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.

Skylar

Skylar is a lovely 2 year old young lady.  She is an excellent swimmer and master fetcher of tennis balls!  She has lovely maners, is kennel trained, housebroken and knows many commands.  She had some hip surgery and has made a beautiful recovery.  You should see her cruise along on the treadmill.  She gets along well with most dogs after a slow introduction and seems to do best with mellow males.  She has a mild case of Valley Fever that is easily controlled with medication. 
 
 

 

Logan

I am a lovable, 6 year old male lab. I was turned in to DLRR when my owner moved to California and could not take me with him. I am a large guy weighing in at about a hundred and twenty pounds. My new home would have to be committed to a slow, healthy weight reduction plan. That being said, I am as calm and gentle as I can be! I'm working on increasing my activity level slowly. I am fully house-trained and I can squeeze through an extra large dog door. I counter surf a little and occasionally pick through the open trash if there are yummy smelling things, toys or dog treats there, but mostly I don't get into anything I shouldn't. I'm not a beggar, but obviously I like my treats and I will eat my foster brothers food if left unattended (and I'm a little possessive about my bones, so best not to have them around). I get a bit scared of thunder, lightening and fireworks but I'm ok if you stay right next to me and keep me feeling safe. I really love kids and love to swim in the pool. I seemed to like cats since my previous home had two. Once I have a slow introduction, I got along well with my two big foster brothers and have been friendly with most of the other dogs I have met so far including the little ones (as long as they stay away from my boy parts, lol! ) My favorite toys are big, knotted ropes that I toss around and chew on and play tug and large rubber balls that I chase. I enjoy the companionship of other dogs, but I prefer playing with my humans.

 

Doug

Well, Hello there!  My technical name is Doug, but I answer to Joey because I bounce up on all fours when I am excited.  My foster family calls me anything from Yosef, Jose and even poopsie (the last one I usually give the side stink eye for.)  I was found by a good Samaritan in the middle of the intersection, emaciated and tick infested.  He called the Angels at DLRR and found me a foster to nurse me back.  After a week at the vet, I was back to normal.  So more about me if you don't mind.  I am a senior dog, but don't let the word senior fool you.  My foster mama calls me spry!  See that picture where I am in the car?  I hopped into the car through the window.  I clearly love car ride and my foster mama was moving too slowly.  I am potty trained.  I am still working on my leash training (don't even think you can't teach an old dog new tricks, I wasn't even potty trained when I got to my foster house.) I know how to sit, still working on the stay part.  I love kids.  My 2 legged foster brother and sister snuggle with me on the couch, on the floor and in the car.  Not to brag but I am Superman strong, so I should be in a home with older kids.  I don't need to be the only dog, my 4 legged foster sister and I get along great, but I really don't want to be another dogs playmate.  I must have had a bad past life experience with cats and little dogs, so I wouldn't be good in a home with them.  Please call my foster mom if you are interested.  Heart you, Joey.

 

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!

 

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 am staying with my trainer so I can learn all the good tricks to show you.   I really would love a family where someone is home with me most of the time. 
 

 

Alvin

Hi! My name is Alvin and my foster Mom says I'm one of the most endearing dogs she has ever met. I'm about 2 years old, athletic and strong, but I have learned to walk on a leash quite nicely since my foster Dad switched me to a head collar.
I love to play with the other dogs here and with my toys, but my favorite thing to do is hunt lizards. They tell me I have a high prey drive and I guess I do - I even try to catch birds when they fly overhead. So I am not suited to a home with cats or other small creatures.
When I'm not playing I settle down very nicely and I just want to be near my humans, especially when they give me some attention and love on me. I'm comfortable in my crate and can be left several hours with no problems. That's where I sleep at night as well.
I can't wait to find my forever home and am looking for an active family with lots of love to give. As much as I enjoy the other dogs here, I would be quite ok as an only dog as long as I get the love and attention from my humans.
I like kids but very small children might find me a bit overwhelming. I'm kind of clumsy at times and my long tail is always wagging!
So far no one has been able to convince me that swimming is a good idea, but I love to play tug-of-war, chew on toys and chase things!
I'm very curious so my foster family hasn't left me alone uncrated, just to be on the safe side. I'm pretty tall and can counter surf also.
My best trick is sitting and staying for peanut butter. In fact all you have to do is say those words and I run to the spot and sit waiting for that magic stuff!
I'm a big sweet goofball and will make the right family or person a terrific companion. If you think you are the right forever family please call.

 

Huntley

Huntley is a 10 year old, smaller sized black male lab mix who is just as sweet as can be and loves to be with his people. He is good with other dogs, rides well in the car, walks well on the leash and is doggie door trained. He is completely trustworthy in the home alone and does not get into anything. Huntley loves to have his head rubbed and will come to you to be pet whenever your eyes meet, but he is also very content to just hang out with you. He likes to walk around and smell all of the trees and flowers outside and is fond of rolling in the grass! Huntley has learned to swim but does not appear to enjoy it – he prefers simply cooling off in a kiddie pool. He is very respectful when you are eating, he goes and lies down when told and is very respectful of his foster brother and sister as well even though they are way smaller than him. He does have some arthritis and is on glucosamine and pain pills but it doesn’t stop him from the occasional sprint when you come in the door or when it’s dinner time! If you can provide a home where Huntley can be loved, pampered and cared for please call to meet him!

 

Rosie

I'm Rosie & am a 9 year old 69 lb. female black Labbie beauty with gorgeous eyes, a chill disposition and a quirky but funny personality so Ive been told. I was a stray in Pinal County but have adapted quickly to my foster home setting.  I was recently completed treatment for heartworm and our DLRR vet cleared me to be available for adoption just recently and I have no other known medical needs.  I know how to use a doggie door and have been trustworthy at home for extended periods of time without a crate.  I've done some counter-surfing when my foster folks aren't around when I think there maybe treats to nibble on.  I'm a quiet gal, rarely bark and I know a few commands & am fair on the leash.  Im ok with swimming but it is not a necessity.  Im best in a home without kitties.  I am dog-friendly & good with kids & other strangers.  I enjoy belly rubs and taking daily walks but mostly just like to be around humans.  I'm not much for chewing anything but I REALLY enjoy doggie treats while trying to learn new commands (cuz I really want make my family proud), but I do like my Kong with some treats & peanut butter in it.  
 
Please consider opening your heart & home to a senior doggie like me, we are soooo worth it & have soooo much affection to give!  Don't forget we DLRR labbies are microchipped and vetted.  If you think I may be a good fit for you and you are an approved adopter, please contact my foster folks.

 

Bell

Hi! My name is Bell, and I’m one of the 3 sugar babies. You may have already read about us on facebook… My two sisters and I are only 2 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We used to live outside and got really skinny. The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet who told him we have diabetes. He said he couldn’t take care of us anymore and asked the vet to put us down. Luckily the vet’s receptionist contacted DLRR who took us in! Yep, turned out they saved us…and we are super thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots, just like humans with diabetes do. My foster parents didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable if you love someone…

It would be great if all three of us could stay together, but I understand that might be difficult. Maybe I could just stay with Coco, because I really like to cuddle with her! Coco is going blind too, just like me. I’m actually blind already because my diabetes wasn’t treated, but I heard rumors they are trying to do eye surgery so that I can see again. It’s not cheap, so DLRR, who rescued us, is taking donations to help. Chances are REALLY good that I can see again and live a happy life. That’s what the eye specialist said. Wouldn’t that be cool?!?! Oh, how I’d love to be able to see again and not bump into stuff and be able to goof around. I do manage pretty well, even being blind, but I do remember what it was like when I was able to see, and it was pretty neat! I miss it…  Of course I’m housebroken, love people and kids, and I am really good in the crate. I actually kinda like it! My foster family always tells me I’m so lovable and such a pretty girl. I can’t see myself in the mirror, but I hope they are right.  Do you want to find out for yourself?

 

Bon Bon

Hi! My name is BonBon, and I’m one of the 3 sugar babies. You may have already read about us on facebook… Apparently we are quite popular! My two sisters and I are only 2 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We used to live outside and got really skinny. The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet who told him we have diabetes. He said he couldn’t take care of us anymore and asked the vet to put us down! Luckily the vet’s receptionist contacted DLRR who took us in! Yep, turned out they saved us…and we are so thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots, just like humans with Type 1 diabetes do. My foster parents didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable if you love someone…
What else is there to know about me? I am a super cute girl. I love to sunbathe and chase birds, but one of my favorite things to do is cuddle, I just LOVE it! My foster parents have no choice but to love to cuddle with me too because I just drop into their laps when they sit next to me. Plus my coat is sooooo soft... And my face!!! I tell ya…no one can resist me! I also like to play with other dogs, because it’s fun!
I do like being with my sisters, but I have a feeling I’d be ok on my own too. I’m a big girl after all… Since I do like other dogs, I’d love to have a playmate though. Kids love me too and I love them as well; as long as I get belly rubs… I’m housebroken and really good in a crate. What do you say? Do you want to meet me?

 

Coco

Hi! My name is Coco, and I’m one of the 3 sugar babies. You may have already read about us on facebook… We are quite popular! My two sisters and I are only 2 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We used to live outside and got really skinny. The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet who told him we have diabetes. He said he couldn’t take care of us anymore and asked the vet to put us down. Luckily the vet’s receptionist contacted DLRR who took us in! Yep, turned out they saved us…and we are super thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots, just like humans with diabetes do. My foster parents didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable if you love someone…

It would be great if all three of us could stay together, but I understand that might be difficult. Maybe I could stay with Bell, because I really like to cuddle with her! Bell is already blind, and I’m unfortunately on my way there because my diabetes wasn’t taken care of in time.  Although my vision is better than Bell’s and am not completely blind, it makes me sad sometimes.  But, good news! Bell and I have seen this doctor who thinks he can do eye surgery so that we can see again. It’s not cheap, so DLRR is taking donations to help. Chances are REALLY good though that I can see again and live a happy life. I would really love that because I’ve had it especially rough. You see, I also have valley fever, so it’s taking more time for me to gain weight and get healthy. But I feel like I’m in good care now, and I know they are doing the best they can to help me. You should also know that I’m housebroken, love kids and really like my crate too! I’m super thankful to our foster family, and try to tell them any chance I get by kissing their hands.  Then they pet and kiss me and tell me what a good and sweet girl I am! I love it when they do that… Do you want some kisses from me too?

 

Bella

Bella is a very sweet, quiet and petite 7 year old chocolate lab that was turned in to DLRR by her owners.  She loves to be with people and wants lots of TLC.  Bella gets along well with other dogs, cats and children. She is not crazy about swimming, but will get on the pool steps to cool off.  She loves to play in the hose water.  She is trustworthy in the house for long periods of time and knows how to use a dog door.  She walks extremely well on a leash and rides well in the car.  She has a skin condition called Alopecia which causes hair loss.  The vet thinks it may be diet related.  We have her on a good quality dry food and already she seems to be getting more hair growth.  The hair she has is very soft and silky.  Bella does not show any signs that this skin condition bothers her.  Her owners said that she is afraid of storms and wants to be in your lap for security.  We think she would do well as an only dog or with another dog in her permanent home.  If you are interested in a very calm and loving sweet girl and are willing to give lots of TLC, please give us a call.   

 

Frisco

Frisco is a 5 year old yellow male with pretty golden eyes that came from El Paso, TX as a stray. Some nice volunteers drove him to DLRR so that he could find a new home.  He is a good sized boy with long legs and has put on some weight since his arrival and is now super healthy and the perfect size! He is a very affectionate, happy, goofy boy all around who loves people and other dogs. He shares his doggie kisses with everyone, even his foster brother and sister! He loves to be snuggled and petted and hugged or just draped across your lap as you watch TV. He can be a little shy when out of the house so we're working on that. Although he is a pretty good watchdog if he hears someone in the backyard he will bark! He has been trustworthy so far in the house and knows how to use a dog door too. He cannot be put in any kind of crate/kennel (We think this must have something to do with his history but have no information) although he is fine when at the vets. He rides quietly in the car but is scared of the actual car and getting inside! He walks nicely on the leash and doesn't pull. We don't know how he would be with cats as his foster doesn't have one. He will counter surf if you leave food out but doesn't get into anything else.  I don't recommend really small dogs or little children as he "talks" with his paws a lot to get your attention and he has a strong grip that might be too rough for really little ones. He would do best with another dog to keep him company and play with or a family that is not gone for long periods of time.

 

Candi

Hi my name is Candi,

I was found by a good Samaritan who took me to the pound. That certainly wasn't where I wanted to be, especially being 11 years old and having some lumps and bumps. I really didn't have a fair chance at being adopted and I'm sure my time was limited.
My luck changed when I landed in the hands of DLRR and I immediately got to go into a foster home.
I am currently staying with my foster mom and her own labs who all graciously accepted me into their home. There aren't any cats in the household so I don't quite know how I would do with kitties.
I have lots of company during the day and I am completely house trained and don't touch anything that I'm not supposed to. I actually don't do anything wrong and although I am afraid of lightning and thunderstorms I just want to be close to you which makes me feel very secure.
I listen well and love any attention that I get.
I have valley fever at a very low titer which I am on medication for. I had a tumor removed that was benign and another lump which came back inconclusive, but feel great now. I only weigh about 55 pounds but bounce around like a little bunny when I get excited to see you.
I am very hopeful that I can find my forever home that just wants to have a nice mellow girl who will give her new family lots of unconditional love. My foster mom thinks I'm the greatest.

 

Hershey

Hi! Am I really in a safe place? I can finally relax? Okay.  This feels good! I was brought to the pound because my owners said I was "too expensive." The nice ladies at DLRR didn't seem to think my owners ever spent any money taking care of me.  They think I had a lot of puppies in the past, but those days are behind me! I'm not the youngest pup out there (I'm over 11!) so I'm really low maintenance! My foster mama hasn't had me very long, but I haven't had an accident in the house, so she thinks I'm housetrained. Im not sure about this doggie door thing! I just want a nice, quiet, soft place to sleep and nice people to give me love.  My back legs aren't working as well as I'd like them to, so I'm kind of slow.  But that's no reason to throw me away! I have a lot of love to give, and an endless supply of sweet kisses for my family.  Are YOU looking for a sweet angel? I'm your girl! 

 

Halo

ATTENTION:  ADOPT ONE, GET ONE FREE!  Halo (black male) and Zoey (yellow female) are VERY special seven-year old labs.  PROS: gentle, very affectionate, obedient, good on a leash (after their excitement for a walk wears down), trustworthy alone in the house, housebroken, use the doggie door, medium to low energy, good with other dogs, know basic commands (sit, down, wait, and “I am tired or petting  you, go lay down!”) are not food aggressive, alert you to visitors,  reportedly like cats and swimming, and spend most of the time staying close to us. PLUS:  they come with their donated beds, leashes, collars, and a big bag of food!! CONS:  It is hard to pet just one!  These extremely adoring dogs love everyone and will make great companions for a very lucky family.  URGENT- HELP THEM!  We are scheduled for a trip Sept. 3 which means these precious pups will have to move to  another temporary home.  PLEASE consider adopting them.  You won’t be sorry.

 

Zoey

 
ATTENTION:  ADOPT ONE, GET ONE FREE!  Halo (black male) and Zoey (yellow female) are VERY special seven-year old labs.  PROS: gentle, very affectionate, obedient, good on a leash (after their excitement for a walk wears down), trustworthy alone in the house, housebroken, use the doggie door, medium to low energy, good with other dogs, know basic commands (sit, down, wait, and “I am tired or petting  you, go lay down!”) are not food aggressive, alert you to visitors,  reportedly like cats and swimming, and spend most of the time staying close to us. PLUS:  they come with their donated beds, leashes, collars, and a big bag of food!! CONS:  It is hard to pet just one!  These extremely adoring dogs love everyone and will make great companions for a very lucky family.  URGENT- HELP THEM!  We are scheduled for a trip Sept. 3 which means these precious pups will have to move to another temporary home.  PLEASE consider adopting them.  You won’t be sorry!
 

 

Colt

updated 8.24.2016: Colt is a 2 year old black lab who is an exceptional car rider. He is on the small side at 55 pounds and needs to add a little weight. He presents tendencies of being an Alpha male yet is calming down as time goes on and has a playful puppy demeanor.  He is active and playful in the house with our 90 lb lab and walks side by side without any issues or altercations. He is extremely enthusiastic with tail wagging delight, contagious with love and is willing to share with humans and fellow four legged friends. He appears to be OK with cats. He has low-medium energy indoors and medium to high energy outdoors. We’ve found that he is extremely anxious with storms (Benadryl does help) but who can blame the poor guy, he’s just looking to find a safe place. He is house broken and non-destructive yet when alone he is still being kenneled until he proves himself. He is attentive to his humans and will follow you to the moon and back merely for a smile, a pet or a kind word. Basic commands and walking on a leash appear to be newer concepts for him so additional training, guidance and attention will make him an exceptional lab.  He is good with small children and other dogs. Colt is a player: He will fetch and retrieve, likes the Kong and LOVES to play ball in the pool and is an amazingly fast swimmer. He is a very loving, well-mannered young man who is eager to please. Consider Colt to be the gentleman for you. He's ready to be your life-long companion.
 

 

Teddy

Teddy is like a sweet old teddy bear! He's 12.5 years old and still very perky for his age, he loves getting his head stroked and his belly tickled.  He is a chocolate boy with a lot of white distinguishing hairs on his face and paws.  He is a gentle soul who just wants a soft dog bed to lie on and to hang out with people. He is only 57lbs, a little under-weight, but still a smaller lab when he is his ideal weight.  He is okay around other dogs, but is probably past his playful days.  He is gentle in nature and very well behaved, he doesn't even try to get onto the furniture.  He knows how to use the doggy door and appears to be house trained.  His back legs are a little weak from age, but gets around just fine.  We don't know how he is with cats but does seem to like children as he follows my children around and prefers to sleep in their rooms.  Being a senior he does have some issues like possible arthritis in his back legs, some fatty lumps on his belly and  he is currently being treated for soft stools so is having some accidents in the house, which may go away after treatment and has a minor skin irritation that is being treated.  This boy would love to have a warm, soft place to sleep and have a family to love him in his final years.

 

Jesse

Tess and her sister Jesse were picked up as strays in Southern Arizona.  Thankfully DLRR saved them from a high kill shelter.
They are beautiful yellow girls and the vet estimated they are one year old.  Both are underweight, but they are now enjoying regular meals (and lots of treats!)
Would not recommend a home with small children or cats at this time.  These girls love to run and play together.  Adopter will have to be patient and continued training is a must.  Great with our 7 month old male lab, they have no problem with him joining the chase or wrestling.  They do show respect for our old lab who is not a fan of their playtime.
Foster home does not have a dd, both girls have been great at doing their business outside - a yes to "house trained".  They are not afraid of being in the house, TV, fans etc. so we are thinking they were inside dogs.
A couple of treats and they are happy to go into their crates.  They are sleeping well through the night in their crates and we have been working on short crate periods during the day.
We are still learning their different personalities.  Tess is perhaps more reserved and walks well on the leash.  Jesse needs work on the leash and at times is very submissive.  More updates to follow...

 

Tess

Tess and her sister Jesse were picked up as strays in Southern Arizona.  Thankfully DLRR save them from a high kill shelter.
They are beautiful yellow girls and the vet estimated that they are one year old.  Both are underweight, but they are now enjoying regular meals (and lots of treats!)
Would not recommend a home with small children or cats at this time.  These girls love to run and play together.  Adopter will have to be patient and continued training is a must.  Great with our 7 month old male lab, they have no problem with him joining the chase or wrestling.  They do show respect for our old lab who is not a fan of their playtime.
Foster home does not have a dd, both girls have been great at doing their business outside - a yes to "house trained".  They are not afraid of being in the house, TV, fans etc.  so we are thinking they were inside dogs.
A couple of treats and they are happy to go into their crates.  They are sleeping well through the night in their crates and we have been working on short crate periods during the day.
We are still learning their different personalities.  Tess is perhaps more reserved and walks well on the leash.  Jesse needs work on the leash and at times is very submissive.  More updates to follow...

 

Shadow

Shadow17 is a BM age 8 and is a tall boy. We received Shadow from the  Humane Society of Yuma. They drove him to us. He was an OTI because the  family did not have time for him. He is afraid of loud noises, likes to play ball and swim. 5:37 PM
Hi my name is Shadow. I’ve been with my foster dad since, Friday 8/19. I’m slowly letting him get to know my personality, and habits. I overheard him telling someone on the phone about me, and it sounds like I’m doing good. I’m easy going, and like to investigate my new yard. I haven't been in the pool yet but it looks appealing. I like to chew on bones, but nothing else so far.  I'm house broken, and make sure to let my foster dad know when I'm ready to go outside. As we get to know each other better, I will add more details. 
 

 

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