Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue An 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

Hi! My name is BonBon, and I’m one of the 3 sugar babies. You may have already read about us on facebook… Apparently 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 so thankful! All 3 of us need insulin shots, just like humans with Type 1 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…
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! I also like to play with other dogs, because it’s fun!
I do like being with my sisters, but I have a feeling I’d be ok on my own too. I’m a big girl after all… Since I do like other dogs, I’d love to have a playmate though. Kids love me too and I love them as well; as long as I get belly rubs… I’m housebroken and really good in a crate. What do you say? Do you want to meet me?

 

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? 

 

Clint

Hi, folks!  My name is Clint and I am a very specia kind of Lab.  Some say I am a Bassador and some lean toward Corgidor!  Look for pictures of my kind on the internet and you will be amazed at how cute we are.  Lots of Lab in a small package.   I look like a miniature yellow lab, weigh about 40 pounds and have the most adorable short but sturdy little legs.  Everyone who meets me thinks I am the CUTEST DOG EVER!  They said I am 2 but I act younger.
I came to DLRR by way of the border, picked up as a stray in Sonora.  You would never know I was a street dog as I love to lounge on my dog bed or, if allowed, on the couch!   I am happy to sleep in a crate or on a dog bed all night without so much of a peep.  I learned to use the doggie door in one day and will pee on command if taken outside.  I love rides in the car but walks are my favorite, although I do pull some on the leash.
I have been in foster care for almost 3 months, as I came down with a nasty case of the distemper virus shortly after arriving in the Phoenix area.  After some very good care by my two foster moms, my vet has given me a clean bill of health!  My energy level is moderate and I love, love, love to play with squeaky toys, throwing them in the air then pouncing on them!  I love to fetch, too (must be the retriever in me).  I have been known to take pillows off furniture and move shoes around the house, but I have only destroyed one item while in foster care and my foster family lets me have full run of the house when they leave.
In my first foster home, the resident Lab was grumpy and didn’t like my pestering her, but in my second home I’m getting along better with my Lab foster sister.  My foster moms agree that I would be a great fit for a family with or without other dogs and children who are over 10 years of age.  I tend to be a little "mouthy" when excited and need a family to work with me on that one tiny flaw!  I haven't been exposed to any cats since I have been in foster, so the jury is still out on whether I am compatible with them.   If you are looking for an adorably handsome, moderately energetic and loving addition to your family, I may be your guy!
 

 

Eva

Eva 3 yr old black female who weighs 68 lbs came to Dlrr pregnant. She was found in a parking lot wandering in the rain. This sweet girl also has 2 different types of tick fever which she is on medication for. We think that is why she lost her babies. Eva is a calm sweet girl. She gets excited to eat breakfast and dinner. She does a little prancing dance for her food and eats it very slowly to savor every bite. She has fondness for sleeping in her doggie bed. She has never played with toys here in her foster home. Eva really loves to be scratched behind the ears and go on walks. If you are looking for a calm angel then Eva is your girl. She also smiles a toothy grin when she is really happy. She doesnt get on furniture nor does she countersurf. She may only be around 3 yrs old but acts older and wiser than she is. She gets along with dogs, hasnt been around cats and is fine with children who are older. Eva is a very smart girl she learned the doggie door very quickly and has never had an accident inside the house.

 

Cole

Hi, I am Cole. A handsome 4 year old black lab with a silky coat and beauitful brown eyes. I was turned in from my previous owners because the other dog in the home began attacking me due to no fault of my own. That is when DLRR swooped in and got me the much needed vet attention I deserved. Besides my scars you would never be able to tell what I have been through as I show no fear or reservations when it comes to other people or dogs. I am the happiest dog on the block and most loving too! I think I am a lap dog as I love nothing more than snuggling up with my foster parents. Though I can be a couch potato at times,  I still very much need an outlet. I am very active and enjoy swimming, fetching balls, and playing with my other lab brothers. I love all sorts of toys but be aware I pull stuffing out of any toy I find, including dog beds.  I am not sure how I would be with cats but worth a try I suppose. I grew up with older children in the home and enjoy the extra attention. As far as very young children, I may be a bit too boisterous as I tend to get excited. I am a very smart boy. I am completely housebroken, mastered the doggy door, and I don' t get into trouble while my foster mom is at work. She does say that I would benefit from some obedience training such as loose leash walking. I absolutely flip when the leash comes out or I get to go for a car ride. I am just a happy go lucky boy who wants to find my forever home. My ideal home will love to snuggle, play, swim, and hike with me. I think I would do best in a home with other dogs as I enjoy being a member of the pack.

 

Noelle

Noelle is the sweetest cuddlebug. She is 68 lbs of silky smooth black 2 yr old buddle of love. She loves all people. Noey as we call her will climb in lap scrunch and contort her body just to sit with you. She is a true velcro dog. She wants to be with you at all times.  Noey will follow you anywhere thats how much she loves people. We have been working on the personal space issue with her. Usually i can get her to sit next to me by patting the chair next to the one I'm sitting in and tell her settle then she will sit in the chair and stare at me with her longing eyes. Its very hard to resist her when she turns those soulful eyes on you. Noey is heartworm positive, on medication but the good news it was caught in the early stages. Noey is fine in a crate, doggie door trained & house broke, great with kids, and other dogs. She hasnt meet any cats. She is still working on leash manners. For being a compact little girl she is strong she pulls on her leash. She is a high energy girl.

 

Cruz

Hi! I'm Cruz 'cuz the great people at DLRR saved me from the Las Cruses Pound in New Mexico. I'm a yellow lab about 3 years old and I love to play! I'm just shy of 70 pounds but I love my foster siblings. My foster mom hasn't introduced me to any cats so I'm not sure how I'll be around them, but so far I've shown nothing but love to other animals. I was in the Las Cruses shelter for 6 months so if I had any manners I've forgotten them but so far my foster mom says I learn pretty quickly.  We're making a game of whether or not I will eventually be 100% house-broken (I love to fool my foster mom!)I have a history of Tick Fever so my new family will have to check with their veterinarian to see if I need on-going care but so far I'm not sick! I love to play with rope toys and my foster brother. I go into a kennel but I'm not happy about it and I really just want to be with my people. I love to sneak in the doggy door and surprise my foster mom! I am high energy and love to run and play but haven't quite got the hang of bringing the tennis ball back to my foster mom--I like to throw it to myself and show off for my foster sister. I think I'd be a great addition to any family!

 

Shadow

Hi! My name is Shadow 18.  I'm a sweet little timid / shy black lab weighing only 43 lbs and I'm 1 1/2 years old.  I've been with my foster parents for a week now and I've been timid and shy.   I currently have a foster sister and a foster brother and there is a kitty here too.   I love playing with my foster sister and brother!  I don't really play with the toys, I just want to hang out with my foster sister.   We play all the time unless something scares me and then I cower and run to my foster mom or dad. I have some fear issues.   I have total run of the house, I've had no accidents in the house, I run to the door when I want out.  I have put my paws on the counter a couple of times and was told no.  So when my foster parents leave they block off the foyer so the three of us have plenty of room to play.  I love being with my family at night, I sleep very close to my foster mom and dad.  I've been moved around a few times in my life, I somehow ended up at the pound.  I was very scared there.  A nice couple rescued me and I lived with them for a couple of months.  I got a long with my rottweiler sister and two kitties as well.  I had a dog door there and well.....I would get bored and take books, eye glasses and such outside and destroy them.  So, my then mom and dad made the tough decision that I need a more structured  home.  They took me to my new foster parents home with DLRR.   I was a little scared and confused but, I've been welcomed and loved.   My foster mom tries too get me out of my comfort zone and I get scared.  I had to get into the car and I didn't want to, I was afraid I wouldn't come back and my foster mom assured me I would.  Sure enough we came back and now I jump right in the car with excitement.  My foster mom says we will take baby steps in building my confidence up.  She tried to walk me on my leash yesterday and I don't really like the leash.  I run from it when I see the leash come out, I also got scared on my walk and tried to get away.   I wanted to run and find a secure place.  So, my foster mom says I need to practice more on walking on my leash.  She says I need a slip lead because I could be a potential runner.  If I hear a loud noise I panic.   My foster mom and dad reassure me that I'm okay when things scare me.   I love rolling over for them to give me belly rubs! I'm a gentle soul, I will lightly touch you with my paw for attention.  I haven't been put in a crate, so far my foster parents haven't seen a need for it.  

 

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