- How long does the application process take?
- How long will it take for me to hear from a volunteer?
- How does the matchmaking process work?
- Where would I go to meet with a dog?
- Who comes with me to visit with the foster dog?
- Who makes the final decision about the placement of the dog?
- What do I bring with me when I visit with a dog?
- What if more than one family is interested in the same dog?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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."