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!

We are accepting Applications for Jack. Please email :

We are accepting applications for our special needs dogs. These dogs have a light blue tag next to their picture.

COVID-19 Meet and Greet Changes

Due to the recent developments regarding the spread of Novel Coronavirus in our communities, Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond is implementing several changes to meet and greet procedures to protect our adopters, volunteers, and our community. We are implementing the following procedures for the foreseeable future:



The meet and greet should only be set up if both parties are well and do not display any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

  • Meet and Greets must be held outside the home. This can be in the front yard, in the street or at a neutral location.

  • Maintain the 6 ft social distancing at all times.

  • You may want to wear gloves and a mask at the meet and greet.

  • Applicants must come with their own leash. The applicant must use their own leash to walk the dog.

  • Contracts must be filled out on the adopter's device. Our contract is mobile friendly, and payment will be taken through PayPal. The contract will redirect the adopter to pay with a credit card, no PayPal account needed.

  • At this time, we are not accepting cash or checks.

With cold and flu season, as well as allergy season in full swing for Virginians, we want to help ensure that everyone remains safe and healthy. Just because someone feels sick does not mean they are infected with COVID-19. For detailed information about this virus, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and read the detailed information that is available. 

As a rescue we have the important job of helping the animals in our care find loving forever homes. In these difficult times, an amazing dog can bring comfort and happiness to families. We are dedicated to our jobs and the safety of our volunteers and our community. Please stay healthy and safe, and help us prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus in our community.

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.


We are accepting applications for our special needs dogs. These dogs have a light blue tag next to their picture.

We are accepting Applications for Scout. Please email :

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The goal of Lab Rescue of Greater Richmond has always been to care for our canine counterparts, We are a small, local organization entirely composed of, and run by volunteers. We are a small group taking big steps! Now, with 2019 over, we would like to paws and brag a bit. In 2019 we found 126 labs their happily ever after homes! 126 wagging tails! 126 smiling families! Countless happy moments and memories!

First step, submit an application to surrender. 
Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by our Owner Surrender volunteer.
Our volunteer will call and discuss your situation and the possibility of re-homing your Lab.
 A dog evaluation is required. We will  tes for friendliness with other dogs and people. If your dog is aggressive, we will not be able to help re-home your dog. 
If your Lab passes the evaluation, we will begin working to find a great match for your Lab. 

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We are accepting Applications for Roxy and Abbie. Please email :


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*In need of a foster to adopt*




Must Know:

  • Harker, black female, 2-3 yrs old, 65.5 lbs.

  • Kids 10+

  • Cat friendly/okay with cats

  • Dog friendly - gets along best with male dogs

  • Medium energy

  • Heartworm positive

  • Looking for a Foster to Adopt

Meet Harker!

I am a beautiful black lab girl, about 3 years old, looking for a foster family to welcome me into their home furever!

If interested and already approved, please contact your Adoption Coordinator about this dog. If interested and you do not have an approved application, please email