Surrendering FAQ

a. Depending on the volunteer availability in your area, you should expect to hear a response from a volunteer within 4 working days.
a. If your dog meets the qualifications for the program and your evaluation goes well, your dog may be accepted into the program based on available foster home space at the given moment. The typical placement time is within 3 weeks, but this varies area to area.
a. No, there is no guaranteed acceptance into the program. Acceptance into the program is based on eligibility, evaluation and animal temperament factors.
 a. No, the dog does not need to be a purebred Labrador, although eligibility is based on the dog being predominantly Labrador. We do not accept Pitbull/Labrador mixes.
a. Please have all of your dogs information, including veterinary information paperwork available for the application. We will also ask you for recent photos and information about the animals temperament, habits and personality. The application will take between 10-15 minutes of your time and we ask you to be as specific as possible.
a. Yes, your animal should be up to date on all of their shots and vaccinations. This will speed up the eligibility process. We require proof of vaccinations, such as your animals medical records. All Labradors 7 years or older must have a senior wellness examination.
 a. There are low cost vaccination clinics in many cities. Please check with your local shelter or pet supply store, as they keep calendars of such events. In addition, your local shelter may offer discounted vaccination programs for low income or cash strapped residents.
 a. No, it is not a requirement to be eligible.  All adopted dogs are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes.
a. You may check with other all-breed rescue groups in your area for space considerations. Please also consider your local animal shelter, Human Society or ASPCA.
a. First, your dog will be evaluated by a Lab Rescue veterinarian to make sure everything has been taken care of. Once that is complete, your dog is placed in a foster home that matches its temperament and personality. It will be evaluated by a volunteer  and represented by Lab Rescue to approved families who are looking to adopt. Once the right match is found, they will be placed in their new permanent residence.
a. Unfortunately not. We do not release the names of our adoptive families or the locations of our dogs once they are placed. It may also be confusing for your dog, as it has adjusted to life with its new family.
a. If its simply a matter of affordability, there are many options for finding low/no cost food and affordable veterinary care. Income eligibility requirements may need to be met, but individual programs may vary their requirements. Please send us a message for more information using our Contact form.
a. Local codes and ordinances vary from county to county. However, the first rule of thumb is report a found dog/stray to your local animal services or county shelter.That is the first place an owner will typically report their animal lost. They will also be able to give you advice on either turning it in to the shelter or holding onto it until the owner reclaims it. LVLR cannot accept strays until the codes or ordinances has determined that ownership has been relinquished. We work with local shelter partners who contact us when a stray has been found that meets the general eligibility for the program and who has been labeled as unclaimed.
a. Please be patient. Due to the overwhelming amount of requests we receive, it does take us some time to process them all. If its been greater than 5 working days, you may send an email to to follow up on your request.