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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Thank you Labrador Rescuers.

2

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.

2

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.

2

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

2

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!!!

2

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.

2

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!