We rescue, rehab medically at substantial cost, foster, and work with dogs in the goal of finding forever homes.
When you meet and choose to adopt one of our dogs, your donation given is not a purchase price as we are not a dog store. As a rescue there are no refunds for donations for any reason. We foster dogs in our homes with our famiies, often at great inconvenience to save or better their lives. Donations enable this good work.
While some dogs require little financial resources, others require significantly more. Donations apply to our dogs as a whole.
Do not adopt if you cannot commit to a dog no matter it's issues. All rescue dogs will have issues. We hope non-refundable donations discourage "trying out" dogs and weed out those who can't afford a dogs care. Our dogs endure too much to be returned after a "try out". It caused major stress and regression for that dog and undoes our schedule of intake dogs in shelters who's lives are on the line. Your return means another dog is not saved.
We cannot and will not accept back a dog "immediately" for your convenience. Immediate removal demands are selfish and with disreguard for the dogs wellbeing. You must wait until a foster home is available. If immediate removal is required, an adopter must board a dog at their expense until we can accomodate that dogs return. should you abandon a dog as a means of forcing us into action, you will be reported for abandonment. By submitting an application you agree to this.
Adoption donations drive out greedy back yard breeding of dogs who should never be bred. Labradors from ethical show breeders who provide health and orthopedic clearances, are not the problem, they are the solution. If you don't go that route, adoption is the second best choice. Buying cheap dogs off craigslist for a discount is unethical, encourages back yard breeding and the inherrant disease and shelter dumps requiring rescue. Step up and pay what a dog costs. Doing otherwise is selfish and immoral.
We do not adopt to homes with young children under 8. Rescue dogs are not appropriate for young children. They have no history and their mouths are eye level with a childs face. Adopting a rescue dog if you have a young child puts your child at risk.
Donations may change at any time or for a particular dog at our discretion. Our suggested donations above are a guide. In demand, dogs who require very little work and are the youngest most beautiful dogs will have a line around the block of applicants. in that case we will raise a suggested adoption donation in order to support our old and sick dogs who are supported by these desireable dogs.
Just because a dog has an issue and requires training does not mean their is a "discount' for that dog. Suggesting this is a red flag that you will seek cut-rate training or no training at all. All rescued Labs need training and all have issues. If you want a dog withoutn issues you will need to see a hobby show breeder where you actually can get a perfect dog through generations of known proven temperament and conformation. These are rescue dogs. Please respect them.
$700 and up Puppies are those of 8 weeks to 2 years. Labs are puppies for 2 full years unlike other breeds. They are not mature, full grown physically or emotionally until that time.
$600 and up Young Dogs 3 - 5
$450 - $600 Dogs 5-7 years
$350 - $450 Dogs 8 years to older seniors who require the highest expenses.
S/neuter and training agreements require proof to us. Training consists of more than a few sessions. Adopters must grant permission to speak with a trainer prior to training deposit returns. Not everyone calling themselves a trainer is.
Our dogs are fostered by us as volunteers in our homes allowing us to provide only our untrained observations of health and temperament. We are not veterinarians nor behaviorists and do not and cannot guarantee health and termpament. When you adopt a rescue dog, you take on the risk of health and temperament issues and we, as non-professionals cannot be held responsible. Expenses and liability of any and all actions is yours alone. Submittal of this application is your agreement to this.
Adopters agree to release Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of SoCal, it's board members, vendors, agents, volunteers, or any associates of any and all liability or claims resulting from or related to a dogs actions beginning the moment a "Terms of Adoption" contract is signed by them when at such time the dog becomes the adopters real property. Adopters agree to not seek damages, sue, claim negligence on our part, or claim any tort (such as pain and suffering) of Independent Labrador Retriever Rescue of SoCal relating in any way to their adopted dog or it's actions or health. Submittal of your application is your agreement to this stipulation.
Dogs are altered, vaccinated, and usuallly microchipped. If a dog is not provided any of these, it is the adopters responsibility to do so and provide proof of same. We will advise you if anything is not provided.
To complete your application you must submit a $20 application donation to be made via Venmo, PayPal or before a home visit begins to that volunteer conducting it. If an application donation is not received, the application is considered incomplete and not able to be approved.
If you have quesitons or do not fully understand the above, do not submit an application until you have consulted with your attorney or recieved legal assistance. Your submittal of the application below is your agreement to everything stated herein.
Your submittal of an application to Indi Lab Rescue is your agreement to all policies and stipulations 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.
• If we've no one to home check you, we can't adopt to you. We accept home checks from other rescues willing to share.
• The submission of your application means you agree to all above and wish to move forward.
• A $20 donation is required for approval via Venmo, Paypal, or PRIOR to your home visit at the time of the visit.
1. Select all text below, copy and paste it directly into an e-mail as text. WE CANNOT ACCEPT ATTACHMENTS
2. Type your answers right next to each questions right in your email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
SELECT TEXT BELOW, COPY, PASTE IN EMAIL & TYPE ANSWERS NEXT TO QUESTIONS.
Submittal of this application to us is your agreement to everything on this page. Please read everything before you submit.
Don't complete if you have children under age 8.
Name and Spouses name:
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 and if If 2-story, describe stairs - carpeted, have a landing?
Is your yard fenced and what is the height at the lowest point including gates. Do gates lock?
Do you have a gardener etc.? 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 7 in home regularly?
Do you allow your young children/grandchildren 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?
Where is your dog when you're out or on vacation?
YOUR NEWLY ADOPTED DOG:
How many hours a day will new dog be alone? can you take your dog to work?
Are you open to color, sex, mix?
Are you open to age?
Are you open to a bonded pair?
Rescue dogs can have separation anxiety, leash reactiving, etc. Will you resolve with a trainer or will you return a dog?
How and how long will you exercise your dog and who will do it?
How high energy can your dog be? jogging partner? Couch potato? Be specific.
Do you have a pet sitter, dog walker or doggie daycare for transition?
Donations during 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 realize a home visit doesn'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?
Do you consent to having us speak with your Veterinarian (provide name and phone #)?