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Lifeboat Labs

This page is dedicated to Labrador Retrievers in need of a "Lifeboat." The dogs pictured here need your donations for help with surgery, medications or other medical ailments. Labrador Rescuers is a grass roots organization run by dedicated and caring volunteers. We count on generous people like you to send a Lifeboat to these wonderful companions of ours who just need a second chance at life. Won't you help us send a Lifeboat to one of the dogs pictured on this page?


Belle came into LR after having to be separated from her owner because of hardship.

Shortly upon arriving it became apparent she was uncomfortable in her mobility and it was discovered she needed bilateral elbow surgery. She recovered from the surgery and we thought happy day for her she was finally ready for her new forever family; but then another set back presented when it became obvious she was in some other kind of distress and pain.

She was diagnosed with Perianal Fistula; a serious autoimmune disease that causes painful fissures, and chronic urinary tract infections. Despite her condition and everything she has to endure Belle continues to have a very sweet and gentle spirit; always wanting to please.

Due to all the special care Belle needs and the challenges and costs of her medical issues it has been decided she will be a LR Lifeboat Lab staying with her fosters who have learned how to accommodate her needs, keep her as comfortable as possible, and of course give her lots of love.


Sweet Magnolia came to Lab Rescuers in September 2017 after having been rescued in August by another rescue organization in San Bernadino County. It was very apparent from the beginning that Magnolia had lived a very tough life, having been bred from repeatedly and neglected of any aftercare. She had several bleeding mammary glands with tumors, was malnourished, had multiple infections, missing, broken and worn teeth, and a laceration to the lower eye lid that had been left to heal incorrectly on its own. These issues required two surgeries and multiple trips to the Vet. Not surprisingly, due to all of this, Maggie came to Lab Rescuers underweight and in an extreme state of anxiety and fear and would rarely leave her kennel. Maggie has been in the care of a loving Lab Rescuer foster family along with her foster brother, LR alum, Laddie. Laddie has been able to slowly help Magnolia understand that happiness is possible and that the world beyond her kennel can be a safe and trusted place. It has taken months of patient training, veterinarian visits and medication adjustments for Maggie to feel secure enough to permanently leave her kennel behind. She now sleeps on a dog bed next to Laddie in the same room as her foster parents and has learned how to trust enough to eat in the open, take treats from their hands (scrambled eggs are her favorite!) go for long happy walks
on the leash and how to ride in the car! Nevertheless, Magnolia’s anxiety still persists as she scares easily and won’t let strangers approach her. She still does not let her foster family pet her unless she is on a leash. Any affection or physical contact, such as baths, nail trims and trips to the Vet are extremely stressful for her, but she shakily endures them, receiving loads of treats as rewards for her bravery!

Very sadly, just as we were making great health and emotional progress with Magnolia, she developed a cough and x-rays revealed two tumors in her lungs. In coordination with her Veterinarian, it has been decided to make Magnolia a Lifeboat Lab and allow her to live out her days with her loving foster family and LR brother Laddie. Magnolia’s past and continued care is costly, and Lab Rescuers is asking if you would consider making a donation today to help. Thank you for helping our sweet Magnolia.


Daniel Red, known as Brutus to all his fans, was rescued from a shelter where he was labeled as Rescue Only due to a non weight bearing left hind leg. It was hoped that it was a torn ACL that could be surgically repaired but the exam by an orthopedic specialist determined that it was a nerve related issue. Sadly, Brutus has been diagnosed with cancer and the location of the mass and his senior age do not make him a good candidate for treatment.

He is a happy boy who loves, loves, loves his toys and receiving gentle rubs on his big ole head and ears. One of his favorite tricks is to take all the toys out of the toy box and then wait with thumping tail for his fosters to pick them all back up and put them back into the box from where he can once again remove them.

Accompanying his fosters and their dogs on errands and trips to nearby parks, where he hangs out in the shade, makes for more joyful times. Brutus can no longer get into a vehicle in his own and counts on his fosters to lift him onto the soft comforters. No matter, once he's in, he inserts his head between them so he can be loved on for the duration of the ride.

Brutus will remain with his loving fosters and his dog, kitty, chicken and horse friends until his time comes to cross the Rainbow Bridge.


Cooper is a beautiful Chocolate boy, who came into Lab Rescuers as his owners could not look after him anymore. Sadly when he had to go to the vets to have his anal glands cleared, it was discovered that he had a large anal mass.  Further tests pointed to it being a aggressive cancer and it was too far along to address the issue.

Palliative care is the only option, so now Cooper is in a nice cozy foster home being treated like a king and very much loved and adored.

His foster Mom says that he is the sweetest, kindest dogs and all he wants is to be near to you, his foster Mom talks to him and it is like he understands everything she says to him.

Please consider a donation to Cooper’s hospice care, it is much appreciated


Sweet Chloe is a 14-year-old girl whose owners could no longer care for her. She came to Lab Rescuers at the end of August and since then has recovered from ear and eye infections, but she still has a very large lipoma about the size of a small football on her side, she is almost deaf, and has diminished eyesight.  This is in addition to severe arthritis and being underweight. None of those things seem to keep Chloe from wanting to be near her people, just laying by their feet or going for short walks.  Her biggest joy is riding in the car and will look at us with those big brown eyes asking for “just one more ride today?”  Chloe enjoys a nice soft bed inside and sleeps a lot on it. Please consider donating to Chloe’s care – she is a sweet senior who deserves to be happy.


Poor Rusty.  12 years old, 90 lbs., arthritic, with a mast cell tumor on his back, Rusty was dumped in the desert when it was 112 degrees.  Really?

Picked up by Animal Control and taken to the shelter, he was rescued by one of our wonderful volunteers, and is finally safe.

Yes, Rusty has arthritis (and a very wonky way of walking due to it), he has a mast cell tumor on his back, his teeth aren’t the best, and he has a few other old age ailments requiring medication, but does that mean he’s not worth saving?  No, it doesn’t.  If anything, what it does mean is he deserves to have the best, most comfortable life from here on out.  Thinking he was most likely used as a backyard breeder dog, and found to be no longer useful, this just gives us more reason to spoil him with love and kindness, good food, and fun from now on.

Rusty is a loyal dog, so his heart was most likely broken  being dumped and left to fend for himself in that desert heat, thinking to himself, what did I do wrong?

You did nothing wrong, Rusty!  You’re such a good boy, and we’ve got your back now.  Lab Rescuers has provided a safe, happy, comfortable place for Rusty to live where he will NEVER be dumped again.  His tail is happily wagging, he’s your typical Lab who loves to eat (and still thinks he’s starving, ha ha), and, as you can see, he loves his tennis balls.

With your help ($), we can better afford his medications to continue to keep him happy and comfortable, and give him all the tennis balls he wants!

Please consider donating towards Rusty’s hospice care.  He’s worth every penny. Thank you!


Sweet Sweet Olive arrived at Lab Rescuers with her sister Skittles when their owners sadly could no longer care for these two. Both dogs had clearly been well loved but had many medical needs their family could not offer them. Thankfully Lab Rescuers was able to step up for these two love bugs. Skittles has been adopted however Olive, having some significant medical challenges, combined with her age, was deemed best to be one of our Lifeboat Labs - where the best life option is to stay with her foster family, where she is beyond loved

Olive is believed to be about 15 years old and at one time, appears to have suffered some significant head trauma - she sports a significant scar on the top of her head - this doesn't take away from how incredibly cute she is. She also has what our vet believes to be, Degenerative Myelopathy, which causes her to have difficultly walking and standing. She stumbles sometimes, tips over, crosses her back legs and walks on her knuckles from time to time, but this never seems to stop her from going where she need to go...for the most part. She sometimes needs a bit of help getting up in the morning and on the occasional fall she needs a little boost. But once she gets going, while it looks awkward, she gets around quite a bit. And of course, we carry her around a bit...because she does have a tenacious side. When she doesn't want to go somewhere...she finds a way to move in the direction she wants to go. This sweet soul is a bundle of love, like no other. There is no amount of petting or food that she will turn down - she is your typical lab through and through. We are blessed to be able to share our lives with sweet Olive and to have a group that cares so much for these particular animals, whether they have a day or a couple years.


Shadow has been with her foster family, since March 2017 and has become part of our family.
Her owner had passed away and she was placed in a shelter scared and lonely. Lab Rescuers was able to rescue her and place her in a loving foster home.
She is a kind, comical girl and has blossomed into her new happy, rural country life in Julian. She has bonded with her other senior dog-mates and is a good watch dog.
Shadow has a few ailments including bone on bone in both hips, stiffness, skin allergies and fatty tissues throughout her body, all of which are treated with daily anti-inflammatory, pain relief and anti-itch medications.
It is believed she may have been an outdoor girl as she did not like coming into the house at first nor does she like hardwood flooring to this day despite some training to calm her fears, thus she eats and drinks in the carpeted living room. She loves her dog family.
With all her quirks she is loved and cared for and remains part of this family for the rest of her life.

If you can help us by donating towards Shadow's care, we sure would appreciate it. As you know, medical care is quite expensive, so any $ donation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping Shadow.


Claire was brought to Lab Rescuers after her lifelong family went through a divorce. She needed a few benign masses removed, which improved her mobility, but due to failing eyesight and spinal arthritis, she still prefers the coziness of home to exercise. Claire has had several teeth removed and will need several more pulled to get her to optimal health. This sweet, 11 year old girl has become a Lifeboat Lab because it was clear to all that she would do best spending the remainder of her life with her loving foster family.


Che came into Lab Rescuers from a Desert shelter, on his vet check he was found to have an inoperable adrenal mass in his abdomen, his life expectancy was put at 2-6 months.
Because of this he was placed in a loving foster home where he is having just the best of times, he is a big cuddle bear his favorite things to do are sleeping, people watching and going for walks, his quality of life is good, and he is a happy loving boy.
He gladly meets new dogs and people but is more of a shy guy who wants to watch from afar rather than be in the middle of the sniff circle. He likes kids and is non reactive to cats.
If you can help with Che's medical care any donations would be much appreciated.


Sasha is a very sweet English style girl. She passed her evaluations, both human and dog to dog with an A+, is easy going and medium energy, has a happy waggy tail and is a wonderful girl. Sasha came into LR with what we hoped was a harmless Mammary mass, unfortunately when we had it removed and analysed it turned out to be a Grade 1 carcinoma with a 50% chance that it will spread. Due to her age and the fact that the cancer could spread, we decided to make Sasha a lifeboat lab, to be cared for by her loving foster Mom and foster family, who totally love this sweet girl.

Please consider a donation to help with Sasha's on going medical needs.

Nani and Dory

Nani and her sister Dory were relinquished to Lab Rescuers on November 23, 2015. Their owners were relocating due to health issues and were no longer able to care for them. As with all Lab Rescue labs they were both taken to on of our vet partners for a full examination. Sadly we found that Nani has a spindle cell mass tumor on her left lower leg. She had radiation treatment in hopes that it would reduce the size, but unfortunately it hasn't shrunk. Nani will continue with palliative treatments to keep her comfortable until the sad day arrives. Since these two sisters are bonded, Dory will remain with Nani in a loving foster home throughout the rest of Nani's life.


Guinness was on the euthanasia list in January 2015 when he was rescued out of an Orange County shelter. When Guinness came to Labrador Rescuers we discovered he had some nerve damage in his lower spinal area that caused incontinence and an inability to wag his tail. A few months later Guinness underwent surgery to alleviate the pressure on several nerves in his spine. The surgery helped and after four months, Guinness could wag his tail like a normal dog and his incontinence improved slightly. Guinness has Spondylosis of the spine and arthritis.

Guinness is very mellow, easy going and gets along with all dogs and cats. Guinness enjoys short walks, being with his foster parents, going for car rides and fetching any of his toys for a brief period. Guinness takes Proin twice a day for his incontinence and Vetprofin as needed for arthritis. When Guinness sleeps, he wears a belly band to assist with any incontinent issues. Guinness has been living with his foster family for over a year and will remain in their care where he is cherished and loved.

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