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? 

 

Mindi

Hi! I am Ko (formerly Mindi) and my foster mom tells me I am a beautiful chocolate lab! I know I am a plus size girl but don't let that worry you as that is starting to change. I am on a weight loss program; I now eat diet food and go for a walk every day. I LOVE to go on my walks. I also like to run around if I have the space. A pool would be a plus for exercising me. I want to continue to lose weight so I can stay healthy, so I need a forever family that will keep me working towards my weight goal. I hope that is you! Because of my plus size my foster mom thinks it would be best if I wasn't around small children - I wouldn't want to unintentionally push them over with my wigglebutt. I go into my kennel easily; although you may not even need to kennel me, as I am a good girl! I know some commands - sit, down, stay, come, leave it, shake, stop, and while I know what heel means, I am still working on leash manners. I currently have two feline foster sisters whom I am very interested in, but they don't take the same liking to me, so they stay away. No accidents in the house. No counter surfing. I don't have a doggy door now but know I could learn fast if you had one. Oh and I LOVE head scratches, ear rubs, back scratches, tummy rubs, and car rides. I hope I am your special girl and you will call my foster Mom. I will love you forever!
 
Updated Bio 4/20/17-
Mindi is a lovely 6 year old chocolate lab.  She is a gentle girl who due to recent training, has learned appropriate manners around dogs. While she's not yet keen on the swimming pool, she's learning to enjoy playing ball with all the other dogs in training and loves to watch them swim.  She is a dominant female with a confident presence in the play yard.  Even though she's still considerably overweight, she's working out every day by walking on leash in a heel or on a treadmill and is losing weight slowly. She shows interest in cats and has not been around children.  She is fully obedience trained and, with the right leadership, will make a perfect addition to your family.  

 

Jessie

Sometimes DLRR is called upon to rescue dogs that may not strictly speaking be all lab, Jessie was one of those situations. This sweet male, lab mix is a wonderful combination of energy, enthusiasm and affection and yet he was rescued from some of the most deplorable conditions our volunteers have ever seen. Thankfully Jessie is now safe and sound in the care of DLRR. He came from an environment where he received no structure while living year round in a backyard, and he probably lacked much, if any contact with humans. Despite this he wants nothing more than to show his love and affection for his people. Jessie is a dominant male who has learned to play beautifully with the right dogs and because of his upbringing, he can be pushy and he is still learning what is appropriate play behavior. So far, he has learned to enjoy his kennel, socialize with various other dogs, wait at thresholds, wait calmly for his meals and treats, trust the leash, and he even mastered his fear of the sliding door! Jessie is curious about cats and we are unsure how Jessie would do with kids. This sweet little dog will thrive with future training and supervision from his new family in order to set him up for a lifetime of happiness and success.Jessie absolutely LOVES people and wants nothing more than to be close to you and to please you!. Please call for more information on how to adopt this affectionate, sweet little boy.

 

 

Princess

Hello... I am Princess9, a seven-year old chocolate lab mix (possibly doberman) and I would like a fur-ever home with just the right people or person. I am little, but strong, weighing in at about 40 pounds. My foster mom has spent about two months with me now and would like to give her input as to what an ideal home would look like for me. I need a constant companion, preferably someone who is home most or all the day. I am very well-behaved when no one is home, but I like giving and getting attention and would be sad if that couldn't happen most of the day. I love giving you cuddles while you sit on your couch or chair. I love playing ball every morning-I'm really quick to catch and return. I like going for walks but am still learning to not pull when I see other little dogs or rabbits. I am eager to learn and just need you to be the "alpha." Because I get really excited when I see a bunny, you need to be agile and strong enough to remind me not to charge or pull. I am very good with other dogs as long as they are bigger, little dogs do look a bit like bunnies! I have beautiful puppy dog eyes and am told I am very cute. My teenage boy brothers really like me and I like them. I often sleep with one of them, the other one has a kitty who gets his bed. I don't mind the kitties, I'm curious, but respectful of their space. I have met with a very nice veterinarian who said my pancreas needs some help doing its job. What that requires is a safe food for my tummy (about $70/month) from your local PetSmart, a supplement (about $28/month) and some medicine that keeps me "regular" (about $20/month). I really am a healthy little lady other than these things! I have a moderately high level of energy when you have a tennis ball nearby and move quickly around the house-but I also like our down time and take nice naps throughout the day. My foster family is really getting attached to me, so you need to call quickly. Has someone told you to get a companion dog? They were probably talking about me!
 
 

 

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.

 

Sammy

I'm Sammy, the most handsome lab ever! I'm an approximately 2 year old male yellow lab that was rescued from the Nogales pound. I had some pretty bad neck wounds when they found me, but they are all healed up and my fur is almost all back. I'm a big boy, 83 pounds, of loving sweetness! I need to work on my leash manners a bit but I love any type of attention and am a fast learner. When I first came to my foster family I really didn't really know how to play with my foster siblings but now I love a game of "chase me"! Sometimes I think I'm a lap lab, others times I like to curl up on your feet, but no matter where you go in the house I will be there to big make sure you're safe! If you're looking for a big hunk of a boy to love you I'm your dog.I am currently on a monthly dose of Heartgard while finishing up my treatment for Heartworm Disease. (I will need to have an annual check up with my new doctor) I shouldn't be exercised excessively or be running any marathons for a while but other than that I'm doing great! If you think you could love me, please call my foster mom so we can set up a date!

 

Maximillian

I am Max do you love hugs?  I really love hugs and I like to play and play and play. I live with a pitbull mastif mix, a chihuahua a Maltese and a 10 year old chocolate lab and three kitties. I like the kitties more than they like me but I don't chase them. I play with each of my senior siblings until they get tired then I go the next one. I am a puppy and none of them can keep up with me.  My foster sister, Lil Bear, is the boss and she showed me the doggy door and I have had no accidents for four days. I sit for a treat or a green beans or anything I can eat but I have not touched things I should not. I love my chew toy and will lay next to you and chew for hours. I am snugly in between playing. Did I mention I love to play?  I am kind of a mixture of black lab and staffordshire terrier.   I am lovable, housebroken, good with big and small dogs, and even kitties. I have not been kid tested but sure he would love a kid to play with. Look at this happy lovable face.  Everyone says I have the most beautiful eyes ever!!  I just need a family to love!

 

Buster

Buster, oh sweet Buster!  He is a big teddy bear waiting for someone to love him.  He is nine years old and 84 lbs.  Buster is an owner turn-in due to divorce.  Earlier in Buster's life he was allowed in the house, but after the divorce he lived in the backyard with a small dog.  He is now so happy to be around people and likes to stick near us.  In his foster home he has three canine siblings that he gets along well with.  I don't know how he interacts with cats.  His previous owner states that he enjoys being around children.  While we do not have a pool, I suspect he is a water dog.  He immediately climbed into our empty pond and likes to push his way into our showers.  Buster will need some assistance with proper walking on the leash but he does know the command for sit. We have yet to hear Buster bark: even when our dogs all start barking, he remains quiet.  And give him a stuffed animal and he will happily carry it around without chewing it!  Shortly after coming into our care, Buster had abdominal surgery to remove a dog rope toy that he ingested prior to coming to DLRR.  He is back with us, his foster family, and doing well!  He LOVES to eat and will scrounge for food.  I don't think he is capable of putting his paws on the counter but I wouldn't put anything past him!  He enjoys helping me water my pots so that he can get wet and drink from the hose.  Buster is ready for his furever home and just wants to have a human to call his own!

 

Woodrow

Woodrow is a very handsome, lovable, 3 year old black lab who was an owner surrender, reluctantly turned in to DLRR with anxiety issues. Despite this however, Woodrow is a wonderful dog who socializes beautifully with all other dogs, and it appears he is not an anxious dog in general. He has been receiving training since his intake with DLRR and his anxiety seems to stem from his desire to be with people. Woodrow can become vocal with barking and demands to join the family and this will escalate to drooling and panting if left unattended and unaddressed, however, these behaviors have lessened a great deal in a stable, calm environment with training. Woodrow has made great strides with his training and he is now crate trained and comfortable being in his kennel in a quiet environment. Woodrow is overweight at 118 lbs and he will need an owner who is committed  to giving him the considerable amount of exercise he needs to lose the extra weight and to assist him with remaining in a calm state of mind by using up energy. Woodrow has been trained to exercise on a treadmill and he is also trained to swim, (he loves playing fetch in the pool), wait, come, sit, quiet, and to go potty. Woodrow will need an owner who is in and out frequently and not gone for long periods at least for the first few days in order to give Woodrow a chance to settle in and adapt to being left alone. He will also need an owner who is prepared to continue the training that has already been implemented in relation to his anxiety. This will need to be ongoing. It would also be ideal if his new owner has a pool because Woodrow loves to swim. Woodrow is good with cats, we are unsure how he is with kids. Please call Woodrow's foster for more information if you are interested in this gorgeous, sweet boy.
 
 

 
 

 

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