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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Bailey

Hi, I’m Bailey. I’m a beautiful silver lab. My brother Jack is my best friend. I am a little shy, and so he helps me to make sure all the people are good petters before I make my way to you. Sometimes even after that – he likes to push his way in to get an extra touch.  I have been told that I need to lose some weight. That has been a hard journey. I had to have surgery for my knee last year, and so I don’t get to go on as long of walks as my brother. I have to take it easy for awhile and lay on the floor or in my kennel. I really don’t like it, and get bored fast, but I don’t have a choice, so I do it.  I have been watching what I eat to help out with this process.  I am a helpful dog, when my foster is done feeding the little ones lunch, I spend time cleaning up the floor for her – and sometimes I help with the table too. My foster mom tells me I shouldn’t do that – but I know she could use the help. I get to spend my days with these little ones. My favorite are the tiny ones. I like to protect them like my brother does for me. I don’t want anyone touching them without checking in with me first. I need to make sure their hands are soft enough. I don’t mind when they make noise either – I mean sometimes I still like to bark just to make people look too.  I also like to splash in the pool and take a little swim.  It’s a little too cold now, but it should be really good for me and my leg to help get it working great again. My other leg is still getting a little sore and I will need to have that knee fixed also. The rescue knows this and is willing to take care of that financially for my forever family.   I know I’m not supposed to be jumping, but the corner of the couch just calls to me. I make sure I have a blanket down and I even fluff my pillows. I can then take a wonderful nap during the day. My other favorite napping spot is on someones feet. I know it helps my fosters by keeping their feet warm, and I like to know exactly where they are.
A couple of things that we both are not fond of are cats and uniforms. I mean – what self respecting dog is going to let a fuzzy ball take up any of their petting time! And those cats – they try to sleep WITH the petters. What are they thinking. And Uniforms, who really wants to wear one. That man in the brown suit keeps trying to bring more things into our house – and who knows, it may be a cat in the box! So we just prefer to keep them both far away from us. We will bark and chase them until they leave.
Our fosters have had us for a while now, but know we will be very happy in an active home with kids. They trust us and know we are always looking out for our people. We protect and love. No lack of kisses and attention, we want to be with humans as much as we can.

 

Jack

Hi I’m Jack – I’m a large Chocolate Lab and I LOVE to be the big brother. I watch over my sister and make sure that I get to test out all the people petters before she does. I wouldn’t want anything to happen to her. Some call me pushy – I think I’m just being helpful. We have a gated pool at our foster house, and when we are allowed in to play – we love it. I don’t swim as much as my sister, but prefer to stay on the step to watch over her and splash her. Our foster house is full of all different ages of people coming and going. I do tend to like to let everyone know when someone comes in the house, but once I get to smell them, I quiet down.  I also make sure that if someone comes in with their hat on, that they know it’s not proper to wear a hat in the house, and I bark until they take it off. No one else taught those kids manners.  During the day we get to have babies and kids play with us. The little ones will crawl over me even when I’m napping on top of their toys. Good thing I sleep right through it. I love my daily walks to the park. If you happen to forget – don’t worry, I will let you know gently as I wait at the door and bark, or tug at your shirt or hand to get you to the leash. At night, I really enjoy sleeping with or near somebody. I have a bed at my house, but I still prefer to sneak on the couch or into bed with one of my people friends.  I would love to be in a home that someone can visit with me all day. I do like to sleep, but it’s better when someone is there. I have a doggie door, but still prefer someone to open the big door for me. I usually let my sister tell the people when we need to go out. She has a louder voice.
A couple of things that we both are not fond of are cats and uniforms. I mean – what self respecting dog is going to let a fuzzy ball take up any of their petting time! And those cats – they try to sleep WITH the petters. What are they thinking. And Uniforms, who really wants to wear one. That man in the brown suit keeps trying to bring more things into our house – and who knows, it may be a cat in the box! So we just prefer to keep them both far away from us. We will bark and chase them until they leave.
Our fosters have had us for a while now, but know we will be very happy in an active home with kids. They trust us and know we are always looking out for our people. We protect and love. No lack of kisses and attention, we want to be with humans as much as we can.
 
 

 

Tucker

Hi everyone!  My name is Tucker and I'm trained and ready to come home with you!  I know all of my commands and am quite the gentleman in the house. I am fully kennel trained and I actually love my kennel and the routine and structure it provides me. I am a love bug with humans and have been really good here in training with all of the dogs. I need to be with a dog who is less dominant than I am and I do extremely well with proper introductions and guidance.  Even though I have not technically met the household cat, I did run into him one day recently and barked for my training mom to come to me. She believes I can be in a home with cats so long as I am given the proper introduction cues. I love to play with balls, swim and I'm a master on the treadmill. I am pretty much a couch potato when it comes to daily life and would love nothing more than to be at your feet.

 

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?

 

Jada

My name is Jada and I'm a petite one year old girl.  My training mom and dad nicknamed me "pee wee" because that silly name seems to brings me out of my shell and encourages me to play.  I'm timid and withdrawn at first until I have a chance to settle in and trust you so I need a confident but gentle family.  I do best in a structured, quiet home and am good with both men and women so long as you are patient with me and have a gentle spirit.  DLRR rescued me when I was pregnant at the shelter and I had 8 beautiful pups in a safe foster home.  No one knows what my life was like before, but it clearly was not good. Nowadays, I'm mastering confidence-building tasks like walking the high ramp and playing food games that allow me to use my nose.  I love to work for my meals and will build my trust slowly with you as you hand-feed me.  My training mom will guide you every step of the way to ensure we're both set up for success.  She suggests continuing training with me to give me the best shot at building my confidence in the world.  Children would definitely be too loud and active for me. My ideal family is an individual or couple who have no other dogs but have lots of love and patience. I will love them so much in return!

 

Hershey

OH MY GOSH I LOVE YOU!!! I might be a "senior" but with my super cool meds (tramadol and rimadyl) I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE being an active sweetheart! Walks? MY FAVORITE! Toys? MY FAVORITE! Toys that squeak? MY FAVORITE! Love and pets? MY FAVORITE! Food? MY FAVORITE! Soft comfy beds? MY FAVORITE! You?? MY FAVORITE! Sorry, I got distracted for a second! My foster mama says I'm her favorite Hershey's kiss, her little mochachino.  I think that's good? I am SO loving and SO fun and SO happy to be with you! I don't require a ton of exercise, but did you see that I LOVE my walks?? I'm a very faithful companion and will take alllllll the loves you can give, but when you're done, I'm happy to go snooze on a bed not too far away from you! I'm perfect in the house (if you don't mind picking up the remains of toys that I enjoy destroying!) and I am an expert at that doggie door thing! I take my food last (do I really have to wait for my foster brother and sister to eat first?) and I don't get territorial with food.  I do LOVE my toys, so if you have another doggie, I'm going to try to play with him or her and I might decide they CAN'T play with my toys,   As long as I have boundaries and a safe place to call my own I'm perfect! My foster mama has a crate with a super cushy bed for me if I want to go into "my" room, but I really don't go in there anymore because I LOVE being with my family! 
So who is perfect for me? A lower energy home with a mama and/or daddy who can appreciate that I love to play and walk, but that I do have my limits.  I need to meet any other doggies and I might have a transition/adjustment period figuring out where I fit in, but once I do, I'm PERFECT! Actually, I'm perfect just the way I am! I do take medicine with each meal - some little pink thing for my thyroid and that awesome Rimadyl and Tramadol to keep me active! Can I meet you and give you super sweet kisses? 

 

Cora

Cora is a 47 pound petite black female.   Vet estimates she is between 1 1/2 to 2 years old.   She was picked up as a very pregnant stray and had 7 puppies while at the pound.   Luckily, a DLRR angel came along and rescued Cora and her 7 puppies when they were just one day old. Her hard work is over and now it's time for this sweet girl to find her forever home.   She can be a little timid when she meets someone for the first time but warms up quickly.    Something tells me she wasn't always treated well and didnt spend much time in the house.  I wish I had video of her the first time she saw the television or heard the vacuum!    She is a very calm, quiet girl who is happy being with her dog friends, following her people around and chewing on her nylabones.  She doesn't counter surf or get in the trash....but she does like to get on the furniture!   She likes to chew so we have plenty of nylabones around to keep her busy because she will chew on items she shouldn't if she finds something interesting laying around!  She needs a little work on perfecting housebreaking but with frequent trips outside, she is accident free.  She walks pretty well on a leash.  She pulls at times but she is small and easy to control.  She has 3 foster brothers and one foster sister and after a slow introduction to the pack, she gets along great with all of them. She would also do best in a home without a cat.  She has never tried to hurt the cat but is a little too interested in him. She is great with children and is always so excited when she sees her foster kids!  We have just started crate training.  Because she gets curious about things she finds around the house, I wouldn't recommend leaving her loose alone for long periods of time.  We have left her loose for quick trips out and she does just fine.  If you're looking for a smaller lab who's as sweet as can be, Cora might be the girl for you.  Please call her foster mom to learn more!      

 

Lizzy

Lizzy is a 3 year old black female who must have had a really rough existence before DLRR rescued her and her 6 darling puppies from the pound. She is as sweet and gentle as a dog could possibly be but she is extremely fearful.  We think she may have been used as a breeder because she has had no experience with the world and everything scares her.  She is very comfortable in the house and backyard but very scared of a leash and of going out anywhere else.  Lizzy also finds the resident man quite scary (unless he has food with him and then he's her best friend). Surprisingly, she is animated and friendly when new people come to the house (even men!) and has been great with the resident female Lab as well as two other visiting dogs. She absolutely must have a dog friend in her new home, as she gains confidence from following another dog’s lead. Her gentle nature makes us think she would be fine with young children, however noise, unusual objects and unpredictable movements scare her to such a degree right now that we think only older children would be best. She has never had an accident in the house, barks only when someone comes to the door, is trustworthy in the house and uses the dog door.  She loves to be petted and occasionally shows her young age by zooming around the yard with a big smile on her face.  Lizzy is on meds for Valley Fever and though she is asymptomatic now, she will need to continue the meds for several more months.  If you think you can provide a nurturing home and have a lot of patience, you might be Her Perfect Adopter!

 

Dobie

Hi my name is Dobie! I am a 10 month old black lab mix who absolutely loves people! I am very curious so I love to follow my people around and see what they are doing and if I can help in any way. I am extremely sweet and love to give hugs and kisses. I LOVE to play with my foster siblings and do pretty well with cats (sometimes I want to play with them but they run away from me instead). I am a pretty energic pup so I will do best with a family that is home often and can take me for walks and play with me. I have done really well at going in my crate during the day and don't mind being in it. I have learned a few commands such as sit and stay so I am a pretty smart boy. I am pretty trustworthy so my foster parents let me sleep in a dog bed at night. I am still a pup so I will need some training but I am eager to please so I will be a quick learner! I am housebroken and walk fairly well on a leash but with some training I will be excellent! I also have the goofiest personality and will keep you smiling and laughing every day! I would love to meet you so please call my foster mom!

 

Ricco

Hi. My name is Ricco and I am a 9 years young 52 lb. male black lab mix. I am housebroken and get along really well with the two other dogs in my foster home. Not sure about cats since there are not any around here. I am a healthy, fun-loving guy who loves to play, eat, sleep, and most of all, get a lot of affection! I aim to please, so just tell me what the rules are and I'll listen really well. I am learning some commands like come, sit, and stay, but haven't quite got the hang of them, yet, but I am trying! I am not food aggressive, but boy do I get excited around meal time. I am really good in the house, but would love a family that would take me for walks and let me explore a bit!

 

Holly

Hi! I'm Holly and the wonderful people at DLRR have rescued me from a mediocre life at the pound in Casa Grande and put me in a foster home with two brothers and a sister! The shelter veterinarian put that I was 7 years old on my paperwork (probably because I was in such un-cared-for condition!) but my beternarian here in Tucson thinks I'm closer to 3-4 years old. My foster mom thinks I'm a six month old puppy stuck in an adult body (how CRAZY is she?) Anyway, I'm still getting to know my foster family and the life that I should have had all along. I feel kind of out of place because my two brothers are black labs and my sister is a shepherd/chow mix and I'm a chocolate color where I have hair but my doctor and foster mom think that with the proper care I should be able to recover and have the wonderful coat that most labs have. I have mastered the doogy-door, have proven that I'm housebroken and I love to counter-surf when there's food around. My foster brother is teaching me how to play but I'm not too sure about that yet. I'm 67 pounds right now but need to gain a couple (not many!) If you think I would be a good forever dog for you, please let me know--I would love to meet you!

 

Kipper

My name is Kipper and I will be 13 in February. I'm hoping I can find a loving home to live for my final years. My last family left me outside to live and neglected me of any love, attention or medical needs. Now that I'm in my awesome foster home living inside with lots of love I'm doing great. I'm being treated for my ear infections and my old joints and I'm a new man! My eyesight is very poor so I am not safe unattended around a pool. I've learned I love taking walks, giving kisses and putting my head in your lap. I'm very good around all dogs, cats and kids. I'm potty trained and an absolute gentleman. Would you like to meet me?

 

Nala

Nala5 is a small but energy packed young lady. She wants to be loved and acknowledged - many pats on the top of her head and behind the ears make her melt. She also loves chasing a ball in the yard so the ideal new home will have a yard and people who are ready to play a lot of fetch. She is fast on her feet so playtime is quick paced. She is good with other dogs and we are told she is good with children although with her energy and a bit of a desire to jump up in excitement, older children might be a better fit. It is unknown whether she is tolerant of cats. It is also unknown whether she is a swimmer. She is good in a crate, uses the doggie door, and is housebroken. She is excited about dinner time and is learning that counter surfing is unacceptable. She does know the sit command and is pleased to do it almost anytime we ask. But the other commands are missing and she will be a fantastic companion once she has some obedience training. Nala5 is adorable and is really hoping that someone with the time and energy to play with her will scoop her up for some fur-ever fun living.

 

Bosco

Bosco is a beautiful, well built, ~<1 year, neutered, chocolate lab.  He is very active and playful, as a lab this age should be. He has gone on leash walks with us and free walks with me while moving horses from stalls to pasture turnout.  He can fly!  This is a new name for him so he doesn't always know I'm calling him but I've learned he responds to clapping and finger snapping. He doesn't run off.  He definitely has had some training with sit, shake, down, stay, wait.  He is living with a dominant male shepard, a bossy older female terrrer, two cats, one mule and three horses.  He obviously had no previous experience with equines or cats.  My cat has explained that she is really the queen dog that will be obeyed.  The horses are very tollerant and he is getting it.  If I was younger and riding alot he would be a perfect riding/hiking/camping companion.  We have a doggie door which terrified him, I feel because it looks like it goes into a crate.  He is using the door today and it has only been five days!.  He will ask to go outside to potty.  He takes food gently from fingers, eats pretty slowly for a lab.  He does fear getting left which is pretty understandable, I am not leaving him without someone home because I want him to learn we do come back, he is safe.  I won't even try the crate as I can still see where he rubbed his face raw.  I have had plenty of other people and dogs around and he is openly friendly.  I would expect him to be fine with children but will check it out.  I have lots of pictures and opinions about his perfect family but think calling if interested would be best.

 

Daisy

Do you need a hiking or running partner?  Look no further, I am the girl for you!  I am a high energy dog and would love to run or hike with you.  My owner moved and could not take me with.  I have been with my foster mom and dad for a short time so they do not know everything about me yet.  But they do know that I am a sweet beautiful three year old medium sized girl.  My foster mom said that she fell in love with me on the drive home from the vet because I am so pretty and I snuggled my nose in her elbow.  I get along with the other dog in the house even though he won't play with me but the cat I keep chasing and can never catch him.  My owner said that I am dog door and crate trained and housebroken but my foster family does not have a dog door so I can't show them how smart I am.  But my foster mommy said that I am a good girl because I only go potty outside and while I sniff the edge of the counter I never put my paws on it.  What I would love in my new family is one that is very active, I need to exercise and I wouldn't mind having a doggie friend but that isn't necessary.  I might enjoy a pool when the water is warmer, I jumped in last night but the water was so cold that I jumped out right away.  I love to give kisses and can be pretty snuggly at times. 

 

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