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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

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

All the lab rescuer volunteers are extremely passionate about saving as many dogs as possible. They take on not only young healthy dogs, they take dogs that other rescuers won't give the time of day. Older dogs and ones that may even have health problems. This organization takes the time and money to get them at their best for their forever home. They also spend a lot of time making sure that their dogs are matched with the best family possible. Lab rescuers is an amazing organization and does so much for those pups in need.

3 Carol265

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first made aware of Labrador Rescuers from my neighbor, Betty, an active member of the organization and a devoted foster to dozens of dogs including several recovering from surgery and previous neglect. I have seen first hand the dedication of Betty and other members of this wonderful organization. They care deeply for the dogs, nursing them back to health and making certain that they find homes that are a good fit both for the dogs and for their human families.

Five years ago, in January,2012, my husband and I adopted our dog, Lucy, (formerly Dancer) from Lab Rescuers. We first saw her online at the LR site and visited her at the home of her foster, Chuck, who provided details about her personality and background. Chuck later brought her to our home to be sure that she and our other dog, Penny, would get along. That meeting went well and we adopted Lucy that very day. Sadly, Penny passed away last year, but Lucy, now six years old, continues to bring us happiness every day. She enjoys her daily walks and visits to dog park, is kind and gentle with our five young grandchildren, loves bringing in the newspapers from our driveway, and is my constant companion; she is always by my side. I thank the Labrador Rescuers organization for saving her life and for making mine even brighter because of her.




3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy to have been chosen to be the forever family for a lab named Chocolate Willie. He is the perfect fit for our family. We decided it was time to expand our fur family. We felt that rescuing was the best choice for us as we did not want to take on a new puppy but really wanted another lab. We found lab rescue and started researching them. We found a few labs that looked great. We filled out the application and got our phone call. The home visit went great. We knew by the time and effort given by all the staff and volunteers that this rescue organization really wants the very best for their dogs. Michelle brought Willie to our home to make sure our chihuahua would like him. We knew they would get along great, but best to be sure. Willie has been ours since that day and he is such a sweet dog!
We are grateful for organization like this one that really has the dogs best interest in mind.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful Lab through this organization almost two years ago. I'm so thankful everyday that I found this group. They really take great care of their foster doggies and the families looking to adopt.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can't say enough about this great and caring organization. From the initial contact, to the home visit, to finally the fosterer herself everyone was great. Can tell they all really care. The foster lady had been awesome with her ongoing help and advice. Can't thank her enough.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have worked with and adopted from other rescues in the past, and in my opinion they could all learn something from Labrador Rescuers. They are very professional and well organized organization. They checked thoroughly to make sure there rescued dog (Rainey was going to a safe and loving home. They also gave us as much medical history as they could. It was a very pleasant experience and we are very happy with not only Rainey but the whole process.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I patiently waited for a puppy and we got to pick her up today! Thank you for saving Ivy, her mom and four siblings. She is cuddled up taking a nap and we love her! :)

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been very pleased to work with Labrador Rescuers. Once we decided to adopt another dog, we checked on several rescues in the San Diego area. LR came up first since we were specifically looking for another lab. They have been attentive and responsive throughout the entire process. It didn't take long before we were connected with the foster family for our top choice, Lula. I attached a picture of her taken during her first day at her new home. She is such a sweetheart! We wouldn't hesitate to work with LR again.

4 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lab rescuers in San Diego is the most wonderful organization to adopt a dog in need. We filled out an application and they came to our home and did a thorough home inspection. They really care about their dog's welfare. After our approval, we adopted an 8 yr old female lab name Fiona from them. Fiona is our love and we absolutely adore her. Lab rescuers while in their care had Fiona's teeth polished, scaled and cleaned. They treated her bad ear infection and gave her all her shots. Their volunteer's are extremely dedicated and compassionate. This is an extremely organized and professional rescue. Please fill out an application and save a dog's life from this wonderful organization. I would like to send a special Heartfelt "Thank You" to fosters Suzette and Bill Brunner and Barb Marsh!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiancé and I were looking for a puppy to bring into our family that would get along with our 5 year old (17lb) dog. We sent our application in, and we're paired up with Sandie for our house visit. Sandie is incredibly kind, assessed our house for adoption and sat us down to talk about our wants and needs, and what to expect. Sandie was very helpful and understanding, and when she left, we were sure we were in good hands.

We checked back on the LR Available Adoptions page multiple times a day, until we saw our perfect pup pop up. We emailed Sandie, who then reached out to the foster, who then called us and set up a meet and greet. We saw, met, and took our perfect pup home all within the same day! Now he is is sleeping soundly after lots of playing with his new brother. We couldn't be happier with the help and support LR offered us! We can't recommend them enough for anyone looking for a new addition to the family.

3 Bill123

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience was one of complete satisfaction.they are a pawsome organization who truly care about the animials well being and placement to loving careing homes.i only wish I could do more for them.they deserve nothing but the best !

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our new family member, Chester, in December 2016. Chester's foster family was extremely helpful with the background information they provided us. Lab Rescuers and the foster family's main concern is for the long term well being of all their animals. We are very happy to have passed the adoption process and welcome Chester to our family. Thank you to Bev and William ( the foster family) and to Lab Rescuers for our wonderful boy, Chester.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Labrador Rescuers of San Diego has come through for us again!! Last week we adopted our 2nd dog from them, a beautiful, female, purebred, Black Labrador, Sammie. She is 7 years old and just precious! Sammie is loving, full of energy, smart, and gentle with our children. We could not be more thrilled! From start to finish our experience with Labrador Rescuers was a breeze! The online application was easy to fill out. They clearly communicated when and where each adoption event would be held. Our home visit with Kristen R. was friendly and easy. Finally, Sammie’s foster parents, Sandy and Tom, were communicative, willing to answer questions, and wanted to make sure Sammie was the right fit for our home. She fit in the very first day with our 3 children and dog, Sally, 6, a Lab Mix. We had successfully adopted Sally from Lab Rescuers 6 years ago and were looking for a companion dog for her. We love this rescue group and can’t say enough about the lifesaving work they do. Please consider adopting a dog through this organization. If you can’t adopt a dog at this time, please donate to help save lives. Labrador Rescuers of SD will be our first stop to adopt in the future!
Sincerely,
Jennifer and Bryan R

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience with Lab Rescuers! They assign a volunteer that comes to your house to ensure the dogs you meet are a good match for the living situation. In our case, Betina, responded to my emails day or night about dogs we either wanted to know more about or meet. We met dogs both at fosters' homes, our home and at a fundraiser event. We adopted a pup from Sandy and Tom who were nice enough to keep Jaxon for a few extra days after we adopted him so we could be off for several days when he first came home. There are a ton of people working behind the scenes to give these dogs the best possible chance for forever homes. Thanks for all you do Lab Rescuers!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued a four year old Flat Coated Retriever from Lab Rescuers a month ago. I have the sweetest dog ever. When I found the dog I wanted to rescue on the website things moved quickly. I was extremely pleased with all aspects of the process, including having Lori come to visit me and spend time in the yard playing ball. The next week she moved in. I am so lucky to have her in my life.

6 Casey26

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a huge animal lover- and I have always given my pets the upmost care and love, unfortunately tragedy engulfed my family and all of my fur babies needed to find new homes. My big boy Zeus is a fantastic dog, and I wanted to make sure he went to a proper, loving home for him. I stumbled across this Labrador Rescuers. They graciously heard my story and plea to find my boy a loving home. They took him accordingly and he found a home unexpectedly fast! I was so thrilled that he now has found a family who will love him as I have, and enjoy him into his senior years.

Giving a family member up is always the worst feeling and I was comforted and pleased with the quality of care and communication between the rescue and myself :)

We need to realize it's not about trying to get money or pushing to make what you've put in back. It's about finding a loving home for your family member and not just giving them away. I would trust this rescue to find your pet an excellent home. And if I ever come to be in a position where we can bring a dog back into our home- I wouldn't hesitate checking here first to adopt :)

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.

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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!