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.

Featured Pet!

Willy - Knoxville

Willy is a 4-5-year-old chocolate Lab. He is not a large Lab, only 60 pounds. He is neutered, current on all vaccinations, and microchipped. He is heartworm negative and on preventive. He does well on a leash and does well on his recalls. We are just getting to know Willy, but he does well with other dogs his size and showed no interest in cats while at the shelter. He loves to play with dog toys. He is good in the house. Willy is a very playful and happy boy looking for a forever home.

 For more information on Willy, please call Linda at 865-207-5131 or email at His adoption donation is $200.00. An approved application is required before Willy can be met. Please send adoption applications to

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

Sassy and Cocoa

Sassy and Cocoa are a bonded pair. They are sisters and about 7 years old. We would like to place them together but will considering separating. They are spayed, current on their shots, and heartworm negative. They are housebroken and great with kids. They love to play. They live in middle TN but the family will transport to us. They just had a vet check and are in good health.

For more information on the girls, email Linda at or 865-207-5131 or Marlyce at 615-289-9149 or

An approved application is required before the girls can be met. Please send adoption applications to

Adoption donation $100 per girl.


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.

Chocolate Lab - Knoxville

This is a very sweet dog.  If we didn't have a dog already, we'd keep him.

He is around 3-years-old.  Not neutered.  We don't know his medical history.  We think he's full Lab.

The family that lived next to my mother owned him since he was a puppy.  The farm that they lived on was sold at auction recently so they had to move.

They had two children, ages 7 and 4, so he seems to be good with children.He's very eager to be petted, but isn't pushy.  Likes to sit at my feet & wag his tail.

He was trained to stay inside an invisible fence when he was younger & seemed to do very well.  I don't think re-training for that type of set-up would be difficult.

His prior owners spoke to him only in Spanish so I've been trying to help him understand sit & stay in English.

He has been an outdoor dog all his life so I don't think he is house or crate-trained.  He was very isolated so we've been gradually socializing him with our Aussie, Daisy.  In my opinion, he would be happier in a single-dog family, or at a minimum, needs a family that understands it takes time to transition.

Contact Jennifer at or 865-686-1521 for more information.

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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!

Gretchen & Griffen

Say hello to your new best friends… yes, I said friends, as in plural! There are two of us and we are a team. We love, love, love each other!! In early March 2014, we found our way to a kennel in Kodak, TN! This nice lady opened the door and invited us to come in, which we did not hesitate as it was very cold out. We were so excited with our new accommodations that we are still here! We love to be outside but want to have access to inside if it’s cold or storming. Gretchen is very afraid of storms and her teeth chatter if it’s cold. We love to lie in the sun and play with each other. We are best friends and MUST remain together for life because, well, that’s just how we roll… We are UTD on shots, spayed/neutered, and will eat practically any kind of food you put down for us. Cheap or expensive, we are good with it! And we love any kind of rawhide treats… YUMMY! Please think very hard about adopting us… Team G! We are approximately 3 years old. Griffen is a Lab mix, Gretchen is a Dobie mix, and we are BEAUTIFUL, SWEET, and HEALTHY!!

For more information about these precious pups, please call Kristi at 865-932-6281.

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Oak Ridge
Linda Gilpin

PO Box 5026
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831


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

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