Available Labs

Monterey Bay Labrador Retriever Rescue welcomes you to view our LABS AVAILABLE for adoption. We take in labs ranging in age from puppies to seniors (though most of our dogs are in the 1-5 age range) and try to provide you with as much information as we can about each dog. Each has been carefully evaluated and most all have spent time in loving foster homes before being offered for adoption. We typically bring in new dogs every week, so it’s important to check the website frequently if you’re looking to adopt. An explanation of our adoption procedure is located on the How To Adopt section. And we invite you to check out our Success Stories for wonderful notes and photos from our happy adopters.  


4 year old neutered white lab mix, 83 lbs

Eli is a gentle, mellow, sweet boy.  He was dumped at the Santa Clara shelter along with his brother Peyton (who was just adopted).  Both boys had apparently spent their lives outside and never left their property.  Eli is a lab mix and probably a good part of that mix is Great Pyrenees.  He has a beautiful soft white coat, that’s a little longer than a lab coat, and gorgeous huge brown eyes.  We think he looks a little like a big Teddy bear. And he has the cutest little freckles on his muzzle.  Eli is a very gentle dog who came to us with lots of insecurity.  He had no idea how to walk on a leash or be in a house.  He didn’t know what a dog bed was.  All that has changed and Eli is making huge strides in a very short time.  He is house trained and has good house manners.  He is crate trained, but would rather sleep on a dog bed in the bedroom at night.  Eli has really bonded with his foster mom and will bond very quickly with his new family.  He is a perfect companion dog and just wants to hang out and be with you all day.  He walks very well on a leash.  He’s happy to walk beside you or even a bit behind you, if something comes his way that he’s unsure of.  Eli is fine with other dogs but is pretty indifferent to them.  He would be fine with another calm, older dog in his family or as an only dog.  If you’re looking for a dog to be a playmate for your dog, Eli is not the right dog.  He has no interest in playing….just hanging out. He has learned a lot from following the cues of the foster’s dog, tho.  When he sees her do something, he figures out that it’s OK.  Eli knows sit and down and will come when called.  He eats slowly and enjoys his food, but he doesn’t appear to be treat motivated.  His foster, who is also a trainer/behaviorist, says that Eli thrives on praise, telling him he’s a really good boy, when he follows a command.  He loves to be petted and loved.  Eli has learned how to get into the car using a step to get up into an SUV, but will need continued reinforcement on that.  He’s a wonderful boy who will need a good dog person to help him continue to gain confidence, but he’s a love of a boy and very easy to have around.  We think he would be fine with kids, but they should be age 10 or older.  He would also be a good dog for retirees.  Even tho he’s a big dog, he’s gentle and doesn’t pull at all on the leash.  As always we want someone to be home most of the time, even after COVID is over.  Eli will continue to blossom with love and care, as he gains confidence.  He’s already a wonderful boy and he’s going to be even better as time goes on.

Eli is going to his new  home on Saturday.  Thanks to all who called.


9 week old black male lab puppy, 20 lbs

Joey, Josh and Jimbo are brothers and are happy, active, playful puppies who are also very sweet.  They had never been in a house before coming to us but are getting used to being inside.  Their mom was a black lab and their dad was a fox red lab. They are working on their housebreaking but will continue to need work on that.  The boys sleep together in a crate at night and have to get up once during the night to go.  They are loving boys, and love to be held and give kisses.  They are not particularly bitey with people, but want to chew most everything else they can get their teeth on (wooden stairs, redwood decking, legs of wooden furniture).  They think plants in pots or flowers in the garden are there for them to grab and destroy……typical puppy stuff.  The boys love to wrestle with each other and do so all day long.  We think all of the puppies would do best with another dog in the family, but we will not adopt them to a family with a senior dog, as that is unfair to the senior.  They are great eaters and devour their food.  They like treats and take them nicely.   They travel well in a crate in the car or in someone’s lap.  We think they would do well with kids age 6 and over.  As always, we want them to go to a home where someone is around most of the time, even after Covid is over.  They will need to go to puppy training classes, and once they’ve had their next shot, it will be important to take them everywhere to make sure they are well socialized.  They’re wonderful puppies!

Josh is the most vocal of the puppies and can be a real “drama king” when playing, making all kinds of noises like he’s being murdered.  It’s pretty funny.  He’s probably the most active of the three and always wants to have a ball or toy in his mouth.

I am no longer taking calls on any of the puppies.  Thanks to the many, many people who called.  So sorry I can’t return everyone’s call….there were just so many.  But the puppies will be going to their new homes by this weekend.

Recently Adopted Labs


Excited about his new family from Aptos!


Happy with his new family from El Dorado Hills!


All smiles headed home to El Sobrante!


Adopted by his foster dad from Aptos!


Loves his new family from Rohnert Park!


Happily headed home to Santa Rosa!


Off to her new home in Palo Alto!


Thrilled to head home to El Dorado Hills!


Excited to head home to San Carlos!


Staying close by in Carmel Valley!


Thrilled with her new family from Aptos!


Pleased to be headed home to Belmont!


Very happy to stay right here in Carmel!


Heading home for Christmas in Oakland!


All smiles and headed home to Pine Grove!


Happy to be home in Walnut Creek!


So happy to head home to San Luis Obispo!


All ready to head home to Scotts Valley!


Happy to head home to Scotts Valley!


Going home to Mill Valley for Thanksgiving!


All smiles as he heads home to Aptos!


Adopted by her fosters in San Luis Obispo!


Thrilled with his new family from Livermore!


So happy with his new parents from Orinda!


Happily headed to Atherton!


Thrilled to head home to Alamo!


All ready to head home to San Jose!


Excited to head home to Sea Ranch!


Headed home to Santa Cruz!


Off to Fairfax with his new family!


Thrilled with his new family from Gilroy!


So happy with his family from Del Rey Oaks!


Thrilled with her new family from Aptos!


All smiles as she heads home to San Jose!


Looking forward to life in Los Gatos!


Headed home to San Miguel!


Off to his new home in Gualala!


Excited with her new family from Menlo Park!


Happily off to Santa Cruz too!


Very happy with his new family from Santa Cruz!


Happily headed home to Hayward!


Thrilled with his new family from Danville!


In love with his new family from San Francisco!


Home for the 4th in San Jose!


Staying close by in Carmel Valley!


Very happy with his new family from San Jose!


Thrilled with his new family from Los Gatos!

Remi & Hurley

Going home together to Petaluma!


Excited to head home to Scotts Valley!


Happy with his new family from Pleasant Hill!

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