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Adoption Process

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Application Process


LRGR requires all applicants to submit a $25 non-refundable application fee.

  • This fee will be collected at the end of submitting the adoption application.

  • The application fee does not guarantee an adoption or approval of your application.

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

  • The application fee goes directly to medical and training expenses.

The application process may take a couple of weeks to complete, so please be patient while we do our best to find a perfect match for your family.

Please understand that we have a waiting list for adoptions. If you are applying for a specific dog, you may not be able to meet the dog of interest due to the wait list.

Phone interview

Let's Talk

A phone interview will be conducted by one of our Adoption Coordinators.

  • All adults in the household will be interviewed. This interview is to help us get to know you and answer any questions you may have about our process.

Once approved:

  • Your approval date will stay in effect as long as you are actively communicating with your assigned Adoption Coordinator.

  • If there is no communication for 6 months or more, your application will become inactive.

  • If you have not found your perfect match within 2 years, you will need to resubmit an application for our records. 

  • To reactivate your application, you must contact LRGR, where you will be assigned a new approval date.

  • If you have adopted from LRGR within 2 years and want to add another dog, you must contact your AC to let them know you are interested in adopting again and will be assigned a new approval date.




Veterinary and Reference checks:

  • LRGR requires a positive report from your current or past veterinarian.

  • Proof of  vaccines including Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Distemper, Rabies.

  • Annual wellness exams

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Consistent use of Heartworm Prevention

  • Cats must have an updated Rabies vaccine

Your Adoption Coordinator will also speak with your personal references.

Let's find the right Lab for you

Find me

a Match

When a match is found:

  • Once approved you will be added to the "Approved Adopters List". Your AC will work with you to find the right dog for your family. When there is a dog that is of interest to you, your AC will add you to the "Interested Apps List". We will review all applications for the interested dog. We look at approval date as well as best match for the dog.

  • Once referred, the potential adopter will have 24 hours to contact the foster family to set up a time for all family members, including children and other dogs in the home, to meet the Lab. We do not hold dogs, so once referred, be ready to meet.

  • Adopters have 10 days from time of referral to meet a dog. If your schedule does not allow you to be able to meet a dog within the allotted time, then LRGR will move on to the next interested applicant.

  • All members of the potential adopters family (dogs included) who live in the home must go to the Meet & Greet at the foster’s home. Our fosters are located throughout the state of Virginia. 

  • On the meeting day, please come prepared to adopt. Adoptions are first-come first-serve. If you choose not to adopt, then the Lab is available for the next referral. Despite this rule, you should never adopt if you have reservations.  

  • During the meet and greet, a Lab Rescue representative must believe a positive match is made in order to complete the adoption.

  • The adoption contract and payment will be expected at the conclusion of the meet and greet. If it is not a perfect match, we will continue searching for your ideal Lab.

  • Adopters will need to bring a collar, leash, and ID tag.

Adoption Contract




Fees: Adoption Fees are non-refundable. Adoption fees are collected through PayPal. Payment will be made through our online contract. 

  • $300.00 for dogs 8 and under

  • $400 for dogs under 9 months of age that are not spayed or neutered at time of adoption, includes a $100 spay/ neuter deposit

  • $225.00 for dogs 9 years and older

  • $500.00 for a bonded pair under 9 

  • Seniors for Seniors (Seniors 60+ adopting dogs 9+) $175

  • Military  Discount $50 off (Proof of service required, Active or Prior service) 

  • Only One Discount Per Adoption

Application Process

Post Adoption


Post Adoption Follow-up:

  • You will be contacted around one month after adoption by one of our post adoption volunteers to set up a phone conversation .

  • The phone call is intended to support you and your canine addition.

  • The call will last about 30 minutes. This is an opportunity for us to answer your questions, provide training advice and to make sure the adoption is a success.

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