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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 4,400 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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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!


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.



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.



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.