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Lab adoption fair Last updated 8/18/2017 5:20 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.




REESE – AKA The Big Easy: 11 year old neutered chocolate male Lab 91 lbs

What a beautiful boy!

The Ukiah shelter contacted GGLRR as they did not want him to end his life in a shelter; they wanted to see if we could take him into our program. His family fell on hard times and became homeless and it was very hard for them to make the decision to surrender him to the shelter after owning him for 11 years. They reached out to family and friend but they found no options for Reese. (That is why GGLRR exists to help dogs like Reese find his next home.)

Reese was a loved pet and was an inside dog and part of the family. He has been around a variety of people – small and large with no issues. He gets along with all dogs and he lived in the home with another dog. We are not sure about cats but he seems to be a dog that could care less about cats. He is very easy when you give him treats and he is fine when you take his food bowl away. He rides very well in the car, likes to trot after the ball and loves to swim. He is housetrained, has leash manners, loves to be brushed and goes for a nice walk and then will settle in for the day.

Medical: Reese has all his shots, he is heartworm negative, GGLRR will microchip him, he has had a well check and he had a mass removed from his front leg.

He is located in Danville.

  If you are interested in meeting this wonderful 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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Click to watch Kylo and the big ball.

Click to watch Kylo the licker.

Click to watch Kylo rompfest (“buckle your seatbelt”).







Kylo: 1-1/2-year-old male black Lab mix 78 lbs

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

Recipe for one great dog:

Ingredients:

1 cup of Labrador Retriever

1 cup of Great Dane

2 cups of unbridled affection

½ cup of dirt (dug up in your back yard)

5 heaping tablespoons of rocket fuel

1 hefty pinch of “jump”

1. Mix ingredients in one very large bowl.

2. Add in a few chewed-up children’s toys (to taste).

3. Let stand or “sit” or “stay” or “come” or “down” or “drop”.

4. Serves an entire family including kids (big kids).

What Kylo’s owner says: Kylo is a very sweet and loving dog, but very, very excited much of the time. He is a huge handful. He was crate-trained as a puppy but no longer stays in the crate. He requires more attention and training than we can give him. We’d love him to land in a home with older kids and another dog that he can romp with.

What Kylo’s Rescue Rep says: This guy is pure joy and excitement. A spirited youngster, Kylo will benefit from a committed training/obedience program. Lots of exercise and socialization with other dogs will go a long way to meeting his needs. His strength and current rambunctious nature makes him a poor match for families with young children. No idea how he is with cats, but they would probably not appreciate he gregarious manner. Kylo is up to speed on vaccinations and will soon be neutered. Kylo is located in Vacaville.

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

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

Click to watch Miro disemboweling a stuffed toy.

Click to watch Miro and the stick.

Click to watch Miro and his toys.

NEW Click to watch Miro and Diesel roaming the dog park.







Miro: ~12-year-old male black Lab 60 lbs

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

Experienced Lab seeking new forever home. Been there. Done that. Willing to leverage wealth of experience and wisdom to help human caretakers navigate the challenges of life. Have forgotten more commands than most dogs ever learn. Early riser (after uninterrupted night of sleep). Qualifications include crate-trained, house-trained, fetching (both sticks and balls). Strong work ethic; focused stick chewer; relentless walker. Welcome opportunity to supervise and mentor younger, inexperienced dogs. Open to relocation to any home in northern California. Personal massage therapist preferred, but not required. Willing to negotiate benefits.

What Miro’s foster says: A warm bath, a few nice meals, and a full night sleep… has put this guy on a fabulous trajectory towards his new life. The simple things in life are so appreciated by this great guy… a nice walk around the neighborhood, a nice bed to sleep on, a nice hand to scratch his chin, a nice knee to lean against, a nice lap to rub his head in.

What Miro’s Rescue Rep says: Abandoned at an animal rescue in Point Richmond, Miro (pronounced mih-roh) joined Lab Rescue after a short stint at the county animal shelter. He is microchipped, and current on his vaccinations, but not yet neutered. He is quite a bit underweight and is currently packing on some quality pounds. Miro just saw our vet and is now on antibiotics and medicated shampoo to resolve his skin condition. Neutering is a few weeks away. Miro is located in Berkeley… where he is teaching an upper-level course on Social Justice and Animal Welfare.

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

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

Click to watch Joey.






JOEY: 9 year old neutered black male Lab 64 lbs

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

Joey was brought into the shelter with a younger female lab by a concerned citizen that found them wandering together. The shelter staff scanned them for microchips and found Joey – AKA – Joe Black – was microchipped and they called the person listed as the contact. The owner told the shelter he wanted to come and get the girl dog but the shelter told him it was Joey with the microchip and he told the shelter he didn’t want Joey any longer. That he have given Joey to the landscaper and Joey would come back to see his female lab and Joey would then help her escape. He said he did not want Joey any longer as he was a bad influence on his female lab. He came and got his female lab and did not even go and see Joey.

GGLRR pulled Joey from the shelter and we now have him in a foster home where he is doing great.

From the foster mom:

Joey is a real sweetheart! He is gentle, a bit shy, and gets to know people gradually. Then he reaches out to be petted and loved. And snuggled. Joey LOVES his walks, the more, the better. He's a smart boy and is learning his leash manners quite well. He likes to meet people and is getting used to meeting other dogs politely. Joey also gets along with his foster's lab! But kitties? He wants to chase them. Joey needs a loving home where he can relax and take his time getting to know his new place. He needs time to trust.

We have had Joey into the vet where they treated his skin issues. GGLRR will take Joey back to the vet at the end of August to have his mass removed.

He is located in San Jose.

  If you are interested in meeting Joey 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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Click to watch Buddy bopping around.

Click to watch Professional splasher.

Click to watch Buddy on a leash walk.

Click to watch Buddy relaxing in the grass.

Click to watch Buddy romping with newfound pals.







Buddy: 2-year-old male black Lab mix – 84 pounds

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

Brought in to the county shelter as a stray by a good Samaritan who believed he was hit by a car, this big guy immediately won over many hearts at the shelter. The medical staff gave him a thorough look-over and took some x-rays… and found no lingering injuries or concerns from any car incident. We did find that he loves to romp in a kiddie pool – big time!

Lab mix? So what am I? Take a guess:

□ 25% Lab; 50% Shepherd; 25% Golden Retriever?

□ 25% Shepherd; 50% Lab; 25% Poodle?

□ 25% Golden Retriever; 25% Samoyed; 50% Newfie; 0% Lab?

□ 50% Lab; 12.5% Chihuahua; 12.5% Bichon; 25% Great Pyrenees?

□ 100% Great Dog!

What Buddy’s Rescue Rep says: Friendly, engaging… but he doesn’t seem that interested in balls or toys. Walks pretty darn nice on leash. Gets along great with other dogs. Having just got neutered, Buddy Boy is up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Due to his size and strength, Buddy would do best in a home without children. Buddy is located in Petaluma.

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

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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MAISIE: 10 Year Old Black Female Spayed Lab Mix 63 Pounds



Maisie is easy to like, and a gentle dog. A stray found in the north Delta area, she likes to follow our tractor, so we think she was a farm girl. She's spayed and about ten years old (shelter estimate). On leash, she's active and curious about scents. Her nose is always to the ground, and she may be part hound with some hunting in her past. She's circumspect with our playful and aggressive kitten, and she gets along well with our other dogs. She seeks affection from her humans, a bit more so from men than women. She has only barked once in the 3 weeks she has been with us.

Maisie is gaining weight, but she was a stray, and hadn’t eaten regularly for awhile, we believe. At first she was so hungry that counter surfing came naturally, but that has slacked off (not that a tasty treat left on the counter is entirely safe!). The vet diagnosed some dysplasia &/or arthritis in her hips, but she climbs stairs without difficulty and loves her walks. The dermatitis she had when rescued has cleared up and her coat is glossy now.

Maisie is thin, food-seeking, and once had to be reprimanded for putting her paws on the kitchen table; this behavior has not been repeated. She seeks affection from her humans, a bit more so from men than women. She has minor hip/hindquarters joint issues, but climbs stairs without difficulty. Skin issues are minor: scaly, dry patches that could be due to fleas are already improving with flea meds and fish oil capsules. A visit to the vet is scheduled. Her coat is otherwise healthy. Maisie has the qualities to make a good companion dog who is not very demanding.

Maisie is in great shape for her age – she is spayed, has all her shots, is heart worm negative and is microchipped.

  If you are looking for a sweet girl 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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DAISY: 8 Year Old Chocolate Female Spayed Lab 80 Pounds



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

What we know about Daisy:

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

From Foster Family:

We love Daisy! She is a very easy girl and loves loves our kids! She can be left alone with no issues, she has access to in and out and she will bark when people come to the door but once she meets anyone she is fine. She is a strong girl and we have been working with her on leash manners. She sleeps on her bed in the hallway – we can’t say enough good things about Daisy.

Daisy could be in a home with kids and other dogs but not a home with cats; she likes to chase them! Daisy is not a city girl; the city with all it has to offer seems to overwhelm her.

 Daisy’s health:

Daisy has not had any health issues, she is current on her shots, takes regular flea and tick medicine and heartgurad, she is spayed and we will check to see if she is microchipped. Daisy is taking proin and is doing great. She is housetrained and has been an indoor dog her entire life.

  If you are looking for a sweet Daisy girl 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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Click to watch Elliott exploring a backyard.



Click to watch Elliott playing with his toy.









Elliott: 6 year old neutered male Lab mix 75 lbs

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

Are you looking for the love and companionship of a Lab, but don’t want to deal with the exercise requirements and rambunctiousness of a high energy dog? Is a casual stroll to the local cafe to people watch more your speed than a vigorous hike in the woods? Are you looking for a sweet, playful and happy dog to hang out with at home? Are you the kind of person that believes when life gives you lemons you make lemonade? Then Elliott may be the dog for you.

What his former owner says about Elliott:

Elliott 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. Elliott 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. Elliott 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.

Elliott 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 love him dearly, but we live in a 3rd floor walk-up apartment in the city without a yard. It is difficult for Elliott to safely navigate the 3 flights of stairs to get outside and to walk all the way to a local park. We are looking to find him a new home to improve his quality of life. This would ideally be a single floor home with access to an outdoor area that he could take himself to and walk in at his leisure.

What his foster mom says about Elliott:

Elliott loves to be with people. His normal spot to lie at my home is with his rear in the computer room where I spend most of my time, and his head and paws out in the hall so he can see me if I go in the kitchen, or walk out into the backyard or out the front door. He likes watching people and other dogs as they walk by the house. He enjoys tug-of-war and is really good at it.

Elliott is the ideal dog for someone who wants a dog with a ferocious alert bark when someone comes to the door. So when the doorbell sound comes from the TV, Elliott barks and I have to tell him it is the TV and then he is quiet. He also has his soft bark to tell you he wants some attention. He also will give you soft nudges when he wants some petting. Then when you look into his brown eyes, you cannot resist. But if you are busy he stops immediately. Elliott is not a licker so your face, hands, and legs will stay dry.

Elliott has been a perfect house guest. Due to his condition, Elliott does not get on the furniture. He has never had an accident nor chewed on anything in my home. He is a quiet sleeper and willing to sleep in in the mornings. But he does like to chew and knows which toys are his (and he knows other dog toys as demonstrated when we visit a neighbor who has a dog box of toys. Elliott heads directly to the box as soon as we arrive.)

We go out 3 to 4 times a day for short 4-block walks as longer walks are difficult. There is no pulling on the leash as Elliott follows me anywhere I go. More than a couple stairs is difficult. He walks very well on carpet and stationary rugs. He does need assistance getting in and out of cars, but is a great traveler.

What his rescue rep says about Elliott:

You may be wondering what’s up with Elliott’s walking. He has cerebellar ataxia, a condition that affects the part of his brain that controls coordination and balance. There really isn’t a treatment (though his foster mom swears that the coconut oil she gives him with his meals makes a difference). So he doesn’t need a lot of special care, just a home environment suited to his mobility challenges –single story living, carpeted floors, and access to a grassy yard. He also loves to get out for short walks to explore the neighborhood. He may stumble and fall at times, but he picks himself up and continues on. He’s an inspiration on having patience, perseverance and to not let little setbacks in life get you down.

Elliott is adorable and a very happy go lucky dog. He can be a bit shy when first meeting people but loves to get belly rubs once he knows you. He does well living with young children and is friendly with other dogs. He has not lived with cats, but we think that he might do ok, as he seems to have more of a friendly curiosity than a desire to chase.

Elliott is very healthy, if only he had better control of his hind legs. He is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, is microchipped, heartworm negative, and has had regular well check vet visits.

  If you would like Elliott to be the sunshine in your life, 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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Charlie: approx. 2 year old neutered Lab/Flat Coat Retriever Mix – 50 pounds

Charlie’s current owner adopted him from Mexico via a rescue organization. While in Mexico he was tied to a tree and the only time he was loose was when he accidently got loose and was running around town. He has been with the current owner for approximately 6 weeks and is doing well in their home and adjusting to their daily schedule. Charlie’s current owners, even though he is adjusting and fitting in, have decided that they may not be the exact home that he needs and so they contacted GGLRR. The current owners only want what is best for Charlie and they knew GGLRR could help them find it.

From Charlie’s Owner:

Charlie is very affectionate. At approximately two years old, he retains the fun and playful attitude of a puppy. Charlie loves his walks where he is allowed to dig for gophers in the fields. When Charlie has dirt on his face and tongue hanging out, the owner knows it’s time to return home. At noon he gets his “kong” toy, then plays with his ball, then quickly rolls around on his back on the lawn, and finally settles in for his afternoon nap. Charlie is allowed to go in and out of the house (he is housetrained). Right before dinner, the owner plays games with him and then Charlie gets really excited and starts running around the yard for about a minute. He is all smiles and knows that dinner is served at 6 pm sharp. After dinner Charlie pretty much settles down for the evening. He sleeps in the house with no problems.

From Charlie’s Rescue Rep:

Charlie’s current owner is working with him on leash walking and he is doing well with that, although he may start pulling if he sees a squirrel or cat. Charlie can become anxious and/or overly excited when he sees other dogs while on a leash so that is something that will need to be worked on. He has been ok, mainly tolerant, of 2 smaller dogs that have visited his current home. We believe that his anxiety when encountering other dogs on leash has come from his time in Mexico. Charlie is an extremely loving dog. When I went to evaluate him he was all about the attention, leaning and coming in for more love, which could be a bit overwhelming at times, though he was easily corrected when this happened. Charlie is still very much a puppy running around with his toys with such joy and exuberance. His deep, soulful eyes will win you right over.

Charlie’s ideal home would be with someone that has the time and energy to put in to training him and giving him daily physical and mental exercise. A home with a big backyard would be ideal. He needs a home with no small animals or cats as his prey drive is very high and no other dogs. Children over the age of 14 years old only.

Charlie’s new home will need to commit to taking him to training classes and work on slowly socializing him with other calm dogs. He will probably never be a dog park dog and his new owners will need to understand that and be willing to hire a trainer to work through his dog issues.

Charlie is a very smart and loving dog who will be an amazing family member for the right home. Charlie is current on all his vaccinations and has no health issues. He is not currently microchipped but that will be handled before he goes to his new home. Charlie is located in Millbrae California.

  If you are looking for a loving, exuberate new family member contact his Rescue Rep Jennifer at jdavidson0516@gmail.com.

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

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Click to Watch Steve Run!



Click to watch Steve and Zaza relaxing.



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STEVE: 7-9 Year Old Neutered Male Chocolate Lab 80 lbs

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

We are looking for a foster home for Steve.

“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”

Steve is a great dog for someone looking for a buddy to pal around with. He's an old soul with a young heart. The shelter guessed his age at 9 after he was found as a stray but our vet thought he might be closer to 7. He’s got the sagacity of years with the energy of a youngster.

Watch the video to see his joy and exuberance romping through the fields after being liberated from a local shelter by GGLRR. Gaze into his eyes and you see a grateful and affectionate dog, wanting to connect and to be understood.

Steve is playful and would love having some space to run. He has a bit of an independent streak but will also listen and take direction well. He’d make a loyal companion for long walks and will rest his head in your lap while hanging out together.

Steve’s is sweet, happy, fun, and a goofball at times. His bouncy ways remind one of Tigger, the Winnie the Pooh character. One of Steve’s favorite activities is to roll around in the grass and give his back a good scratch. He also likes having people pet him and scratch behind his ears.

Steve enjoys playing with other dogs and he’s become great buddies with Cash (another GGLRR dog). The two of them hang out and play together and Steve provides a calming influence for the younger dog. Dogs are fine, but Steve isn’t fond of cats, so he should be in a cat free home.

Steve has been working on his food manners. He’s been doing great learning to sit and wait for meals politely and to take treats nicely since he’s been with GGLRR. We want him to go to an experienced dog owner willing to work with him as needed and continue his training.

Steve will benefit from calm, patient leadership with structure and consistency. He’s an awesome dog who can thrive in the right situation with the right owner. If you’re that person, here’s your chance to make a huge difference in the life of a dog.

Steve is neutered, has a well-check exam and blood panel, is current on vaccinations, heartworm free and is microchipped. Steve is located in Dixon.

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

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)
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TUMAI: 9 Year Old Black Lab/Mix Male 80 Pounds

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

Meet handsome Tumai! His owner got him when he was a puppy. However, recent life changes and health challenges have forced his mom to give him up. She has entrusted us to find him a great new home. Tumai is just a wonderfully friendly boy! His tail simply does not stop wagging! He might be 9 years old, but he is no senior citizen…..Tumai prefers to be called "seasoned." Do not let his age fool you. He is very active and has many of the assets of a younger dog. He is full of love and life – just watch his video.

What Tumai’s Foster Mom Says:

Tumai LOVES to be active! He especially enjoys hiking and playing on the beach – he will stay right with you without even using a leash. He also enjoys swimming and will chase his ball as long as you will throw it! Tumai knows basic obedience (sit, down and shake). He is treat-motivated, so teaching him more obedience skills will be fun and easy. He would love to attend obedience training with his new people. He gets along well with ALL other dogs and has even gone to doggy day care.

What a sweetie! Tumai is super friendly with people of all ages and does not bark at strangers. He just loves to cuddle and give kisses! He is not a fan of being in ha crate. However, he is totally housebroken and not destructive to furniture. However, he does counter-surf and will get into the garbage, if not put away or locked. At night, he prefers to sleep on a chair in the living room. He knows how to use the doggy door to go outside to potty. He will hang around inside or outside, but prefers not to be alone outside.

  If you are looking for a sweet, fun loving and active senior Lab to share your life with, please text Rescue Rep Mitzi at 408-472-2030.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He is located in Antioch.

  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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Murphy: 3 year old neutered male yellow Lab 85 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Murphy.

What Murphy says: I got lost one day, and after wandering around on my own for awhile on a country road, someone found me and brought me to the shelter. It was noisy and crowded, but the people there were nice. The shelter staff called me “a big hoot.” After no one came for me, the shelter staff contacted Golden Gate Lab Rescue to see if I would fit their program. A Lab Rescue volunteer came to evaluate me, and she said “Yes!” I am in a foster home now, and I am trying hard to be good and learn all the things they are asking me to do. I love people, and show them how happy I am to be with them by wagging my tail whenever they look at me.

What Murphy’s foster says: Murphy likes being with people. If we are watching television; he's there lying on the rug. If I am in the office, that's where he is too -- content to chew on a toy or just lie quietly while I work at my desk. He does ask for regular attention and affection in addition to being nearby. He likes pleasing people too. That's made teaching him "sit" and "down" a quicker process. He also is making progress responding to "wait" when I need to pause to lock the door or shut the gate before proceeding with a walk. Because he is a large dog without previous leash training, a leash training tool such as an Easy Walk harness or head halter is essential for a pleasant walk. I am using a Halti head halter with good results. Because he loves getting outside to burn off his abundant energy, an active person or family will make for the best fit.

What Murphy’s rep says: Murphy is a big friendly handsome exuberant Lab with a lot of energy. He has a gentle mouth when taking treats. He needs training (knows very few commands), especially with leash walking, but he is very willing to learn. He does need practice in greeting other dogs without so much excitement and overwhelming them. He rode well in the car from the shelter to his foster home, and he is crate-trained. The foster has been taking him out regularly and he seems to be housebroken, has had no accidents. Regular exercise will be the key to helping Murphy become a dream dog. He has a lot of stamina, and enjoys long walks. We don’t know if he swims but if he does, that would be great exercise for him. He is located in Benicia.

Murphy is recently neutered, up to date on shots, and heartworm negative. He came into the shelter with some “hot spots” from flea dermatitis, but that is healing well. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Click to watch Happy Brownie.

Click to watch Brownie hanging out in the yard.

New - Click to watch Brownie and her ball.







Brownie: 9-year-old female chocolate Lab – 44 pounds

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

We are not taking any more calls for Brownie.

Starved and neglected, Brownie came to Lab Rescue after she was seized from her owner by a local county animal services. Emaciated and near death, local authorities took custody of her and immediately began treating her severe neglect, finding that she was suffering from diabetes. When local authorities decided not to charge the former owner with animal abuse, we had the pleasure of bringing her into our Lab Rescue program to nurse her back to health and find her a new forever home.

What Brownie’s foster says:Brownie is a delightfully sweet, affectionate pup who loves being with people. She is a happy girl who constantly wags her tail! Currently she is getting two to three short walks per day, the length of which can be increased as she gains strength. Her energy level is moderately high, but she settles down easily when it's time. Brownie gets along well with my two dogs and she has reacted nicely when she has been introduced to other dogs. She is eating well and loves a special treat every so often!

What Brownie’s Rescue Rep says:She is currently with a foster receiving twice daily insulin shots and plenty of high quality food. Brownie’s owner will be required to provide her with daily insulin shots to manage her blood glucose levels. The goal is to get Brownie up to ~60 pounds and stabilize her blood glucose levels. Brownie is located in Pleasanton.

Brownie’s rescue is being financially enabled by her “Rescue Sponsor” Teresa and Brett B of Oakland with additional contributions from Nicole M of Cambell, KatieLou and Ron E of Oakley, Katelyn R of Tiburon, Mark S of Rocklin, and John B of Gualala. Thank you all for your support of Brownie’s rescue and recovery. (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.









ROWDY: 2-Year-Old Male Black Lab Mix 60 Pounds

Howdy, my name is Rowdy! I am looking for a new home; you see my mom lost her home, asked a friend to take care of me for six months and now it’s been nine months. Well, now she can’t keep me either, my mom can’t come and get me because she lives in an apartment that has a big sign “NO PETS!” Can you believe that!? So here I am looking for a new home.

The lady I am staying with now says that I am a friendly, happy, energetic young boy. I love to chase the ball; I like to pretend I can fetch if someone would play with me and teach me I could learn to bring it back to you. My days are spent 8-10 hrs outside in a pen with my brother while everyone is at work. I do get to sleep inside at night in a crate; I am also housetrained. When I first get to meet you, I may jump up to say “hi,” but I can settle down real fast. I am just so excited to get some attention I can’t help myself. I know how to sit, and I will come when you call me, so we will need to work on some more commands to make me a good “canine citizen.” I love to play run and chase with my brother. He has gone to his new home, and I sure miss him.

When the rescue lady came to visit me, she took me for a walk. Well, I haven't been on many walks, so I was more interested in sniffing every blade of grass along the way. I really wanted to do what she was asking, but it was so exciting to be out of the backyard, so she just let me sniff…The smells were so wonderful! I am a smart boy so I know that I can learn to walk nicely, and maybe even go for some jogging if that’s your thing.

What Rowdy’s rep has to say about him: Rowdy is a young, friendly boy, that hasn’t had very much training. He lives with a three and five yr old, and they get along fine. He just loved all the attention he was getting, I gave him treats, which he took very nicely. He would take them and drop on the ground, with some encouragement he would eat it. He is not treat motivated, a quick rub of the ears and a “good boy” is enough reward for him. We are not sure how he would be in a home with cats.

We would like to see Rowdy go to a home where someone is home a good part of the day. Children over six yrs old and have had experience with dogs. Rowdy can be a little shy at first, but warms up nicely; he hasn’t been exposed to much of the world. We will be looking for someone that can help Rowdy become a confident dog. Another dog in the home would be helpful to Rowdy as well.

Rowdy has been neutered, chipped, and all his shots are up to date.

He 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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Cocoa: 3 1/2 year old Chocolate Neutered Male 65-70 lbs

We are not taking any more calls for Cocoa.

Meet camera shy, Cocoa! This sweet boy's family can no longer take care of him, due to their busy work schedules. Within the last twelve months, Cocoa has been relegated to the backyard, as the family hasn't had time for him. It's a sad situation, but the upside is his family has realized it's not fair to Cocoa, and they want him to have a better life where he can be an active member of a forever family.

Upon meeting him, Lab Rescue found a sweet boy. He was jumpy but not obnoxious and with deserved attention and a refresher training course, he should be fine. He let the rep touch him all over and took treats gently. He knows sit, shake, down and stay. He played fetch for a bit, but was more interested in the treats that Lab Rescue had in their bag. His family describes him as friendly and playful!

Cocoa does pull on leash when being walked. Again, with some attention and training, this can be resolved. Family reports that he is housebroken. Although he's been in the backyard for the last year, he has gone on family trips where they've stayed in a vacation home with no accidents. Cocoa has had mild allergies in the past which has been cured by feeding him Hill's Prescription Diet z/d. We don't know how Cocoa is with cats so a home without them would be best. He has been raised with children between the ages of 8-12.

Lab Rescue would like Cocoa to go to a home where he can be part of a family again; a home that can give him the attention he so much deserves. Ideally, we want a family where he won't be left alone for long periods of the day and one that will welcome him into their hearts family and home.

Medical - Cocoa is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped.

Cocoa 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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MALLEY: 10-year-old female chocolate Lab 55 - 60 lbs
We are not taking any more calls for Malley.

Malley is a super sweet chocolate Lab. She has amazing energy for her age, you’d never guess she is 10! Malley came to Lab Rescue when her owner decided she needed to rehome her for personal and financial reasons. Malley walks well on a leash wearing her Gentle Leader. She LOVES to chase a ball, and is very treat motivated. She will chase that ball til you drop, bring it back, drop it for you, and go after it again. She also knows Sit, Down, Wait and of course, Fetch. She is crate trained and sleeps in her crate at night. She’s good with other dogs, kids, humans of all ages. She loves to ride in the car. She’s loveable, friendly, good with everyone and other dogs. What’s not to love?

What Malley’s Rescue Rep says:

We’d love to find a home where Malley won’t be alone 8-12 hours/day, and her family can give her the love and attention she deserves. Having lots of tennis balls and arm that doesn’t get sore throwing them is a bonus. She is house safe, crate trained and can use a doggie door. She is in good health, spayed, chipped, and current on all shots through September 2017. Malley 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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SKITTLES: 5 year old spayed black female Lab Mix 58 lbs



What Skittles says: My owner came home and I could hear her talking to the neighbor that she had too many dogs and something had to be done. She asked a few of the pack to go for a car ride and I was very excited! My excitement ended when I was loaded out of the car and dropped off at the shelter; man is that a scary place! (This really nice lady met me and said I have a wonderful place for you and they will find you a terrific home.) She made me take all of these tests and I knew I had to pass all of them with flying colors as the other dogs that did not pass were taken to the back area; YIKES. I focused hard and got straight A’s: Behavioral Testing, Food Testing, Toy Testing, Touch Testing, Dog Testing, Cat Testing and walking on a leash testing! I was then taken to the front area where I waited for another ride but I knew this time it was going to have a happy ending! I arrived at a fun boarding place where I got a lovely bath and I get to play with all kinds of dogs. (I can hear everyone say what a nice dog I am! I know this is not my forever home but I can sleep at night without worrying if I will see my friends tomorrow.)

What Skittle’s rep says: Skittles just arrived to GGLRR and is in our boarding facility. She is doing great and the kennel feels she is a very nice girl. She plays well with other dogs and has not had any issues with people. She is clean in her kennel and she was an inside dog from her previous home. The owner gave her up as she had too many dogs and the neighbors were complaining. The owner had her since she was a puppy.

Skittles is spayed, has all her shots, is heartworm negative and GGLRR will work on getting her to the vet for a microchip and to have the vet look at her skin. (She has some dermatitis that we are treating with medicated baths.)

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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Click to watch Bo and Raider ala fetch-a-palooza.

Click to watch the boys playing fetch in a kiddie pool.

Click to watch Raider and Bo on a walk.






Raider and Bo: 3-year-old male black Lab brothers – 100 lbs and 90 lbs

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

We are not taking any more calls for Raider and Bo.

The Autumn winds have blown Raider and Bo (Jackson) to the lab rescue team. These bonded brothers are a thundering fun-filled herd of two. They came from a litter of nine black male pure lab pups (yellow mom & chocolate dad)… and have been together since birth. We are hoping to adopt them out together. Changes in human family status requires their owner to find them a new forever home. Both dogs attended training at Alert K-9 in Brentwood in 2015 – and they could each use a refresher – although they do generally respond to a few commands such as sit, down, paw, and stay.

What Raider’s & Bo’s Owner says: Both Raider and Bo are very friendly, energetic, and eager to please. They currently hang in the backyard all day right now, without barking… and, regrettably, they are not getting any walks or exercise outside the house. They get along with all people (especially kids) and other dogs, but will want to chase any cat they spot. Left to their own devices, they will chew (er, destroy) various things they can get their paws on. Raider is a bit of a counter-surfer… and Bo is a bit of a bolter – if he escapes, he will wander the neighborhood until I track him down in my car at which time he will jump in the back seat for the return drive home – “Gee, that was pretty fun! Can we do that again soon?”. Both dogs love to swim and enjoy riding in the car. Raider is much more attached to Bo, than Bo is attached to Raider -- I do want to see them remain together in their next home.

What Raider’s & Bo’s Rescue Rep says: Chipped, neutered, and current on vaccinations. Both are crate-trained – and sleep (very quietly) indoors in their separate crates at night. Raider is a bit bigger than Bo, who has a splash of white fur on his chest. Raider and Bo would best thrive with a lot of room… an abundance of exercise… and a reasonable dose of structure. Oh, yeah, a pool would be greatly appreciated too. Great with kids. Not great with cats. Big, strong dogs, they need a steady hand or two walking them. These boys are located in Antioch. (Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

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Raylan: 6 year-old Male Neutered Golden Labrador 90 Pounds

We are not taking any more calls for Raylan.

Raylan is a 6 year-old neutered golden Labrador coming to us as his owner (grandfather) can no longer take care of him. He was originally purchased from a breeder and belonged to the adult grandson's friend who realized he didn't have the time to take care of a puppy.

Raylan was adopted around the age of 12 months by the grandson and he and Raylan lived with his grandfather until he moved out of state, leaving Raylan in the care of the grandfather.

Raylan's grandfather has some physical limitations. He was hit by a drunk driver several years ago and lost one of his legs as a result. He is scheduled to have another surgery and the rehabilitation will limit his ability to get around even more. Raylan's been extremely well taken care of and loved. The only reason he's being surrendered is because Raylan's grandfather's physical limitations are increasing and he feels Raylan deserves to be in the company of a family where he can enjoy going on walks, running, and playing.

Lab Rescue met a very sweet boy who very much wants to play, give you gentle kisses, and have his belly rubbed. He hasn't been walked since his dad moved away (approximately 6 months ago) so he dragged the rep down the street, even with the use of a gentle leader. The grandfather said Raylan's dad used to run with him and with daily walks/exercise, he wasn't such a puller.

Raylan is described as friendly and playful, and that is what Lab Rescue discovered when we met him. He's not a barker, and his grandfather says, "he is not a watchdog." Raylan knows sit, down, give me your paw, stay, fetch, let it go, and okay to break a wait, or stay position.

What Lab Rescue and Raylan's grandfather are looking for in a home: We want him to be an active member of his next forever family. Raylan's grandfather is really hopeful that Raylan will be able to have human siblings to play with him since he enjoys the company of kids so much; Raylan will take every opportunity to sneak over to his neighbor's house to play with their two year-old son, as well as visit with their dogs. We want a home where he won't be left for long stretches of the day. We would love for Raylan to have a yard where he can play fetch with his family. Raylan has had some training and a family with dog experience will only help to reinforce Raylan's beautiful behavior in the home. He's rarely left alone, maybe three hours a day. He has free range of his home and does not destroy or chew anything. He doesn't go on the furniture and is good with boundaries.

In addition, Raylan LOVES the water! He went to his foster home and without a second's hesitation, dove right in! The foster used the long line the first day to help Raylan become familiar with the steps, and by day two, he wasn't using the long line. The foster is now working on the command, "no swim" as Raylan loves the water and can't seem to get enough.

Lab Rescue took Raylan in for a heartworm test, and Raylan wanted to socialize with every person and every dog in the clinic. He welcomed the extra attention from a young boy who told his mom, "I want this dog." The rep said, "you have a dog." and the boy replied, "I don't like that dog. I want your dog."

Raylan is UTD on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and microchipped. He could stand to lose some weight and with regular exercise, that shouldn't be a problem.

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

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Bella: Spayed 4 year old chocolate female

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GGLRR places about a Lab a day! See some of the recent rescued Bay area Labs adopted in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and this year (2017) 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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