How to Adopt a Rescue Lab
Click here to watch our Your New Dog educational video series.
Thank you for your interest in adopting a Labrador Retriever. As part of our process of getting to know potential adopters, we have developed the online application form below. You must complete the application and submit it along with a $25 non-refundable application fee which will be applied toward the Adoption Fee if a Lab is adopted through LELRR.
Review your application to ensure that you have provided all requested information. Once we receive both your application and fee we will process your application. Please read and follow the next steps as this will help us complete your application in a timely manner.
1. Contact your vet for information on your current and previous pets. You need to contact your vet/s to authorize the release of your records to us. We will not be able to proceed with your application until we get this information.
2. Contact your personal references. Notify them to expect a call from one of our volunteers. We will not be able to proceed with your application until we speak with them.
3. If you are a renter, we will need to talk to your landlord or see a copy of your lease showing you are allowed to have large dogs.
Once your application is approved you may visit any of our dogs.
**Please note: we have an adoption restriction of no more than 150 miles from Medina, OH and within the US only.
For us to approve an adoption application the applicant must have:
1. All current pets spayed or neutered unless there is a medical reason documented by your vet.
2. Current/recent dogs kept up to date on vaccinations as recommended by their vet, heartworm testing at the frequency recommended by your vet and kept on year-round heartworm preventive medication.
3.The dog must be an indoor only dog and not have outside access when no one is home. We want our pets to be part of the family and to be able to spend time with their people, not be left outside.
4. Provide vet records or a reachable veterinary reference we can contact to verify that your recent/current pets are up to date on their shots and routine medical care.
5. Provide credible, reachable references, who are not related to you and do not live with you.
6. Take the dog to a veterinarian of your choice during the 2-week trial period.
If for any reason you no longer are able to care for your dog, we require that you return the dog to Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue. After the two-week trial period there will be no refund of the adoption fee.
**LELRR reserves the right to decline any applicant that we believe, in our sole opinion, does not meet the standards of our organization. The final decision for any adoption is up to the vote of the rescue’s board of directors. **
A member of Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc has evaluated for correct temperament the dogs that are in our foster care and with private owners who have asked for our help in rehoming their Lab. All LELRR fostered dogs will have a health record. The dogs fostered by LELRR are adopted on a 2 week "trial" basis so that you can determine whether or not the dog really fits into your home. The "Trial Period and Adoption Agreement" is our adoption contract and will accompany the dog. This is a formal contract spelling out the terms and conditions of the Trial Period and Adoption. We urge you to ask any questions that you may have, both now and as they arise in the future.
Our adoption fees for LELRR fostered dogs are as follows:
- Ages 0 - 3: $275
- Ages 4 - 7: $225
- Ages 8 and up: $150.
You will need to speak with the private owners to see what if any adoption fee they have.
We also provide information for Labs that are with other rescue organizations. We support them because they are Labrador Retrievers. These Labs have not been temperament tested by a member of LELRR. You will need to discuss with that rescue what their policies and adoption fees are.
If you are interested in a dog that is with a private owner or another rescue, we encourage you to obtain the health record and try to take the dog out on trial visit prior to finalizing an adoption. Our objective is that these dogs find good homes. We work as closely as possible with the private owners in order to support and coach them in the process of finding new home for their pets. We are not responsible for managing the relationship between the private owner and the prospective adopter, but we exist to be a resource for both parties.
Please note: we have an adoption restriction of no more than 150 miles from Medina, OH and within the US only.
Click on any one of the buttons below to take action now...