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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 4,500 dogs since its formation in 2004.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, Labrador Rescuers rescued 211 dogs and found forever homes for 208 dogs. Labrador Rescuers also provided loving care in permanent foster homes for 9 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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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!

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.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were lucky enough to have picked Labrescuers to adopt our girls. They came as a bonded pair after their owner had passed. The thing I liked the most about Labrescuers is that they took the time to go to your house and see the type of environment you would be providing for these doggies. They want to make sure your dog will be part of your family and be loved. They were very helpful when I needed advice after Sophie was diagnosed with Arthritis.
I also love that they take in dogs that need medical help or that are senior dogs too. We have had the privilege of adding Gina and Sophie to our family.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Shaggy after following him several months online. Stacy came out and interviewed us and checked out our residence. She was very encouraging and helpful. We then got to visit Shaggy at his foster home with Sue. We fell in love in love with him immediately. In all of the adoption process, Labrador Rescuers and especially Sue were extremely helpful and informative. Shaggy is everything you could want in a dog and very loving . Susan and Norb

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Lab Rescuers trusted me with my first Lab, Annie, in 2010. She was already 11, a "senior", who went on to become a most beloved visiting "therapy dog" at a nearby nursing home. Other labs have followed and just this weekend the Rescuers trusted me with a fourth "Senior", Stella Bella, who still has years of love to give. Over the years I have met many of the people who make up this wonderful organization - "retrievers" who drive all over Southern California to rescue dogs from bad situations, vets who volunteer their services, foster parents who find room in their homes and hearts for Labs in need of temporary shelter, care and assessment. They do amazing work very well - and they do it for love. Annie, Bailey, Tia, Bella, I and future members of our "pack" are all in debt to the Rescuers.