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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 4,200 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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Lab Rescuers (LR) about 2 years ago. I wanted to adopt a dog from them but ended up being a foster parent for 10 dogs. Some of them got adopted and some became LR's lifeboat Labs (which means they're forever cared for in LR's loving foster homes).
The reason that keeps me volunteering is the group of highly dedicated volunteers. They are regular people just like us with 9-5 jobs, but still find time to organize events, fundraisers, garage sales, transportation for dogs (sometimes from LA all the way down to SD), rehabs for dogs, be foster homes ...etc. Many of the dogs LR pulls in are older labs, owner-turn-ins and labs that are in need of medical attention. Because of all the volunteers willing to put in their time to do whatever it is for the dogs in our care, LR is able to save 360 dogs (on average) per year. Many of the dogs are adopted to their forever homes.
Being part of this amazing team is what keeps me going.

9 Catherine82

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our Henry from Lab Rescuers 2 years ago and he has been a blessing from day one. The home visit helped us understand the needs of our soon to be family member and the fosters with whom we spoke helped us understand the needs of their particular dog, and thereby guiding us to our perfect new family member. I cannot say enough positive things about this great organization! When they asked me to help with home visits in my area, which is a bit north of theirs, I hesitated as I work full time and care for my grandchildren on weekends. But I did help occasionally and now I make the time to serve as best I can. This group of energetic, kind, clever, resourceful, and throughly dedicated people are a credit to humanity, as they truly do Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome as many Labs as possible. It's an honor to support this noble organization!

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known both volunteers and foster families who work with this rescue and all are very dedicated to the mission of helping dogs find new homes. They will take labs into their rescue family, regardless of age or health, provide them with needed medical care and place them as soon as possible in new homes, or foster homes. A very dedicated group who understands and practices the true meaning of rescue

9 Enid R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've known the volunteers of Lab Rescuers for 15 years. They are so dedicated to saving the lives of so many labs, regardless of age or medical condition or the difficulties that the rescue itself may pose. It was a privilege to adopt a lab from them 10 years ago.
It is the lucky dog that finds themself with Labrador Rescuers - true advocates for the health, happiness and well being of the dog

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prior to looking for a lab to join our family, we looked at multiple lab rescue sites. The one that stood out time after time was Labrescuers, so when we decided to start looking for a lab, we applied with Labrescuers. Our volunteer, Linda, who came to do our home visit was amazing. She truly cared about learning about us so she could match us with the right dog. She has been amazing, and sends us emails when there is a new dog she feels may be a match for us. She has been so understanding and helpful, it is very apparent that this organization of volunteers runs like an organization of professionals. They take in high cost/maintenance medical cases and get them as healthy as possible and ready for new homes, no matter what it takes. They take great effort to match the right dog with the right family so that everyone is happy at the end of the process. I can't say enough good things about this organization.

8 Maria148

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oh my gosh, Lab Rescuers of San Diego is the best TRULY non-profit (all-volunteer run) organizations I've ever had the pleasure to deal with. We have two labs (Winter and Lexi), both from LR. The LR volunteers are just incredible people and work so hard for these sweet pups.

I wholeheartedly support LR and will continue to get all future doggies right from them.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a puppy through Labrador Rescuers four years ago. The application process and home visit were very efficient and uncomplicated. We love our dog. He was well-socialized and a good fit for our family from the start. Sandie, one of the foster volunteers, is a saint and truly loves all the dogs that come to her home. Four years later we still have puppy reunions with our dear Marty's litter mates! Labrador Rescuers is an amazing organization, doing a great service for our community!

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My friends recommended LR as they adopted a dog from them. When I filed my online application I received a call the next day to set up the home interview. LR is concerned about a safe and dog friendly environment. I was able to go to the foster parent's home and choose the dog-in this case a puppy from an abandoned momma they found. I loved the fact that they were fostered and the foster mother was wonderful with the puppies. They were paper trained by the time I took her home-at 8 weeks. She was also spayed-which my vet confirmed would pose no health issues later.
I would so recommend LR as they do such a wonderful thing by taking in, training and rehoming/adopting out all these dogs. They require training which helps the dog and parent bond plus makes for a better home life for all. The flat adoption fee probably doesn't cover all the expenses. Plus any other surgeries/medical issues could get expensive. It's a wonderful group. I would adopt from them again in a heartbeat.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lab rescue goes over and above to help match the right family with the right lab. They have a great Foster program which provides information about the traits of the labs to help find the right fit. We can improve our program by increasing the number of people helping to promote intake, fostering, adoptions and fundraising.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has many volunteers working together to create a well organized rescue group. We save labs and lab Mixes by working as a team. The more volunteers that are involved, the more successful we are. We can improve by adding more involved volunteers to help promote adoptions.