Labs Available from Others

Last updated May 21, 2020 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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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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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.