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!

Mama and Puppy Lab mix
11/23/2015 she had six puppies ... this is the last one

She was spotted wandering around for at least a week in Englewood, Tennessee. A kind lady took her in and sought help to find someone to whelp the pups. A sheltie breeder agreed to take her in to whelp the pups and then surrender her to a Lab breeder who fosters for Lab Rescue. So, the pups will be whelped and raised by experienced breeders.

Mama is approximately 3 years old, and looks like a small black Lab, but is clearly mixed (possibly with a hound) due to her size. She weighs just over 60 lbs while pregnant, so probably weighs around 40-45 lbs at a normal weight. She is a sweet natured dog and very friendly. She walks easily on a leash, no pulling at all. She's not a chewer of furniture as I tested her in my heated dog room that has my old leather sofa and loveseat. She does have heartworms, so will not be available until late February or early March. One November 24th, Mama had 6 puppies (5 males and 1 female). Live updates of the puppy's birth will be posted to the foster's Facebook page: Look for the Rescue Litter album and you can find many pics of the mom and pups when they come.

If you are interested in adopting either Mama or any of her six puppies, please send an adoption application to and call Betsy at 865-206-2091 or Linda at 865-207-5131.

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


Roosevelt is a 9 year old golden retriever/yellow lab mix. He has been neutered, he has a youthful personality, and loves to play. Roosevelt has never been exposed to cats, but he loves to "chat" with neighborhood dogs while going for walks. He is up to date on all of his vaccines. He gets a treat after every walk, he likes riding in cars, and he gets excited when he sees his leash. He knows "sit", "wait", "stay', "shake", and "go get it." When he needs to go out, he asks by siting and staring at the person he wants to walk him.  He's a little shy when you first meet him, and he loves kids. 
the reason Michelle needs help  with Roosevelt is because his owner Lou is dying and the family will not take Roosevelt in. Michelle is a neighbor who has been helping to care for both dog and human while Lou went in and out of the hospital. Lou has now become too ill to come home anymore and Michelle is trying to find a place for Roosevelt. Roosevelt is located in Oak Ridge, TN. Transportation can be provided to the right home. A vet reference/personal references will be required. 
Contact person is Michelle 'Micha' ... / 865-246-8109/ Oak Ridge 


My name is Hank! I’m a handsome 8-month-old male chocolate Lab mix. I weigh about 40-50 pounds and I have white paws and a white blaze on my chest. I know I’m not a purebred Lab, but I’m just as special as any papered pedigree! I am housebroken, I like to ride in cars, I love water, I don’t jump fences, I don’t dig, I come when called, I know basic commands (sit, lie down), I don’t growl at strangers, and I’m used to and good with children and other dogs. My foster mom has a Chihuahua and we get along great, so I’m guessing I’ll be fine with cats too. I am immensely sweet, loving, and intelligent. But, with all this going for me, I was abandoned by my former person, so I’m looking for a steadfast forever home.

 If you are interested in meeting me, please send your adoption application (see link on website) to Betsy at My adoption fee is $225.00, but I will be fully vetted (neutered, vaccinated, heartworm-checked and microchipped) before I go home with my new family and I’m worth every penny! You may also call my Lab Rescue friend Betsy at 865-206-2091 (after 6:00 PM) for more information on adopting me.


Sandy is a sweet, beautiful 8-year-old female yellow Lab. She has been blind since she was a pup, but it does not slow her down. She loves to play and she does well with other dogs and cats (she did catch a chicken at her foster home so we did not recommend her around them). Sandy is housebroken and knows basic commands, but she is considered ‘special needs’ and will require a home with other dogs or one where her people are home a lot. And, since she is blind, there are special accommodations that will be required for her to be adopted.

 Sandy is spayed, microchipped, current on her shots and HW negative. Adoption fee TBD. For more information on this sweet girl, please email or call Linda at 865-207-5131(after 5 PM). If you are interested in meeting Sandy, please submit an adoption application to or call Betsy at 865-206-2091 (after 6 PM). You must be approved to adopt before Sandy can be met.


Ebenezer is a wonderful senior gentleman.  He has finished his heartworm treatment and is looking for a forever home.  He is betwen 8 - 10 years old and a big boy of 90 lbs.  He was extremely underweight when he found his way to our program.  He was found as a stray and we do not know his story.  He was already neutered.  He is now current on his shots and microchipped.  He is on hW preventative.  He takes medication for arthritis in his back legs.  He loves to go for easy paced mile or so walks.  He is learning to play and retrieve.  We would recommend a home with older children. He loves to go for car rides and can climb up stairs slowly.  If you would like to add Ebenezer to your home, contact Linda at at 865-207-5131 (after 5pm if possible) or email  Please submit adoption application to
Adoption donation TBD


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.

Buddy & Emma - Mt. Juliet, TN

This beautiful bonded pair was surrendered to Countryside Animal Hospital in Mt Juliet, TN. They are desperately looking for a home for the pair.

 Buddy is a 50-pound 13-year-old neutered male yellow Lab mix and Emma is a 60-pound 12-year-old spayed female black Lab mix. Both are current on vaccines and heartworm/flea/tick prevention.

 There is no adoption fee required and the pair will be provided a one-year supply of heartworm and flea preventive. They are in great health for their age.

 If you would like more information on the pair, please contact Cathy at Countryside Animal Hospital at 615-758-6406 or email inquiries to You may also contact Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5:00 PM) or email inquiries to

* 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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