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 the terrible backyard breeding problem and the abuse that exists for these wonderful dogs. We do support ethical breeders of merit 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.
Each fostered dog may have spent at least a week in a foster home and will have been given a general exam by a veterinarian. We are therefore able to provide some idea of the health and temperament of each. However, we are neither veterinarians nor behaviorists and cannot guarantee either soundness 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, and so on, so we ask for an adoption fee for each dog. While some dogs cost our organization less, others cost us 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. The adoption fee paid by the adopter is not for a particular dog. It is a fee for the adoption itself.
Additionally, unless there are special circumstance involving health, there are absolutely no refunds of adoption fees to an adopter 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 do not adopt to homes with children under age 7 for legal and liability reasons beyond our control. • 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 do not always have volunteers in your area who can conduct home visits. As such, we may not be able to get to you for some time if at all. • We may reject your application for any reason and are not required to provide you one. • READ the policy above. If you have questions ask. Your submission of your application is your agreement to our policies. • A home visit must take place before you can meet any of our dogs. There is a $20 home visit fee payable at the time of the visit.
• There is no guarantee you will have the oportunity to adopt a dog. There are more applicants that dogs available so we urge you to apply with other rescues as well and to visit local shelters to broaden you search for the right family pet.
Instructions: 1. Copy the text of the application and paste it into an e-mail to email@example.com 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 all policy statements on our application/fees page above this application. Have you read and do you fully understand and agree to these policies?
City, State, and Zip code:
Do you have a Spouse or partner?
Have you applied with any another rescue?
If so which:
Have you been home-checked by another rescue?
If so which?
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?
Describe your home and yard:
Is your yard fenced? Front and back?
What is your fence height at lowest point in front and in back?
Are fence gates locked? Do latches operate properly?
Do you have a pool? Is it fenced?
Do you have a doggie door?
What do you normally keep on your kitchen counters?
Where do you keep your garbage can and is it covered? Can a dog access it?
Does everyone in the household want a dog? Is anyone on the fence?
Is your spouse/partner on board to commit to a new dog or is this mostly your idea?
Do you have children? (please list ages):
Do you have grandchildren who visit? What are their ages and how often do they visit:
Have your children been exposed to large breed dogs?
Will you allow your children to walk your new dog?
Has anyone in your family ever sustained a dog bite?
Are you or any member of your family allergic to animals or dander? describe:
Who are the frequent human visitors to your home? Any little children?
How often do these dogs visit?
Have you ever returned a dog you adopted and why?
YOUR CURRENT ANIMALS
Do you have cats? Indoor or outdoor?
Are your cats used to living with dogs?
Do your cats have their claws?
Do you have dogs? How many? Please describe each dog:
What is the sex of each dog living in your home and are they spayed/neutered?
What is the age of each dog living with you?
Where does you current dog sleep?
Do you keep your dog in your yard while you are out?
Describe any dogs who visit your home - big, little, alpha, playful, etc:
Person responsible for feeding and care of dog:
What do you feed your current animals? Is it grain free?
Have you owned a dog before? If so were they a large breed?
Where are they now?
Have you ever adopted and returned a dog and why?
Under what circumstances would you return a dog?
Under what circumstances would you euthanize a dog?
Current Veterinarian (provide name and phone #)?
YOUR NEW DOG:
Do you prefer a female or male? Or are you open to either?
Do you prefer a purebred Lab or Golden? Are you open to a mix?
Do you have a color preference? Are you open to all colors?
What is the maximum age of dog you will adopt?
What is the minimum age of dog you will adopt?
What kind of dog would fit best with your family? Please describe.
What inconveniences do you expect during the transition period after adopting?
What if the transition period is much more challenging than expected?
How many hours per day will your dog be alone without humans?
Where will your dog be while you are at work? (Yard, Dog Run, Daycare, in house)?
Where will your new dog sleep?
Do you have a crate or will you purchase a crate if you need to?
Who will exercise dog and how will you exercise your dog?
How much exercise time do you have each day for exercise?
How active would you like your dog to be (couch potato, running partner, medium-high energy, Medium-low energy)?
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 dog be when you are out of town?
Do you have a pet sitter or dog walker?
What will you do if your new dog has issues you didn’t expect or desire like anxiety or leash reactivity, etc.?
Will you commit to training classes with your new dog to resolves the issues or will you return the dog?
How will you resolve potty accidents in the house?
How will you correct your dog if they destroy something of value or do something you don’t like?
Labs need at least an hour of exercise every single day. What will you do if your new dog requires more exercise than that?
Personal Reference (include phone #)
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 is not a guarantee of getting a dog?
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?
Do you understand that we are not a "dog store" selling dogs and that any adoption donation given is not the purchase price for a dog but a donation for expending time and resources on your behalf, performing the service of the application, home visit and adoption itself 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