We are not a "dog store". When you choose to adopt, you are not "buying" a dog. We medically treat and rehome rehab,Labrador Retrievers in need. Donations given to us during an adoption are not refundable for any reason.
Some dogs require little financial resources, others more. Donations go to our dogs and aren't allocated individually.
Rescue dogs have challenges from separation anxiety, reactivity, aggression, etc. A dog immediately becomes your property when you sign a terms of adoption contract. Any liability is immediately yours even if you and your new dog are still at the location of signing.
We don't knowingly take or place any dog with aggression. If your adopted dog is aggressive, it did not present during it's time in a volunteers foster home. We present our observations of behavior and health while in our care and cannot predict future behavior. Like any shelter, if a dog shows agression or health issues after adoption they are your responsibilty. We cannot take back an aggressive dog.
We cannot take YOUR dog back "immediately" for your convenience. We'll accomodate you when we are able and this may be weeks.
We will not handle euthanasia, medical bills or give financial assistance in association with your dog.
We do not adopt to homes with children under age 8. If you have children under 18, a child waiver of liability is required.
We determine suggested donations for each dog. Dogs in high demand request ahigh adoption donation - sometimes as high as the cost of buying from a breeder.We should not be used to obtain a purebred dog at a discount. Purebred dogs outside of rescue are expensive. Inside rescue they should be comparable as these dogs take financial resources and donations pay for that.
When you adopt a dog with special needs, they are not "markdown" dogs and there is no "bulk discount" for adopting 2 dogs instead of one. The donation for two dogs is the same as the donation for each dog if adopted separetly.
We sometimes require training deposits and spay neuter deposits. There is no refund of a training deposit until there is a canine good citizen certificate or credible proof your dog is well trained. Spay or neuter deposits ensure we comply with the law and are returns when after alteration. We hope adopters will consider donating deposits rather than recieve them back. Donations save lives.
Our dogs are fostered in different volunteer homes for short period prior to adoption allowing us to provide a lay person's observations of health and behavior in a biography. Our observations are not professional evaluations. A dogs health and behavior may be dramatically different than a bio suggests after they are adopted. Like any state or county shelter, we can't predict anything and can only tell you what an individual lay person foster observes.
Dogs are altered and vaccinated prior to adoption. They are not always microchipped. If a dog is not microchipped, it’s the adopters responsibility to microchip their dog. If alteration is not possible, a spay/neuter deposit and contract is required.
Sending an application to us is your agreement to the listed on our application page.
• DON'T APPLY IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN UNDER AGE 8. WE CANNOT ADOPT TO YOU
• VISIT SHELTERS and APPLY WITH OTHER RESCUES. We cannot guarantee you will get a dog.
• Allow 1- 2 weeks to hear from us.
1. Select the application text below, then copy & paste it into an e-mail. Type your answers next to each question.
2. Make a $20 application donation via Venmo to IndiLabRescue or use Paypal from our website and take a screenshot.
3. Take photos of your fence, gates, yard, kitchen and another of your choice. PHOTOS MUST BE NOT BIGGER THAN 5" EITHER WAY.
WE DON'T ACCEPT ATTACHMENTS, LINKS, OR HIGH RES LARGE PHOTOS. IF YOU SEND ANY OF THESE THINGS YOUR APPROVAL WILL BE DELAYED AND WE MAY NOT GET BACK TO YOU FOR AWHILE.
It may take up to 2 weeks to respond to a new application so be patient. New applicants rarely get a dog they see online since approval is rarely complete in time, however applicants are approved and ready to go when the next dog they like comes along.
Application to Adopt
Copy text and paste into the body of an email. Type your answers next to each question. DO NOT send a Word or any other attachement or link or we will not accept the application. READ ABOVE to submit with required additional items of $20 Venmo application donation to IndiLabRescue, and photos of kitchen, fence, yard, and another indoor photo. Send your complete application email@example.com
DO NOT APPLY IF YOU HAVE CHILDEN UNDER AGE 8.
Name and Spouse/Partners name and age:
Name, age, sex of other family members in household:
Your and spouse's occupations:
Have you applied with/had home visit with another rescue? Who?
How long at current address?
Rent or Own? (Proof of ownership or permission for dogs required)
House, Apartment, Townhome?
How many stories? (If 2-story, are stairs carpeted or have treads?)
Is your yard fenced? Fence height?
If you have a gardener/poor person, where is your dog when they come?
Do you have a pool? Is it fenced?
Do you have a doggie door?
What do you keep on kitchen counters?
Where are INDOOR kitchen & bath trash cans?
Can a dog access your OUTDOOR garbage cans?
Are there ever any children or visiting children under 8?
At what age would you allow children/grandchildren to walk your dog?
Has anyone in home been snapped at or bitten by a dog? was bite report filed?
Have you ever returned, surrendered or rehomed a dog? why?
Is anyone allergic to dogs?
How physically fit would your describe yourself to be?
Can you can walk a strong, pulling Labrador for an hour a day?
Can you lift a Lab into your car?
Do you share a fence with a neighbor with a dog? Any issues?
YOUR CURRENT ANIMALS
How many indoor & outdoor cats do you have and do they have claws?
How many dogs do you have, what breed, what age, size?
Are your dog(s) good with other dogs? Have they ever been in a dog fight?
Where do your dogs sleep?
Do you own a crate if needed?
Where is your dog when you're out or away from town?
YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED DOG:
WITHOUT INCLUDING COVID, how many hours a day will your dog be alone without humans?
Can you take a dog to work?
Are you open to color, sex, mix, age, bonded pair?
Rescue dogs can have separation anxiety, leash reactiving, dog aggression - how would you handle this?
Will you seek training?
Do you understand that if, after adoption, your dog is your property and if found to be dog or human aggressive, which we did not observe, we cannot take the dog back into our program?
How long will you exercise your dog? How?
How high energy can your dog be? jogging partner? Couch potato? Be specific. Medium energy is not specific. We need to know exactly what you expect.
Do you have a pet sitter, dog walker or doggie daycare for transition?
Donations made anytime including before or after an adoption are non-refundable for any reason. Do you agree?
Do you consent to a pre-adoption home inspection and $20 donation at the time to complete your application?
Do you understand we can't guarantee you will get a dog from us?
Do you agree to contact us first if you can't keep your dog?
Do you understand that we can't possibly know everything about health or behavior of a dog and that you bear that responsibility?
If needed, would you consent to having us speak with your Veterinarian?