Labrador Rescuers host Casino Night April 18

The Labrador Rescuers’ April 18 “Wild West Bets for Pets” event will support rescue dogs like Cali.
The Labrador Rescuers’ April 18 “Wild West Bets for Pets” event will support rescue dogs like Cali.
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Labrador Rescuers will present their third annual Wild West Bets for Pets Casino Night from 5-11 p.m. April 18 at Phil’s BBQ Event Center.

Labrador Rescuers was established to rescue and rehabilitate stray, abandoned or unwanted Labs to be placed in new forever homes.

Tickets are $50 a person and include dinner from Phil’s BBQ, desserts, one drink ticket, $100 in gaming chips, 10 opportunity drawing tickets and silent auction items.

Maria Goldman, president of Labrador Rescuers, said the organization rescues about 375 dogs a year. Many of the dogs they take in from shelters have medical needs that the shelters don’t have the resources to provide, such as dogs who were hit by cars and need surgery to save their legs or replace a hip.

“That’s where we step in,” Goldman said, noting that the organization is run completely by volunteers and 100 percent of donations received go toward the expenses of rehabilitating and rehoming the animals.

One dog up for adoption right now is Markie, who was born blind. Thanks to donations to Labrador Rescuers, he was able to receive needed surgeries and treatments, and is now ready for a new home.

The Wild West Bets for Pets is the first fundraiser event of the year and goes a long way toward keeping Labrador Rescuers running until their big charity event in September.

The organization frequently holds adoption events at area Petco stores. The next will be from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 11 at Petco on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.

Tickets for Wild West Bets for Pets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. To buy tickets or learn more about adoptable labs, visit

Phil’s BBQ Event Center is at 3740 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego.