Labradors Needing Homes

The following Labrador Retrievers are currently available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of the wonderful Labradors listed below, please complete the online application by clicking here:

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Most of the labs listed here have been abandoned for some reason. They are in need of a family who has the time to care for them, train them and live with them as a member of the family. They do not do well as totally outdoor dogs or just a friend, playmate for your child or pet. They are living animals who need a sense of being wanted, needed, and being an integral member of your family.

Willis
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Willis- DOB 7/2013
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
August 22 at 3:17 PM

Thanks to Christina for fostering Willis!

Willis is a great dog! He loves people, toys, and bones. He is house trained and behaves in the house with no destructive behavior or counter surfing. He does occasionally get on the couch while we are gone, but the only evidence of this is dog hair.

Willis is calm, but does have plenty of energy for walks and playing! He loves walks and happily goes for a few miles without tiring and loves to run, so might make a good jogging buddy. He loves spending time in the great outdoor and chasing squirrels and bunnies (which we have aplenty in our neighborhood) - he does respond to voice cues, and doesn't give chase while on a leash.

He also likes to sneak around in the bushes in the yard and dig in the kids' sandbox (he doesn't dig in the yard or the flower gardens, and really the dogs use the sandbox more than the kids these days!). Most of all Willis loves to spend time with his people. He generally stays in the same room as his family, and likes to have you in his sight.

Willis is very affectionate and great with our kids (ages 6, 9, 10 and 12) and gets along with our resident lab.

Willis might have issues with small dogs or cats. He also doesn't seem to have any formal training, but is easy to live with, learns fast, and is very eager to please. He is truly a great dog that would make a happy addition to almost any family!

7/20/16 Wills is a calm, easy going dog who loves dogs, kids and nice walks. He is currently heartworm positive, but looking for a home that will love him through, and after, the heartworm treatment.

*If you would like to adopt a dog with heartworms, HOT Lab rescue pays for the treatment even once he goes home with you! Ask us about the treatment and about Willis!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Ambrosia
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Ambrosia- DOB 2013
Color: Black
Gender: female
August 21 at 10:38 AM

Thanks to Doug for fostering Ambrosia! AKA Amy. Thanks to Jennifer and Tim for fostering Amy initially and starting to put some meat on those bones.

8/14/16-Observations after fostering Ambrosia, AKA Amy, for about two weeks. This little girl will make you feel happy and special. She learns quickly and will benefit from more training now and after adoption. She wants to be close to her human family. Normally, she is where she can see me. If she is not where I can see her, I go looking because she is probably getting into some cat food related mischief.

Her ideal family will be active and have an energetic dog and/or kids that will play with her. Someone will need to take her on long walks; she should be a good jogging/running partner. She is good with cats after she gets to see they are loved by the family, but should be closely supervised initially. The family needs to be willing to crate Ambrosia when leaving her at home alone.

7/29/16 This cute sweetie is heartworm positive, but is putting on some much needed weight. She is such a loving dog, warm and affectionate.

She started her first heartworm treatment on 7/25 and will start her second round on 8/25. It took her a couple of days to get over the soreness from the first round of treatment. But, she continues to be what one friend described as an angel. She is learning about stairs and has been good with cats.

*If you would like to adopt a dog with heartworms, HOT Lab rescue pays for the treatment even once he goes home with you! Ask us about the treatment and about Ambrosia!

Thanks to LuAnn Peralta for sponsoring Ambrosia! We could not save as many great Labs like Ambrosia without our incredible sponsors!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Ezra
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Ezra- DOB 3/2016
Color: Black
Gender: female
August 19 at 9:59 AM

Thanks to Rachel and Michael Fusaro for fostering sweet Ezra.


Checkout Ezra on YouTube! Link: Ezra Video Updates and daily photo updates here: www.Instagram.com/FusarosFosters


8/19/16: If you are looking for a sweet lab to, literally, melt in your arms - look no further! This incredibly loving, loyal and sweet pup is nothing but love. Ezra is looking for her fur-ever sidekick, a family who can take her on lots of adventures and fun! She is happiest by your side, and wants nothing more than to please you. We are learning basic commands, her crate training improves daily and she is food motivated. Ezra prefers not to spend her days alone, so she will do best with a family who maybe works from home or with a family who is not gone 8-10 hours per day, she just can't contain her love for her humans and would be sad left alone most days!! See her in action (check her YouTube link and Instagram above)!


8/9/16: Ezra will certainly be a foster we will never forget. Her life mission is to please her people, and she amazes us everyday with her obedience skills. In a short time she has learned sit, down, shake, roll over, stay and now working on skateboarding and "dance!" What a gem!! When we first got her, she had some separation anxiety we're working through. Today, she will cry in the crate for the first 5-10minutes, but then settles down for a long puppy nap! Routine and consistency are key! Ezra sleeps through the night, and is nearly potty trained. Very calm demeanor, especially for being 5-7months old, and is learning great leash skills. Dog friendly, fine with kids, rides great in the car and shows no sign of destructive behavior! She is a catch! However, she will only be good with a family who wants LOTS of snuggles ;) She will let me cradle her like a baby, and it's the cutest thing. She just needs a fur-ever family to show her that she doesn't have to worry about being abandoned again, and that she will always have a home with abundant love. With some formalized training, I can see Ezra as a therapy dog! See her live on YouTube (links above).


8/4/16: We can't get enough of her snuggles! She loves to give kisses and has learned sit, down, shake and working on roll over!! Considering her rough history, which clearly included a lot of neglect, she is a wonderful dog. We are working on her separation anxiety. We crate her while at work, and we are working on teaching her that we will always return. She crates just fine at night, but wants to be near her humans so badly, that it's scary for her when we leave the house. With lots of love, patience and routine Ezra should soon learn to not worry about being abandoned. If you are looking for a diamond in the rough who will completely commit to loving you, this is your girl. I still can't believe how fast she learns commands! She will thrive even more in a home with a family member who works from home (or who isn't gone all day) and who loves being active. There's something really special about Ezra :)


7/31/16 - Ezra had a wonderful first night. She didn't love the crate at first, cried for ~20mins, but slept fine after that! She is not potty trained yet, but we will get there! Ezra is very smart and has the most gentle mouth when taking treats!! She didn't seem to care about my cat, and after learning my dog wouldn't hurt her, she loves playing catch with him!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Juneau
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Juneau- DOB April 2015
Color: Black
Gender: female
August 12 at 9:48 AM

Thanks to JD for fostering Juneau!

Juneau is a total lovebug! She likes nothing more than snuggling with people, and is extremely well house trained. She's not overly toy focused, although she enjoys a bit of Nylabone from time to time, and enjoys a bit of light wrestling with my pups. Juneau needs a bit of company at meal times because she doesn't like eating alone - but then again, who does? Juneau is very well behaved on a leash and is a pleasure to walk. She's recovered well from her spay, and is quickly getting back to her old self and is in good health.

Juneau would be a great companion for families with calmer dogs to add a little spice to their lives or as a single dog on her own. It is unclear how she relates to cats, as she hasn't been exposed to any as yet.

Welcome Juneau! She is brand new today, so we will have more information coming soon!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Kodiak
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Kodiak- DOB 2011
Color: Black
Gender: male
August 12 at 9:42 AM

Thanks to JD for fostering Kodiak

8/11/2016 - Kodiak is a gentle giant. He's a big fan of his outside time (not that he likes being an outside dog - he just loves his outings with people and other dogs). He's fascinated by birds and squirrels and spends a lot of time looking up to try to find them. Kodiak loves being around people even if it is just in the same room, but will wander over from naps periodically to check on his folks and let them know he's thinking of them (a few pets and scratches reassures him that the feeling is mutual). He's not really overly motivated by toys, but will engage in a bit of light wrestling with other dogs; despite his size, he's very careful with them - he's played with my little mutt quite often, and I think Kodiak lets him win a lot.

Kodiak is very well behaved on a leash, unless he spots a bird or squirrel, but we're working on that as well as a few other household manners.

07-14-16 Welcome Kodiak! He is brand new to us, but we know he is truly gorgeous and dog-friendly. Unfortunately, Kodiak is heartworm positive, so he will need some special love and care in his new home. More info coming soon!

*If you would like to adopt a dog with heartworms, HOT Lab rescue pays for the treatment even once he goes home with you! Ask us about the treatment and about Kodiak!

Thanks to Jane Copeland for sponsoring Kodiak! We could not save as many great Labs like Kodiak without our incredible sponsors!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Arrow
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Arrow- DOB 2012
Color: Black
Gender: male
August 11 at 8:54 AM

Arrow is currently sharing foster space with several other foster dogs at Margaret's, but he would gladly go to a foster home of his own that will show him the spoiled life! If you are interested in fostering Arrow, please email volunteerforlabrescue@gmail.com for more information.

Arrow is new to us today, but we know he is a sweet heart. He is dog-friendly, loving, energetic, and one awesome cuddle bug! Unfortunately, he is heartworm positive. Don't let this discourage you. He could still join your home and we will pay for the treatment. If you are interested in learning more about fostering to adopt a heartworm positive dog, please apply to adopt! More info coming soon!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Marvel
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Marvel- DOB 2011
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
August 11 at 8:53 AM

Marvel is currently sharing foster space with several other foster dogs at Margaret's, but would love a foster home of his own. If you are interested in fostering Marvel please email volunteerforlabrescue@gmail.com

Marvel is so happy to be rescued and is a big ol lovebug! He needs a good bath, flea treatment, nail trim and a little time to get healthy before finding his forever home. He's sweet, laid back and ready for the good life. He'll be a beautiful boy soon (more pictures will be coming).

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Sitka
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Sitka- DOB 2015
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
August 9 at 4:29 PM

Thanks to Courtney for fostering Sitka!

8/9/16 Sitka is a reserved girl who is nervous in new situations, but when she comes out of her shell, will return your affection in full and gives kisses in exchange for pets! Routine has done wonders for this sweetie. She is house trained, but had a few accidents those first few nights while she was adjusting to foster life. Sitka might be a little claustrophobic as she was terrified of the crate - however, she sleeps on a dog bed through the night and doesn't wander (she loves her dog bed).

Sitka has great car manners, and jumps right on in the back seat. She also has phenomenal recall, and trots right over when you call her name! She is so excited to meet her people at the door when they get home from work and doesn't jump up. She is timid around other dogs, but her foster brother is slowly teaching her how to play! Sitka is still coming out of her shell and learning that the world is not a terrible place, and there's plenty of nice people who love her.

7/20/16 Sitka is a shy girl that is looking for a patient understanding owner who has another dog. Sitka is about a year old, around 45 pounds, likes dogs but is nervous in new situations.

Thanks to Paul and LuAnn Peralta for sponsoring Sitka! We could not save as many great Labs like Sitka without our incredible sponsors!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

McKinley
McKinley- DOB 2015
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
August 9 at 10:12 AM

Thanks to Vincent for fostering McKinley!

Welcome McKinley! This sweetheart is new to us today from Lockhart, TX. She seems to be pretty laid back for a young girl. She does well with crying babies, kids, and other dogs. We will know more about her soon!

Thanks to Susan Smith for sponsoring McKinley! We could not save as many great Labs like McKinley without our incredible sponsors!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Flo
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Flo- DOB 2014
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
August 9 at 10:09 AM

Thanks to Carma for fostering Flo.

I'm Flo and I have a happy face because I'm lucky to be alive. I've recovered from pneumonia and kennel cough but unfortunately I'm heartworm positive. But with a few months treatment and TLC I will be a healthy and grateful lab. The 2-3 months of restricted activity and rest is a good time to bond with my adopter.

I am house trained, use the dog door, don't counter surf. I take slow short walks while on heartworm treatment and do well on the leash. I looove to fetch the ball. I am A little protective of my ball/toy. I get along with other dogs. I ride well in the car. I enjoy being loved and getting belly rubs and attention from a human. I am smart. I am kind. I am important.

*If you would like to adopt a dog with heartworms, HOT Lab rescue pays for the treatment even once she goes home with you! Ask us about the treatment and about Flo!

Thanks to Paul & LuAnn Peralta and Koula Hanges for sponsoring Flo! We could not save as many great Labs like Flo without our incredible sponsors!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Penny
Penny- DOB January 2016
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
August 8 at 4:39 PM

Thanks to Meredith for fostering sweet Penny!

Penny is new to us and we are learning lots about her from her foster parents. More to come soon!

Penny is between 8-10 months old. She is very loving and loyal, and bonds with her people quickly. She is crate/house trained. We are working on manners and she knows how to sit. She gets along very well with the resident dog, but has never met any kids (to my knowledge, but I imagine she would do just fine with them!) She walks well on and off leash and enjoys going on her morning and evening walks. P.S. - her coat is VERY soft!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Mylo
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Mylo- DOB 4/2014
Color: Chocolate
Gender: male
August 1 at 3:06 PM

Thank you Cathy and Joe for fostering Mylo.

8-1-16 Mylo is doing so great on our walks! He gets very excited when he sees his Easy Walk harness and is always ready for a walk. Mylo would probably do best in a house without cats or other small furries. He does great with other dogs and kiddos alike. He knows to sit (he has the prettiest "sit" ever) before breakfast and dinner, and waits for "okay" before taking a treat. He knows "sit," "down," "shake," and is completely housebroken. He is making more eye contact and is a very loyal guard dog. He sits at both the front and back door on patrol. Just an all-around fabulous dog if you can be a little patient and wait for him to bond to you.

5-16-16 I took Mylo for a walk yesterday. I don't think he has much experience on the leash, so we are working on that. He loves the exercise and is a fast learner - he is already keying off of me on which direction we are going. He was around some children this weekend and did well with them. He loads up very easily in our Explorer and is a perfect car passenger. He is starting to settle in at our house and even gave us a show of his "bunny run" around our living room - just your typical silly boy dog. He would make a great companion for a single person or a couple who are active and like to go on walks or runs; he loves the exercise.

5-3-16 Mylo has been with us for a couple of days. He is housebroken and knows what doggey beds are for. He knows "sit," and has a very gentle mouth when taking a treat. He is very playful and goofy and is happiest with his Nylabone or tug toy close by. He seems to be a quick learner and has figured out our doggey door to the dog yard. He has been a good boy in the garage/dog yard when we go to work for the day - no digging or escape tendencies so we have not had to crate him.

Thanks to Beth Perl for sponsoring Mylo! We could not save as many great Labs like Mylo without our incredible sponsors!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Lola 16
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Lola 16- DOB 2013
Color: Chocolate
Gender: female
August 1 at 3:01 PM

Thanks to David for fostering Lola 16!

This little sweetie just joined us, so all we know is that she loves to fetch, gets along with other dogs, and is heartworm positive.

8-1-16 Lola just started heart worm treatment. So she will be available for adoption in about 3 months. She is super sweet and loves to play ball. She was an owner surrender. The owner indicated they did not have time for her due to working 10-12 hours a day and that she was just tied to a tree in the back yard for the last 2 years.

*If you would like to adopt a dog with heartworms, HOT Lab rescue pays for the treatment even once he goes home with you! Ask us about the treatment and about Lola!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Lola 11
Lola 11- DOB 2010
Color: Chocolate
Gender: female
July 2 at 7:25 PM

Thanks to Connie for fostering Lola 11!

6-14-16 Lola was adopted from us back in 2011, and through no fault of her own has found her way back to us. We know she loves to play with other dogs. We will post more as we get to know her again and when we find out her health status.

6-18-16 Lola 11 is heartworm negative! She loves playing with other dogs, and has done well with cats and infants, too.

6-22-16 Lola is such a relaxed girl, she is a really enjoyable dog. She gets along with dogs of all sizes, though doesn't wrestle much. She now understands cats are cool and not a chase toy, which her foster kitties appreciate! Lola wants badly to be loved and please. She is amazing in her crate, will go in it all on her own just for a nap. She will bark at the backdoor if left outside for very long alone, but is all about hanging out on the porch with her humans!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

Jessie
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Jessie- DOB 2011Adoption Pending
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
August 21 at 1:49 PM

Thanks to Tonja for fostering Jessie!

07/27/16 Jessie has adjusted very well to living in a home with other dogs and to having a routine. He does great with the other dogs in the house. He is very affectionate and loves cuddles and hanging out on the couch but also really enjoys (and expects!) a good walk once or twice a day. He does well on a leash. Jessie is curious about everything,but not reactive to other dogs and cats he sees on walks. Car rides seem to be a favorite activity as well. Jessie is an all-around great dog with a happy lab personality and is both mature and playful. He is a real gem!

Jessie took a field trip this week and is trying his paw at school work! This smarty pants is still looking for his forever family, so apply to adopt him today

Jessie is a five year old sweetheart who has had a bad start to life. Adopted as a puppy from a local shelter, he was surrendered a year and a half ago to a very small shelter where he has been for the last year and a half waiting for his forever home! That's how we got him. We know our lab loving families will fall in love for his sweet personality and he will find his forever family. Jessie is an active boy who likes dogs, doesn't seem to mind cats, and loves to learn!

If you would like more information please fill out an online application

As dogs are adopted and room becomes available we take more in. At this time we are completely filled up and do not have enough foster homes to rescue all of the Labs in this area, and north and south of Austin. There are several at Town Lake Animal Center in Austin, and other Shelters around the area, we will consider as space becomes available. Please put the Labs in Shelters, on your list for consideration. If you find a Lab you would consider adopting in one of the shelters, we would be happy to meet you. Our Rescue group will be available to answer any questions you may have or to help you work through any problems you may experience with your adopted Lab, whether you adopt from us, or one of the shelters. Also consider the dogs below.

There are additional dogs listed at the below link which are also available for adoption. These dogs are privately owned dogs and are NOT affiliated with HOTLR. Do NOT contact HOTLR to get more info on these dogs, as this is a service we provide to people trying to place labs. Please contact the individual dog's contact information to arrange to meet the dog. HOTLR does not vouch for any of these dogs, as they have not been evaluated by any HOTLR Volunteers.

Click here to see Heart of Texas Lab Rescue Referrals