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.

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Duffy is a handsome black lab, age 7 and in March was 105 lbs., I am happy to update that he is less than 90 lbs.; he was a stray at the shelter in 2010, at that time DLRR rescued him. Due his adopted family health issues, Duffy was returned to us to find him a new home. He is doing well with his weight loss and is such a handsome boy! He loves to go for walks and the pool. He is very excited when he sees that he is going for a walk; he currently hikes daily from one mile up to three miles. Duffy is a non-chewer, housebroken and is completely trustworthy when left home alone.  Duffy walks with a loose leash, and knows basic commands along with a few tricks, he also takes treats gently. Duffy rarely barks in the house; we are still working on outside but he has made great progress. Duffy is a velcro dog who just wants to be with people. He is good with non-dominate dogs, is great with children and he rides well in the car. He met a cat and has a high drive to chase them. Duffy’s ideal home would be with a non-dominate dog or as an only dog, with children and a pool. If you would like to introduce him to your dog an event is not going to be the best place as there is too much excitement and Duffy maybe more vocal than he is in a home environment. If you would like to meet him, please call his foster parents today!



Update here from Bree......My foster mom has been taking some calls from families interested in making me a family member.  However, she has not yet found that perfect home for me.  So, I am still looking for my furever home.  I'd like to add a quick note - while my dog age is 9, my mind still thinks I am a puppy.  Please consider me.  
Hi- my name is Bree.  I'm a good ol' girl and I would love to have a forever home with a special person to share it with. DLRR helped me find my family when I was 2 years old.  So it only made sense that when my family no longer had the time to spend with me, that DLRR agreed to help me again.  The dynamics of my new family will be a bit different now that I am a mature 10 years old. My foster family has stairs and I am able to maneuver them successfully, however, I am slow and steady.  Each morning I get to go on a walk with my foster siblings for about 20 minutes, and I am often one of the leaders of the pack (I have three foster sisters).  Playtime includes playing fetch with a tennis ball.  You can throw the ball for  me and I will bring it back to you, but not in a flash; that was in my younger days.  Do you see a theme here?  I am active, but I approach things slow and steady these days.  Since returning to DLRR, I have been introducted to many four-legged friends, canine and feline.  I can say that I have yet to meet one I have not liked.  I have learned how to use a doggie door and I am able to stay in the house for extended hours unattended; I am housebroken.  While you are away, I sleep because when you are home, I like to be awake to spend time with you.  I don't bark, however, I do speak at such times as when it's feeding time or time to go for a walk.  I consider it to be merely a reminder of sorts. Oh, and I ride well in a car.
The DLRR docs have looked me over and find that I am in good health for a girl my age; I have no chronic conditions.  While you might take a Advil each day, I might have the need to take my equivalent to help ease my  daily aches and pains.  Other than that, I am in pretty good shape.  My new house can have dogs, but I am afraid I will not be very good companionship for a younger, more active dog, as I might struggle to keep up.  I do well as an only child.   I would love to have someone spend the days with me; I enjoy the company.  If you think you have the right home for me, I would love to meet you.  I will be waiting for you to call my foster mom!      



Hello Everyone,  I am Lexi and I am 8-1/2 years old.  I am a yellow, housebroken Lab with a so, so sweet personality.  I do NOT chase birds, rabbits or cats.  I do NOT bolt out the door and pull on my leash.  Want to know why? Because I can't.  Never really wanted to do these things last year but  it seems that I have added a few pounds in recent months so I now placidly saunter around the house and yard and nap a lot.  I LOVE my morning walks and me and my foster sister, Mona, groom and lick-clean this home's pet Lab.  He thinks he has a harem. So seeing my pictures I know you can tell that I need to continue a healthy diet and increasing exercise.  However, did they have to rub it in by putting me on a food with "Fat Dog" in the name?  I mean, really?
I dream of having a forever home with people that will patiently peel away my extra layers to see a svelte lady that promises to be well-behaved, loyal and ever so loving!



Banjo 2 is an 8 year old Male, Black Lab, that is a little shy at first, but warms up once he knows he can trust and then he is a love bug. He loves to go for walks, he actually prefers to jog lightly.  He is a big sweet boy weighing  about 100 lbs. He gets along with some other dogs. He tends to want to be the boss dog of the house , but usually  gets along well  with little dogs. We are not sure about cats. He is very obedient and knows sit, stay and down.  He is also housebroken and knows how to use a dog door. Banjo has epilepsy that is under control with medication that runs under $20.00 a month.



Our stunning Fox Red English Labbie Luigi is still looking for his forever family. In the meantime, he's not just sitting around waiting he's learning all kinds of great stuff! Luigi is 5 yrs old and a very active guy. He loves to investigate and play. Luigi does not like dogs that approach him rudely.  He is in training at a training facility, working hard on his socialization skills and is doing so good! Luigi knows his basic commands and will wait his turn to walk through doorways if you ask him to.  Luigi needs an active home that is going to continue to work with him on training - he is SO smart and seems to enjoy the challenges training provides him. Luigi is incredibly sweet and loving and will be an amazing companion with the right family. If you think your home could
be Luigi's forever home, please give us a call!



Hi, my name is Lucy and this is my sister Pixie.  Our mom and dad are returning us to DLRR because my dad is very sick.  They rescued us back in 2008.  We love water, retrieving tennis balls and taking naps.  We love children, other dogs and getting our fur brushed.  We are crate trained and bark when we need to go out.  I am the alpha kid and Pixie is ok with that.  We are 8 years old.  If you are looking for 2 mellow ladies, please call.  Oh, Pixie says hi!



Hi I'm Pixie!



Shay is a yellow female age 1.5.  She was found as a stray with a litter of 5 puppies  All of her puppies have found good homes and now it is time for her to find hers.  She is an active dog that likes to run, play with toys and play tug of war.  She does better with male dogs than females.  She is housebroken and uses a doggy door.



Sargent is a handsome pure bred, yellow male age 9.  He is an owner turn because they could no longer care for him.  They had him since he was a puppy.  When he came to my home, he was very confused.  He now acts like he has always been here.  He is housebroken and uses a doggy door.  He is good with other dogs and children.  His favorite things are playing ball and hanging out with you.  He arrived at my home with severe ear infections, but he is getting better every day.  His one fault is counter surfing.  I am learning to be more careful where I leave things.  If you want a very loving companion, Sargent is the one for you.



Russell was an owner turn in because his family was moving out of state and could not take him with. Russell is a bundle of energy for an 9 year old Lab. He loves to go for walks and walks very nicely on a leash, he knows sit, down and likes to give you ‘five’. He especially likes to be by your side to get lots of cuddles, which his foster mom loves because his coat is smooth like silk. He’s not much of a fetcher but he does love his tennis balls and other toys which he likes to carry around the house. He enjoys running around the house with his human foster brother who likes to play hide and seek with him. Russell is a super sweet dog who is looking for his forever home, could that be with you?



Pongo...not a "pearl" but a diamond in the "ruff". Pongo is a people pleader. (Not a typo) He is begging to belong. Pongo was a stray who is just learning the joy of being with people. He loves being brushed, scratched behind the ears, and leaning against you. He is sure to be loyal and true to you. He is fine with other dogs, but doesn't yet seem to know how to play, would rather just be with me. He quickly learned dog door and was very proud of himself. It is easy to see that Pongo isn't used to affection, so now that he has discovered the joy of being touched, he craves love. He will be a great hiking buddy, as he is ready to try anything. He looks old for a 6 year old, but it isn't grey, it is flecks of white from his "mix". His feet look as if he has been walking in early snowfall. Pongo doesn't seem to know commands, but he knows voice correction. He tried to jump in happy greeting, but stopped with one correction, he tried to take delicious chicken wrapper from garbage (what lab wouldn't want a chicken wrapper?) but stopped with one correction, he tried to pull on leash, but happily walked beside me after one correction. He is trustworthy in house and can be left alone without anxiety or trouble. Pongo will need someone with patience and perseverance. He has a huge heart, so if you are also looking to belong, or if you know the feeling of needing to be loved, please meet our Precious Pongo.



This handsome boy is Daytona. He is a gorgeous, 7 year old, neutered, fox red lab. He is one of the most stunning dogs we have had the pleasure of fostering to date. He is such a lover, is dog door trained and is great with kids, cats and dogs. He is such a character, full of expressions and every interaction with him will leave you with a smile on your face. Dont miss the chance to meet this amazing dog. oh yeah, a couple things we havent mentioned, hoping you would be so in love with him so far, that these things wouldnt stop you from meeting him.....he is blind, but this does not stop him from living life to the fullest. . He gets along in new environments quite well. He can still do all the things that dogs do, with no issues, such as walks to the park, car rides, maneuver through a dog door and go up and down the stairs, he knows the commands sit and down. He loves to play, can jump in the air and play with toys. He is great with cats, because he cant see them. :-) He also has a very low titer of valley fever and is currently on medication. He will be re-tested in 3 months to re-check his titer. He would do best in a home that is not extremely cluttered with items on the floor, other than that, he needs a home that is full of love, but that goes without saying, as that is at the top of any dogs wish list.



Meet Bruce 5, he is a big snuggly Teddy Bear. an 8 years young with the "happiest tail" in the state. He is a wonderful companion, very easy going & just wants to hang out with his toys & greet you lovingly when you come home.
Bruce is housetrained, trustworthy in the house, walks well on the leash, knows to sit,& shake his paw, he's good with kids, not bothered by cats but we feel he should maybe be the only dog in the family. When I first started to foster him he was a little over weight at 92lbs but we have been working on that & he looks quite trim now. He is not a high energy dog but enjoys his walk early in the morning. Bruce has been swimming a couple of times but that is not high on his list of "must do", he sometimes will paddle on the top step. Bruce is a very good dog & loves to get hugs & tummy rubs, he also loves to sit on your feet. Bruce would like to find his forever home soon, he's been in foster for over 5 weeks.



Ah, Hope...our  little bundle of love, energy and trouble. She is a genuine sweetie and for a puppy is quite well behaved,. She is familiar with how to use a dog door, but still has accidents from time to time. She is a real lover. She is a puppy and does enjoy being mischevious, heck, that is what being a puppy is all about, right?!
She is great with dogs, kids (but does puppy nibble) and she thinks cats are her personal play friends. She has a bunch of energy and is very smart. She will require training and is in the beginning stages of  being a "counter surfing" prodigy, we have been working with her on this, but she prefers to follow the examples of her peers, rather than her humans. As a puppy, she is quite good at using her selective hearing and ensuring she pushes boundaries to the limit, BUT these are all typical characteristics of a puppy and are easily trainable in this stage. She is truly beautiful, has a shiny, soft coat and precious puppy dog eyes. She would make a great addition to an active family and should be in a home with other playful, active dogs. She loves water and swimming and overall is a shining star. 



My name is Molly and I am a 6 year old, "full figure" yellow lab.  Rumor has it that I am a tad bit overweight so they brought in the expert foster to put me through doggie boot camp.  I'm not so good on the leash so she makes me wear this thing on my nose so I don't pull.  I love people, other dogs and ride well in the car.  I am housebroken and can be trusted alone in the house.  I must confess one of my bad habits is barking at strange noises.  Once I figure out what it is, I stop barking.  I need a family who will be committed to my weight loss and getting me in tip, top shape.  Please meet me!!
Boot camp update:  Ok humans, I lost 5 lbs. already and am starting to get my girlish figure back!  I love my early morning power walks and my evening visit to the dog park where I can run for an hour and play with other dogs. 



My name is Presley and I got to my new foster home last Saturday, Aug 2. I have settled in nicely and love my new buddy Gunner, a 2 yr old chocolate lab who loves to play and wrestle just like I do. He also loves to jump and swim in the pool but I am still a little unsure of it. My foster parents tried to get me to go in but I think I need a little more time to get used to it. I did learn to play with the waterhose and do love this new game. I know and obey basic commands such as sit and stay. I walk well on a leash but will try to get away if I get out. My foster mom had to chase me down the street once already and now she watches me very closely so I don't get out the door anymore. It's for my own safety she says. I love dogs and love to play and run with them at the park. I am a little shy with people and want to bark at them for some reason and it takes me a while to warm up. But my foster parents are working with me to gain more trust and confidence. I will need parents who are willing to be patient and work with me on this little issue of mine. Other than that I am a very handsome and loveable boy my foster mom says. I love to cuddle with them every chance I get. Come and check me out.
Presley loves to play and chase tennis balls. He can be trusted in the house alone, does not chew. He is getting familiar with the pool and puts his front paws on first step to retrieve the ball out of his foster brother's mouth-too funny. He is active and loves running and playing at the dog park. He gets along great with other dogs but still barks when he first meets newcomers and takes a little to warm up. He is the parfect guard dog in the house and makes a loyal companion.



Ginny is new to foster but what we know about this girl is she is great with dogs small and large, had a good time playing in the pool and enjoyed a bath. She is house broke, and is using the dog door. Ginny is great in the car and the house. More to come
Ginny arrived Tuesday afternoon for us to foster and has been a delight to have in our home.  She gets along great with our 20 lb Chiweenie, our cat and our 10 and 14 year old children.  She went for a swim with the kids when they got home and loved it.  We don't have a fence around the pool and is so polite that she won't go for a swim unless she is told it is ok!  She is a great house dog and can be trusted when left alone.  She didn't exhibit any signs of anxiety when I left or returned after a 2 hour meeting yesterday.  She hasn't had a single accident in the house and although we don't have a dog door, seems to know that waiting by the back door is a great way to let me know she needs to 'go'.  She loves her evening walks/ runs with us and although she pulled a bit on the leash the first night, she already did much better last night.  She knows the commands "sit" and  "down".  She is very polite and even my kids are impressed that she could have easily taken food off their plates if she wanted to, but chooses not to.  They think she has great manners!  She is love bug and will relish lying her head in your lap and cuddling with you.  Overall, I think Ginny will be an easy and welcome addition to any home that will love her and give her a great labby life!



Meet Oso (the gentle giant). Oso (spanish for Bear) came to us through an owner surrender. His owners were moving in to an apartment and were unable to keep him. He is a 2 year old, neutered, black lab mix (with German Shepherd). He has spent his entire life outdoors and is getting situated in his foster home. The floors in our home (hard wood) prove to be a bit of a challenge for Oso, as he is not used to being indoors, he does well on carpet, but is unsure of what to think of the slippery floors. He is such a sweet dog, with a medium energy level. He constantly seeks out attention from his humans and is very playful. I think he would do best with another playful dog in the house. He is a good with dogs, cats and children. If you are looking for a snuggle bug, this is your guy.


Dogs Awaiting a Foster Home...


Memphis is extremely handsome 4 yr old boy. Memphis is very sweet and has been around older kids and really enjoyed them giving him a walk. He is gentle and knows the commands for sit and wait. Memphis does seem to be picky on his dog friends though and we aren't sure about kitties. Memphis has been waiting for a foster home to open up so we don't know how he is in the home yet. Memphis is a great dog and we know his forever family is out there just waiting to make his dreams of a family all his own come true!