General Questions

Application Process

Post Approval

How long does the application process take?

To complete the LRROF online application, please set aside at least 20 minutes of your time. Should you need to leave and come back later, you can resume your application at any time.

How long will it take for me to hear from a volunteer?

A volunteer should be in touch with you within 3-5 days. However, this may take longer depending on the number of applications we are currently processing and volunteer availability. You may check the status of your application at any time by clicking here.

How does the matchmaking process work?

Once you are approved to adopt from LRROF, an Adoption Counselor will be assigned to your application and will work with you to find the right match for you. Our volunteers take into consideration your family dynamic, lifestyle and animal preferences (such as color, age and gender) in narrowing down a list of dogs for you to potentially meet. Your Adoption Counselor will contact the foster parents for the dogs on your short list and make initial introductions. If the foster parent feels you are a potential match, you will be provided with the foster parents contact information for follow up. You can read more about the process here.

Where are your dogs located?

Our dogs are located in foster homes throughout the state of Florida. We do not operate a kennel facility. Each dog is placed in a foster home with a volunteer foster parent.

Where would I go to meet with a dog?

You would meet the dog at the fosters parents home, or a local dog park or similar. You would travel to meet the dog in their local area.  

What do I bring with me when I visit with a dog?

Bring a leash and collar with you so that if the match is made, you are ready. Also, bring your checkbook to pay your adoption fee to your foster parent or you may elect to pay securely online (fee may apply).

Who comes with me to visit with the foster dog?

Everyone. Any children and full time adult members of your household. It is also necessary to bring with your current dog(s), as its important that everyone be on the same page -- 2 and 4 legged alike!

Who makes the final decision about the placement of the dog?

You will work together with your foster parent to decide if it is a potential match. However, the final decision lies with the foster parent. Never fear, if they don't feel its a match, there are plenty of other potential matches. We want you to be 100% happy with your decision, so trust in the experience and knowledge of the foster parent.

How do I know I am getting a pure Labrador Retriever?

We evaluate breed characteristics, features, temperment and personality in determining eligibility to the program. Some surrendered Labradors include authentication paperwork. We cannot gaurantee each Labrador Retriever is from a pure bloodline, however.

What if more than one family is interested in the same dog?

If more than one family is interested in the same dog, at the same time, it is up to the foster parent to carefully evaluate each family and determine the best overall fit for the dog. If you are not chosen, be assured it is not personal -- it is merely in the best interest of the dog. Although these situations can be difficult, it is important to realize that "if it wasn't meant to be, fate has intervened."

What are your adoption policies?

You can read more about our adoption policies here.