Adoption Process

Thank you for considering adopting a Labrador Retriever! LRGR is a non-profit organization that rescues and re-homes Labs in Richmond and the surrounding areas. This page is to guide you through the application process.

The process may take a couple of weeks to complete, so please be patient while we do our best to find a perfect match for all of the Labs in our care.

All of our Labs are up to date on all vaccines and are on heartworm preventative. Dogs over 6 months are spayed/neutered. Puppies under 6 months require a spay/neuter deposit. The new adoptive family is responsible for the puppy's spay/neuter at 6 months of age.


The adoption process requires an approved application, signed contract, and non-refundable adoption fee of $300.00 for dogs under 9 years of age, $225.00 for dogs 9 years and older, and $500.00 for a bonded pair.

After submitting your application online, you will be contacted through email within 7 days by an Adoption Coordinator.



  • The first step is to submit an Application.

  • Adopters must be at least 21 years old.

  • A phone interview will be conducted by one of our Adoption Coordinators. All adults in the household will be interviewed together or separately. 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. You then will be assigned a new approval date.

  • An Adoption Coordinator will work with approved applicants to find a Lab who meets the needs of the family as well as the needs of the Lab.

  • When a match is found, the adopter will have 48 hours to contact the foster family in order to set up a time for all family members, including children and other dogs in the home, to meet the potential 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 withing 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.

  • Adopters will need to bring a collar, leash, and ID tag. If the perfect match is found, the adopter should adopt on site. A contract and payment will be expected at that time. If it is not a perfect match, we will continue searching for your ideal Lab.

  • After an adoption, you can expect a phone call from our follow-up coordinator and a home visit.

  • There can sometimes be a waiting list for Labs, so submit your application first.

  • Specific questions about a particular Lab will be answered by your Adoption Coordinator.

  • We do not adopt out siblings in our puppy litters to the same home.

Seniors for Seniors

Seniors for Seniors is a program for our applicants 60 years old and up. Once approved, you may adopt a senior Lab (9 years old and up) at $50 off the adoption fee. All other aspects of applying and approval are required. We encourage you to open your home to a senior Lab who would love to walk with you, be a companion for you, and in return, be loved and cared for.

V.I.P. (Very Important Patriots) Program

All active and non-active military personnel will receive $50 off the current adoption fee. Proof of eligibility required. All other aspects of applying and approval are required.

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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