(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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Cooper in My Home Office



Cooper Plays w/a Stuffed Toy



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Cooper: ~15 month old chocolate male Lab, not-yet-neutered

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

Hi! My name is Cooper! I am looking for a new parent or family that can put the same energy into me that I put into balls and chew toys. Let’s play! Let’s swim! Let’s run or hike! Let’s train together! Then maybe we can relax and chill afterward.

Background: We don’t know how Cooper came to be lost, but Animal Control found him and took him to a shelter. A search and rescue trainer thought he might be a good match, but after two weeks at his facility the trainer decided Cooper did not have adequate drive to succeed at search and rescue. Since the shelter was full, shelter staff contacted GGLRR to find Cooper a new home.

What Cooper’s Foster says: Cooper is a young male Lab looking for an ACTIVE home that can keep up with him! He is energetic and is not quickly tired out. After an hour and twenty minute morning walk, Cooper was up for 30 minutes of swimming to retrieve a tennis ball. He was ready to play with balls and toys in my office when we arrived back home. His energy level can be overwhelming at times but can be redirected in obedience and exercise. He is learning to walk with a leash attached to an Easy Walk harness and is very manageable that way. Although Cooper is an affectionate dog that bonds quickly, he does best with structure and boundaries. Cooper continues to learn how to settle in on a dog bed with a tie down. With consistency, his settling behavior will get better and better. Cooper is a happy, animated boy that will be a fun addition to an active family that will be consistent with his training and provide exercise, structure and boundaries.

What Cooper’s Rescue Rep says: Cooper would make a great training companion for an active person who can take him out for runs or hikes - this boy needs more than a casual walk around the neighborhood. He needs to burn energy – a tired dog is a happy dog! Cooper would love to find new parent(s) that can provide leadership and who has the time to continue working with him on training and other mental stimulation. I see obedience classes in Cooper's near future! Cooper’s energy and enthusiasm could be a bit much for younger kids, so a home with teens or older would be best. He would do well in a home with another active dog.

Medical Information: Current on shots. We will coordinate his neuter and microchip with his adopters.

Cooper 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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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

(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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OLIVER: 7 Week Old Black Lab Mix Puppy Male Not Neutered 7 Pounds

We are not taking any more inquiries for Oliver.

Background: Hi! My name is Oliver! Aren’t I cute!? Everyone who meets me thinks so! A wonderful volunteer with GGLRR saw me on Craig’s list. She let everyone know and I was snagged by another volunteer who kept me for the night (big surprise to him as I was the youngest he has had overnight), who then brought to my foster family’s home the next day where I settled in nicely with my 4 legged foster sister and foster brother. How lucky am I! They said I was a purebred (and a vet said it was possible, even with the little white toes and blaze on my chest). Who knows, I don’t care, and everyone I’ve met so far doesn’t either. I am a purebred bundle of baby joy.

What Oliver’s foster says: Oliver is definitely a baby. That means he is working on his potty training (and doing quite well actually even though he needs to go out several times during the night as that’s part of being a baby ), crate training (still not his favorite place but will quiet down after a few minutes), and trying not to use his sharp teeth when he plays or is hungry. He tries not to get under feet, but his enthusiasm with being with you and playing with your pant leg gets the best of him. Oliver gets along well with his foster canine sister and brother. Enjoys following them around, but will leave them alone when they gently tell him to bug off. He has seen the foster cat with no reaction. He hasn’t a clue what she is, only that she is smaller than the other two. Oliver sleeps crated in the bedroom with the rest of the family. Has been left an hour or so in an x-pen and open crate in the kitchen during the day. Outside he is never left unattended as he is so tiny and the yard is so big.

Medical Information& What GGLRR Wants: Oliver has had his first round of shots. He should go to a loving home that is around most of the time, or can take him with them to work/etc. A home with children over the age of 10 would be best, as he needs to have lots of patience, attention and support while going through his puppyhood. GGLRR will coordinate his neuter when appropriate.

Oliver is located in: Novato

(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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Annie: 9 year old yellow female 90 Pounds

Background: What a sweet, smart girl! Annie was picked up as a stray in the north bay- how anyone could let this lovely girl go is beyond me. She is a happy, goofy lab who LOVES to play tug and perform surgery on her stuffed toys. Annie likes to hang out with her people, is calm in the house, and goes for walks enthusiastically. She is strong, and I use a gentle leader to walk her--she does quite well with it

What Annie’s foster says: Annie is a perfect companion dog, up for adventure anytime. And everything is an adventure. Need to put gas in the car? GREAT! Let's go! Need to walk to the market/ mow the lawn/ go to the park/ wash the dishes/ anything else? FABULOUS, let me assist! Annie gets along well with my lab, and she greets people and other dogs nicely. Unknown how she is with kitties. She is being treated for yeast in her skin, for which she gets regular medicated baths. Annie is happy to help you de-stress by offering you her belly to rub while she gives you little kisses, and is truly a special girl.

Medical Information: spayed, microchipped, well check, blood panel, treated her ears, treated some skin issues and heartworm negative. She is a healthy GIRL!

Annie 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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Geno and Rufus romping

Geno and bone and Diesel

Geno and bone and ball

Geno want ball

Geno romping in the backyard







Geno: 6-month-old male yellow Lab 60 pounds not yet neutered

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Geno

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. Pretty much house-broken. 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 60 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.


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Thor outdoors, 2 days after his operation







Thor: 9-year-old male chocolate Lab 76 pounds neutered

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Thor.

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 back in early June, 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 and ducks. 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 is fully recovered from his surgery. He is neutered, microchipped, and fully vaccinated.

Gus is located in: Oakley.

(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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