Our vet has recommended that all dogs under 6 months not to spay or neuter the pups because they are too young and their bodies are not fully developed.  Adoption donation includes transport and all vaccinations, except for the Lyme—therefore, the dogs will not need to get any vaccinations for the first

ADOPTED ON: 04-02-22 So often it is necessary for us to write biographies on puppies that have had a rough start in life through no fault of their own. Or worse yet, adult dogs that have lived through horrible abuse and neglect that were lucky enough to be saved by our rescuers. But every once in a great while we get to write stories of pups that were rescued BEFORE they experienced anything other than love. Gumbo and his siblings are some of the lucky ones! This little guy will steal your heart before you even meet him with his big personality and sweet face that looks like he is constantly smiling!

Gumbo is a true family dog. He likes attention, head rubs, and back scratches, or just someone to curl up with and take a nap. 

Gumbo, along with his brother and sister, were unwanted puppies.  Luck was on their side, however, because the owner of the mama dog did not just abandon them in a box on a back road which, sadly, so very often happens. And though we appreciate so much that he chose not to do that, he did plan to give them away on a post on Facebook. What he did not know was that the fate of “free puppies” is statistically not a good one. They are too often neglected, abused, or brought back to shelters when the novelty wears off. This young man just happened to be talking to one of our rescue angels about his plan to give them away when she pleaded with him to give them to her to find them good homes. And just like that, we now have 3 gorgeous Flat Coat Retriever/Lab mixes!


Gumbo is a perfect name for this guy. He is the biggest of the three, weighing in at about 17 pounds so far. He is 3 months old, and has the most beautiful wave to his fur. Foster mom says he is happy-go-lucky and loves to play with his siblings. He is not the ring leader of the trio because he is so chunky and cuddly, but he won’t be left out of any fun either! He will run right over and join in with the puppy tug of war or wrestling games. Gumbo is a super sweet loveable boy. He enjoys being with other dogs and will play for hours. Gumbo is a true family dog. He likes attention, head rubs, and back scratches, or just someone to curl up with and take a nap.

When you are deciding on a breed that will be right for your family, it’s important to do some research. Most puppies are a delight no matter what breed they are, but it needs to be a good fit for the long run. According to the AKC, “the Peter Pan of the Sporting Group, the forever-young Flat-Coated Retriever is a gundog of relatively recent origin. Happy, self-assured, and willing to please, a good Flat-Coat will retrieve a duck or a show ribbon with equal aplomb.


The Flat-Coated Retriever’s flat-lying coat comes in lustrous black or liver, with feathering at the legs and tail.  A Flat-Coat will stand as tall as a Labrador Retriever, but in silhouette they present a leaner, more elegant look. Dogdom’s champion tail-waggers, Flat-Coats are among the happiest of all breeds. They mature slowly; some owners say that they never grow up at all, retaining a puppyish taste for rambunctious mischief into old age. This can be either delightful or exasperating, depending on your tolerance. This highly energetic breed requires lots of outdoorsy exercise.”  Also energetic and loving is the Labrador. “Everyone knows the sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. Labs are friendly, outgoing, and high-spirited companions who have more than enough affection to go around for a family looking for a medium-to-large dog. The sturdy, well-balanced Labrador Retriever can, depending on the sex, stand from 21.5 to 24.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh between 55 to 80 pounds. Labs are famously friendly. They are companionable housemates who bond with the whole family, and they socialize well with other dogs and humans alike.”

Gumbo clearly has the wonderful blended personality of these two awesome “kid friendly & family oriented” breeds. He will be a wonderful addition to any family that is willing to open their hearts and home and adopt him. Gumbo and his siblings have had luck on their side so far, and we are so excited to see him go to his forever home!

Massachusetts Contacts
If you are from Massachusetts, we do not adopt to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption.  

Please contact Patricia Cabral or Mike Cahill for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

Cahill, Mike
Director, Animal Health

Cabral, Patricia
Shelter and Rescue Coordinator, Animal Health

Here is a link to the list of approved rescues

Rhode Island

If you are from Rhode Island, we do not adopt RI residents due to laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption.

All Dog and Cat rescues operating** in the state of Rhode Island are required to register with the Department of Environmental Management and to comply with Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals. This includes Rescues based outside of RI that are adopting/fostering dogs into or within Rhode Island

Please contact Marisa Coates for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

Marisa L. Coates
Veterinary Paramedic
Division of Agriculture
Animal Health Section
401-222-2781 x4515

List of Rhode registered rescues:

We go the extra mile for every dog and do whatever it takes to make sure that that dog finds happiness, we give 100% and more. It is what we enjoy doing and helps us wake up in the morning; we know that the dog is thankful we rescued them and thankful for their life. Finally, they will be forever remembered by our families that adopted them because they really rescued them.

See more “About the Breed”
At End of The Bio Below

This dog cannot be adopted to Massachusetts residents due to new laws regarding rescue dogs being prohibited from adoption. Please contact Patricia Cabral at: 617-626-1786 or Mike Cahill at: 617-626-1794 for questions regarding what dogs you are allowed to adopt 

ALL interested adopters MUST complete an application; agree to a vet reference check, phone interview and home visit. ALL family members MUST be in attendance for home visits – no exceptions. This helps us get to know everyone in the family so that we can help find the right dog for you 

Disclaimer: Please note that the breeds posted on our dogs’ biographies are our best guess based on years of working with rescue dogs. Adopters who need to know the exact breed or mix of breeds of a particular dog must have the dog’s DNA tested at their own expense.


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