Success Stories

GGLRR places ~250 Labs each year and we are always delighted to hear and share success stories of adoptions. Subscribe to our newsletter (sign up at the bottom of every web page) to continue to hear more "happy endings" stories. Adopters, submit your "happy endings" stories to; be sure to include a great photo of your Lab.


Daisy was adopted at the end of November. Her brother, Oski, was adopted from us five years ago. Here's their dad's recent update! BTW- Daisy was not an easy dog, by far. 6 month-old owner surrender that spent 9-10 hour days cooped up in a bathroom-- no training, not housetrained, one crazy puppy (Lab Border Collie mix)

First of all, Daisy is doing great. A+. She and Oski are a B, She is always the smartest in the class, and she is getting very very affectionate. I need to be honest there were days the first couple of months where you might have gotten an email about taking her back. But she is now part of the family. My trainer is pushing her harder as she gets bored easily. She has been a lot of work, but worth it.

I confess I am so happy with both Daisy and Oski. Daisy turns 1 this Sunday and Oski 7 on St. Pats day. And Amazon is shipping a ton of dog birthday stuff to celebrate! Both dogs are from your great organization. I celebrated both of their birthdays and invited over some of their dog friends to help celebrate.


Barley joined our family (then Harley) almost 5 years ago as a rescue dog from GGLR. He was 5 then and could best be described as “crazy dog” 90% of the time. He so needed and wanted constant attention and had the energy of a 6 month old puppy, and assumed the nickname of “the energizer bunny". Lots and lots of exercise worked to keep the “crazy dog” state at bay and gradually he learned how to be calm, cool and collected.

Fast forward 5 years, and Barley, at 10, has become the perfect travel dog. After my husband and I retired a year ago, we road tripped with Barley across the United States for three months. Then we all boarded the luxurious Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, where Barley stayed in the on board Kennels as we transited the Atlantic to England. The QM2 is the only cruise ship in the world that allows dogs on board. By August, we arrived at our final destination on Lago Maggiore in Italy, where we now live. Barley loves swimming in the lake and goes everywhere with us. He is relaxed when he rides all forms of public transportation; ferries, trains, buses, funiculars, trams, gondolas, and subways as we explore Italy and other parts of Europe. So far Barley’s been in 21 states, 8 countries, 2 oceans, many, many lakes, and even a small fountain in lower Manhattan.

Barley is our 4th rescue dog since 1992, and somehow this highly energetic and needy Labrador, developed into an awesome family member and travel companion. He enjoys his multiple daily walks, going to the park to play fetch, and last week, experienced lots of snow for the first time in Switzerland.

He even has a blog to document his adventures called Barley’s Grand Adventures. The pictures are of Barley in a historic shopping mall in Milan, Italy and at Lago Maggiore, where he adores swimming.


Did you even catch this adorable chocolate on our website? She went fast, never even making it out of foster. Foster mom Wendy kept Pumpkin all for herself. Pumpkin seems okay with it.


Oso came to GGLRR when a vet refused the owners' family's request to put him down. He had too much life left in him, the vet said. Three years later Oso is still loving life with new guardians Dave and Wendy.


Izzy's owner surrendered her shortly after moving to the Bay Area because Izzy and the housemate's dogs weren't a good fit. Izzy, 10, is now settling in to country living in Auburn with her new family, which includes mom, dad, grandpa, a llama and a sheep. #NailedIt!


Hello and happy new year to you all! Wanted to share some photos of Mollee! She’s such a great girl and she’s been very energetic lately. Since her spay she’s had an incident with uncooked rice (yikes!) and she even got sprayed by a skunk last weekend!! The skunk was waiting outside my in-laws front door at 10 pm. She is all good now and is still doing great. Everyone that meets her loves her. Can’t believe she was once homeless / in a shelter... Thanks again, GGLRR!!!!!


This gorgeous dog, then named Mr. Nobody, was at the center of an animal cruelty case in Arcata.

As I write this update, it has been exactly two years since our family welcomed Jackpot into our home as a GGLRR foster. It has been a long and sometimes bumpy road but we were finally able to adopt him this past spring.

Jackpot is a highly intelligent, ball obsessive, enthusiastic, goofy, loving, determined, powerful, playful and tenacious Labrador retriever! He has brought us lots of love and laughs with his big personality. We love him so very much and he has made our family complete.

We are extremely grateful to Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue for everything that they do and especially their support and commitment to Jackpot throughout his journey.


Daisy came to GGLRR with zero training. She was mouthy, jumpy and had spent the majority of her life cooped up in a bathroom for 8-9 hour days. She was adopted by Barry H. of Santa Cruz. Barry admitted the first few days were very, very challenging.

Daisy's a handful, but Barry is working with her and a trainer.


Shy, sweet Penny was adopted by Jeff and Julia T. of SF. Julia initially met Penny at the Pawtrero event and told her husband about her. Jeff made a few trips down to to the foster's in San Jose on his own, and once with Julia, to spend time with Penny before deciding to adopt.

Penny definitely made progress under the care of Kristin, still timid around people, but much better than when we first picked her up. In a little under a week, she's reportedly doing well with Jeff and Julia, making herself right at home!


Herc is doing great and firmly a part of our family now.

His blood work is finally perfect so we took him to our vet to have several abscessed teeth removed along with a ruptured cyst on his lower back. He had to have nine teeth removed (one fell out before the vet even started the extractions), and he had two pretty bad abscesses. He made it through with flying colors and was back to his happy go-lucky self later the same day. We think he feels much much better now.

Our other lab adores Herc and even our finicky golden retriever is happy he's a part of our pack. We cannot imagine our family without him.


Mack (formerly Maxwell) is living the dream!

He is so loyal, lovable and full of energy. He loves to hike, swim for days (we would never have known he couldn't swim when we adopted him!) and, lucky for us, he loves visiting breweries.

Mack loves kids so we try and act young!


Stanley continues to do fabulously and we are in love!

Yesterday we went to the enclosed dog park and he was a huge social butterfly, going from person to person, saying hello and receiving pets. He really looked thrilled. It was nice to be able to let him explore without a leash. He seems to recognize us as his family and is now coming when called--not always, but more and more.

He also went to see our vet. We wanted to take advantage of the free first office visit and ask about his ears and hotspots, so we can stay ahead on those. She also checked his incision sites. His incisions still need attention, though they are improving.

I keep trying to get good photos of him. He does this adorable thing where he lays on the couch and puts his head on the side table. We put a pillow on it for him. The photo here was as close as I could get. Wish I'd thought to take them at the dog park; he was really smiling.

Thanks again for our great dog!


Ellie is a big love and still always smiling!

I think she's a bit over 50 pounds now. She is doing great with city life! We don't know what happened to her when she was wandering around Merced, but it didn't seem to involve anything with noise or traffic because she isn't troubled by any of it.

She has taken some dog training and is getting pretty reliable off leash at the park. Chuck says she's the smartest dog he's ever had. Pretty much her only sin is occasionally stealing the cat food.


We adopted our Luke in 2005. He had been a stray on the streets of Bakersfield. He was evaluated to be 3 years old, so he is currently 13. He is slowing down significantly due to arthritis in all leg joints but still handles gently paced walks.

As is typical for Labs, food is a motivation; couple that with having to live on the streets, and Luke will take advantage of opportunities to seek out food-related items. Over the years our household has lost a CrockPot, two coffee makers and had a BBQ damaged among other items. However, we love him anyway--after all he is family--and after some post-cleanup time has passed, we can laugh about his food adventures!


As always, Scout has one focus - his beloved ball. His adoptive family is giving him lots of fetch time and says that he is doing great and has been a great joy to their family.


My boyfriend and I just wanted to give you an update on Blue and how he's doing. He LOVES Buddy and snuggles with him every chance he gets. Every other weekend we go to Santa Cruz to the beach and he LOVES the beach! Just yesterday we went some trails in Alameda and then fished the rock wall. And funny thing is, he actually really likes fishing; he gets super excited when he sees a fish! Mr. Blue is also in training for becoming a therapy pet. :)


Despite his socialization & separation anxiety, Bodie has been doing so well that we decided to take him with us to the D4D - Walk for the Dogs. He did great! Lots of dogs, people, strollers, balloons, costumes and he took it all in stride. He was a bit suspicious of a drone flying overhead but aren't we all! Everyone who met him was charmed by him. Bodie is jumping in the car more readily and seems to be handling our coming and going better. He's still inclined to stop if he's unsure & will not be moved until he's ready. Overall, incredible progress and we feel lucky to have him in our family!