Great Lakes Lab Rescue

Placing Great Labs in Great Homes around the Great Lakes 

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About Us!

Great Lakes Lab Rescue has been placing labs in loving homes since August, 2000. At that time, our founder felt that there were always more dogs in need of rescuing than there were rescue organization available. Thus, GLLR was born!

We have no shelter to house the Labradors that we rescue. All dogs in our program stay with individual "foster" families. That allows us to determine a bit about the dog's personality prior to you taking it into your house. 

Since our inception, we have accepted well over 600 dogs into our program. In addition to being loyal companions in privates homes, some of our dogs have gone on to work for the FBI, DEA, Border Control, police stations etc. 

We are strictly a volunteer based organization. We have no "brick and mortar" office. There are a variety of ways to volunteer. We need people: to foster dogs in their homes; to go to shelters to identify labs; to assist with the transportation of dogs; to work events, exhibitions and fundraisers; to complete home visits on potential adoptive families; and to provide marketing and PR types of tasks. 

Additionally, as a 501(c)3 organization, obtaining funds to remain operational is an important part of what we do. After all, we couldn't help the dogs without money to pay their vet bills. We receive no federal funding or large grants from any individual or public entity. We do not telephone solicit funds. Instead, we set up tables, booths, or tents at various events and exhibitions in the area. These are held throughout the year and give our volunteers an opportunity to get more involved in GLLR and their local communities. Additionally, we try to have one or two fundraisers each year to ensure adequate funding for our expenses. 

Please consider joining our organization as a potential adopter or volunteer! 




205 E. Butterfield Road, #601 Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

phone: (708)572-4552

fax: (636) 582-6818