Shelter Spotlight: California Labradors, Retrievers, and More

California Labradors, Retrievers, and More was the second-place winner of the 2017 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ DOGust Birthday Contest where they were awarded $1,000 to put towards adoption fees of less-adoptable pets. You can learn more about the contest here.


California Labradors, Retrievers, and More (better known as “Labs and More”) is a San Diego based non-profit animal rescue with a dedication to saving animals in the Southern California area. The rescue group was only founded in April of 2011, but since has saved the lives of 6,871 and counting!

While Labs and More’s main focus is on Labradors and Retriever breeds, the group rescues dogs of all breeds when able. At any given time the group is home to up to 350 dogs, including litters of nursing puppies, seniors, single puppies, adult dogs, and pregnant dogs. Labs and More runs the Compassion 4 Paws Foundation. Through the Compassion 4 Paws Foundation, Labs and More is able to rescue dogs that are at an increased risk of being euthanized. This allows the group to put a special emphasis on the young, senior, pregnant, injured, and mixed breed dogs that oftentimes are passed over by shelters due to their special needs.

Labs and More holds two annual fundraisers, which play a crucial role in funding the non-profit organization. Every spring, Labs and More hosts “Bark in the Barn”, which is a gala-type fundraising event. This month (October 2017) is their 5th Annual Howl-O-Ween 5K Mutt Run/Walk. This Halloween-themed outdoor event will be held on Saturday, October 28th, at 9AM at Road Runner Sports San Diego. There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, the top three race finishers, and for the winners of the doggie Halloween costume contest. The success of this event is a huge component of why Labs and More can help rescue so many dogs. The event is both dog and family friendly! To register to participate in the walk (or to donate) please visit

Meet Lamar!


“Lamar is a medical needs dogs that Labs and More rescued in August. Lamar is being fostered by one of our foster families and is currently available for adoption. He came to Labs and More with an old injury (suspected to be from a car accident) that never healed properly. After consulting with our vets it was determined that the leg could not be saved and that amputation would provide Lamar the best chance at living a pain-free life. Lamar had his amputation and is doing great! He is embracing his new #tripawd lifestyle and is thriving in his foster home. He is house and crate trained, is great with other dogs, loves toys and treats, and bounds up and down the stairs with ease. Lamar is 100% recovered and is now ready to find his forever home.”

If you would like to adopt one of the many animals at Labs and More that are looking for a home, please visit their website’s adoptable dogs page here and submit an adoption application. Labs and More can be contacted via their website or Facebook page.

Hurricane Irma Relief | Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Recent hurricanes wreaked havoc on many families, homes, and communities in the Southeast. When Harvey hit Texas we immediately teamed up with Best Friends to assist with their local pet rescue efforts. Irma presented a different challenge, but also an opportunity to help animal rescue efforts in our own Florida backyard.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue (Loxahatchee Groves, Florida) is the largest no-kill dog rescue in the Southeastern United States. Their organization is home to about 500 dogs at any given time and they are expanding their facilities rapidly. With Hurricane Irma hitting so close to home, BDRR stepped into action to assist as many dogs as possible. Using small planes, they were able to ship collected donations and supplies to affected areas. The group has already made multiple supply drops and has more planned in the coming weeks.



When 1-800-PetMeds® saw what Big Dog Ranch Rescue was doing for our community, we wanted to help. We rallied together a team and visited Big Dog Ranch Rescue where we were able to donate a $5,000 merchandise credit, boxes of dog biscuits, flea and tick prevention, and other supplies. “Big Dog Ranch Rescue is making a real difference for pets affected by Irma. We are proud to be a part of it, to help them in any way we can,” said Alex Irvin, who is the Marketing Director of 1-800-PetMeds®. Big Dog Ranch Rescue has rescued a great number of pets affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many of which were diagnosed as heartworm positive. “We are so grateful for 1-800-PetMeds® and their generous gifts. We currently have over 50 heartworm positive dogs on campus and this gift will cover treatment for all of them and then some!”, said Robin Friedman of Big Dog Ranch Rescue.



If you would like to contribute to Big Dog Ranch Rescue in their mission to give the gift of life to as many dogs as possible, please donate via their website. If you would like to learn how 1-800-PetMeds® Cares, you can visit our how we help page.

Shelter Spotlight: German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County was the first-place winner of the 2017 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ DOGust Birthday Contest where they were awarded $2,000 to put towards adoption fees of less-adoptable pets. You can learn more about the contest here.


German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing purebred German Shepherd dogs that have nowhere else to turn in the Southern California Area. The rescue organization began saving German Shepherds in 1999 and was officially incorporated in 2005.

In the organization’s history, GSROC has rescued an estimated 5,000 animals. In a commitment to end pet overpopulation, all dogs adopted through GSROC are spayed and neutered prior to being rehomed with no exceptions.

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County currently has 80 purebred shepherds as well as several shepherd mixes in their care. GSROC is in need of loving foster homes to help dogs recover from injury and/or to help adapt them into well-behaved and adoptable pets.

With such a large amount of animals in their care, costs of care and medical expenses can quickly accumulate. If you are in Southern California and looking for a new pet, consider rescuing a dog from GSROC.

If you would like to support strongly suggest donating to animal rescue organizations like GSROC to help them continue doing their amazing work. All donations go directly towards the care and rehoming of the dogs in GSROC’s care.

Meet Chloe!


“This sweet 2 year old girl was no longer wanted by her family. So, what did they do?  They took her to the shelter after hours and left her in the night drop box to be found by kennel workers the next morning. Yes, you read that correctly. Just dropped her off in the middle of the night and left her there. When we heard this story, we were determined to show Chloe Rose a better life. So, our volunteer hopped in her car and drove in traffic to rescue this sweet girl.   Chloe Rose was so happy to learn she didn’t have to stay in that scary shelter. Chloe Rose is a very pretty girl and she knows it! She walks proudly, wagging her tail as if to say…”…here I am! Look at me!” Chloe Rose wants to make sure other dogs recognize just how special she is. We are working with her to brush up on her doggy social skills. She is no shrinking violet, that’s for sure. She walks easily on a leash and likes people.”

If you would like to learn more about Chloe or see the other lovable dogs German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County has available for adoption, please visit their adoptable animals page. GSROC can be contacted via their website or Facebook page for more information.