​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?


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.


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.


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. 


Sweet Susie came to our attention from one of our partner vets. She was boarding at their facility and the owners had asked the vets for help with rehoming her as they had to move into a senior facility and they could not take her with them.

Susie is a Labrador/German Shepherd mix and she is now 15 years old. She seems to be in fairly good health for her age. She is sweet and a little timid but is fast coming out of her shell in her new forever foster home.

Her foster says "Susie is a wonderful senior girl.  All she wants is to be loved. She enjoys going for walks and enjoys taking it easy on her bed".

Because of her age we believed she was not adoptable so now she will be loved and adored in her forever foster home.


Please consider a donation towards Susie's ongoing care.


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.


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.

Our Lifeboat Labs Appreciate Your Love & Kindness!


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