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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Labrador Rescuers (LR) is a 100% volunteer-based, nonprofit organization formed in 2004 to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome stray, abandoned and unwanted Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes, including shelter dogs and dogs relinquished by their owners because of age, health, financial or other reasons. Many dogs who come to LR have medical, surgical and other special needs, which LR provides for through constant fundraising. LR is known for rescuing dogs that other rescues are unable or unwilling to help, and giving the dogs the veterinary care and/or other assistance they need to ready them for adoption. LR's goal is to make it possible for every dog to be adopted into a safe, happy and loving forever home.

Results: Labrador Rescuers has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 4,300 dogs since its formation in 2004.

Target demographics: Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes from shelters and owner relinquishment.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, Labrador Rescuers rescued 188 dogs and found forever homes for 168 dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 13 Lifeboat Labs-dogs whose insurmountable medical conditions and/or age made it difficult for them to find adoptive homes.

Geographic areas served: The Counties of San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and portions of the Counties of San Bernardino and Los Angeles in Southern California

Programs: Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome; Second Chances for Senior Dogs; and Lifeboat Labs Hospice Care.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! We can't say enough about San Diego lab rescue. We adopted a yellow lab, and the whole process went great. From the contacts at lab resue, to Betina doing the home inspection, and Michele giving all these dogs a better than 2nd chance with a forever home.
I have done some volunteer work in another field. Knowing the time and effort, not to mention the out of pocket money that goes into volunteer service, this organization and it's people are to be truly commended. Because of them, our new family memmber fits in our lifestyle, and ours his. Thanks to SDLR, JERRY & JAN

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two weeks ago we welcomed Kona to our family. She's a beautiful labrador mix that Labrador Rescuers brought to San Diego from Houston. Kona was surrendered by her owner after Hurricane Harvey. I could not say enough good things about Labrador Rescuers and the great experience we had with them. They do an initial written assessment, followed by a thorough house visit. After that, the matching process begins to ensure that the dog finds the best possible family and vice versa. What impressed me the most about Labrador Rescuers is the genuine love and concern the volunteers have for the adoptable dogs. They don't want to just place a dog or convince you to take any of them. They want the best home for that dog and they strive to accomplish this. To this effect, the volunteers are very transparent about each dog, letting you know the good and some of the areas for improvement. I felt I could trust them.
I also liked that they are very good about ensuring that the dogs have been spaded or neutered, shots up to date, vet exams, etc. That gave me a lot of confidence that the dog we were adopting had been checked by a vet and I was aware of her health.
With our Kona we struck gold. She's terrific. She's full of energy, which we like, friendly as can be, loving and kind. She and our almost 2-year yellow lab get along very well and play and run. I can't but feel happy when I see them in the backyard running around or when every morning there are two beautiful faces waiting for me ready to start the day!
The volunteers I interacted with at Labrador Rescuers were professional, knowledgeable, kind, helpful. I actually would like to be a foster mom later on. I think the work these volunteers is very meaningful and worthwhile and hope to one day try it myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We can't say enough great things about Labrador Rescuers. We just adopted our 5th fur baby from them in October, giving our Riley a new brother. Over the years, we have had a chance to meet many of the volunteers who put so many hours into saving, rehabilitating, and re-homing dogs who need a second chance at life. Without the organization's willingness to save our Skye, he wouldn't have had a future as his owner left him at the high kill shelter in horrific condition and with immediate medical needs. They saw his potential and pulled him to safety. This time around, we really learned to appreciate LR's amazing foster parents as our Skye needed a dedicated individual to deal with his medical needs. I am truly unable to find the words to express just how much I appreciate the foster mom who created a safe space and provided the needed treatment for our baby to get well enough to meet us. LR does a fantastic job of finding these individuals who add so much to the organization. From searching for the right family to the finalizing the adoption, there are so many wonderful volunteers who contributed to us having very positive experiences each time. Our lives became fuller with each dog that entered our hearts, and we are forever grateful to Labrador Rescuers for these opportunities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two Labradors from Labrador Rescuers. We had a Labrador who didn't particularly enjoy being left alone after our older dog passed away. I had several friends who adopted dogs from Lab Rescuers, and so we came to Lab Rescuers in search of a companion that would be a good fit for our dog and for our family. We completed the application, and were promptly contacted by a volunteer who had reviewed our application and came to our home to meet us and our dog. She listened to our wants and needs and suggested a dog for us that we hadn't considered. He came to our house to meet us and our dog. Everyone really liked him, but we just weren't sure, so we met a few more dogs. We met some at our home and some at events. Our volunteer was really patient with us. We finally did adopt our Rudy, who was the first dog we met. Our volunteer is a great match maker. Prior to adopting him, Rudy had had several orthopedic issues for which Lab Rescuers funded the surgery and loving foster families assisted him through a several months long recovery. We will always be grateful for the work and funding provided by Lab Rescuers to save the dog that we now love so much. Rudy is as good as new and is a very special boy. We can't imagine our lives without him.

A few years later, we decided that we would like to adopt a senior dog. We filled out another application and contacted the volunteer who helped us to find Rudy since she is familiar with our family, our dog, and our needs. We told her the dogs we were interested in and she suggested a particular dog. We met him and loved him immediately. We brought him home that day. He has been part of our family for a week now. He is literally the sweetest dog. Our other two dogs accepted him into the pack. We can't thank Lab Rescuers enough for helping to save and helping to find our two sweet boys.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Michele from Lab Rescuers helped us to find the perfect pup! I originally contacted them regarding several other dogs. Our most important criteria was to find a family dog that our other dog would love - after our senior dog passed away our 2 year old dog was showing signs of anxiety - she needed a friend. Although I was not thinking about a puppy - Michele introduced us to a 7 month old pup that she thought would have the right personality for our dog while still being a great family pet. She was right - it was a perfect fit right from the start! It was a no stress process as we were able to foster Ellie with the intent to adopt for a week - so we knew if it didn't work out we could give her back. Lab Rescuers has lots of great dogs - they are very professional and just an excellent resource for anyone looking to adopt a dog. I highly recommend them.

1 Mary C.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the amazing work this group does! This all volunteer group rescues the most amazing dogs from a certain death and works tirelessly to find them great forever homes. We have adopted 3 dogs from them over the last 15 years. Every adoption experience has been fantastic. They approval process was quick and easy yet thorough. The dog's best interest are always number one. This is a great group of dedicated people that truly care. They are a joy to work with. We just adopted an amazing chocolate lab that is the perfect addition to our family. THANK YOU Lab rescuers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We started out attending fund raisers for this organization; meeting the fosters and their families. We interacted with a few different rescues before we met Sawyer. What a sweet boy! We have a 14 yr old lab retriever so were looking to adopt a senior dog. Sawyer is 10 years old. His foster family took excellent care of him and we are so grateful. He is fitting in nicely and we love having him in our family. We want to express our thanks to Labrador Rescuers and its wonderful foster families, for giving us the opportunity to adopt Sawyer.

_Jyll & Seth

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted our last 2 dogs through lab rescuers. Fantastic organization - they pull lab and lab mixes out of shelters, get them healthy, place them with a foster so that they really get to know the dog, and then help find the best possible family match. Really top notch organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our 2nd adoption through Labrador Rescuers of San Diego. The volunteers work very hard and truly care so much about the well being of the rescue dogs. We are grateful for the hardwork they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough kind words about Labrador Rescuers and the role they played in seeing that we found our new fur-ever member "Rush" (now Rusty) to complete our Family. After filling out the application, we were notified promptly that it was accepted, and contacted immediately by a representative to conduct an interview and home check- (which happened within days)- a delightful, relaxing experience! Once we identified the dog we were interested in, we were contacted by the Foster Dad immediately, and began an open, candid conversation with him about Rush. Once it was determined that we and Rush might be a good fit, we conducted a Face-time meet and greet (initiated by the Foster Dad) to see the kind of fellow Rush was before we made the 2 hour drive to meet him personally---which by then was love at first sight- he is beyond a great dog! Prior to his adoption, they addressed a few medical issues he had when they got him- which was so great. I would highly recommend this group if you are looking for a Labrador- they service a large territory- the drive is SO well worth it! They are a group of professional, kind, responsive, honest, and sincere group of volunteers that are doing such a great service in helping and finding homes for these magnificent dogs! HIGHLY Recommend!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot tell you what a wonderful organization this is. From application to placement we experienced a loving organization whose only goal is to rescue and place labs in loving homes. Karin, Michele and Amy were exceptional. What these fosters do every day is incredible and you can see the impact in the dogs' behavior and faces. We were chosen to adopt Piper, by both Lab Rescuers and the sweet girl herself. We love our new addition and know that Piper will be a member of this family forever. Thank you Lab Rescuers!
Daphne and John Tyler, and PIPER

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Client Served

Rating: 4

A few days before last Christmas we adopted our second dog from Labrador Rescuers. The first one we adopted unfortunately died from cancer 2 1/2 years after we got him. He was not a Lab, but he needed a home. - This time my husband got lucky and found the Lab he wanted. A big yellow 7 years old Lab who is pretty mellow, but still as excitable as a puppy. He is smart, came with pretty good manners and is a quick learner. He also is a big goofball! We could not be happier. We definitely recommend Labrador Rescuers. The money you donate is well spent.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We wholeheartedly recommend Lab Rescuers! We've adopted 2 dogs from them and they so caring, thoughtful, and supportive to new pup parents. Not only have they helped in the adoption process but they're so helpful once we brought our dogs home. Suggestions for everything from training to teething have been so helpful! If you're looking to adopt a lab, look no further!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with Lab Rescuers. They responded to me in very timely manner and all of their volunteers are very professional. Everyone I met was a pleasure to work with. I also really like that they do home visits. I think it is important for a rescue to make sure the adoption is a good fit for both the dogs and humans and Lab Rescuers does their best to do so. Also...I love my new Senior lab rescue! He's a wonderful dog and a great addition to my family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we were ready to adopt a new dog (our old dog died about six months ago), we started doing web searches for shelters, rescue groups, etc. and came across Lab Rescuers. They had helpful biographies about the dogs they were currently fostering and we saw a few we were interested in. We filled out their application, which was thorough but not overly burdensome, and got a response back very quickly to schedule a home visit. I met our future fur baby, Ike, at an adoption event Lab Rescuers hosted. He was scheduled to go to a new foster home after the event that would have been much further away and harder for my spouse to go meet once she returned from traveling, so Michele, our contact person with Lab Rescuers arranged to take Ike home with her because she lived near us and then she brought him over for a combination meet and greet and home visit. And the rest, as they say, is history. We adopted Ike on the spot. Michele was awesome, answering questions, providing advice, and just generally being there for us. When we were struggling with integrating Ike with our two cats, she immediately hooked us up with Hector, one of their foster dads who's also a dog trainer. Hector dropped everything and came to our house to give us some tips even though he was trying to get ready to leave on vacation. Definitely above and beyond the call, but it just showed how much they care and want their adoptees and adoptors to be successful. Our experience with Lab Rescuers was exceptional. I can't think of anything they could have done better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern. My wife and I were looking for a four legged addition to our family. We were lucky to find lab rescue and they brought us to Hunter. Hunter a 10 year old lab mix who was found abandoned on the streets. Lucky for him he was given a second chance with a pair of amazing foster parents and is now doing great. Hunter has adapted well to my wife and I. We look forward to many years of companionship with our new addition to our family. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Lab rescue and the entire staff for the amazing service they provide.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had the opportunity to work with Labrador Rescuers. This wonderful organization helped us to find the newest member of our family! The process was very easy. That being said, the volunteers who are part of Labrador Rescuers are very thorough!

It all started with a look at their website. On the site you can look at all of the amazing Labradors looking for their forever home. There are many different types of Labs, all ages, male and female. They are all looking for that special family to love forever.

The next step is completing the application and paying the application fee. From there a volunteer will visit you in your home and talk over all the details of adoption to ensure the best family member (lab) is matched with your family.

The volunteer who visits you at home will remain your contact person and be with you through every step of the adoption process. After the home visit and application fee comes the exciting part, you will then be ready to visit with these amazing labs!! You will work with the foster family who has the lab and you will visit the dog in their foster home. If you visit with a dog, fall in love and the foster parent agrees that you would be a good match you will be able to adopt your new family member!!!

The origination does very important work. These labs want nothing more than to find a family to love and be with forever. Many haven't been treated very well in their life. So its very important that these dogs are matched with a loving family and protected and cared for. Labrador Rescuers does this.

Lastly, all of these dogs are medically cared for by Labrador Rescuers. If you adopt, your lab will be neutered or spayed and up to date on shots and medical care.

I can not recommend the organization enough!! If your looking for a four legged family member please consider Labrador Rescuers and all the wonderful labs they are caring for!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone that we have worked with at LabRescuers has been great. They were very thorough in their interview process, and found a dog that met our needs and desires perfectly.

Our dog was an owner surrender and I wish that I could contact the former owners and let them know that their dog was well cared for every step of the way and appropriately placed with her best interest in mind. She is a loved member of our family and we are so thankful that LabRescuers made it possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our lab to old age and cancer in January 2017. When we finally felt ready to welcome a new pup into our lives we began to search for rescues and found Michelle and Lab rescuers. We are so happy we did as we are loving our boy Ike! He has a way to go with learning how to behave with kitties but again Lab rescuers helped us find a wonderful trainer to assist us. We couldn't be happier!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience working with Labrador Rescuers of San Diego.
They went out of their way to make arrangements for someone to
visit my home - even though I live 1 hour from San Diego.
We saw Audrey's photo'd on their website, immediately connected with.
Love her eyes and markings.
Michelle Duvel - (foster parent) scheduled our meeting and greet with in
a few days. Very informative about Audrey. We met her and took her home
the same day. She is folding in beautifully.

Thank you Labrador Rescuers.