Adoption Process

For additional information, please visit our FAQ page


 Applications are Temporarily Closed:

Over the last few months we, along with other shelters and rescues, have seen an overwhelming interest in adopting dogs. This is absolutely amazing considering there are so many dogs in need of adoption! However, we have a limited number of dogs available for adoption and a long list of applicants who have already been approved to adopt. As a result, we are putting a temporary hold on accepting new adoption applications at this time. We are sorry to make potential adopters sad, but please know having more adopters than dogs available is the absolute best type of challenge to have! 


In the meantime, we'll continue to showcase our incoming dogs on our website, fb and IG so already approved adopters can see them and notify their Adoption Coordinator of their interest. We also love sharing them so you can follow along and celebrate with us the joy of rescuing Labs in need and finding them their new forever home!  

Please check back regularly for updates as we hope to reopen the application process as soon as possible! Stay safe and healthy!

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




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

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