Labrador Rescue

April 12, 2010

Anyone dealt with So Cal dog rescue groups?

Just wondering if anyone has had experiences with the following groups, either positive or negative: Westside German Shepherd Rescue, Canine Adoption and Rescue League, Foreverhome Pet Rescue, Ventura County Humane Society, West Coast Mastiff and Large Breed Rescue, Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue, Fetching Companions Labrador Rescue…I think that’s it. Those are some of the groups in my area, and I was going to start looking in the Fall-but I have heard some groups deny for really silly reasons, and their volunteers are on power trips, etc. Any experiences would be great.
Two reasons I might be denied-we adopted 2 dogs from a badly run rescue before, but had to re-home them both.
Also, we have little kids, and I know some rescues have policies about little kids. Which is lame.

Rescue groups are like breeders - some are responsible, some are just trying to get dogs out of shelters without knowing anything about them. Most have a website with specific adoption requirements - if they say home visit required, they mean home visit required.

And ,yes, unfortunately there is politics and egos. Some people have seen so much neglect and cruelty they hate people and act unreasonably but most are just good hearted people looking for a safe, life-time, committed home for dogs. A few volunteers are on a power trip - but then you find that in breeders too.

You need to just move on and try working with another group. Each rescue is different so don’t get scared off by stories - some are easy to work with and flexible, some are very inflexible and unpleasant, most are reasonable good people.

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March 5, 2010

Can anyone tell me if this is usual for a dog rescue, please?

A UK Labrador Rescue accepted me as a temporary ‘foster’ carer and this morning brought the first foster dog.

It then transpired that this 2 yr old dog had had NO vaccinations; had a stomach upset; had a water infection, and was in heat. (We already knew she’d be in heat).

When I asked, the Rescue rep then admitted that ‘maybe one or two’ of the infections that the dog ‘could’ have picked up could be transmitted to humans.

It is ‘normal’ for a dog rescue to have no information about a dog up to and including not knowing that it hasn’t had ANY vaccinations…?
This dog was taken from a ‘private home’ - yet came with no collar, no food, nothing!

Thanks for all your answers guys

This is absolutely normal. Rescue dogs are an unknown commodity in most cases. Even if they are owner surrenders, people lie about vaccinations and health all the time! If they are shelter pulls, they could have picked up anything in the shelter.
It is also normal to get a new foster to the vet to be treated and vaccinated. It is also normal to quarantine a dog until all possibility of anything infectious has been eliminated. This is just plain common sense.
Does your group not have a procedures manual for how to take in and vet a new dog, and how to introduce to your home? If not, maybe a suggestion to them to make one up would be helpful to all the volunteers.

I have had worse. I had a dog in quarantine for 2 1/2 months once. Ringworm, conjunctivitis, sarcoptic mange, kennel cough, you name it! And also not altered.

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February 23, 2010

Advice on introducing a rescue dog I’m ‘fostering’ to my friend’s dog?

My friend has a gorgeous Labrador which I often walk and look after for her. I’m also due to start looking after a Rescue dog - another Lab - in the next few weeks.

Do you have any tips for me on how to successfully introduce these dogs to each other without either one becoming nervous and/or aggressive?

I’m planning on having them meet on ‘neutral’ territory, but any other tips would be greatly welcomed
Thanks guys - very helpful

Cheers for the link KATHLEEN

I always introduce my dogs to a new foster dog outside, away from the house one at a time. If there’s any issues, I bring the new dog home and keep the new dog in a crate in the same room until everyone calms down and gets used to the new dog being there. Then I try again introducing them one at a time. After that, there’s usually no problems. On the rare occasion there are still issues after that, I repeat the process if I think there’s a chance they will get along or just keep them separated if it seems the new dog has aggression issues beyond just the normal tiffs dogs may have upon meeting one another.

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February 22, 2010

What do you feed your dog? Am hopefully getting a Rescue dog (Labrador) in the next week or so - can you?

recommend a really good - UK available - dog food?

Thanks CHAOS, great links


I am in the UK and long ago decided to feed my dogs a more species specific raw prey model diet.
This was 15 years ago, and since then I have never looked back. There are plenty of places in the UK to obtain suitable raw food from. You do need a big freezer, but apart from them it is not inconvenient, can be cheaper and certainly cab man fewer vet visits/bills !

I have fed Yorkies &Y Border Collies on raw, starting with older dogs and since having raised a litter of puppies on raw.

I have provided a few links to help you read through if you want to go this rouote. Many, MANY people acrross the globe have reverted back to feeding this more natural diet over the past 10-20 years, BUT you will still find a lot of negativity and doom-saying amongst the people who have not yet researched this. Be prepared

I have also included a link to a very recent article in the Daily Mail about modern petfood and vets.
Happy hunting and good luck with the new dog ! Hope this helps.

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February 10, 2010

Dogue de bordeaux vs german shepherd vs labrador?

We want to get a dog and have always really wanted a GSD but labradors are very nice and would be a good family dog, but recently on a rescue page there is a Dogue de Bordeaux we could possibly foster and then adopt.
What do you guys think?
PS we need a good family dog. our family already has soem GSDs but not us.
BTW the DDB is around 13 months

I personally love DDBs (I have 4) and rescuing one would be wonderful. The DDB rescue does an excellent job of screening dogs and potential adopters to make sure they have the right match. As you have already had GSDs you know that working dogs, esp guardian breeds, need consistency, discipline, and constant socialization.

Doggylover- DDBs make excellent family pets. Ihave six dogs (including 4 ddbs), two children, a cat and a bird. The ddbs are wonderful with my children and tolerant of the other animals.

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January 20, 2010

luv a lab rescue in san jose california email address?

labrador retriever rescue site called lovealabrescue is located in san jose california

ok,I think this is the one you mean (

if not maybe this one ( )
if its neither,then Im sorry,I looked for half an hour,and thats all I found lol

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November 30, 2009

What is the best way to find a rare dog I want?

I am looking to purchase a Labrador Husky with blue eyes and tan fur. I have looked online, checked out multiple vet clinics, animal shelters, rescue homes for pets, and a local list of breeders and am unable to locate one of these. Can anyone point me into the right direction of who I can get in contact with to get one of these lovely dogs? Will give 100 points for the best answers

a labrador/Husky is not a rare breed.

It is a mix between a Labrador retriever and Siberian husky (or alaskan husky).

We get tons of these in every year down at our local shelter. And our local pound is sadly always having to put them down.

Lab/husky mix is the most common mix in our area.

Try you should be able to find a puppy of this mix in a shelter near you. Now being that its a mutt the traits aren’t specific you may not find a exact look you want. But don’t get a dog based on looks get a dog based on personality and what fits with you lifestyle.

Good luck

I don’t know where you are located but I found a few on petfinder:

They are out there you just have to be patient and locate them. Good luck and please adopt, you will be saving a life and not contributing to the irresponsible breeding of mix breeds

ADUIAL: I just looked that up. And the first site that popped up was, not a very reliable site. But it did show a labrador husky, still something doesn’t sit right with that. Probably a back yard bred created dog.

To the OP: If you are wanting a purebred Husky, go with a Siberian Husky, they have been around for many years and breed true. If you want one of these Labrador Huskies I would do my research and make sure they are a real breed and not a hoax first

According to this is what is says about a Labrador Husky

"The Labrador Husky is a spitz type of dog that was bred for work as a very strong, fast sled dog; it is a purebred originating from Canada. Although the breed’s name may be baffling, it is not a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Husky; these mongrel dogs are not automatically purebreds simply because the Labradorian Sleddog is. The breed is very little known, and there are no breed clubs that currently recognize it."

Well if anything I learned something today. Shows I don’t know as much as I thought. Anyways sounds like a relatively knew breed and it bothers me that there are no breed clubs for it. There are many many breeds out there not recognized by AKC,CKC, or UKC. Its just going to be hard for you to find one of these dogs. I really don’t have any advice.

I appolgize for assuming you meant just a designer dog. I don’t know enough about this dog to really help you

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November 12, 2009

Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc?

Has anyone heard of Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue? Is this a legitimate organization? Has anyone personally dealt with them?

I have head of them and actually I am a member of their Facebook page. I know a get several updates from them, lots of nice dogs and efforts to save Labs as well as other dogs in need.

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November 7, 2009

Labrador Retriever Rescue?

OK, so instead of buying from a reputable breeder, I decided to get one from here. So, can someone tell me some information about this group? I would rather have personal opinions than website links. Thanks!

Go to

You’ll be able to find whatever kind of dog you want from established, reputable rescue groups.

I have two pomeranans I found on One was 60 miles away and the other was 150 miles away.


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October 18, 2009

My Labrador Retriever won’t play fetch. How can I get her to play feltch?

She is a retriever and she won’t pick up anything I through. She goes to it sometimes but gets shy about picking it up. She is 6 months old and is a rescue puppy. I would like to train her as a bird dog. But, without this simple game, I won’t have much to work with. She executes all basic commands with little trouble. Please, help.

Fetching can be a fun game that you and your puppy can enjoy throughout your life together.
An easy and fun way to start teaching your dog to play fetch is to use the two-toy fetch method. Get two identical dog toys that your dog can be crazy about. These toys can be a plush dog toy or a bouncy ball; even a tennis ball works well. The idea is to playfully tease your dog with one of the toys and then throw it a ways from you. Make sure to not throw it too far at the beginning, keep it close until your dog learns. As soon as your dog goes to get the toy, call out praise and then when she retrieves the toy call her back to you and show her the other toy. She will probably run back to you to get the other toy. As soon as she gets close, take the first toy away from her and throw the second toy. She will then run after it and you can start the process over again.
Start slowly and build up over time. Fetching balls can be good exercise so let your dog acclimate to the increased activity. Make sure your dog still wants to play fetch when you stop for the day!
Do not use the fetch toys for any other purpose than to play fetch. It will confuse your dog if she can play with the toys at home but must fetch the toys when you are at the park!
If your dog has no interest in retrieving toys, you can create a positive association and still teach her to fetch the toys. Every time she picks up the toy reward her with a small treat. It will take time and repetitions before this really kicks in for her but you will create a desire to fetch for you by using the treats as a reward.
With a little time and patience you will have a well-trained dog to play fetch with and you both can enjoy the game for years to come.
Have fun!

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