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.

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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

March 2017 UPDATE!
Hey, this is BonBon! Guess what?!?! I can see again… ☺  That’s right; I had my cataract surgery in the beginning of March, and it went very well!
So, now I’m just your typical Lab who just happens to be diabetic! I love people, kids and dogs, I’m not a fan of cats, but love to snuggle and play! I also love walks and usually take a couple of naps during the day.  In fact, I actually like being in my crate, which is where I stay when my foster mom has to leave me alone at home.  She always calls me a “good girl!”  So, as you can tell, I’m a very easygoing dog who would love to be your companion and find a forever home. 
I do have two sisters, but - although I love them very much - we don’t have to be adopted together.  Since I do love other dogs, it would be nice to find a forever home with another dog, but I’m also fine with getting all of your loving for myself.
As a reminder, here’s my story:
My two sisters and I are only about 3 years old, but we have been on quite a journey already! We were rescued by DLRR in May of 2016.  The man we used to live with finally took us to a vet when we got really skinny! When the vet told him we had 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 twice a day, just like humans with Type 1 diabetes do. My foster family didn’t have a clue how to do it, but learned quite quickly. It’s all doable when 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! Can you?!?
 

 

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?

 

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? 

 

Daisy

Hi! I am Daisy and I am a sweet, affectionate, 5 year old lab who is looking for my perfect home. I was rescued by DLRR from the Pinal County Pound but then had a bit of a rough go of it because I required treatment for heartworm. This made me quite miserable, however, with great foster care and some training I am fully recovered and I am now happy, energetic, playful and friendly!   I love being around my people and am quite the cuddler if you let me. I am moderately active and will need exercising regularly, I love going for walks! I am crate trained and house broken and I know basic commands.  I am interested in cats but really I just want to play with them.  I will do better in a home with kids over 9 years old and I also need to be in a home without any other dogs.  I will be quite happy as an only dog though because I just love my people!  Please consider adopting me--everyone tells me I am just so, so sweet.   I am so grateful to have been rescued by DLRR and I am very ready to settle into my forever home.  Hope to meet you soon!
 
 

 

Petra

Petra needs a patient loving family who is willing to bring her out of her shell. She is very timid around people but loves other dogs. She is very playful with them. she needs an understanding family willing to work with her to become the best little labbie she can be. She needs someone to show her love and that people can be trusted. She is doggie door trained, doesn't have accidents in the house, she has never met a kitty, she needs work on leash training and being around people. She just needs someone who will open her world up and become her best friend. No small children since she is so timid. She is about 35 lbs.

 

Cooper

Cooper is my name but my foster mom calls me Super Duper Cooper! I am pretty fantastic short legs and all. I'm a bit of a mix hence the short legs but I'm big on personality. I'm about 7 months old and I'm probably not gonna get much taller. But height isn't a big challenge to me. I can still get on the couch and take a nap when I'm ready to rest. Being small doesn't stop me from playing hard with the big dogs either. I love playing with other dogs and I'm pretty fast for a short little guy. I'm not much of a long walk kind of guy (hint hint short little legs). My foster mom says I'm a total sweetheart and I wholeheartedly agree especially when she gives me treats I take them ever so gently from her fingers, I never nip her taking a treat. I'm first in line to eat and last to leave. And I'm very polite and sit for treats. 
Super Duper Cooper is potty-trained, doggie door trained, loves to chew toys and bones, he does need someone home most of the time since he is still a puppy. He is great with children and other dogs, has never met a kitty though. He is about 30 lbs. of cuteness. If you're interested in a one of a kind big personality compact labbie then give my foster mom a call. 

 

Princess

SBFL (single brown female lab) in search of my furever home. I have gained some weight and measure in at almost 50 pounds. I like long walks around my neighborhood. I LOVE jumping into the pool after a tennis ball, as well as having it thrown for me. One thing really cool about me is that I am very flexible on who should adopt me. I would be a fantastic only dog with someone who loves attention from me; hugs, snuggles, and kisses. I would want to be with you all day if possible, but am ok if I am home alone for a few hours. I want attention a lot, so if you are gone all day, I would just be sad. I could also be with a family with children who want to keep me busy and don't mind my lovings. Having a young child around me would be ok, but I am quick and wouldn't want to knock them over. I have gotten better on the leash but still pull sometimes so need some more training, I'm so excited to be on a walk, I just want to go, go, go! I love going to Dutch Brothers for a Puppaccino and ride pretty well in the car when I'm not trying to climb onto your lap. Mom says it's not safe! I love other dogs but am known to push them out of the way to get your full attention. I'm fine with cats, they aren't aways great with  me, but we have learned to coexist wonderully. I don't require long term medical care but do require a special diet due to my pancreas not having the right enzymes to process my meals. I love treats and can eat anything, just know the special food helps you have less messiness to clean up in the back yard. I am such a great dog! I have the softest fur, too. I'm excited to meet anyone who wants a very loving doggie and can give me a long life of love back. I am really fun!
 
 

 

Dannie

Hi! I'm Dannie a 10 year old black lab mix who was given to the great people at DLRR because my owner was sick in the hospital and couldn't take care of me. I'm a big boy, weighing about 72 pounds and I have longer fur so will need some grooming.  My favorite thing is to lay around outside soaking up the sun or displacing my foster siblings on the dog beds inside.  I'm really easy going and have some arthritis so don't move as fast as my foster siblings. My new home will need to keep up with my pain and joint meds. I'm crate trained although i don't need one as I am the perfect gentleman inside the house all day. I don't get on the furniture and I'm happy to lay on my dog beds. I know how to use a dog door too! I'm dog friendly and cat friendly (per my previous owners) The people at DLRR were kind enough to have my teeth cleaned so now I'm good to go! If you want a furry cuddly companion, please call my foster mom.

 

Cello

Cello is not only tall, dark, and handsome, he is also smart, gentle, and affectionate -- the perfect young fellow! We think he is a Lab x Great Dane mix about 4 years old. Typical of both breeds, he is good-natured, cuddly, mellow, and eager to please. He recently had orthopedic surgery to fix a dislocated hip and is well on the road to recovery. He is good with kids and other dogs, but he will need a home where his activity can be carefully controlled for the next 2 months (ie, no roughhousing, running, or jumping) while he finishes healing. He has been surprisingly tolerant of his activity limits so far, but we suspect he will have a need for moderate exercise when he recovers. He should weigh about 85-90 pounds when he finishes putting on some much needed weight. He is house-trained and otherwise trustworthy in the house but gets quite anxious when left alone. His foster family has already seen some progress on this issue using a combination of systematic training and anti-anxiety medication, and we fully expect that with continued training in the right home, this issue can be resolved. 

 

Ginger

Hi!   I'm Ginger!  I'm an 8 year old beautiful chocolate lady.  My former owners turned me in to DLRR because they were downsizing and I didn't make the cut.  I'm a very happy girl-- my tail is wagging all the time!  My foster mom tells me that I am so, so sweet and that I'm irresistible when you get to know me. I follow her around the house and have to be the same room she is in because I love her so much!  I also love my walks in the morning.  I try to be good on the leash, but I can't stop myself from wanting to investigate all the birds and bunnies out there because we sort of live in the country.  But I'm really smart--I have learned some commands like sit, stay, down and give--so I am sure I could learn to walk better on a leash with some training.  One of my favorite things to do is chase balls and bring them back to you so you can throw them again.  I'm totally trustworthy in the house when left alone and I don't counter surf.  My foster mom calls me Roomba because of my exceptional abilities at cleaning food up off the floor, but hey--I'm a Lab--that's what we do, right?!  I have a foster Lab sister who I pretty much ignore, so don't be looking for me to be any other dog's playmate.  I'm really a people dog.  I am so looking forward to getting settled in my furever home.  If you think you could be my new family, please call my foster mom.  I promise to love you forever and ever!

 

Duke

Duke 13 is a wonderful yellow approximately one-year-old Lab, filled with love and ready to find a great family!  He is newly a tripod, so he only has three legs, but that doesn't stop him!  He loves to play and run and do everything a Lab loves! He gets along well with other dogs and is house- and crate-trained. He also loves to go for walks!  He hasn't been exposed to cats. He would probably do best in a carpeted house rather than one that is fully tiled. (He slips more than a four-legged dog does!) He was originally found in Mexico after being hit by a car but didn't get the care he needed, so his broken back leg didn't heal correctly and got infected. Vets down there got in touch with DLRR, and we brought him up here, where it was determined he need to have his back right leg amputated.  He's a fantastic boy and will make a great companion!

 

Rochelle

What a difference a couple of weeks in a foster home can make for a DLRR dog!  Rochelle has become a much better mannered, and definitely loved, member of our household!  She is totally housebroken-never had an accident, pesters the older resident Lab but not in a mean way, and is extremely affectionate.  She loves attention and she loves her toys.  We believe Rochelle did not have many experiences in the world before coming to us, and she definitely was untrained.  However, she is learning all sorts of things!  She is getting better on the leash but she definitely needs more work on that as well as overall obedience training.  She also needs daily exercise--she still has puppy energy sometimes.  She loves chewing on bones and stuffed animals-she doesn't  destroy them quickly--she prefers the slow kill method.  She is a good dog who has a ton of potential—really a diamond in the rough.  She needs additional socialization opportunities with dogs outside the home (obedience classes would be ideal), but she should learn quickly, judging from the positive changes we have seen over the past couple of weeks.  We are still recommending no young children (under 10) and absolutely no cats, as Rochelle has a high prey drive.  Hurry to call on this 1 1/2 year old, 40 lb beauty and make her your own!  She deserves the best!

 

Chiquita

Chiquita or "Quita" is a very sweet lady. She may be older but has managed to keep up with the two younger dogs I am fostering. She smiles all the time and is very easy going. She would do best in a home with someone who can take short walks with her for exercise and who will be patient as she grazes through her food. In her former home, she did not experience many of the niceties of feeling at home, like cuddling on a couch, being part of the family, or going up stairs. She went into a pool recently, but it's not mandatory you have one. She would probably like a kiddie pool during our hot months. She is up to date with her shots other than a booster for one at the end of June. She is a good weight and overall very healthy; the only issue is a slight lazy left hip when trying to move quickly. As her foster, I am looking for someone to adopt her who will give her a lot of attention and teach her what love is all about. She is very easy to care for, but I don't want that to minimize the love she so desperately needs and deserves in her final years. If you want to meet a great senior dog who will appreciate anything you do for her, please call me.

 

Katie

Katie is a mellow 10 year old chocolate female.  At 90 lbs. she is a little heavy, but she wears it well.  She is kind of sad right now because her owner who she had been with since she was a pup is having health problems and can’t care for her anymore.  And if that wasn’t enough, her brother who also lived with them got sick and had to be put to sleep.  So she has reason to be sad and anxious.
She loves to fetch her tennis ball, walks on the leash, gets along with other dogs, is house trained and knows how to use the dog door.  She rides well in the car but needs some help getting in and out.  Not sure about cats but she likes to swim and was ok with her owner's grandchildren.  She is currently taking medication for an ear infection and some pain meds for arthritis.  I think she would like to be in a home where someone is there a lot, especially right now.  If you would like a sweet older dog maybe Katie is right for you.

 

Major

Hi my name is Major Cutie Pie but call me Major for short. I was turned in by my owner and I can't figure out why. I am a handsome black male and I am about 5 years old. I am fully vaccinated, neutered and micro chipped. I weigh about 70#'s. I keep hearing how sweet I am. When I arrived I was pretty dirty but then I was given a bath and I have to say I really liked it. I am not sure if I like cat's but I guess we can find out.  Well my foster mom has had me since Saturday, 06-24-2017 and I am so happy, there is a black labrador that lives in the house, we are great together. My foster mom works with me to go out the doggie door as I never had one, first no flaps, now I am down to one and I believe I am going to get there. We had a party at the house and the whole family, ten of us!.We had a great time and this little boy and I were great together. Sometimes when something drops on the floor I get startled. I love watching the television, the dogs were barking and they caught my attention. I don't like sudden movements and harsh words. I hid a couple of times under the dining room table. My manners need to be worked on, which my foster mom is working on such as out of the kitchen, no hanging around dining room table, sit and lay down, otherwise all I want is to be petted and cuddle. We are learning to play ball outside, the pool doesn't interest me at this moment. I am very friendly, fully potty trained and just want a new home with a wonderful family. I think you should call on me and we will talk. If I am not available my foster mom will talk to you.  

 

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