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West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: “We’re All About the Dogs” - Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and other Retriever breeds. Our rescue team saves these dogs from shelters as well as assisting people that need to rehome their dogs. All are vetted, given medical attention, and live in foster homes where they are socialized and cared for before they become adoptable. West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue was established out of a growing need to rescue abandoned and unwanted Labradors and Goldens in the Southern California area. WCLRR is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue organization. Every volunteer, adopter, and team member is important to West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue. We understand that we cannot rescue dogs and save lives without the support of our community and staff.

Results: Founded in mid-June of 2019 WCLRR is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer non-profit with the expressed mission of rescuing Labrador and Golden Retrievers in the Southern California area. We save our dogs from various sources such as local animal shelters, owner surrenders, and in cooperation with local breeders. We are breed-specific, but we’ll periodically do a “courtesy post” for other breeds in need of rescue coming from individuals or other rescue groups. WCLRR’s dogs have been featured on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home and Family Show” several times. We believe all of us can work together toward a common goal; saving the lives of dogs. Our commitment is to make adoption from WCLRR a pleasant and rewarding experience for everyone involved. Our slogan says it best, “We’re All About the Dogs.”

Target demographics: Amazing families who will to give our Labrador and Golden Retrievers a great "furever" home.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 Dogs

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: Spay and Neuter, Microchips, Behavior Training, Foster Homes, Medical Care.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

WCLRR and the people who work there are wonderful so it is no surprise that the dogs are great too! I rescued Jordan in February and he is such a great companion and an integral part of my life already. Jordan had a rough start in life; WCLRR rescued him first and he had surgery for a broken leg, then Liz cared for him while he was in a cast for 10 weeks, then I rescued him and he had 8 more weeks of restricted activity while his leg continued to heal. Jordan has just been cleared to be a dog!

He is a sweet guy who is the love of my life. Jordan just graduated from his beginning training class and we will move on to intermediate level. Now that he is cleared for longer walks we will practice proper leash walking.

Jordan and WCLRR are the best! They ensured Jordan's unfortunate start in life turned around, he healed, and he will enjoy a long happy life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about Jolene and Diana and all they do. I honestly do not know how they accomplish so much and provide the care they do for all their dogs.
We adopted Arlo last year and although I've adopted several dogs through rescue groups this was the most well-run and organized process I've been through. They are generous with their time and really do make it about the dogs. All labs are special dogs but when we got Arlo I feel we were so lucky to have this gift of a dog. The foster mom really cared about him and took me through all the specifics of his care and feeding. they also continued to follow up to check on Arlo. I really thank them and their whole organization for doing what they do and making a better life for these wonderful dogs.

1 Barbara M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering with West Coast has been very fulfilling. It is hard work at times but fun helping as rescue is sometimes the only hope for dogs needing a second chance. West Coast is very professional and well run. They are also tireless and always ready to rescue a dog in need. I recommend them highly to anyone wanting to adopt a Lab or Golden, or anyone wishing to foster or donate their time or funds to help save more dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my second rescued Labrador Retriever this time through WCLRR and it was and still is a great experience. The people running this organization are so passionate about rescuing all these dogs and then finding the perfect new home for them. We had a thorough home inspection to see which kind of dog we would be perfect for and if that aligned with what we had in mind. It is about the dogs and preventing another rehoming and trauma for them. And the perfect one made its way into my family and he certainly was one of their special cases and without their dedication his life might not have turned out the way it did. Anytime again!

2 Michele L.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

So I found West Coast after one of the hardest periods of my life. In the winter of 2019 I lost two of the things I valued most in the world. First my dad passed suddenly and then my 13-year-old Labrador retriever died a few months later after a hard fight with a difficult illness. It’s safe to say without hesitation my house was a sad place to be. It was me, my lonely eight-year-old golden retriever that I just inherited because he too lost his father, and a fussy four-year-old tabby. Well I knew it was time to welcome a new family member. I had a lifetime of experience with retrievers from little puppies who ate shoes to seniors crossing the rainbow bridge needing extra care. I decided the best option for us was a youngster. I started my search for just the right addition to our family. I was directed to the WCLRR website and immediately came across this spunky looking 12 week old little black puppy. His bio said he was healthy except he has some problems with his right eye so he was given over to the rescue. The vet was not certain if he would lose vision entirely or not but any potential adopted needed to come to terms with the possibility. Well you’re not gonna believe it but when I was born I lost vision in my right eye too so the idea of adopting a puppy with the same malady to me seemed like fate. And almost one week to the day after I came across his picture, little Augie became a member of our family. He is almost 2 now and our life is forever changed. Yes he’s done a lot of the same things every puppy does. We’re still not sure that socks or shoes have a safe place on the floor, and he seeks out tissue paper with laser focus! Even with all of his typical Labrador puppy antics I can say with all my heart that he has replaced some of the sadness in our home with a level of empathy and joy we thought was lost. He is a great little brother to my older golden, only mildly annoys the cat (who frankly is annoyed by most things), and has more love than you can possibly imagine. He chose us. I owe more to this rescue than I can ever put into words. This is the best pet rescue that I have ever worked with. I’ve gotten to know some of the people involved in this organization and I’m going to start my own volunteer journey very soon too. I know they say it’s all about the dogs but I think it’s important to know that the work they do is a gift for all the adoptive families to. It’s a gift I am forever grateful to have received. Very truly yours, Michele, Buzz, Augie, and Breezy the cat.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a lab from WCLRR in January. I cant say enough about how great Jolene and Diane are. They were responsive and organized from the get go. WLCRR clearly cares about each and every pup that they place into a new home. The web site is very user friendly and is updated every day. They also have great presence on social media including Facebook and Instagram. We were so lucky to have connected with them. I have recommended them to all who have asked and every one in the neighborhood who has met our new puppy. Thank you WCLRR for all that you do!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the West Coast Labrador Retriever Rescue. This organization without a doubt earns 5 stars.

My wife and I lost our Yellow Lab to cancer in October of 2020 and had been looking for a new "best friend". We have adopted all of our previous dogs through various rescue organizations throughout the years. The adoption experience with WCLRR was without a doubt the most positive and transparent of any of our adoptions.

Diana and Jolene are absolutely the best. The website is very well done and technologically up to date. The application process is seamless and complete without being intrusive. Communications can only be described as remarkable for a volunteer organization. Responses to any questions I have had were answered quickly and to my satisfaction.

We met and adopted our new housemate in December, a beautiful Yellow Lab. The adoption fee was very reasonable, actually only slightly more than we paid for our last Lab over 6 years ago. The dog was spayed, microchipped and we got copies of all her pertinent medical records.

Our experience with WCLRR was extremely positive and we highly recommend them if you are looking to adopt a retriever.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We began volunteering with West Coast when they started a few years ago and we also donate. I am every day impressed by their dedication to helping Labs and Goldens in need. The volunteers are busy 24/7 every day whenever there is a dog who needs rescue. The vet care they provide is often expensive but the dogs always receive whatever is needed. West Coast has wonderful dogs looking for their forever home. A five star rescue group.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before I begin, I do need to share that I'm a volunteer with WCLRR so my opinion may be just a tad biased. I've volunteered with a few rescues in my past but WCLRR is undoubtedly one of the best! I'm so proud to state when doing home visits that I volunteer with this wonderful Rescue and it makes me feel proud when our applicants tell me that that we're one of the only rescues that actually respond to emails and requests.

On another note...My husband and I adopted our sweet Carter (he's a Chocolate Lab) from WCLRR last May (actually over Memorial Day Weekend). Since we have a young granddaughter, it was extremely important that we have a dog who's perfect with kids. That's our Carter!!! The team at WCLRR was instrumental in allowing us to adopt Carter pointing out how wonderful he was with young children. When we saw his Bio and his pictures on Facebook with his foster family's toddler grandson and Carter laying on a doggy bed, we knew it was going to be the perfect fit. It definitely is!!!

So, whether you want to Volunteer with our wonderful Rescue or adopt, I can honestly tell you, it will be well worth your while.

2 Elizabeth C.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted TWO dogs from WCLRR, a beautiful and young black lab, and an older chocolate lab. I am really impressed by how dedicated all of the volunteers are, and especially the group that runs this organization. They care so much about getting the dogs healthy and in a stable environment with foster care, and then they do a very thorough job in placing the dogs in the best potential home for the dogs. A lot of dog rescue groups mean well, but they often lack the capabilities to run their organizations well. This is the best group -- it runs very smoothly, and because of it they are able to rescue a lot more dogs!