Your donation at the time of an adoption is NOT a cost to buy a dog. We are not a dog store selling dogs. We are a rescue. There is no refund of any adoption donation for any reason. The adoption donation helps to assist us in our good work and in consideration of the time and effort of the adoption process itself. Please check with your accountant to find out about charitable donations. Your donation may be tax deductible.
We incur significant expenses in paying shelter redemption fees, veterinary fees, transportation costs, occasional behavioral evaluation fees, and so on, so we ask for an adoption fee for each dog. While some dogs cost less, others cost far more. If we are ever so fortunate to wind up with a surplus of funds on a given dog, those funds automatically go towards rescuing another dog or help offset expenses of existing dogs.
Dogs may have potty accidents, bark, jump, counter surf, chew or require a lot of exercise simply because they are dogs. We ask that you consider what is involved with dog ownership before you adopt a dog. No dog is perfect and even the most mild tempered, obedient and trained dogs create stress in the home initially. This is all part of welcoming a new dog into your life. It is a serious commitment and one that should be exhaustively explored before making. It is therefore very important that the adopter feels that they can commit to the dog they adopt and work with that dog through the myriad training issues that came with any dog that is rescued.
Please do not adopt a dog if you are not prepared to commit to working with that dog. We hope that our no-refund policy will encourage adopters to more seriously consider their decision and will avoid the needless stress a dog must endure when it goes to an adopter and is returned. This is not easy for any rescue dog and our no-refund policy allows us to help adopters avoid creating this kind of stress for a dog in need.
While the fees to adopt a rescued Labrador retriever may be higher that those for a backyard breeder, these fees are significantly lower than the cost of a reputably properly bred dog and serve to promote the rescue of other Labrador Retrievers. Additionally back yard bred dogs tend to develop illnesses and behavioral problems not common in dogs purchased from reputable breeders. Please do not purchase a back yard bred dog or a dog from a pet store. Pet stores only carry puppy mill dogs. These dogs are often sick and purchasing one of these dogs contributes to the cruelty and neglect rampant in puppy mills across the country.
We hope adopters will understand that their adoption donation is not the purchase price for their adopted dog, but rather a donation to our rescue in appreciation for the work we do and the individual work we provide in your case such as spending much time speaking and meeting with you to select a dog. Donations are used to care for all of our rescue dogs and not in any way a reflection of our costs related to any particular animal adopted. All proceeds go directly to the care of all our rescues Labradors and those dogs all have different needs which cost our rescue varying costs.
The following is the adoption donation schedule for dogs:
NOTE: We reserve the right to change our requested adoption donations at any time and to assign a different suggested donation than those listed below to individual dogs as we see fit. Below is an overview and not a guarantee of what we may suggest.
$500-650 Puppies - 2 years. All puppies have first shots. Adopter must boost.
$400-650 Dogs 3 - 8 years
$400 Senior Dogs aged 9 and older
There is not a discount when adopting bonded pair of dogs.
We reserve the right to alter our adoption donation fees at any time, for any reason, for any dog. When we have a particular dog that is in demand with over 20 interested parties, it's likely the adoption donation requested will be higher that listed.
We remind you that you may always contact a good ethical breeder and look into buying a purebred puppy or purchasing a young started dog or even a retired dog. Most of these dogs will be very expensive. That said, if you are looking for a certain type of dog, this can help you find that dog. Additionally it puts in perspective the difference between donations we ask and the cost of buying from a breeder.
ILRR gives vaccinations and provides spay/neuter for dogs over 6 months of age. Spay and neuter of all little baby puppies is the adopter's responsibility and proof of spay and neuter of all puppies must be shown to ILRR within the specified time frame. A spay/neuter agreement would be employed in this situation. We normally implant a microchip. If a microchip is not implanted at the time of adoption, doing so is the adopters responsibility and a chip must be implanted within 2 weeks of adoption at the adopter's expense. The adopter must provide the chip number to ILRR at that time.
Indi Lab Rescue has a mission to save the lives of Retrieving breeds and find them new homes. Rescuing a Retriever is a wonderful way to get the companion you want without contributing financially to puppy mills and backyard breeding and abuse. We support ethical AKC breeders and we hope that if you are looking for a purebred puppy, you will consider an AKC breeder of merit and thus help support the continuance of this wonderful breed. Supporting rescue and/or supporting AKC registered show breeders is the only way to continue our breed ethically.
Each fostered dog may have spent some time in a foster home and most have been given a general exam by a veterinarian. We are therefore able to provide some idea of the health, behavior and temperament of each. However, we are neither veterinarians nor behaviorists and cannot guarantee health, behavior or temperament. As a new owner you should handle your adopted dog cautiously until you're comfortable with the dog's behavior and health. No dog should ever be left unsupervised with children. Once a dog is adopted, that dog and it's actions are the sole responsibility of the adopter. Adoption is complete upon the signing of the Terms of Adoption paperwork.
Unless special circumstances merit exception, all dogs are spayed or neutered and up-to-date on normal vaccinations. Often the dog will also have a rabies vaccine and a microchip, however if the dog does not have one or both of these, it is the adopters responsibility to provide both and submit proof of the same to us within 30 days of adoption.
We incur significant expenses in paying shelter redemption fees, veterinary fees, transportation costs, occasional behavioral evaluation fees, etc, so we request an adoption donation for each dog. While some dogs cost our organization nothing at all, others incur significant resources both financial and otherwise. If we are ever so fortunate to wind up with a surplus of funds, those funds automatically go towards helping to offset all our expenses. Any adoption donation given by an adopter is not a purchase price for a particular dog. It is a donation given to our rescued canines on their behalf and in recognition of the resources expended on your behalf including the adoption itself should you end up adopting a dog.
Additionally, there are absolutely no refunds of adoption donations if the dog is returned to us for any reason. Dogs may have potty accidents, bar, jump, counter surf, chew or require a lot of exercise simply because they are dogs. We ask that you consider what is involved with dog ownership before you adopt a dog. No dog is perfect and even the most mild tempered, obedient and trained dogs create stress in the home initially. This is all part of welcoming a new dog into your life. It is a serious commitment and one that should be exhaustively explored before making. It is therefore very important that the adopter feels that they can commit to the dog they adopt and work with that dog through the myriad training issues that came with any dog that is rescued. Please do not adopt a dog if you are not prepared to commit to working with that dog. We hope that the no-refund policy will encourage adopters to more seriously consider their decision and will avoid the needless stress a dog must endure when it goes to an adopter and is returned. This is not easy for any rescue dog and our no-refund policy allows us to help adopters avoid creating this kind of stress for a dog in need.
While the fees for a rescued Retriever may be higher that those for a backyard breeder, these fees are significantly lower than the cost of a reputably properly bred dog and serve to promote the rescue of other dogs. Additionally back yard bred dogs tend to develop illnesses and behavioral problems not common in dogs purchased from reputable breeders. Please do not purchase a back yard bred dog or a dog from a pet store. Pet stores only carry puppy mill dogs. These dogs are often sick and purchasing one of these dogs contributes to the cruelty and neglect rampant in puppy mills across the country.
APPLICATION TO ADOPT:
• We can not adopt to homes with children under age 7 at this time due to charter issues in the state of California. • We try to respond to applications in a timely fashion. We are a volunteer group and we ask that you give us a week to respond. • We may not have volunteers in your area to conduct home visits so we may not be able to adopt to you. • We may reject your application for any reason and are not required to provide you an explanation. • You must read and agree to our policy above and submission of your application is your agreement. • You must complete an in home interview and give a $20 donation prior to being permitted to adopt.
• There is no guarantee you can adopt a dog. We urge you to apply with other rescues and visit local shelters as well.
Instructions: 1. Copy the text of the application and paste it into an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Type in your answers next to the questions right in your e-mail 3. Hit send!
We will be in touch with you as soon as we can. Please be patient!
Application to Adopt
Do not complete this application until you have read our policy above this application. Have you read and do you fully understand and agree to our policy listed above?
Names and ages of all other family members and their ages.
City, State, and Zip code:
Do you have a Spouse or partner?
Have you applied with any another rescue?
If so which:
Have you had a home visit by another rescue?
If so list rescue name and when a home visit was done:
How long at current address:
If less than 1 year what was previous address:
Rent or Own? (Proof of ownership or landlord permission to own large dogs required at home visit)
House, Apartment, Townhome?
How many stories is your home?
If a two story home, describe your stairs: Do they have a landing? Are they carpeted? Are the bedrooms all upstairs or downstairs, etc. We need to understand your staircase to better determine which dogs can navigate your situnation.
Describe your home and yard:
Is your yard fenced? If so is it fenced in front and/or back?
What is your fence height at lowest point in front and in back?
Do you have gates? If so, are they locked? Do latches operate properly?
What is the lowest height of your gate(s)?
Do you have a gardener? Does he or she enter your gates?
Where is your dog when your gardener is there?
Do you have a pool? Is it fenced?
Do you have a doggie door?
What do you normally keep on your kitchen counters including any food items?
Where do you keep your indoor kitchen garbage can and can a dog access it?
Where do you keep your outdoor gargage cans and can a dog access them?
Does every single person in your household want a new dog?
Is your spouse/partner on board with the committment to a new dog or is this mostly your idea?
Do you have any in home family members including children who have special needs?:
Is anyone in your home on the Autism specturm, handicapped, or ederly or have any other health or special conditions that will help us find you the right dog for your household?
Do you have minor grandchildren who visit? if so, what are their ages?:
Does anyone else visit your home who brings minor children and if so what are their ages?
Have your children and/or grandchildren or other regularly visiting minor children been exposed to large breed dogs?
Will you allow children or grandchildren to walk your new dog?
Is anyone in your home afraid of large breed dogs or had bad experiences with dogs?
Has anyone in your family ever sustained a dog bite or snap? If so please explain in detail what happened.
If so, was a dog bite report filed? If so, where is that dog now? For example, was a dog euthenized? please elaborate in detail.
Have you or anyone in your family ever adoped a dog before? If so, from whom or where? Please list all.
Have you or a family member ever returned, surrendered to rescue or a shelter, or personally rehomed a dog you adopted or bough? If so why? Please explain in detail.
Are you or any member of your family allergic to dogs?
How physically fit would your describe yourself to be?
Can you can walk a strong Large Labrador for a minimum of one hour each day - even a puller?
Can you lift a Labrador into your car? If not, how will you get your dog into your vehicle for the vet or dog park, etc.?
How will you provide for your dog(s) in the event of your death?
Do you share a fence with a neighbor who has a dog? If so, have you discussed adopting a new dog with them? Has this ever presented an issue in the past?
YOUR CURRENT ANIMALS
Do you have cats? if so how many? Do they have ALL CLAWS? Are they neutered? Indoor or outdoor? Are they used to living with dogs?
Do you have dogs? How many?
List separately below each dog's name, AGE, SEX, and BREED and if each dog is spayed/neutered and gets along well with other dogs?
Does anyone regularly visit you with their dogs? If so, list SIZE, AGE, PERSONALITY of each dog. Are all of these visiting dogs neutered same as question above.
Where does your current dog(s) sleep? Inside, outside, in your bed, in their own bed on the floor, in another room, upstairs, downstairs, garage, etc. Please be specific so we can let you know more about the dog you are adopting and how they will do in a garage or laundry room for example.
Do you crate your dog(s)?
Do you keep your dog in your yard or a crate while you are out? Do you have a doggie door? Free access to the home is fine for a dog after they are aclimated to your home.
What brand of food do you feed your current dog(s) and who does the feeding?
Have any of your dogs gotten into fights with other dogs? If so please elaborate.
Do you consent to having us speak with your current Veterinarian (provide name and phone #)?
Are all your animals up to date on vaccinations?
YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED DOG:
We are a breed rescue and typically only bring in aparently purebred Labradors and Golden Retrievers with the occasional deviation. That said,:
Are you open to a male or female?
Are you open to a mix or a different breed like a Golden Retriever or other dog?
Are you looking for a baby puppy? We rarely have purebred Lab or Golden puppies. If you are looking for a baby puppy, we can provide outstanding breeder references or you can visit the AKC.com to look for a breeder of Merit.
Please list the age range dog you are considering:
Are you open to other ages? And if so please be specific about this.
Are you looking for a pair of dogs?
Are you ready to take on training, inconvenience, sleepless nights, potty accidents, pulling on leash, fear, and other common attributes of rescued dogs and work with them as they acclimate to your home?
Per above, what inconveniences are you NOT willing to work through? Housebreaking, Sleepless nights, etc. Be specific:
Do you realize that a new adopted dog in your home is one of the most stressful experiences in life and can be frustrating and challenging before the new dog settles in?
Knowing this, how long do you reasonably expect the challenging transition period of adoption to last?
What if the transition is much more challenging and lasts longer that expected?
Are you prepared to go through a good two weeks of frustration as your new dog fits into your home?
How many TOTAL hours a day will your dog be alone without humans? If you work full time and come home for lunch, your dog is alone a total of more than 8 hours so be specific. For example: " my dog is alone 4 hours without humans as I come home for lunch, however the total time alone weekdays is 9 hours per day."
Where will your dog be while you are gone (crate, yard, dog run, daycare, in house)?
Do you have or will you purchase a crate? Do you know how to crate train? Do you realize that the safest way to transition a dog is to have that dog sleep in a crate in your bedroom and then utilize that crate as your dogs safe place when you are out?
Do you understand that no new dog should be given free access to the home when you are gone for their own safety? How will you handle this if your newly adopted dog is destructive, young, and requires limited access for the next year or so?
Can you take your dog to work with you?
Who will exercise dog and how? How much time do you have each day for exercise?
How active would you like your dog to be (couch potato, high energy running partner)?
How dog savvy are you? How much do you know about training a dog?
Do you have a dog park nearby?
Where will your new be when you are out of town?
Do you have a pet sitter or dog walker? Are you willing to use doggie daycare during transition?
If your new dog is initially more challenging than expected or has issues (separation anxiety, barking, higher energy, potty accidents, leash reactivity) how will you handle this?
If the transition presents such challenges would you prefer to quickly return the dog and look for a different dog who is more instantly compatible with your desires?
Will you commit to training or training classes with your new dog to resolves more complex issues?
Almost every rescue dog will require some training. How much training and time are you willing to commit to? Do you realize almost all rescue dogs have potty accidents in a new home? How will you resolve potty accidents in the house?
If your new dog destroys something in your home, how will you handle this? For example: chewing a cell phone or remote. chewing on drapery. scratching at and damaging a screen door to get inside.
How will you handle acclimating your new dog to your house and it's contents for the first few weeks?
Do you agree and understand that our biographies of dogs describe the dogs personality and behavior while in an experienced foster home and that we cannot predict how the dog will act or transition into your home?
Do you realize that transitioning a dog into a new home is a challenge and that as foster we are able to easily do this. You may have far more challeneges which requires more research, work, patience, and possibly hiring a trainer to assist you?
Because we do not sell dogs, your donation to us at the time of any home visit or meeting of a dog is not refundable for any reason?
We do not sell dogs and adoption meetings require much time and effort for our volunteer rescue. Donations given do not consitute a purchase price for a dog. Do you agree?
Do you realize you are not purchasing a dog and as such if you return a dog to us for any reason whatsoever you will not get your donation refunded?
Labs - even many senior Labs - need at least ONE HOUR of exercise every single day. Are you committed to this?
What will you do if your new dog requires more exercise than that?
Personal References (include phone #s)
PLEASE ANSWER YES OR NO TO THE FOLLOWING:
Do you realize that Retrievers are high energy working dogs who require more exercise than many other breeds?
Are you at least 18 years of age?
Do you consent to a pre-adoption home inspection and a $20 donation to be made at the time of that inspection?
Do you realize that doing a home inspection does not a guarantee you will be able to adopt a dog from us ?
Do you consent to a post adoption visit by appointment to assure that everything is going well?
Do you agree to return your adopted dog to us if you are unable to keep this dog for any reason?
Do you understand that we may reject your application for any reason whatsoever and are not required to provide a reason?
Do you understand that we cannot possibly know everything about the health or behavioral traits of any dog and that you bear the responsibility of choosing to adopt your dog?
Do you understand that we are an all volunteer, not-for-profit rescue with significant expenses and that we cannot and do not refund adoption donations for any reason?
We are not a "dog store" selling dogs. Do you agree that any donation you give to us is not a purchase price for a dog but your intended donation in consideration of our rescues canines and expending time and resources on your behalf including visiting our dogs, reviewing applications, performing the service of any adoption if one should occur, etc. and is therefore not refundable?
Thank you for considering rescuing a Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, or other Retrieving Breed!
Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of Southern California a 501c3 Non Profit Corporation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of retrieving breeds