Adopt A Lab

“Every time I lose a dog, I lose a piece of my heart as well.  That vacuum can only be filled by a new canine companion.” – Anonymous

Want to adopt a Lab?  Here’s what you need to know.

Please read the following information before contacting us for our Adoption Questionnaire.

Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes:

Adopt a Labrador Retriever• Are intelligent, loving, devoted, energetic, powerful, and chewers
• Can be protective, possessive, bossy, territorial, noisy, and did we mention chewers?
• Bred to have strong retrieving instincts and usually have strong prey drive
• Shed all year long, and will shed twice as heavily in the spring and fall
• Need ongoing socialization, structure, leadership, exercise, training and affection
• Need to be made a part of the family, and are not good as outside-only dogs
• Need a purpose in life, or will find their own amusements by barking, chewing, digging and escaping

Adoption Policies

Our Philosophy is that our dogs are our clients and we do what is in the dog’s best interests. We match the dog to a suitable home where the dog will be happy and fulfilled, and the dog must approve of the match as well. Not everyone is the right match for every dog. We do what is in the dog’s best interests. Because of this we don’t adopt dogs over the internet, as gifts, or sight unseen. In Addition, since most of our dogs are strays and we don’t know their background you MUST have a safe escape-proof fenced yard for our dog, we won’t adopt without one. Community or public yards are not acceptable as a substitute for a fenced yard at your home.

Adoption Fees

Our adoption fees are $400 for Puppies (2-6 months), $350 for Adult Dogs, and $150 for Senior Dogs (9 years & up) and Special Needs Dogs who have ongoing health issues that require treatment, $400 for adult bonded pairs, and $200 for senior bonded pairs.

All of our dogs are spayed/neutered (per California State Law), vaccinated, heartworm and fecal tested, and microchipped. We also provide heartworm preventative. The adoption fees don’t quite cover these costs. Puppies (2 months) are slightly different due to their age and needs.

The average cost of caring for our dogs, including shelter fees, spaying/neutering, veterinary care, transportation, boarding and feeding, exceeds $400 per dog. We appreciate any additional contribution you may be able to make to help us save more dogs!

Home Visit

We visit the adopter’s home (we bring the dog they are interested in adopting) in order to meet all members of the household and all other pets at that time, and make sure the environment will work for our dog. The home must be safe and suitable for our dog, and that means we won’t adopt to a home with out-of-control children or out-of-control resident dogs. With the rising costs of fuel and other expenses we are having to limit the distance we travel for our adoptions. We typically will not travel more than 2 1/2 hours outside of the Sacramento area and we may add an additional amount (most likely $50.00) onto the adoption fee on behalf of the rescue, depending on where you are located.

Outside Dogs

We NEVER place our dogs in outside only homes. Most of our dogs come out of shelters and into our homes where they live in the house with us. Once they get a taste of inside family life, love, and attention they don’t want to go back to living outside (even if that was where they originally lived in their previous homes). We believe that dogs are happier living and sleeping inside with their family pack, which has been borne out from many years of bringing dogs into rescue.

Adoption Requirements

Our Adoption Agreement & Contract is a legal document, therefore we will only adopt to adults, and all the adults in the household must agree to adopting the dog. The home must be safe and secure, and allowed to have a Labrador Retriever or Lab mix, and be within the allowable number of dogs. We require landlord consent for renters. The entire household must be a good match for the dog. Our apologies but we cannot adopt young active dogs to folks in apartments or condos, plus there is no backyard for the dog to call their own.

Please see the “Our Labs” page for our dog rating levels and adoptable dogs.

Puppies

We have special requirements and an additional questionnaire for puppies, please be sure you contact us so we can send you our list of requirements and puppy questionnaire (only if we have puppies available on our web site) that way you can make sure you meet them before continuing any further. Since we see so many dogs that have come out of an unsuitable environment, we want to make sure our puppies have the very best start in life. That means we won’t adopt a puppy to an Outside Only home or where the puppy will be alone the majority of the time, as we don’t feel that’s an optimum environment to raise a happy and well-socialized dog. Since puppies are rare for us we don’t keep track of folks names, chances you will have better luck finding a puppy somewhere else if we don’t have any available on our web site.

Adoption Restrictions

If there is a long vacation or major change imminent, such as moving, having another adult move in, or having a baby, we won’t place a dog in that home. Those events are extremely stressful and it wouldn’t be fair to expect a new dog to adjust well to them.

We Reserve the Right to refuse to adopt to anyone who we feel isn’t a good match to a dog, in particular or in general, as not every household is suitable for a rescued Labrador Retrieve or Lab mix. We will not adopt to anyone who is hostile, belligerent, deceitful or disrespectful to our volunteers, our dogs, our organization, or otherwise refuses to follow our policies or accept our guidelines.

Please contact us via e-mail at adopt@labs2loverescue.org to request our Adoption Questionnaire (plus puppy requirements and puppy questionnaire only if you are inquiring about a puppy on our web site). Our questionnaire will help us match your needs with the dogs in our rescue. Please email the completed questionnaire back to us. We won’t adopt to you without it.

We thank you for your interest in adopting one of our Labs!