Important Notes:

  • Finding Your Perfect Match: Below are brief descriptions of some of our dogs that are available for adoption. Because the list is constantly changing, we recommend that you apply to adopt as soon as you are ready and work with an Adoption Coordinator, who can provide you with more info about dogs that are a good match for you and your lifestyle.  

  • Adopting with Children: The safety of children in an adoptive home is one of our greatest priorities. Learn more about our approach to placing dogs in homes where little ones are present.

  • Adopting as a Townhome or Apartment Resident: As many of our dogs come from rural areas—where they have limited exposure to cars, new people and dogs, unexpected noises, and being leashed—we may limit placements for some dogs to single-family homes. Learn more > 

  • Adopting & Fences: We require fences for some of our dogs for a range of reasons. Learn more >

  • Heartworm: About ten percent of our dogs are diagnosed with Heartworm disease during their initial vetting. Heartworm is treatable, and Lab Rescue provides treatment for all infected dogs at no cost to the adopter. Learn more >


Pluto and Bitty


Male/Female Bonded Pair


7 years/9 years

Good with:

Kids 10+, Dogs, Cats, Townhomes


A loving forever home

Odd Couple for Life

Pluto and Bitty may be a study in opposites, but they're real life BFFs. Pluto is a silky, soft black "pocket Lab" who wants to patrol the backyard and go for a couple of walks each day. Bitty is a tri-color Shih Tzu who prefers to sniff around the yard for 10-15 minutes and then take a long nap. Both have excellent house manners and are enjoying the routine of their foster home. Pluto is affectionate and loves being with people. He is always ready for a walk or a couch snuggle. He is wary of men and needs a few minutes of being ignored (no talking or eye contact) when meeting someone new. He will sneak up from behind and sniff when he feels comfortable. He loves to spoon and get belly rubs. He will stealthily sneak onto Foster Mom's bed in the middle of the night or early in the morning. He also likes sofas and will listen when told “off.” Bitty is a couch potato and is content to run/walk around the yard for a few minutes, but doesn’t go on longer walks. She can hear loud noises, like clapping and barking, and her vision is not as sharp as in her younger years. Bitty can do a few steps, but needs some help going up and down flights of stairs. Foster Mom carries her since she only weighs a little more than a gallon of milk. Bitty is a quiet little girl who never makes a peep unless she's snoring softly. She likes her ears rubbed and her sides scratched. Pluto and Bitty are both good with dogs but not interested in playing with them. They are a delightful, mature pair. 

Bitty snoring while Pluto relaxes -

Pluto on a leash walk with the resident dogs -

Pluto dipping his toes into the river - 

Pluto and Bitty enjoy the yard before breakfast:

Bitty & Pluto take treats gently: