|Labs4rescue would love to help you find your new family member! We have adopted over 12,000 labs since we began in July 2002. Chances are, we currently have several labs happily living in your community, who along with their "forever family," would be happy to provide a reference.
Before you review our adoption process, we recommend that you watch the following video from the American Veterinary Medical Association that provides tips for adopting a dog.
OUR ADOPTION PROCESS
Please review the following information about the Labs4rescue program and then complete an adoption application online, which will automatically be forwarded to our Petfinder Contacts and Application Coordinators.
WHO WE ARE: We are a group of individuals from several states throughout the US, who work together to save homeless Labrador Retrievers. We are a Rescue, and not a traditional animal shelter. Our labs are fostered in private homes or sponsored by a shelter volunteer so they can be evaluated in a normal environment. As such, our labs are currently scattered across New England, the South and the Mid-West, depending on the availability of foster homes and our close partnerships with various shelters. We are constantly looking for foster homes, and will happily accept a foster home in any region. Our ability to save labs is dramatically impacted by the number of foster homes we have. Please let us know if you would like to provide a foster home to a lab in need.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: While some of our labs are owner surrenders, most of our labs originated in high-kill shelters, where labs are one of the most plentiful breeds and very often euthanized. Several regions may have up to 100 labs in their local shelters at any given time, most who only get 3 days to be adopted. Labs4rescue is trying to make a difference, one lab at a time!
CHOOSING A LAB: Please review the available labs on our Current Pet List which is available on our Petfinder Site, carefully considering what you feel would be an appropriate match for your family. There are many more than we could ever save, so if the lab you are initially interested already has an adoption pending, I am sure we can find another you will equally love! Once your application is received, you will be in communication with the foster or sponsor for each lab available. Our fosters and sponsors are very detailed in their description of our labs, complete with the "goods" and "not so goods" and will work with you to make the right decision for your family. Our fosters/sponsors will communicate with you via email and telephone.
FINALIZING THE ADOPTION: If the lab is fostered in your area, the foster family may invite you to meet the lab. After a match is made, we will arrange a homevisit at your residence, to insure the safety of your home. If the lab is being fostered outside your geographical region, transport will then be arranged.
ADOPTION FEES: Our fees are: a $15 non-refundable application fee and a $385 non-refundable adoption fee for all vet expenses (spay/neuter, shots, etc.) and transportation to ensure your lab gets to you in a safe, professional manner. All fees may be paid using PayPal, cashier's checks, or money orders. Labs4rescue does not accept personal checks for application and adoption fees. More information about the cost of owning a lab is also available on our website, click here to learn more.
Residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are required to pay an additional $80 fee, which defrays the cost of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources mandatory 48 hour isolation and examination by a veterinarian licensed in Massachusetts.
Residents of the State of New Hampshire (NH) are required to pay additional fees (approximately $75) to cover the cost of the New Hamphsire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food mandatory 48 hour isolation and examination by a veterinarian licensed in New Hamphsire. New Hampshire residents pay these additional fees directly to the isolation facility and veterinarian service providers when they pick up their dog. New Hampshire residents must pay their Labs4rescue adoption fee prior to the rescue shipping their dog to New Hampshire.
ADOPTER'S CHECKLIST, HELPFUL HINTS FOR ADOPTERS, and ADOPTION CONTRACT: Please download our Adopter's Checklist which outlines our process and offers many good suggestions. Click here to read our Helpful Hints for Adopters. Click here to review a Sample Adoption Contract.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us these questions. We know that our program is different than a traditional brick and mortar shelter, and we would love to tell you more of the specifics. We are so proud of the labs we have saved and look forward to working with you to bring a lab to your family.
HOW OUR PROGRAM WORKS: EVEN MORE DETAILS!
IMPORTANT NOTE TO AOL USERSPlease ensure that you can receive mail from Labs4rescue and be sure to check your Inbox AND Spam folders DAILY during the week before the transport for important details. For more information click here.
FAQs ABOUT OUR ADOPTION PROCESS
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