How to Adopt Your New Labrador
Thank you for your interest to adopt a Lab from Labrador Rescuers. We’re a 100% volunteer-based, non-profit organization that covers San Diego County, Orange County, Riverside County and parts of the Inland Empire. We’ve been saving Labs since 2004, and have saved over 4000 dogs since our inception. We are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming stray, abandoned and unwanted Labradors into loving families. Our goal is to find the best matched family for each Lab to ensure a lifelong of happiness.
The process is 5 easy steps:
Step 1 – Complete an online application including payment of the $25 application fee
Complete an online adoption application and use the button below to submit the application fee. Please answer each question as thoroughly as possible, as this information is used to help determine the type of dog that will best suit your family’s lifestyle. You may also mail a check for your application donation to: Labrador Rescuers, PO Box 221038, San Diego, CA 92192-1038 (PLEASE NOTE - you will not receive a confirmation of your submission.)
Step 2 – A family rep from Labrador Rescuers will contact you to do a Homevisit
This is a short visit at your home where our rep will meet with your entire family, see your home, and gather more details about your lifestyle that will assist us in placing the right Lab with you. Going forward, your family rep will be your main contact and guide through the adoption process. Please allow 7 – 10 days for a rep to contact you.
Step 3 – Application package will be reviewed
Your application package will be reviewed and upon approval, you’ll be ready to adopt a Lab.
Step 4 – Meeting the dogs
We have adoption events in various locations every two weeks. The dates/locations/times are posted on the home page of our website so please check back regularly. You can also meet a dog by going to the foster family’s home. We do recommend that all family members (including your current dog) come to the meet/greets. Please be advised that our main goal is to match each dog with the right family, and we don’t “hold” dogs or place them on a “first come, first serve” basis. Periodically, we have numerous approved families interested in one particular dog and ultimately only one family will be able to adopt that dog – so we recommend that you keep an open mind and not focus on just one dog.
Step 5 – Adopting your new family member
You’ll sign our Terms of Adoption form, provide payment and take your new Lab home with you. Please be sure to bring a leash with you.
Many of our dogs come to us with little or no training, so will need their new family’s commitment to future training. To ensure these dogs attend a training class, we collect a refundable training deposit of $150. You may go to any trainer that you choose, and upon completion, send the training certificate to the PO Box for Labrador Rescuers and we’ll refund your deposit. Or, you may choose to leave the deposit with Labrador Rescuers to help us to save more Labs in the future.
Adoption Fee Donation:
Each of our dogs has had an exam by a veterinarian and will be current on their vaccinations (Rabies, DHLPP, Bordatella), have had a Heartworm and fecal test, be spayed or neutered, and microchipped. We also treat any illnesses that are discovered.
The donation fees that we collect upon adoption help to defray the costs that we incur while caring for each of our Labs. Some of our costs include: shelter redemption fees, boarding fees, microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm and fecal tests, spay and neutering, medications to address an illness, x-rays, and major medical such as a broken leg, torn ACL or hip replacement. The adoption donation fee is non-refundable.
Our donation fee schedule is as follows:
-Application donation: $25
-Adoption donation for puppies up to 12 months: $350-$450
-Adoption donation for Adults 1-6 years of age: $350-$450
-Adoption donation for Mature Adults 7-8 years old: $300
-Adoption donation for Seniors 9+ years old : $150
-Refundable Training Deposit/Donation: $150
-Refundable Spay or Neuter Deposit/Donation: $200
Adoption Donation and Deposit
Shopping Spree – What You’ll Need to Get Started:
6’ leashes – you may want to have a few extra
ID tag – can be made at many pet stores
while you wait for about $8
Choke chain, Easy-walk harness or Head-Halter
Food/treats – we recommend “grain-free” food
Crate (optional, as needed)
10 Reasons Not to Adopt a Labrador Retriever:
1 – Labs shed a lot. You’ll find hair everywhere – on your clothes, furniture and as tumbleweeds on your floor.
2 – Labs don’t want to be left alone. They don’t want to be left outside and they prefer companionship of their people and other dogs.
3 – Labs aren’t always clean. If you’re a neat freak, a Lab isn’t for you. They shed, will track dirt in on their paws, may dig and chew, and like to rub their faces or bodies on the carpet after a meal.
4 – Labs need a lot of exercise. They’re an active breed and need daily exercise (an hour or two per day for a 1-4 year old Lab is typical). Even when it’s raining or you don’t feel well, they won’t give you the day off.
5 – Labs stay puppies a long time. Although their bodies are big, they’re clumsy and goofy for a long time. Generally, they don’t mature until they’re about 3 years old...or 4…or 5…or 6… or 7.
6 – Labs aren’t guard dogs. Yes, they bark at the door bell, but they think everyone at the door has come to see them. If it’s a burglar, they’ll probably invite them in and throw in a few kisses.
7 – Labs have prey drive so some may not do well with a cat or small rodent animals. Remember, these dogs are retrievers, and they love to catch and retrieve things.
8 – Labs are mouthy dogs. They’re avid chewers and need to be taught what is and is not theirs. Kids’ toys, stuffed animals, shoes and socks are amongst their favorites chew toys. They can be sneaky and will do best in a non-cluttered house.
9 – Labs are food-hounds. They are crafty opportunists and will swipe things off the counter if given the chance. They’ll easily put weight on and can get themselves in serious trouble from the things they eat, or if they eat past their stomach’s capacity.
10 – Labs like to be with their people, so if you don’t want a dog that follows you everywhere and is with you all the time, don’t get a Lab.
10 Reasons to Adopt a Labrador Retriever:
1 – Labs are people dogs! The make great family dogs because they want to be with their people – in the house, in the bedroom, in the bathroom, in the car, wherever you are.
2 – Labs are easy to train. They’re intelligent and quick learners, and aim to please. They respond well to guidelines and a little bit of structure, and may get into trouble if they don’t have it.
3 - Labs are great with children. Their dispositions lend themselves well to family life and they’re typically very gentle and patient with kids.
4 – Labs are playful and energetic, and make great companions. Friendly and cheerful by nature, they love outdoor activities and are great swimmers. For a 1-4 year old Lab, plan on 1-2 hours per day of good exercise.
5 – Labs don’t require a lot of grooming, but do shed and need regular brushing. An occasional bath and nail trim is all they need – and they don’t need to go to a groomer every 3 to 4 weeks.
6 – Labs are affectionate and give kisses. They love to be scratched, have their eyes and ears rubbed and will roll right over for a belly rub. They also have lap-dog syndrome , and will sit right next to you, lean on you and may try to sit on the couch or get in bed with you. And many of them just love to smother you with kisses.
7 – Labs will help you with cleaning up the kitchen floor. They’ll happily vacuum up any scraps that hit the floors while cooking.
8 – Labs love water – well, most of them do. They love the beach and if you have a pool, be prepared for regular swimming activities.
9 – Labs can switch gears quickly. They will rough-house outside and then five minutes later, let a toddler lay on them and pull their tails.
10 – Labs are happy, silly dogs. They want to have fun, run with their ears flapping or share their toys with you. You can’t have a bad day when there’s a Lab in your life.
*Donations/Fees are Tax Deductible (seek advice from your Tax Advisor)