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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.


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.


Thanks to Lab Rescuers, beautiful yellow girl, Abby, is safe, and in a loving foster home until her time comes.

Another sweet senior who was in trouble, if not for Lab Rescuers stepping in and saying, “Ohhhh no, we’ve got this!”

Abby is nearly ‘14’ years old.  She’s an old girl who is deaf, has lost weight, and can’t walk very far due to severe arthritis, but she’s also a tail wagging, bright, alert girl, who spends her time comfortably napping or just looking lovingly at her foster mom, when she’s awake.  What a treasure she is!  We are so happy we could help her and keep her safe.  We are hoping she will improve with the proper care and medications.

The world is a better place with sweet Abby in it, and we’re seeing to it she’s kept comfortable, happy, has a full tummy, a smile on her face, and has a wonderful rest of her life.

If you can help us by donating towards Abby’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 Abby.


Rosa was on the euthanasia list but thanks to quick action on the part of LR, she is out of the cold, noisy shelter and is now safe and warm. In route to her foster home, she enjoyed a stop at Starbucks and met everyone with wagging tail.  Rosa is a sweet girl with a warm heart.  She has been in a loving foster home for over a year and due to her recent decline in health, we don't have the heart to uproot her.  She will remain with her loving foster family for the remainder of her life. 


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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