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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Results: Labrador Rescuers has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 4,500 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

111 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Samantha B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Thank you, and St. Francis blesses you.

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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.

1

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!

1

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 .

1

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!

1

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!

1

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

2

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 .

1

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!!

2

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!

1

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.