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.

Featured Pet!



We are always adding new dogs, please check back as we get new intakes.

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

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

Everett - Knoxville
Adoption Pending!

Hello kind humans!

My name is Everett and I am a handsome 2-year-old neutered male black Lab. I am the sweetest dog my mom has ever had, but unforeseen events prevent her from keeping me. I love to cuddle, play fetch, and play with my ‘big’ brother (a small poodle mix). I am obedient and I know these basic commands: sitshakelie downfetch,get in your bed (that tells me to go into my crate) and drop it. I am housebroken and crate-trained. I like to swim and ride in cars. I will let you take toys away and I am good with older children (I'm big and tend to knock down smaller children). I am good with other dogs once I know them and I'm used to being walked. I am a super good boy and I'm looking for a patient human with a forever home for me. Please let me know if you have time to meet me. I'd love to be your new best friend.

Happy tails,


I am current on my vaccines and heartworm negative. My adoption fee is $150.00. If you are interested in adopting me, please send your adoption application to or call Betsy at 865-206-2091 (after 6:00 PM).

Macy - Knoxville
Adoption Pending!

Hello all, my name is Macy and I am about a one-year-old female Labrador retriever. I am everything a healthy, happy and ENERGETIC Labrador should be. I love to run, retrieve, play and swim. There is just something about a pond or a stream that causes my instincts to take over and I just HAVE to get wet! I am learning certain commands but I don't have them "down-pat" just yet. I'm getting better every day but I still have some learning to do. I know the words "No," "Sit," "Kennel" and "Here!" I'm good on a leash but I need to continue with it every day. If I haven't told you already, I have a lot of energy and I need a place to run and play. I do very well in my kennel but I could never be cooped up all the time in an apartment.

I do well with the other Labs here at the farm, I don't hurt the goats, cows or calves but I do have to go over and check them out every chance I get. I have been known to chase a few squirrels and rabbits but I come when called. I have never been around cats or chickens so I have no idea how they would like me, or me them. I don't have an aggressive bone in my body! If you have small children, I would still need supervision though – not because I would intentionally hurt them but sometimes I get to running too fast and I might run into them by accident. I have done that to my foster Dad a time or two; he sometimes says bad words when that happens… HeeHeeHee.

I don't chew on things I'm not supposed to. Case in point, I picked up my foster Dad's shoe the other day and didn't put a mark on it, I just carried it around and wouldn't give it back to him until he promised an ear rub! I never said I wouldn't hold something hostage, I just promised not to chew on it. I love being outside and would be a fantastic "walk-in-the-park" or a "take-me-on-a-hike" dog. I have a big heart and I love attention, I will sit beside you all day if you will just rub me behind the ears. I’m young so I'm going to make mistakes, but I promise to do my best to be your perfect dog. What I need is this: a caring person, boundaries, patience, and someone who will spend time with me and teach me how they want me to behave. I am a quick learner, just come and meet me and you will see. With all of the disadvantages of being a young Lab, there are many positives as well. I have a lot of time to learn how you want me to be, I have a long time to be the perfect family member and I have a lifetime to be your very best friend! Thank you for taking time to read about my life up until this point. Question is, will you help me write the rest of my story? Have a blessed day and I hope to meet you very soon.

Big Licks,

Macy is spayed, current on her vaccines, on heartworm preventive, and microchipped. If you are interested in meeting her, please send inquiries to or call Betsy at 865-206-2091 (after 6:00 PM on weekdays). My Adoption fee is $200.00 and an approved adoption is required before Macy can be met. Pleased send adoption applications to

Gabe - Knoxville
Adoption Pending!

Hi! My name is Gabriel, but I go by “Gabe.” My family rescued me last June. I was heartworm positive and underweight. They treated me for heartworms and I'm now happy and healthy! The reason my family needs to find me a new home is because my human brother (2-year-old) is allergic to me. I live with a human sister too! I love people, children, other dogs, and snuggles. I am very treat-motivated, smart, and I am invisible fence trained. I love to play ball. I know basic commands but I need to wear a harness when walking because I tend to pull. Please let me be part of your family! I'm housebroken and crate-trained (though I do not like the crate). I have not been around cats but I love other dogs.

Gabe is neutered, current on his shots, and on heartworm preventive. For more information on this sweet boy, please send inquiries to or call Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5:00 PM during the week). My adoption donation is $200.00. An approved adoption application is required before I 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.

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.

* 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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