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Labs in Need from Individuals

Last updated June 26, 2017 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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We encourage you to check PetFinder or Adopt a Pet for labs that may be available from other rescue organizations. For additional dogs in need of new homes, please search:

Labs and Lab Mixes Available from Others

Shadow: ~2 y/o neutered male

Unfortunately we're looking to re-home our black lab. He'll be 2 in August.

The good:

Just went to the vet on Friday. He's very healthy aside from being a little overweight, has great teeth, and a beautiful coat. He's microchipped, and neutered. He is currently on flea/tick, and heartworm prevention. He is housebroken, knows sit, stay, come, shake, and hop (yes, he'll hop if you tell him to). Great with kids! Awesome family dog! His name is Shadow...which is fitting because he likes to follow his people around. =)

The not-so-good:

We got him recently, and after taking him on a few walks, we found out that he's reactive towards other dogs. His reactivity plus his size makes it so that my husband is the only one who can walk and control him if he sees another dog. He is great on a leash when no dogs are present though.

We don't have enough experience with dogs to train him ourselves, and we can't afford to have professional training. Also, since my husband is the only one who can walk him, he only gets to go once a day. We don't have a big back yard for him to run around in it doesn't seem fair to him at all. He really is a very sweet dog...he bonded very quickly to all of us, which is what makes this so hard.

If you are interested, and think you can give him a great, loving home, please contact me. Email or text preferred. or 707-362-1718. We are located in Walnut Creek.

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Fripp: 7 y/o neutered male - Lab / Aussie mix

Fripp is a great guy; he's smart and affectionate and cuddly. He learns commands quickly and is eager to please. He's been living in a household with very young children and has put up with a lot. He's about seven years old and neutered. He is house trained and knows basic commands. He's about 40 lbs and lean slim build. The rescue we adopted him from said his mother was a black lab, but he behaves more like a cattle dog or Australian Shepard. He is athletic, protective, and has energy and stamina like an Aussie or cattle dog, but endearing, sweet, and a bit goofy like a lab. We love his goofy side. He will really crack us up sometimes!

Fripp has some behavioral issues when it comes to new people and other dogs. He sometimes has fear aggression when meeting new people or dogs. He will get to close then get scared and growl. We have worked with a trainer on this and he's much better than he used to be, especially when introduced using her method. He lives with an alpha female and is mostly respectful of the pecking order. He's very playful and loves when she will wrestle with him. He goes on pack walks with a dog walker twice a week and does fine in a dog park and van with other dogs. He will chase cats.

He also has mild separation anxiety and moderate anxiety around unpredictable sounds like the refrigerator compressor, the gas wall heater, thunder, etc. which is helped by his medication. He LOVES to fetch just about anything but especially balls with the chuck-it. If he gets a good fetch session in everyday, he will be a very balanced dog who shows little of his anxiety.

Fripp would be a great dog in a home with no other dogs or other dogs his size, no cats, and older children. He needs daily exercise and a lot of affection and physical touch. He'd do well with an experienced dog person who knows herding breeds.

We are urgently looking for a permanent home or foster situation for Fripp. Please call or text Britt at 510-517-4648 with any questions or to schedule to meet Fripp.

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Maya: approx. 1 yr old, 32 lb, female, Lab/Border Collie mix.

She's a sweet little girl who loves to play tug of war, toys, fetch, go on walks, belly rubs and especially playing with other dogs. Maya is very smart. She knows sit, down, off, spin (still perfecting this but she has the idea). We're working on stay and better leash walking. She uses a dog door, will sleep in crate if she has too (prefers sleeping next to you if allowed or on dog bed on floor). Maya's least favorite thing is a bath!! Maya is still a pup so continued training and guidance will help her grow into a wonderful dog. We want Maya to go to a home with other dogs she can play with. Maya can be pushy when she wants to play (she is a pup and needs to learn her place). If you have a submissive dog Maya will probably not be a good match.

Cathy Chance


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Twilight: 5 year old female

Twilight is a pretty 5 year old black female lab. She is spayed and has had all her vaccinations and tests. She is housebroken, likes attention and to be petted by people and kids, likes to play ball and walks good on a leash. Twilight does not care to share her toys or her food so she should be in single dog household. She also will go after small animals.

Contact: Bobbie (209) 620-5411.

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Panda - Black Female, 2.5 Years

PANDA is a 2 year old black female lab mix, between 50 and 60 pounds. She is a nice girl, friendly with other dogs and people, and allows handling all over. She is super bouncy and excitable when I first get home, but settles down quickly. She "smiles" a lot. She is totally potty trained--in the house and in the kennel! She loves to be as close to people as possible and is kind of like a small child...she sleeps in my room just fine until about three. Then she needs to cuddle--she jumped up on the bed and slept with her head on my side the rest of the night. Panda wants to play, but doesn't know fetch...she chases the ball but doesn't bring it back. She wants to play with dogs and plays very well with my Gracie (or tries to...Gracie doesn't play back). She eats well, takes treats gently and walks nicely on the leash (though getting it on her is tough because she is soooo excited!). She will make a perfect companion for some lucky family.

If you are interested in Panda, please complete the adoption application and email it back to Andrea at

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China: 9 year old female

CHINA is a 9 year old 85 lb. black female lab mix. She came to us from the Fresno SPCA as an owner surrender. This sweet girl is a delight to be around and all she wants in return is to be near and follow you everywhere. She knows her basic obedience - sit, stay, down, come and walks nicely on leash. She is housebroken and crate trained. Sleeps all night on her dog bed pillow or in a wire crate with not a sound. She enjoys car rides and her very favorite is "tummy rubs." She also likes short walks and time to mosey around the backyard at her leisure. China is real friendly and likes everyone. Eats like a lady and takes treats gently. Not sure how she is with cats, she's ok with other dogs with proper introduction, but her choice is to be an 'only' dog. China will make an excellent companion for a non-active family.

UPDATE: China is a special needs dog. We recently found that she has diabetes but you wouldn't know it, she is the same happy and friendly loving girl as always. And looking good at 76 lbs! She needs someone who will commit to giving her daily insulin injections, keeping her meals on schedule, feeding a good quality dog food (no prescription diet necessary) and limiting her treats to healthy ones. China is looking for that special home so she can enjoy her remaining senior years all comfy and cozy at your side.

Judy 209-830-6793 (no text - landline)

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