Labrador Retriever Rescue
of East Tennessee, Inc.
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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.

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

Toby - Knoxville

Good day, my name is Tobias, Toby for short. I am approximately 2 years old and in excellent health, if I say so myself. Allow me to elaborate on my upbringing, if you will. I was rescued from an abandoned home where I was tied to a tree in the backyard. Evidently, the humans I thought were my family decided to move out and leave me. I was heartbroken, confused, and very scared. However, for the long days and nights I was alone, tied to that tree, I promised myself I would do whatever it took to survive, and survive I did! A kind family found me, cut me loose, and cared for me. They called Labrador Retriever Rescue of East Tennessee and they promptly took me to their veterinarian to be checked, vaccinated, and neutered and microchipped. I was given a clean bill of health by the rescue vet and wound up here, at my foster family's home scared, nervous, depressed, and worried about what was to become of me. The first few days I had a hard time trusting anything they said or did, knowing I would soon be tied to a tree and left alone again. But, much to my surprise, I found that not all humans treat dogs the way my first family did. I was petted, fed, watered, played with, and allowed to run and jump. They took me inside their home and taught me that the only place to "relieve" myself is outdoors. They taught me how to sit, what the word "no" means, what my kennel is, and how to come when called. They are trying to make me understand "heel" at the present time and I'm getting better at it, but I'm told I still need more work… but I'll get it down soon.

I do not like cats or squirrels! For some reason they make me want to chase them. I haven't caught one yet but my foster Dad tells me I will not like it if I do. I play well with the other dogs that are here because I was introduced to them the correct way. I sometimes bark at the cows and goats and I have never tried to hurt them, but when they moo at me, I can't help but bark back, it's the gentlemanly thing to do right? I do bark at other times though, for example when a strange car comes down the driveway or when a strange person I have not met comes to the door. I'm often embarrassed afterward but my foster Dad tells me it's OK to bark at those times, it's my job, he said. I have been around young humans while being in foster care and once I was introduced properly, we had a splendid time! I have been told there are tee-tiny humans too, I have never been around any that small, but I'm sure we would get along spectacularly as well.

I guess I need to cut to the chase! I have chosen not to dwell on my past life, it's over and done with, and happily, I might add. I wasn't born hoping to be left tied to a tree. I was born hoping to be a part of a real family, one I can grow old with, one I can count on to be there for me like I would be there for them through thick and thin. I know I'm not a small dog, I weigh 57 pounds, but I still love sitting beside the couch while you rub my ears or scratch my neck. I would prefer a home where I am the only dog because I am an attention diva, if I forgot to mention that earlier. I have an indoor crate where I sleep all night without making a sound. I do, however, require exercise, love, and attention, like all Labradors, I'm told. My heart was broken early in life, but I have moved on, praying every day for a family that will allow me to be a part of their world. I will make you this promise: I will be there for you, I will protect you however I can, I will run with you, I will jump with you, I will bark with you, I will roll on my back in the grass with you, and I will allow you to rub my ears anytime you want! All I ask in return is for you to let me be a part of your family, a family I have never had but so desperately desire. Thank you for taking the time to read about me and here is my biggest, wettest kiss to you and your family! Have a pawfully blessed day.

Toby is neutered, current on his vaccines, and microchipped. He is heartworm negative and on heartworm preventive. Rescue requires Toby to be on heartworm preventive his entire life. Toby’s adoption donation is $200.00. For more information on this special boy, please send inquiries to or call Betsy at 865-206-2091 (after 6:00 weekdays). An approved application is required before Toby can be met. Please send adoption applications to


More Available Companions

Due to our extreme need for more foster homes, we have been unable to save all the many beautiful Labbies in local shelters. These sweethearts are hoping to be adopted  before their time runs out. Lab Rescue has placed these dogs as referral only. We have not met or screened these animals.

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Murphy - Monroe County

Murphy is available thru the Monroe County Shelter. He has been fully vetted. He is a yellow lab/ lab mix (or we like to say Mostly Lab). He is a little under weight but healthy. Murphy is very sweet and gentle. He is good with other dogs and kids, and loves to play. He does not like cats. He is leash trained and crate trained and is working on housebreaking. He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations. For more information on Murphy, please contact Brenda at 423-261-2346 or Linda at 865-207-5131 or

NO CATS with this dog!

* ET Lab Rescue Contacts *



Oak Ridge
Linda Gilpin

PO Box 5026
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831


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