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 email@example.com 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
Daisy, ~ 2 year old female black Lab mix, is available for adoption
Let’s get Daisy into her new forever home!
Daisy ended up pregnant and alone in the Santa Clara County Shelter in San Martin a couple of months ago. She was very stressed when she first arrived but over time she was able to somewhat acclimate to shelter life. The shelter was able to place her in a foster home and she really thrived! Daisy is ready for her new forever home!
Here’s what the foster had to report:
Home: Daisy is potty trained, does not chew, is not destructive, and sleeps through the night. She does not like small spaces (not laundry room or crate) but does like to hang out in the living room.
Food: Daisy is very motivated and eats well
Kids: She is good with the foster’s 8 yr old son, very calm
Dogs: She met with neighbors’ dog, was very tolerant. The dog was puppy, growled one time. Walks: She’s a great runner, but still not good on the leash and will need work
Other: Daisy’s foster says that Daisy did not do well with her husband or other men that were around. She was very stressed and cowering; her husband could not get close to her. She was terrified of him. It’s possible that she hasn’t been well treated by the men in her past.
Unique Characteristics: Once Daisy warms up, she wants to love someone and give love. She wants someone she can trust. She’s great in the car, laid in the car calmly. She loves sand; the foster has a sand pit and Daisy would lay in it for hours. She is very sweet to people that she knows and loves toys.
Daisy is now spayed and up to date on her shots. If you are interested in Daisy, contact Alex Vega at the Santa Clara County Animal Shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org or the shelter phone number 408-686-3900.
Beau ~13-year-old male Lab/Chessie mix 65-lbs
Background: Found abandoned on the highway, this guy needs to find a new home. Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue in Sonoma needs help finding a foster or adoption for this sweet senior Lab-Chessie mix. He is up to date on vaccines, not yet microchipped and not neutered.
Home Life: Beau a senior gentleman who is looking for a nice warm spot to rest his old bones. He came into the shelter obviously missing his family. The shelter staff and volunteers have tried to give him all the love we can, but he is missing a home environment. He loves his walks and enjoys all the pets he can get.
Health:He has his share of health issues due to his age, but he is still active and alert! Vet states he has perianal adenomas but castration could cause them to shrink and go away.
Sleeping: Sleeping inside with family when he gets one/currently takes naps all day long at front desk of shelter
Attributes: Super sweet, loves people, loves attention, but when not being engaged, he will go lay down in his bed and let people attend to tasks they need to attend to. These are the reports from staff and volunteers who have handled him. Knows “sit” and “down”. Housebroken, Crate Trained, Leash Trained. Pretty low energy but still loves his walks. Definitely loves treats, a good petting session and being close to his people. Ignores kitties- he doesn’t see well either; shelter staff states no issues walking past other shelter dogs in kennels; nose to nose with an intact female made him amorous (the attempted humping); and nose to nose with a small dog was happy to see the dog, but the small dog was a bit overwhelmed by his exuberance. Good with older kids (10+). Unknown around younger kids.
Ideal Home: A family to love him and keep him warm and safe, take him on short walks daily and spoil him as much as they can.
If you are interested in adopting Beau, please contact Michelle of Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue at email@example.com.
Buck -- 2-4-year-old Lab
Buck has been at our shelter since March, and though we have had a few people come in to look, he has not had any serious inquiries.
Buck is a happy energetic boy, we are guessing anywhere from 2-4 years old. He came in with another female lab (who has since been adopted) as a stray from a neighboring town.
Buck knows sit, likes to play with toys, and though wary with some people- mainly men- he seems to seek attention and love from all people.
We are assuming he lived with the the other stray brought in with him. We have had him off leash with social female dogs, and he does well. He does not seem to like other male dogs, or rather, any that we have introduced him to from our shelter.
During his first food test, he would not eat around other dogs.
He was tested again two months ago, and he is now unfortunately showing signs of being food aggressive with other dogs- not people. ie growling & lunging.
We believe it is due to his environment (he is not thin) but suggest he be the only dog, or be closely monitored with food/ eat separately.
If you are interested in adopting Buck, please contact Adriana at Fort Bragg Animal Care Services at 707-961-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three 5-month-old yellow Labs — 2 males and 1 female
Background: A central valley breeder is asking for our help to find forever homes for three puppies that were born with megaesophagus.
What The Breeder Says:I have 3 yellow lab puppies (two males and one female) about 5 months old that I want to place with a rescue so good homes for them can be found. We had a litter of 9 pups from a female Lab; 4 of the pups have Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus (CIM). The fourth pup was promised to someone that family decided to treat her and keep, so I have three pups to place. When these pups went on solid food at 4-1/2 weeks, they started regurgitating their food so I took them to my vet, who diagnosed the CIM condition. Long story, the vet posted the X-rays and info on an online vet forum and other vets in the forum told her about a treatment that helps in certain cases using Sildenafil. The puppies recently started taking it (one pill an hour before eating) and they have stopped regurgitating. Wow! All three are now eating solid food (with water) and they have not regurgitated since starting the medication.
Some information about Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus:Congenital idiopathic megaesophagus (CIM) is a gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorder of dogs in which reduced peristaltic activity and dilation of the esophagus prevent the normal transport of food into the stomach. Congenital megaesophagus (born with the condition) is developmental and causes regurgitation starting at weaning when puppies and kittens begin eating solid food. Although overall prognosis for resolution of congenital megaesophagus in puppies is only 20-40%, some puppies will grow out of the condition.
What Their Rescue Rep Says:Congenital Idiopathic Megaesophagus is a serious condition that will require management during feeding. Each dog will need to be given Sildenafil pill ~30 minutes before eating. The pups should eat out of elevated “slow bowls” to improve the likelihood of successful food consumption. Besides the special feeding arrangements, these are otherwise normal, active, fun-loving puppies. We’d like one foster to take all three dogs, but will be amenable to splitting up the puppies if needed to get them into foster homes. The puppies are currently with their breeder in the central valley.
Medical:Besides the CIM condition, the puppies are completely healthy and current on vaccinations.
Located in: Central Valley
If you are interested in one of these puppies, please contact the breeder at 209-404-7296 or email@example.com.
Video: Three Happy Puppies
Video: Splish-splash Puppies
Video: Puppies Eating
Video: Puppy Play Time
Max: 1 ½ yearold male black Lab mix ~50 lbs, not yet neutered
Bacground: This sweet young Lab found himself in foster care after his owner lost his housing and couldn’t take Max with him. Max is your typical young dog: bouncy, fun, lots of energy. He’s tall and lanky, good with other dogs large and small. He knows sit, lay, park, rides and want a treat. He’s a smart dog and learns quickly. Max is housebroken. Max has never shown any signs of aggression with humans or dogs. When it comes to cats, he’s a bit iffy but we think he could learn to respect them.
What Max's Foster says: Max is an amazing dog loves the park car rides and walks he could be very verbal at times which I find very funny. He’s also an amazing guard dog, loves toys and his treats. Max could be very independent at times but also has his loving, cuddling side.
Medical Information: Max is up to date on his shots, but not yet neutered.
Located In: Modesto
If you are interested in Max, please contact Janet at 209-424-6301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please tell me about yourself and why you would be a good fit for Max.
Young female Lab mix “Pumpkin” needs a new home
What Pumpkin's Current Owner Says: Pumpkin is located in Oakland and I am moving into a 400 square ft apartment on August 5th where I cannot take Pumpkin. Pumpkin was a puppy left on the side of the road in Texas, where she was rescued by someone who kept her for one month before me. I took her to foster her, but ended upkeeping her and have had Pumpkin for 10 months. Pumpkin is energetic and friendly both with other dogs and people. She seems to do well with kids but has no history with cats. She is housetrained and does not show signs of food aggression. She gets nervous around her leash and tugs. She is scared of a number of things, including car rides. It is likely that Pumpkin was abused. Pumpkin is up to date on her shots. Her last weight was taken in April at 50lb. Pumpkin does have a chronic twitch in her leg. She is healthy now but the vets think she may have had distemper or parvo and that is causing the residual twitch. The twitch doesn't bother her at all. Pumpkin doesn't bark much, but does bark when she plays with other dogs. She has no history of biting anyone.
If you are interested in Pumpkin, please contact Yvette at 510-383-0906 or email@example.com.
Dale - 7 Year Old Male Chocolate Lab
We are in the unfortunate situation of having to rehome our dog Dale, a 7 year old, 75 lbs, active and happy chocolate lab. We have owned him for 6 years, adopting him when he was 8 months old. Though he’s always been a bit of a rambunctious guy he has unfortunately become a little more aggressive as of late.
We are sad to have to part ways with him as we’ve had so many great times with Dale over the years, going on overnight backpacking trips, cross country skiing and little backcountry skiing as well. He is truly an active dog that enjoys being outside running around the beach and in the woods.
We are hoping to find someone that can match his active lifestyle, provide top notch snuggles at night, and give him the attention, space, and time he needs to live a happy life!
Vaccines are up to date, he is neutered, regular flea and tick medication. His last vet check up was one month ago where he received a good bill of health.
Please help Dale find his next adventure-filled chapter!
Contact Jack Bagley
Buddy: 1-year-old Lab/Boxer Mix
Buddy is a 13 month old 3/4 lab, 1/4 boxer mix. He is a very sweet boy with lots of energy. He has a great temperament and just wants to cuddle and be around people. He likes to play chase with other dogs. He barks when people ring the doorbell, but as soon as they give him a pet, he is good. "His bark has no bite" He was just diagnosed with juvenile cataracts. He is not yet blind but will be eventually. He needs someone who has the time and resources to guide him through this journey. Please help me find a good home for Buddy.
Maria Morrish 310-749-4816
Levi: 12-month-old neutered Lab/Dolerman Mix
We are looking for a loving home for our puppy, Levi.
Levi turned 1 year old in December 2021 and has lived with us since he was 12 weeks old. Levi comes from a Labrador mom and Doberman father. Since we adopted him he has received excellent care including all his shots, micro chipped and is neutered. He has been to the Vet numerous times for his healthy puppy check ups and nail trimmings.
As Levi was growing he started to show signs of anxiety which started around 7 months. His anxiety signs were constant yawning which then increased to a snapping sound he makes in his mouth and the constant need to be near one of us.
We are a family of 5 which includes children ages 17, 15 and 10 along with another dog whom we adopted months before we adopted Levi. As Levi’s anxiety progressed his Vet prescribed Trazadone to help Levi calm down but this medication was only used if it seemed like his anxiety was too much. After 4 months and no signs of relief for Levi we have decided to rehome Levi in hopes that another owner could give him more of what he deserves. Also, our two dogs seem to have a love/hate relationship and I am not sure if my other dog is what is causing Levi’s anxiety.
In order to help Levi I had hired a dog walker who walks our dogs 3 times a week for close to 2 hours each walk. We also walk the dogs and will allow them off leash. As for training Levi is house trained but the remainder of my training hasn’t been very successful. He will sit when I ask him too but he still jumps up on people.
Levi is a very social dog. He loves all the children who come to my house and will go up to anyone with his tail wagging at all times. During the summer he would go into our pool and would sit on a pool float just to be near to us. He has a ton of energy and lots of love to give. Levi is a beautiful dog and we love him so much.
If you are interested in Levi please email Brandy Adams at BrandySadams@gmail.com
Princess, special yellow Lab, is looking for her forever home
Hello folks! My name is Princess and I am a special girl. Why, yes, I am a beautiful yellow lab. And, yes, I love food! And, boy-oh-boy, do I love my family.
However, I am quite different than most other labs that you may have met; I am VERY afraid of new people and can also be afraid of new things. In fact, I am so afraid of new people that I use the tactic "...the best defense is a good offense..." & I will growl, snarl, bare teeth, & bark at people when they try to approach me! What I really want is space.
The people at SPARC know how special I am and they believe that I have great potential! I have finally opened up to a couple of the people here after they allowed me time to slowly get to know them and I have shown that I am a loving, playful, silly, good girl with the people I trust. I have my 'inner-circle'. You're either in... or you're out! I just need lots of time to be sure that people are nice, though. Getting to know you is on MY schedule - not yours!
My last family was unsure of how to help me so I never really got the guidance I needed. I just kept practicing my same old tactics. Because they worked so well, I kept using them! The good news is that I'm exceptionally FOOD motivated! I also love to learn. I know lots of fun tricks, like sit, down, roll-over, and shake. Also, I seem to LOVE other dogs! I have already made another dog friend at the shelter and I may be able to go to a home with another calm, confident dog who's behavior I may learn to model over time.
I know that I have my quirks, but if I can go to a home with a very special guardian who has experience with fear-aggression, understands I may never live the life of a 'typical lab', and that they will need to be dedicated to my special needs, then the people at SPARC believe I will thrive. If you are interested in me, please complete an application online.
We think Princess would do well in an adults only home where she has a big house & big yard. Preferably, the family would have experience with fear aggression & understand that dogs like Princess might live an alternative lifestyle – she’ll need a simple life in a low traffic home with exercise mostly in her yard & the house & occasional walks. She’ll need to be strictly managed in a room or kennel when family & friends visit. She would need to meet a person multiple times before they would be able to handle her.
Princess has a serious case of stranger danger but once she’s give the time to open up to you, she can be a loving lab to her trusted inner circle. She has made amazing progress with positive reinforcement on her walks and is actually a great walking partner (except bicycles…. Princess HATES bicycles!!).
To learn more about Princess, contact Rachel Bow, 805-525-8609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Princess is located at the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in Santa Paula, CA.
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.