PREVIOUS ADOPTERS AND APPROVED APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
We require a new application from you if it has been over 12 months since you have submitted one and gotten approval - even if you have adopted a dog after that previous application was approved. This is a liability issue and non-negotiable.
Indi Lab is not a dog store. You're not “buying” a dog. We rescue, medically treat, and place dogs in forever homes. When you donate to us, even during adoption, it immediately goes to our dogs. It will not be returned for any reason. You agree you will not seek to have a donation returned or make claims with PayPal or any other entity even if you return a dog.
Rescue dogs have challenges - do not adopt if you aren't prepared for working through them. A dog immediately becomes your private property when you sign a terms of adoption contract (TOA). As such, any/all liability is yours beginning the second you sign the TOA even if you are still at the location of signing. Submitting an application is your agreement to this.
We don't knowingly place aggressive dogs. If your adopted dog shows aggression, it did not present during it's time in a volunteer foster home. We are not vets or behaviorists. We can only provide our observations during the short time a dog is in foster. Health and behavior may differ dramatically from our observations. Like any state or county shelter, we can't predict anything. When you adopt a rescue dog, you are taking a risk. Health and temperament issues are your responsibility. We cannot take back aggressive dogs. Will not provide any medical payment nor euthanasia for you.
We won't take your dog back "immediately" for your convenience It may be weeks until we can fit a dog in. It’s your responsibility to find a solution until we can help. If you board your dog until we can help, that is your expense.
We don't adopt to homes where children aged 8 (under age 9) visit or live. Allowing unknown large breed dogs with teeth at eye level with a child's face is negligent in our opinion. Children don't understand these risks but you do. Submitting applications which omit or lie about a child's age is fraud. Injury to a child as a result of fraud may be criminal. If there are children under 18 who live/frequent your home, you must sign a child waiver of liability.
We may require training or sterilization deposits We agree to refund a deposit with proof of alteration or training. For our purposes, “Training” is defined as attaining a canine good citizen certificate, completing professional obedience training class, or credible proof of at least 10 sessions with a professional over time, or receipts from a professional trainer, or a written statement of same from a trainer. We may require permission to to speak with your trainer. Sterilization deposits ensure compliance with CA law. Dogs may be altered, vaccinated or microchipped, however for various reasons, one of more of these are not done, you will be informed of this and that these things are your financial responsibility. You can decide then if you would like to adopt.
1. Take photos of your fence, gates, yard, kitchen.