​Lifeboat Labs
Where Second Chances Save Lives 

This page is dedicated to Labrador Retrievers in need of a "Lifeboat." The dogs pictured here are considered our hospice Labs and 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?

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

Shortly after going to her foster it became apparent she was uncomfortable in her 

mobility and discovered she needed bilateral elbow surgery.


Upon recovering from her surgery ready to find her new forever family another setback 

presented when it became obvious she was in a different kind of distress and pain.

She was diagnosed with Perianal Fistula; a serious autoimmune disease that causes 

painful fissures, and chronic urinary tract infections.


Due to all the challenging special care Belle needs and the expensive costs of her medical issues she will be a LR Lifeboat Lab staying with her fosters for the remainder of her life who have learned how to accommodate her needs, keep her as comfortable as possible, and of course give her lots of love.


Despite her condition and all the medical care Belle has to undergo she continues to have a sweet and gentle spirit; always wanting to please.


Sweet Max was surrendered to the shelter at approximately 10 years of age. When he came to Lab Rescuers he was suspected to have possible laryngeal paralysis and had experienced a bad reaction to anesthesia at the shelter. Max's breathing difficulties and respiratory issues continued to worsen. After a consult with a specialist and additional testing Max was diagnosed with chronic airway disease, a thickened larynx and bullae on his lung. Given Max's declining condition, the risks associated with continued testing, and the unlikelihood that he could withstand a major surgery, he has been designated as a Lifeboat Lab. 


Max will remain in the loving care of his foster parents, who are committed to managing his care, which includes use of an inhaler twice daily, and keeping Max as comfortable as possible. Max has the typical sweet Lab personality and still enjoys short daily walks, occasional trips to the beach and of course eating!


When we save a senior from a shelter, we never know what underlying conditions may have sadly caused them to be dumped in their senior years. Thanks to Lab Rescuers these sweet oldies are able to end their days in a loving home instead of a scary shelter. 

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This girl was found tied up to a barb wire fence with no food or water. Trying to free herself she hurt her face. Destiny is a very lovable dog. She likes to just hang out and chill. When she wants attention she will place her head on your lap and stare at you with those big brown eyes. She gets very excited for freeze dried treats. She’s learned to sit down, and roll over. Destiny enjoys going for walks, belly rubs, and riding in the car. She does great with everyone she meets, but is shy at first. Once she likes you, she will follow you everywhere you go. She doesn’t know how to fetch or play, but will instead follow you around the yard. 


Very sadly Destiny suffers from Renal Dysplasia, and her life expectancy is a year at most.  For this reason Lab Rescuers thought it best to leave her in a loving foster home where she will be loved and adored until her time comes.


If you would like to help with Destiny's ongoing medical costs please donate to Lab Rescuers.

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Gentle Big Boy was a 13 year old owner surrender to a shelter in Los Angeles County. Labrador Rescuers was notified and he was quickly rescued and placed into a loving foster home.  After being in his foster home for little over a week, we noticed that Big Boy was in pain and discomfort when he tried to sit down.


After a thorough vet visit, it was discovered that Big Boy has Anal Sac Cancer.  With his advanced age and the care needed, Big Boy was made a
Lifeboat Lab.  He will remain with his foster parents who are committed to
his many doctor visits and managing his care to keep him as
comfortable as needed.


Big Boy has a big heart as he has appetite (thus the name).  He loves his new male person and typifies the phrase MAN'S BEST FRIEND following him around with adoring eyes.

Thanks to Labrador Rescuers who rescue these sweet old pups. Please support their fine work and dedication to our seniors, who could end up very well spending their last days on a cold shelter floor, instead of a warm loving home.

Please sponsor BIG BOY, or any one of our wonderful Life Boat Labs.


Lyla came to LR in 2018 not in great shape.  She was brought to health and adopted by a long time LR foster.  Due to unfortunate events Lyla at 14+ was returned to LR.  Soon after arriving at her new foster, she had an enucleation appointment to remove her right eye.  Once all healed up, she was able to find her groove. 


Lyla spends her days sleeping in, going on a walks and playing catch.  She loves to nap/snore outside in the sun next to her fur bother.  She is getting lots of love, snuggles and belly rubs.  


Because of Lyla's age, some noted separation anxiety, and responses to new stressors, it was decided that becoming a Life Boat was in her best interest.  She will spend her days with her Mom, Dad, 2 human brothers and 3 fur siblings enjoying retirement to its fullest.   


Please consider donating to Labrador Rescuers on behalf of Lyla.

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How is it that dogs can be so resilient, so loving, and so courageous?  I don’t know, but at 13 years old, Champ is a shining example of just that! He is a senior dog who is blind, deaf, and diabetic, and yet he’s totally up for belly rubs, head scratches, and walks.


His first owner neglected him medically. By the time we rescued him, he was down to 43 lbs due to his undiagnosed diabetes and was blind.  We took Champ right to an eye specialist who recommended his eyes be removed due to being painful.


Champ recovered in our care, he gained weight to a healthy 78 lbs, his diabetes was under control and he was adopted by a lovely couple who, unfortunately for Champ recently contacted us that they were moving overseas, and it was determined the trip would be too much for him physically. 

Well, Champ is back with us now, and we love him.  


Champ will spend the rest of his days in a loving foster home with lots of doggy friends, a cat, tons of love, and all the medical care he needs. On walks, even with eyes removed, Champ walks head up, proud, and happy to be alive. He’s a very special boy! 


If you are able to contribute towards Champ’s care, which will require frequent vet visits, prescription food, and insulin, it would be greatly appreciated.  


Ray Charles aka Charlie was found as a stray on the streets. At age 12 with numerous medical issues he desperately needed out of the shelter. Charlie is blind due to glaucoma which is a painful condition. Upon exam he was also found to have asymmetrical testicles which can be a red flag for cancer. His ears were badly infected as well and x-rays revealed spondylosis, a degenerative spinal arthritis.


Despite his many medical needs Charlie is the sweetest happiest Lab you could hope to meet with his tail always wagging. Lab Rescuers promptly got Charlie the needed surgeries and medical treatments, however due to his age and being blind he will live out the rest of his days in a loving foster home as one of our Lifeboat Labs. His foster mom adores him and he is in good company with two other senior Labs.


Please consider donating to Lab Rescuers on behalf of Charlie or one of our other Lifeboat Labs.   

Our Lifeboat Labs Appreciate Your Love & Kindness!