The Process...

 Overview of our adoption process:

  • A potential adopter completes the adoption application.  DFWLRRC has the right to deny or refuse any application.
  • The Applications Team reviews the application and if approved, the applicant is scheduled for a home visit by one of our volunteers. 
  • Once the home visit is complete, the Applications Team forwards application to the Director of Adoptions who will determine if the application is approved.
  • The approved adopter is then contacted by the Director of Adoptions and informed about the matching process.  They are given the contact information for the Adoptions Team and encouraged to provide a list of Labs they are interested in meeting. 
  • If no Labs are requested, every effort will be made to provide matches with available Labs.
  • Following a match, the approved adopter contacts the foster family to learn more about the matched Lab and can arrange a time to meet the Lab, and if necessary, meet existing family animals.
  • Once a dog is agreed upon, the adoption process is completed when the new family signs the adoption contract, pays the adoption fee, and has secured the necessary items for the new family pet (collar, leash, ID tag, crate, etc.)
  • Potential adopters are welcome to attend any Meet and Greets.

On average, it can take between one and five months to complete the process of applying, having a home visit done, meeting potential Labs and adopting a Rescue Lab, depending upon your personal circumstances and flexibility, the number of families waiting to adopt, and the number of dogs available for adoption.

Adoption Fees:

  • $350 for puppies (any Labs under 6 months old when entering program)
  • $275 for adults (Labs 6 months and older when entering program)

The adoption fees help us meet the boarding and veterinary expenses incurred by our non-profit organization, although our average expense per Lab is greater than the adoption donation.

Remember, DFWLRRC has the right to deny or refuse any application.

Overview of the our rescue process:

  • Once accepted into our program all Labs get a trip to our veterinarian for complete checkups, required immunizations, heart worm tests/treatments, spaying or neutering (if necessary), and any other immediate medical treatments needed.
  • Once in a foster home, the rescue Lab is introduced to a warm, loving, safe environment.  Depending on the dog and the foster, he/she may be crate trained, receive some basic obedience training, and complete any necessary follow-up care prescribed by our vets.  Our rescue Labs are treated like members of the family and receive all the spoils a Lab deserves.
  • The minimum stay in a foster home is 12 days.  This time helps the foster home to get to know the Lab and to make a good decision when making an adoption.

Characteristics of a Forever Home: 

  • The dog will not be kept outdoors during the adopter's working hours, or at any other time left alone outdoors while the adopter is not at home. The dog may be confined to a room such as a bedroom or basement, or any other room of adequate size, and protected from the elements of weather
  • Yard is securely fenced (Adoptions to apartment dwellers depend on the dog requested).
  • Forever home is in the DFW area. 
  • No children under the age of 6 unless they have been raised with large dogs.
  • Has an adult who wants to train and care for the dog 
  • Existing and recent pets must be spayed/neutered, on heartworm preventative, and current on all recommended vaccinations. (Please specify if there is a medical reason any of these conditions are not met.)


To start the adoption application, click here.