Currently we are not accepting new applications, due to the overwhelming amount of applications submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This influx of applications has caused an imbalance between  incoming dogs and  approved applications.


Adoption Process

For additional information, please visit our FAQ page

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.

  • 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 that particular dog if we have approved applicants ahead of you on the 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:

  • You will be assigned an approval date and added to our approved adopter's list.

  • Your approval date will stay in effect for up to 1 year 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.

  • To reactivate your application, you must contact LRGR. At that time, you 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

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

  • 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.

Adoption Contract





  • $300.00 for dogs under 9 years of age

  • $225.00 for dogs 9 years and older

  • $500.00 for a bonded pair

  • 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 Homecheck:

  • You will be contacted around one month after adoption by one of our homecheck volunteers to set up a home visit.

  • The home visit is intended to support you and your canine addition.

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

Submit an Adoption Application

If you are unable to complete our online application, you can download and print our application and submit via email.

Download & Print Adoption Application

Registering Your Microchip


What is a microchip?
A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. The microchip itself is also called a transponder.

If your pet has a microchip implanted by LRGR,  you will need to register the chip with Fetch-ID

After registration, you will be able to complete your pet's profile, update your contact information at any time, upload a photo, enter medical information, and add an alternative contact all online. This information links your pet to you so that he or she can be returned home safely.

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