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.

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


Molly is a two year old 'silver' labrador.  She is housebroken and been to puppy classes.  She lives with a small dog and a cat.  She is a big girl about 85 lbs.   Molly is spayed,  current on her vaccinations, and microchipped.  She loves to retrieve but may not give the ball back.  She loves to play and has lots of energy.  Molly needs a family that has the time for an active girl.  If  Molly is the girl for you, please contact Linda at or text or call (865) 207-5131 after 5pm during the week.  

If you are interested in adopting Molly, please send an application to  Her adoption donation $225


Olive is an active, happy, friendly Lab mix, about one-year-old. She LOVES other big dogs and can play with them endlessly (she is currently well known at the Oak Ridge dog park). She also loves children, and will run at breakneck speed across a dog park to get to them to show her love, but her understanding of “love” is knocking them down and licking them, so she might be best with older children. She would love to be in a home with kids and/or a playful dog. She is house-trained and crate-trained, has some (not intense) ball drive, loves toys and playing tug, and is very cuddly and loves interaction with her human(s). Olive loves to sit on your lap or beside you on the couch, and have her ears rubbed, and she wags her tail nearly constantly. She’s one of the cuddliest Labs I have encountered.

Olive must be a housedog. She is not content being left outdoors for even a brief time. She has been fostered with a pug and a large dog, and stayed temporarily with a cat, and has done well with all of them. However, because of her intense love for playing, she will sort of torment dogs who aren’t interested in playing with her, so if you have an older dog, or a dog who doesn’t want to be bothered, she may not be the best pet for you. But, if you are looking for a love bug that is on the small side for a Lab and loves to play, she could be your perfect forever playmate.

Like most young dogs, Olive needs to be taught basic manners, so her new family will need to have her trained to curb some common bad habits like jumping. She is smart and willful, but with the right level of training and activity, she will be a cherished member of your family.

Olive is spayed, microchipped, current on her vaccines and on heartworm preventive. Olive’s adoption fee is $225.00. If you are interested in meeting her, please FIRST send your adoption application to Betsy at Or, you may call Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5:00 PM). An approved application is required before our available Labs can be met.


This is Hank. He is 115 pounds of love!! He was brought to the shelter by his owner, she said she didn't have time for him. He has been heartworm tested and is negative. He is nine years old and neutered. He also did great on his dog greet test.

We are in desperate need of a foster home for Hank.

Contact Linda at 865-207-5131 (after 5pm) or text  or email


Autumn is about 8 years old.  She was found as a stray so we have no history on her.  She has been spayed.  She is current on her shots and HW negative.  She had surgery on her upper eye lids because they were turned in (entropion).    She is very sweet. She is housebroken and crate trained.  She showed lots of interest in the the cat at the vet's office and may do best in a home without cats.  She does well with other dogs.  She loves attention and just wants to be petted.  She loves to retrieve and play.  She has really blossomed in her foster home.  Her eyes are looking much better now.  If you are looking for a sweet girl, Autumn may be the perfect match for you.  

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

If you are interested in adopting Autumn, please send an application to  Her adoption donation $225.


This is Whiskers. He is a four-year-old neutered male Lab mix. He spent most of life as an outside dog but since coming into rescue he has learned to love being a real pet. Whiskers is crate-trained and housebroken and does well with other dogs, cats and loves children. He has lots of energy and would do best with a fenced yard. He still has lots of puppy in him and needs to be supervised when not crated. He loves attention and loves to play and retrieve. He has learned basic commands and is doing better when walking on a lead. Whiskers is a very sweet, loving boy in search of a steadfast, forever family and home.

 Whiskers is neutered, microchipped and his vaccines are current. For more information on Whiskers, call or text Linda after 5 pm at 865-207-5131 or email His adoption donation is $225.00. Please submit adoption applications to


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.

Adoption Pending!

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.

This is Woof Woof. He is a 12 year old male chocolate lab. I do not know anything about him prior to November 20th when he showed up in my driveway and collapsed at my feet. He was 39 pounds and could barely walk. Fast forward to today he is now a healthy 60 pounds and just a sweet old guy. He does have some medical issues. He was never treated for a hematoma on his ear so his one ear is shriveled up. He is deaf. He can’t go up or down steps very well. I have four steps off my porch and he’ll sometimes fall when trying to get down to potty. He takes gabapentin twice a day which helps with the pain. We are trying to wean him off steroids; he is up to ½ tablet every other day. He is potty trained but leaks urine. We have found the medicine prion to help the issue. He has a vitamin B deficiency so he requires a monthly shot. The vet also thinks he may have a mass or possibly cancer on this brain because he sways to one side. About his personality, he is a wonderful sweet dog who just wants to be in your company. He is great with little kids and other dogs but not with cats

Chantal Murrah

Adopt A Golden Knoxville

Shelter Coordinator

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Cell:  865.567.3114

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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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