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My name is Buddy!

Labrador Retriever Mix Dog for adoption in San Francisco, California - Buddy
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Buddy's Info...

I am already neutered, housetrained, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.

Buddy's Story...
BUDDY: 3-4 Year Old Neutered Black Lab 60 Pounds

Buddy came to GGLRR from the City of Oakland Animal Services shelter where he’d been found as a stray in downtown Oakland in early November. While he exhibited significant skittishness, fear, and anxiety when first taken in at the shelter and was on the path to being put down, a volunteer stepped up to invest time and energy with Buddy to calm his jitters, build his confidence, and get him beyond his anxious state of mind. Wonderful things happened. He became more comfortable being handled. He became interested in other dogs. His fear of strangers diminished. We knew there was a wonderful dog inside ready for a comeback.

What Buddy’s foster says: Buddy has been gaining more and more confidence every day in our home, but he is still quite skittish. He will take time to adjust to a new family but when he does, he will be the sweetest dog ever. He loves to be touched and thrives for affection. He just does not like sudden movements towards him. It is best to let "Buddy" approach you on his own will and slowly pet him showing him you are ok, using treats when he approaches is a positive tool. Buddy is great with our dog. He is energetic and likes to run and play. Buddy rides very well in a vehicle. He tends to bark and gets excited (but not in an aggressive way) when greeting unfamiliar dogs… bouncing around trying to get closer to them; he settles down with verbal and leash corrections. Buddy is crate trained and does very well in the crate; we bring him to the vicinity of the crate and he goes in. Buddy would thrive with a family that has a large fenced-in back yard and another confident dog to play with. Buddy does have a fear of unfamiliar people and he will avoid engagement until he is comfortable. He is absolutely not aggressive towards people but is reluctant to approach folks he does not know. He is even stand-offish with people that he has been with for a while. He may have been abused in the past, which could explain his reluctance to engage. It will take time for Buddy to get comfortable in a home… but with structure, boundaries, love and affection he will be a great addition to an active family!

What Buddy’s GGLRR rep says: Buddy was a medical mess when he was found on the streets. He has recovered from intestinal flatworms, giardia, and a flea infestation. He is current on all shots, negative for heartworm, and micro-chipped. Buddy loves parading around with a chew toy and playing tug-of-war. See the attached video of Buddy (blue collar) playing gently with a 1-yr-old lab (red collar). Buddy will thrive in a home where he is the only dog (and he has the full attention of all humans) or where he has another pal dog to play with (and learn from). Could be a great dog for family with children, as long as the children are calm and allow Buddy to warm up to them. Whoever adopts Buddy will have to be patient and enable him to grow comfortable with them -- they will have to be on “Buddy-time”. Buddy is located in Castro Valley. If you are interested in adopting Buddy, please call GGLRR Lab Rescue Rep, Dave 415-686-4248.

(Please keep in mind we are all volunteers, most of us work full time and we all have personal lives. I do call everyone back within 2-3 days so please be patient and I will be back in touch with you. When the dogs are in foster homes then it may take longer as we need to touch base with the fosters for updates on the dogs. We work very hard to make the right matches for the dogs and for the new owners. We get 3-5 dogs per week and we do not have a facility that we keep the dogs housed in. They are scattered all over the Bay Area.)

Facts about Buddy

  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male

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Why Adoption is a Great Option

Buddy, a San Francisco Labrador Retriever dog was adopted! Here's how you can benefit by looking at adoption as an option to buying a Labrador Retriever for sale in San Francisco, or seeking a Labrador Retriever dog from a breeder in San Francisco.

  1. Rescues and shelter volunteers in San Francisco already know the personality and tendencies of their pets. This means they can match you with the right pet. That will makes it much easier transition to owning a pet for yourself and your new pet.
  2. On average adoption fees are much less than you'd pay a San Francisco breeder, or pet store. Plus most often rescue pets have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and are spayed or neutered. That is a lot of savings!
  3. You will become a hero, and give a needy dog or cat a loving home. In fact, there are even Labrador Retriever breeders who help with Labrador Retriever rescue. One puppy or kitten adopted in San Francisco paves the way for another one to be saved.