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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 4,400 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: Rescue, Rehabilitate and Rehome; Second Chances for Senior Dogs; and Lifeboat Labs Hospice Care.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was not ready to get another dog after we lost one of our labs, and 2 years later the other, to cancer. They both came to us from Labrador Rescuers and after 8 months without a dog in the family we decided that adopting a senior would be a great way to give love to a lab that really needed a home. Of course we went right back to Labradors Rescuers. My "matchmaker", Vicky, was great. I fell in love with every dog I met but she kept me focused on waiting for the dog we wanted - one that was great with kids, could come to work with me and hang out in the office, and would not chase my cats or chickens. She called to tell us she found the perfect dog for us. A 12 year old chocolate lab who had been used for breeding and now that she was too old to have puppies, her owners no longer wanted her. "Alice" was fostered by Kirk when we met her. She was not toilet trained and did not really know how to play or run. Alice was very nervous and shy, but obviously a very sweet dog. Kirk's job was to advocate for Alice and make sure she went to the right home. We decided right away that she was the one, and Kirk agreed. We renamed her Madison aka "Maddie". Both Kirk and Vicky were professional and full of heart every step of the way. Maddie is sleeping at my feet as I write this. She is a very sweet and beautiful girl that is now in her forever home, learning how to be a dog with her very own bed, toys, family, and getting spoiled rotten! We love her dearly. I highly recommend Labrador Rescuers to anyone looking for a lab or lab mix as a companion. They work hard to find the right match, and they really care about the dogs and people they work with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is a great group to work with. I applied in September to adopt a dog, and while there were several possibilities, I never quite found the "right" dog that was good with cats until March, when I met Abby. Through the 6 months, my contact person would regularly call me about new dogs that had come into the rescue that might be a match. The care, rehabilitation, and concern for their dogs in their care is amazing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Lab Rescue is a great organization. Always great, courteous and responsive. We adopted a loveable Lab names Clark who is an incredible addition to our family and companion to our puppy Badger!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a friend for our 1 year old lab and Labrador rescuers helped us find the perfect addition to our family . The volunteers at Labrador rescuers were very knowledgeable and helpful. A volunteer came to our house for a home check and to meet our dog, the following week we received an email suggesting we meet Bob . We brought our dog Annie to a meet and greet with Bob and they were instantly friends . We brought him home the following week and couldn’t be happier . The volunteers are so great and were always available to answer any questions . We would highly recommend Labrador Rescuers for anyone looking to adopt .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I began fostering for this organization last year and adopted a lab a few weeks ago. The group is well run, and puts the dogs’needs first. They rescue the most wonderful labs.m, give them medical treatment and get them ready to go to furever homes where they will cherish and be cherished for the rest of their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My wife and I were looking for a younger companion for our 9 year old labrador. After seeing a dog we were interested in, we went through the initial stages and Trish was a great help throughout the process. Unfortunately, we didn't get on the list in time for the first one we applied for. After time and keeping a keen eye on their website for new arrivals, finally we saw Roscoe. We immediately emailed Trish and next thing we knew, we were meeting our potential future pup. He was a 1 year old lab and when Hector, his foster, brought him by our home the first time it was love at first sight. He immediately hit it off with our senior lab and seemed to bring back a little of that puppy energy. Once that was over, things moved very quickly and within a week we were signing the paperwork and making Roscoe ours forever. Now, we've had him for nearly a month and the two of them are inseparable. We are beyond happy with our new pup and with the folks at Labrador Rescuers. Thank you so much for helping us find the newest member of our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a warm, loving, amazing and blessed experience I have had working with Lab Rescuers. I was so fortunate to have a house check from Vicky Morrison. She has been such a huge support system for me working through this process. I am so impressed with lab rescuers and in particular Vicky Morrison and my fosters mom April. The communication could not have been better. The friendliness and compassion that these ladies have is just incredible. This is the first time I have worked with a rescue and I would not hesitate to recommend this rescue to others or to come back to them in the future. As a matter of fact, when I retire, I would like to volunteer with this rescue. I found the most amazing best friend ever in Duke aka Joey. April, his foster mom was the best. She brought Duke to my husbands wood shop to make sure that Duke was OK with noises, and it turned out it didn't phase him at all. Both April and Vicky have been available to me to answer questions along the way in this process. I am so fortunate to have worked with Vicky and April and the Lab Rescuers Team that is behind the scenes. You do need patience to find the right dog for you....but when you do it is the best feeling ever! Thank you to everyone at Lab Rescuers and Duke......my heart is full again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

LR experience goes far beyond ur experience of rescuing a new member for ur family, you get to add the friendship of the people that make this happen, A+ Organization and proud to support their continued success in finding new home for our

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab Rescuers helped us find the right dog for us. We love Bailey and feel like she has always been a part of our family .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the second experience we have had with Labrador Rescuers. We are very impressed with the protocol they use in finding a forever home for the dogs. I particularly like the fact that foster care givers get to know the unique personalities of the dogs and hopefully, if they have knowledge of the dog's history, they are able to better fit them with a suitable family. From an initial application, to a home visit, and then two or three visits from the foster care givers with the dog, they are confident they have found a forever home.
John and Viv were excellent foster care givers; and as a result, we are off to a good start with Dexter.

2 Shelley M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been lucky enough to add the best two dogs for our family through Labrador Rescuers. We have always felt that rescuing our pet was a benefit for the dogs and our family. We first became a Labrador Rescuer adoptee in 2004. The application process was simple and the members were very quick to help us complete all the steps necessary to be an approved family. Our first dog (Nassau) was selected at one of the Labrador Rescuers adoption events. We had been reading up on 3 or 4 dogs that we thought would be a good match. The information provided by the fostering families helps in so many ways. We felt very confident that our choice would be a forever match. And it was. Nassau was 1 year old when we got him. He is now 7 years old and the most loving fun filled dog ever :-). Now seven years later we have added yet another Lab to our family. Lucky for us, we had the same Lab rep (Sandie) help us in finding another forever match. Sandie was again always avaiable to answer questions and helps us select the best match for our family. In January we met and added Kingston to our family. Kingston had been in a shelter after being hit by a car. Labrador Rescuers brought him in to their organization once it was clear no family was going to get Kingston from the shelter. He had several cuts and scratches as well as a broken shoulder. Labrador rescusers brought him to one of their vets. They kept his progress on healing and availability for adoption on the Lab Rescuers website. We had selected that we wanted Kingston in December but needed to wait until January for him to be healed enough for adoption. Because of Kingstons injuries, he had not been fostered with any of the volunteers. After a very candid conversation with us we were allowed to foster Kingston with the intention to adopt him. Well, upon meeting him with the whole family ( our two sons and Nassau) there was no question that we had forund the right match. We did need to keep the two now 4 legged brothers relaively low in energy for the first two weeks. I will be honest, that was almost impossible. They get on so well and play non stop :-). But I am happy to say, we have just finished our final vet visit with x-ray( all at the Labradors expense ) and Kingston is fully healed and able to do all the things Labs love to do!!!! I have no doubt that we will be adding more Labs to our family over time and we look no further then Labrador Rescuers :-)

1 Patrice T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted Bentley, a year old black Lab mix, from Labrador Rescue. This is the second time we have adopted from them - the last time was 10 years ago. The work that they do for these wonderful dogs, who through no fault of their own find themselves in shelters is truly amazing!!
Go visit their website at Labrescuers.org & find your next best friend!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's with bitter sweet sentiment that I write this review for Labrador Rescuers. I sincerely can't say enough positive words to describe how grateful I am for Labrador Rescue and their foster families. With sorrow in my heart, I was put into a position that I had to relinquish my dog. Through tears and fears, I contacted this Non profit 501 (C) (3) org. to inquire about the process of surrendering my Lab. After talking to them, I was confidant that I had made the right decision and that the foster family that was chosen would find my sweet boy the best home suited just for him. Since the sad day that I drove my lab to them, the foster family has been nice enough to send me pictures, reassuring me that my dog is adjusting and doing well. The fosters are very picky about who they will adopt their rescue dogs out to. From what I understand, no one gets paid at this ORG. which makes me even more comfortable knowing they really care about the well being of the animals they get. If you're inclined to make a donation to any animal org., I'd highly recommend this particular organization. Labrador Rescuers with a heart, and in my book, 5 stars!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Lab Rescuers was when we adopted our first Labrador in 2010. Her shelter name was Carla, but we renamed her Phoebe Louise. She passed away last June, at the age of 17 years. We had seven great years with her. And I thank the group and her foster, Ron, for bringing us together with her. I am now a volunteer with LR. I have fostered over 50 Labs and Lab mixes over the last 4 years. Every one went to a fine forever home through the efforts of all the volunteers in this group. We ended up adopting three more Labs from LR, since the time we adopted Phoebe. The other three, Jordy, Bruiser, and Shelby Ann were all LR fosters of ours at first. Then for various reasons, we adopted them. And we have never regretted it. This is a great organization, filled with people who love Labradors, and will do all they can the rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for these unwanted and abandoned dogs. Such a phenomenal group of volunteers.

1 Nellie Lejoly M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2009, I was looking to expand my ‘pack’ and give my 12 ½ y/o lab Sirracca (who’d been with me my entire adult life) a buddy. After a lot of research and many un-returned phone calls from other rescue groups, I reached out to Labrador Rescuers (LR) and heard back from Barb, one of LR’s longest volunteers, within a day. That same week, Barb came to my home to meet me and Sirracca, and I knew right away I’d found a wonderful rescue. I could tell Labrador Rescuers felt as I did about dogs… LR’s pups, its volunteers, and its adopters, are its family. After our home visit, I was approved for adoption and was on the road to finding my new family member and Sirracca her buddy.

Sadly, that following week, Sirracca fell gravely ill. A visit to the emergency vet led to a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma; life expectancy after diagnosis averaged 2 months. I was heartbroken. Sirracca stayed with me in good spirits for another month before it was her time to cross Rainbow Bridge and during that time I put the adoption search on hold to be with her. Throughout that dark time and after Sirracca’s passing, Barb continued to check-in and offered her support as my family all lived out of state. About a month later, Barb contacted me about a lab LR had just taken in as an owner surrender and brought sweet Bella to me for a weekend visit. Looking back, I don’t know what I’d have done without Barb’s support and my sweet Bella. Needless to say, it was a match made in heaven and the rest is history.

I have since moved to Tucson, AZ and my husband and I now have a pack of four labs! I have been involved with a few different rescues and let me tell you… rescuing animals is a gut-wrenching and tireless effort. Barb and I remain in touch to this day... and *I remain in awe*, of LR’s dedication, to helping this wonderful breed and the folks who adopt their pups. I am forever grateful for Bella, of course, but also the support they offered me throughout the entire process. Helping potential adopters is as high a priority as helping the labs they rescue. Labrador Rescuers is simply top notch; out of five stars, well… they deserve eight.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone we interacted with were friendly & professional. We visited 4 dogs at their foster homes and attended one adoption event. We were impressed at how dedicated that the volunteer foster parents are to the care of their dogs. We had lots of questions and the volunteers provided all the answers & recommendations. Karin was our assigned volunteer. She inspected home/yard and guided us through the process. We were fortunate to adopt a dog that fits well into our family lifestyle! This is our second adoption through this organization and would recommend San Diego Lab Rescuers to our friends! Attached are a couple of photos of Cisco (formerly Coco).

2 Barbara H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue does such wonderful work. Everyone doing their part to place each dog to the right family. They really take the time to learn about each dog. Their love and commitment for what they do shows throughout their organization. Thank you so very much for lettimg us adopt Bubba. We love him.

1 Patricia K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our 12 1/2 year lab mix in September. Our neighbor told me about labrescuers.org and that when I was ready for another dog to look at their website. He and his wife are fosters and I met one of the dogs they worked with.
We started looking at pictures and stories of the dogs available to adopt.
Finally, we were ready and it was so easy to send our application and have a volunteer visit our home. We are impressed that the dogs are vetted carefully and fostered so their personalities and quirks are learned. Also, they vet the potential adopters.
We adopted "Chaz", who is now Luca, on Tuesday, Dec 5th. He had been rescued in Texas after the hurricanes. One of the labrescuers volunteers went to Texas and brought back 7 dogs who had been separated from their previous homes.
Luca is a beautiful, smart and loving boy. We have a lab rescuers volunteer coming to work with us on few things (training) and I know Luca will do well.
Thanks to the work of the volunteers we knew Luca would get along with other dogs and with our grandkids.
He was our early Christmas present. Thanks to Howard, Joanie, Karin, Michele and Hector for helping us find him.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our dog, Hobbes (first known as Mocha) through Labrador Rescuers. It was a positive experience from start to finish. After submitting our application, we received a prompt response to set up a visitation with one of their friendly, dedicated volunteers and founders, Maria. When we were approved, I told her of our interest in a particular dog. Maria arranged for a meet and greet within a couple days, and we had our dog in less than a week! The foster mom was awesome. She gave us an honest assessment of the dog and was so helpful in the transition to our home. My only semi-negative comment about the process is that the website listed the dog as a purebred Labrador retriever. My husband was quite set on wanting a purebred. Upon meeting Hobbes, it was pretty evident that he had some other breed mixed in with his "labness." We fell in love with him anyway and focused more on his temperament than breed characteristics. All in all we were very impressed with the responsiveness, thoroughness and professionalism of Labrador Rescuers. They even went above and beyond in their rescue efforts to bring Hobbes and six other dogs here from Hurricane Harvey. They are very conscientious in making sure each dog goes to a good forever home. The dogs are completely ready with up to date shots, microchips, neutering/spaying and any necessary medication and follow-up information. We are grateful for Labrador Rescuers and its many dedicated volunteers, as I'm sure thousands of other dogs and their owners are too!