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Nonprofit Overview

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 4,200 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 Labrador Retrievers and Labrador Retriever mixes, including many senior dogs; provide the dogs with medical and dental care, including surgery and rehabilitation; work to find the dogs loving, forever homes.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was hoping to rescue a labrador, and this organization did a great job of helping me find a sweet, wonderful lab that is a great fit for my lifestyle. Within a few days of filling out an application, a volunteer came out for a friendly home visit and listened to what I was looking for in a dog. Then, she immediately contacted several foster families to see if their available labs would fit my situation. The foster families were detail oriented and honest about the dogs that would not be a good fit, and so when I did meet a lab that was well suited to my situation (within about a week of the home visit) it was great. I immediately fell in love with him, and I really appreciate the organization's efforts to make sure that this was a very successful adoption.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about Labrador Rescuers! I had the benefit of working them previously while an intern at a veterinary hospital and knew I was getting into a good group. They were efficient in contacting me once my application had been approved and I had a wonderful visit by Angela who walked me through the entire process. They even didn't mind driving all the way to Temecula! I was then contacted by multiple fosters (I wasn't very picky in dogs) who were very informational in what I was to expect from each dog. Visits were quickly set up and then I was able to have a home visit from my top pick, the most handsome man, Zeke. This was incredibly important to me as I needed to make sure he got along with my roommates pug, Zoe. Sandy brought him up and was very convincing in describing how awesome of a dog he was. He did fabulously and soon I had myself a new furbaby! They were sure to check in regularly to see how things were going and were always there to answer any questions. I absolutely LOVED my experience with Labrador Rescuers and if I ever decide to adopt again, I'll be doing so through their organization.

As far as Zeke goes, he has settled in great and is the best cuddler a girl could ask for! While we are still working on leash training, he has done fabulously at the dog park and is a great hiking partner! He is the best man and I am so happy to have him!

6 Robin I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers is amazing! The volunteers go above and beyond to make sure these sweet dogs get into homes that are a good fit. This is the second time I have adopted a labby from them. We adopted our first lab, Max, several years ago. Sadly, he recently passed away. He was the best. Then, I saw a Lab Rescuers email with the adoption profile of an old girl, Pepper, whose owner just passed away. We went through the application process, and within a week had Pepper in our home. She's a perfect fit and such a snuggler! Thank you Labrador Rescuers for the wonderful work you do - our home wouldn't be the same without a Lab!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently lost our Lab of 14 years , we got her from a breeder ,we decided to try Lab Rescuers to help save a Lab. Lab rescuers were so helpful to fit the right Lab for us .
We are an older couple and wanted a older mild dog , right away they found the right fit
for us on the first try, She is a wonderful chocolate Lab with a sweet personality very
mild and a perfect fit for us. Thank you Lab Rescuers .
George & Lou Sousa

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our dog, Zeus! The whole process was awesome! Yes, we had to complete a detailed application, which we didn't mind since it shows how Labrador Rescuers is committed to successfully matching their dogs with the right families.
The whole process really did not take long once we decided we were ready. The website with photos and descriptions really gave us a feel for the dogs. Once we saw Zeus' photo, we were hooked.
Our home visit and placement assistance from Rhea Dawn S really helped us to find Zeus. She was upbeat, acted quickly, and was very honest about expectations.
Zeus was fostered and loved by Sandy and Tom R. Zeus was their 20th (!) foster. They, too, were upfront about any potential concerns, and they clearly had Zeus' best future as their focus. They have huge hearts for these dogs.
Thanks, Labrador Rescuers! We will definitely be spreading the word to anyone we know who are looking for a four-legged family member.

7 Indilabrescue

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Outstanding. Professional. Compassionate.

I have worked with Labrador Rescuers and it's volunteers for many years in co-rescue efforts between they and our group - Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of SoCal (Indilabrescue).

This dedicated group of volunteers go out of their way to save dogs and provide dignity to each animal - no matter how old, sick, or "un-adoptable" they may be.

The LR officers and volunteers have collaborated with us in a seamless manner further underscoring their commitment to rescue work on a broader scale. This is truly a working rescue and for them, it is all about the dogs.

Lab Rescuers works tirelessly with myriad shelters in what can often be a frustrating, sad, and difficult environment. They manage to maintain and grow the bond and trust with each shelter system which is essential to our efforts.

They also work with potential adoptive families and adoptive families in the most professional and compassionate way possible. It's a tough course to navigate and they do it beautifully.

I am grateful for this group and I deeply value my relationship with them.

Donna Salvini, Founder
Independent Labrador Rescue of SoCal
(Indilabrescue.org)

7 Laura320

Client Served

Rating: 5

We could not possibly be happier, or more thankful for Lab Rescuers! Daisy is the 2nd family member we have adopted from LR and are thrilled and in love already. Lab Rescuers truly cares about all of their dogs, and their forever homes. Daisy is the perfect dog for us, the perfect fit. Her foster family made for a wonderful and easy transition and we are all truly grateful!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

14 years ago I adopted a chocolate lab from Lab rescues.
She was the dog of a lifetime and a short while after she passed, I put my name on the list to do the same thing all over again. It was time to put my personal feelings aside and give back to a charity that enhanced my life for 14 years.
Meet Chloe the dog they found for me. The picture speaks for itself.
The Lab rescues charity far exceeded my expectations and is an asset to the communities it serves.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We couldn't recommend them more! We lost our last lab a couple of years earlier and we were finally ready for another. We knew we wanted another lab and checked out some lab rescue facilities in the area, but we liked the people at Labrador Rescuers the best. Our Case Worker and other staff (Foster Parents for example) guided and supported us through the process. They were knowledgeable, professional and friendly. I have to mention that their web site was a big help too, as well as the adoption events. There, we could meet the dogs and Foster Parents...that 'hands on' experience provided critical information needed to make a good choice, and we did. We adopted our 'new' dog March 2016 and couldn't be happier, it's like we've always been together. Honestly, I don't know who's luckier, her or us! Attached are pictures of her first day at her Forever Home. Needless to say, we have recommended Labrador Rescuers every chance we get.

6 Amber94

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have rescued two labs from lab rescue. We rescued our Murphy boy in January of 2014 and he was the most lovable thing ever. He fit right it like one of the family. At the time, we had a 14 year old girl named Maggie who we were a little worried about but he was so gentle with her and she taught him the ropes it was great. She passed shortly after and a couple years later I was ready to get another dog, after months of looking on lab rescue I found the one my Bella girl. We brought her home and Murphy and her have been playing every second of the day they are like ying and yang!!! Thank you lab rescue for another miracle. We love her and she is one of the family for sure. Here are a few pictures I have enclosed of Bella and Murphy.