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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Labrador Rescuers (LR) 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 5,300 dogs since its formation.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2021, Labrador Rescuers rescued 149 dogs, including 39 senior dogs, and found forever homes for 139 dogs, including 33 senior dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 10 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. Please see Candid/GuideStar profile at https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-0646390 for more information.

Community Stories

228 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is extremely well-run, communicative and made the whole adoption process easy. The foster family was so sweet, and really knew the dog and her habits, which helped with the transition from both ends. We are so happy with our new family addition and would recommend this rescue to anyone looking for a new pup.

1 Lynda Vernia T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful that we found our beautiful girl through Labrador Rescuers. From our first contact with this rescue we have been really impressed with their combination of professionalism and compassion. Our initial screening was thorough (as it should be) and throughout the process it was clear that the welfare of the dog was their primary concern. The process was explained to us and we have felt supported throughout our experience. The result for us couldn’t have been better. We literally have our dream dog who has a few little personality quirks that time and training will work out. Highly recommended this rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers came along at a time in my life when I was desperate for some help. Due to some health-related issues, I was no longer able to properly care for our 12-year-old chocolate lab, Luna. Luna joined our family in 2009 when she was a puppy and is a typical lab, sweet, happy, smart and affectionate. Making the decision to find her a new home was not an easy one, but because of the help I received from Labrador Rescuers, we are both now much better off. After a couple of false starts with other rescue organizations, I was referred to and reached out to Trish Forsythe at Labrador Rescuers. She returned my call the same day, listened to my story, and immediately jumped into action. She offered solutions other than rehoming that I might not have thought of, and directed me to their website to begin the application process if that is what I chose to do. Within a couple of days, we arranged a meeting and Luna was placed with a foster family. Not long after, she was permanently adopted and is now living a great life with her new family. I know this because I have received photos, videos, texts and email updates on a regular basis. Luna’s new family are thrilled to have her and that is the absolute best outcome I had hoped for. I have even been invited to visit so it doesn’t get much better than that! I wholeheartedly recommend Labrador Rescuers if you need to rehome your dog, or if you are looking to find a new member for your family. They care and it shows in their actions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is an awesome organization. We just adopted a Chocolate Lab named Phoebe through Lab Rescuers, and Phoebe is also awesome! Lab Rescuers is very careful about who adopts the dog, and make sure the adoption is good for both the people and the dog. I highly recommend Lab Rescuers!
Kirk Hanson,
San Diego, CA

1 Laura M.23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is our second adoption through lab rescuers, and the second wonderful experience we have had. We sadly lost our last labrador that we had adopted through them back in 2018 and we were devastated. He had suffered a terrible illness. After four years of morning we decided it was time again to look for a new member for a Family, and we found Gibbs! He is perfect for us and Lab Rescuers reached out immediately upon his surrender to them and it was a perfect match! We had applied again and gave them our list of requirements. He checked all the boxes.

1 DeAnn R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

San Diego Labrador Rescue is an awesome non profit devoted to finding homes for their rescued Labrador Retrievers. We met Jake at his mom's foster home and fell in love instantly. He was well cared for, and after about 30 minutes of play time, a few training clues and a lot of love, he climbed into our car and came home with us. We are thrilled with our new family member, and look forward to many years of fun ahead. SDLR is 100% devoted to finding the right home for every dog they foster.

1 Mark V.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

have adopted 2 rescue labradors from Labrador Rescuers. Great dogs, lost one in Feb-2021. New pup (1yo) in October 2021.
Staff is ez to work with, meeting fosters etc. Highly recommend this group

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Donor

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers was thorough and detailed about placing the right pet with the right family. We were so lucky to adopt through Labrador Rescuers. Our new family member is a beautiful chocolate Lab and we are over the moon about her. She has found her forever home and we couldn't love her more. I would definitely recommend them for families looking to adopt a Lab. They were wonderful and supportive during the entire process.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the pandemic, being stuck at home with my kids, I thought it would be a good time to volunteer fostering a dog for a rescue group, since we would have the time to care and to train a dog. We love labs so I contacted Labrador Rescuers. And I have found an amazing group of volunteers strongly committed into helping these dogs. They put a lot, and I mean A LOT of time and effort to rescue, resolve their medical needs, get to know them and find a family that is the best match for their personalities/energy levels/behaviors. I also love that this is a volunteer-based organization, all the money raised goes to the pooches. It has been a very rewarding experience volunteering for this organization. As an added bonus, in this process we have found the newest member of our family in Bono, a sweet black lab that wiggled his way into our hearts.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We LOVE Labrador Rescuers! We adopted Sophie (previously named Tika) a month ago. We had recently lost our beloved six-year-old dog to cancer and our house seemed so empty. We saw Sophie’s picture and lovely detailed description of her on their website and called a friend (one of the exceptional dedicated volunteers) for more information. She arranged for us to meet Sophie, a rescue from Mexico, at her foster family’s home. From the minute we walked in we could see what a loving, nurturing home she was in. Marlene and Mort gave the absolute best start to a frightened one-year-old sweetheart!

The adoption process was very thorough, with evaluations of what would be best for the dog and for us. By the time we had completed several meet and greet visits we knew that Sophie was the dog for us. And is she ever!

It’s amazing to find a volunteer group that is so organized, caring and committed to matching the dogs with families. I love what they do for dogs and our community. We are so fortunate to have had such a thoroughly rewarding experience finding our forever love, Sophie.

Jim and Amanda V

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Leila is a wonderful dog and we so thank labrador rescuers for allowing us to get her

They did a great job of getting us aquainted with the dog of our dreams and the foster parent was great in getting us to know our new dog

We have subsequently given significant financial support to lab rescuers and hope others do too

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience adopting our bonded pair, Sadie and Marley. Labrador Rescuers were very concerned with taking care of their health issues to ensure we were adopting dogs in their best state, as well as their concern that we were a good fit for the dogs. We would highly recommend Labrador Rescuers to anyone wanting to adopt their next Lab.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Louie's family chose to entrust Labrador Rescuers with their beloved pup when he needed to be re-homed due to a change in family circumstances. The Labrador Rescuers intake volunteer worked closely with the family to get Louie from his home state of Texas safely to California and in to a waiting foster home. Labrador Rescuers goes above and beyond to match incoming dogs with suitable foster homes which in turn results in successful adoptions.

1 Lori Thompson S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the first time my family has rescued a dog and Labrador Rescuers made it a great experience. Labrador Rescuers is an amazing organization - they are thorough in their vetting and matching process - making the best decision for each dog! Although thorough, the process was easy - application, home visit, meet and greet with the puppy and foster Dad (Gary) and then we were selected to adopt our dream puppy! The volunteers went out of their way to help me during the process, (Jeane) gave me referrals for vet services, grooming and training in my local area, and Gary followed up after the adoption to see how things were going. My husband was apprehensive about rescuing but that all changed after working with Labrador Rescuers! Thank you Labrador Rescuers for making our little family complete! Lori & Todd

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Labrador Rescuers & their AMAZING volunteers! We are absolutely in love with our new addition, Lola. She is our entire world and we are so grateful to have had LR's guidance through this process. We would like to thank Lola's wonderful foster family for setting Lola up for success and working with us through the adoption process. It's easy to see that this organization goes above and beyond to make sure their dogs are going into the right home. We highly recommend the organization to anyone considering adoption.

2 Chris L.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Benny, a 15 month old lab mix. The process was great and Labrador Rescuers has a great process in place to match a dog with a family. We couldn't be happier and Benny is doing great!

2 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a new furry family member and Lab Rescuers came to our rescue! Two of our beloved senior rescued dogs passed away recently within 7 mos. of each other. Our remaining dog, an eleven yr. old rescued Golden Ret., Connor, was despondent and lonely. We set out to find him a new sibling. After filing an app. with Lab Rescuers, we were contacted by Amy, an advocate, to arrange a home visit and to assess our situation for the right match up. Amy suggested that we meet a chocolate nugget named Chandler at his foster home. His foster mom, Susan, and the resident dog, Truman, had been caring for this choc lab x. Connor and Chandler quickly indicated that they wished to be brothers and ultimately we adopted Chandler, now Cruz.
Lab Rescuers rescued Cruz from a crowded shelter, gave him needed medical care and a kind foster home to help him recover from his misadventures as a stray. We are very grateful to L.R. and highly recommend them to future adopters.
Marianne Gallagher & Patrick Russell

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have looked for a special dog for over 3 years that would be the perfect companion and support dog for our teenage daughter. We have been unsuccessful finding a therapy or support dog that would help with non epileptic seizures and uncontrollable tic movements with our daughter. Over the past few years, prayers were answered in many ways. Our daughter has grown out of the seizures and her tic movements. The need for the perfect companion dog was there and we simply prayed that the right dog would come along. The right dog was found!!!
A relative referred us to a dog she saw on the Labrescuers.org website in San Diego. The dog she was referring us to was fortunately already placed in a forever home. Looking at the available dogs on the website, we found our sweet Mylee.
(Her name was spelled Mili, but pronounced My-Lee, so when adopted we changed the spelling but kept the name.)
Mylee is a amputee. When she is in public, she gets lots of attention, which draws the attention to the dog and not onto our daughter.
Mylee had been surrendered at just 5 months old. She was born with a bad left front leg that was deformed and double jointed. Lab Rescuers learned about her, and picked her up at the vet that she was surrendered at. Lab Rescuers worked with a vet, and had the lengthy leg surgery done to correct the leg. Unfortunately, the leg healed however was still painful. At 8 months old, the Lab Rescuers made the difficult decision to remove the leg. Once the Amputation was completed, we understand that Mylee was no longer in pain, was now playing, and was able to really bond with her foster family.
We did the simple online application for adoption, and we began the process for a dog. We expressed interest in Mylee. We have had a three legged cat before, and we knew some of the limitations for a animal missing a front leg.
Despite the Covid 19 Pandemic, Lab Rescuers arranged a home inspection with Facetime. We showed the volunteer the safe one story home and yard that we could provide. A Facetime call was arranged with the foster family. In the facetime call, we were able to see Mylee and ask lots of questions. The foster family then brought Mylee over for a home visit. Once lifted out of her SUV, Mylee went directly to our daughter and bonded with her. A nice visit with the foster family and Mylee found that we were a pretty awesome match. The foster family took Mylee back home and we were told that we will be notified of the decision. We received a phone call shortly after and the foster family agreed that Mylee didn't just bond with our daughter, but the rest of the family as well.
Mylee has now been at her forever home for three months. she is now 14 months old.
Mylee is the perfect example that a dog does not need four legs. At the dog park, people have to take a double take to realize that Mylee only has three legs.
In closing, there are many lab rescues out there to choose from and work with. We recommend Labrescuers. Understand that these are all volunteers that are putting their heart and soul into these dogs. Our foster family has become good friends with our family and Mylee will always be one of their special ones to visit. They know the dogs, and they know a good match when they see it. There are many awesome dogs out there looking for furever homes. Our family recommends Labrescuers.org

The Ball Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone says adopting a dog takes time. Throw Covid in to the mix and I discovered new things about my level of patience...or in my case lack thereof. I also went thru filling out applications for three dog adoption organizations in San Diego county, and Lab Rescue by far was the most professional and communicative. My advisor remained engaged via text and forwarded additional information about dogs I inquired about. She also made a point to find out about items that were specific to my home: must be ok with cats, another dog already in the home, walks and active life style, social etc. We ended up ruling a couple out based on information she gathered from the current foster families. My advocate also made a point to wish me luck before heading in to Meet & Greets, and followed up with me afterwards to see how it went. I really trusted her insights, gave consideration to her recommendations and I believe that is why everything worked out so wonderfully. Penny's foster sent her home with us with her blanket, food, treats and collar. Her foster really wanted to make sure Penny had as easy of an adjustment to her new home as possible. Once my adoption of Penny was completed (originally named Portia by LR, now Penny), the organization forwarded all her medical records, including those which arrived in LR hands after they mailed the original documents to me. I appreciate how the organization has everything in place for a smooth transfer of the microchip info to my account once the adoption is complete as well. This was my third adoption thru Lab Rescue, and after experiencing the lack of follow thru and unpleasant interrogation style interviews with two other San Diego dog adoption groups, I will encourage my friends and family to only work with Lab Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a Labrador Retriever from Labrador Rescuers. The process was detailed and very thorough. I am happy they take the time to make sure potential families are approved and have the right situation for a rescue. They also make sure the dog is thoroughly evaluated by a vet and a trainer to make sure the best match is made with a family. We waited patiently for the right dog for our family and couldn't be happier. I would highly recommend working with this nonprofit rescue group.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the second time I have used Labrador Rescuers of San Diego to find our fur buddies. Both experiences have been wonderful! The covid situation made our 2021 adoption a little more complicated but we had wonderful guidance throughout the process. Sandie Weaver is a gem!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab Rescuers is the BEST!!! Oso (now Harvey) is wonderful. Jeanne helped me through the process and was so patient with me. When I found Oso I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him. His foster family (Shauna) was terrific. She made the transition so easy for Oso (Harvey) and me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people from Labrador Rescuers were incredible in making sure the dog is a perfect fit. They took their time in vetting us, and even let the dog take the lead in selecting his new family. They truly have the best interest of the pups in mind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Happy Tails! We're new proud parents of Canela, a 10 year old chocolate Lab from Labrador Rescuers. The adoption process is thorough, and not burdensome. We had two meet and play sessions before finding our future fur child. The LR foster parents did not give up, and kept us in the loop for any new arrivals. I would adopt through Labrador Rescuers again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sponsor, Jeanne latoures was very helpful in helping me find a new dog.
It took 2 months until i found a good fit for me. Everyone was very honest about the dog(s)
behavior. I adopted Lexi.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was our second time adopting with Lab Rescuers and we couldn’t be happier. What sets Lab Rescuers apart from other rescue groups is how well they get to know their dogs before adopting them out. The fosters do an amazing job of getting to know their pups and communicating that information to the potential adopter. They are very honest about their dog’s temperaments and health which makes it easy to make the right choice when adopting. Erin, the foster Mom we worked with, was amazing. She did some basic training with Stella and that really helped us when bringing her home. We’ve had our sweet girl for about a month and half now and we can’t imagine our life without her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We first worked with Lab Rescuers 10 years ago when we adopted our two wonderful labs, Hunter and Riley. After losing Hunter recently at the age of 14, we turned to Lab Rescuers again for a pal for Riley. Once again, the process assured that we found a dog that was the right fit for our family and for him! Beau (aka Bowie) has just celebrated his third week anniversary with my husband and I, and his new pal, Riley. As we found with all three of the dogs we adopted from Lab Rescuers, the process from start to finish helps assure that the right pet finds the right home. The foster home experience that preceded all three adoptions provided us with a clear picture of each one’s personality, likes and dislikes, and background. And the foster families were truly each dog’s advocate as they assessed the suitability of our personalities, home situation, and interaction during the meet and greet. In each case the fosters also followed up with us to see how things were going and provide support if we needed it. I highly recommend Lab Rescuers for their compassionate and professional approach to finding successful forever homes and families!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We can't say enough great things about this organization! We have young kids so it was very important that we found a dog that would go great with our family. From the very beginning it was evident that we did not want to look anywhere else to adopt our new family member! Both the Home Rep and Foster families were amazing to work with and they went out of their way to make sure that it was a perfect match. The process was very easy and although it took a little over a month to find our new family member she was well worth the wait! We had ample opportunity to meet her and she even had a couple house visits before we were able to adopt her. It is so nice to have someone looking out for your best interest so you are getting a dog that truly fits your family. Thanks again Labrador Rescuers!

3 scschag

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is our 2nd adoption through Lab Rescuers of SD. After losing our beautiful Shaggy
this past year, we knew Lab Rescuers was the place to start looking again. Our former
foster showed us Sammy. We immediately fell in love with him. LR helped us foster
with the intent to adopt. Sammy is a 12 year old senior who lost everything he had
known for 12 years and had to be relinquished due to domestic issues. LR helped up
deal with his anxieties and hooked us up with a terrific behavioral specialist. We are so
lucky to have Sammy in our life. He is a perfect gentleman with so much love to give
to everyone and to everything. He’s a love magnet and has already become the darling
of neighborhood, especially in a time of Covid with so much isolation. Lab Rescuers is an awesome organization. Thank you LR for rescuing all of us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Shaggy after following him several months online. Stacy came out and interviewed us and checked out our residence. She was very encouraging and helpful. We then got to visit Shaggy at his foster home with Sue. We fell in love in love with him immediately. In all of the adoption process, Labrador Rescuers and especially Sue were extremely helpful and informative. Shaggy is everything you could want in a dog and very loving . Susan and Norb

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization! We had to rehome our beloved Lab because my granddaughter, who lives with us, was very allergic to her. They vet the future pet owners and find the best match for your dog. We know our Lab has a loving home. Because she loves to swim, they even found her a home with a pool. Lab Rescuers gave us a VERY happy ending to our very difficult decision to say goodbye to our Lab. They even sent her to her new home with her giant pink bear she loved. This is a very caring organization. They are all about the dogs! It's a terrific group of people who do a wonderful job of matching dogs to families. It gave us great peace of mind to know that our sweet dog was given a loving home. For years I was a volunteer with 3 different rescue groups in Central California, so I feel I have a lot of credibility when I say that this organization is EVERYTHING that a good, conscientious rescue group should be!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I adopted our first dog from LR in 2018 and just recently adopted our 2nd dog from them. Both times were wonderful experiences and made it clear how much they care about their dogs and finding them the best homes. They really try to find the best fit for you and for the dogs. We love our pups and couldn't imagine our family without them. My one piece of advice is to have realistic expectations and keep in mind that, despite the name Lab Rescuers, these are rescue dogs and most likely not purebred labs. We adopted our first dog at 4 months old and at the time he looked like a black lab but he grew to be 100 lbs with a long thick coat and curly tail - turning out to be a mix of St Bernard, German Shepherd, Chow, and Lab. Our 2nd dog is actually mostly Vizsla. But sometimes they do have purebreds or know the parents and can give you an accurate assessment of their breed mix, but sometimes it's just a best guess like most rescues. So if you haven't adopted before, just keep that in mind. We love our dogs and we thank Lab Rescuers for helping us find them. I 100% recommend adopting from LR, especially if you have young kids like us, and want to adopt a rescue dog but need to make sure that's it's been thoroughly vetted before you adopt, to ensure a good fit. There are so many great dogs that need a home - please adopt, don't shop! Thanks Lab Rescuers for everything you do!

2 Michelle Blankenship L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have used Labrador Rescuers several times over the years to adopt senior dogs. The application process is easy to fill out online, and they are prompt in responding. I like the fact that they asked what I was looking for in a dog, and then tried to match me up with a dog that would meet my needs instead of just giving me the first dog that came along. The dogs were thoroughly checked out by a vet before I adopted them, so I knew what their medical conditions were and what to expect. I have gotten some awesome dogs from this rescue organization.

1 Ilia C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from Labrador Rescuers over the last 9 years. They evaluate the dogs and try to understand their personality and strengths/weaknesses to best determine what type of family would be a good fit. I find this very helpful. I have cats and children in the home and they have helped me find a dog who will be gentle with both. I just adopted my second dog and we love her. She is wonderful. Thank you to Labrador Rescuers for this new member of our family. They also did a great job of doing a medical evaluation to determine if there were health concerns that needed to be addressed and managed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about these folks! We were lucky to recently go through our second adoption through LR—a 10-week old puppy—after a first adoption 14+ years ago that brought our first perfect dog into our family. They take great care (and, understandably, it does take a bit of extra time during COVID) to assure good matches, and that these precious dogs all go to wonderful, safe, loving forever homes. All their volunteers go above and beyond, especially Adoption Coach Jeanne and Foster Mom Catriona—these people are truly saints!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we lost our 13-year old chocolate Lab, we decided to look for another pup to join our family (me, my partner, and Buddy, our 8-year old yellow Lab rescue). We joined and completed numerous applications for shelters and rescues in Southern California, each of which has different dogs available. LabradorRescuers.org worked for us; we had a 'virtual' home visit where Donna, a LabradorRescuers.org representative here in the Coachella Valley spent about 40 minutes with us on Facetime, visiting and virtually touring our home to ensure adequate fencing and space. Once we had been approved, we started looking into available pups. Their website is exceptional, with photos of each available pet, and lots of information posted by the foster family, trainer, and anybody else with info about that particular dog. One dog in particular, named Bradley, caught our eye. Just under 1-year old and less than 30 pounds, he looked just like a miniature version of our Buddy (see photo). We spoke with Suzanne, his foster, and she invited us to come with Buddy to visit and see if we all clicked. A 2-hour drive to Solano Beach last Saturday, and we came home with the most wonderful little guy, who we've renamed Cooper. He'd been chipped, received his rabies and other vaccines, and had already had a training session. Adoption fee was $400 (a deal, considering his medical bills alone from when he was rescued in Mexicali exceeded $2500) plus a $150 training deposit, which they will refund to us when we provide them with proof that we have participated in a training program (we are). We've followed up with both Donna and Suzanne on several occasions, and they are always helpful and fabulous. I can't say how LabradorRescuers.org compares with other rescues, because they're the only one we've used, but I will say that I would use them again, and I highly recommend adding their website to your Favorites, and check it often.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our new family member Stout a little over 2 weeks ago and couldn't be more in love! Lab Rescuers truly does the most amazing job matching families with the right dog. The process took about 5 months for us (which they communicated very well about), with COVID and the dogs they were getting weren't the best fit for us. But every time I asked questions and reached out, they were super informative and patient and kind about everything. I wanted to make sure to mention this, as now that we have our sweet boy, the timing all makes sense and we are so glad because it's clear we were waiting for him! Thank you to the fosters and the whole organization, everyone is so loving and invested in the dogs. I feel everyone who is involved with LR, the dogs and the families, are incredibly lucky!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mack, oh Mack!!!❤️
We’ve had Mack since he was a puppy. He was the biggest, most handsome dog in the litter! He was very active (as are most labs) and he injured himself and had to have TPLO surgery which included a plate being set to correct the injury 2 years ago. He did very well post surgery and has been in our family for five years. Due to medical issues I was having, with impending surgeries, my husband and I made the decision to relinquish ownership of Mack to Labrador Rescue. This organization was highly recommended to us. It was a very long, drawn out, emotional decision for both my husband and me. But we are at peace knowing it was the right decision for us and especially for Mack.
This organization is truly amazing! From submitting my application, to speaking with Trish (Rescue volunteer) at length on the phone about Mack, to then meeting me at a dog park to get to know Mack more, I felt so comfortable and confident that this was a great way for Mack to find a new family to love him, and give him the care and attention he needed. Trish not only showed care and love for Mack immediately, she was very sensitive to how difficult this was for me. After a tearful goodbye to Mack, I went home knowing he would be in great hands.
Since his placement with Lab Rescue, I have gotten pictures and updates. Unfortunately, after his vet check, they discovered his plate that had been placed during his TPLO surgery needed to be removed, which Lab Rescue scheduled and has kept me updated on how he’s doing! He is now back at his Foster families home, and after two weeks of “kennel rest”, they will start interviewing families to adopt Mack into their home! Yes!, they will interview potential families and find the best fit For Mack!
Overall, my experience with Labrador Rescue has been absolutely amazing! Whether you are needing to re-home a lab or are seeking to adopt a lab, I would highly recommend this organization!!!! The care and concern for Mack and for us, has been exceptional! We will be so excited and happy to hear about Mack’s new home! A special THANK YOU to Trish for EVERTHING you have done and continue to do!!!! Also, thank you to Mack’s Foster family and all the amazingly dedicated volunteers at Labrador Rescue


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.

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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.

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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.

5 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!!!

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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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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.

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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.

2 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!