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Lab adoption fair Last updated 11/20/2018 5:30 PM

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places many Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (288 in 2017)!  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.







Hope: 9-year-old female yellow Lab mix ~75 lbs spayed

Background: Hope came to us from the local shelter in pretty bad physical condition; it was clear she had been neglected (at best!) and has had puppies, maybe more than one litter. One of our volunteers met Hope at the shelter and told us this one’s a keeper. Now she’s with us and We agree! We are looking for a home for Hope that will make up for all that neglect!

What Hope’s foster says: Hope was quite stressed getting in my car, but once in she settled down enough on the way home that she put her paw on my lap and laid down. She appears to have no experience with squeaky fuzzy toys or balls. She walked nicely on leash, except for SQUIRREL!!!! Strong prey drive, kitties probably not a good idea. She's curious, wants to explore everything and everywhere. This girl is smart (already getting used to her name), curious, goes outside to pee and poop. She is watchful, not hand shy, responds well to T-touch, and seeks it out.

What Hope’s Rescue Rep says: We think that Hope did not get a lot of time with her people; lots of things seem new to new to her like toys and balls, but she is making up for lost time! She’s settling in nicely in her foster home, loves getting pets, treats and chicken! So far she is pretty good on a leash (although very strong) unless she sees a squirrel or small dog; she seems to have a very strong prey drive. Hope is going to doggie day care for some socialization and reports have been very positive. We think Hope has spent enough time on her own being a puppy factory! The ideal home for Hope would be one where a human is around much of the day to hang out with her, give her basic obedience training, and show her how wonderful life as an inside dog with a human family can be. Her new owner needs to be both physically able to handle a strong dog and a strong leader. Someone who has experience working with dogs like Hope, who missed out on the socialization and training that they should have gotten as a puppy, would be really helpful in transitioning Hope to the wonderful inside family dog that she can be. Hope has a strong prey drive, wants to chase squirrels, does not like small dogs and should not go to a home with small dogs or cats. Hope is fine with large dogs.

Medical information: Hope is spayed, micro chipped, heartworm free and up to date on her vaxes. She had some lumps removed and biopsied and they are not malignant.

Hope is located in: San Jose

If you are interested in Hope, please contact Rescue Rep Debbi at dragonflydebbi@gmail.com (preferred) or 408-613-2044 (NOT a textable number)

(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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Libby and squeaky chicken



Libby and rope toy



Libby and leash walk



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Liberty (AKA Libby): 15-month-old female yellow Lab 82 pounds spayed

Background: A recent California arrival from Wyoming, by way of Salt Lake City, Liberty was purchased by an angel in San Francisco who had a huge heart but quickly found that Liberty’s anxieties with urban noise and action were so challenging in “The Big City”. The angel moved to Walnut Creek to provide a quieter environment for Libby, but her anxieties persisted.

What Liberty’s Owner says: Liberty is not acclimating well to urban/city living and difficult for me to manage training. She would do better in a quiet neighborhood with a backyard, and ideally another older (alpha) dog who can show her the ropes. Libby is crated-trained and house-broken She is a gem with me inside the home. She is the sweetest girl who loves attention and being close to you. The best things for her would be a calm and quiet home way from city sounds and traffic which make her so nervous.

What Liberty’s Rescue Rep says: A tale of two dogs. Libby is a darling inside the house – just one normal young pup. Outdoors on a nearby lawn in a quiet area: absolutely fine, playful, puppy-like. Libby’s anxieties (and fears) take center stage when she goes to some noisy environment (e.g., street traffic); she immediately wants to retreat to a “safe” area. Liberty will require an adopter that is willing to work carefully with her, addressing her insecurities, enabling her to become a confident dog. This could be an extended project. Liberty’s adopter should plan on enlisting the help of a professional dog trainer. She might benefit by having another (older) dog in the home.

Medical Information: Spayed and current on vaccinations. Not yet microchipped. Libby is in great health!

Liberty is located in: Walnut Creek.

If you are interested in Liberty, 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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Huff: 7 yr old male black Lab - 85 lbs – neutered

What Huff’s owner says: Huff has been with us all his life. Unfortunately, we need to find Huff a new home. With two full-time jobs and young children, he is not getting the time and attention that he needs and deserves. We moved from a home with property to a home with a small backyard that is not enough room for him to run and play fetch.

What Huff’s Rescue Rep says: Huff is one happy and gregarious lab that loves to play and run. When we met Huff, he was in the backyard where he spends his days along with his mother. He was very excited to be getting attention; he took some treats very nicely. Huff is very active in the small backyard, bringing his toys to you hoping you will play with him. Huff lives with children four and eight years old; he does well with them. Sometimes his “zoomies” are a little too much for the youngest child. So he will need a home with children that are dog savvy. Huff is crate trained and sleeps there at night in the garage. He would love to come into your home and be part of the family. Huff has been housetrained; he would go to the door to let you know he had to go out. We are not sure how he will do with cats. Owners say that he does like to go in the car, now he rides in the back of the truck. Huff knows Sit, Stay, Fetch, and Drop. Loves the water!

Huff does not get out of the yard too much to walk on a leash, so when we took him out, he was a little rusty. With the slightest correction, he would fall into place nicely. Huff does have good recall, even with all the excitement and attention he did not try to escape or run off when he was off leash. His recall, of course, should not be trusted until you are sure his recall is 100% with you.

Huff is a big strong boy; he is slightly overweight, possibly 5 -10 lbs for his size. He is a very smart lab that needs someone that knows Labs, and that will keep him active, burn off that energy that he has now. Establish leadership and guidance and reinforce his training, and welcome him into their home.

Medical information: Huff is neutered, up to date on his shots and chipped, he will need to be Heart Worm tested. He is a healthy boy, a little overweight, less food, and more activity will trim him down nicely.

Huff is located in: Napa

If you are interested in Huff, please 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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Izzy playing fetch



Izzy rolling in the grass



Izzy and the Frenchie







Izzy: 10 year-old female black Lab mix 90 lbs spayed

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

Background: This sweet and delightful girl loves to be petted and will gently touch you with her paw if she thinks you are stopping too soon. Could you provide the loving forever home Izzy so truly deserves?

Izzy’s owner adopted her from a shelter in Chicago a few years ago and was very devoted to her. But life changes happened. Izzy and her owner moved to the Bay Area six months ago into a household that already had three other smaller dogs. Although Izzy played nicely with the other dogs, she wasn’t that keen about sharing bones or favorite toys with the other dogs. The people weren’t good about picking up these valuable items and conflicts between the dogs occurred. The other people in the home aren’t really big dog people and the smaller dogs were there first, so Izzy’s owner was asked to find another home for Izzy. Izzy’s owner is very sad about giving her up, but is respecting the wishes of his household, and called Lab Rescue to find Izzy a new family that would provide her a loving forever home. We can’t imagine how anyone could bear to say goodbye to this wonderful girl!

What Izzy’s foster says: Izzy is a very calm and polite dog. She prefers to be inside with people and will happily sleep or rest next to me all day. At night she sleeps on the floor at the base of my bed and sometimes goes in and sleeps next to my son’s bed on the hard floor. I think that she thinks she is protecting the child by sleeping there. She has never tried to climb on the bed or the furniture and will often wait outside my door to be invited into my room. Sometimes I hear her bark when she is on her own in the yard, but not a lot. She likes to chase squirrels but is way too slow to catch one. She has found a potty spot in the garden to do her business and does it there rather than the lawn.

What Izzy’s Rescue Rep says: Izzy will provide a great companion for someone looking for a dog devoted to their person. She’s very people focused and wants to please you. Watching Izzy enjoy a good back scratch wriggle on the grass will bring joy to your heart. She’s a sweet, intelligent, easy-going, and loyal dog. We think Izzy might do best as the only dog in a home where she can be the focus of attention. Izzy has enjoyed playing with other dogs, but can be reactive when she sees other dogs while on leash. Her owner trained her to sit and focus on him when saw another dog while on leash, her foster reports she does great at this, especially when you put a treat on her nose!

Medical Information: Spayed, microchipped, current on shots, and will be tested for heartworm. Overall healthy. Has a cyst on one eyelid that her vet recommended letting be.

Izzy is located in: Woodside

If you are interested in Izzy, call, text, or email Rescue Rep Katy, 650-796-3596 or 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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Riley bopping around with a pal



Riley romping with pals







Riley: 2-yr-old female yellow Lab 75 pounds spayed

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

Background: Surrendered by her Manteca owner who could not afford her ongoing medical expenses, Riley lived most of her life in an apartment with a loving family.

What Riley’s Foster says: Miss Riley is a bundle of two-year-old energy. She loves to play with the dogs that live in her foster home; they all pull on ropes and roll around in the yard then search for missing tennis balls and have great adventures. Riley gets along with everyone and fits right into any situation. She is completely house-trained and has learned to use the dog door. She sleeps well through the night, but would rather not get up early in the morning. Riley loves everyone. She is clumsy due to her weak back leg, but that never slows her down. The kids have begun calling her “Smiley Riley” because her smile is so happy. She would love a family who has a lot of love to give and time to play! She exhibits no separation anxiety, is able to be left inside, with the dog door open for a few hours with no issues. At age two, labs are still puppies, so she has a lot to learn, but is learning quickly. She is a bit mouthy, never biting down. In her play, she does not come when called and is not yet good on a leash. She also seems to get carsick, but that may be a result of her ear infection, so it may improve. I have no doubt that Riley will have a long, happy life with a great family!

What Riley’s Rescue Rep says: What a delightful gal… but limping around on her bad leg. Difficult to hold back “Miss Wiggles”. Lab Rescue is committed to providing (and paying for) ACL surgery to Riley, but her adopters will have to be resolutely committed to the 3-4 month rehabilitation and recovery plan. An outstanding dog for a family with children.

Medical Information: Current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and spayed. Lab Rescue will arrange for her ACL surgery once she is adopted.

Riley is located in: Oakley.

If you are interested in Riley, 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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Shadow: ~ 8 year-old male black Lab 70 lbs neutered

Are you the family to give Shadow his home for the holidays and forever?

Background: EVERYONE loves Shadow! His first foster mom adored him. The foster that took him for a week vacation loved him. The foster family who took him in after TPLO thinks he’s the greatest. …so why is this wonderful guy still available for you to adopt? It would be a real Thanksgiving for Shadow if he could be in his forever home in time to celebrate with his new family!

This wonderful boy came to us via the San Jose shelter, along with his sidekick Ace, who has already been adopted. From that first meeting we knew that Shadow was something special: sweet, loving, easy to have around. He’s trustworthy in the house, both to be a good boy and to chill out with another dog. He loves walks (although he does pull) and he’s super easy to hang out with. And he’s crate trained, and will happily hang out in his crate with the door open.

So why hasn’t Shadow found his forever home? Shadow came to us with torn cruciate ligaments in both hind legs. We’ve had the first knee fixed, and he’s rehabbing nicely. Lab Rescue will have the second knee done as soon as he’s recovered from the first. We’d really like him to go to his forever home before the second surgery, so he can recover in a home he his familiar and comfortable with, with the family who will love him forever. He will make a wonderful addition to someone's family. The ideal home will be one story, and have someone who is home a good portion of each day to hang out with Shadow, go for walks, and do his rehab exercises. A pool would be a big asset!

Medical information: Shadow is in overall good health for his age. He is current on his shots, neutered, heartworm negative and on preventive, and micro chipped. And he has a new knee!

Shadow is located in: Belmont

f you are interested in this sweet boy, please contact Rescue Rep Debbi at dragonflydebbi@gmail.com (preferred) or 408.613.2044 (no texts). In your email please tell me about yourself, your dog experience and why you think you’d be a good fit for Shadow.

(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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Bean and Maple watching the treats



Maple and Bean on a walk







Maple and Bean – 8-yr-old female chocolate and male black Lab siblings 80 pounds each spayed and neutered

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

Background: Maple and Bean are unable to go with their human family on their move to Germany… so their people must reluctantly find a new home for both dogs. Together since birth, Maple and Bean get along great with each other and we want them to be adopted together.

What Maple’s and Bean’s owners say: Bean and Maple were seven years old when they came to live with us, after a woman was widowed and couldn't handle them and her two other indoor dogs. They were not potty-trained or leash-trained and jumped for food, but within a couple weeks and with training over the year, they were on track and now are good on the leash, with potty, with waiting (eagerly!) for food and sitting at door to go out for walk. They have both had dental surgery this year to get them caught up on their health exams, taking out a broken tooth and an abscessed tooth apiece. Other than that, these are two very healthy 8-year-old dogs at their correct weight (a "5/10" good for bigger dogs), and with energy that lets you take them with you hiking, swimming, camping, and on trips. Maple is a very passionate and compassionate dog and for that reason we call her "therapy dog." She will come snuggle you just so if you have a headache, she will lick the face of your child when they are cry out or just because they are giggling, and join into a family hug or play wrestling to lick everyone and make sure everyone is happy. She inserts herself into the action - whether it’s a crashing wave or people talking, and can also be unflappable, like when her brother is excited getting into the car, Maple lies down cool as cucumber. The dogs are not allowed on our furniture but need regular reminders, and Maple gets away with some things because of her pushiness with a strong topping of sweet - like when Maple climbs into bed in the morning and finds her way under your arm, licking you, so that it can be hard to move her and then it seems cozier to just enjoy her talent for snuggling. She is also squirrel and cat crazy when she sees them outside our window, and has that desire to chase, but when faced with either in the flesh, doesn't know what to do about her excitement. Maple loves to run in open spaces and explore. Maple can occasionally bolt if the door is left open but probably wouldn't if she had a yard for some more movement. When she leaves, she comes back joyfully in about 20 seconds after sniffing for a squirrel and enjoying the moment of freedom. We think it’s because she was stuck in a back yard for so long that she reacts to this open door as a reason to run. Bean, by contrast, is a pretty chill and subservient dog and will find a quiet spot if there's a lot of people around, where he can see kids leaping from the furniture to make sure he isn't surprised from behind. He follows his sisters lead and when she bolts gets excited but immediately stops when you call him to wait for approval, and even tries to get his sister to come back. He is great on hikes and jogs on the leash, staying right by your side, sensitive to your every turn, speed up or slow down. When he is out in the open off leash, he seems like a herding dog, checking on everyone in succession, whining a bit if he can't see his sister who is happy to go off on her own exploring and sniffing. Both dogs love to swim and get along great. Maple is the leader between the two and is " a pushy broad" as we like to joke. Bean, when he hears a siren, nudges his sister so that if he wants to howl, he can still follow her lead:) They bark as someone climbs the steps but if you tell them it's you from outside, or if you're home and show Bean the bark collar, he takes the hint. Two very sweet dogs who would like an owner that doesn't expect them to be 100% tamed but a good 95% with their quirks. Two lovable labs with very sweet and complimenting personalities.

What Maple’s and Bean’s Rescue Rep says: We consider Maple and Bean as a bonded pair… and they will be adopted together. Great dogs for a family with kids. The recipe for adoption success with these two should include: camping, hiking, trips to beach, pool action, belly rubs, lots of walks and exercise… and little bit of obedience. Both dogs were crate-trained in their past but are likely out of practice. Maple will chase cats and Bean will chase Maple… so Bean will end up chasing the cat too – might be exciting!

Medical Information: Current on vaccinations, chipped, spayed/neutered, and negative for heartworm. Both dogs are in very good health.

Maple and Bean are located in: Berkeley

If you are interested in Maple AND Bean, 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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Emma at the shelter.







EMMA: 8 Year-Old Female Spayed Labrador Mix - Black, Approx 50 Pounds

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

Emma, formerly named Imogene, came to us from the shelter in San Jose. She was brought to our attention by a concerned good Samaritan, who saw a plea for help on social media, posted by San Jose Animal Advocates - see the attached video below.

Emma's time was up at the shelter, and Lab Rescue scrambled to find an emergency foster. Thankfully, one stepped up in time and Emma was able to stay with her for five days until she was moved to a longer term foster.

It is clear Emma has suffered some significant neglect, and we're not sure how long she was wandering the streets, but it is also very clear, that she is one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet. Despite everything she's been through, she is incredibly gentle and ever so sweet.

She is presently being treated by one of our vets for skin allergies. We don't know what she's allergic to, but she is responding very well to her treatment. She had a lump removed from her shoulder and thankfully, that was benign. She has terrible teeth and we are working on getting her fixed up at UC Davis.

Here is what her present foster says:

Emma is doing great! She is not scratching, so no more cone collar. She is showing personality and eagerness and to me, she seems younger than 8.

What Lab Rescue Says:

We'd like Emma to go to a home where she can receive the love and attention she's been deprived of for so long. She deserves to be part of a family and have a home to call her own. She is an easy-going, calm, and sweet lady. She does react to cats on walks, so a home without them would be best.

Emma is UTD on vaccines and is heartworm negative. Lab Rescue will be coordinating her dental care through UC Davis.

If you are interested in Emma, please email Rescue Rep Kris at krisellen.nm@gmail.com.

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

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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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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.




PENNY: 11 Month-Old Female Black Lab, Spayed, 47.5 Lbs.

We are not taking any more inquiries for Penny.

Penny is an 11-month-old puppy that came to us from the San Martin shelter. She and 3 other dogs were abandoned at a county park. All were females - an adult German Shepherd, adult Lab mix, and another puppy. Penny was the most timid amongst all of them; the other three were adopted, leaving sweet Penny behind. However, Lab Rescue was fortunate enough to scoop her up and bring her into our program.

Penny is very timid and under socialized but is coming out of her shell, more and more, each day. Upon first meeting, the rep came upon a girl with her back legs trembling as she and the shelter staff sat with her. She gently took a treat from the rep, but was too scared to eat it, holding it at the tip of her mouth for as long as she could until it finally dropped to the ground. Second meeting and the day Lab Rescue picked her up, she was still scared but her legs weren't trembling this time, and she walked out of the shelter curiously sniffing the ground. She rested her head on the rep's lab for part of the ride, welcomed head and body pets, and shied away from any eye contact.

What the foster says:

Penny has 2 personalities. She is shy and scared with people. She is unsure what to expect as it appears she has not interacted a lot with people. But, put her with another dog and playful Penny comes out. She runs around, wrestles, and plays with the other canine. You cannot believe it is the same Lab.

With people, she is quiet and cowers when you approach her. But once the petting starts, the hind leg lifts for tummy rubs. She walks well on a leash but likes to sniff all the new scents.

Since she is only 11 months old, she chews on items she finds. She has not chewed on the furniture since she cannot take it to her bed.

What Lab Rescue says:

Penny was close to being adopted, but the potential adopter had to back out as she was called into a work project that would involve significant travel over the next several months. We would like to see Penny in a home where someone is home most of the day (retiree, someone who works from home, or can take her to work with them) a home where someone can work with and help get her socialized, especially with people. She does great with other dogs and would benefit from regular socialization with them. With patience, good technique and a long-term time commitment, significant improvements can be made. According to an article by the Marin Humane Society under-socialized dogs often prefer other dogs to people: The presence of another social dog during the initial stages of rehabilitation can assist an under-socialized dog overcoming his fears. This dog’s presence can be particularly useful in teaching the fearful dog to accept a leash or to follow you out to the yard for bathroom breaks. Note: It will be important to remove the other social dog from the scenario as soon as feasible to ensure that your under socialized student learns to bond with a person.

Penny is current on vaccinations, spayed, and heartworm negative.

Penny 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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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.




Potato and squeaky chicken



Potato romping



Potato loves his rawhide strip



Potato on leash walk, sort of







Potato: 9-month-old male yellow Lab 60 pounds neutered

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Potato.

Background: Potato is mashed in kennel in a garage for very long hours every day due to the long work schedule of his owners. He is not allowed inside the house. His human peeps realize this is completely wrong and want this spud to find a new home where he can spread his French fries and whip around like a young tater tot should be allowed.

What Potato’s Owner says: Oh my, we just don’t have enough time for Potato’s activities. He is a good dog just very hyper and needs a lot of attention. He has not had much training, but loves to play with a tennis balls and some dog toys. We take him to a nearby park each day for a few hours to exercise but it is not enough for him.

What Potato’s Rescue Rep says: Potato needs exercise, training, lots of human and dog contact, and the freedom and space to be a young energetic pup. Wonderful personality. Crate-trained. Not yet house-broken. A little mouthy as many young dogs are. Best in a home with older children… that are ready to have Potato be the center of attention. This is NOT a calm, gentle, easy-going dog. Think curly fries with sriracha sauce.

Medical Information: Neutered, current on vaccinations, and in fabulous health. Will probably grow an additional 10-15 pounds.

Potato is located in: Brentwood.

(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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Tank: 5-yr-old male black Lab 111 pounds neutered

We are not taking any more inquiries for Tank.

Background: Captured while on independent maneuvers in Sacramento County, this heavily-armored stray canine blasted his way out of the county shelter and into Lab Rescue Afflicted with heartworm while on recon, the medics have him on the road to recovery. We fully expect Tank to be declared fit for full duty in no time at all. In the meantime, he has been re-deployed to a new doggie brigade foster home in Fairfield – awaiting re-assignment. Hoo-Ah!

What Tank’s Foster says: Tank arrived at our house directly from the shelter with a tail wag, a curious nature and an easy going disposition. He is very adaptable and non-combative by nature. Tank loves to be around people, and he also loves to spontaneously roll around on his back---he is a goofy, lovable, gentle big boy! Tank does not seem interested in our chickens; we have not seen him respond yet to a neighborhood cat. He will need some basic, brief training: initially he pulls on the leash but eventually will settle into an easy gait. He does know how to sit and come and is eager to please. And he loves his dog walks. This adorable, gentle, big, black Lab will give lots of love, endless friendship, and obedience to his new commanding officer.

What Tank’s Rescue Rep says: First there was the “Sherman Tank”, then there was the “Abrams Tank”, and now there is just Mk 1 Mod 0 “Tank”. This big guy is built to drive right over things or through things. Surrendering is not an option. Never seen such pure happiness in such a big container. Tank is right-sized, not overweight. I repeat: he is not an overweight dog. Big bones, big chest, big head, big heart. Must be seen to believe. Not good for a family with small children or elderly folks or folks unsteady on their feet or draft-dodgers. Would be great with other dogs. Requires oversized (ideally camouflaged) dog bed. Tank – An Army of One.

Medical Information: Neutered, current on vaccinations, and chipped. Tank popped heartworm positive at the shelter and is now undergoing heartworm treatment protocol. Tank’s adopters will be obligated to continue his heartworm recovery regimen.

Tank is located in: Fairfield.

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

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SADIE: 5 Year-Old Black Female Labrador - Spayed 68 Pounds

Sadie came in as an owner surrender from a family where she has been very well taken care of and loved. With two toddlers, it's been difficult providing and managing the proper attention and exercise that Sadie needs.

Sadie's family would like her to be the only dog in her next home, as she deserves the undivided attention she has had to compete for with her canine sibling. The family's other dog is remaining, and although they got along very well, Sadie was often a little pushy and bossy with her. When Sadie was by herself, she was much calmer.

Sadie is a friendly, happy, and energetic young lady. She aims to please and is very loving! She loves to play fetch, enjoys walks, runs, swimming, and the outdoors. She will make a wonderful addition to an active family. She does pull on leash, but with a training collar, she is improving.

She loves people and is good with children. With other dogs, she can be a little bossy, but enjoys playing with them. She chases cats so a home without them is best.

Lab Rescue would like to see Sadie in a home where she won't be left for long stretches of the day and where she will get the attention, exercise, and love she deserves.

Sadie is UTD on vaccines and heartworm negative.

(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: 7-Month-Old Female Yellow Lab, Spayed, Approx 55-60 lbs.

We are not taking any more inquiries for Daisy.

Daisy is a 7-month-old puppy that came to us as an owner surrender. The owner's long work hours left Daisy cordoned off in the owner's bathroom for 8-9 hours/day.

The owner realized Daisy requires attention and training that she is unable to provide due to her work schedule, own health issues, and taking care of an elderly relative.

Daisy is understandably one wound up, hyper puppy! Upon first meeting, she jumped on and mouthed the rep in excitement. She pulled, zig-zagged, sniffed on a walk with the rep, in tow, and showed no interest when a neighbor's dog aggressively snarled and lunged its head through an iron fence. Daisy was unphased, but the rep had to take a deep breath out of relief.

Daisy is a happy, playful, energetic pup with lots of love to give. Spending over an hour driving Daisy to her wonderful foster home, her spunky, unruly puppiness revealed itself as she climbed from the back of the SUV to the middle seat, barking along the way. The rep had to pull over and strap her in the middle seat as she was eagerly trying to make it to the front. When she started chewing on a non-dog item, the rep corrected her with a "no" and Daisy barked back.

She is doing well in her foster home and here's what the foster says:

Daisy is so happy and really loves playing with the kids and the other dogs. Whomever adopts her will need to commit to a training program. Another dog would be good. She would do well with children, but not small ones as she could potentially knock them over.

What Lab Rescue says:

Daisy would do well with room to roam and a family that can commit to providing her with much needed exercise and training! She is not housetrained yet.. She will do best with a family where someone is home most, to all of the day to be able to work with and spend time with her.

Daisy would do well with older children, not small ones as she could knock them over. She'd do well with another playful dog, but no cats.

Daisy is current on vaccinations and negative for heartworm.

Daisy 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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Marlee at Sacto City Shelter before she was rescued



Marlee on a “pull” around the neighborhood on Day #1







Marlee: 4-yr-old female yellow Lab 70 pounds not yet spayed

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Marlee

Background: Abandoned on the streets of Sacramento, this youngster’s health had been severely neglected and a raging skin infection took over leaving her with large gaps of fur; cracked, scaly, itchy skin; and some open sores from scratching. Her bubbly spirit won over the shelter staff and they got her on the road to recovery.

What Marlee’s Foster says: Marlee is a very nice, affectionate dog. She will be a great companion for someone She loves being around people - sometimes is a bit needy - probably due to a period of neglect - but not overly so. She’s good around other dogs. She’s pretty good on leash - pulls some, but not bad. When you come home, she’s eager to greet you and will sometimes jump up, but she calms down pretty quickly. She’ll bark if someone comes to the door but barks very little otherwise. We haven’t seen any issues with separation anxiety, but she’s always around our other dogs. Loves to go out for walks and is pretty good about coming when you call her. Very good riding in the car. Smart; she learned her new name in just a couple of days and learned how to use the doggie door the first day. You can let go of the leash, and she’ll come back when you call her.

What Marlee’s Rescue Rep says: Marlee’s skin and coat are undergoing a remarkable transformation. Her current regimen of meds, great nutrition, low stress, and a wonderful caring foster home appears to be the perfect prescription for her recovery. We expect her to make a full recovery. Would be a great dog for a family with kids.

Medical Information: Current on vaccinations, and negative for heartworm. She will be spayed and chipped once her health permits.

Marlee 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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Morgan: 2 1/2 Year-Old Yellow Male Labrador (Neutered) 70 Pounds

Morgan was very well loved and taken care of by his family. They had him since he was a puppy and their landlord changed the rules to "no dogs allowed." Morgan went to live with a relative while his mom figured out what they were going to do. Morgan's stay with the relative turned out to be longer than anticipated, and Morgan's mom didn't want to create any strife with her relative so she made the difficult and unselfish decision to surrender Morgan.

Morgan is a friendly, playful young dog. He can play a little rough with other dogs, and he does jump on new people that he meets. He takes treats with a soft mouth and likes to be near you (he's a cuddler).

Medical Information: Spayed, microchipped, current on shots, and heartworm negative. He does have some allergies on his right front and back paw and is taking Apoquel.

(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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Troy showing off his commands



Troy bopping around with Diesel



Troy out for a leash “pull”



Troy the fetcher







Troy: 6-yr-old male yellow Lab 75 pounds neutered

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

We are not taking any more inquiries for Troy.


Background: Time for Troy to return to the center of attention at a new family. Raised with them since he was a puppy, this guy is being given up by a young loving family that realizes they just do not the time for him.

What Troy’s Owner says: With a newborn baby and a 19-month toddler, we’re just unable to devote the time to Troy that he deserves. Regretfully he spends most of his time in the back yard or the garage… and is not getting many walks at all right now. He is an energetic guys that needs lots of exercise. Gets along great with all people but he can be a bit barky at people when he meets them for the first time. Will chase cats when they come into the backyard, but may tolerate cats under appropriate supervision. Loves the water. He would do best with lots of room to run… and be an active dog.

What Troy’s Rescue Rep says: Troy is a confident, spirited dog that would do best in a home without small children. He is a little pushy and demanding, and will need strong human leadership that does not let him become top dog. While he knows a bunch of commands, he is all over the place on leash walks – lots of room for improvement here. He is very anxious when he see other dogs… ala leash frustration… but calms down quickly after a sniff or two. He may endeavor to show some dominance over other dogs, but backs down when they object to his obnoxious behavior. He is very food motivated – watch your fingers when giving him treats.

Medical Information: This guy is in fine health. Troy is neutered and current on vaccinations. Needs to be microchipped and will soon get a heartworm test. He has had recurring ear infections that will require ongoing attention.

Troy is located in: El Sobrante.

(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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Dempsey fetching in the yard



Dempsey romping in the grass



Dempsey walking on leash



Dempsey walking with another dog



Dempsey hanging out with another dog








Dempsey: 11-yr-old male yellow AKC lab 80 pounds neutered

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

What Dempsey’s Foster says: They can’t believe Dempsey is 11 years old. He is completely house broken, gets along with their small dog and loves to go on hikes. Dempsey is full of life and fun! He is very young for being 11 years old, he is very smart and will be obedient for a treat! (Of course he is a LAB!) He is very happy when he pleases the people around him. We are loving our time with this spirited boy!

What Dempsey’s Rescue Rep says: Dempsey is a well loved pet but the family need to give him up for adoption as they have allergies and feel Dempsey would be better in a new home. It was a hard decision but know it is best as he will get the attention that he deserves. Dempsey loves to swim, likes to take car rides and loves a good game of fetch!

Medical Information: Dempsey is up to date on his shots, neutered, microchipped and GGLRR had worked on making his ears heal from infection.

Dempsey 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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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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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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