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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 Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes, including many senior dogs; provide the dogs with medical and dental care, including surgery and rehabilitation; work to find the dogs loving, forever homes.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We waited for months and just when we decided we may not find the right dog for our family (and existing family dog), we received an email from Juju's foster mom Ann asking if we could arrange a visit. We were cautiously optimistic but the visit went great even with our Annie who isn't the most gracious hostess. Foster mom Ann said she just had a feeling this was the right fit after all the other families so after sleeping on it we decided to take the leap. Ann brought him back and it was like this was where he was meant to be. He has found his place in our home and our hearts (even Annie's) in two short days. Working with Karin and Ann with Lab Rescuers was an incredible experience. We HIGHLY recommend people support, foster and/or consider when adopting! We are forever grateful to LR for helping us to find the perfect match for us! The Chirgwin's

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone! My name is Juliana and I've been thinking about adopt a dog for a few months , so first I bought one from Craigslist, because since then I've never heard about Labrador Rescuers...once I took Miles ( my baby dog) for his first bath and at the pet grooming I knew about this wonderful family!
So, I have been having an amazing experience with them since the very beginning... All the adoption process was very conscious and well done ! I chose Ziggy on the website and Michele ( her foster Mom ) told that she is a very fearful and scared girl , and really she is, so she came over my house with Ziggy and spent the morning here! We decided to try for a week having Ziggy with us! Well, the end of this history you can see here. Because sometimes pictures says more than words!
Thank you Cindy and Michele for all support and I hope that all your dogs could find their forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued an amazing black lab from lab rescuers back in 2009. When she passed away this past January of 2017, we knew exactly where to go to find our next family pet. We went to an adoption event looking for a female chocolate lab -but our hearts were won over by a big charcoal grey male lab named Smokey. Smokey's foster parents were amazing. They really wanted to make sure we were going to be a good match -and luckily we were!! Now we have a new furry family member and our hearts are whole again! Thank you Labrador Rescuers for bringing Smokey into our lives and making our family complete ;)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I went to the Labrador Rescuers event and met Cooper who was 2 years old. We immediately fell in love and were ready to take on the responsibility of a new dog and really wanted a black lab preferably from a rescue. The entire process with Labrador Rescue was incredibly friendly and professional and we couldn't be more happy with the outcome.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab Rescuers are awesome! I recently adopted a black lab mix with them. The entire process was smooth. Everyone I encountered with the organization has soo much heart! I appreciate the policy that new owners go through basic training with their new dog. They have some wonderful senior dogs that are given so much love. Wonderful experience all around. Re: Cooper (a.k.a. Patrick)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When looking to adopt a dog I was overwhelmed by the amount of Rescues in San Diego County. I had no idea where to even start. After taking a look at all the websites for the rescues, I was attracted to Lab Rescuers due to the overwhelming love and hard work I could tell that the organization has for saving these dogs and giving them a new chance at life.

These volunteers that take the time out of their busy daily lives to help a Lab in need just blows me away. As an example, my beautiful girl Tillie (whom I adopted through this organization) was turned into a shelter in Riverside County. A Lab Rescue volunteer drove all the way up there to rescue her, another volunteer got her to a Veterinarian to be checked out, and then another wonderful volunteer fostered her. When you think about the amount of man hours that it took to rescue her, it was a lot of people’s time.

In addition, I appreciate that Lab Rescuers thoroughly reviews perspective applications and conducts home visits so the dogs are going to legit good homes. I also appreciate the fact that animals are fostered in homes so the needs of the dogs can be understood and they can be matched with the correct kind of home.

I think my most favorite part of this organization is the fact that there are “lifeboat labs”. Labs that the Rescue has saved but they are not able to actually be adopted. So in the meantime, they live out the last years of their lives in Lab Rescue Volunteer homes. This just makes my heart smile.
I would recommend this organization to anyone and I will definitely be adopting with them again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is an outstanding nonprofit rescue entity. When I made my decision to acquire a rescue dog and wanted a Lab, I reviewed all of the sites and their reviews. I was familiar with rescue process through friends. I chose LR due to the excellent reputation they have. Labrador Rescuers exceeded all of my expectations in the way they rescue and place their dogs. Their home visit inspection and assessment of my needs was very thorough, fair and enjoyable. I was patient in getting the best match for me. My local rescuer connection, Jade, was so very good in alerting me to possible dogs that would be a good fit. I now have the most wonderful labby girl. She is the perfect match for me and has be a wonderful addition to my entire family and friends. I would highly recommend LR to anyone wanting to rescue a Lab.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so greatful to Lab Rescuers!! We have a new family member who has truly made our family whole. Phoebe is a sweet black lab puppy who was rescued by Lab Rescuers as she was very young and ill. They provided her veterinary care as she was diagnosed with Parvo. Thanks to LR Phoebe is now a healthy and happy well adjusted part of our family! We love her so much!!
If anyone is looking to adopt a dog I highly recommend this organization it is the best!!!
Thank you!
The Scalia Family