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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 re-home 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 4,800 dogs since its formation.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018, Labrador Rescuers rescued 241 dogs, including 34 senior dogs, and found forever homes for 206 dogs, including 27 senior dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 16 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 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

154 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

1

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!

1 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.

1

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!!

1 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.

1 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. :)

1

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!

1 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!”

1

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.

1

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

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.

3

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!

1

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.