Adoption Policies

The following guidelines are required to adopt from Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. These guidelines and policies have been established as best practices for our organization. Please thoroughly read through each policy and ask any questions should a policy or guideline not be clear to you.
By applying to adopt from us, you are agreeing to each of the outlined policies.
  • Inside only. LRRoF does not adopt to families that want an "outside only" dog. All dogs adopted from LRRoF will live and sleep inside the home. All dogs adopted from LRRoF will not be left alone outside in yard or left outside alone in a dog run.
  • Child supervision. All dogs adopted from LRRoF will never be left alone with children under age 10.
  • Young child requirement. Families with children under 7 years of age may only adopt a dog with a young child history. This history is established in the original home or the foster home with children under 7 years of age.
  • No tie out. A 'tie-out' (a long rope or chain attached to a stake or other fixed object) is not an acceptable method of containing a dog to the adopter's property.

  • Puppies require frequent feedings and potty breaks. Pups under 6 mos. of age require either a stay at home parent or access to age appropriate alternative care.

  • No gifts. The dog may not be adopted as a 'surprise' or a gift for someone else. LRRoF will work directly with the adoption applicant only (not family members, neighbors, etc.)

  • Obedience is key. The adopter must agree to enroll the young dogs in an obedience class, or with a private trainer, within 30 days of adoption. It is the adopter's responsibility to research and locate a trainer.

  • Crating recommended. The adopter must be willing to obtain a crate and crate train the dog, if necessary. This is especially important when a young dog is adopted. Crates are also helpful when potty training a dog and as tools to keep dogs safe when the owner is not present to supervise the dog.

  • Routine care. The Adopter must agree to properly maintain the health of the dog by placing him/her on an annual vaccination schedule under the direction of a veterinarian. 
  • Annual heartworm testing. The adopter must agree to have the dog tested annually for heartworm, and he/she will receive heartworm preventative by prescription from a veterinarian. Florida has one of the highest incidence rates for heartworm in the country. As such, LRRoF strongly recommends that adopters consult with their veterinarian and place the dog on year-round heartworm preventative.
  • All on board. All family members, including any other household pets, must be present during the home visit and when meeting a prospective "adoptee" Labrador to be sure of a good match.

  • Renters and HOAs. Adoption applicants residing in a townhouse, condominium, apartment or rental property must provide written documentation stating that they have permission from the landlord/homeowner's association to add a dog (the size of a Labrador) to their household. This letter/documentation should be given to the LRRoF volunteer at the time of the home visit.

  • References required. LRRoF requests a written reference from the veterinarians named by the adopter on the application form. If you do not have veterinarian, no reference will be requested. We do not adopt our dogs out of Florida as a home visit is required.  Out of state adoptions may occur if the residence in another city is close to a volunteer in Florida for a home visit.

If you believe you meet the all the criteria outlined above, please Start a New Application. It will take 10-15 minutes of your time.