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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 4,300 dogs since its formation in 2004.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, Labrador Rescuers rescued 188 dogs and found forever homes for 168 dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 13 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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a companion dog for our current dog as we had two of our other dogs pass away within a year. After relaying our needs and wish list along with a couple of names of dogs we saw on the website, the social worker emailed promptly and then came over within a day of our application and had a couple of dogs with her. Glad she did as the first one we think there was an issue with having just been spayed. She brought out Ticky, now named Bucky after Captain America's best friend, and Ticky and our current dog Mona just followed each other around with tails wagging. Though we were told that Bucky was shy around men, he took to my husband and my two teenage boys (in fact, he went to go find the boys in their rooms). Our social worker told us all that she knew about Bucky while she watched the interaction between us and between the dogs including that he wasn't showing signs of having been trained nor really walked on a leash so that assisted us in how to help him (my husband was a K9 handler for the police department and is now the SGT that oversees them all). This first 24 hours has been going well: Bucky has done his first 1 1/2 mile jog on a leash, has eaten, found his secure spot under my youngest son's bed, knows how to get in/out of the doggie door, knows where we'd like him to use the restroom, etc. Our social worker and I have stayed in touch so that we can see Bucky is acclimating. Definitely thankful for Lab Rescuers. This is our third Lab we've owned and our first rescue outside of the Humane Society.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my beloved pet through this wonderful organization. A representative came to our home to be sure we were good people with a secure yard. Our puppy was housed in a loving, private (beautiful) home

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw Fenway's picture on a friends FB feed and I just knew I had to have him. As you can tell from the first pic, he looked scared and miserable and he was also in a high kill shelter in Riverside CA. Thanks to Labrador Rescuers of San Diego he was whisked away and sent to live with a super foster mom. I contacted the LRSD and arranged to visit his foster home to see if it could work. I fell in love instantly! Thankfully LRSD is very thorough and came to my home for a house visit to make sure it was a safe and loving home for him and once I was accepted I couldn't wait to pick him up and make him part of my family! He's been with me for 2 years this month and I cannot imagine my life without him and I thank LRSD every day for bringing him to me. Labrador Rescuers of San Diego is an amazing organization and I would ask anyone who is considering adopting a dog to please take a look at all the super sweet dogs they rescue, keep safe and get the medical attention they may need before adopting them out. Doing all this work takes lots of money, time and volunteers who give and give endlessly. As you can clearly see, with some attention and love he's doing fabulously and is very happy with his senior lab sister as they get to go the beach almost every day!! Thank you LRSD!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family adopted a black lab mix puppy in September 2013. He was a big puppy at about 9 weeks old, but very serene and loved to snuggle. He came with the name Woodson and we kept the name. Woodson has grown into one of the best dogs I have ever known. He still loves to snuggle his family, and he is best friends with a 6 year old boy who writes stories about him, takes him on adventures in the yard, and loves him so much! Our dog adoption experience with Labrador Rescuers in San Diego county was excellent, very professional and the volunteers truly have the best interest of the dogs in mind. We would definitely adopt from Labrador Rescuers again in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These people were awesome! I let them know what I was looking for in a dog; older, good with other dogs, good with younger children, etc.. After asking about several from the website I got great feedback as to the possibilities of them fitting into my life. I had it narrowed down to two and both fosters were willing to meet with me. Both dogs were as described by the fosters and I made my decision! "Jack" is fantastic! Wonderful house manors, good on walks (needs a little leash work) but is such a happy camper. I can't wait for my granddaughters to meet him! I would suggest these people to anyone looking for a dog to share their love with!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our beautiful 9 year old Lab Emi died from a brain tumor and even though we have our handsome 11 year old lab Elvis, our house felt way too quiet. We reached out to Lab Rescue. We kept an open mind and felt that the right dog would come along. We had broad parameters. Female, between 6-10. I went to the meet and greet and met Stormie/Bella. She mostly had kisses just for Tom, her foster. I suspected that she might share those with us eventually. Sandy and Tom brought her to our house. It was love! We couldn't be more grateful for wonderful people like Sandy and Tom who foster these dogs. There's a special place in heaven for people like that. and all of you behind the scenes. Thank you so very much. She's already our girl.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab rescuers of San Diego is so amazing . My husband and I adopted our first dog from them back in 2009 and our second dog in 2010. The adoption process and the foster homes are wonderful. We stated what kind of dog we were looking for and they provided two amazing dogs that we love and cherished so much. Chico is now 7 and our little baby. Kelso sadly passed away this year from cancer. When we decided to adopt again, there was no question that Lab rescuers would be our rescue of choice. I love that they have individual adoption coaches who answer questions and provide tons of insight on the dogs. And I love that they do a home inspection. This organization really cares where these dogs are placed. They want to meet all parties of the home and make sure the dogs will not be neglected and have a good home to sleep in. They also care about the dog being a good match for you and your family. We have Chico and two little kids. They suggested dogs who would be good with kids and other dogs. The people that foster the dogs are super great and knowledgeable as well. I really felt at home with the foster families each time we have adopted. We recently just adopted our 3rd dog from lab rescuers last week. They matched us with an amazing dog who fits right in with our little family. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. They have given us 3 amazing doggie babies who have made our lives so happy and complete. I will always advocate for this organization and donate money because I know they are trustworthy and truly care about rescuing dogs. Thank you LR for being so amazing. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were first introduced to Labrador Rescuers when my son spotted an adorable Chocolate Lab named Chester at a Petco rescue event.Chester was a senior pup and weighed in at almost 140 pounds! The volunteers at Labrador Rescuers provided lots of TLC and a good diet, so Chester was able to lose 20 lbs with his Foster family.We adopted Chester 4 years ago and he is a healthy 80 lbs and a happy & lovable boy.
We could not have been more pleased with our experience with Labrador Rescuers, they are a great organization of dedicated, kind, caring and knowledgeable "Lab Lovers", who work tirelessly to find the best home for each one of their labs. I highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in adopting a Lab.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We waited for months and just when we decided we may not find the right dog for our family (and existing family dog), we received an email from Juju's foster mom Ann asking if we could arrange a visit. We were cautiously optimistic but the visit went great even with our Annie who isn't the most gracious hostess. Foster mom Ann said she just had a feeling this was the right fit after all the other families so after sleeping on it we decided to take the leap. Ann brought him back and it was like this was where he was meant to be. He has found his place in our home and our hearts (even Annie's) in two short days. Working with Karin and Ann with Lab Rescuers was an incredible experience. We HIGHLY recommend people support, foster and/or consider when adopting! We are forever grateful to LR for helping us to find the perfect match for us! The Chirgwin's

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone! My name is Juliana and I've been thinking about adopt a dog for a few months , so first I bought one from Craigslist, because since then I've never heard about Labrador Rescuers...once I took Miles ( my baby dog) for his first bath and at the pet grooming I knew about this wonderful family!
So, I have been having an amazing experience with them since the very beginning... All the adoption process was very conscious and well done ! I chose Ziggy on the website and Michele ( her foster Mom ) told that she is a very fearful and scared girl , and really she is, so she came over my house with Ziggy and spent the morning here! We decided to try for a week having Ziggy with us! Well, the end of this history you can see here. Because sometimes pictures says more than words!
Thank you Cindy and Michele for all support and I hope that all your dogs could find their forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued an amazing black lab from lab rescuers back in 2009. When she passed away this past January of 2017, we knew exactly where to go to find our next family pet. We went to an adoption event looking for a female chocolate lab -but our hearts were won over by a big charcoal grey male lab named Smokey. Smokey's foster parents were amazing. They really wanted to make sure we were going to be a good match -and luckily we were!! Now we have a new furry family member and our hearts are whole again! Thank you Labrador Rescuers for bringing Smokey into our lives and making our family complete ;)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I went to the Labrador Rescuers event and met Cooper who was 2 years old. We immediately fell in love and were ready to take on the responsibility of a new dog and really wanted a black lab preferably from a rescue. The entire process with Labrador Rescue was incredibly friendly and professional and we couldn't be more happy with the outcome.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab Rescuers are awesome! I recently adopted a black lab mix with them. The entire process was smooth. Everyone I encountered with the organization has soo much heart! I appreciate the policy that new owners go through basic training with their new dog. They have some wonderful senior dogs that are given so much love. Wonderful experience all around. Re: Cooper (a.k.a. Patrick)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When looking to adopt a dog I was overwhelmed by the amount of Rescues in San Diego County. I had no idea where to even start. After taking a look at all the websites for the rescues, I was attracted to Lab Rescuers due to the overwhelming love and hard work I could tell that the organization has for saving these dogs and giving them a new chance at life.

These volunteers that take the time out of their busy daily lives to help a Lab in need just blows me away. As an example, my beautiful girl Tillie (whom I adopted through this organization) was turned into a shelter in Riverside County. A Lab Rescue volunteer drove all the way up there to rescue her, another volunteer got her to a Veterinarian to be checked out, and then another wonderful volunteer fostered her. When you think about the amount of man hours that it took to rescue her, it was a lot of people’s time.

In addition, I appreciate that Lab Rescuers thoroughly reviews perspective applications and conducts home visits so the dogs are going to legit good homes. I also appreciate the fact that animals are fostered in homes so the needs of the dogs can be understood and they can be matched with the correct kind of home.

I think my most favorite part of this organization is the fact that there are “lifeboat labs”. Labs that the Rescue has saved but they are not able to actually be adopted. So in the meantime, they live out the last years of their lives in Lab Rescue Volunteer homes. This just makes my heart smile.
I would recommend this organization to anyone and I will definitely be adopting with them again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is an outstanding nonprofit rescue entity. When I made my decision to acquire a rescue dog and wanted a Lab, I reviewed all of the sites and their reviews. I was familiar with rescue process through friends. I chose LR due to the excellent reputation they have. Labrador Rescuers exceeded all of my expectations in the way they rescue and place their dogs. Their home visit inspection and assessment of my needs was very thorough, fair and enjoyable. I was patient in getting the best match for me. My local rescuer connection, Jade, was so very good in alerting me to possible dogs that would be a good fit. I now have the most wonderful labby girl. She is the perfect match for me and has be a wonderful addition to my entire family and friends. I would highly recommend LR to anyone wanting to rescue a Lab.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so greatful to Lab Rescuers!! We have a new family member who has truly made our family whole. Phoebe is a sweet black lab puppy who was rescued by Lab Rescuers as she was very young and ill. They provided her veterinary care as she was diagnosed with Parvo. Thanks to LR Phoebe is now a healthy and happy well adjusted part of our family! We love her so much!!
If anyone is looking to adopt a dog I highly recommend this organization it is the best!!!
Thank you!
The Scalia Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 1yo German Shepherd, Frida, who we adopted in February seemed lonely and anxious at times. We thought she needed a fur brother or sister and found a few potential matches through Labrador Rescuers. We received a super fast response to our application and a perfect match in less than a week! An added bonus is that we all made new friends/extended fur family through the adoption! We are so happy to have Annie join our family! Highly recommend Labrador Rescuers, so please donate/support them because there are many dogs still needing a forever home

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted a wonderful pup from this organization. We brought our Golden/Lab mixed dog home just before St. Patricks Day and named him Murphy in honor of the holiday. The volunteers at Labrador Rescuers could not have been kinder or more professional. They were prompt in processing our application and scheduling a home check visit. They stayed in touch and helped facilitate contact with foster families with dogs we were interested in. The foster family who was caring for Murphy (previously named Valentine) spent lots of time with me as I got acquainted with Murphy and provided lots of helpful information about his personality and limited known history. These people love what they do and care very deeply about rescuing animals and placing them in loving, responsible forever homes. Thank you for helping us find Murphy. He is perfect.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It had been years since we had owned a Lab, and with the urging of our daughter we took a look at the Lab Rescuers' web site. During our search we found Hudson, a handsome boy who needed a home. We contacted Lab Rescue and set up an appointment to meet Hudson, that's all it took. Veronica, the foster care representative was fantastic, she answered all questions, and allowed us to spend the time to get to know Hudson. He had been well cared for, and she followed up on Hudson's well being and continued to answer questions once we took responsibility for Hudson. The entire adoption process was easy and has been the best decision we have made in some time. Thank you to Veronica and Bobbi for all their help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I first contacted Labrador Rescuers 3 years ago, after our black lab Dulce passed away around her 15th birthday. Our 2 1/2 year old German Shepherd Kara, cried for 8 months missing her sister. Maria Goldman was assigned to us, and scheduled an appointment to come to our home. She was not only there to meet us, but to see how we interacted with our dog. We found LR to be dutiful guardians of their rescues, and genuinely interested in the connection and commitment that we had in continuing to move forward in the adoption process. A few days after our meeting, we went to a LR adoption fair at Petco. We went home with Brando. He was the spitting image of our beloved Dulce, but he was a boy. Kara actually picked him to be her buddy.

We contacted LR for the second time right around the first of this year. It had come to our attention that Kara is becoming a senior citizen, and Brando is still a young dog, very attached to Kara, and he has separation anxiety. We shared our concerns with Maria, and why this adoption was different. We were very hopeful with the first two dogs she had suggested. After speaking with each individual dogs foster parents, neither were a match for our family. The first dog had a strong fear of men, and the second had a medical condition that suggested that her life may not have the longevity of a companionship for Brando.

Then along came a young pup named Heidi. I came across her profile on the website. We were not interested in a dog as young as 8 month old Heidi. However, her story and pictures just pulled us in. I checked with our veterinarian to see if Heidi's medical condition would be treatable and acceptable to bringing her into our home with Kara and Brando. Maria called immediately to see if we had seen Heidi's profile and to see if we were interested. I volunteered to go to the hospital to see her. Maria informed me that Heidi went out to foster, and she passed our application along to Heidi's foster parents.
A week later we received a phone call. The foster mom Rebecca was very informative and honest regarding Heidi's challenges. From her descriptions and examples, we knew right away that Heidi's personality and quirks were a mix of Kara's and Brando's. From that phone call, we knew there was a connection. This was to be our newest family member. We felt it.
During Heidi's medical hold and treatment for demodectic mange, Rebecca did an amazing job at keeping us updated and sending pictures.
As soon as we were given permission, we picked up Heidi and brought her home. It's only been a week since her arrival, but she fits in beautifully. Now we are the ones sharing pictures with Rebecca and Maria. We have a full house, and full hearts!