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
Have you read our policy above and do you fully understand and agree to same?
Names and ages of all other family members and their ages.
City, State, and Zip code:
Please list both your and your spouse's occupation:
Have you applied with any another rescue and if so who?
Have you had a home visit by another rescue? If so when and by whom?
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. Please verify your lease permits dogs of up to 100 lbs. Labradors weigh at least 65 lbs or more)
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, pool person, etc. who comes in your gates, and if so where is your dog on those days?
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 garbage 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?:
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?
Has anyone in your home been snapped at or bitten by a dog? If so was a bite report filed and where is that dog now?
Have you ever returned, surrendered to rescue or a shelter, or personally rehomed a dog you adopted or bought? If so why?
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.?
Who will care for your dog(s) in the unfortunate 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 when out?
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:
Are you set on only a male or female or are you open to either sex?
Would you consider a mix?
Are you looking for a baby puppy? If so, you may apply but we rarely have purebred puppies. If you are set on a purebred puppy, please visit the AKC.com to look for a breeder.
What age range will you consider and are you open to a senior?
Are you open to a pair of dogs?
Rescue dogs typically require leash and other training, keep you up nights, have potty accidents, and other inconveniences for a minimum of 2 weeks. Are you ready and willing to commit to this transition period even if it is longer and more challenging than expected? If not, please tell us what you are open to.
How many hours a day will your dog be alone without humans?
Where will your dog sleep and where will your dog be while you are gone (crate, yard, dog run, daycare, in house)?
Do you have a crate? Do you know how to crate train?
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 high energy can your dog be? (jogging partner? Couch potato? Think of exercise):
How dog savvy are you? How much do you know about training a dog?
Do you have a dog park nearby?
Do you have a pet sitter or dog walker? And where will your dog be when you are out of town?
Are you willing to use doggie daycare during the transition period?
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?
Will you commit to training or training classes with your new dog to resolves more complex issues?
Almost every rescue dog will require training. Are you committed to training your new dog?
How will you handle acclimating your new dog to your house and its contents for the first few weeks?
Biographies of our dogs reflect our observations during the short while in our care. Do you agree and understand that we cannot predict nor be responsible for a dogs future behavior once adopted?
We do not sell dogs. Do you agree that your donation at the time of adoption is reflective of the time and service we provide, not the purchase price for a dog and as such are non-refundable for any reason?
Are you committed to at least one hour or more of vigorous exercise each day to keep your Labrador calm?
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 can't possibly know everything about health or behavior of any dog and that you bear the responsibility of choosing to adopt your dog?
We are a volunteer, non-profit rescue. We do not sell dogs. Do you agree that your adoption donation whould you adopt is not a purchase price for a dog but a donation in consideration of our work, resources on your behalf including visiting our dogs, reviewing applications, performing any adoptions, etc. and is not refundable for any reason?
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