Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue An Arizona-based Rescue Group

Our Dogs

Contact your Home Visit Coordinator to arrange a meeting with any of our wonderful labs!

PLEASE NOTE: You must complete an adoption application and pass a home visit before we can discuss any questions you have about our available dogs. We will not return phone messages nor answer e-mails about specific available labs on the website unless you have been approved to adopt.

More adoptable dogs can be seen by visiting our Courtesy Referral Pets for Adoption.

Rainee

Rainee is a laid back, 3 year old black male. There are three cats and two other dogs in the house and he gets along with everyone. His foster dad walks him with the other dogs and he walks like a dream. He does not initiate play, but does rough house with the 1 year old puppy in the house when she instigates. Rainee can be a little shy at first with new people, but quickly warms up to them. He loves to go for car rides!! He is good with older children.
 
Rainee has separation anxiety, but has made remarkable progress through help from training and some medication. He has now been left free, with the other dogs, for up to 8 hours and has been well behaved.  He is completely housebroken. His perfect home would have another dog (preferably female), because it seems to have a calming effect on him especially when people are away. He is a very sweet boy and is looking forward to finding his forever home. 

 

Rocky

Rocky is an energetic and lovable 3 year old chocolate lab mix.  He's a little shorter than the average lab which makes him the perfect lap dog!  Rocky absolutely loves to walk with a pack or alone on a treadmill.  Exercise is a must for this spirited boy who requires at least two workouts daily.  He has learned the Structured Walk (heel, stop, sit) and that alone makes for an excellent daily workout for his mind and body.  He is playful with other dogs and plays with a gentle dominance.  The family cat in his training home walked right into one of Rocky's sessions and he seemed interested in meeting the cat in a nice way.  He is crate trained, does not bark, loves to wag his tail and is learning to play fetch.  He knows all basic commands.
 
Check out Rocky's videos below:
Rocky's Training - The Basics!
Rocky is Ready for his Forever Family
 
 

 

Rhodes

My name is Rhodes and I am a 5 year old lovable black male.  I get along great with people but I am a little shy at first, if you have paience to bond with me I am extremely lovable and sweet.  I do have an energetic side and I really enjoy long walks and going swimming.  For the most part, I do enjoy other dogs company but again it takes me a little time to build their trust.  I have been in training and I know how to heel, sit, down, stay and come.  I enjoy training alot so I would love my forever parents to continue my training.  I did jump a 6' fence when left alone so I really need people to stay with me until I am comfortable.  I don't have separation anxiety but I do get bored very quickly.  I am staying with my trainer and her dog right now so if you think I am a good fit, please call my contact and we can set up an appointment to visit together. 
 
 
Click here to check out Rhodes in action at Partners!

 

Sophie

Hi- I am Sophie! the nice people at Desert Lab Rescue took me in when my owner became ill and couldn't take care of me. I am an energetic 6 year old female black lab mix, a little on the petite size or rather the perfect size. I love to go on walks, this is new so I need some help with not getting so excited about other dogs and bunnies. I had a small canine sibling at my old home I adored, I now have a lab foster brother who I get along with even though he doesn't play with me and steals my ball. I learned the doggy door and love to be in the yard, we have a pool but I have not shown any interest in getting in. I am a people dog, I am usually right by my foster family and love hugs and give lots of kisses. I am good in the house, but not real fond of the crate. All I want is love, cuddles, a warm couch and your bed would be my dream come true. Update: I have been in training to learn all kinds of things including how to be around different canine friends with different personalities. I'm good with other dogs but not all other dogs. I guess like some humans, I'm selective about my friends. I'm also a very young acting 6 year-old. I love to run and play and I LOVE the garden hose!

 

Gabby

Gabby is a beautiful, senior, light colored yellow Lab. She is sweet, loving and smart. Her prior owners told the animal control officer that she is around 11 years old when they dropped her off at the shelter. Gabby is housebroken and fine left alone loose in the house and knows how to use a doggie door. She does great with other dogs of all sizes and has been fine with the previous foster's cat. Since there are other dogs at her foster home to keep her company she has not been left totally alone. Gabby is on thyroid medication which her new owner will have to keep her on for the remainder of her life (cost is not much more for the meds than one Starbucks visit a week.) She loves to snuggle on the couch with you, but will sleep in a dog bed near you at night. She can be picky about food. We have found the only kibble she truly loves and will eat is "Nature's Variety Instinct, Grain Free, Raw Coated". She loves carrot treats and bananas too! Of course, if someone wanted to cook for her she would love that too as she has great interest in what the humans are having :)

 

Emmett

Hi!  I'm Emmett but my foster family has been calling me Zuma after a chocolate lab on a popular kids cartoon.  Emmett has been great with his foster family's young children and small dogs.  He doesn't jump up on people but has done some counter surfing when no one is looking.  He is housebroken even though his foster family does not have a doggy door.  He enjoys walks and does well on a leash.  He also knows a few commands (sit, down, shake). Emmett rides well in a car and can easily jump in on his own.  He loves plush, squeaky, toys and bully sticks.  One of his favorite activities is to lay outside and sunbathe while he chews on a bully stick.  He hasn't chewed anything that he wasn't supposed to.  Emmett is such a sweet, mellow boy that is always near his people.  His ideal forever home will be a family that is not gone for long hours at a time.

 

Athena

Hello world! I am Athena the curious. I am a smart and sassy little lady. I love to run around and play with my brother Grey. We learn new things everyday. So far we have learned how to use the dog door and we are crate trained! We even sleep through a full eight hours at night so you can get your sleep too! My mom and dad think it's a pretty great deal. I am just about potty trained but I am still a puppy so I will need someone to be patient with me while I learn my new surroundings. I will need family that can spend lots of time with me and can give me the training I need. I will also need some help with my leash training. I am getting better everyday but still need some practice. I like to play with other dogs like my foster brother and sister but I am still learning my manners. I need a house without cats because although I am interested in them, I don't think the feeling is mutual. My brother Grey is my very best friend and I like him a whole lot, we do everything together. Where ever I go he will need to go also so we can stay together. I like cuddles, belly rubs and to give kisses but am still independent and love going on adventures in my back yard to find new things to play with. Call my mom and dad if you want to meet with us. Keep in mind I am still a puppy and have lots of learning and growing to do!

 

Grey

Hi, I am Grey! I am a pretty sweet and snuggly little guy but I also have a mischievous sparkle in my handsome blue eyes. I love to run around and play with my sister Athena. I play rough with her but I let her win and boss me around because I like her. I love my foster brother and sister and get to play with them but I am still learning my manners. I need a house without cats because although I am interested in them, I don't think the feeling is mutual. My sister is my buddy and we do everything together. I've never been without my sister, she is my very best friend. So where ever I go she will need to go too. We learn new things everyday. So far we have learned how to use the dog door and we are crate trained! We even sleep through a full eight hours at night so you can get your sleep too! My mom and dad think it's a pretty great deal. I am potty trained but I am still a puppy so I will need you to be patient with me while I learn my new surroundings. I am working on walking better on a leash but right now I get overly excited. I just don't know how to contain my happiness when we get to go for a walk just yet but I am getting better. I will need a family that can spend lots of time with me and can give me the training I need. I like cuddles and belly rubs but my favorite is playing with my sister or following her around. Call my mom and dad if you want to meet with us. Keep in mind I am still a puppy and have lots of learning and growing to do!

 

Lulu

There is no better companion than a wiser, calmer, loving lab.  Nica (formerly Lulu5) epitomizes these traits.  She happily lives to keep her human company, be a great friend and follow commands.  Nica greets infants, kids and adults with acceptance and warmth; strangers appreciate her good manners and sweet disposition.  At the park she runs with dogs half her age.  Not much of a barker but she does talk to you, especially when she would like to go for a walk.  Nica walks gently on leash.  This petite black lab is a well mannered lady in the home and the car; never messing nor damaging either.  If you seek an amazing bond with a four legged friend than if you adopt Nica you will be one lucky human and wonder who rescued whom.
UPDATE: My foster mom says people are missing out on the ultimate companion by not checking me out! Also...I have been to the dog park and was running around with a pack that is half my age.  1 dog even growled at me but I just stood still.  I have also done well with a dog I met at a home visit.  I have learned come, sit and lets go.  When I want to be petted I go up to my foster mom and sit and she rewards me by pettting me,  (is she training me or am I training her?..haha).  I really am an awesome girl.

 

Kira

Kira is an 11 month old yellow lab girl, very friendly, gets along well with other dogs, unsure about cats but ignores them on our walks. She has been through basic obedience training and walks well on a leash, knows sit, down and stay and is quick to learn as she is very food motivated. She sure loves food and will countersurf if given the opportunity, but does respond well to correction. She is house broken and knows how to use the doggie door to go outside and do her business. She is kennel trained but is also good when being left out. Being a puppy, she does like shoes and will try to eat them, but that’s about her only vice. Kira was initially adopted this February but was returned to her foster home in April, when she had a seizure. Kira is now on anti-seizure meds, which she will have to take for the rest of her life to keep her well controlled. She is full of vigor and energy, loves to play with her foster brothers, loves to eat, going for walks and working out on the treadmill and fetching tennis balls. In fact, you would never think there’s anything wrong with this sweet bundle of joy. She deserves a permanent loving home and she will give more love in return than you can handle. If you have it in your heart to love and care for a dog with a medical condition, then call and meet this adorable lab girl.

 

Huey

Huey5 is a very handsome black male age 1.  He is a smaller Lab at 35#.  He likes to play with other dogs but would chase a cat.  Softly jumping up to give a hug is his favorite way to show his love.  Huey5 is a young Lab who will need training, but he is housebroken, rides well in the car, is pretty calm for his age, and is not too bad on a leash.  His previous owner said he was good with her grandchildren.  He is a very curious boy that will counter surf a counter or desk to see what is there.  He would love to sleep with you at night.  Could Huey5 could be the right dog for you??

 

Dewey

Hi everyone, Dewey here.  I asked my foster mom to type something up about me.  Looking at my picture, you might notice I am a little smaller for a lab...but is that really a bad thing?! I am 35 pounds of love and fun.  I didn't come from the best situation so I am slowly learning to be a dog.  I really love to be pet and when people talk to me.  I currently live with 2 foster dog brothers who I get along with wonderfully.  There is also a six year old human that I love to get attention from.  There is a cat here too, but I don't pay any attention to him and I certainly don't have any interest in chasing him.  As a young lab, I would benefit greatly from some training.  I don't jump up on people but I have taken it upon myself to check out what is on the counter.  Foster mom explained to me that isn't polite, so I am working on that.  Do you have a patient home that you could welcome me into and provide me with love and encouragement that I need?  If so, call my foster mom, she just loves to talk about me!

 

Wilson

Hello, I'm Wilson and I'm a 10 month old yellow male.  My family was moving and could not take me with them.  I get along great with my foster brothers and sister, including the cranky Aussie who likes to boss everyone around!   I am good with cats but guinea pigs get me very excited so I probably shouldn't have them around.   I walk pretty well on a leash.  I am very gentle and great with kids.   I am mostly housebroken but sometimes my foster mom misses my signal to go out!   I know how to use a doggy door but there isn't one in my foster home.  I can be left loose in the house and I don't get into things I shouldn't.  Sometimes I mistake one of the kid's stuffed animals for my toy but I drop it as soon as my foster mom tells me.   I like stuffed toys and I really love to chew on nylabones.  When DLRR took me in I was in a lot of pain and turns out I have valley fever.  My new family will need to continue with my medication and vet care until I am well.  I'm on pain medication and valley fever medication and I'm doing so much better.  My appetite is great and I love to play!!   I will probably need to be on medication for quite a while, I was a sick pup.  I love to cuddle and my foster mom thinks I should tell you I like to sneak up behind her while she is cooking or doing dishes and give her little kisses.  She thinks it's cute but thought I should mention it because some people don't like dog kisses.  If you would like to learn more about me, please call my foster mom and she can tell you anything I missed!       

 

Stoni

Stoni is a very sweet girl. She is extremely smart at a young age. Learned to use doggie door within an hour coming to her foster home. She will be a big lovable girl. She gets along great with small and big dogs. Do not know about cats. She likes to play with stuff toys. She wants to cuddle. She has a soft bite when given treats. Stoni will follow you around and lay by your feet. She does very well with children and does not rough play with them. She is being kennel trained and does very well with settling down for the night. She will let you know when she needs to go out.

 

Brutus

I am sure you are all wondering about my beautiful color....I am the new SILVER and my coat is thick and wavy. I was a stray and saved from the e-list because I was afraid. Well my foster family has seen another side of me and I am not afraid at all. Some of my qualities are, housebroken, not food aggressive, take treats gently, don't go on the furniture but sometimes I like to sleep with you but only for a very short time and then I leave to sleep all night on my bed in your room, I know sit, come, stay and I sure love kisses, belly rubs and being brushed. I like playing and taking walks with my furry foster sister and then napping together.  Of course no one is perfect and I need some help with.....counter surfing, trash picking, how to get in the car and not crate trained. I really would love a family where someone is home with me most of the time. 
 

 

Alvin

Hi everyone, Alvin here!  I asked my foster mom to tell you some things about me.  First off, don't let my size intimidate you.  I am 80 pounds but I am very gentle.  There is a 6 year old boy in my foster home and I don't jump on him or do anything that would hurt him.  I love when he pets me and talks to me.  Second of all, I love other dogs, big or small!  I like to play with them and walk around with them--they are friends to me.  I would enjoy having another doggy playmate, but if I get to have all your attention for myself, that would be terrific, too.  I love to chase cats--isn't that what they are for?  Foster mom says I would be better off in a house with no cats, bunnies or birds.  I do enjoy chasing balls and toys that you throw in the yard--that's really fun!  
I have had pretty good manners since coming into my foster home.  I haven't gone potty inside-- I use the dog door--and I don't bark much.  I know a few commands like "sit."  I could use some leash training--it's just so exciting to go for walks that I pull sometimes, but my foster mom has taken me jogging and I LOVE that!  I would make a great jogging or hiking partner.  I am also quite excellent at chewing on bones!  Foster mom calls me a gentle giant who is extremely adaptable and loving.  I can't wait to find my forever home so I can start loving everyone in it.
If you would like to meet me, please call my foster mom.  She would love to tell you more about me.
Hugs,
Alvin

 

Bubbles

Hi, I am Bubbles!
I am a 1 year old lab mix who is an adorable and sweet boy.  We don't know much about me because I have not been in a foster home yet.  I was a stray with my brother Randy.  A wonderful lady found us wondering on a golf course, took us in and called DLRR.  My brother and I almost look like twins except for a little difference in fur color and tongue color.  I am great on the leash and love my walks.  I also love to give hugs.  My brother and I would love to be adopted together but if not, I am pretty sure I would like a playmate since my brother and I are so close.  We have a great time and like to wrestle when we are together.  We also will eat a treat right next to each other and drink out of the same water bowl.  WE are quite a catch if I do say so myself.  (One of the kennel moms loves us already, but she kind of loves everyone, haha). Ohhhh, please feel free to change my name.  Kennel mom has been calling me Bubba since that sounds a little more manly. =)

 

Randy

Hi, I am Randy!
I am a 1 year lab mix who is an adorable and sweet boy.  We don't know much about me because I have not been in a foster home yet.  I was a stray with my brother Bubbles.  A wonderful lady found us wandering around on a golf course, took us in and called DLRR.  My brother and I almost look like twins, except for a little difference in fur color and tongue color.  I am good on the leash and  I am learning quick to have more confidence on the busy street.  I also love to give hugs.  My brother and I would love to be adopted together but if not, I am pretty sure I would like a playmate since my brother and I are so close.  We have a great time and like to wrestle when we are together.  We also will eat a treat right next to each other and drink out of the same water bowl.  WE are quite a catch if I do say so myself!  (One of the kennel mom's loves us already, but she kind of loves everyone, haha). 

 

Jackson

Jackson is 4 1/2 years old.  He is the biggest cuddly-bear ever. Full of love and life; Jackson will bring joy to anyone from the moment he is seen. He is 4 1/2 years old and full of lots of puppy playfulness. He loves to play ball and swim and would really enjoy a big backyard to do those things. When he's done playing he will join you on the couch to snuggle and watch TV. Jackson is about 115 lbs, tall, house broken, likes his crate but doesn't need it, good with other dogs (small and large) and likes  their companionship, he is new to using the doggy door but has pretty much figured it out.  We are not sure about his association with cats and due to his size, he would be better off with older children because he is not fully aware of his size and ability to knock over little kids. Jackson knows a couple of commands (sit and come) and most important, he really wants to please and be right there with his human. He is the best!!!
He went to the vet today and checked out pretty well - he has a minor ear infection that we are treating but it should be gone by the time he is adopted.

 

Cocoa

Cocoa is a classic looking, strong, 3 to 5 year-old Chocolate Lab that loves being with humans. She is 100% housetrained, enjoys swimming and gets along with other calm dogs. It is not known if she likes cats or not. She is not crate trained, but is trustworthy when left alone and loves to ride in the car. Cocoa likes children, but because of her size (about 85 lbs.), she would be best with older kids. Since she is a medium energy lab and a few pounds overweight, Cocoa's new humans must be committed to giving her lots of exercise such as hikes and daily walks. She has never been taught things like leash walking, sit or down, so a professional training class must be at the top the new owner's to-do list. She is a smart girl that is able to learn quickly. Cocoa is really a wonderful dog!

 

Bridgette

Hi everyone! My name is Bridgette & I am a 2yr old black lab. There isn't much info on my past life but I am so happy the angels at DLRR saved me!! I am so pretty (if I do say so myself) & petite (55lbs), but I am mighty! I am excited to meet you & I have lots of energy, but I can calm down pretty easily. I love to go on walks & ride in cars & fetch & play, but I also really love to cuddle. I just want to be with you! I know some commands & I will be super easy to train because I am so eager to make you happy. I like my crate & I will happily stay quiet in there. I haven't had any accidents in the house & I don't bark, dig or chew!! My foster family loves me & all 4 of the kids love to play with me. I am SO GOOD with kids & I love to give them kisses! There are 2 other dogs at my foster home & I keep wanting to play with them but they are kind of boring & they keep telling me to stop jumping on them. I like to play rough! The big one is my friend, but I think the little one is a chew toy so we can't play together any more. I think I would do better with another big dog in my family, but I would also be SO HAPPY to be the one & only dog in your life! I can't wait to meet you & I can't wait to find my forever family!!

 

Huntley

Huntley is a small, black lab mix who is very timid.  He gets along with other dogs and can use a doggie door.  He had to be picked up and placed in my car,  but then rode quietly all the way home. He loves to have his head rubbed and will stand next to you as long as you will rub him.  He appears to be mild mannered and mellow, and wants to just hang out with the family. He is house trained and needs to put on a few pounds, and is pretty easy to walk. I think he will do best in  a quiet house with someone who is very understanding and will help him build his confidence. 

 

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