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Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue (GGLRR) places over 400 Labrador Retrievers each year in the greater Bay Area (424 in 2011)!  See the Recently Adopted section 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.






Suzie 2 year old Female Spayed Lab / Border Collie / Boxer Mix 60 Pounds


Sweet Suzie was an owner surrender to the Ukiah shelter as her owners were shipped out in the military and they could not find anyone to take their dogs or cats. They had a black female lab that was outside during the day that was not spayed and one day they came home and the neighbors border collie / boxer mix was in the yard with their female lab. A few months later out came some very cute active puppies and one of them was Suzie. They decided to keep one of the puppies and they chose Suzie as she was one of the puppies that had such a wonderful personality.

Suzie has been an inside dog with the couple her entire life. She has been well socialized with people and other dogs and she loves them all. The couple had three cats and Suzie grew up snuggling with them on her dog bed. (Everyone got along in the pack – one happy family.) Suzie will walk well on a leash, she rides well in the car and she has excellent house manners. The one thing Suzie lives for is the tennis ball! She can play fetch for hours and she will bring it back and drop it at your feet each time. Once you play fetch with her she will then go lay down in her bed and take a break.) Some dogs that are ball crazy do not have an off button but once the ball is removed Suzie is ready for a nap! Suzie has not been around kids in the home and we would want her to go into a home with older kids as she is a strong girl and when she wants to play ball she can at times push into you when she is trying to get the ball.

Suzie is currently at a boarding facility that we use for GGLRR dogs and she is doing great. She is fine with the other dogs, she is clean in her kennel, she does not just bark for no reason, she will go lay in her bed when she is done playing ball and she listens to the kennel staff. Suzie will make a wonderful companion!

Suzie was well cared for by her family and she has no health issues. She is spayed, she has all her shots, she is heartworm negative and she is microchipped.

She is located in Petaluma.

If you have time to give Suzie exercise and continued training, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or email 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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GUS: 1 ½ year old black lab Male Neutered 95 lbs.


Gus’s story is typical of most Labs. Cute puppy who grew up into a wild child and before the owners had time to realize what was happening; they were way in over their heads with a dog who needed a lot more training and exercise than they could provide. (They purchased Gus from a breeder and before you knew it he was no longer this cute cuddly puppy but now he was a large 95 pound dog!) Gus’s out of control behavior lead to him being kept in the crate a lot of the time. (The owners would crate Gus around 20 – 22 hours per day.) This lack of exercise and exposure made Gus go even crazier. The owners could not afford professional help and instead turned to GGLRR. (They considered putting him down or taking to the shelter until they found Lab Rescue. They were now afraid of him.)

We asked a professional trainer if she could go meet Gus for us as he sounded like a dog we could take into our program but we needed to understand what Gus’s issues may be. The trainer met Gus and felt like he was a great dog but needed exercise and leadership and she took him into her home to foster and train him. Three weeks later and this is what she has to say about Gus.

What she has to say about Gus:

Gus was out of control when I picked him up from his previous owners, I could not even get a collar on him. (When the trainer would try to put a collar on him he would go crazy. She finally figured out the second day that because of his collar issue his owners never took off his choke chain and he had grown into it. It took two people to get it off of him!) He has so much pent up energy and wanted attention so much he would jump and scratch me non-stop. Gus has never showed any signs of aggression but would jump and mouth so much I was not sure it would get better. After a few weeks of exercise, leadership and obedience training Gus is a new dog! He is just over a year old and other than needing to continue to lose some weight he is very healthy. Gus has responded beautifully to his training and now is much calmer. He allows me to take his training collar off and on as I need, he walks without pulling on the leash and he is crate trained. Gus does well with other dogs and loves to go swimming in the nearby river. Gus also does well off leash. Gus will need continued training and because of this he would do best in a home with kids over the age of 8. We want him to go to a home that will continue his training and get him plenty of exercise.

When Gus is adopted we will do a hand off session with the trainer and we will want the adopters to follow what the trainer has done with Gus over the last few weeks.

Gus is neutered, he has his shots, he is microchipped, he is heartworm negative and he has no health issues.

He is located in Geyserville.

If you have the time for active BIG BOY, please contact Liz at 415-613-6374 or email 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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Callie: 1 year old 65lb Spayed Female Lab/German Shorthair Pointer
We are not taking any more calls for Callie.


Hello! My name is Callie and I have landed myself in lab rescue. I was found as a stray wandering the county near Fresno and taken into the county shelter. I waited patiently for someone to come find me, but no one came. I then became sick with kennel cough and was feeling pretty down in the dumps. Lucky for me, this is where lab rescue stepped in! I am now in a foster home with two other labs. I think they are super fun to play with, but foster mom says I am sometimes “too pushy” with wanting to play. For this reason, I would do best as an only dog or a house with other young dogs that enjoy a lot of play. Since I want to play ALL the time, I could annoy some of those senior citizen dogs.

I was likely an outdoor dog for the 1st year of my life because when I first saw the inside of the foster house, I didn’t know I was going to be allowed inside. I am super smart and have had no accidents! I sleep on a dog bed next to my foster parent’s bed. I do try to climb into their bed for some cuddles, but I know that my bed on the ground is where I belong. I walk very nicely on a leash and am a perfect lady when I meet and greet new dogs on the trails. I go into a crate when my foster parents are not home. I do cry and bark at first, but then settle in and wait for them to return. I am good about only playing with and chewing on dog appropriate items. My foster home has lots of dog toys and it would be great if my new home can provide me with lots of toys as well so I don’t get tempted to chew on other things. I am unknown with cats. Since I am a tall girl and very puppy like still, a home with kids 7 and up would be best (I don’t want to knock those little ones over!). I am learning to leave my foster parents alone while they are eating. I do get very excited for food and treats and sometimes jump up, but I am working on this. I know “NO” very well and respond quickly! I also know “sit” and “shake” and we are working on “down” and “stay”. I eat my meals right alongside my foster siblings, though I do have a tendency to eat too fast. I am working on slower eating. Did you know they make special bowls for us speedy eaters? Yeah, it would be great if my new family could get me one of those “slow feed” bowls.

I am currently getting about 3-4 miles worth of walks in each day. I will definitely need this continued in my new home as I am an energetic girl. A couple of miles twice a day will help me to get the wiggles out! I am great in the car if you want to take me on adventures with you. I also need a home with a minimum of 5ft fence as I did jump the fence at my temporary foster's house. My current foster mom and dad haven’t had any issues with me jumping and they are usually in the backyard with me if I am out there. If you think you can give me the continued structure, exercise, and love I need then call my rescue rep below and ask about me, Callie! Callie came to Lab Rescue spayed, we got her all her shots, heartworm tested and mircochiped.

She is located in Clayton.



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LUNA: ~3 Year Old Female Black Lab 55 Pounds


I am missing a leg. No big deal. Not sure where I lost it. But its absence sure doesn’t stop me. I can still outrun Chihuahuas, mini-poodles, and beagles. I came to GGLRR from the streets of Oakland (via the Oakland Animal Services city shelter) in early December. What a wild ride that was. One day hanging out as a stray in the big city, then suddenly scooped up by the local dog catcher and forced to live in a tiny and cold dorm room with a gazillion barking pit bulls all around me, then befriended by a nice volunteer at the shelter and checked out by some guy with a shirt that says “Good Boy”. Good boy, indeed. This guy scoops me up and drives me to some 5-star residence in San Jose… and this human woman-servant is now seeing to my every need. She is even picking up my poop when we walk around the neighborhood. No one ever picked up my poop before. I am in heaven.

What Luna’s foster says: Luna is settling in here nicely. She is the ideal houseguest. She is house broken, does not chew on anything but her toys. Luna gets around extremely well with a rear wheel missing. She does need help getting her rear into the back seat of a car, but the front goes right in. Getting out, she has no problem. She loves car rides. Luna is extremely curious about things around her… smelling everything. Luna walks great on the leash. She sleeps thru the night, is quiet in the house and on walks. But when she does bark, an intruder would think again about entering. She loves tummy rubs.

What Luna’s GGLRR rep says: Luna is a super sweet, cuddly girl. We’re not sure of her exact age but she’s got really pretty teeth and is on the younger side. She is great with people, and would be fine in a home with kids. We’d love a home where someone is around much of the time; Luna’s favorite thing is hanging out with her human! She can be safely left alone for a few hours. She is a moderate energy dog, quite happy with a couple of good walks each day. No need to go jogging to keep this sweet girl exercised! Luna is fine with other dogs on leash, but does not do well with other dogs on her territory, and should go to a home where she can be an only dog.

Luna is current on all shots, heartworm free and on preventive, and micro-chipped. Luna is located in San Jose.

If you are interested in adopting Luna, please call GGLRR Lab Rescue Rep, Debbi 408-613-2044.

(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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MURPHY (Just turned) 11 Year Old Yellow AKC Male Lab Neutered 65 Pounds
(needs to gain 5 - 7 pounds)


My name is Murphy and I am one of the sweetest youngest 11 year olds you will ever meet. My story is that I've had a great life and was with the same owners since 8 weeks old. Mom and Dad took great care of me but sadly for them decided that surrendering me to Lab Rescue was the best thing for me. Because they were moving quite a distance out of state and would be renting (dogs not allowed) and due to the long plane flight, they felt the right thing was to find me another loving home. I was living with my 3 human siblings, two five year old twin boys and an eight year old girl . Boy do I love those kids! They would lay on the floor sprawled all over me and I loved the attention. I'm a very gentle boy and thus good with kids. Don't get me wrong as I have great energy. I love to go to the dog park and yes, I keep up with those youngin' pups running all over the park. Overall my Mom says I'd rather be humans than canines as I'm fine with just sniffing them and running on my way. I love to go on outings with my people and am on my best behavior when I'm out.

What My Foster Parents have to say:

Murphy is an active sweet boy who loves to be with his people, both old and young. He is only 65 lbs and a little on the thin side but easy to handle on leash. He typically walks with a loose leash on a flat collar and will only pull when he wants to sniff the bushes. He appears to be a counter surfer as I caught him up with his paws on the counter. He LOVES going out in the car and settles down nicely for the ride. He would prefer to be the co-pilot in the front seat so if you leave him briefly in the car don't be surprised when you return if you find him sleeping on the front seat. We took our 3 year old Lab with Murphy and hiked to Treasure Island, walked through crowds at Pier 39 and visited Twin Peaks. He's great at going on adventures and excited to be out and about. He's got a lot of spunk and was leading the pack of 20 of our friends on New Year's Day. When we returned to the house all were exhausted, canines and humans alike! Murhpy was happily tired, content and snoozing quietly. Murphy was an only dog at home so not used to having another dog around. He is just starting to play tug-a-war with our dog. The first night Murphy came to us we put him in a crate as our dog sleeps in a crate. He had been watching my dog go in and out of his crate during the day so he decided to try it at bedtime. He slept through the night without a peep. He did that for the first few days often going in there during the day to nap. However, the last couple of nights he has been very vocal and barking so we are not sure why. Sometimes during the day time he can also be vocal letting us know when he has to go out to potty or just wants something. We are working on determining what that is. He definitely is happiest when his people are around and in the same room or close by. When the front door is open he will try to escape although he ends up at the neighbor's front yard sniffing the bushes.

What My Rescue Rep has to say:

Murphy is an AKC dog with papers but was never registered by the previous owners. He is definitely a dog who likes to be with his people as that is what his first eleven years consisted of so Lab Rescue would like someone to be around most of the day. He would be a great dog to take to work (as long as it was an appropriate dog friendly place) and he would also be a great dog for someone who loves taking their dog with them everywhere they go. He's a true companion and buddy to his person. Kids are a plus too (or grandkids!) as long as they are respectful of an older dog. Other than his mature white muzzle, he acts much younger than his age. Murphy is house trained. He will need someone around to continue his daily exercise, something that was lacking when he was surrendered to us. He needs it and loves it. He has been trained on commands and knows sit, down, come, stay and wait. He also knows "stay close" when off leash and they want him to stay by their side but a dog should never be off leash in an area that is not contained unless they have rock solid 100% recall. He is not possessive of his toys or food. We are unsure of cats but he does chase squirrels and birds so a cat free home would be best. He will try to escape out the front door so it is imperative until he is trained that the door not be opened unless Murphy is leashed. He LOVES to swim and is a retriever and loves to play ball. Although he loves his outings, he will settle down nicely when he is home.

Murphy is a great dog and will make a fun easy companion for the right owner. He just wants to love again and receive the same love he did from his previous family.

Murphy is very healthy:

He is neutered, up to date on all of his vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. He has been seen by a vet, his blood work is normal and he has been given a clean bill of health. He has a couple of skin tags on his head and a couple of lipomas (benign cysts commonly seen in older dogs) on his belly that are of no consequence and require no treatment.

MURPHY is located in Los Altos.

If you have the time for wonderful boy and have the desire and ability to make him part of your active lifestyle, please contact Sandy at 650-303-2436 and leave good days/times to reach you.

(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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TIBBY: 8 Year Old Yellow Female Lab Spayed 60 Pounds


Tibby is a gentle, sweet girl, on the smaller side for a Lab with a delicate slim face. What a doll! We guess she's a Shepard mix as her face is delicate with a longer shape. She comes from a happy, loving home but her owner works from home and Tibby has started a habit of escaping from the house during the day and wandering the neighborhood. Because of how the house is structured and with the owner being home during the day (and in and out frequently), it's easier for Tibby to get outside and it's become an issue for the owner. Tibby is fine with other dogs and has some neighborhood "buddies". She may, on occasion, bark and pull on the leash if she encounters a dog that is insecure or aggressive (which is fairly common behavior) but generally does just fine. We suspect Tibby has fairly high prey drive so a home with cats or very small dogs is not recommended. Tibby walks well on leash and has had lots of training so should be easy for a dog savvy owner. She is friendly to people, including those that come to the house. Tibby greeted the Lab Rescue rep who met her at her house with no barking and settled right in for a pet session. She has had exposure to lots of children and plays well with them, although prefers older children that are dog savvy and past the "pulling on the ears and tail" stage. Tibby rides well in the car and is fine left at home alone. Tibby is active although doesn't require vigorous exercise to be well-behaved--is an avid walker/hiker and loves to explore but settles down at home with a calm demeanor. Her health is good, she is up to date on her vaccinations, heartworm negative, microchipped and she has had excellent vet care.

Tibby is located in Marin.

If you are interested in this sweet active girl, please contact Rescue Rep Allison at 415-806-2490. (Text is fine too.)

(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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Blackie: 10 Year Old Black Male Lab Neutered 90 Pounds AKC


Blackie’s owner passed away and the kids promised to their dad they would take care of Blackie. The kids decided they did not want a large dog in their home so they took Blackie to the Merced shelter. Blackie did not have a chance there as he is an older dog and he is a black dog. (Black dogs are not adopted as quickly as the other colors.) Blackie had a couple more days before he was going to be put down when a friend of Lab Rescue was checking the listings for the Merced shelter and saw Blackie and knew she had to help him! She called Lab Rescue and asked if she met Blackie and she felt he was a good fit for the program would be take him. She went and evaluated Blackie and she found a wonderful older dog who just wanted to be with people!

This is what we know about Blackie:

He was a well-loved pet for 10 years of his life. His world was turned upside down when his owner had to go into the hospital and did not come back home. He was taken to another home for a short time and then he was dropped off at the shelter. He rode well in the car from the shelter, he is fine with other dogs, and he is fine in the kennel and is a real love! He does not bark when left alone, has no issues with food and is a great dog for someone who wants some company and someone who wants to go for short walks. Blackie is one of these dogs that always seems to be smiling no matter what life hands to him!

Blackie is very healthy, has all his shots, microchipped, we need to neuter him and do a dental on him. He does have some sight loss but he can still see. We are working on getting Blackie into a foster home.

BLACKIE is located in Monterey / Salinas.

Update from the foster:

Blackie is a big, slow moving, loveable companion, likes to be around humans and needs a second chance for a good home!

If you have the time for this happy boy and want him to be a part of your family, please contact Liz at 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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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.







Callie: 11-month-old spayed female yellow lab mix 65 lbs
(and still growing)


Meet Callie an 11 month old female lab mix. This big goofy girl was found roaming the streets in the south bay and was picked up and taken to the Humane Society. The Humane Society contacted Lab Rescue and now she is currently staying with a trainer learning some basic obedience and manners. Since Callie was found on the streets we don’t know much about her past but being with a trainer she is quickly learning how to be a well-behaved, obedient dog.

UPDATE from Callie’s Foster/Trainer says: Callie has learned a lot while staying with a trainer. She went from not knowing anything to now being a very well mannered pet. She can heel, sit, and down even with distractions! Her training has come very far although it still needs to be practiced every day! Being young she loves to play with all sizes of dogs, talk about a great dog to take with you to the dog park! Callie is crate trained and does well supervised in the house. She really loves to play ball, go on hikes, and over all enjoys life! She would do well in a home with an experienced owner who can continue to work with her on training and manners. We do not recommend she be with young children as she may mouth or knock over a small child. Callie is young and has lots of love to give but with that she is in need of lots of exercise and structure. With the help of a leader this girl will be a great addition to someone’s life!

What Callies’ Rescue Rep says: Callie is a fun-loving, sweet and special girl. We are looking for a home with an experienced owner who is committed to continuing her training (Callie would really shine in obedience classes) and giving a young active pup all the exercise they require to be good canine citizen. A tired dog is a good dog. With Callie’s size (she is still growing) and zest for life a home with children over the age of 8 is ideal her. Callie is healthy, current on shots, and micro-chipped.

Callie is currently with a foster/trainer in Geyserville.

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4 Lab Puppies - Fluffy Black Female – Ruby, All Black Female – Lula, Black Male with white on his chest – Ralph, Yellow Male – Hank
(Mom is the yellow female, we do not know who dad is but the puppies look like all Lab.)


Yellow Lab Mom Mimi and her 4 puppies. Ruby, Lula, Ralph and Hank were found by animal control near a field in Delano, CA 9 (just north of Bakersfield) and brought into the Tulare County shelter. Someone had been bringing them food, but aside from that this family was on their own. The shelter contacted GGLRR as they knew a loud shelter was not the place for this family. GGLRR stepped in and had them transported to the Bay Area where we now have them at their boarding facility. The puppies are now warming up to people, are being socialized and are wagging their tails. They have had a well check and their first round of shots. Mom is very sweet and calm natured. Puppies are 12 weeks of age and mom is around 4 years of age.

We are looking for homes for these puppies that people are home during the day, a home that can give these dogs plenty of exercise and training.

They are located in Petaluma.



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Bianca: 12-18 month old Spayed Female Yellow Lab 70 lbs
We are not taking any more calls for Bianca.


Hi, my name is Bianca, and somehow I got separated from my family. I ended up in a place with lots of other dogs where I spent all my time behind bars. I wanted to play with the other dogs, and run and jump, but I couldn’t. Sometimes someone would come take me for a walk, and I was so excited I would run around, and chase a ball, and jump up to give them a kiss, but then I had to go back behind bars. What did I do to be punished like this! Then a nice person came to meet me, and give me treats, and soon I was in this thing that was moving…I wanted to get in the front seat with the nice lady who sprung me from jail, but she said no, so I just rested my head on the back of the seat and watched the world go by. Now I am in a wonderful place where I have a friend to play with that’s just like me! I’m learning how to walk nicely next to my new human, and to play nicely with my new friend. But I can’t stay here forever, so Lab Rescue is looking for a forever home for me. Is that with you?

What Bianca’s foster mom has to say:

Bianca is a confident, exuberant, happy young lab. Her warm, enthusiastic personality is infectious. She has the blocky English body and head with a beautiful soft coat. Bianca plays well with my young three year old male lab but is very comfortable spending time without him, too. She is learning to walk well on a training collar and knows a couple of basic commands. We are working on Bianca spending all night in the dog bed next to my bed. Until then she splits her time between the dog bed and the crate, which she has accepted well. She is a strong, young dog with a prey drive that needs consistent training and direction. Bianca will be a great companion if you are able to dedicate the time to spend with her. Bianca is located in Mountain View.

What Bianca’s rescue rep has to say:

Bouncy…bubbly…beautiful… bodacious…ok, maybe not bodacious, but the rest of these words describe this lovely young Lab. Bianca, which means “white” in Italian, is a beautiful young Lab. She’s a very light yellow, nearly white, with a streak of color down her back. Bianca was found as a stray, and ended up at the San Jose shelter. The shelter put her age at 18 months, but she is possibly even younger, around 12 months.

Bianca is a typical goofy young Lab; energetic and loves to play! She takes treats gently, and is learning to play gently with her foster brother. She is possessive about her toys, which her foster mom is working on with her, and we are talking to a trainer about additional help. She has clearly had no training, but she is learning to walk well on a correction collar. She is smart and eager to please. She is a solid dog, who could lose about 5 pounds to be at her perfect weight.

We’d like Bianca to go to a home where someone is around most of the day; it’s difficult to train and work with a dog if you are gone all day! Because of her size, her energy and her age, Bianca’s new family MUST have prior puppy experience. She has had little to no training, and her new family will need to commit to taking her to training, to get her where she should be for her age. Bianca is treat motivated, and her new family will find training and reinforcing her training a great bonding experience as well as highly rewarding. She is a dominant dog, and needs a strong human leader to guide her and help her develop. Bianca is good with people, but because of her size and energy level, she should go to a home with children who are over the age of 10. Bianca has a very strong prey drive, and wants to chase after cats, squirrels and other animals, so should go to a home without cats. Bianca is fine with other dogs, but she’s very dominant and would do better as the only dog in the family.

Bianca is spayed by the time of her adoption, as well as current on vaccinations and micro-chipped. Bianca is being fostered in Mountain View.





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RORY: 13 Week Yellow Female non-spayed Lab Mix 26 Pounds
(Lab Rescue will coordinate her spay)
We are not taking any more calls for Rory.


This is my fairy tale story like Sleeping Beauty. In Sleeping Beauty, the Princess lies asleep on the bed. The enchantment comes to an end by a kiss form the Prince and the Princess awakens. My story may differ a little but it has its similarities. You see, I was found on an old mattress, not by a Prince, but by a farmer in Fresno. I then ended up in this strange scary place with bars that seemed like a jail. The people there named me Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because she too was found sleeping on a mattress but they called me Rory for short. They couldn't keep me cause they had too many dogs there so they called a volunteer at Golden Gate Lab Rescue to see if they might be willing to take me. They must have said yes because the next thing I knew I was going on a very long car ride. I'm now in a wonderful foster home with a nice warm bed and receiving lots of food, love and attention. My happy ending is soon to come when I find my forever home.

What Rory's Rep has to say:

Rory is a typical bouncy young Lab who is full of energy and loves to play. She is doing well with her house training but will need the consistency of having someone around to continue working with her. Her crate training is going well and she is sleeping through the night. When in the crate she will whine if she needs to potty. She loves to be in the yard and explore and romp in the grass. She runs after a ball or a toy (especially a squeaker) when thrown but doesn't know what retrieving is yet! She is learning her name and starting to learn commands like "sit" and "down." She is a typical curious puppy and will pick up anything within reach including non-appropriate items until she is taught what is appropriate. She is food motivated and is smart and eager to learn and to please. Rory will blossom into a great dog but in order to become that she needs structure, guidance, leadership and training so that ultimately she can become a canine good citizen. She is too young to go for walks until she is fully vaccinated. She will need to be in an active household where she can get plenty of daily exercise. Raising a puppy creates a good bonding experience and is very rewarding but will require someone to be home with her to do this. She got off on the wrong foot but has the potential to be like Sleeping Beauty and live happily ever after. Puppies have sharp nails and teeth so any children in the home must be 7 or over.



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WESLEY: 8 year old black lab / Mix Male Neutered 78 lbs.


Wesley was brought to GGLRR’s attention and he was not doing well in the shelter. He was very depressed and had open sores on his back end Once we met him we knew we had to pull him to give him another chance! We now have him in a wonderful foster home.

From the foster family:

Wesley the family dog! Wesley and 10 other pets (Cats and dogs) lived with their owner in rural Solano County until his death in Dec 2014. Wesley is regaining his equilibrium after a stint in the Fairfield shelter, ad getting much TLC from the 3 dogs and 2 cats at his fosters’ home. As you would expect after living with a crowd of “Siblings”, Wesley is an easygoing guy, use to going along and getting along. He’s cheerful and friendly with everyone: cats, dogs, and people. He’s flexible: stairs made him cry at first (which we fell he did not have any in his old home), but he has already learned to go up and down the stairs in his fosters’ house off leash with ease.

At approximately 8 years, Wesley has a touch of arthritis and has a bit of hair loss from untreated fleas. Wesley is not a big eater and needs to lose around 10 pounds. We feel he is a mix of Lab and Rottweiler. Wesley would be a happy family dog or a great companion for a single or for seniors. He’s quiet and responds to basic commands and he loves attention but he is not clingy. He is not a wild crazy boy and have excellent house manners. Wesley would be fine in a home with kids, cats and other dogs. We got him into to vet and did a full blood panel on him and he is a very healthy boy. He has all his shots, he is microchipped, heartworm negative and he is neutered. The vet would like to get 10 pounds off of him and he had terrible curled nails. His new pedicure, regular walks and getting 10 pounds off of him will help him with his arthritis. We asked the vet to get him on some meds for his arthritis. We are not sure he will need to be on this long term. He has been getting plenty of exercise at his foster home, stairs are not a problem, he likes to follow the tractor around, takes walks after dinner and loves hanging out in the yard with the other cats and dogs.

He is located in Fairfield.



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DAISY: 6 year old black lab female spayed 65 lbs.


From her dog walker:

Daisy’s person had to give her up because he is a disabled and legally blind senior and cannot take care of her anymore.

Sweet Daisy is six years old, 65 pounds spayed black lab and has all her shots. She’s a very loving and beautiful dog. Daisy has been the only dog in her home for four years since her person adopted her. She loves to snuggle in bed and lay next to your feet or on the couch. She is quiet in her home, no barking, and no jumping up on people. She is well mannered in the car. She is a great on leash walker, stays by your side and does not pull in her easy walk harness. Daisy knows tricks too: sit, down, roll over, paw. She comes when called.

She has been taken to Point Isabel dog park on leash and was fine with other dogs coming up to her to say Hi. On walks we have passed children, baby strollers, joggers with no issues. Daisy loves all people, is very gentle and has a soft mouth when taking treats. Daisy does not get along with cats or squirrels; she wants to chase them.

She has some dog aggression on leash with small light or white dogs. We usually cross the street when we see another dog coming. She just looks at the dog across the street, she does not pull or seem aggressive unless the dog is small.

Daisy would be the perfect dog for an active dog savvy person with no cats. She loves her walks and I know she would enjoy having her own yard.

From her foster dad:

Daisy is a well behaved dog in the home. House broken and quiet, definitely not a barker. Very content to hang out with her people. She is well mannered and fairly well trained, she sits, she stays, she walks well on leash without pulling, takes treats very gently from your hand and she does not jump up on people even when excited. She is not good coming when off leash. She does have leash barking when she sees little dogs. Overall a very sweet and gentle dog who is very easy to have in our house. Daisy is well behaved and easy to have around the house. She has pretty good leash manners and we left her alone in the garage with the doggie door and all was fine.

Daisy is very healthy, spayed, has all her shots, heartworm negative and microchipped.

She is located in Danville.



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REGGIE: 2-3 year neutered black male 55 lbs


From the foster mom:

Hi! My name is Reggie and I am one heck of a dog.

Not too much is known about my past, I like being mysterious like that. I was picked up and brought to the shelter and I did not like it at all! I completely withdrew and would not engage. The shelter reached out to Golden Gate Lab Rescue and some nice folks came up to check me out. They felt I was not doing so well and that I would not be adopted.

I passed all evaluations with flying colors and they thought I was a great dog so they sprung me from the shelter and they have been fostering me ever since. I live with another dog and we get along fine. She is a lab too, but a lot smaller than me.

I am a bit shy but not fearful so I need someone who will help me build more confidence. I am a tall boy and because I was so very hungry on the streets I will counter surf so I probably need some training there. (Most labs are very food motivated!) I do think I am one big lap dog and get very attached to my people. You see I spent too much time alone and did not like it one bit. (Reggie is very people focused more that dog focused. We had him at our pet fair on Sunday and he did great with all the other dogs and people. We had him with kids, other dogs and of course Santa!)

Reggie is one big marshmallow. He loves to be part of the pack and belong. He is young but mellow for a dog his age and size. He loves to hang out at your feet. Quite content. He has not had much training but is learning fast. He knows sit and his leash manners are improving. He of course is food driven.

Reggie went to the vet got all his shots, neutered, well check, heartworm test and microchipped!

We would Reggie to go to a home that will get him the exercise and training he needs! He would love to go home to his forever home for the New Year!

Reggie is located in Crockett.



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Max: 1 Year Old Chocolate Male Lab Neutered 65 Pounds



Lab Rescue got a call from the Fremont Animal control as there was a young lab at the emergency vet clinic that needed a rescue. The owner had taken him into the clinic as he was having some complications due to having ingested some plastic. (This was the second time this was happening in less than a year and the owner could not afford to have another stomach surgery.) Max had not eaten for around a week so the clinic felt it was an emergency that Max get to a vet to have his surgery. Everyone said Max was a wonderful dog and should not be put down so GGLRR agreed to take Max and pay for his needed surgery.

Max had to have several inches of his intestine removed as there was scar tissue from his last surgery that was blocking things going through his system. He has not fully recovered and we have Max in a foster home. (We spoke to the previous owners and they loved Max but could not afford the surgery and were not home enough to give him the care he needed.)

From the previous owners:

Max was purchased from a breeder in Paradise, CA at 10 weeks of age. He was in the home with another dog and the extended family had dogs and children. Max was wonderful with them all! The owners work full time so Max was in part of the backyard and the garage during the day and out of boredom he would chew on things. He chewed on the doggie door and ate some plastic which did not pass through his system; so they had to have the 1st surgery on him in February 2014. They have not had any issues with Max with any other animals of kids. The owner wanted to work with Max on hunting but they did not have the time. From the foster parents:

Max is a very active, high energy boy. He also thinks everything is a toy or food. When he first came to us he would jump up on people but we have worked on this and he only will jump up every once in a while, usually only when he gets very excited. He loves people and dogs and he does very well with cats. He is very respectful of them, although if they run he will want to chase them. He would love to chase cars, so he should not be off leash where there is traffic. (We would not recommend this with any of our dogs.) He does come when called! He also knows: sit, kennel and leave it. He does love the water and anything the sprays or puts out air. If he does grab something he is not supposed to have he will try to turn this into a game. If you grab his collar he will drop it. Sometimes a sharp no or a “ah ah” will work. The previous owner would use a Kong with him and this is what we would suggest for toys for Max, a Kong or Nyla bones. Max is a very sweet dog and everyone that meets him, falls in love with him. Max likes to go for car rides, play ball and of course loves to swim! He sleeps either in a crate next to the foster parents or on a dog bed next to the foster parents. The foster has another male lab that can be grumpy at times and Max will leave him alone. The foster also has horses and Max does not seem to notice them!

We would love Max to go to a home that is around most of the time, a home that can get Max the exercise and training he needs. We think Max needs to be in a home with older kids. Max can be in a home with cats and other dogs.

Lab Rescue did the surgery on Max, he has all his shots, he came to us neutered, he is heartworm negative, and we got him a microchipped. At times Max may need to take Pepcid for his stomach and he may need to eat a special food - ID.

Call to come and meet this wonderful boy. Max is located in Livermore.

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Mackie: Black Female - spayed 6 years old 50 pounds


Mackie was surrended to a high kill shelter because the children begged their mom to get them a new puppy. How anyone could have dumped this lovely senior gal makes no sense to us. She's a total lovebug. She's a great size and is very well behaved. She's wonderful with children. She can be left home alone for a few hours with run of the house and is totally trustworthy. There are many good things about adopting a more mature Lab such as no chewing, digging, etc.

Mackie has a very cute smile, takes treats very gently and can be counted on to sleep all night and take a few naps during the day although she has plenty of energy to take long hikes and could make a good running partner. She loves to go for rides but when you're ready to watch a movie or the daily news will cuddle with you on the couch and watch TV. She also gives sweet little kisses but only if asked to do so.

One of her favorite tricks is to grab one of her toys or a sock if you've left one lying around while you're fixing her meals and dance around with it, tossing it in the air and catching it. She's very good on a leash and doesn't get distracted by othe dogs or squirrels etc. She might even be a good apartment dog as she's small, disciplined on the leash and doesn't get into mischief if left alone.

(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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Cal: Neutered Black Male 1 year old


Cal was found in Hollister by a Cal Fire Crew who took him to one of Lab Rescue’s foster family who are active in the Firefighters community. He was very happy, clean and friendly and so they were confident they would be able to find his owner quickly. After days of searching for the owners it was obvious that no one would come to claim this cute, fun, special guy.

His foster family has three Labs of their own and he is great with them. He is also fine with the family cats. He’s not a barker but may whimper a bit if he wants attention. He loves to be with people and is very gentle for his age. He may put his arms up around you as if to hug you but isn’t pushy and will get down as soon as you tell him to do so and is definitely a cuddler.

We would love to see him go to a home where someone can spend time with him. Although the foster family does not have small children we feel he would be fine with children.

(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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Charlie: 10 months old neutered yellow male 62 pounds


Charlie was rescued from a shelter where he was left when his family moved. Lab Rescue saw his handsome face and rescued him immediately. And what a handsome dog he is. But there's so much more to this guy than just his looks. He's a great puppy and with that comes all the energy of a puppy.

Charlie is being fostered in Santa Cruz in a family with two other Labs and a young child. He's great with kids always hoping they will throw the ball for him as he LOVES to retrieve. He will do a big happy dance when someone shows him something to retrieve. He's not particular about who throws the ball for him as long as someone does. He's definitely not fanatical about it though. He loves to go for rides and is quite well behaved in the car. He is not a barker either.

Charlie is a young Lab so he will need exercise and attention and training. He already knows sit and down and his foster is working on his leash training.

(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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Frieda: Frieda Bonita Bell 8.5 Year Old Female Chocolate Lab Spayed 90 Pounds AKC Registered
Current on vaccinations and health checks. Has had regular check ups all her life.
Diego: Diego San Rio Carmelo 8.5 Year Old Male Chocolate Lab Neutered 120 Pounds AKC Registered
Up to date on vaccinations, up to date on all health checks. Regularly vet check ups all his life.
We would like them to be adopted together.

The family is moving to another country due to the Dad's work assignment and they cannot take the dogs with them. As one might expect the family is totally heartbroken to leave these wonderful, loving, trained and well behaved dogs but they have no choice. They trust Labrescue to find the very best home for both of them. These are truly exceptional dogs.

They helped raise the children in the family and are excellent with babies, toddlers and adults alike. They are perfect with other dogs and live with cats and are great with them. They have perfect house manners and currently stay in the house for 8 hours daily. Labrescue would like to find them a home where they wouldn't have to spend so many hours every day alone. Both are also crate trained although they no longer need to stay in a crate.

They run two miles every day. Both like to retrieve but Frieda likes to do so just a little bit more than Diego. Both love to swim in the ocean and love to run free at Carmel beach. They are both very calm, gentle, sweet dogs. They have perfect recall so can easily be walked off leash in safe areas.

These two are very special dogs who have belonged to a very loving family and lived together their entire lives. Lab Rescue would really like to see them adopted together and in this case two is easier than one!!!!

(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 Labs adopted in 2013 and 2014 for an example of colors, genders, and ages that we typically have available for adoption. Or read Happy Ending stories about Labs adopted through GGLRR.

 

Lacey: Purebred pedigreed Yellow Lab spayed 5 years

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Natasha: Lab mix spayed one year old 50 pounds

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Abigail (Abbey) and Homer Purebred Golden Retrievers Abbey is 4, Homer is 2

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Frank: 7-8 years old, neutered male Chocolate Lab

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bud: 11 month old neutered male black lab mix - 60lbs.

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Bella: Spayed 7 year old yellow female

Adopted December, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Sargent: 2 years old Black neutered male

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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JACK: 14 month old neutered black lab about 55 lbs

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Evie: Spayed black Lab mix (Border Collie or Kelpe) 1 year old 48 pounds

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Dakota and Bear Purebred Chocolate Labs 4 years old

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Rex: 10 month old, neutered black lab, 63 lb

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Marty and all who help Lab Rescue


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Felix: Male Chocolate Lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Ellie: Spayed Yellow Female 4 years old

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Darma: 3 years old Black female

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Jade: 3 months old, Golden Retriever Mix

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Moose: 4-yr-old, 80 lb, neutered black lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Fahrenheit: 10-year-old, 79-lb, Neutered Black Male Lab

Adopted October, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Freddy: Golden Retriever 1 year old neutered male

Adopted September, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Travis: 3 Year Old Yellow Lab Male

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Danny: 2 to 3 years old Neutered Male chocolate lab

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Alex: 1 year old Neutered Male

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Allie: Spayed Labrador Mix (maybe Border Collie) 2 years old

Adopted August, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Annabella: 1 Year Old Black Lab Female Spayed 63 Pounds

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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CRACKER: Yellow Mini Lab mix neutered male 11 to 13 months 35 pounds

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Molly: 2 year old Yellow Female Spayed

Adopted May, 2014! Thanks to Rescue Rep Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Roxy: 10 Week Old Non-Spayed Black Female Lab/Border Collie Mix

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to fosters Theresa and Geri and to Rescue Rep Sandy and all who help Lab Rescue


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Caesar : 1 year old neutered male 60 pounds

Adopted March, 2014! Thanks to Sylvana and all who help Lab Rescue


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Gunner : 8 year-old neutered yellow male Lab 80 lbs.

Adopted February, 2014! Thanks to fosters Janet and Amanda, everyone at UC Davis who has helped Gunner, and all who help Lab Rescue


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Choco (now Zoe): 8 Month Old Chocolate Non-Spayed Female 60 Pounds

Adopted February, 2014! Thanks to K9 Country Club and Rescue Rep Sandy, and all who help Lab Rescue


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