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Deadly Mushrooms Growing in the Bay Area  

These mushrooms are one of the most toxic species on earth and they've popped up after our winter rains.  They will kill people and pets.

By Bea Karnes, Patch

The next time you go for a hike, keep a close eye on your dogs and kids. Growing beneath oak trees and possibly other hardwoods is a lethal mushroom that will cause severe gastrointestinal distress about 12 hours after consumption, with liver and kidney failure following if treatment is not sought right away. The name says it all: Death Cap.

Death Cap mushrooms typically pop up after the first fall rains. "Both the Death Cap and Western Destroying Angel grow near oak trees," said East Bay Regional Park District Naturalist Trent Pearce, who is based at Tilden Regional Park in Orinda and documents the fungi in East Bay Regional Parks. "They can be lethal to both humans and pets if consumed."

The Death Cap (Amanita phalloides) and Western Destroying Angel (Amanita ocreata) are two of the world's most toxic mushrooms. The Death Cap is a medium-to-large mushroom that typically has a greenish-gray cap, white gills, a white ring around the stem, and a large white sac at the base of the stem, according to the parks district. Though the Death Cap is mainly associated with oak trees, it has been found growing with other hardwoods. It was accidentally introduced to North America on the roots of European cork oaks and is now slowly colonizing the West Coast.
The Western Destroying Angel is a medium-to-large mushroom that usually has a creamy white cap, white gills, a white ring around the stem that disappears with age, and a thin white sac at the base. It is most common from late winter into spring. It is associated exclusively with oaks. Unlike the Death Cap, it is a native California mushroom. "

Dog owners should keep a close watch on their dogs during the winter months," said Mason. "Pet owners should contact a veterinarian immediately if they suspect their pet may have eaten a toxic mushroom."

Death Cap and Western Destroying Angel mushrooms are responsible for most cases of mushroom poisonings in California. However, two other mushroom species found in the Bay Area are also poisonous, the Galerina and Lepiota mushrooms.

2020 Golden Gate Lab Rescue Pet Fairs & Events

Come meet our dogs & your GGLRR Volunteers! 
February 1, Pet Food Express, San Jose Blossom Hill 11-2
February 22, Pet Food Express, Novato - Diablo 11-2
March 14, Pet Food Express, Walnut Creek 11-2  
Some of the 
8-year-old neutered male black Lab, ~60 lbs.

Banjo is an awesome dog: sweet, cuddly, food motivated (maybe too much so!), learns quickly. He's very smart and very active, and a world class counter surfer, so not for the faint of heart!  Be prepared for an active dog with a lot of positive energy.

He is in fine health.  Current on vaccinations, heartworm negative, and neutered.  Banjo is located in Santa Clara.

We are looking for an adopter for this sweet and lively boy. Please contact Rescue Rep Debbi at In your email please tell me about your experience with Labs, and the kind of Lab you are looking for. 
Charlie Girl
2-year-old, spayed female black Lab, 66lbs.

If you need a velcro lab in your life, Charlie is your girl!  She is progressing exceptionally well from her TPLO surgery.  She can be in a home with kids, with cats, and with other dogs.  A home that does not have a lot of stairs would be great.

Charlie is a wonderful dog that has the basics - shots and spay.  She needs to lose weight over the next two months and then will need ACL surgery and surgery to fix a luxating patella.  All on her left leg; she may possibly need surgery on her right leg.

She is down to 66 pounds and loving life!  Charlie is heartworm negative and microchipped; located in Santa Clara.

We are looking for an adopter for this love bug. Please contact Rescue Rep Liz at In your email please tell me about your experience with Labs, and the kind of Lab you are looking for.
2-year-old, spayed female black Lab mix, 48 lbs.

This poor girl has suffered from neglect and malnourishment, but is now on the road to recovery and is adjusting beautifully.  She is housebroken and crate-trained and is not food-aggressive.  She loves to play with toys and run!  She is learning to trust people and as her confidence grows, she will become more and more independent.  She will be a loving addition to any active family. 

Despite her underweight status, Cookie is in good health.  She is neutered, microchipped, current on vaccines, and heartworm negative.  Cookie is located in Vacaville .

We are looking for both a foster and an adopter for this deserving girl.  If you are interested, please contact Rescue Rep Dave at 

Ways to Give to GGLRR to Keep Us Going Strong

Did you know??

GGLRR rescues and places ~250 Labs each year!  
If you would like to help us help more Labs, there are many ways to contribute:

When you do your shopping through Amazon Smile, select GGLRR as your charity and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to us.  Just go to  and designate "Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc" as your selected charity.  

Abandoned Labs usually have many needs so we have a list of products available for purchase on an  Amazon Wish List

Every dollar helps!  As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to helping Labs in need.      

Volunteers Needed!!

GGLRR relies on volunteers for all the facets of work that we do.  Come join our family of Lab lovers and play a critical role in placing wonderful Labs into loving, fur-ever homes! 

We only have a few more left in stock - be sure to get yours before they sell out!!  Each of the gorgeous Labs featured in this calendar were adopted from GGLRR.  Professional design and printing services were donated, so ALL proceeds from the calendar go to helping more homeless Labs.

Hi, my name is Sam and I would like to give you an update on my life with my forever family. I have lived with them for about 5 years now and I love it here! I live with two teenagers and their parents. Over the past five years I have done a lot with them!

I've gone to Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles, San Francisco and a few other places. My kids also spoil me and make me wear weird funny things, which I really don't mind. I know they love me. One of my other favorite things to do with my people is dog agility. Thank you to GGLR for finding me such an amazing loving family. I am such a happy puppy now!  Love, SAM

Gracie Girl
Gracie is a very happy and spoiled girl and we love her very much! She has been a slim 70 lbs for a while now. She loves to train for my half marathon with me and is running up to 7 miles at my side. She is obsessed with her ball, loves all water (especially the pool at our family's house) and to ride in the truck. She has learned all sorts of commands... sit, down, stay, shake, roll over, turn around, back, load up, heel... She has graduated from her crate and just hangs out in the house while we are away and at night. Her favorite place to be is with us on the couch !

We are so thankful Gracie joined our family this year!

Tyler, Katie, and Gracie girl
Cali is so damn cute!  She ALWAYS has a smile on her face and you can't help but smile back when she looks at you crosseyed.  She is so sweet - prancing around the yard all the time.  She is very happy here.