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Lab adoption fair Last updated 1/19/2018 5:30 PM

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.

Hank bopping around

Hank and Chance romping






Hank the Hunk: 1-year-old male dark chocolate Lab mix 85 lbs neutered

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

Background: This strapping youngster is from an accidental litter that resulted when a female AKC chocolate lab had an unplanned encounter with a male AKC sable German shepherd dog. He was adopted as a puppy by an older couple who returned him to the central valley breeder because he became too big and strong for them – doah! The breeder posted him for sale again and somebody was supposed to adopt him along with a second dog, but they decided one dog would be enough so he sat at the breeder’s place waiting for a new home.

What Hank’s foster says: Hank is sweet dog that responds well to "no" and comes well when called. He is not quite crate-trained, and he is not very treat-motivated. Hank is a chewer -- particularly enjoys expensive leather handbags given as Christmas gifts -- so he will need to be watched when not crated. The good news is he doesn't eat what he chews. He is house-broken, and he is learning the refinements of being a house dog, such as not jumping on the counters or furniture.

What Hank’s Rescue Rep says: Handful-o-Hank will require a strong hand and some serious training. Not a dog for the faint of heart or for a home with small children. Gets along with other dogs, cats, and horses.

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

Hank is located in: Livermore

If you are interested in Hank, 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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Jack on leash

Jack and the squeaky toy

Jack hanging out







Jack: 10-1/2 year-old male black Lab mix 80 lbs neutered

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

Background: This handsome guy was surrendered to Oakland Animals Services by his owner to be put down because he had an ear infection. Seriously? OAS said “No way!” and called Lab Rescue to scoop up this sweet and happy go lucky guy. We found him to be a great dog, full of affection, who walks easily on leash.

What Jack’s foster says: Jack is a love bug. He just LOVES getting hugs and playing on the floor. He will take all the attention you can give him. We affectionately call him the “Laprador” as he likes nothing better than snuggling in your lap. Except maybe food – he would feast on table scraps if you let him (which we aren’t). He gets along fine with our Lab but is primarily focused on the humans in the household. Jack is very adaptable, rides well in the car, and travels well. He’s vacationed at our cabin and has gone to work with me and takes it all in stride. Jack did GREAT at work. He was easy to have with me and we lasted the whole day. And he got lots of love and attention.

What Jack’s Rescue Rep says: Jack would be a great dog for someone looking for a companion to go on walks and hang out with. We KNOW you have those New Year’s resolutions to get more exercise and to do more good (like maybe providing a loving home to a wonderful senior dog?). Jack’s got you covered.

Medical Information: Neutered, microchipped, current on shots, and heartworm negative. Jack’s ear infection has cleared up nicely after a course of antibiotics and weekly ear washings. He is overweight and could lose 10-20 lbs.

Jack is located in: Belmont

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

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

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Buddy: 4 year old, yellow (white) male Lab 69 lbs neutered

Background:

Buddy is one of the sweetest and loving young labs that we have ever met. His owners got Buddy and his brother as puppies and Buddy has been a loved and cherished family member. About two years ago, Buddy started having seizures (epilepsy). The family has three young children and are not in a position to provide the appropriate care for Buddy. While they love Buddy very much, the family is placing him with GGLRR to find a home that is a better fit.

What Buddy’s owner says: Buddy is a gentle and sweet 4 year old male. He is pretty mellow and loves affection. He enjoys long walks and occasional runs. He does a little wiggle and dance when his leash comes out but quickly calms when told to sit to get his leash on. He loves to snuggle, get brushed and have his ears and belly rubbed. Buddy is good with simple commands such as sit, stay, heel, & here (come). He is food driven so can be easily trained.

Buddy has been with his brother (litter-mate) since birth, so he would likely do well in a house with another dog to have as a friend. We were home with young children during the day so Buddy spent most of his time in the house and isn’t really used to being left outside for long periods of time. He would do best with someone who is home most of the day, able to give him some love and attention. He is housebroken and doesn’t mind his kennel while the humans are out and about. At night he likes to sleep on his dog bed. We love Buddy so much but can’t care for him fully with his medical condition in our home with our young children. We’re very sad to separate Buddy from his brother and the rest of the family but we know it’s what’s best.

What the kids say (with help from Mom): Buddy is a people pleaser, he loves being around other people and dogs. Buddy enjoys long walks, runs, squeaky toys, belly rubs, and being snuggled. Buddy looks forwards to breakfast, dinner, and treats of all kinds. Buddy is really going to be missed by all of us. We hope someone else will enjoy his sweet, playful, handsome, loyal, good company.

What Buddy’s foster says: We have had Buddy a short time, and in our fostering experience, we have never experienced a dog who adjusted so quickly and easily! He is an absolute pleasure to have around. Clearly, he has been well loved, and passes it on! He has interacted well with neighbor dogs, and is great on a leash. He forms such sweet bonds with people. He could use a few reminders about "counter-surfing" of reachable kitchen food, and getting comfortable on household furniture. However, we believe he would be very responsive to correction. He is such a wonderful little guy, and some family/person would be very fortunate to have him!

What Buddy’s Rescue Rep says:

Our vet has seen Buddy and thinks he has classic epilepsy. Medications can reduce the frequency and severity of the seizures in many cases and the dogs live long and happy lives. Buddy started on medication at the end of December.

Before starting on the medication, Buddy had seizures once every few months (4-5 seizures during the past year). After a seizure, Buddy has a 30 minute period where he is disoriented, agitated, and not very responsive to commands. Once this phase passes, Buddy is back to his calm, sweet, and loving self. We would like to place Buddy in a home with adults or older kids/teens that are in a better position to manage the situation should a seizure occur. We are also very hopeful that the recently started medication will help Buddy and that he will have less seizures.

Come meet Buddy and you will fall in love with him instantly – such a truly wonderful boy!

Medical Information: Buddy is neutered, microchipped, current on shots, and heartworm negative. Buddy is currently on anti-seizure medication (cost is ~$40/month).

Buddy is located in: Redwood City

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

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

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JAKE: 14-year-old neutered male black Lab mix approx. 85 lbs

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.

Jake is a young at heart 14-year-old lab that loves getting affection. He does a happy dance when the leash comes out and will sit patiently to get “dressed” for his walk; he is currently walked using a prong collar. Jake knows “Wait” to allow people to go ahead of him through the door and 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 about 5 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 greet people on walks. He does get excited when he sees other dogs – not aggressive just really wants to meet them. This is something that needs to be worked on. Jake currently isn’t getting daily walks so an easy 20 to 30-minute walk to start will be great.

His owner has worked with the vet to address Jake’s chronic ear and eye issues as well as to manage his arthritis and get him up to a healthy weight. Jake has chronic ear infections and with the current treatment plan the issue is under control. The same is true of his eye issue - now under control with the current treatment plan. Not surprising for a dog his age, Jake is on medicine for arthritis in his rear legs.

Jake rides well in the car and he is able to get into the backseat of a sedan on his own. 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 needs access to the outside to ensure he doesn’t have accidents in the house perhaps due to him being an outside dog at his prior home. Jake is also currently fed outside as he will go to the bathroom immediately after eating.

Jake is microchipped and current on vaccines as well as heartworm and flea prevention.

He is located in Walnut Creek.

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

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

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Marge walking around



Marge’s soft mouth



Marge walking with a husky







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coco enjoying fetching toys



Coco enjoying squeaky toys







CoCo 8-year-old female chocolate Lab 75 lbs

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

O give me a home, where the kids aren’t too grown

And my day will be filled with fun

Where long walks abound, and I sniff all around

And I live inside, knowing I won… [the dog adoption lottery, that is]

What CoCo’s owner says: With great sadness we must find CoCo another home as my son has developed an allergy to dogs. It is very hard to care for Coco as she must spend all her time outside. CoCo likes to swim and loves to fetch. She will bark when she gets excited. She currently plays all day long with our other dogs in our backyard. CoCo knows as few commands such as “sit”, “stay”, “down”, “wait”, and “give me paw”. She loves to play ball with kids. We are able to provide her with minimal walks, but she deserves much more.

What CoCo’s Rescue Rep says: CoCo may not be house-trained, and is not crate trained. Gets along great with other dogs and she walks fairly good on leash. CoCo is NOT a fan of cats. She is probably 15 pounds above her ideal weight and will soon head to a vet for a check-up and her vaccination updates. She is not yet spayed or chipped – we will take of both. CoCo is located in Union City.

If you are interested in CoCo, 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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Sadie: 2+-year-old female yellow Lab mix ~70 lbs, spayed

We are not taking any more calls for Sadie.

Background:

Sadie, Sadie, little lady! This sweet young Lab is a sensitive girl looking for a quieter environment. Sadie’s current canine companion can be very overbearing, and while Sadie handles him well, her current owner feels that Sadie would be happier in a home with people around to give her confidence, either as an only dog, or a home with an older or mellower dog. Sadie is good with dog friendly cats (she currently lives with some) and good with dogs, including those that she sees at the dog park. Like most Labs, she will chase squirrels. Sadie was adopted from a local shelter when she was about 4 months old, and has been in her current home since then. She is crate trained and very content to sleep in her crate or in “her” chair during the day. At night she sleeps on the bed with her human or in her chair.

Sadie LOVES to play fetch, and it’s a good source of exercise for her. She is still a pup in some ways, and will jump up to greet people, but responds to a correction and quickly settles down. She barks at strangers and when she’s excited, but once she lets you know about them, she’s done with her barking. She likes to give kisses, and takes treats very politely and gently.

When Sadie’s human is not home, Sadie and the other dog stay in the back yard. Often someone will come to let them in the house half way through the day. Sadie is house safe when left alone and will hang out in her crate or on her chair.

What Sadie’s owner says:

Sadie is a true companion dog. She will for follow you so she can keep an eye on you at home. She's loyal, has a great recall and a gentle disposition overall. She is a sensitive girl so she needs an owner who understands that. A year ago I started going back-and-forth to a second home and it's been unsettling for her ever since. She would do best in a stable home with a regular routine with someone who truly wants a companion and sidekick. Someone who has the time and lifestyle for her. She loves hikes, the beach, walks and fetch. She is active so needs some exercise daily.

What Sadie’s Rescue Rep says:

Sadie is a little gem! Ok, at ~70 pounds maybe not so little, but she’s super sweet. She did jump up a little when she first met me, but quickly settled down. She hung out in her chair and watched quietly while her owner and I chatted. She walks pretty well on a flat collar, with some pulling; she seemed a little nervous on the walk, which may be because she doesn’t get lots of walks as exercise, it’s more going to the park. I think with time and a martingale collar to help with the pulling that she will be a delightful walking companion. And of course there is always the game of fetch to keep her exercised! Sadie tolerated being handled quite well, although I think she would have preferred not to have me play with her paws. She did enjoy showing me her belly, and getting ear and belly rubs. Sadie is a Lab mix, but she looks extremely Labby, with some interesting shading on her muzzle that might come from whatever she’s mixed with (the shelter said Great Pyrenees, but there are really no signs of it if she in fact is).

The ideal home for Sadie is one where humans (or a human) are home most of the day. She would be quite happy as an only dog. Since Sadie is used to having canine or feline company while her human is not home, we also think Sadie would do well in a family with dog friendly cats and/or a mature, mellow dog. Having already lived with a domineering dog, we’d like to avoid that experience for her in her new home; she deserves a calmer life! Sadie is good around all people but has not been around children. She is comfortable with women but can initially be a little hesitant with male strangers.

Medical information:

Sadie has had recurring problems with UTI’s and is currently undergoing treatment for one. Her owner is working to find a diet that might help, and its possible that stress may be contributing to occasional incontinence that occurs with the UTI. We think in a more relaxed environment this side effect will go away.

Also, Sadie has an extra dewclaw on her hind legs, each with its own 2 nails! It doesn’t seem to bother her at all, and it’s not uncommon.

Sadie is spayed, micro chipped, up to date on her shots, heartworm free and on preventive.

Sadie is located in Redwood City.

(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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Tiggy chewing a toy

Tiggy watching Diesel chew on a bone

Tiggy and Diesel hanging out

Tiggy romping with toy

Tiggy splashing in the bath tub





Tiggy: 2-year-old female yellow Lab 75 lbs spayed

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

We are not taking any more calls for Tiggy.


Background: Mrs. Tiggy Winkle (known to her close friends as “Tiggy”) has a torn right rear ACL that requires surgery to repair it. Unfortunately, her loving family is unable to afford the surgery and are not in a position to manage the required post-surgery rest and rehabilitation that is needed for a successful recovery. GGLRR will pay for the ACL repair surgery, and Tiggy’s adopter will be required to guide her post-surgery recovery. · Tiggy chewing a toy -- https://youtu.be/E92qjO_JzIg · Tiggy watching Diesel chew on a bone – https://youtu.be/BMGUVR9oBzQ · Tiggy and Diesel hanging out – https://youtu.be/SDkylqnL8Js · Tiggy romping with toy -- https://youtu.be/lRO6GEtlITo · Tiggy splashing in the bath tub -- https://youtu.be/pbl3YJWlHp8

What Tiggy’s owner says: Sweet, loving, cuddly, caring, playful, excited, happy. Tiggy is both house-broken and crate-trained. She has attended basic training and knows a bunch of commands. Absolutely loves to fetch (which is minimal now due to her injury). Loves the ride in the car, especially if she is being driven to the beach. She loves our cat and is submissive to her. We love her so much, but want her to be healthy… so we must very reluctantly find Tiggy a new home that can provide the finest care to her.

What Tiggy’s Rescue Rep says: An absolutely delightful dog. Gets along with kids (lives with two 8-yr-old boys), cats (lives with one cat), and other dogs (currently living with a Shih Tzu). No behavioral issues. A bit overzealous and rambunctious with chew toys. Tiggy will have to go to a home that has minimal stairs and steps due to her ACL surgery recovery.

Medical Information: Spayed, microchipped, current on shots, and heartworm negative. Tiggy will recover fully from the ACL surgery so long as her rehabilitation follows the protocol. GGLRR will pay for the ACL repair surgery, and Tiggy’s adopter will be required to guide her post-surgery recovery

Tiggy is located in: Alameda

Info on post-ACL-surgery recovery:

· Webvets

· Fidos of Reality

· Webmd

(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.




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Darby: 3-year-old male yellow Lab 75 lbs

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

We are not taking any more calls for Darby.

“Moving out of state. Cannot take dog” That is how Darby came to Lab Rescue and we are absolutely delighted to help him find a new forever home. He is a lot of dog. Not for the faint of heart.

What Darby’s owner says: Friendly, curious, active, loyal. That’s Darby. He is normally with us inside the house all day, and spends the night in his crate – he loves his crate. Darby knows a few commands such as “sit”, “down”, “come”, “heel”, and “off”. He plays well off-leash with other dogs at the park. Walks lovely on leash generally, but he will pull on leash when he sees other dogs. Fetching a tennis ball is one of his favorite activities. Darby likes to ride in the car. He is also allowed to sit (and jump) on our couch. We are currently working with a trainer to resolve Darby’s barkiness at unfamiliar people… but once he gets to know you, he will happily sit on you and lick you to death.

What Darby’s Rescue Rep says: Darby gets along with other dogs and cats. He is house-trained, crate-trained, neutered, current on all vaccinations, and microchipped. Given he is a strong active dog, Darby would do best in a family without small children. Darby will best thrive with savvy dog handlers. He will need ongoing socialization work with unfamiliar people.

Darby 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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TUCKER: 1-1/2 year old male neutered lab, 55 lbs

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

Tucker’s owner got him from an AKC registered breeder at 8 weeks old. He has been a loved and well cared for family member and the owners have spent time training and socializing him. Unfortunate circumstances have caused the family to need to move, and they are unable to take Tucker with them. They are grateful to have discovered Lab Rescue to help find Tucker a new loving forever home.

Tucker’s family describes him as the prototypical Lab – sweet, loyal, and eager to please. Mellow around the house, likes to hang out and sleep at your feet. Tucker is housetrained and past the chewing phase, and is fine left alone in the house. Tucker knows the basic commands of Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave It and Take It. He knows Off, but hasn’t yet mastered not jumping up on people to begin with.

At 19 months, Tucker can still be quite puppyish (most Labs are such until around age 3). He can get overexcited at times and hasn’t quite realized that people don’t always appreciate his enthusiastic jumping up to greet them or nipping at their sleeve inviting them to play. So he’d do best in a home with older kids, as his enthusiastic greetings could be a bit much for toddlers.

Tucker is a delight to walk on leash, he stays by your side, and focused on his handler. He has enjoyed and played well with other dogs since a young age. After adolescent hormones kicked in around a year of age (he was not yet neutered), he did start showing some inappropriate behaviors towards unfamiliar young male dogs while off-leash. We’re hoping his recent neutering will help curb these behaviors, but any potential adoptive home needs to be content with the fact that he may have outgrown his dog park days and needs to be kept on-leash in public places.

This handsome boy will be a great addition to the right home that can provide him leadership and structure and will continue his training (he’s off to a great start). He’s got the makings of a really awesome dog.

Tucker is neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations, and heartworm free. He is currently 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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Dozer: 2-year-old male black Lab Mix – 55 pounds neutered

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

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

Some information about Dozer from the foster family:

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

What we want for Dozer:

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

Medical:

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

He is being fostered in Livermore.

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

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Froggy: 2-year-old male black Lab Mix – 65 pounds neutered



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

Some information about Froggy:

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

What we want for Froggy:

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

Medical:

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

He is being fostered in Palo Alto.

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

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Max: 2 yr old Black lab male 80 lbs nonneutered

King: 2 yr old Yellow lab male 80 lbs nonneutered

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



This is what we know about Max & King:

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

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

They are being fostered in Petaluma.

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

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DAISY: 8 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 80 Pounds



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

What we know about Daisy:

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

From Foster Family:

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

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

 Daisy’s health:

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daisy is located in Petaluma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is located in Antioch.

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

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

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

From his family:

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

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

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

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

Medical:

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

He is located in San Francisco.

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

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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! See some of the recent rescued Bay area Labs adopted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 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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