Labrador Retriever Rescue
of East Tennessee, Inc.
A Moment to Rescue...A Lifetime to Love...
Available LABS

Why Adopt a Rescue?

Adoption Process
Lab Rescue Contacts
How You Can Help


 PLEASE NOTE: If you are wanting to surrender your lab, please go to the Intake Form that we require for all Owner Surrenders. You must fill this out before contacting us. Thanks!

We are constantly updating our list of labs, please check the available page frequently

For general questions send them to

We are always in dire need of foster homes. PLEASE help save dogs by agreeing to foster a Lab! Contact Linda at if you can help.

Do you hate to see the dogs in the shelter, but don't want to commit to another family member? Try fostering! All that is needed is love and care. The foster dogs are screened by rescue volunteers and shelters and then fully vetted prior to entering a foster home. All that is required is love and care. As a foster home, you have the final say on an adoptive family after they have been through the screening process. Please contact Linda if you can help, even short-term!

PO Box 5026 - Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831

Labrador Retriever Rescue of East Tennessee is a non-profit organization. We are a group of volunteers who rescue purebred Labrador Retrievers (and occasional, exceptional Lab mixes) from animal shelters and dogs who are homeless and place them in appropriate, forever homes. We are also involved with educating the public about the Labrador Retriever breed and their characteristics and needs. In addition, we participate in bringing attention to irresponsible breeding and pet ownership and the vast pet overpopulation problem. 
The Labrador Retriever is consistently included in the top 10 dogs on the AKC's list of most popular breeds in our country, usually, as in 1999, coming in as the number one most popular breed. This has resulted in over breeding and a large number of dogs who need our help. We take in Labs from animal shelters, from owners who can no longer keep their dogs, from puppy mills, and we take in Labs who have been found, abandoned.
When a dog enters our rescue program, it is checked by a vet, given appropriate vaccinations, tested for heartworm and put on preventive, and spayed or neutered. Most dogs are then placed in foster homes where they are evaluated, house and crate trained, socialized, and treated as a valued member of the foster family. Many dogs also receive some basic obedience work while they are with a foster family. 
Occasionally a dog will remain at a shelter or with the person who found the dog while we attempt to place it. Labrador Retriever Rescue of East Tennessee always needs volunteer help! We need volunteers who can foster Labs, help with transportation, create newsletters, help with paper work, and provide dog evaluations. We also welcome assistance with our periodic fund raisers. Please contact one of the ET Lab Rescue Contacts.

How else can you help Lab Rescue?


Lab Rescue of East Tennessee would like to extend its thank yous and gratitude to the Vets that work with our program:

Animal Hospital of Anderson County
286 S. Charles Seivers Blvd.
Clinton, TN  37716 (865) 457-5626