Labrador Retriever Rescue
of East Tennessee, Inc.
A Moment to Rescue...A Lifetime to Love...
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"A dog may be the only opportunity a human has to choose a relative." - Mordecai Siegal  

Dogs Available for Adoption

We are desperately in need of foster homes! Could you foster a Lab? Would you like to "try" one of our labs and see how it works out for you and the dog? Fostering is the perfect way to do so! Email Linda or Betsy if you're interested in fostering a lab.

PLEASE NOTE: We *absolutely must* have your completed adoption application before we can make an appointment for you to meet one of our rescue dogs. Please be sure to note which dog(s) you are interested in on your application. 

PLEASE BE PATIENT: We are returning emails and phone calls as quickly as we can. We are all volunteers and have regular jobs and lives in addition to our Lab Rescue work. If you call and ask that we return your call, and you are calling long distance, we would appreciate it if you would give us permission in your phone message to call you back *collect* - or - allow us to return your call, then you call us right back. The less long distance phone charges we have, the more money we will have available to spend directly on our rescue dogs.

Please make sure you have an approved application before setting a time to meet our dogs.

Adoption Pending!

Chelsea – is 3 to 5 year old chocolate female lab. She has been spayed, HW negative, and current on her shots. Microchipped. She does well with other dogs. She loves kids. Chelsea is doing great on housebreaking and loves being in the house. She is crated trained and doing well on a leash. She is learning to play with toys and has yet to show much interest in retrieving. No cats.

If you are interested in adopting Chelsea, please contact Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5pm) or text or email If you are interested in adopting Chelsea, please send an application to Her adoption donation $250.


Charlie is a 6 month old mostly lab.  He has the retrieving drive of a pure bred lab but his ears give him away.  He sleeps with his tennis balls.  He is doing great on house breaking and is crate trained.  He does well with other dogs and is so well behaved for a puppy his age.  

He does well with other dogs and is so well behaved for a puppy his age. If you are looking for a fun boy, Charlie is for you. If you are interested in adopting Charlie, please contact Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5pm) or text or email If you are interested in adopting Charlie, please send an application to His adoption donation $250.

Adoption Pending!

Hi, my name is Louie. I am a 4-year-old male and I'm a Labrador mix, but as you can see, I'm a whole lot of Lab! I'm not going to depress you with my entire sad story, but I spent over 3½ years of my life tied to a tree and largely ignored. A very kind lady rescued me and got me to Labrador Retriever Rescue of East Tennessee and the best foster home ever! I have met some wonderful people since leaving that horrible tree! I was examined by a vet, neutered, given vaccinations and a microchip. They were incredibly kind to me and told me I am a very healthy boy! I had to gain some weight because I was a bit light when I came into Rescue. But, I'm happy to report I'm doing great now and I look pretty darn good . . . if I say so myself!

I'm not saying that I don't have my hang-ups cause I do. I am crate trained but I still get nervous being in small, confined spaces when left alone (except for the car, I like riding in the car). I've had to protect my food from being stolen my whole life so I'm not great "yet" when eating right beside another dog. I'm getting better, but trust is something I am still learning. That's not to say I'm aggressive because I most certainly AM NOT! But, I'm just not comfortable being side by side while I eat because I'm always afraid they will take it from me. Other than that, I love being around other dogs!! My foster family has dogs (we play together all the time), goats, chickens, deer, rabbits and squirrels. I love to sit and watch them walk around. I'll let out a bark occasionally when the deer come through or a strange car pulls in the driveway.

Now let's talk about all my good qualities, shall we? . . . HaHaHa . . . I am wonderful on a leash, I don't pull or try to get away. I'm good inside or out but am most happy when I'm with my human(s). I just LOVE love! Pet my head, scratch my neck, rub my tummy and I'm in Heaven! I never knew attention could be so wonderful. I am not a "chewer" except for my occasional rawhide treat. I love to play "my" version of fetch which is: you throw it, I'll run out and pick it up, I'll bring it half way back, drop it and wait on you to come throw it again . . . isn't that just the BEST. GAME. EVER. I'm learning new commands too, I know "Heel," "Sit," "Kennel up" and "Here." I train on those every day and my foster Dad says I'm doing awesome! I know I still need work, but I'm enjoying the learning.

So, I need to be real for a second. I know I'm not perfect, I have my flaws and I've even been called "a throw-away" dog, that really hurt my feelings by the way. I had no control over how I was raised and treated the first part of my life. But, I have been given a glorious second chance and I'm not going to waste it! I am loving and even-tempered, I'm headstrong on a few things I admit, but with patience, I will learn how to be the friend you want me to be. I don't want to be sad anymore, I don't want to be tied to a tree anymore and I never want to be all alone, without loving or being loved. All I am asking is for someone to give me a chance to be part of a REAL family, a family I can grow old with, a family I can depend on and one that can depend on me. I promise to do my best at whatever you ask of me, all I need is a little patience, love and understanding.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and if I'm not the dog for you, then I wish you the best of luck finding the one that is. If I do interest you though, please come by and say hello, I'd love to meet you. Big Licks, Louie

If you are interested in adopting  Louie, please contact Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5pm) or text  or email

If you are interested in adopting Louie, please send an application to  His adoption donation $250.




More Available Companions

Due to our extreme and ongoing need for more foster homes, we have been unable to save the many wonderful Labbies in local shelters. These sweethearts are hoping to be adopted before their time runs out. Lab Rescue is posting these dogs as referral only. We have not met or screened these dogs and they will not be re-homed through our organization. Please consider them when deciding to add a canine companion to your family.




* ET Lab Rescue Contacts *



Oak Ridge
Linda Gilpin

PO Box 5026
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831


A moment to rescue...A lifetime to love.

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