When you choose to adopt one of our dogs, you are doing a wonderful thing. Remember, you are not "buying" a dog. We are not a dog store and do not sell dogs. We are a non-profit dog rescue and our mission is to rehab, treat medically, and re-home Labrador Retrievers in need. Any donation give to us before or after you adopt a dog is not refundable for any reason because, simply put, once a donation is given, it immediately becomes a part of this rescues assets which shall not be returned.
Some dogs require little financial resources, others require much more. We use donations for all of our dogs as a whole. If you wish a donation go to a particular dog, we will try our best to accommodate that, but we are small and donations given to us are used in order and importance of immediate need. In a sense, your donation would go to the dog you specify, but not directly and not specifically assigned. At times, with more expensive needs, donations do go to specified dogs where they are most needed.
Do not adopt if you cannot commit. All rescue dogs have challenges from separation anxiety, leash reactivity, dog aggression, human aggression, and other issues which are your responsibly as any dog adopted by you is immediately your dog. Our rescue does not take in nor place any dog with known aggression of any kind. If your adopted dog is aggressive, he or she did not reveal this during their time with us. We can only present our observations of behavior while in our care. We cannot predict future temperament and behavior. If you choose to give a donation during your adoption of a dog, that donation will not come back to you if your dog does not work out. Even if this is the same day you adopted that dog.
We are rarely able to take back your dog "immediately" for your convenience. Immediate removal demands are selfish and with disregard for our volunteer work. We do not work for you. We are volunteers who help dogs. We are not a boarding kennel, shelter, financial institution or veterinarian. We will not euthanize a dog for you if the dog you adopt ends up having aggression. When you adopt you agree to work with a trainer to resolve these things and work with your vet as well. Your adopted dog is your dog and not our property, therefore we will not handle euthanasia, medical bills or anything else while the dog is your property. If a dog "must be immediately removed" it's your responsibility to pay for boarding that dog if we agree to take the dog back. We will not pay your boarding or any other expenses.
If you are returning your dog to us, assuming we agree to take that dog back into our program, we will only accept your dog at our convenience. Please note that this rescue cannot accept dogs with aggression whether we've never met them before or if the dog displays the behavior after adoption. We will not take back any dog you have adopted who is human or dog aggressive because we cannot.
We do not adopt to homes with children under age 8. Rescue dogs are not appropriate for young children. They have no known history and their mouths are eye level with a child’s face. Adopting a rescue dog to a family with small children is irresponsible at best and can be tragic. Families should understand that children are safest with well bred dogs with a line bred history of temperament so they know their children are safe. We do not have that history and we will not put your child in harms way.
If you have children under age 19, you must sign a waiver of liability when adopting a dog. If a waiver is not provided, a liability release is also on your terms of adoption contract. Signing either of these documents is your agreement to accept all liability from the actions of your dog beginning the moment of signing.
Suggested adoption donations may change at any time or for a particular dog at our discretion for any reason. Puppies, owner turn in dogs purchased from good breeders who are beautiful, temperamentally sound and therefor in demand will bring in much interest. Those dogs pay for the ones who do not and the medical treatment we provide. We will always suggest more of a donation for those dogs.
Dogs with handicaps and special needs have no discount. We hope you understand donations on their behalf help dogs just like them. And we hope you are adopting a special dog without devaluating who that dog is.
We sometimes require training deposits and spay neuter deposits.Training consists of more than a few sessions. In fact it consists of training fully a dog. There is no refund of a training deposit until there is proof your dog is well trained. A canine good citizen certificate is the ultimate proof to us. But there are other ways to show your dog is trained. Spay or neuter certificates are required by law. Deposits help to be certain you and we are complying with that law They are not returned until proof of neuter is provided. We always hope adopters will donate those deposits rather than require them back since we may require all finances at that time.
Our dogs are with us a very short time prior to adoption. They are fostered in our homes allowing us to provide a lay person's observations of health and temperament during the time we have them. Observations are just that. They are not professional evaluations of your adopted dog. Our biographies provide information we’ve been told or observed while with us. That is all they do. Our biographies may not apply to your adopted dog in time as dog behavior can change radically in the weeks after the “shell shock” of rescue. We are not veterinarians nor behaviorists and cannot guarantee health or temperament. When you adopt a rescue dog, you take the risk of health and temperament issues therefore all health costs from the moment you sign your adoption form are yours. All liability is yours as well and you release us from any liability and agree not to accuse of of misrepresention of a dog.
As with all shelters, all liability of anything whatsoever is the adopters alone. You agree you will not take any legal action toward this rescue or any board member for any reason whatsoever related to your adoption of a dog or even injury suffered at the home of a foster of a dog. Anything associated with adopting, visiting, or taking home a dog includes a release of liability to all things surrounding those things.
Should your dog severely injure someone, another dog, a child, resulting in injury or permanent injury, or death, you agree this dog is your property and you are liable from these and any other actions of your dog. You agree not to disparage this rescue for any reason and understand that doing so will result in legal action. Submittal of an application is your agreement to this.
Dogs are altered and vaccinated. They are not always microchipped. If a dog is not microchipped, it’s the adopters responsibility to do so and we ask you to send us documentation that is done.
To complete your application we ask for a $20 donation made via Venmo to IndiLabRescue or PayPal in consideration of the volunteer resources required to process it. We also require low res photos of your yard, fence, kitchen counter, and an interior and exterior image. Images must be small and low res or we cannot process your application and may not notify you due to time limitation in processing others.
If you have questions or do not fully understand these policies, do not submit an application. Your submittal of an application is your agreement to all policies above. It is your responsibility to consult legal assistance and not doing so does not release you from these agreements.
When you submit your application to Indi Lab Rescue, you agree you have read, understand, and agree to accept all of the policies above.
• DON'T COMPLETE IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN UNDER AGE 8. WE CANNOT ADOPT TO YOU.
• There's no guarantee you'll get a dog. We urge you to apply with other rescues and visit shelters.
• We're unpaid volunteers doing our best and may not get to you for awhile - sometimes up to 2 weeks.
1. Select the text below, copy & paste it directly into an e-mail as text. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ATTACHMENTS.
2. Type your answers right next to each question right in your email.
3. We ask you to make a $20 application donation via Venmo to IndiLabRescue or use Paypal from our website.
4. Take photos of: your fencing, gates, yard, kitchen counter, and an inside photo of your home. MAKE SURE THE PHOTOS ARE LOW RES and NO BIGGER THAN 8" EITHER WAY. If your photos are larger than this, we may not get back to you at all as we typically move on to the next application. We are volunteers and we are busy.
We will be in touch with you as soon as we can. Be patient because it may be quite awhile. New applicants rarely get a dog they currently see online because approval will rarely be complete before that dog is adopted.
Application to Adopt
Copy text and paste into the body of an email. Type your answers next to each question. DO NOT send as an attachment please. Send your complete application email@example.com
Name and Spouse/Partners name and age:
Name, age, sex of all 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 large dogs required)
House, Apartment, Townhome?
How many stories is your home? (If If 2-story, are stairs carpeted or hardwood?)
Is your yard fenced? What is height at the lowest point. Do your lock your gates?
Do you have a gardener or pool person? If so, 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?
Where are OUTDOOR garbage cans?
Are there children, grandchildren or visiting children under 8 in home regularly?
Do 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 in home 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 cats do you have and do they have claws? Are they indoor or outdoor?
How many dogs do you have and do they get on with other dogs? Provide breed, age, sex:
Have your dogs fought with other dogs?
Where do your dogs sleep? Be specific:
Do you crate your dogs?
Do you know how to crate train?
Where is your dog when you're out of the house?
Where is your dog when you are away out of town?
YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED DOG:
How many hours a day will your dog be alone without humans?
Can you take your dog to work?
Are you open to color, sex, mix, age, or a bonded pair?
Rescue dogs can have separation anxiety, leash reactiving, dog aggression we don't know about. How will 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?