Labs Available from Others

Last updated June 8, 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

Video: Riley at the beach

Video: Riley in his backyard

Riley: 2 y/o neutered male white Lab, 80 lbs

Riley is a very happy 23-month old dog that is generally very calm, but still playful. He loves attention and wants to be with his people as much as possible. Riley is crate trained and runs right in at bedtime. He lived with a family for his first year that kept him in a backyard cage, so he is still learning house manners - he loves to get into the garbage or steal socks. Because of his living situation as a puppy, he gets nervous around strangers entering his territory or who to try pet his head when first meeting him. He has a pretty submissive personality and is good with most dogs. He previously lived with older kids and had no issues. He would be happiest with an experienced owner that can be very careful and take it slowly when meeting strangers in the home.

If you are interested in Riley contact Rebecca at 925-984-8043 or

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Video: Benny and Mikey

Benny and Mikey: 2-year-old male black Lab mix brothers Each is 55 lbs Intact

Background: Two scared brothers at the Central California SPCA,, in Fresno need rescuing . They were surrendered by their owner on May 18th, when their landlord told them they needed get rid of some of their dogs; the tenant had five dogs originally.

According to the shelter, “They have high kennel anxiety/anxiety with strangers. The owner indicated they were getting dominant-aggressive with other dogs, but it sounds like there was a nearby female in heat that was causing that issue in the home. In the shelter, we have not seen any resource-guarding or dog-on-dog issues. Mikey A41717736 and Benny A41717726 (possibly Rottie or Chow mixes) are unaltered males. Both boys are very scared at shelter and are especially stressed in the kennel. Their owner told us they are usually lap dogs who love to cuddle, and we do see their behavior warming up a bit when they are out of the kennel. They would do best with a foster-based rescue that can help these boys show how sweet they really are.”

“Benny A41717726 is the easier dog to work both in kennel and out of kennel. In kennel, he retreats to the back and acts avoidant. If his brother is with him, he will join in with growling/guarding. Out of the kennel, he seems to have moderate leash anxiety, doesn't like being fixed to a point and wants to escape. However, he warmed up a bit quicker than his brother and also warmed up MORE than his brother did. After he checked out the smells around the play yard, Benny identified me as a “safe place” for him and kept coming back to me for attention.”

“Mikey A41717736 is the most unsure of the two. In kennel, he growls and stands his ground, guarding his space (he doesn't charge, lunge, or snap, but has stood within a couple inches of touching me, growling and barking in fear). In the yard, he takes a bit to warm up and doesn't get quite as comfortable as his brother does. However, with about 5-10 minutes to decompress, he is definitely easier and allows handling.”

Please email if you can help! Thanks!

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Lucy: 3 year old Labrador mix

Lucy is a 3 year old, adorable black lab and (we think) border collie mix. She has been with us since she was just 8 weeks old. She is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. She is an amazing retriever of balls and a great catcher of frisbees. She is a great companion when hiking, camping, running, or just walking on the beach. She loves her people so much, that she is not a flight risk at all. She is very smart. She is a very good and well behaved dog. She does not chew up shoes, pillows, or anything else in the house or car when left alone. She is house trained. She does well with other dogs and people when out in public or on a walk. She can be a little shy and nervous at first, until she gets to know you. However, she does not like little kids when they are in the house, they make her nervous. She has not bitten anyone, but she will growl at little kids if they are in the house. She does not bark a lot, except when someone comes to the door, which we see as a positive. She is a great dog and we wish we could keep her. She deserves a loving home.

Please call (415) 305-9076 or email if interested.

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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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Dante: 2 year old Lab Pointer mix

I have a beautiful male 2-year-old Lab Pointer mix named Dante. I am looking for the possibility of finding him a spot in a household were he can be the only pet, and receive a ton of attention. Dante is very smart and very energetic, but does not get along well with other pets. He is super empathetic and will react to your moods.

I love him so much, but it isn’t fair to keep him in my home where he is always getting in trouble for chasing cats and I’m afraid to keep him outside for too long because we have so many other dogs on our block that he doesn’t get along with. He really needs a big backyard that he doesn’t need to share with any other pets and an owner who can spend time working with him daily. He actually loves training. It’s breaking my heart to have to let him go so I really want to find him a great situation where I know he can thrive!

Dante is located in Santa Cruz County. Please let me know if you have any interest in meeting him.

You can see additional pics and videos here

The good about Dante:

~Very smart

~Learns new things quickly

~Crate Trained

~Travels well (including airports, airplanes, and hotels)

~Good cuddler


~Will let you know when he needs something

~Great sense of smell

~Good at Scent games

~Protective and Loyal

~Loves people and is never aggressive with them even when his tail is pulled

~Knows basic commands

~Doesn’t jump the fence in the yard

~Doesn’t jump the baby gates in the house

Dante’s shortcomings:

~Has a tendency to eat his bed

~Humps his bed

~Chews up his toys (and plastic things like the dustpan) when bored

~Jumps when excited

~Aggressive towards SOME other animals (seems random)

~Humps people

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Bear: 3 year old neutered black Lab

Animal Care and Control in Lake County would love to find a wonderful, forever home for Bear. Bear is a 3 year old handsome male black Lab. He is vaccinated and neutered. Bear loves to play, snuggle, and run free. He LOVES kids and most dogs, plus some cats. No chickens, please! He is not food defensive, kennel trained, knows sit and stay, loves to ride in the car. Bear is a great house dog, fully trained, that enjoys to spend all day on his dog bed.

Bear needs a family that will spend lots of time with him, as he gets bored and leaves the yard to visit friends and children at the park. He has epicurean tastes when it comes to food in the trash in the house....will find it and eat it. His family had to give him up simply because they live too close to the highway and they are afraid he might cause an accident.

Bear hasn't had any behavior problems. He does have an ear infection that is improved with medication, however polyp removal would be best for him.

If you are interest in this great guy please contact County of Lake Department of Animal Care & Control 707 263-0278

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Lavender: ~11 yrs old, spayed female Lab mix

Lavender is a fixed, very healthy female approx. 11-12 yrs. old. She’s an all-white (light tan), part Lab/part “not sure.” She can be anxious at times, because she “feels” things and is sensitive to that, but is basically pretty laid back. A very smart, very sweet dog, Lavender prefers the company of a dog who matches her lower energy level; she tends to be selective. But she fetches balls and while she doesn’t always bring them back, she can easily be taught. She doesn’t mind cats (basically ignores them). She’s also very empathetic—when she senses someone upset or crying, she tends to come over and gently lay her head on them. She likes to be pet and be noticed but isn’t clingy. Lavender loves car rides(!) and to be walked, but needs better training as she’s strong and tends to pull. Good watchdog, as she barks appropriately when people pull up or come to door.

Due to physical limitations, we can no longer give her the attention she needs (walks, training and such), so would like to find a home with a large fenced yard or some land.

If interested, please call 650-773-8170 (in Clearlake).

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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 are looking for a new home for Buck, a Lab mix who was taken in by a Lab Rescue volunteer, and also looking to raise funds to help cover unexpected surgical costs for Buck, as his left ear needed to be completely removed due to a tumor.

Buck was a constant companion for a young military man until he was deployed to Afghanistan. With no immediate family in the area, he was able to place Buck elsewhere with the expectation that they would be reunited in 12 months. Unfortunately, the deployment has extended, and he was placed into our home as a foster until he finds a family with whom he can live out his senior years. We decided to foster Buck not only because am I a foster home for Labs but I am a veteran as well. Buck was diagnosed with a Mast cell tumor on his left ear. Due to the size of the tumor and to minimize risk of the tumor returning, the left ear was completely removed. The diagnosis and subsequent surgery were unexpected and the cost was significantly higher than anticipated, totaling to $5,500. Buck is doing great and has fully recovered after surgery. We are reaching out to the dog community and others for help in offsetting the cost of the procedure, and getting Buck ready for adoption. We have enclosed a few pictures of this wonderful dog for your enjoyment. I will be happy to provide all the veterinary costs upon request.

To donate to Buck’s GoFundMe campaign, click here:

If you are interested in adopting Buck, please contact Charles MacNulty at

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Bubbles: 7 year old female

We're kind of amazed that Bubbles is still with us. She's a 7 year old yellow lab, calm, quiet, sweet and easy. She's friendly, housetrained, crate trained, great in the car and a sweetheart at the vet. Bubbles gets along beautifully with a dozen dogs in her foster home and greets other dogs politely on walks but would prefer to be the only dog in the home. She could live with a mellow dog and some mild management. She hasn’t lived with cats previously but is respectful of a savvy cat in her foster home.

Making a difference one animal at a time.

Contact: Dogwood Animal Rescue

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Moose: ~5-year-old, black male Lab/Rott mix, 105 lbs, neutered

The big Moose has been with Wags and Whiskers pet rescue of Chico since August 2018… but they are primarily small dog rescue and folks don’t come too them to adopt a big Lab. Originally from Glenn County Animal Control where he’d been picked up as a stray. Very friendly. Enjoys snacks and petting. Sweet and mellow, Moose loves people and gets along fine with other dogs. While he is pretty good on leash, he is fairly strong if he decides he wants to go somewhere. Moose is neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, and heartworm negative. Moose is located in Chico. If you are interested in Moose, please contact Lucy Parks at or 530-895-8888 or 949-394-4001.

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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.