Labs Available from Others

Last updated Sept. 25, 2019 Other labs in rescues and shelters

Whenever possible, GGLRR will post Labs for individuals who must find a new home for their pet. Dogs on this page have not been met and evaluated by GGLRR and are not part of our program. We only provide this listing service as a courtesy for a month to Northern / Central California Labs and assume no responsibilities for the dogs posted on this page. Please contact if you have a dog you would like us to post on this page and provide the posting as you would like it to appear on the page.. Please note since we are a Lab Rescue, we only list Labrador Retrievers or Lab-mixes that appear to be mostly Labrador.

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Labs and Lab Mixes Available from Others

Esther: Donations needed to support 9-month-old female black Lab mix with heart condition

Background. Originally found as a stray in Lake County in late September, this young dog wound up in Contra Costa County Animal Services where she was diagnosed with a heart condition. Lab Rescue became aware of her situation and took her to our vet and then to a doggie cardiologist in San Jose where she was diagnosed with an inoperable congenital heart disorder (tricuspid valve dysplasia). Her right atrium had grown to three times its normal size due to the inappropriate backflow of blood occurring from the right ventricle. She was diagnosed as in “heart failure”. She is currently receiving four medications (two diuretics to reduce the fluid build-up and two heart meds to reduce the strain on the heart). She is also severely underweight with a swollen abdomen from fluids that leak out of her heart. But don’t tell Esther that there is anything wrong – she didn’t get the memo… She has an indomitable spirit and has a spunky zest for life.

Our Vision. Our goal is to provide Esther with a wonderful life as long as she is comfortable, keeps wagging her tail and still gives doggie kisses at will. Esther will soon be in a temporary foster care with the very cardiologist that recently saw her… as we search for a hospice foster for her. Esther is an engaging, personable, playful, affectionate pup and we hope to provide a loving and caring environment so that she can enjoy every day until the last one comes.

Our Need. We hope to raise sufficient funds to cover her occasional vet check-ups, blood tests (to see how her kidney and liver are handling the meds), medications, and the periodic (hopefully infrequent) abdominocentesis procedures (draining fluid from her abdomen).

Please make donations directly thought our website, and be sure to note “Please use for Esther” when you make the donation via PayPal. Thank you!

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Belle: 6 year old female

Belle is a quiet, sweet, easygoing 6 year old purebred Labrador. She is a smart, kind, gentle soul. She is spayed, vaccinated (Rabies, Bordetella, and DHPP-L), microchipped, and flea-treated. Belle is NOT food nor toy aggressive. She does NOT bark without reason; nor does she dig or get carsick.

Pleasures: Belle's greatest pleasures are playing fetch with rubber rings and balls, playing with other dogs, swimming, going on long walks and is great on a leash. Like most Labradors, she will play fetch all day long always returning the ball. She can also catch midair. She knows 'sit' 'lay down' and 'shake'. She is dog, cat, and child friendly. She was raised from puppyhood in a home with 2 small children and has been exposed to a large assortment of small children over the years that have respect for dogs. She has been an indoor/outdoor dog that has always been allowed to sleep in the house at night. She is 100% housebroken although as with all dogs this will need to be reestablished in her new home. Belle sleeps in the bedroom with her foster.

Shortcomings: Belle is terrified of loud noises. This has caused her to recently develop separation anxiety. She is normally fine being left home unattended but has randomly chewed doorframes trying to get into the house during thunderstorms, fireworks, or gunshots. Belle has slight incontinence due to her being spayed at an early age. It is easily and 100% effectively managed with her medication (Proin) at a cost of roughly $60 for a 3 month supply.

Perfect Home: Belle's perfect home will be with a person or family that is home most of the day so she won't be left alone for periods of time over 4 hours. She needs a large yard and a playmate; a dog that LOVES to play and interact with her on a daily basis. A pool would be awesome as she loves to swim. Belle needs a job. She will do best living in an area that does not allow fireworks and rarely has loud noises like thunder or gunshots. She will need a household that can afford her medication. Belle wants to be a family member and sleep in the same room with her people.

Her adoption fee is $250 (cash only). If you apply and feel you have not received an application, please check your junk email.

If you are interested in Belle, please contact Heidi at 209-605-8879 or

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Pineapple: 3-year-old male yellow Lab, 3 years young, 75 pounds, neutered

Pineapple is available for adoption through Umbrella of Hope rescue. He is being fostered in Rocklin (just east Sacramento).

He has significantly limited use of his back legs due to bilateral medial luxating patellas that were never fixed. He has severe secondary changes due to the kneecaps not being corrected when the problem first occurred. He has had x-rays, a CT scan and an evaluation at UC Davis, and there is no recommended surgery per a multi-disciplinary team at UC Davis. But this does not slow him down.

He is 100% housebroken (other than two marking episodes during his first week in foster). He is fine with, albeit indifferent to, other dogs of all sizes. He has not been cat tested. He LOVES kids. Pineapple is a moose however and gets REALLY excited to go bye-bye and is working on being calm during these times in an effort to save his foster moms' toes. His anatomy makes him unable to do most commands but he comes when called and is a smart boy. In an embarrassment to all labs, he does not seem to care for toys, balls or swimming. He is also a picky eater with both food and treats. He does not fetch. He ignores birds outside. He does, however, like people very much and has no concept of his size or personal space.

He takes 1/2 of a Meloxicam 7.5 mg tablet once a day (cost $12/year and will come with a one-year supply) and he is also on a fish oil supplement.

Pineapple is getting fitted for a custom wheelchair (Eddie's Wheels) -- the cost of which has been donated. He also will have PT sessions paid for by the organization called PT for Paws, who will do so for the adopter family as well.

He is neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated.

If you are interested in Pineapple, please contact Umbrella of Hope rescue at

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Max: male lab mix, 7 years young

Personality: He loves to be where everyone else is and will follow you everywhere if he's not napping! He loves toys and bones, and LOVES walks outside. He is a bit strong, so an experienced adult must hold the leash. NO collar around his neck because he gags and coughs very easily. We have always used a harness.

Training: Max is house trained, and kennel trained. He gets along with other dogs, but not very well with quiet, submissive dogs.

Max would be good for a house with older children, maybe around 7 years and older. We have to rehome him because our family is growing and he gets NO attention anymore and that's not fair. He needs a family that walks him daily, and plays with him in the house.

Contact: if interested. We are located in south San Jose.

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Zuo: 5 year old Male Lab

Loving and Beautiful Lab Needs A Good Home

Black Lab, male (probably a Lab mix, though could be pure English Lab ).

Exceptionally Handsome and Loving

About 5 yrs. old, healthy, youthful temperament, energetic, 80 lbs., neutered, all shots. Feed with non-grain food like Diamond Natural Grain Free. Requires exercise, fence or leash.

Raised on ranch. No experience with cars or traffic.

Comfortable running or walking on leash.

Contact: 707-391-0115

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Naia: 6 year old Labrador mix

Naia is a 6 year old Labrador mix. She is spayed and vaccinations are up to date.

I have had Naia since she was 8 weeks old. I have to re home due to personal, unforeseen reasons. Unfortunately, she is under socialized and does not get along with most dogs. I believe that with proper training and introduction it can be a possibility. At one point of her life, she used to do well with other dogs ( she lived with 3 dogs in the past ) . I don’t know what happened other than a small dog attacking her.

Naia is very loyal and protective to her people . She’s skittish around people and it’ll take a little for her to warm up to someone but once she does she’ll be the perfect companion.

She loves squeaky toys, loves to play fetch, go on walks, go swimming, loves to eat, loves car rides.

She can be both energetic and also pretty mellow. She loves to hangout wherever we are.

She hasn’t been around kids other than my son and nephew.

She is crate trained and potty trained.

Something that Naia hates are fireworks and thunder.

Please call Cecilia at 707-637-6053 or email

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Rhett: 4 year old, neutered male lab mix

Rhett is estimated in the 4 to 5 year old range and is about 55 pounds. We believe he is mixed with a Ryukyu-ken dog which is a breed of dog that is indigenous to the Ryukyu Islands of which Okinawa is a part of. He is a beautiful tan/brindle color and he is really great dog that would do well in most homes. He loves children and has been fostered with a child or two for his entire time in foster care. He would likely do better with older, sturdier children (8+) because he's still working on house manners and not jumping up on people. He is good with most other dogs with a proper introduction but does have some resource guarding with his crate (and other dogs). He is good with cats also (being fostered with 2).

Rhett's vaccines were just updated, he is neutered, micro-chipped and we treated his heart worms last summer (June/July) and he is now heart worm negative.

Rhett does know some basic commands and loves to go on walks, however he does pull a fair bit on the leash. We've tried several different harnesses with him and he's now using a 2 Hounds Freedom Harness which seems to slow him down. He could benefit from working with a trainer on his leash skills and meeting dogs while out on walks.

For more information about Rhett click here:

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We Need Your Help!

Even with all our volunteers, it costs a lot to save and place ~250 Labs a year. There are costs to bail-out these dogs from the shelters along with vet and temporary kennelling costs when no foster homes are available. Please consider a donation of cash, vehicle, or even your time through volunteering.