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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Results: Labrador Rescuers has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 4,400 dogs since its formation in 2004.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, Labrador Rescuers rescued 211 dogs and found forever homes for 208 dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 9 Lifeboat Labs-dogs whose insurmountable medical conditions and/or age made it difficult for them to find adoptive homes.

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

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

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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.

1 Nellie Lejoly M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Barbara H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Patricia K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued our beloved Lab, Kona in 2004 and we lost him to cancer in 2013. We decided this year to rescue another Lab but had difficulty working with Lab rescue organizations due to our location in Rancho Mirage in Riverside County. We had all but given up when we attended Woofstock an adoption event in Rancho Mirage and met Donna Beane with Lab Rescuers San Diego County. Donna agreed to work with us and help us rescue another Lab. I cannot stress how impressed I was with this organization and how passionate they are in rescuing Labrador Retrievers. From the application process, home visit and meeting the foster parent they truly work on matching the right family for each rescue animal. This week we were able to bring home "Bosco" our new addition to our family who we truly love. His foster parent, Jeremy did an outstanding job in fostering Bosco who had several medical conditions when he was rescued. Bosco is now fully recovered and anxious to spend the rest of his life in a loving family. I cannot express enough our appreciation to Lab Rescuers San Diego County for working with us to rescue Bosco. They are an excellent rescue organization. Thank You, Gary and Noma Bruton, Rancho Mirage, CA.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are a superb group of loving people. Our new girl is a delight and well trained, I think their use of foster homes is many times better for the dogs than the SPCA.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! We can't say enough about San Diego lab rescue. We adopted a yellow lab, and the whole process went great. From the contacts at lab resue, to Betina doing the home inspection, and Michele giving all these dogs a better than 2nd chance with a forever home.
I have done some volunteer work in another field. Knowing the time and effort, not to mention the out of pocket money that goes into volunteer service, this organization and it's people are to be truly commended. Because of them, our new family memmber fits in our lifestyle, and ours his. Thanks to SDLR, JERRY & JAN

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two weeks ago we welcomed Kona to our family. She's a beautiful labrador mix that Labrador Rescuers brought to San Diego from Houston. Kona was surrendered by her owner after Hurricane Harvey. I could not say enough good things about Labrador Rescuers and the great experience we had with them. They do an initial written assessment, followed by a thorough house visit. After that, the matching process begins to ensure that the dog finds the best possible family and vice versa. What impressed me the most about Labrador Rescuers is the genuine love and concern the volunteers have for the adoptable dogs. They don't want to just place a dog or convince you to take any of them. They want the best home for that dog and they strive to accomplish this. To this effect, the volunteers are very transparent about each dog, letting you know the good and some of the areas for improvement. I felt I could trust them.
I also liked that they are very good about ensuring that the dogs have been spaded or neutered, shots up to date, vet exams, etc. That gave me a lot of confidence that the dog we were adopting had been checked by a vet and I was aware of her health.
With our Kona we struck gold. She's terrific. She's full of energy, which we like, friendly as can be, loving and kind. She and our almost 2-year yellow lab get along very well and play and run. I can't but feel happy when I see them in the backyard running around or when every morning there are two beautiful faces waiting for me ready to start the day!
The volunteers I interacted with at Labrador Rescuers were professional, knowledgeable, kind, helpful. I actually would like to be a foster mom later on. I think the work these volunteers is very meaningful and worthwhile and hope to one day try it myself.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We can't say enough great things about Labrador Rescuers. We just adopted our 5th fur baby from them in October, giving our Riley a new brother. Over the years, we have had a chance to meet many of the volunteers who put so many hours into saving, rehabilitating, and re-homing dogs who need a second chance at life. Without the organization's willingness to save our Skye, he wouldn't have had a future as his owner left him at the high kill shelter in horrific condition and with immediate medical needs. They saw his potential and pulled him to safety. This time around, we really learned to appreciate LR's amazing foster parents as our Skye needed a dedicated individual to deal with his medical needs. I am truly unable to find the words to express just how much I appreciate the foster mom who created a safe space and provided the needed treatment for our baby to get well enough to meet us. LR does a fantastic job of finding these individuals who add so much to the organization. From searching for the right family to the finalizing the adoption, there are so many wonderful volunteers who contributed to us having very positive experiences each time. Our lives became fuller with each dog that entered our hearts, and we are forever grateful to Labrador Rescuers for these opportunities.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two Labradors from Labrador Rescuers. We had a Labrador who didn't particularly enjoy being left alone after our older dog passed away. I had several friends who adopted dogs from Lab Rescuers, and so we came to Lab Rescuers in search of a companion that would be a good fit for our dog and for our family. We completed the application, and were promptly contacted by a volunteer who had reviewed our application and came to our home to meet us and our dog. She listened to our wants and needs and suggested a dog for us that we hadn't considered. He came to our house to meet us and our dog. Everyone really liked him, but we just weren't sure, so we met a few more dogs. We met some at our home and some at events. Our volunteer was really patient with us. We finally did adopt our Rudy, who was the first dog we met. Our volunteer is a great match maker. Prior to adopting him, Rudy had had several orthopedic issues for which Lab Rescuers funded the surgery and loving foster families assisted him through a several months long recovery. We will always be grateful for the work and funding provided by Lab Rescuers to save the dog that we now love so much. Rudy is as good as new and is a very special boy. We can't imagine our lives without him.

A few years later, we decided that we would like to adopt a senior dog. We filled out another application and contacted the volunteer who helped us to find Rudy since she is familiar with our family, our dog, and our needs. We told her the dogs we were interested in and she suggested a particular dog. We met him and loved him immediately. We brought him home that day. He has been part of our family for a week now. He is literally the sweetest dog. Our other two dogs accepted him into the pack. We can't thank Lab Rescuers enough for helping to save and helping to find our two sweet boys.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Michele from Lab Rescuers helped us to find the perfect pup! I originally contacted them regarding several other dogs. Our most important criteria was to find a family dog that our other dog would love - after our senior dog passed away our 2 year old dog was showing signs of anxiety - she needed a friend. Although I was not thinking about a puppy - Michele introduced us to a 7 month old pup that she thought would have the right personality for our dog while still being a great family pet. She was right - it was a perfect fit right from the start! It was a no stress process as we were able to foster Ellie with the intent to adopt for a week - so we knew if it didn't work out we could give her back. Lab Rescuers has lots of great dogs - they are very professional and just an excellent resource for anyone looking to adopt a dog. I highly recommend them.

1 Mary C.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the amazing work this group does! This all volunteer group rescues the most amazing dogs from a certain death and works tirelessly to find them great forever homes. We have adopted 3 dogs from them over the last 15 years. Every adoption experience has been fantastic. They approval process was quick and easy yet thorough. The dog's best interest are always number one. This is a great group of dedicated people that truly care. They are a joy to work with. We just adopted an amazing chocolate lab that is the perfect addition to our family. THANK YOU Lab rescuers.