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Lab adoption fair Last updated 12/2/2016 5:15 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.







IVY: 6 Year Old Black Female Spayed 50 Pounds

Ivy will be at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

Ivy is a 6 year old black female lab mix with a unique history of ownership. She is believed to have her first person as a young single mother who was kind to her, but did not have time to meet Ivy’s needs so she kept her in a back yard. It was here where she honed the art of escaping to avoid boredom, a habit she continues to perfect. She was later turned over to Inyo County Animal Control and found herself in a shelter, where she was discovered by someone very special. The two became close friends and Ivy was adored in a manner deserving. She was able to romp with her new dog pal, Sweet Pea, on over an acre of land and took frequent trips to open lands for hiking and adventure. Her current person now has stage four cancer and has become very ill and made the heartbreaking decision she had to find Ivy a new home.

Miss Ivy is a joy to be around: She is enthusiastic, fun-loving, flexible, enjoys children, adults, other dogs, adventures and tender loving care. She displays loyalty but she is also a dog that can adapt to any situation. She bonds quickly and you will be guaranteed a forever friend. Ivy loves to go for car rides; knows sit, down and come. She loves to swim and play a good came of fetch! She does need continued leash training and also more training as she will jump up to greet new people.

The ideal home is someone who is retired or works from home and who enjoys outdoor activity. Ivy is great if she is left inside the home but if she is left alone in the back yard she will try to escape.

What a great dog Ivy will make to his new home!

We want a home that can give Ivy the exercise, continued training.

She is a very healthy girl:

She is spayed, has all her shots, s heartworm negative, she has had a well exam, a fecal sample and a microchip.

She is located in Walnut Creek

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

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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DEXTER: 4 Year Old Yellow Male Lab Neutered 90 Pounds

Dexter will be at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

Poor Dexter he has had a bit of a rough life and GGLRR would like to change things around for him; he sure deserves it!

Dexter was left abandoned in a rental property, with three cats. Since the renters trashed the place animal control was called. Dexter was kept for evidence for a few months and then was released to a friend of the owners of the property. The owners who left him purchased him from a breeder in the central valley and did seem to take decent care of him. His current owner has had him for 3 months and moved into a new place in Santa Rosa. Things were going great until her neighbor filed a complaint with the landlord as she is scared of large dogs. She can’t move again so she needs to find Dexter a new home.

This is what we know about Dexter:

He lives with another female lab, is around other dogs on a regular basis but will pull and bark on leash when he sees other dogs as he wants to play with them. (GGLRR would recommend a refresher training course for the adopter. We always say you should walk the dog and not have the dog walk you!) The owner has three small kids and he loves them and he sleeps with the young boy. He is crate trained, loves to go for car rides, shows no possessiveness over food or toys. (He actually does not play with toys much.) He loves to swim and will listen when you ask him to stop. Dexter can be a bit of a bolter so the adopter needs to make sure he is on leash before the door is open. If Dexter is not exercised he will jump up on people when he first meets them. He has very soft mouth when he takes treats, has a lot of energy. Dexter lives on a busy street and will bark if anyone goes by so the owner has used a bark collar on him and he is now much better.

We have Dexter in a foster home who is a professional dog trainer and he says:

Dexter has been with me for four days. I see a very nice dog in Dexter. He loves affection and is very sweet. He did not like being left out side alone and would bark immediately but is improving with training. He will go into a crate but will vocalize quickly when left. He has been excellent on tie down when left alone. He does not have separation anxiety. His manners need tuning up and he is learning well. He will make a great addition to a family he is good with all dogs and loves all people and children.

Dexter has no health issues. He is current on his shots, he is neutered, heartworm negative and microchipped.

We would love Dexter to go to his last home! A home that will get him regular exercise and get him into a training class for a refresher. He owner gave him away to a family who left him in the back yard alone for 10- 12 hours. We want a family that is committed to him and will provide a home that will set him up for success.

Dexter is located in Petaluma.

  If you are looking for a sweet boy, please email Rescue Rep Liz at liz@jobshopsf.com or call 415-613-6374.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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Molly: 10-month-old female yellow Lab 50 lbs

Molly will be at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

Molly's the canine equivalent of Cyndi Lauper. This girl just wants to have fun! She never met anyone she didn't like, and her affection and enthusiasm never falter. An owner-surrender due to “mega esophagus” which causes difficulty with swallowing and requires frequent small meals, Molly charmed shelter staff and then went to a devoted foster who quickly figured out how to manage the ME, and contacted GGLRR to access potential adopters. She is small and almost-white. Looks like she might grow into a medium-sized adult Lab.

What Molly’s Foster says: Be prepared for a BIG increase in smiles and laughter whenever Molly is in the vicinity. She loves car rides, is very fond of children, and never met another dog she didn't like. The foster's crabby older dogs find her enthusiasm a bit tiresome, but she's able to tell when their patience is growing thin, and moves on. She loves to cuddle, and is patient with her feeding pattern, which involves sit and stay. Her favorite command (of course) is "come," which invokes kisses, tail-wagging (GREAT tail!) & hugs. She's very nosey & attentive. Might be a huntress! LOVES playing fetch, & keeping you company.

What Molly’s Rescue Rep says: A potential adopter may want to try a Bailey chair , but a recent visit to the vet revealed both Megasophagus and a minor injury to her throat that, if it heals, could improve her prognosis. Her infectious personality and her sweet nature make giving her the care she needs a pleasure. She is spayed, microchipped, and current on vaccinations. Molly is located in Vacaville.

  If you are interested in Molly, call 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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POGI: 10 Year Old Yellow Male Neutered Lab 94 lbs (needs to lose ~7 lbs)

Pogi will be at the San Jose pet fair and we hope to have him at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

Watch Pogi's video by clicking the link at the left.

Pogi was surrendered to a local animal shelter and they contacted GGLRR to see if we could take him into our program since senior dogs are more difficult for them to adopt and he was on the "Put To Sleep" list. He has been with one owner for the ten years. They surrendered him as they said he barks a lot. The Lab Rescue Rep spent an hour with him at the kennel and he never barked once. All she observed was a sweet, loving, playful good dog. He was kenneled with another dog at the shelter and they were fine together.

From the notes of the previous owners:

Pogi was left alone most of the time as the owners were working. He was crated overnight. He is housebroken. He is a playful dog around children but has never lived with them. He is friendly with strangers and other dogs. Pogi has had obedience classes and knows sit, down, stay, come and heel. He doesn't chase anything inappropriate (cars, etc.) and does not lunge at anything when leashed. He has received good medical care throughout his life including teeth cleaning in 2015.

From Pogi's Rescue Rep:

Pogi came to us (12/1) so these are some notes from his stay at the shelter. "Pogi is a sweetheart. He is very affectionate and loves to go on walks and fetch the ball. He is very playful and loves treats. He knows sit and comes right away when called. He also loves to be petted and he will lean against your legs. Love him. He is a keeper and a wonderful dog. He is a gentle soul with lots of love to give. He is very active and loves to play fetch like a puppy. He likes to be brushed. He is a big cuddle bear!"

From Pogi's Rescue Rep:

My time with Pogi, as his Rescue Rep, is that this boy is terrific. He truly is a love and has a lot of life and love to give his new family. As with most older Labs, he does has some arthritis and thus we want a stair-free home. He needs to lose some weight which will happen with exercise and less food. Though gentle, he is still a big boy, and thus any kids should be 6 and older (unless dog savvy.). Pogi went to his foster home today and rode well in the car. There has not been a peep (or a bark) since arriving at the foster's home. Because he has lived much of his life alone, Lab Rescue wants someone who is around a good part of the day as he wants to be part of the human pack. He has some bumps that we are going to check out to see if they are just fatty lipomas. Pogi would make a great first family dog.

Medical - Pogi had a wellness check in August and is healthy, up to date on vaccinations, neutered, heartworm negative and microchipped.

He is located in San Jose.

  If you feel you might be a good home for Pogi and you want a good boy who loves everyone, please call Rescue Rep Sandy at 650-303-2436. Please leave good days/times to return calls.

(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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Rocky: 8 year old neutered male black Lab 84 lbs

Rocky will be at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

A home for the holidays … Can you make Rocky’s dream come true?

Eight years ago, Rocky and his brother were left for dead on the side of a county road on a cold wintery/rainy day in January (what kind of person does this type of thing??). A kind passerby found the sick and dying young puppies and rescued them. They were treated by a vet, made a full recovery, and were adopted by the family business where their rescuer worked.

Rocky and his brother enjoyed the past eight years together as the office/yard dogs, frolicking and playing together with rolling hills to roam. Unfortunately, Rocky’s brother was hit by a car and died about 3 months ago. It took Rocky awhile to recover from the loss of his brother, but he is doing a lot better now with the special TLC received from his human friends. Rocky now loves hanging around inside the office with his people during the day. People are Rocky’s most favorite friends, he rolls over on his back often for belly rubs, and gently gives them a nose nudge when it’s time to take a doggie break from their work.

Sadly, Rocky’s office/yard has been sold, and the business is moving and cannot take Rocky with them. So Rocky is looking for a new forever home. Rocky’s loving friends at the business have taken good care of him, but now that his brother is gone, Rocky is alone most of the time on weeknights and weekends. We think that it’s about time for this terrific dog to become part of a family home where he can fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning knowing that his loved ones are nearby.

Rocky is an easygoing, mellow dog who likes hanging out with his people and playing ball. He has been around people of all ages and we think he would do fine in a home with children. Rocky has not been around many dogs other than his brother, though he did fine when meeting two other dogs in our assessment. Rocky is currently living with two cats at his office/yard and they tolerate each other well. Rocky has been indifferent to family cats living in homes that he has visited on weekends. Rocky knows basic commands, and walks very nicely on leash. We think he will make someone a very loving companion.

Rocky had a recent well check exam, is up to date on vaccinations, and is heartworm negative. Rocky is currently located in Brentwood.

  If you are interested Rocky, please call his 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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Boss: 7-year-old male yellow Lab 125 lbs

Boss will be at the San Jose and Walnut Creek pet fairs.

Incredibly happy-go-lucky for a guy who was abandoned by his family and left as a stray, Boss joins the Lab Rescue in order to trim down just a smidge. Seems he has skipped the South Beach Diet, the Paleo Diet, or the Atkins Diet… having totally embraced the “See Food Diet” (if you see food, you eat it). Boss’s foster has introduced the big guy to portion-control (what a concept)… and daily exercise and walks (rocket science principles, here).

What Boss’ Foster says: He has such a sweet disposition, and loves to snuggle. Behaves very well in the house. A relaxed, laid-back dude, and very playful. Sleeps through the night. Beautiful white teeth. Loves to be around "family". Not so good on a leash, though, as it seems he wants to chew through them while on walks --he seems to enjoy just carrying them in his mouth. He will need a good leader who can teach him how to properly walk on leash… so that he does not take his humans for a walk.

What Boss’ Rescue Rep says: We could envision Boss trimming down to a fabulous 90-95 pounds. He is current on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. He is taking some meds for infected eyes and ears. Boss is located in Redwood City.

  If you are interested in Boss, call 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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TOBY: 8 year old male neutered yellow Lab, 80 lbs

Toby was surrendered to us earlier this year when a family member realized his home environment was not ideal. GGLRR then adopted him to a loving family in August and recently they sadly felt the best thing was to return him to us. One of their sons is 3 years old and just loved Toby to the point where he was "man handling" him and though Toby never complained they knew it wasn't fair to him. They also have a big flight of stairs in their home and their plan was to leave Toby and their other dog downstairs. The other dog is much younger and would run up the stairs frequently and Toby would want to follow. He is capable of walking the stairs but with his arthritis we want him in a stair free home.

Toby is one well-mannered, sweet, lovable, goofy, easy, mellow big love! Many rescues come with issues but Toby is the exception. He truly is an all around good boy. He is good with other dogs, both large and small, though really prefers to say hi and move on to other things. He is good with cats and kids too. He loves to chase and retrieve the ball and when he brings it back he barks at you to throw it again. He's a slow eater but finishes his food. He has some arthritis and is a little stiff in the hips but it doesn't keep him from running after a ball. He is now in a foster home with another male Lab and does just fine with him. He goes on walks with his buddy and his foster mom takes them to the park to see the neighborhood dogs. He does great with saying a quick hi to all of them and then it's all about throw the ball, throw the ball...Toby used to dream of biscuits and balls and now all he really wants is his final forever family. He loves to swim.

What Toby's Foster Mom has to say:

Toby is a sweet affable boy. He gets along with all of the dogs he meets. He greets them and goes on his merry way. Likes to chase the ball with other dogs at the park but is too slow to be the first one to catch it. He is great in the house, housebroken (has not marked in my house and rescues often do in the beginning) and sleeps through the night on the dog bed next to my bed. He rides well in the car though does need some help with his hind legs getting in. He walks well on a leash without any type of correction collar, another unusual trait for rescued dogs. Toby likes to be in the same room as his humans but will listen when told to go lay down. He is a "people" dog and is happy to receive pets and belly rubs. He barks when he gets happy and excited. He knows sit, stay, lay down and come.

From Toby's Previous Adopter:

Toby is an incredibly sweet and gentle boy. When he's not patiently following you around the house, he can be found relaxing in a sunny spot in the yard, thumping his tail as you walk by. His favorite pastimes include fetching a ball, going for gentle walks and cooling off in the pool. He has had mild skin irritations that have cleared up quickly with medication. He does great at the vets and they all adore him. He gets along wonderfully with out bossy and temperamental Springer girl and completely ignores our cat. He will be a wonderful companion to any home as he loves attention from people of all ages; however, I would recommend he be with a family that doesn't have toddlers as my youngest one clambers all over him and though he doesn't complain, I don't think it is fair to do to him. He manages the stairs but walks down them very cautiously and is a little stiff when getting up but despite this he has a lot of energy and is always ready for a walk or a game of fetch. He does bark when he gets excited but a firm instruction to "lay down" quietens him and he gently relaxes on the floor. He knows come, sit, down, fetch, drop, leave it and is super eager to please. We would have loved to have given Toby his forever home but our circumstances with having a young toddler around and stairs in our house makes it difficult for Toby and we feel it's fairer on him to find him a more suitable home. We will miss him dearly! This is one sweet sweet boy who gets complimented on his gentle good-natured temperament by everyone who meets him.

What Toby's Rescue Rep says:

Toby is one of those dogs that you can't help but love. He loves everyone he meets, canines, cats and humans. He has a soft mouth. He doesn't really care about playing with other dogs but he has wonderful manners greeting them. Like many Labs, he is really more interested in the ball. He doesn't require much other than love, food, exercise, playing ball and having a human to love. He might inadvertently knock over a toddler so kids should be 5 and up. His first foster had 2 cats, though the cats were dog savvy and as you can see in the photo he ignored them. Toby has been through a lot of changes starting with his not so good home environment, two wonderful foster homes, being adopted and now back with his fortes and yet, in spite of it all, he still remains a darling boy who wants to be the best family dog ever. Because he deserves better than he's had in the past and because he so wants to be part of the (human) pack we don't want him home alone all day when his humans go to work. He will need a home without stairs.

Toby had a well check, blood work is perfect, is up to date on his vaccinations, heartworm negative, neutered and microchipped.

He is located in Mountain View.

  If you are looking for one of the easiest sweetest Labs ever, and you feel that you can give this terrific boy his last forever home, look no more. Call his Rescue Rep Sandy 650-303-2436.

(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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LINCOLN: 6-7 Year Old Neutered Male Lab Max 65 Pounds

From his current owners:

Lincoln is a sweet, loving, smart and happy dog. He loves to play tug, curl up at your feet, and receive belly and back rubs. He responds well to commands (sit, down, off) and walks well on or off leash with good recall. Lincoln loves to go for runs/walks, and swims at the beach. He has a dog walker and gets out each day with his other doggie friends. He also can be very easy going and enjoy to lay in the sun to take naps.

We got him from GGLRR 5 years ago when he was 1-2 years old. He was rescued by another family and was given up for adoption because their male dog did not like Lincoln. (He would always bite Lincoln and they felt it would be best to find Lincoln a new home to be fair to him.) He has lived with a cat before and mostly ignored him.

Lincoln is very affectionate and loves to be around adults but is nervous around young children. Lincoln is a special part of our family and given us lots of love and cuddles. We now have 2 young children and because he is anxious around them, we have made the difficult decision to find him a new home, where he will be happier and more relaxed. He would be best in a home with adults or older children.

Lincoln is a very healthy boy and has not had any health issues since we have had him. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations and micro-chipped.

Original listing:

From the owners who found Lucky: We were lucky enough to have been adopted by a wonderful dog in August, 2010. He appeared in our front yard one afternoon and I found him playing with our dogs. Lucky is an adorable male, Black Lab mix. He is a knee high bundle of joy. He loves to play ball. He loves to cuddle and he likes to sometimes sleep on the bed .. in his own space. He is very gentle, he sits for treats and gently takes them. He loves to go in the car. He isn't a barker. He is use to an "Invisible Fence" and knows the rules and doesn't try to push the boundaries. We don't know what, if any, training he has had. He is fine with cats, birds and loves people. He can walk well on leash and picks up things quickly. He is completely housetrained.

Lucky was fine in our pack at first but now one of our dogs does not want him around and will go after Lucky. We have tried to regain peace in our home and our pack. We also have indoor birds in which Lucky has shown no interest and cats which he at first chased but now pretty much ignores.

Lincoln is located in Greenbrae.

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

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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BANDIT: 12- 13 Year Old Black Male Lab 72 Pounds

Bandit will be at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

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

  If you are looking for a special boy, 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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Elliott: 5 year old neutered male Lab mix 80 lbs (special needs)

Elliott will be at the San Jose pet fair.
Watch Elliott's videos by clicking on the links above the pictures.

Elliott was adopted as a puppy from a shelter after being found on a highway with a broken right front leg. He made a full recovery after pins and surgery and was adopted by his current family at 1 year old. He has full strength and range of motion in both front legs and has lived happily with the family the past 4 years.

Elliott has a condition that causes him to lose coordination and strength in his rear legs at times. His owners live in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in the city without a yard. It has become increasingly difficult for Elliott to safely navigate the 3 flights of stairs to get outside and he can no longer walk all the way to a local park. Although they love him very much, the owners want Elliott to have a better quality of life and are surrendering him so that he could be adopted by a family with a single story house and a yard which would make it much easier for Elliott to get outside and play.

What Elliott’s current owner says:

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

While his joints, muscles and ligaments all seem strong and fine, he cannot go for very long walks, cannot run without falling every few steps and has a walk that looks like he is dancing with his back legs. Probably one of the happiest dogs, he has no idea that there is anything wrong.

Elliot is extremely friendly and playful and sweet and lovable. He loves to play but is also very easy going and can be content for half a day to lay in the sun. We are looking for a home to improve his quality of life and this would be ideally a single floor home with access to an outdoor area he could take himself to and walk in at his leisure.

What Elliott’s rescue rep says:

We are looking for a very special owner who can provide Elliott an improved quality of life in a home environment more suited to him. We prefer an adopter with a single story home with easy in/out access and a grassy yard for Elliott. Carpeted floors would be easier for Elliott than hardwood floors. Given Elliott's condition he won't need a lot of long walks, but short walks and play sessions in the back yard would be good. Elliott was socialized with other dogs when he was young but hasn't been around other dogs much recently due to his reduced mobility. He might do ok in a home with another mellow dog.

Elliott had a rough start in life and we want to see this sweet dog get a chance to enjoy more of the simple doggie pleasures of life – basking in the sun, wriggling in the grass, playing in the yard, short strolls, and sniffing the latest smells outdoors. And of course, hanging out in the house with his people, snuggling together, getting back scratches and belly rubs. Elliott is looking for that special owner who can deal with his disability and who welcomes the joy and and love that Elliott will bring to their home. Elliot is current on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered.

  If you can provide a great forever home for Elliott, call his 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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HERSHEY: 8 Year Old Chocolate Female 85 Pounds

Hershey will be at the San Jose pet fair.

Hershey has been with her current owner for 3 years. The owner was older and the other day had to go to the hospital and the doctor told the family he would not be able to go back to his home but needed to go to an assisted living home. Hershey’s owner did not have any family in the area that could take and care for her; so his daughter who lives in San Diego called Lab Rescue to see if we could take Hershey into our program. We went to meet Hershey and found her a foster home until we find her a new last home.

This is what we know about Hershey:

Hershey has been owned by the current owner for the past three years. He got Hershey from his neighbor who no longer could care for a large dog. For the last three years Hershey has been an inside/outside dog and has always slept inside. She was not left alone for long periods as the owner was retired but when he had the medical issues she was left alone at the home for long days. She is a very smart girl and knows: paw / shake, Sit, Stay, Down, Come and fetch. (Hershey loves to play with her toys.) She loves to go for walks and loves to swim. She is a bit out of shape as the owner was not able to walk her for the last few months but the current foster is taking her out for 2-3 walks a day. Hershey loves to go for car rides but can be a little unsettled at first. She loves to play fetch, loves to watch and loves loves to go for walks. She was in a home with another female dog at one time and the owner said she was indifferent about cats but at the foster’s she goes crazy when she sees the cat. She walks well on a leash; she does not know heel but she does not pull, she is very easy to handle. She takes treats ok, not real gentle but not like a snapping turtle, like some Labs. She has been around kids of all ages but feel she should be placed in a home with older kids.

From the foster:

We spent the night in San Francisco and Hershey was well behaved and fine with the other dogs. She picks up her leash and will bring it to us when she wants to go on a walk. She is in very good health and is one happy girl. We will be sorry to see her go!

Hershey is spayed, updated on her shots, heartworm negative, microchipped, full blood panel and has no health issues. She does need to go for regular walks to get in better shape and lose a few pounds! (But don’t we all!) Hershey needs a home without cats.

She is located in Menlo Park.

  If you are looking for a sweet girl, 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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Bo: 2 - 3 year old neutered black Lab mix 91 lbs

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

Bo will be at the Walnut Creek pet fair.

Bo is a stray who followed a kindhearted person (and his beagle) home. After unsuccessful attempts to locate an owner, his rescuer contacted Lab Rescue to help Bo find a new forever home. Bo is probably a border collie or shepherd mixed with Lab, with the looks and good nature of a Lab, and the smarts of a shepherd. He’s a handsome guy, tall and lean, and keenly intelligent.

Bo is impulsive, energetic, and he has apparently had little training: he pulls on leash (He’s a big, strong boy!), and he’s inclined to test limits, but he’s observant and willing. His curiosity and adventuresome nature make everything interesting to Bo. He would probably respond enthusiastically to opportunities to engage in dog sports: he’s athletic, and his senses of sight and scent are acute. He is also the kind of dog that would enjoy a job to provide mental stimulation. An active and experienced dog owner who can spend time and would enjoy working with Bo can help him realize his potential and become a superstar MVP (Most Valuable Pup). He has the makings of an extraordinary companion.

Bo responds once he knows what is expected and learns boundaries. He’s more motivated by verbal correction, praise and affection than by food or physical correction. His conduct will be best with sufficient daily exercise and training/guidance so that he knows what is expected of him. Bo is a young, high energy dog who needs more than a casual morning and evening stroll around the block. Obedience training would be a fantastic way for Bo and his new owner to bond. Bo is a good passenger in a car and loves getting out to go see new places.

Bo is friendly with other dogs, and having a canine companion for play and exercise would probably suit him. His friendliness with other canines when he was on the loose led to his rescue: he seeks opportunities to play with other dogs. Don’t know about cats, but he could be the type to chase or (shep)herd them. Bo’s “hugs” make him less fit for homes with young children, and he’s not the best dog for someone with a small city abode and/or a minimal yard.

Bo is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and is heartworm negative. Bo is located in Dixon.

 If you are interested in awesome Bo, call his 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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Madden and Raider 10-year-old male yellow Lab (66 lbs) and 12-yr-old male chocolate Lab (73 lbs)

Watch their new video posted 8/19.

We are not taking any more calls on Madden and Raider.

Time for the Silver-and-Black to step up for two of their own. Madden and Raider came to Lab Rescue after spending six months alone in a vacant house after their owner died unexpectedly. A related of the deceased visited the dogs every other day to feed and water them, but they’ve been without walks, dog socialization, or other human contact for a very long time. Finally the relative called us to re-home the dogs. Given these conditions, we found both dogs to be absolutely charming – and starved for attention. We do consider them bonded (understandably given all they have been through) and we want to adopt them out together.

What Madden’s and Raider’s Foster says: Raider and Madden are adorable, sweet “siblings”. The two have been together at least for 4 years when they were adopted from a shelter. They will do everything together. Sleep, eat, drink, play and follow us around the house! When separated they very much miss each other and it’s a big party when they come back together! Raider shows signs of an 12-year-old dog. His movements are slower. Madden is more active. Both walk well on leash, with Madden occasionally pulling. We have given them some toys but they have not taken to playing with them. They both respond quite well when called and take orders very easily (“no”, “go lie down”, “come here”) —they were clearly well trained dogs. There has been no barking, except when someone rings the doorbell. They used to go onto furniture in their old home, however on the first night we told them “no” and they have not tried to go onto furniture again. They sleep together in the living room. They should go to a home with minimum/no stairs as Raider has a torn ACL and struggles with stairs

What Madden’s and Raider’s Rescue Rep says: Both dogs are on pain-killer/anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis and other issues. They are up-to-speed on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Madden and Raider get along great with all people and dogs; not sure about cats. They are currently in Burlingame. (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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3 Black Lab Mix Puppies: 3 Months Old - May (Flower), Nina & Pinta

We are not taking any more calls for the puppies.

A volunteer with GGLRR noticed the listing from the Ukiah shelter that they had some puppies they needed help with. I reached out to my contact at the Ukiah shelter to see if she wanted our help. (Well of course she did! She wanted to get the puppies out of the shelter asap.) A nice volunteer from Ukiah drove them down to the foster mom on Sunday.

What we know about the puppies:

A person in the Ukiah area was out for a walk and heard some noises coming from the field. They went to see what was going on and they found a sealed box with something crying inside. They opened the box and found the three Thanksgiving puppies! They could not keep them so they had to take them to the Ukiah shelter. (They could not believe someone would do this to the puppies; they said they we so sweet!)

We now have them in a temporary foster home and they will go to a new foster home on 11/22:

We would say they are Lab / Sheperd mix puppies. We think they have not had much positive interaction with humans and are unsure of what will happen to them if they come up to you. They really want to be with you and be with people and do come out of their shell. It is awesome to see them wagging their tails and having fun. (I am not sure they have had much fun in their life.)

Pinta:

The BIG boy. He is a very sweet boy and sure has not missed many meals. He just loves attention and does submit to the fosters adult dogs. He does like to rough house with his sisters.

Nina:

She is shy but she will come up to you and also loves to be petted. She loves to play and does submit to other dogs and is a little shyer than her brother.

May – flower:

We feed her away from her siblings. I think she is used to giving up her meals to her brother and sister. She is quite shy but once you give her the time to come to you and sit down on her level she just loves and craves the attention.

Medical:

They have had their first round of shots and have been dewormed. We are working on getting them to the vet for a well check.

They are located in Piedmont. (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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LUCKY: 2 Year Old Neutered Black Male Lab 83 Pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Lucky.

Lucky’s owner had to give him up as she was getting a divorce and she was between homes and could not find a place that could take dogs. It was hard for her to give him up but she knew it was the best for Lucky! The owner had Lucky since he was 8 weeks of age. She has taken good care of Lucky and he has been well trained. He knows: Sit, stay, down, come, heel, fetch, drop, leave it and wait. He loves to go for car rides and really likes to play fetch! He has been crate trained and loves his crate. He was raised with a child and would be fine in a home with children but he will jump on people so he may knock over a small child. He is a dog that should not be around cats as if he sees one he will try to chase them. He does need better leash skills and he is a VERY strong dog. She describes him as playful, loveable and hyper when new people come to meet him.

We have Lucky in a foster home and she has two dogs and a cat. This is what the foster mom has to say about Lucky.

Lucky is doing great. I feed him 2 1/2 cups twice a day which I think is helping. He hasn't been around other dogs in over a year and is very submissive. He is a very large, and very strong teddy bear! He loves everyone. Kids adults and other dogs. He could definitely use leash training. I cannot walk him without a correction collar because he is so strong. With a correction collar I can actually walk all three of the dogs side by side. It is quite a spectacle and I get stares and honks!! He knows his basic commands. Sit, stay, & down. He is crate trained and potty trained. He does not get into anything when he is not crated. He is a very social dog and does not like to be left alone. I have never left him alone in the house. He is crated or in the back yard when I am not home. He loves to carry toys around in his mouth. He will fall asleep with toys in his mouth. Loves to play ball and brings it back but won’t release it to me yet. He is very soft mouth and gentle. He is treat and praise motivated. If he gets hurt while playing, he will run to me and bury his head in my chest for love. Aww. He is just a happy, go with the flow kind of dog. He would be great in a home with kids and dogs but NO CATS!!

What a great dog Lucky will make to his new home!

We want a home that can give Lucky the exercise, training and leadership he needs.

He is a very healthy boy:

He is neutered, has all his shots, is heartworm negative, he has had a well exam, a fecal sample and a microchip. (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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JACKPOT (formerly Mr. Nobody): 4 year old non neutered purebred English black lab 74 lbs

(Lab Rescue will coordinate his neutering)

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

We are not accepting any more calls for Jackpot.

Yes, I WAS Mr. Nobody. My previous owner named me that. The shelter took one look at me and knew that I was more like a Mr. Somebody. You see, lucky for me my owner was (allegedly) caught being mean to me on surveillance camera. He was arrested (trial pending) but I was the one taken to the "pokey" till the trial. It got pretty lonely there as I had to be in a cell by myself as they said I was "evidence", whatever that means. These nice people from Golden Gate Lab Rescue heard my story and made the long drive to pick me up so that they could foster me until I was hopefully released to them. I felt like I hit the jackpot and thus my new name is "Jackpot!" I went for board/train with a wonderful foster/trainer and made great progress. The plan was once I became officially surrendered to Lab Rescue, they had found a wonderful home for me where I have been living and thriving. Unfortunately because of an illness, they are no longer able to foster me and thus will not be adopting me.

Update from Jackpot's trainer:

Jackpot knows "heel", "sit", "down", "come", "stay" and go to a "Place" until released, and will listen to "no." Jackpot loves to retrieve. He is a very easy keeper as far as food goes, doesn't take much food to keep him at a healthy weight. He is used to sleeping in lots of different situations be it crate, run and loose. Doesn't seem to care about horses or cats but always be careful when introducing a dog to either.

Jackpot has mellowed out a lot when new dogs come in. Male or female, he greets them with a wagging tail though if he is placed in a home with another dog, it should be a female. He would also be fine being an only dog. There is no barking or growling in his kennel. He doesn't care about other dogs being out while I walk him. His manners are really good in the house and he is way better with giving up his toys. He will listen to my staff and to me and do what is asked of him. He will test others that he doesn't know to see if they will follow through and he will be pushy with toys and food with them. His new owner will need to continue with a trainer.

From Jackpot's Rescue Rep:

Jackpot is a handsome English Lab with the blocky head and a stocky build. He wants to please but apparently has not had structure in his life before and thus didn't understand what was expected of him. Because of this, we want someone who is around most of the day to provide this for him. He requires adequate exercise for physical and mental stimulation which also provides an opportunity for training and bonding with his new owner. He walks well on a leash with a prong collar. He is house trained, rides well in the car and is crate trained. Because of his large size and strength, any kids in the house should be 10 and up.

Medical:

Jackpot is healthy and up to date on vaccinations. He will be neutered, microchipped and heartworm tested. He is temporarily located in Watsonville. Since Jackpot has a wonderful foundation with the training he has received, his new owner will need to continue with a trainer when adopted. The option is there to continue with his current trainer in Watsonville or if not conveniently located another private trainer can be used. We require a $250 deposit at the time of adoption which will be refunded when proof of training has been completed by a professional dog trainer.

Jackpot will require additional training with his new owner. We require a $250 deposit at the time of adoption which will be refunded when proof of training has been completed by a professional dog trainer.

(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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Cola: 5-yr-old male chocolate Lab 85 lbs

We are not accepting any more calls for Cola.

Their loss; our gain. Cola was surrendered to a local shelter by a family due to the dog’s reported allergies that their vet advised would require continued expensive meds which they could not afford. We are not so sure about that… and are delighted to give him the opportunity to find a new forever home. The shelter vet diagnosed him with a fungal infection, and put him on some antibiotics… and his coat is looking better. We gave him a good bath once we got him out of the shelter and he looks so much better. This is one great dog.

What Cola’s foster says: Cola is friendly, trained (sit, shake, etc.), and has a very gentle mouth. Easygoing personality, jumped up twice for treats, but gently. Touchable, friendly but not all over you. He's easygoing, friendly, and gets along with other dogs. He and our cat, Socks, appear to be cool -- don't know how he'd be with cats that run, but he and Socks hardly noticed each other. He went swimming in the pond twice. Cola is quiet and easy to have around…. He’s barked maybe twice. Sweet guy. No begging, but plenty of longing looks while we were eating dinner. Cola is a bit needy (who wouldn't be after 3 weeks at the shelter?) -- he wants to lean on you, does a very winsome begging sit, and cuddled up with us after dinner. Cola is a counter surfer, so this will need to be addressed. Not interested in toys or balls. He is interested in following you around the house and putting his head in your lap.

What Cola’s Rescue Rep says: We are investigating his skin condition to learn more about it. He is current on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. Cola is located in Hillsborough. (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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Scout: 3-month-old male Black Lab mix 16 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Scout.

Don’t blink or you will miss Scout zipping by as he eagerly explorers the new world around him. We were fortunate to rescue him (at just 7-weeks-old) from a central valley shelter where he’d been surrendered with a broken right front leg – no idea how it happened. Hours later he was headed to the Bay area for emergency surgery at our vet… and this young guy was on the road to recovery. His brace was just taken off of him and now we have to hold him back from overdoing it as his leg continues to heal. He is an absolute delight. What is he mixed with? Take a guess… If you said “lab/border collie“… you are probably on the right track…

What Scout’s foster says: Inquisitive, adventurous, affectionate, playful, calm (at times), crazy (at other times), cute as heck (at all times). His sharp puppy teeth love chewing on human fingers, ears, noses, and toes. He’s never seen a dog toy or ball he didn’t like. Gets along great with our own big lab. Crate-trained. Working on house-training – making great progress. Learning how to walk on a leash. Seems he is also very interested in digging in the dirt. This guy is a little four-legged furry full-time therapist in these difficult times.

What Scout’s Rescue Rep says: Scout is on a rehabilitation program following his fracture repair… so his activity level must be kept in check. He is still going through his initial puppy vaccinations too. Not yet microchipped or neutered. Scout is located in Berkeley.

(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: 5-6 Month Old Yellow Male Lab/ Mix (Not Neutered)s

We are not taking any more calls for Max.

Max was found as a stray from one of our foster homes. They have tried to find the owners over the last few weeks and no one has come to claim cute Max.

Max is a rambunctious and fun loving puppy. He loves to play with the labs who are showing him the ropes at his foster family's house.

Max enjoys cuddling with the kids, chasing tennis balls and playing tug-of-war with his new canine friends.

He is a retriever mix with the expected webbed toes, labby snout and sweet demeanor. His beautifully shinny fur is silky and pale yellow. His loving brown eyes will melt your heart within moments of meeting him.

He is a little on the thin side, but now that he is getting fed regularly, he is beginning to fill out. Max's paws aren't huge, so the foster family doesn't believe that he will too big.

Max was discovered abandoned and afraid near the foster family's home. Sadly, it appears he had been on his own for a while. Thankfully, it only took a few hours for him to settle in and feel right at home.

Due to his uncertain past, we don't know his exact age, but estimate that he is under six-months.

This sweet boy has an amazing ability to assimilate to new situations and even though he doesn't have any training, he doesn't have any unusually bad habits. Max will make a wonderful addition to an active family. He is fine outside during the day with other dogs to keep him company and is currently being crate and house trained.

So far, he ignores the ducks and chickens who wander around him. He is docile around other livestock, though he wants to run and play with the goats, sadly for Max, they aren't impressed.

He hasn't had the opportunity to visit with any neighboring cats, but at such a young age, he should be able to make friends.

Medical:

Max has had a well check, shots and a microchip. (GGLRR is working on his neuter.)

They are 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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SIERRA: 7 Year Old Black Female Lab Mix 65 Pounds

Sierra is looking for a new home as her owner is not around and she is left for long periods – twelve to fourteen hours a day. (Her ex-husband was going to take Sierra but he left her when he moved out of the home.) Her owner loves Sierra but she knows she deserves a better life. She has been a big part of her home for the last seven years, they got her at 5 weeks of age. She is an inside dog; sleeps in the home and has access to the home in and out during the day. She is a very playful, loving dog that wants more attention. She is still active for her age and goes for regular walks. She likes to ride in the car, loves to play fetch and knows many commands. She knows: sit, stay, down, come, drop, leave-it, roll over, walk and ball. She may jump up on people when she first meets them but a part of her energy is not getting out as much as she needs. She loves to play with other dogs and is fine with kids but if they have food in their hand it will be Sierra’s rather quickly. She has gone to the dog park in the past and has not had any issues. She has not been around cats but on walks when she notices them she will pull on the leash to try and meet them. She will pull on the leash when going for walks so we would recommend some leash training with Sierra. Sierra does not like to be left alone in the yard she will bark a bit if left alone outside but she is fine left alone in the home.

From the owner:

Meet Sierra. She is a seven year old Black Labrador Retriever mix. Sierra loves to be around people, and thrives when getting attention. She loves to play fetch with her tennis ball, go for walks, and take trips to the dog park. She also likes to play with other dogs. Sierra loves to play with toys, especially ones that squeak. Her favorite treats are bully sticks. Sierra has been with our family since she was 5 weeks old. She has been around our three children since they were brought home from the hospital and has always been gentle and aware of their size and space needs while she played or rested near them. She loves to be outside, as long as someone is with her. She spends most of her days indoors, is house trained, and loves to snuggle on the foot of the bed at night. She is an extremely loyal companion.

She has not had any health issues. She is spayed, she is current on her shots, she is heartworm negative and she is microchipped.

Sierra is located in Napa. (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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INTI: 18 Month Old Labrador / Golden Retriever Mix Male Neutered 60 Pounds

Inca sun god is the meaning and Inti’s coloring sure could make him a sun god! What a beautiful boy!

A wonderful volunteer for German Sheperd Rescue contacted a volunteer with Golden Gate Lab Rescue to see if we could help Inti. He was in the Bakersfield city shelter and was due to be put down due to having skin allergies. His owner purchased him from a breeder and had spent quite a bit of money on his skin allergies but since they could not figure it out and realized this may be a life-long problem they surrendered him to the shelter. Inti was given a full evaluation at the shelter and the volunteer tested him and he passed all tests but just needed to have some medical done on him. GGLRR said they could help Inti and he was taken into our program. According to the records Inti was an outdoor dog only in his previous home which could be related to his skin condition.

We have had Inti in a foster home for a month and have been treating his allergy issues. This is what the foster mom has to say about Inti:

Inti’s foster mom has three dogs in her home; 1 Chocolate Lab and 2 German Shepherds. She has a 9 year old daughter and he will jump up to try and reach your hands.

Inti is an active 18 month old male lab/golden. He was surrendered to a shelter due to a skin problem and the owner was unable to afford vet care. Inti loves to play fetch, of course, and will drop it for you to throw again and again. He gets along well with cats, but will chase them when they run. (He will nibble a little on the cat and when the cat is done he will jump up on the cat tree.) With dogs he has been growly a few times to show dominance, but has not progressed to anything more. (The dogs in my home could care less if Inti has growled at them on occasion.) He does not mind other dogs playing fetch, and is a good sport when they get to the ball first. He even loves playing tug-of-war with another dog and a rope toy. Inti knows how to heel on leash, but needs reminders and someone to show him that he must behave. (We tell everyone that you are walking the dog and the dog is not walking you!) He's a goofy boy, that needs a home that will give him some leadership so he doesn't think he needs to be the leader of the pack. He is best suited for a home with older children that won't be intimidated by his exuberance; he may knock over a small child. He would love to be a running partner but he is a dog that should get out for at least two walks a day. Inti is such a smart boy he would be a great dog with agility training or getting him into a nose work class. With daily exercise he settles down in the house and at night he sleeps in his crate. (He would probably be fine not in a crate but our home routine is better if he sleeps in a crate.) He is a dog that will settle in the home and does not need to be with you all the time. Inti is housebroken and crate trained.

We have had Inti to the vet a few times and the vet felt that Inti’s issue could be a thyroid issue; we have him on a low dose of thyroid medication. We have him on a grain free food, we have been giving him regular baths with KetoHex from the vet, made sure there were no fleas in the home and she got some antibiotics. He had an ear infection and that was treated. He is neutered, updated on his shots, he is heartworm negative and he is microchipped.

Inti is located in Merced. (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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Rio: 10-month-old male black Lab mix 75 lbs

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

We are taking no more calls for Rio.

Rio is a young Labrador/Shepherd mix with great food motivation, toy motivation and who wants to do things with his people. He is people and dog social and loves running around outdoors, swimming and exploring. He has enough energy to keep up with an active routine but he settles really easily in the house. He has been with a trainer for the last three weeks after being in a home with so much activity that it overwhelmed him at his young age.

What Rio’s foster-trainer says: When we’re attentive to his needs and give him space when he needs it, he can handle pretty much anything. He is stable inside the home and out, with visitors and everyone they have met. He goes out daily with a group of dogs to new environments where they meet new people and Rio loves every second of it. We’ve been working on basic obedience, leash walking and recall -- he’s doing quite well on all fronts. He’s relatively young, so training should continue through at least through adolescence but he has a solid foundation to go on. I am extremely pleased with where he is at; he will make a family very happy. Like many young dogs, his family should be attentive to his needs, as any young dog can develop stress-related issues when their needs aren’t met. With continued daily exercise, fun engagement with his owners, and some structure in the home, he will be a dog that a family can do anything with. He would love to hop in the car and go on rides, spend a day at the beach or take a camping trip. He really is a do-it-all kind of dog.

What Rio’s Rescue Rep says: A wonderful family dog. This guy is still growing could become one big dog. As a young dog he needs sufficient daily exercise, so owners that are out for long hours will need a dog walker or some other plan if they’re unable to get him enough exercise to keep him happy. Tired dog = happy dog. He is current on vaccinations and microchipped, and neutered. Rio 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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MARLEY: 6 Year Old Neutered Male Lab 70 Pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Marley.

Marley is a great dog, friends to everyone and everything!

GGLRR noticed Marley at the Fremont shelter and contacted them to see if we could help this sweet boy. Marley and his buddy was picked up as strays and was taken to the Fremont shelter. He was microchipped and it was traced to a local family that decided not to come in and pick up either of their dogs. Marley passed all the tests at the shelter with flying colors; scoring A++ on all of them! An evaluator for GGLRR went to the shelter to meet Marley to confirm he was an A student and he found Marley to be a wonderful dog! GGLRR pulled him and took him to their boarding facility.

What we know about Marley:

He is a great boy who gets along with all people and all dogs! (We think he would be fine in a home with cats; as long as he was introduced properly.) He loves to play with toys, loves to get out and play with other dogs at the boarding facility but his favorite thing is to be around people. He has had a couple accidents in his kennel so an adopter would need to set Marley up for success in the home and make sure they take him out on a regular basis at first. He rides easy in the car, has decent leash skills and seems to be one happy boy! Marley is a very gentle boy and we think he would do fine in a home with kids but he also is a large dog and can knock over a small child. Marley needs a little more training and a home that will get him out for two walks a day.

He is a very healthy boy:

He is neutered, has all his shots, is heartworm negative, has had a full blood panel, GGLRR pulled a bad tooth he had, he had a full wellness exam and he is microchipped. (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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Boss: 7-year-old male yellow Lab 130+ lbs

Watch his video by clicking on the link above the pictures.

We are not accepting any more calls for Boss.

Incredibly happy-go-lucky for a guy who was abandoned by his family and left as a stray, Boss joins the Lab Rescue in order to trim down just a smidge. Seems he has skipped the South Beach Diet, the Paleo Diet, or the Atkins Diet… having totally embraced the “See Food Diet” (if you see food, you eat it). Boss’s foster has introduced the big guy to portion-control (what a concept)… and daily exercise and walks (rocket science principles, here).

What Boss’ Foster says: He has such a sweet disposition, and loves to snuggle. Behaves very well in the house. A relaxed, laid-back dude, and very playful. Sleeps through the night. Beautiful white teeth. Loves to be around "family". Not so good on a leash, though, as it seems he wants to chew through them while on walks --he seems to enjoy just carrying them in his mouth. We are working on Boss’ weight. It was very evident that he was not used to exercising at all. He slept most of the day, and night, at first. I've been re-introducing him to an exercise routine, with progressively longer walks and runs. He's responding nicely.

What Boss’ Rescue Rep says: We could envision Boss trimming down to a fabulous 90-95 pounds. He is current on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. Boss 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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CASEY: 11 ½ year old spayed female Black Lab Mix 99 Pounds



Casey came to the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter in August she is microchipped, but no one came looking for her. Her microchip had not been updated, so the shelter was not able to contact Casey’s family. The shelter contacted Lab Rescue to see if they could help this sweet lady find a home. When our rescue volunteer saw Casey laying nicely in her kennel with those beautiful, soulful eyes, she knew Casey was for us, and we needed to help her find her “forever home.”

A few of the nice things about older dogs, “what you see is what you get!” No potty training, no long hours of continuous exercise to get out the wiggles and jiggles. Casey is good with nice leisurely walks, loves to play fetch, she will bring a tennis ball back to you and put it in your hand. She is a very smart girl! She loves to ride in the car, never making a peep, she will sit quietly and look out the window. Casey was fine with the other dogs in the shelter; she is more interested in people, not sure about cats, though.

Casey is an older lady, so she does come with some lumps and bumps, she has been treated for a skin rash and is improving, her hair is improving nicely. She has some Arthritis which is common at her age, but she has plenty of energy and moves well.

Casey loves people and loves being with them. 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? She is heartworm negative, up to date on vaccines, has also had a senior panel done.

Notes from the foster mom:

Casey is a very sweet Lab mix. Very gentle, loves her walks and does well in the car. Loves all people and does not seem to be nothered by cats or other dogs. Nice sweet older girl!

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

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TRUMAN: 3 Year old Chocolate Male Neutered Lab 75 Pounds

Truman was purchased from a breeder and his family got him at 12 weeks of age. They really love Truman but they know it is best to find him a new home as they are never home! They say he is a very lovable boy, he is great with kids, Truman is always the submissive one if any of the other dogs get in a scuffle. He is left alone during the day and does not get into things, is not an excessive barker but we want a home that will give him the time and attention he deserves. He loves to be around his pack, he sleeps in his crate at night, and knows many commands. Sit, stay, down, come, fetch, drop and leave it. Truman will jump up on people, he does need a refresher with his leash skills, loves to swim and play fetch! We are not sure about Truman and cats in the home.

This is from the GGLRR volunteer who met Truman:

Truman needs a job! This healthy young purebred chocolate Lab has an impressive skills list: Sit, stay, high five, fetch and come! While he has been well cared for and is loved, Truman has way too much time on his paws, due to job changes and a busy schedule for his human family. He's only 3 years old, and needs more exercise and company than he's getting these days, so his humans called Lab Rescue to see if we could find him a suitable home. He's crate trained, obeys voice commands, likes to swim, and loves having his human family around, but these days there's no one home during the day, so he got bored and ate some socks. He's too lively for small children, but active kids over 10 would be great companions for Truman. He pulls on leash (Needs more walks!) and is friendly and playful with other dogs. We don't know how he feels about cats. He will jump up to say hello, but he takes correction well. For example, he hasn't had any more socks for lunch!

Truman is very healthy boy – current on his shots, neutered, heartworm negative and microchipped.

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

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4 Black Lab Mix Puppies: 9 Weeks Old Rizzo – the girl, Dexter, Bryant and Javi

We are not accepting any more calls for the puppies.

A volunteer with GGLRR noticed a posting from the Ukiah shelter that they had 4 nine week old Lab Mix puppies for adoption. GGLRR works with the Ukiah shelter and emailed to see if they needed help with the puppies. The shelter is full so they asked us to take them. A wonderful volunteer said she would foster the puppies and she drove to Ukiah to get them!

What we know about the puppies:

A man came into the Ukiah shelter on November 1st to surrender the puppies. The shelter told him that they were full and they could not take the puppies. He told the shelter then he would just go and drown the puppies. The coordinator of the shelter told the man to leave the puppies with them and they would find them a home. (When the man was leaving the shelter he mentioned to the shelter coordinator that they were probably going to just take them out and shoot them? YIKES! The shelter coordinator assured him that they would be adopted.)

We have the puppies in a foster home and they are doing well!

Playing, sleeping, pooping and eating and then repeating! (Puppies are great but you need to be prepared to have an active dog in your home for the next 5 plus years.) The foster mom has three dogs of her own and they love to try and play with them, they seem to understand going to the bathroom outside. Everything is a fun game!

Medical:

They have had their first round of shots and have been dewormed.

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

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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABBY: 8 year old spayed female black Lab 85 lbs

(Abby needs to lose a few pounds, she was 108 pounds.)

Sweet Abby needs a new home!

Abby’s elderly owner was not able to care for Abby any longer and the owner’s son took Abby into their home. They decided it would be best to find Abby a new home as they are very busy, work fulltime and just do not have the time Abby deserves.

This is what they had to say about Abby:

Abby has been around a variety of people and animals and she loves them all! She is a very fun-loving, sweet, playful, nice, gentle, shy, happy girl who wants to be loved. She has had a lot of training when she was a puppy and knows: sit, dome, fetch and if you say no she will stop what she is doing. They would walk her put she did pull on a leash with them. She loves to go for car rides, she is excellent with children, adores other dogs and is a very gentle soul. We think she would be fine in a home with cats; we just have not seen her around any cats. We have been trying to get some weight off her as she was fed human food in the other home. She is active for her age.

This is what the foster dad has to say about Abby:

1) Abby joined the family at 1 pm and by the time 8 people arrived at 6 pm for my wife’s birthday she was greeting them at the door. You would have thought she had been with us since she was a pup. She has the run of the house and there has not been a single problem. She is just a sweet, lovable good natured dog. With those big brown eyes she is hard to resist. She goes to the dog park a couple of times a day, gets along with all the other dogs, she is very gentle and has no problems when the children come up to her. Abby enjoys riding in the car; should I leave the car door open I will most likely find her in the passenger seat. In the evening she lays quietly next to me and nudges me to pet her. At bed time she sleeps on the floor next to my bed.

2) Hi everyone, Have an update on our girl. She is doing great, trips to the park twice a day. She gets along with all the other dogs in the park. Even running a bit after them. She is a big girl and you need to be strong on the lead. She is so laid back it is amazing. She get two meals a day consisting of one cup of dry food. With the exercising and change in diet I think she had dropped about 3 to 5 pounds! Mason continues to be the perfect gentleman for the most part. Abby is still very needy and will have a tendency to push him away when we are sitting on the couch. She has found one toy she likes. She puts it at your feet and as you reach for it she grabs it. It is amazing how quickly she has settled in to the route.

She is a GEM of a dog!

Abby is a very healthy girl but needs to lose a few pounds. More exercise and less food. She is spayed, has all her shots, is microchipped, had a full blood panel and a well check.

She is located in Orinda. (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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LACY: 7 Year Old Spayed Black Female Lab 89 Pounds



Lacy is a 7 year old, Black English Lab, who has become very famous in her own right. Lacy has her own Facebook Page entitled, “Lacy - The Story of a Canine Biggest Loser”, so you may already know her. Her last video post had over 15,000 views!

Here’s her story:

Last year Lacy (known then as “Legacy”) was turned in to the GGLRR due to a divorce. It’s hard enough to lose your home, but she was also morbidly obese - she weighed in at 145 pounds (her ideal weight is probably around 80 pounds or so)! Her current owner adopted her and undertook the job of helping her lose all the extra weight so she could be a happy and healthy dog again. In the last 8 months Lacy has lost 55 pounds - she now weighs in at 90 pounds - close to her goal weight. She went from being a dog who could barely waddle 20 feet without becoming exhausted, to a dog today who runs and plays with the other dogs.

During her weight loss program, Lacy became lame in her hind leg, most likely due to aggravating old problems in her knee because of her weight. She underwent ACL surgery, and is now running and jumping for joy. She is still stiff while getting up after being down for a while, but she then trots off great. There is always a chance that she could have problems in her other leg as well, but we’ll hope not.

Unfortunately, her current owner, who had planned to be her forever mom, is unexpectedly moving overseas and cannot take Lacy with her.

Here’s what she says about Lacy:

It has been so rewarding to see the “real” Lacy come out from under all the layers of fat that she once had. She is a very well behaved lady who thrives on both giving and receiving love. She is happy to sit by your side, or go for walks, and jumps for joy at feeding time or when it’s time for walks. She learns new things very quickly, and yearns to please. She will guard bark at a new person, but always ends up wagging her tail and welcoming that person as soon as they say “Hi!”. She rides well in cars and is quiet in the house. She’s good with kids, all other dogs, cats, horses, you name it, she’s fine. She’s UTD on all her vaccinations and heart worm medicine. Whoever is lucky enough to welcome Lacy to their home will have a very sweet soul as a loving companion. For more about her last 8 months and her weight loss program, check out her Facebook page - again, Lacy, The Story of a Canine Biggest Loser.

We would love a home for Lacy that will continue her weight loss program and a home that will give her the special care and attention she deserves. She gets along with everyone and everything. She would be great in a home with kids and other dogs.

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

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Mac: almost 9 year old black purebred male 70 pounds

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

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

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

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

Mac update:

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

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

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

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

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Dude: 5-1/2-yr-old male yellow Lab, 80 lbs

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

Dude comes to our Lab Rescue program through an unfortunate turn of events… After knee surgery in early 2016, Dude lost the use of both of his rear legs and was recently diagnosed by UC Davis as being paralyzed in his hind end. He gets around each day on a two-wheeled cart, when he is not “relaxing” in his living room or on his back patio near his humans. His current owners have worked hard to see to Dude’s needs for the past few months, but they are unable to provide long-term continued care for him.

What Dude’s Rescue Rep says: Dude is an engaging, delightful lab that just wants to find his new rhythm. He loves his frequent cart-walks around the neighborhood – and has become accustomed to the harness/rig. Got things to see… got things to smell… got dogs to meet… While it might be difficult to observe, Dude will pull himself around by his front feet to get to where he needs to go -- carpeted surfaces are ideal for allowing him to move about. The biggest challenge is attending to Dude’s need to urinate every few hours and defecate during the day. He is friendly and playful towards all dogs and people… and cats. We are hoping very much that there is a special someone out there that can open up their heart and home to provide the care that Dude needs. Dude is located with his current owners in Hayward. (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 and this year (2016) 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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