How long should I expect to wait to hear a response?

a. Depending on the volunteer availability in your area, you should expect to hear a response from a volunteer within 7 working days.

How long will it be before my dog is accepted into the program?

a. If your dog meets the qualifications for the program and your evaluation goes well, your dog may be accepted into the program based on available foster home space at the given moment. The typical placement time is within 3 weeks, but this varies area to area.

Is my dog guaranteed acceptance into the program?

a. No, there is no guaranteed acceptance into the program. Acceptance into the program is based on eligibility, evaluation and animal temperament factors.

Does the dog need to be a purebred Labrador to be accepted?

a. Yes, the dog does need to be a Labrador, although breeding papers are not necessary to determine eligibility.

What do I need to complete the online application?

a. Please have all of your dogs information, including veterinary information paperwork available for the application. We will also ask you for recent photos and information about the animals temperament, habits and personality. The application will take between 20-30 minutes of your time and we ask you to be as specific as possible.

Is there a fee for surrendering a dog to LRROF?

a. Yes, there is a non-refundable $190.00 surrender placement fee that is payable upon acceptance of your animal into the program. There is no fee to apply.

Does my dog need to be updated on all its shots and vaccinations?

a. Yes, your animal should be up to date on all of their shots and vaccinations. This will speed up the eligibility process. We require proof of vaccinations, such as your animals medical records.

I cannot afford to take my dog to update its vaccinations – what can I do?

a. There are low cost vaccination clinics in many cities. Please check with your local shelter or pet supply store, as they keep calendars of such events. In addition, your local shelter may offer discounted vaccination programs for low income or cash strapped residents.

Does my dog need to be spayed or neutered?

a. No, it is not a requirement to be eligible. However, it speeds up the eligibility process. All adopted dogs are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes, however.

I am out of time and cannot wait to surrender my dog. What are my options?

a. You may check with other all-breed rescue groups in your area for space considerations. Please also consider your local animal shelter, Human Society or ASPCA. Tour their facility and speak with the volunteers and staff and find a location you are comfortable with.

What happens to my dog once its surrendered to LRROF?

a. First, your dog will be evaluated by a Lab Rescue veterinarian to make sure everything has been taken care of. Once that is complete, your dog is placed in a foster home that matches its temperament and personality. It will be evaluated by a volunteer  and represented by Lab Rescue to approved families who are looking to adopt. Once the right match is found, they will be placed in their new permanent residence.

Can I visit with my dog in its new home?

a. Unfortunately not. We do not release the names of our adoptive families or the locations of our dogs once they are placed. It may also be confusing for your dog, as it has adjusted to life with its new family.

I don’t want to give up my dog – but I cannot afford to keep it. What can I do?

a. If its simply a matter of affordability, there are many options for finding low/no cost food and affordable veterinary care. Income eligibility requirements may need to be met, but individual programs may vary their requirements. Please send us a message for more information using our Contact form.

I’ve found a stray. What should I do?

a. Local codes and ordinances vary from county to county. However, the first rule of thumb is report a found dog/stray to your local animal services or county shelter.That is the first place an owner will typically report their animal lost. They will also be able to give you advice on either turning it in to the shelter or holding onto it until the owner reclaims it. Lab Rescue cannot accept strays until the codes or ordinances has determined that ownership has been relinquished. We work with local shelter partners who contact us when a stray has been found that meets the genera eligibility for the program and who has been labeled as unclaimed.

I have not heard from a volunteer. What should I do?

a. Please be patient. Due to the overwhelming amount of requests we receive, it does take us some time to process them all. If its been greater than 10 working days, you may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to follow up on your request.

My dog was evaluated by Lab Rescue but determined ineligible. What should I do?

a. You may check with other all-breed rescue groups in your area for space considerations. Please also consider your local animal shelter, Human Society or ASPCA. Tour their facility and speak with the volunteers and staff and find a location you are comfortable with.