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Labrador Rescuers

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Labrador Rescuers is a 100% volunteer-based nonprofit, established in 2004 to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome stray, abandoned and unwanted Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes, including shelter dogs and dogs relinquished by their owners because of age, health, financial or other reasons. LR is known for rescuing senior dogs and dogs who have medical, surgical and other special needs that shelters, other rescues or owners are unable or unwilling to address. LR provides for those needs with the goal of making it possible for each dog to be adopted into a loving forever home.

Results: Labrador Rescuers has saved over 5,100 dogs since its formation.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019, Labrador Rescuers rescued 278 dogs, including 32 senior dogs and 26 dogs who required major medical care, and found forever homes for 250 dogs, including 39 senior dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 8 Lifeboat Labs-dogs whose 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, Imperial 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

191 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Amy Arden C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can't be happier with our experience with Lab Rescuers. 13 years ago we adopted 2 lab mix puppies from them and now when we were looking for a younger companion we went back to the organization that served us so well before. The team there helped us figure out the right kind of dog to add to our family of senior dogs and young girls anxious to have a dog they could throw a ball to and play with. Maverick is amazing. He was fostered in a house with other older (canine) ladies who taught him to respect his place which made us feel more comfortable introducing him to our older ladies. He has added some needed energy to the house and is so well behaved - even crate and potty trained - thanks to his great foster family. We can't thank them enough for delivering such a well behaved 3 month old puppy (with a great name)!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We truly cannot say enough good things about Lab Rescuers. They are an outstanding group of truly wonderful humans doing incredible work to save countless pups and give them the lives they truly deserve.

We recently rescued our second dog from Lab Rescuers, Snow, a 6 year-old white lab who had been used for breeding. We previously adopted Bella in 2018, a (then) 6 year-old Golden Retriever who was also used as a breeding dog. They truly are the best dogs, and we are forever grateful to Lab Rescuers for saving them and choosing us to be their forever family.

The amount of love, care, attention, money and resources they pour into each of the pups is astounding. And they are committed to finding the best home for each and every one of their rescues, being sure the family is the right fit for the pup, and the pup is the right fit for the family.

We are forever grateful to Lab Rescuers and all the incredible volunteers who have helped to complete our pack. We recommend them to literally everyone who even mentions the idea of getting a new dog. If you're looking to add a furry family member to your pack, look no further than Lab Rescuers!

1 Cathy B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been looking for a playmate for our active 10 yr old lab mix and had previously used Lab Rescue so they were a perfect choice. Finding a dog during this pandemic has not been easy, but they assigned Amy to work with us-she was great! She listened to our needs and encouraged us to meet and greet alot of dogs to seek compatibility. She has a keen sense about dogs and owners. We met many dogs and when discouraged she encouraged us saying you will find a dog! We did not want a puppy initially and had only been looking for 2yrs and older dogs. Amy contacted us about a 5 mo old puppy and said you really should meet him. Guess what? it was a match! Our dog LOVED the puppy and this shy puppy who had also met other dogs unsuccessfully started playing, rolling over and encouraging our dog to frolic. It was so wonderful to see. Both dogs hit it off great. We went home that day with Asher! Dewey and Asher are now best buddies-they play, roam the yard and have bonded so well. It's amazing. I highly encourage anyone looking for a lab/lab mix to reach out to Lab Rescue. They are a wonderful organization that really cares for the dogs they rescue and making that perfect family match. Thank you Amy and Lab Rescue for letting us provide Asher his forever home!!!

1 Amanda R.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Lab Rescuers is amazing. The process of applying to rescue a lab is intense, but it's so worth it. The home visit (done virtually during COVID) ensured that the dog we adopted was right for our space and the questions about doggie visitors and kids in the house were really insightful and helped the right dog come to our home - and stay forever. We adopted Phoenix, he's 5 and he's an 80lb chocolate lab who loves to swim and frolic. He's so bonded to the family already, we can't imagine life without him. I'd highly recommend getting your application in if you are interested in adopting.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our dog, Simon, from this rescue. I was AMAZED at how incredible they were through this process. They took the time and were incredibly thorough with making sure our boy was healthy and happy before adopting him out. We were able to meet him multiple times and the foster parents were INCREDIBLE. The time, effort, and love that was put into this dog were astounding. I would recommend this rescue, in a heartbeat!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family wanted to adopt a dog, specifically a lab/lab mix. I came upon Labrador Rescuers through an online search. After reading about the organization and how they locate, rescue and place dogs with foster families I was so impressed. I filled out an online application and was contacted by a representative within 48 hours. After a virtual home inspection and interview she worked with us to find just the right dog for our family and home. After a few weeks of searching we were introduced to Remy (aka Danny). He visited us in our home and after some play and discussion we decided he was the right dog for us, and he decided we where the right humans for him. I am happy to say that after a little more than a week, Danny is thriving and enjoying his new home. We could not be happier with our new family member.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just adopted a senior lab-mix dog from Labrador Rescuers of San Diego and cannot say enough about this organization. When they get a dog they immediately take it to a vet for full evaluation and when I got my dog I received records from this visit including vaccination copies, lab results, etc. Their dogs are placed with great foster families until they find a forever home and the foster families evaluate the dogs and post updates. And then all applicants are carefully screened to make sure the dogs get the best match. It is obvious that everyone involved in this organization truly cares about the dogs.

3 Jamie P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding a new dog during a pandemic was not as easy as it seemed it would be. Countless families wanted a pet; however, Labrador Rescuers of San Diego made this process a smooth one. They kept in touch with us, answered any questions we had about the dogs we were interested in, were honest about the match between dog/family, and, most importantly, they are strong advocates for the dogs!

When we first got in contact with Labrador Rescues, the representative, Donna, immediately got in touch with us. She also reached out to fosters and consistently kept us updated. I'll never forget the message I received from her stating that a foster would soon be calling us to make an arrangement to meet a female lab. WE WERE SO EXCITED! She was excited for us, too. It was so sweet!

The foster contacted us and gave us a background on "Rosie". I could tell what an amazing rescue this was (yet again) to hear about the amazing care the lab was receiving. She was a former breed dog and was adjusting to a new life of just being a dog. When the foster drove up to our home in the Palm Springs Area all the way from the San Diego area, we couldn't believe it. This rescue goes ABOVE AND BEYOND! ! They truly love what they do and they care for these dogs immensely.

Now, we have our forever dog. I am so grateful for the care and love this rescue provides for their dogs.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little did I realize that trying to adopt a dog during a pandemic would be such a challenge. Lab Rescuers was such a wonderful organization to help me through the process. They did an excellent job of communicating what was going on due to the pandemic (fewer dogs, limited in person contacts, etc.). Laurie was the volunteer assigned to help me through the process and she was wonderful, from conducting the home check by Face Time to letting me know about any new dogs that became available that might be a good fit. Serene, Huckleberry's foster, was wonderful and caring as well and it was obvious how much she cared for him while she fostered him. I couldn't be happier with my new dog and was very impressed by the all-volunteer Lab Rescuers group. Wonderful people in this group and it shows.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is our second and third time adopting from Labrador Rescue. From the sight visit to the in-person interview to actually getting the dogs, the process was easy and SO rewarding. This organization as a whole really steps up for the animals. Honey (Yellow) and Shorty fka Scout (Chocolate) were both found on streets in Orange County and brought to San Diego. I can't tell you how happy we are to have them as part of our family.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Labrador Rescuers for all that you do! We are so happy that Luna made her way into our lives. You made the adoption process extremely easy. The level of organization with needed paperwork and information was top notch! Also a huge shout out to all the foster families that care for these dogs while waiting for their forever home. You can tell the love they have for their dogs and want to place them in the best home possible. The communication and follow up from our foster family was stellar. Needless to say, we have one happy kid now that he has a dog back in his life!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab rescue is top tier if you are trying to adopt a dog! They make the process of adopting simple and easy. They also include all of the vital paperwork (shots, records, info, etc) for your puppers. You can really tell how much they care about their dogs and want them to end up in the best placement home possible. Lab Rescue saved Kuda and his sister from the streets of Mexicali after they were separated from their mothers at a young age. Lab Rescue also maintained an incredible level of professionalism throughout the entire adoption process as well. We adopted Kuda who is a yellow lab mix at 2 months old and the amount of happiness and joy he’s brought to our household is unmeasurable. Thank you so much Lab Rescue for all that you do and for helping us adopt our newest family member!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is an amazing group! Karin was so nice to work with. She reviewed our application and our did our home visit. She was always available to support us in our adoption process and answer any questions. Our puppy’s foster mom was awesome and helpful too. The group truly cares for their dogs and makes sure it is a good fit for everyone. We adopted a sweet, adorable and spunky puppy three weeks ago and named him Zeke. He has been a lot of fun and a great addition to our family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such an incredible experience with every volunteer I came In contact with during the adoption process with Lab Rescuers!!! Specifically Rhea Dawn went above and beyond helping me find potential puppies and fosters to get in touch with. She endlessly helped me to try and find a puppy like it was her own!!! Diana Dale, Foster, was incredible as well!!! So helpful at anytime with questions, advice etc. I am in love with my little girl and could not be happier!! Totally recommend this non profit!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unfortunately we lost our dog who has lived with us for 17 years a while back. Recently, we, as a family, talked among ourselves and decided to care for another dog. Since we have had no experience dealing with adoption agencies, we mailed out applications to several organizations. Our neighbor, who recently adopted a lab from LR, recommended that we also look into LR. Of course we understand that everyone is operating under a unique circumstance, LR was the only agency that came back to us in a timely manner. Some never followed up while some called but again, no follow up.

Once we were able to set up the initial interview with a coordinator (Diane), everything progressed professionally and smoothly. Prior to making the move, the family decided to adopt a "senior" dog, for their age often limit their opportunity for adoption, and for us parents, we were not quite prepared to get a puppy and start a another long journey because of our age and other circumstances.

We ended up adopting a nine-year old black lab mix (Bettis) who had been tenderly cared for by wonderful foster parents (Karin and Hugh). He was a perfect match for our family.

Of course, everyone involved was very professional. What impressed us most was their love for dogs. Everything they did, they did for the dogs they cared for. You can really sense that through interactions with Diane, Karin and Hugh, and of course other foster parents we had visited.

As to the administrative aspects go, we were given up-to-date medical history, and the handover was complete and smooth, not to mention the follow-up actions from LR that we received.

We love Bettis (we call him Hachi now). We hope the feeling is reciprocal. Thank you, LR for helping us bring Hachi home.





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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy we found Lab Rescuers and our new dog, Gracie. Lab Rescuers was professional and easy to work with . They have the dog's best interest in mind and I love how they work to help all dogs whether they are old or have health issues.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have adopted 4 labradors from LRSD and each adoption was an amazing process. They love the dogs and are dedicated to finding great homes for these dogs.

1 Jeffrey J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't thank Labrador Rescuers enough!!! From beginning to end, every person I worked with was so helpful, supportive and encouraging. I have dealt with a few other dog rescue groups over the years and was so incredibly relieved at how much more accessible and positive the people from Labrador Rescuers were in comparison. They are so dedicated to the care of the dogs they rescue and I know that (especially in our particular adoption situation) the amount of money spent on the dogs they rescue can't possibly be covered by the adoption fees. This group is one hundred percent dedicated to every one of the dogs they rescue, rehabilitate and re-home. Our home is complete again thanks to the addition of our sweet pup and it would not have been possible without Labrador Rescuers. I can't imagine what our little girl had been through considering that she was abandoned, obviously separated from a very recent litter, tied up without food or water and had a badly injured eye as well. Labrador Rescuers, took her in, brought her back to health (which required the surgical removal of her injured eye) and gave her an amazing and loving foster home to recuperate in until we were able to bring her home. She is the sweetest little girl and has stolen our hearts completely. Our family will be forever grateful to Labrador Rescue for all the incredible work they do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a 9 week old black lab mix from Labrador Rescuers, and she is the perfect addition to our family! Gidget is super smart and the most cuddly dog ever (she likes to take naps in our lap all the time). Lab Rescuers made the process of taking her home with us very safe and easy. They made sure she would get along with our 4 year old dog, and kept in contact with us post-adoption. We are so thankful for this experience!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our 2nd adoption with Lab Rescuers. This time around we were looking for a mellow, sweet, dog/kid/cat friendly older lab. I had picked one out online, but then our adoption liaison called us the day after we submitted our application and suggested a few others that would fit our family. We decided to have a meet and greet with an older black lab, and he is amazing. He is a part of our family and gets along great with everyone. The whole process was simple and easy and we are so glad he has his forever home with us. We highly recommend Labrador Rescuers if you are looking for a purebred or mixed lab breed dog. They are a very caring group of dog lovers and do wonderful things for this community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just adopted a beautiful 2 year old lab mix from Labrador Rescuers of San Diego. This is a first rate group. They responded to me right away and helped me find the dog that is now a perfect fit for my family. It's a simple process and they walked me through every step to make it even easier. They also stayed in touch with me the entire time. Labrador Rescuers care about these animals and not only make sure a pet is the right fit for you but they make sure you're a good fit for the pet. They disclosed everything they knew about our dog and offered valuable training. This was a fantastic experience from start to finish and we are so happy with our new family member.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Black Beauty.........We rescued our 100 lb little boy 2 weeks ago. We believe he is a mix of newfoundland and lab.
What a sweetheart. The vet thinks he is about 5 yrs old.
He has adjusted to this new life with a lot of peace and a beautiful curiosity for life. Loves to snuggle, be the center of attention and part of everyone's activity. Bear has becomes fast friends with our other dog, Rosie. They follow each other around the house and yard, spend waking hours lying next to each other or exploring the great outdoors.
Thank you to Amy who did the home check and Shauna for being his foster dog parent.
We are so happy and grateful for Labrador Rescuers
Thank you, Thank you, thank you!!! Love this boy!

1 Talita Yamatto R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our third dog from Labrador Rescuers (LB). Ms. Lily has so much energy and is soooo sweet!
Love what they do for the dogs and our community. Everybody is very committed and they do an amazing job matching the dogs with families.
Their process with home visits and interview of potential families, along with the foster families assessing the dogs personality is the perfect combo!
We had great experience and keep coming back to them when we are ready for a new furry baby to join our family!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister adopted a lab from Labrador Rescuers last year, so when we were interested in adopting a second dog this was the first place we looked. We noticed Chief's (Mylo at the time) profile online and he sounded perfect. We submitted an application and had a home visit a few days later, and then a few days after that we met Chief with his foster family. We fell in love and took him home that day. It took about a week and a half from application to having a new family member, and everyone we dealt with was great - very friendly and prompt - the whole process was incredibly smooth. Chief had some health concerns and his foster mom, Bobbi, was very upfront about them, which we appreciated. Fortunately, they seem to be behind him and he has really been thriving since we brought him home last month. He loves his daily walks at the beach with his big brother Doc and cousin Joey. We love him so much and feel very lucky to have adopted such a great pup. We are grateful for everyone at Labrador Rescuers and highly recommend them!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Lab, Cupcake, a little over two months ago and cannot believe how lucky we are to have her in our lives. This is our first rescue dog and Labrador Rescuers of San Diego made it such an easy and rewarding process. We decided to go to an adoption event prior to our application so that we could meet the adoptable dogs and visit with the volunteers and foster parents to get a better understanding of the organization and adoption process. I would recommend doing the same as it brings to light the dog's personalities and traits first hand in a safe and comfortable environment. We highly recommend anyone looking to adopt to consider Labrador Rescuers of San Diego and we hope your experience is as rewarding as ours!

Thank you again Labrador Rescuers!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Labrador Rescuers!!! I have adopted two of the most wonderful dogs through the organization. Everyone I have worked with has been nothing short of amazing. My most recent addition was fostered for 4 months back to health after being found emaciated on the streets. I was looking for a specific type of personality and they described him to a tee. It helped me know he was the right dog for my home. Even more special, they knew the dogs personality and wouldn’t adopt him out until they found the right fit for him. Now my two dogs are absolutely inseparable and my heart is beyond full. If you want to find the right dog for you, this is the group to adopt from!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking to adopt and had checked out a couple other organizations but hadn’t found the right fit. I then learned of Labrador Rescuers and submitted an application. The process is more involved than some other organizations but I really respect their process. They clearly care tremendously about the animals and go out of their way to make sure the fit is right for the person and dog. Every person I interacted with from the organization was fantastic and they helped find me the perfect dog to add to my family. I highly recommend anyone looking to adopt to work with this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three weeks ago we welcomed a new member of our family- a Yellow Lab from Labrador Rescuers. We had begun our search for a new dog several months ago and applied to 5 dog rescue groups. Labrador Rescuers was by far the best to work with. They were very communicative and transparent, which was not the case with many of the other rescue groups. Labrador Rescuers clearly wanted to best fit for the dog and family and shared a lot of information on all the dogs we were interested in. They would tell us if they did not think we were a good fit for a particular dog and recommend other dogs that might work out well in our family. They gave us medical history information on the dogs so we could have full information. They let us meet dogs and did not pressure us to make a quick decision. After a couple months, we found a great match and are so happy to have Lily as part of our family. Lily had some health issues when Labrador Rescuers received her as a turn in. Labrador Rescuers had taken her to the vet to resolve these before we got her and they did a great job getting her healthy. She was also kept in a wonderful home foster situation until she was adopted by our family. Thank you Labrador Rescuers for doing such great work caring for and finding forever homes for so many dogs- including Lily!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are looking to open your heart and your home to a Lab, please consider
Labrador Rescuers. This terrific organization provides any potential
adoptive "parents" with incredible support and resources. We were fortunate to have Ruthie in our home for five months until s he was finally adopted by a fantastic, loving family.
During our time as fosters for Ruthie, any questions or issues we had were quickly and efficiently addressed by kind, communicative, and knowledgeable support staff.
We can't express our gratitude enough for this organization!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I lost our beloved 12+ yo lab in November. She was only our second rescue in the past 20 years, as both lived to be over 12. With no children at home, our house was empty and we were lonely.

With Thanksgiving upon us and a trip to SF ahead of us for Christmas, we knew we would have to wait until the new year to seriously look for our next "little one". We signed up with three lab rescue organizations but Labrador Rescue is the one that found our sweet Maddie (her new name) for us.

We had a home visit from Paula at ab Rescue. She understood how we were feeling and what we were looking for. She promised to take care of us---and she did.

About 10 days ago, Paula invited us to visit Maddie in a foster home about an hour north of us. Maddie's wonderful foster mom, Barbara, welcomed us and Maddie literally stood up, put her paws around us and nearly kissed us to death, with her tail wagging at top speed. It was love at first sight.

We believe by the looks of her tummy that she was bred way too many times and kicked out. When Lab Rescue got her she was still filled with milk and had terrible kennel cough. They saved her life and found her a loving foster home...and because of that, we found the most lovable, sweet, smart girl ever! The three of us are a happy family--enjoying playing at the dog park, learning good manners, and sleeping together.

Attached are a couple of pictures of our sweet curious, loving Maddie.

There would be no pictures except for Lab Rescue.

Thank you, Paul and Barbara!

Mary Ann and Richard

1 Scott O.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog, Ozzy, from the San Diego Lab Rescuers. From start to finish they were wonderful to work with! After a lengthy and frustrating experience with another rescue, we were wary of working with a new rescue. Our experience turned out to be so different and such a great experience.

Our home visit went smoothly. We felt like we had a real advocate to help match out family to a new family member. The foster for Ozzy was warm and welcoming, made sure we were setup for success, and has checked in multiple times to make sure things were going well.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog through Labrador Rescuers, and we could not be happier with our pup Indy. Trish helped us through the process and was very helpful and responsive to our questions.

The overall process is pretty straightforward. You fill out an application and then get assigned someone to help you with the next steps which includes a home visit to review your application and make recommendations to consider about your house and yard. It's a good idea to review the website and have some preferred dogs picked out to discuss and your desired temperament, age, color, etc.

From there you can monitor the website and look for dogs you are interested in, as well as attend the monthly adoption events. Fosters ultimately decided if they will adopt the dog out, so it does require patience and definitely don't get attached to the first dog you see because it may not work out. In the end, we found our new boy Indy on the website and visited the foster's home with our other dog so we could meet Indy and introduce them. Trish helped facilitate all discussions.

We decided to adopt him and came back the next day to pick him up and fill out the paperwork. A few things to consider - make sure you have payment ready when picking up your dog, as well as essential items like a collar and leash. I'd advise making sure you already have food, toys, etc or pick them up on the way home. They will provide you with medical records of the dog which will include any vaccines or surgeries they performed while in their care.

Adopting a rescue dog can be intimidating and it is certainly a lot of work but Lab Rescuers are full of great people who really want to ensure the dogs go to a good home and find the right fit. They do great work!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been adopting from lab rescuers San Diego for 15 years.
They are a kind , caring, passionate rescue with volunteers who go above and beyond to care for these dogs in desperate need of attention and homes.
I just recently adopted Merry(Ginger now) a chocolate lab/ poss Weimaraner mix.
She was going to be put down because of an owners inability to pay for her care and illness. The vet called one of my lab rescuers who went and picked her up and nursed her back to health and the rest is history.
I have had her now for a week and my life has never been better.
Thanks so much to BARBARA, DONNA, AND MICHELLE.
Respectfully
BOB TORREY

1 Joanna Moore S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ohhhh my gosh, I don't know if I'm allowed enough characters to post what I need to post about this organization!! We had such an amazing experience.

A little back story - we had been looking for a dog with another rescue for over a year! It was a Golden Retriever Rescue (granted, one of the most popular breeds) but we were growing frustrated and finally decided to open our search to labs as well. I'm not kidding when I say, we put our application in just before Thanksgiving, heard back the following Monday, had an in-home interview on Wednesday and got the most beautiful lab on that SATURDAY! I don't know if the stars just aligned, but we are thrilled. The communication with Paula was incredible. She updated us via text and even made suggestions for dogs that I might have overlooked for one reason or another. They happened to have an adoption event that coming Saturday and recommended one of the dogs that was going to be there. We were able to meet her and see if it was a good fit. It was.

We rescued a beautiful 4-5 year old white lab named Lucy. She's a perfect fit for our family. Healthy, well-behaved and an absolute love bug. I highly, highly recommend this organization. Our experience could not have gone smoother. Plus, Lucy has been to the vet and checks out health-wise, has updated vaccinations, has a microchip AND her previous foster showed up to give us all the info that he new about having her in his home for two weeks. AND offered to be a source of help for us in the future. I mean, c'mon! We were not expecting all of that. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!

2 Chrissy E.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! What an amazing rescue! Of course we were nervous not knowing how the process would go, but it was so thorough and seemless and we are so happy we adopted through Labrador Rescuers. They truly care about the well being of their dogs up for adoption and want to make sure they are going to their fur ever home. Ann came for our home visit and we couldn't believe how comfortable she made us. After the home visit she stayed in contact with us just to keep us updated on the progress of the dog we were interested in, Reese. They didn't want any families to meet her until she was 100% healthy, which I can respect. Then we met the foster family, Sandy and Tom, and it was even better.
Not only did we gain a furry family member who we are so in love with, but we became a part of an organization that we now consider family. Thank you Labrador Rescuers for completing our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiancée and I were looking for a dog for roughly a year before we found our newest family member. As soon as we saw him and his sister on Lab Rescuers website we contacted our home visit rep and she was extremely helpful letting us know how and when we could meet the pups. Working with the foster parents was extremely easy and they were very helpful and so nice to work with. We’re so grateful for our new pup, Finn, and can’t wait to share his journey growing up to Lab Rescuers and the foster family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was time for us to adopt another dog so we visited our local Humane Society locations and viewed the various rescue group web sites. Labrador Rescuers came to our rescue. Everyone from the Lab Rescuers volunteer who came to our home to qualify us to the family who was fostering our adoption candidate to our adoption volunteer went out of their way to help us choose a great dog and make the adoption process work.
We adopted Tiger Lily, a 1 year old female black lab mix who is a treasure. We renamed her Abby and are busy doing the training required to help her become a good doggie citizen and member of our family and I am happy to report that she is a smart, quick learner.

2 Nancy Leigh Norman V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loved working with the Fosters for Jazz. They were very forth coming and told us everything we needed to know. They were honest and gave us valuable information to help guide the transition. Lab Rescuers are very detailed in their evaluations of the dog and do not hide anything that might hinder an adoption or cause someone to return a dog. You know exactly what you are getting and are prepared. Couldn't be happier.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with Lab Rescuers was a wonderful experience! I have adopted my last two pets from them and would not hesitate to refer others to this caring organization. They were responsive to my emails and questions, did a thorough job of making sure our house was a safe and welcoming environment for a dog, and gave me helpful information about the adoption process. The volunteers/fosters are trustworthy and really care about facilitating a a successful "forever home." We are in love with Harvey and are so excited he is a new family member!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've worked with several rescues over the course of our dog-owning lives. Labrador Rescuers is one of the best! Their volunteers genuinely want to find the right match for the families they work with and the dogs they place. They worked with us, met all the members of our family, heard our story and listened. We now have the right dog who fits so beautifully with our family. Loved this experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A very positive experience! We loved that we were able to introduce our other pups to a prospective rescue adoption dog to check compatibility.
They deeply care about every dog, and work to find the best match for you!
Highly recommend! We adore our Lily!

3 Sharon D.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued Woody, now Shadow, a little over a month ago, and Shadow has been just the most wonderful addition to our family. He has two big human sisters, and one big canine sister. He acclimated to potty training really well and is currently in the middle of puppy classes. He’s such a chill dog but when he wants to play, he can hold his own to any puppy/ adult dog. We were very lucky to find his foster family and are grateful to them for allowing us to add Shadow into our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Jack is our second rescue lab from Lab Rescuers. This non-profit cares for its labs with exceptional attention. They go to all lengths to ensure that each dog gets the medical and emotional care that it needs and doesn't place a dog until it is ready to transition to its forever home. For each adoption, my husband Christian and I were impressed by Lab Rescuers due diligence in assessing the suitability of a home and the prospective adopters for a dog of interest. They go the extra mile to ensure that the match is right for the dog and for the adopting family. Jack is every bit of how Lab Rescue described him, and more. WIth our first dog, Nick, and now with Jack, not only did we gain our forever dogs, we gained forever friends. First Nick's foster family, and now with Jack. The entire Lab Rescuers team, and especially Jack's foster - Melissa - are helpful, responsive, and clearly care about making great matches. It's a great community of people. If you're interested in adopting a rescue lab, you couldn't find a better organization. They provide all the documentation and information that you need to help you and your lab get a good start together. Here's some photos of our new family member: Jack at his first vet visit, learning to swim, and at home after a bath at "Dirty Dogs.."

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We adopted Ruthie, a sweet and gentle senior Lab, from Lab Rescuers. It took 12 months from our initial search and a diligent home visit but the wait was worthwhile. And though we lost out on a few choices to other adoptive families, we felt supported throughout our search. Lab Rescuers of San Diego clearly prioritizes the animals, makes exhaustive efforts to fundraise and showcase available pets, and works to ensure applicants have safe & secure homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is a wonderful organization and they do so much for pups who need homes. They want the best for these pups so they have a few steps before someone gets approved to adopt. But because they are so organized and the volunteers so efficient and sensitive to the fact us adopters are anxious to bring home a new family member, the whole process went relatively quick and smooth. Everyone from the volunteer who came out to inspect our home, Nerice, to the fosters we were in contact with and ended up adopting from were such a pleasure to deal with and responded to our emails right away throughout the process! It wasn’t long at all after we found our adorable pup on the website that we had scheduled a meet & greet with the foster and fell in love with our little Izzy and we let our foster know we would love to adopt Izzy. Her foster kindly explained that she had another meet and greet for Izzy scheduled the next day and would be in touch with us after that. I honestly didn’t expect to hear back from her for a couple of days and we were quite anxious. But before noon the next day she got back to us and gave us the good news that Izzy was ours! We were over the moon and felt like we won the lottery! She told us we could take immediate possession and she is now part of our pack and thriving! Izzy’s fosters, Sandy and Tom, were amazing and you could tell they loved our little girl and were sad to see her go but happy she found a forever home. I can’t thank Sandy enough. She was awesome. She checked in with us just a couple days after we brought Izzy home and then a few days after that. She reassured us that she was there for us if we needed anything or had any questions or concerns. It gave us such peace of mind. If you are looking for a fantastic dog rescue to support or are interested in adopting a rescue dog, this rescue is as good as it gets!!

3 Allison O.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been truly blessed to have found such an amazing dog to add to our family. Lab Rescuers have been nothing short of amazing to work with. Every single person we have come in contact with have gone above and beyond to help us find our new fur baby. It's always nice to meet new friends who share a love for dogs as much as I do. The dogs in the care of Lab Rescuers have made sure that each dog is perfectly placed into a loving family that works best for the dog, and the people.
I will most definitely go through Lab Rescuers for my fur babies from here on out.

2 Cynthia N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am beyond happy to have utilized Labrador Rescuers to find my fur baby Catori. The whole adoption process is painless and the coordinators and fosters really work with you. I felt very comfortable with the whole process. They are also very assuring.
Catori (aka - Sparkle) was suggested for me and they was right. The match was perfect. Now we are inseparable! Catori is so smart and very kind to other little fur babies. Such a lovable doggie.
Thank you Labrador Rescuers for allowing me to adopt Catori. I highly recommend if you are looking for a dog to adopt, I highly suggest and recommend Labrador Rescuers. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are very grateful to Labrador Rescuers for helping us to find the newest member of our family! Everyone we worked with was friendly and helpful. All of the documentation and vet records were there and our pup is in good health, well-socialized, and adorable!

2 ehagerty

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a dog from Labrador Rescuers and we cannot be more pleased with the experience. We could tell that every volunteer truly cared about each rescue and wanted the best for each dog! The process was straightforward and the volunteers were extremely helpful every step of the way. They made sure to find the best fit for our family. We are grateful that we were lucky enough to get to adopt Sydney.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Early this year we lost our 120 pound lab Duke to congestive heart failure at the age of 12. 8 months prior we had to say goodbye to our female lab of 14 years. Needless to say our house got very empty very quickly.

We had heard about lab rescue and placed a call. After much hemming and hawing on our part we finally agreed to a home visit. It’s the smartest move we’ve ever made.

As I write this Yogi Bear and Scout are both snoring at my feet. The 2 elder statesmen have settled in as if they’ve been part of our family their entire lives. The transition could not have gone more smoothly.

Sure there might be a little more paperwork a few more fees but it’s largely because Lab Rescue takes the time to match the right fur balls with the right humans.

Do I recommend them? When these 2 join LuPPR and Duke, my first call will be to Lab Rescue...”2 more please!”

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful experience with Lab Rescue
Stacy Anderson one of the volunteers went above and beyond helping me and my husband with pur rescue dog
She was supportive ,
encouraging and always willing to help
i would highly recommend lab rescues
We have had nothing but a super
positive experience

1 Lilly S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We LOVE Lab Rescuers! We adopted Oscar (now re-named to Kylo Ren) almost a week ago. We knew we wanted to rescue a dog but were so happy when we found our guy! We had a wonderful in-home visit with Jean and she called us same day to help us arrange a meeting with Oscar the next day.

We were so happy to see that Oscar had been living with his foster parents and siblings. He was so well taken care of. They started the potty training process for us so we have very few accidents and he already knew how to sit at 9 weeks old.

You can tell how well taken care of he was from his loving personality, eagerness to meet new friends (people and dogs alike) and his ability to learn so quickly.

This is our first adoption from Lab Rescuers but it certainly will not be our last!

Thank you for all you have done for our little family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Rescuers trusted me with my first "senior" female lab, Annie, in 2009. Since then I've returned for five more "rescues", each of whom has added much to my life and world. What's unique about the Rescuers is the time and the care they take to assess the needs of each animal, both medical and behavioral, and make sure there is a "fit" that will work for the dog and adopter in the long run. I trust them to tell me the good and not so good that they have discovered during that process.

It's truly hard to believe how much they accomplish as an all volunteer group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 5 family members from Labrador Rescuers! They always have so many wonderful dogs who need a home! The volunteers make the adoption process easy, and help us find the perfect family member! We will continue to adopt from LR!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been planning on getting a pup for quite some time so when that time came we had already done our homework and were very impressed with Labrador Rescuers. We had been looking at available dogs online for months and had settled on an older dog. We did not mind the grey snouts, or any medical needs, just a loving dog that deserved to be pampered for the rest of their life. We were hoping for a smaller lab or mixed pup that would be easy to walk and take along as we planned on him/her joining us pretty much everywhere. "Our plan" was to meet 3-4 dogs and then sleep on it for a week before we made the big decision. Of course life has a way of throwing you a curve ball so you can imagine how surprised we were to have an instant connection with the 1st dog we met. Sticking to the plan we met the next dog, also an amazing pup, but we just couldn't stop thinking about the 1st. The next day we woke up and realized he was the one, no further meets required. And with a name like Atlas you can image he was no small Labrador, 104 lb bundle of love.
From our very 1st contact with Labrador Rescuers we could tell that they really cared about finding good homes for these dogs. And when Kim came out for a home inspection she was also caring and very knowledgeable. She answered all are questions about the adoption process and put us at ease. Arrangement with the fosters was simple and easy. Both of the fosters were very accommodating and more importantly had the dogs best interest at heart. They too wanted the best for these dogs and we could tell that however long it takes they would love these pups till the right adopters came along. That was very comforting to us. I wanted to thank all of those involved at Labrador Rescuers for making the adoption process a very enjoyable process for both the pups and the adopters. In addition I wanted to thank them for the medical attention these dogs receive before adoption, again showing their commitment to these life changing bundles of fur. (yes they shed) I would not hesitate
to recommend Labrador Rescuers to family or friend looking to save a pup.

1 Mindy Mirek B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab Rescuers has energy following their focus...their focus on finding the right loving homes for their worthy loving dogs. We looked at each sweet face on their website and attended a rescue event. The volunteers were kind, attentive and genuinely wanting to find our match. They were flexible in getting our home visit scheduled and completed. And within a short time, our perfect Austen joined our family. She's a petite chocolate lab with some health issues that are easily managed so don't be discouraged if there's a little hitch in the gitty-up of a pup you're interested it. They are so very loving and deserving of your great home. Because Austen slid into our lives, our home, our routine and connected to our other dog, David, so very easily, we can tell she was well loved. We are grateful that her first family gave her what they could, and they brought her to Lab Rescuers to ensure she would continue to be well loved. And she is, every day! We fully support Lab Rescuers and hope you will join us!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our puppy Zoe thru Labrador Rescuers and could not be happier. You can tell that they truly care about placing the right dog in the right home. It's a detailed and potentially time consuming process, but it will be so rewarding when you find the perfect match with a great dog they have rescuded. All the volunteers we worked with were amazing and would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking for a new family lab to add to their family.

1 Charlotte S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When we reached out to see about adopting a lab we were greeted kindly by staff. It didn't take long for someone to come to the house to see our setup. She was friendly an explained the process. We were then approved for adopting a dog. At the time the dog we were interested in meeting had just been adopted but we were on the list for the next available young female lab/lab mix. We had a young male lab mix that was looking for a sister/playmate. It wasn't long before another lab became available. We had a great visit with her foster parents. The two dogs immediately got along and we really liked her demeanor so we decided to adopt her. I would recommend adopting from Lab Rescues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sandy and Tom were such caring people. We knew that the little puppy Zara who we were adopting came from a very loving home. Sandy and Tom took their time to get to know us better to make sure baby Zara had a good home. I definitely would refer them to anyone wanting to adopt a dog or pup!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Violet from Labrador Rescuers about 2 months ago. What an amazing experience it was! This organization is top notch: from the application process, to meeting with our adoption coordinator (Marlene), to meeting our forever dog at an adoption event, and of course her amazing foster mother, Sandy. The process was organized and smooth, with Labrador Rescuers always keeping the dogs’ best interest at heart.

This organization takes amazing care of the dogs they rescue and it is obvious they are passionate about the cause. They aim to find the perfect family for each dog. Violet (formerly known as Trinket) is a joy and we are so happy that she/they chose us to be her forever family.

The Wendel Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is a fantastic organization. We have adopted two of our family pets through Lab Rescuers and have referred several family members that have adopted through them as well. All of the volunteers have a heart for loving these pets and finding them the perfect family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers does an amazing job of rescuing dogs from local shelters, providing them veterinary care, coordinating their temporary foster care and hosting pet adoption events until they find their new permanent owners. I have now adopted 2 dogs through this organization. Sydney, my first adopted lab, came to us from Riverside County where her original owners gave her up when they lost their home (during the recession). She was rescued from the pound and taken to a foster family where she spent 4 months until we adopted her permanently. She was the light of my life for the 6 years that I had her. She passed away at 12.5 years old, but lived a great life with us and we still miss her every day. My newly adopted lab is Moose, who came to us from Vista (we think) when his owners gave him up due to kennel cough (and other health issues). He got some much needed veterinary care right away through Lab Rescuers and spent 2 weeks at a lovely foster home until we adopted him. He is adjusting well to our home/family and is 6 years and 90 pounds of pure chocolate lab love! We are so thrilled to have been able to adopt such loving animals through this great organization. They do an amazing job of coordinating volunteers, fundraising, and saving these pups from uncertain futures.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. The process they put you through in order to adopt a pet is thorough and whether you understand their methods or not, it works. From the moment we met our case worker Betina we were in good hands. She listened, counseled and searched for our perfect family member. I am convinced she found us the perfect family member. If you're looking to adopt a new pet this is the place to go.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are over the moon with our girl. I cannot thank enough everyone involved from her awesome foster family to the doctors who took care of her. We love her so much already. ❤️

2 Jake N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Right before Christmas of 2018, my partner and I adopted a young lab mix from Labrador Rescuers and have nothing but praise for our interactions with the volunteers and the process that the potential pet owners experience.

We'd started to get discouraged on the hunt to adopt a dog in need because so many rescues we'd reached out to simply didn't respond when inquiries were made. Labrador Rescuers broke that streak by getting back to us very soon after submitting an application and being very eager to help us out! The volunteer that came over for the home visit was incredibly sweet, a great listener, and was genuine in wanting to make sure that we not only would adopt a dog that fit our desires but that we met the needs and were providing an environment that best suited the to-be dog.

During the home visit and in the subsequent weeks, she was able to answer questions and provide updates about the different dogs we expressed interest in while also suggesting candidates we may have overlooked. Not long into the search did we get the chance to go visit our new pup, Lulu, at her foster home. Her foster parents were great with her and took time to observe her tendencies so they were able to clue us into what some of her quirks and personality would be like once settled into a new home. This insight into Lulu's journey with them truly helped us when we brought her into the family because it clued us into things like behavior on walks and around food, friendliness with other dogs, and acceptance of new people which we would have had to guess at had we just gotten her from a shelter.

To sum everything up, our experience with Labrador Rescuers has been great and continues to be that. We've already recommended them to some friends who're looking to adopt a new dog!