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.

Maverick
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Maverick- DOB Fall 2014
Color: Chocolate
Gender: male
Yesterday at 4:29 PM

Thanks to Laura Lee for fostering Maverick!

---- NOTE: Maverick is blind and requires an adopter dedicated to doing what's needed for this amazing boy to thrive. HOTLR is commitment to the success of Maverick and his adopter. We will pay for up to 3 TDAWG (Texas Differently Abled Working Group) training sessions with Tara Stermer (www.trainingbytara.com) within the first 90 days of adoption.

6-27-15 Mav had his 2nd TDAWG class today. We worked on touch, place, go around and practiced the A-frame (which he loved and kept doing over & over). Am attaching a video.

6-15-15 for agility work i'm teaching maverick to walk an elevated board that's 10" wide. (my sighted dog took a while to learn this.) maverick got all 4 paws up today....woo-hoo!

6-14-15 What if your perfectly-abled dog became deaf or blind? Would you be able to communicate with him, keep him safe & help him thrive? This has been on my mind since Maverick's first TDAWG class yesterday. 2 of the dogs in the class were abled housemates to differently-abled attendees. and POW the lightbulb came on: multi-lingualism (verbal cues & hand/touch signals & scent cues) is a gift we can give our dogs to allow them to be happy, confidently abled in any situation. i will definitely be teaching my abled dog the skills Maverick & I learn in TDAWG.

6-13-15 Maverick had his first TDAWG class today. first half of the class we worked on common training actions (today we worked on recall and body positions), and second half of class we worked agility obstacles (elevated board, a-frame, weave poles, and teeter-totter). all were done using combinations of verbal cues, scent cues and touches. it was fascinating how well these dogs do when we find the right way to communicate with them. this is a great training opportunity for maverick and i look forward to getting maverick's adopter involved. hope to have pics/video in next couple of weeks.

5-5-15 Maverick is a neutered male, chocolate lab who is mostly blind. He is HW neg., housebroken, and current on shots. Medical tests indicate likely cause of blindness is genetics. Maverick is a great little pup who has no clue he is blind. His confidence has skyrocketed since being in foster and he is highly trainable & adaptable. Maverick shows no resource guarding (common with blind dogs) and has demonstarted high socialization with all people & dogs (big and little) that he's met.

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

Bea
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Bea- DOB 2010
Color: Black
Gender: female
June 23 at 2:23 PM

Thanks to Kerin for fostering Bea!

6/23/15 Bea-bug is such a happy girl. She spends her day watching the birds and squirrels out the windows. That is her favorite thing to do! She is still very scared of new people, but absolutely loves her main person and house dog. She is letting her guard down slowly, though. Her perfect furever home would have an understanding of her shyness to help her break the wall and gain trust in the world again. New people and loud noises are scary for sweet, little Ms. Bea. But with proper love and understanding, maybe you will "Bea" the one.

3/27/15 What a change Bea has made over the past 5 days. She is getting over her fear of new people and is turning into a bouncy, loveable lab! She absolutely loves the mornings and greets me with the "let's play" stance when I get out of bed. She loves my HOTLR alum, Cyrus, and is learning what a dog does from him. Bea will warm your heart very quickly. Bea has some leg issues which has caused her to have a wonky walk and will probably require surgery in the future, but it doesn't seem to bother her with proper medicine.

3/23/15 Sweet Bea is in the house! A very scared, skittish thing, not sure what to think of the world. We are showing her what love is as she is introduced to the good life of being a HOTLR dog.

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

Cricket
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Cricket- DOB 2013
Color: Black
Gender: female
June 22 at 2:31 PM

Thanks to Melinda and Stephanie for fostering Cricket! 6-22-15 Cricket is such a sweet dog. She is easy going and relaxed in the house. She has no problem laying near you without being super needy. At meet and greets, she is friendly and says "hi" but then will just chill by you. If you are looking for an easy going dog, Cricket is for you! 5-12-15 Cricket is a very easy going dog, she is amazing in her crate, loves training, is great with kids 5+, not sure about younger ones. She would do best with another, playful dog as she loves to play. She annoys my 14 year old lab (which isn't hard to do) as she is always barking at my old girl to get her to play. She is very intense on my cats, doesn't hurt them but will chase them and play inappropriately with them, so I would say no cats. She would be fine in an apartment, as she is lower energy for her age. She is more like a golden retriever that is black, as she has a coat like a flat coat retriever. Overall, she can go any where, rides amazing in the car, loves the water, fine at dog parks, plays fetch but doesn't return the ball well.

4-15-15 Cricket is full of energy, and is doing very well in getting along with other dogs. She loves to wrestle and play. She is very good in her crate and house trained. She would do best in a home without cats. She lives with three cats now and has never hurt them but does think it is fun to watch them run faster as she chases them. She is great with kids and is very well mannered in the house. She has a bit of a stubborn streak so her new family will need to be confident and ready to take the lead.

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

Zorro
Zorro- DOB 2013
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
June 14 at 3:49 PM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Zorro!

6-7-15 Zorro is a typical lab in many ways. He enjoys the water and has plenty of energy. He is a very sweet boy that likes to give kisses. He does seem to have a high drive and would do best with someone that is active and can keep him busy. He is very sweet, gets along well with other dogs, and is developing a love for water.

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

Bounce2
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Bounce2- DOB 2010
Color: Yellow
Gender: female
June 9 at 2:54 PM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Bounce!

6-7-15 Sweet Bounce is a little overweight, but she is a very sweet girl. She is very friendly and seems well-behaved. She does like the water, however, she has no interest in retrieving. She and Pogo seem to be related and get along very well. She will continue to work on losing some weight while she waits for her perfect family!

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

Luka
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Luka- DOB 2010
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
June 8 at 10:49 AM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Luka!!!

6/8/ Spent some time with Luka yesterday. He's not into swimming just wants to get his feet wet but loves to hang out with people. He's super happy just leaning against you and getting his head scratched. Luka is a great dog who gets along with other dogs, once he's had about 10 minutes to settle in with them, but does NOT like cats!

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

Pogo
Pogo- DOB 2012
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
June 7 at 4:06 PM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Pogo!

6-7-15 Pogo is full of energy and is very enthusiastic. He is a sweet boy that seems to do well off-leash and seems to have very nice recall. He does enjoy swimming, but hasn't shown much interest in retrieving. He loves to get his back scratched and is always appreciative of some human loving! He would do well with a more active family that enjoys spending time outdoors!

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

Trigger
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Trigger- DOB 2012
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
May 23 at 1:20 PM

Thanks to Janet and Tommy for fostering Trigger!

5-23-15 We have had Trigger about a week now. He fits in very well with our two labs. He is such a sweet dog. He got used to our pool right away. We are working on him losing a few pounds before he begins his heartworm treatment.

5-5-15 Trigger is a big, happy, heartworm positive boy who likes to swim and fetch. He won't be ready for adoption until late July.

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

Gordy
Gordy- DOB 2009
Color: Chocolate
Gender: male
May 19 at 5:45 PM

Thanks to David for fostering Gordy!

5-19-15 Gordy has been in a foster home for a couple weeks now. He was found as stray and rescued from a shelter. He now responds to the name "Bear". He is a sweet dog with good manners around the house. Unfortunately, he still has the kennel cough and is now on antibiotics for this. He also needs two teeth extracted. So, we are working on Bear but he should be available for adoption in about a month or two.

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

Elroy
Elroy- DOB 2013
Color: Black
Gender: male
May 15 at 9:04 AM



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Farley
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Farley- DOB 2010
Color: Yellow
Gender: male
March 2 at 8:57 AM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Farley!

2-18-15 Farley has lost 7 pounds so far. He also thinks cats might be good to eat, so should go to a cat-free home when it's time to get adopted.

2-4-15 As suspected, Farley is heartworm positive. He also weighs 118 pounds, so before we can even think about treating the heartworms we need to get a bunch of that weight off. So, it will probably be late summer before he is available for adoption.

1-30-15 Farley just joined us today. He is incredibly overweight, so the diet has already started. In spite of his bulk, he loves to play fetch, and rides nicely in the car. We do not know his heartworm status yet. He is reported to get along with all animals.

Thanks to David Littlewood, Sharon Dillard, and LuAnn Peralta for sponsoring Farley! We could not save as many great Labs like Farley without our incredible sponsors!

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

Bridget
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Bridget- DOB 2010
Color: Black
Gender: female
February 19 at 10:18 PM

Thanks to Renee and Adam for fostering Bridget!

Bridget gets along with other dogs and seems to be fairly trustworthy in the house.

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

Poppy
Poppy- DOB 2010
Color: Black
Gender: female
February 15 at 5:42 PM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Poppy!

1-6-15 Poppy is heartworm positive so it will be the end of March before she will be available to meet you. She knows sit and shake and is pretty good on a leash.

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

Sheena
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Sheena- DOB 2014Adoption Pending
Color: Black
Gender: female
June 30 at 4:11 PM

Thanks to Audrey for fostering Sheena!

6-9-15 Sheena is such a smarty pants! She is a total love bug and just learned that belly rubs are one of the best things out there. She has already learned how to sit nice and pretty, shake paws, and even is learning to leave it. She likes to give kisses, so we are currently learning when it is okay to give hugs and kiss. She does well off leash and shows great recall. She is a smart and pretty girl!

6-6-15 As the days go by, Sheena is becoming more and more confident and comfortable. She is very loving and loves being close to people. She settles down very nicely in the house, but loves to run and play when out walking. She has playful energy and is very responsive to training. She is a young lab and loves to swim and play in the water. She is learning to play fetch, but does not always bring the ball back. She is an amazing pup!

6-2-15 Sheena continues to come out of her shell! She does very well in the house and seems to be housebroken. She is trustworthy in the backyard and does well on walks. She loves to play with other dogs. She can be timid in some instances, but is becoming more and more comfortable. She does have lots of playful energy, but she is very gentle and can easily be trained!

5-31-15 I have only had Sheena about an hour or two and already she has shown her precious personality. She loves to prance around the backyard, seems to like to wade in a kiddy pool, and settles nicely in the house. More to come and hopefully a picture as well!

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

Amy
Amy- DOB 2013Adoption Pending
Color: Black
Gender: female
June 14 at 3:48 PM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Amy!

6-7-15 Amy is a typical young lab. She is energetic, but very sweet. She loves to swim and retrieve. She does well off-leash and gets along well with other dogs. She is a precious girl!

We are still getting to know Amy, but so far we know she loves people! She would do well with a person/family who is active.

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

Sheldon
Sheldon- DOB 2011Adoption Pending
Color: Black
Gender: male
June 14 at 3:47 PM

Thanks to Margaret for fostering Sheldon!

6-7-15 What a fun loving boy? He loves the water and swimming. He also retrieves and gets along well with other dogs. He loves to be walked and loves to play with other dogs. More to come on Sheldon soon!

5-11-15 Sheldon just joined us so all we know is he love to play fetch. He would make a great companion for someone with an active lifestyle.

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