Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue A 501(c)(3) 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.

Tiger

Tiger is a low-key, 5 year old Labrador. He has a rare, brindle coat; giving him the appearance of a Bengal Tiger. He was found traumatized at a construction site where he would find refuge in the evenings; only to get physically kicked out every morning by the workers. When I picked up Tiger as a foster around 2 months ago, I had to physically pick him up because he didn't want to move from his kennel. When I got Tiger home, he was on Prozac for depression and would always look for some place to hide. I just let him be and within a couple days he was soon exploring the house and backyard and getting comfortable with his environment. The only time I'd interact with him was when I fed him and every few hours I'd lead him outside on a leash to let him relieve himself and explore the backyard. Within a week or so, he was off the Prozac and interacting, sometimes snuggling up to me. About a month in, I also took in two 18 month old female labrador siblings. Besides a few nervous growls from Tiger when they wanted to play for the first few days, he seems to now put up with them. Tiger is housebroken and is trusted to have run of the house. Though I was pleasently surprised to find he took to the kennel when I had to leave for work; especially when I first took in the new female Labs. Medically, Tiger is sound except for the bladder crystals found on X-Ray; leading to his bladder wall to thicken. Because of this, he will need to stay on Hill's Prescription Diet (Urinary Care) Feed. But he loves the food and an occassional Milk-Bone for a snack. He still is a little skittish of walking on a leash in the neighborhood, especially if there is a lot of loud traffic. But every day he's improving. At first, I could only take him as far as my next door neighbor before he would try to bolt and hide. Now, I'm able to walk him around the block (at his own pace, of course). Tiger at home has come to be a low energy pussy-cat. So, if your looking for a lovable dog who just likes to hang out at home and sun in the yard in a trusting environmet; Tiger will capture your heart.

 

Rosie

Hi!  My name is Rosie and I’m a 16 week old black Lab mix. I have the cutest “white socks” as my foster family says. I currently weigh 13lbs and am healthy!  I was spayed two weeks ago I have lived with my foster mommy and daddy for over two weeks and they think I’m the calmest puppy they’ve ever come across. Don’t get me wrong – I get excited like a puppy would but normally it lasts for a few minutes and then I’d rather curl up next to you. I rarely bark, even when I’m kenneled, and I get along great with other doggies (I have 4 four legged foster brothers and sisters). My favorite person in the world is my 10 year old human sister – we get along great. My foster mommy has taken me swimming in the pool twice and while I swam back to the steps, I could give or take the pool.  Maybe with more exposure, I’d fall in love with swimming. I’m a Lab after all! The best home for me would be where a human stays at home majority of the time.  Since I’m a puppy, I’m still learning to go outside to potty. A semi active family would be best too – I am a puppy so I need to be taught manners and exercise outside! If you think you fit the bill, please call my foster mommy and daddy for a chat. Maybe we can arrange a meeting? I really want my forever home.

 

Dallas

Dallas is 1 of 2 labradores we want to adopt out as a bonded-pair. She and her litter mate Carolina, are a year and a half old, black females. They have been together all their life, and so were offering 2 for the price of 1! These dogs were a surrender to DLRR from a grieving family that had no choice when they lost their home. The family had brought them up from puppies so they are housebroken; and though I allow them free range of my house, they do take to kenneling well when needed. They love to be active when in the backyard playing with each other. When going for walks, they tend to pull from excitement but when corrected are amiable. They love to run like lightning with each other in open areas but when I call at them they return. They have total opposite energy in the house. They seem to know that when their in the house, play time is over. These are two beautiful souls that look out for each other and want nothing but to please their pack-leader.

 

Carolina

Carolina is 1 of 2 labradores we want to adopt out as a bonded-pair. She and her litter mate Dallas, are a year and a half old, black females. They have been together all their life, and so were offering 2 for the price of 1! These dogs were a surrender to DLRR from a grieving family that had no choice when they lost their home. The family had brought them up from puppies so they are housebroken; and though I allow them free range of my house, they do take to kenneling well when needed. Carolina is the smallest of the two and all tests and examinations are complete in determining why she has not gained as much weight as her sister. An intestinal bacteria was found and treated and she is now on an Rx Intestinal feed for now until she gains a little more weight. They love to be active when in the backyard playing with each other. When going for walks, they tend to pull from excitement but when corrected are amiable. They love to run like lightning with each other in open areas but when I call at them they return. They have total opposite energy in the house. They seem to know that when their in the house, play time is over. These are two beautiful souls that look out for each other and want nothing but to please their pack-leader.

 

Ebony

Ebony 7 is a sweet black lab mix puppy approximately 11 weeks old. She is the rambunctious and wild one of the house and would play all day if she could, but also still loves her naps. She does well with other dogs but can be a little afraid at first as she is still very little. Currently we are in the process of potty training so patience is a must, but Ebby is a very very smart girl and catches on quick to new things. She is curious about cats and does love children but may still play bite with them. Ebby is looking for a loving family to grow with in our foster to adopt program, which means DLRR will cover her spay surgery while she is at the comfort of her forever home.

 

Echo

Echo 2 is a sweet black lab mix puppy approximately 11 weeks old. She is the grumpy old lady of her foster house as she loves her naps but she does love to rough housing around with her sister during the day. Her foster mom says she gives some of the best cuddles. She does well with other dogs but can be a little afraid at first as she is still very little. Currently we are in the process of potty training so patience is a must, but Echo is a very very smart girl and catches on quick to new things. She is curious about cats and does love children but may still play bite with them. Echo is looking for a loving family to grow with in our foster to adopt program, which means DLRR will cover her spay surgery while she is at the comfort of her forever home.

 

Maxine

SEEKING POSITION:  Senior, super, senior-soul mate available:  I am Maxine a nine-year old chocolate lab that is currently taking care of two seniors that are older than I am (even at 7 X 9!)  I am a svelte lady at 71 pounds, though an annoying, but benign, fatty tumor ruins my lovely waistline silhouette.  My duties here include staying close to whichever foster is moving, being readily available for pets, brushing, tummy rubs, meals and treats. I don’t quite like that doggie door but have used it a couple times but usually only need to be outside twice a day.  I am completely trustworthy alone in the house and I’ve had zero accidents.  I have not barked at all but probably because my hearing is not good so there’s nothing that disturbs me. I do hear a whistle, though, and try to find whoever is blowing on it!  Besides being quiet, I walk nicely on the leash, love short walks, take treats very gently and love to takes naps with my folks.   Being somewhat older, myself, I understand their aches and pains and slower movements.  I take one medicine for my joints, occasionally a pain med, OTC Glucosamine, and sometimes Benadryl if my nose gets runny. That’s not much compared to my fosters’ loaded pill cases!  I’m not bragging. I’m applying for a forever job! I love everyone (don’t know about kitties, though) but think taking care of, and loving older folks, would be the very best position ever.  Signed Maxine (1) aka Maxie  BUT WAIT.. adopt soon and receive Heartgard, Frontline, and a new bag of food.. A $125 value absolutely free!

 

Ellie

Hi Everyone!   My name is Ellie, which means 'shining light', and it fits me just right cuz I'm sure I can brighten up your day!  Even though I'm a super senior sweet gal, I am hoping that someone thinks I'm special enough to become their next family member.  My foster Dad says that I'm a very kind and lovable gal, approximately 10 years old and was found as a stray on the Indian reservation and humanely trapped by the Tuba City Humane Society.  As sweet as I am, I was kept at a shelter in an outdoor run which was not fun or good for me (or for anyone in this AZ heat, ughh!).  But DLRR came to my rescue!  My foster folks can't believe that someone didn't come looking for me cuz they say I'm a treasure and have been very good with other dogs, but I'm not sure about cats.  Based on my figure, it appears that I may have had several litters of pups but I no longer can have any pups.  I'm very proud to say that I quickly adapted to the doggy-door, and am house-trained and trustworthy so much so that I have full roaming privileges of the house.  But most of all I am a low key pup who enjoys just chillin' with my humans.  If you need a happy-go-lucky and 'shining light' in your life, I'm it!  Please call my foster folks if you would like to hear what a wonderful labbie I am.

 

Sandy

Hi, my name is Sandy (my fosters call me Sam).  I am a one year old girl learning how to live inside a home instead of a backyard.  I think I am really going to like this new life!
This beautiful yellow girl was an owner turn in, living in a backyard with other dogs.  She was initially snippy with our 2 year old male lab, but with slow introductions they now get along fine.  Foster does not have a doggy door, but is home most of the time for outside potty breaks.  Initially had a couple of "accidents", but is doing great now that routines are being established.
Sam is not a fan of the crate, but she is crated at night and during the day for short periods when fosters are out.  She is down to a couple of whines and then settles down.  She likes to chew on nylabones and has been great in the house, staying off furniture.  A 60 lb, medium energy girl who lloves to hang out with her people.  She is doing fairly well on the leash and we are working on basic commands.  In the short time we have had Sam, she has been really good in the house and we are learning more about her each day.  Cats are unknown.  She is going to be a great addition to a family willing to put in the time and effort to her training.

 

Bruno

Bruno (6) is a 7-year-old male lab mix who was turned in to DLRR when his owner could no longer keep him. Bruno is a sweet, gentle soul who likes nothing better than to lay with his head in your lap and be loved. He is a sturdy boy, with a beautiful warm chocolate colored coat and just a touch of white on his chest and the tip of his tail. He has been through some transitions lately and is looking for a forever home that will be fully committed to him and reciprocate the love he so easily gives.
Bruno is house trained, dog door trained, trustworthy in the house, and sleeps on a dog bed at night and while we’re away from home. He follows the commands sit, come, down. Bruno gets along very well with the other dogs in the household and initiates play at times, otherwise is content to just hang out with them, but we recommend his forever home not have any cats. He is good with kids and is currently living with a 6-year-old and 17-year-old in his foster home. Bruno is an easy going guy who follows us around the house, just wanting to be close. He doesn’t demand attention but eagerly accepts any that is given. Bruno enjoys chewing on durable dog toys and is good on the leash. Please contact his foster home if interested in Bruno.
 

 

Charmer

Hola everyone!  I'm Charmer.  I was rescued from Mexico where life wasn't so easy for me.  I'm still pretty skinny, but not for long!  Now I get tasty, healthy food and lots of it!  And a cozy crate with a fluffy bed...all for me!  (Just don't leave me there all day.)  And toys!  So many great things for my baby teeth to chew on that I don't need to eat shoes and table legs.  Maybe you could take me toy shopping?  
I've been around big dogs my whole life, and they don't scare me a bit, since I love to play.  When I get knocked down I get right back up and play some more!  My big foster brother & sister are teaching me so much.  Like where to go potty.  I've almost got that figured out, but you'll need to keep reminding me for a while.  My foster mom says I might be the sweetest, most well-behaved puppy she's ever seen.  I'm listening and learning so I can be the best dog ever!  Did I mention how handsome I am?  Give me a call, you'll see!

 

Dogs Awaiting a Foster Home...

Roxy

 

Charlie