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Nonprofit Overview

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 4,200 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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers has given us one of the greatest gifts and family could receive. We adopted 5 year old Frank on April 1st. He was just as they describe and there have been no surprises since we brought him home. They carefully selected us based on our home visit. We are forever greatful to them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with Labrador rescuers to adopt an older Labrador. The whole process went very smoothly. I was contacted by a representative who interviewed me and worked with me to find the right match. I was impressed with the dedication and care they put into making sure each dog and potential owner are matched appropriately. I was also impressed with the professionalism of the organization and the care they give to the dogs they rescue. The dog I adopted required a couple minor surgeries (which were done prior to my adoption). Her initial evaluation and assessment were very thorough as well. I had access to the medical records before I committed to the adoption and felt that everything was very transparent. I am very pleased with my experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a companion dog for our current dog as we had two of our other dogs pass away within a year. After relaying our needs and wish list along with a couple of names of dogs we saw on the website, the social worker emailed promptly and then came over within a day of our application and had a couple of dogs with her. Glad she did as the first one we think there was an issue with having just been spayed. She brought out Ticky, now named Bucky after Captain America's best friend, and Ticky and our current dog Mona just followed each other around with tails wagging. Though we were told that Bucky was shy around men, he took to my husband and my two teenage boys (in fact, he went to go find the boys in their rooms). Our social worker told us all that she knew about Bucky while she watched the interaction between us and between the dogs including that he wasn't showing signs of having been trained nor really walked on a leash so that assisted us in how to help him (my husband was a K9 handler for the police department and is now the SGT that oversees them all). This first 24 hours has been going well: Bucky has done his first 1 1/2 mile jog on a leash, has eaten, found his secure spot under my youngest son's bed, knows how to get in/out of the doggie door, knows where we'd like him to use the restroom, etc. Our social worker and I have stayed in touch so that we can see Bucky is acclimating. Definitely thankful for Lab Rescuers. This is our third Lab we've owned and our first rescue outside of the Humane Society.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my beloved pet through this wonderful organization. A representative came to our home to be sure we were good people with a secure yard. Our puppy was housed in a loving, private (beautiful) home

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw Fenway's picture on a friends FB feed and I just knew I had to have him. As you can tell from the first pic, he looked scared and miserable and he was also in a high kill shelter in Riverside CA. Thanks to Labrador Rescuers of San Diego he was whisked away and sent to live with a super foster mom. I contacted the LRSD and arranged to visit his foster home to see if it could work. I fell in love instantly! Thankfully LRSD is very thorough and came to my home for a house visit to make sure it was a safe and loving home for him and once I was accepted I couldn't wait to pick him up and make him part of my family! He's been with me for 2 years this month and I cannot imagine my life without him and I thank LRSD every day for bringing him to me. Labrador Rescuers of San Diego is an amazing organization and I would ask anyone who is considering adopting a dog to please take a look at all the super sweet dogs they rescue, keep safe and get the medical attention they may need before adopting them out. Doing all this work takes lots of money, time and volunteers who give and give endlessly. As you can clearly see, with some attention and love he's doing fabulously and is very happy with his senior lab sister as they get to go the beach almost every day!! Thank you LRSD!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family adopted a black lab mix puppy in September 2013. He was a big puppy at about 9 weeks old, but very serene and loved to snuggle. He came with the name Woodson and we kept the name. Woodson has grown into one of the best dogs I have ever known. He still loves to snuggle his family, and he is best friends with a 6 year old boy who writes stories about him, takes him on adventures in the yard, and loves him so much! Our dog adoption experience with Labrador Rescuers in San Diego county was excellent, very professional and the volunteers truly have the best interest of the dogs in mind. We would definitely adopt from Labrador Rescuers again in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These people were awesome! I let them know what I was looking for in a dog; older, good with other dogs, good with younger children, etc.. After asking about several from the website I got great feedback as to the possibilities of them fitting into my life. I had it narrowed down to two and both fosters were willing to meet with me. Both dogs were as described by the fosters and I made my decision! "Jack" is fantastic! Wonderful house manors, good on walks (needs a little leash work) but is such a happy camper. I can't wait for my granddaughters to meet him! I would suggest these people to anyone looking for a dog to share their love with!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beautiful 9 year old Lab Emi died from a brain tumor and even though we have our handsome 11 year old lab Elvis, our house felt way too quiet. We reached out to Lab Rescue. We kept an open mind and felt that the right dog would come along. We had broad parameters. Female, between 6-10. I went to the meet and greet and met Stormie/Bella. She mostly had kisses just for Tom, her foster. I suspected that she might share those with us eventually. Sandy and Tom brought her to our house. It was love! We couldn't be more grateful for wonderful people like Sandy and Tom who foster these dogs. There's a special place in heaven for people like that. and all of you behind the scenes. Thank you so very much. She's already our girl.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab rescuers of San Diego is so amazing . My husband and I adopted our first dog from them back in 2009 and our second dog in 2010. The adoption process and the foster homes are wonderful. We stated what kind of dog we were looking for and they provided two amazing dogs that we love and cherished so much. Chico is now 7 and our little baby. Kelso sadly passed away this year from cancer. When we decided to adopt again, there was no question that Lab rescuers would be our rescue of choice. I love that they have individual adoption coaches who answer questions and provide tons of insight on the dogs. And I love that they do a home inspection. This organization really cares where these dogs are placed. They want to meet all parties of the home and make sure the dogs will not be neglected and have a good home to sleep in. They also care about the dog being a good match for you and your family. We have Chico and two little kids. They suggested dogs who would be good with kids and other dogs. The people that foster the dogs are super great and knowledgeable as well. I really felt at home with the foster families each time we have adopted. We recently just adopted our 3rd dog from lab rescuers last week. They matched us with an amazing dog who fits right in with our little family. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. They have given us 3 amazing doggie babies who have made our lives so happy and complete. I will always advocate for this organization and donate money because I know they are trustworthy and truly care about rescuing dogs. Thank you LR for being so amazing. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were first introduced to Labrador Rescuers when my son spotted an adorable Chocolate Lab named Chester at a Petco rescue event.Chester was a senior pup and weighed in at almost 140 pounds! The volunteers at Labrador Rescuers provided lots of TLC and a good diet, so Chester was able to lose 20 lbs with his Foster family.We adopted Chester 4 years ago and he is a healthy 80 lbs and a happy & lovable boy.
We could not have been more pleased with our experience with Labrador Rescuers, they are a great organization of dedicated, kind, caring and knowledgeable "Lab Lovers", who work tirelessly to find the best home for each one of their labs. I highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in adopting a Lab.