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Labrador Rescuers

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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 4,600 dogs since its formation in 2004.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, Labrador Rescuers rescued 211 dogs and found forever homes for 208 dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 9 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: The Three Rs (Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome); Second Chances for Senior Dogs; and Lifeboat Labs Hospice Care.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

5 years ago we welcomed Chester the Chocolate Labrador into our family.We adopted Chester from Labrador Rescuers when he was a Senior Dog and consider ourselves so lucky to have had 5 years with him.We are so thankful to everyone at Labrador Rescuers for fostering Chester and allowing us to become his Forever Family. Labrador Rescuers is a very professional & compassionate organization, they truly love Labs and want to find the best home for all of the dogs that they rescue.Since our beloved Chester has crossed the “Rainbow Bridge”, we knew that we would return to Labrador Rescuers for our next 4 legged family member.Special recognition of LR Volunteer and Foster Mom Karin J. for all of her kindness and help.
I highly recommend Labrador Rescuers to anyone looking to adopt a dog.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend of mine was fostering a puppy and sent me a photo. I haven't had a dog for 10 years but, after I showed my daughters the photo we were hooked. Two days later we picked him up and we couldn't be happier. Romeo is adorable, funny, and a great addition to the family. Romeo is so loved and gets lots of play time in the yard, at the beach, and the dog park.
We are so lucky and Labrador Rescuers is a great organization.

2 Rob A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been working with Lab Rescuers for the last 8 months, looking for the perfect addition to our family. Vicki has been out to our house for the home visit, and we very much enjoyed our time with her. She has kept us informed on new animals that have been available, as well as all nearby adoption events. She has been wonderful.

We attended an adoption event at Liberty Station on Saturday, 11/17. We met Bernie, a black lab mix, and his foster, Kirk. Bernie had the perfect temperament, was healthy, and happy, and we new this was the one. Kirk was very informative, helpful, and was great at making sure that Bernie was going to the right place.

We are so pleased with Bernie! We look forward to providing him with the perfect home, an the unconditional love he will give.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot say enough wonderful things about Labrador Rescuers. The entire organization is nothing short of amazing. The people that volunteer their time here are just Angels. They give their hearts and souls to these dogs and then place them in their forever homes. We are so grateful to Trish, a volunteer and also the foster mom of our new family member Josie (formerly Tori) for taking in our little girl and rehabilitating her back to health after a horrific start to her journey. She had so much love for this dog and it made us feel so good that she gave her everything she needed to get well before being placed. We will also be forever grateful that she chose our family to give this dog a new life. We already love her so much and look forward to all the fun she'll bring and get to enjoy with our family!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was our first time adopting and all of the volunteers at LR went above and beyond to make our experience exceptional. We attended an event that was a 2 hour drive from our house, LR was very accommodating. They had recommended a dog for us and had it transported to the event for our meet and greet.
Everyone was organized, friendly and loved dogs just as much as my wife and I. Each of the dogs had a handler and was well cared for. We met our boy, Dylan and it was love at first sight.
We were already pre-approved so we were able to take Dylan home with us right away.
It has been one month since we have had him and he is a wonderful dog. We have the highest, utmost respect for everyone at LR and won't hesitate to rescue from them again. The great part is the work they do to save these special souls, the sad part is they are way to busy.
We highly recommend LR for your rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very happy with the whole process of adopting our dog through Labrador Rescuers (labrescuers.org) Very thorough and easy to work with. I recommend them to others.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an amazing experience working with Lab Rescuers San Diego. The application process, while thorough, was very easy. We were contacted by our adoption coordinator quickly and was kept informed about the process at every step of the way. We were encouraged to attend an adoption drive, as there was one being held locally, and ended up bonding immediately with our new fur-baby and her Foster parents. The home visit was, again, easy but thorough in order to insure a good match. I was impressed with each and every volunteer I encountered through this process and will absolutely be recommending them in the future. We are so very grateful for this experience.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love the Labrador Rescuers and everything they do for these amazing animals. Vicky, my lab rep was awesome! My fiancé and I are now proud parents of a Chocolate Lab named Scout. We love him so much!! He is absolutely perfect!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking to rescue a lab or golden and came across Lab Rescuers in SD. I started the process which was very easy!
And then I started looking at dogs daily to see which one we made a connection with.
We had picked out about seven dogs that my boyfriend and I thought might fit into our lifestyle. We went to an event that they have once a month and we got to interact with quite a few that we liked. After finding Luka aka Brody we have never been happier. He’s 5 years young and has a heart of gold!
The volunteers that make this organization such a success is because they love what they do and nothing is more gratifying when you find these dogs their forever home.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We submitted our application, and within a week had received a response and had scheduled the home visit. The organization very quickly connected us to the dog's foster family, and within a few days the dog was home with us. The people we met through the organization were very friendly. We actually picked up the dog from an adoption event, and all the volunteers that day were helpful and enthusiastic. We met a family that came to the adoption event just to offer support, along with their own lab.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found Lab Rescuers just when I needed them. It was the usual story about the mutuality of rescues, the Who Rescued Whom question.

This group - all volunteers - know what devotion really means. They are a network of individuals who together stand ready every single day to rescue dogs who are lost, neglected, abused, or in general in need to a home. In the case of my now 4 year old labradane, they drove more than 100 miles to another county to pick her up, give her medical attention, and then a loving foster home before sending her off into the arms of her new family.

Anyone who has ever cared for and lost a dog knows how big a hole is left in the heart and the home. It is one of life's great gifts that, by providing a home to a "rescue", it is you who is healed. Nothing is more healing than the pure, open heart of a dog. As they say, it took a dog to make me human.

So, thank you to Lab Rescuers, to each of you, for the good work you do day in and day out. You make a difference, not only in the lives of our dogs, but in creating new families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been looking for a young male black Labrador that fits my active lifestyle for almost two years now. I found Labrador Rescuers online when I was looking for a highly rated Labrador rescue in the San Diego area. My adoption coordinator, Ann, was extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and helpful. I could not have asked for a better adoption experience. I have now found the love of my life (Joey!) and I cannot thank them enough for that. If you are looking to adopt a Labrador, this is the place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

LR is such a great organization and they are doing so many wonderful things to help pups in need. We absolutely love our recent adoption, Mandy, and she and her 7 year old LR brother love each other! Kim and Jason spent the better part of Sunday (and it was a hot one) to make sure that Mandy was a good fit for her new home. We are so grateful and encourage everyone to consider adopting from LR or if you can't adopt consider donating. Thank you, LR!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We feel lucky to have discovered Labrador Rescuers (LR) and our wonderful dog. All of the LR volunteers we met were helpful, prompt, and generous with their time and their affection for the dogs they foster.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Unfortunately I had to put my lab Sammy down 5/29/18. I had looked in the animal adoption feature of the paper and saw Buddy's picture. I could not get that picture out of my mind so I submitted an application and arranged a home visit with Cat which went very well. I was soon contacted again to provide vacation relief for Buddy's foster parents who were going out of town. I jumped at the chance and went to pick him up along with my other chocolate lab Kona Kai. The experience with the foster family was positive and the dogs got along fine. Buddy fit into my home perfectly and I was heartbroken when the foster family offered to pick him up when their trip was over. I contacted their sponsor and to make a long story short, they arranged for me to adopt Buddy. This dog feels like a lifeline to me and I feel like he is my therapy dog. Karen, the sponsor for his foster family was so sweet in answering my questions and helping him transition with his diet and medications. This whole experience has been nothing but positive and I'm thrilled with Buddy who now follows me everywhere. I'm also hooked on their website a pray for all the animals to find good homes and would adopt two more dogs if I didn't already have 2 dogs and 2 cats!! I want to be a volunteer and work with animals when I retire. Buddy brings me so much joy after I have experienced many personal losses in the last two years. I love you all very much and if I was computer savvy I would send a picture.

2 Samantha B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our 2nd Fur Baby from Lab Rescuers! We originally adopted our Chocolate Boy Cody 8 years ago and we recently lost our 13 year Black Lab, immediately we were on Lab Rescuers website looking for a new Fur Baby, originally we wanted to adopt a senior dog but after meeting Sweet Ginger she stole our heart and we knew she was to be ours. She has fit in nicely we our family! When we read the stories of the dogs that are up for adoption it breaks our hearts but at the same time we are so very grateful that it gave us the opportunity to have such a Special Fur Baby!!! Thank you Labrador Rescuers for all of the GREAT things you do!!! Joe & Samantha Bina

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a dog through Lab Rescuers and was very impressed with the organization. This is the second rescue my family has adopted, so I am familiar with different rescue groups. Lab Rescuers does a very good job of matching the dog with the family, which is critically important. The last thing they want is for the dog to be turned back in, so they take their time in evaluating both the pups, when they are in a foster home, and do a detailed evaluation of the prospective adopters. The process is *thorough*, not complicated. The volunteers are knowledgeable, committed and experienced lab owners which is helpful if you haven't owned one before. We looked at a couple of dogs, over the course of a couple of months, and in the end we found our sweet Rex, and it was the perfect match and worth the wait. For both of us I think. I cannot recommend the group highly enough, and commend them for the work they do with these awesome dogs. Some of whom like to go to the gym and do yoga with you... the perfect dog for me! Thank you Lab Rescuers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We finally decided on the type of dog we thought would be right for our family, and went to a meet and greet. There we met Chopper and it was love at first sight! We got some information and went home to fill out the application. Just a few short days later we heard back from the organization. They were very informative and responsive. Within about a week we had the newest member of the family! For a few weeks after, the organization checked in with us to see how things were going and if we had any questions. Love them!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience. My adoption counselor Karin was great. She answered all my questions and facilitated our meetings with the foster/dogs. We were fortunate to meet Bear and Hector the rescues trainer. We really lucked out and got a wonderful chocolate lab who will give us many years of love and joy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In life, when you meet people who are driven to do good things, you must slow down long enough to understand and truly appreciate their work. Only then will you experience happiness unlike any other. Karin and Hugh Johnson of Labrador Rescuers are a couple who is driven by pure instinct to do good work. To be blessed twice in a lifetime is bordering on a miracle. Over the past 7 years we have been so very fortunate to have adopted two magnificent Labs through Labrador Rescuers. These are life changing events and for those of us who care enough about these remarkable creatures, the life change adds unparalleled joy to our families and to society as a whole. We are all blessed by the goodness of nonprofits like Labrador Rescuers.

Thank you, and St. Francis blesses you.