Complete an Adoption Application

The adoption application is our way of getting to know you. We ask questions about your home, family, and lifestyle so that we can match you with a Lab that will thrive in your care. We encourage you to apply when are you are ready to have a Lab join your family.

Speak with an Adoption Coordinator (AC)

Within a week of applying, you will be paired with an Adoption Coordinator (AC) who will schedule a phone call to discuss your application and learn more about you. If you don’t hear from an AC immediately, please be patient as we are all volunteers. If you have a question about your application before hearing from an AC, please contact us at

Veterinary & Reference Checks

After speaking with you, your AC will call your vet’s office to ensure that your past/current pets have been neutered or spayed, fully vaccinated, and given monthly preventatives to keep them healthy. Your AC will also reach out to your personal references to learn more about you from someone who knows you well, so we can be fully confident that the prospective Lab is placed in the best situation to thrive.

Looking for the Right Lab(s)

Once your application has been approved, there are two ways to meet potential matches—(1) visiting a Lab at his or her foster home or (2) attending one of our monthly adoption events.


If you prefer to meet dogs in their foster homes, then your AC will begin searching for Labs that would be a good fit for your home and family. Our ACs have access to an internal database that contains profiles on all of our Labs. Please note that these profiles are much more detailed than what is on our website or Facebook page; thus, your AC is your best resource for finding the right match.

Arranging to Meet a Potential Match

Once you find a potential match that you’d like to meet in person, your AC will connect with the dog’s foster family to learn more about the Lab and ensure that all needs and preferences sync up. If all is well, then you will receive the foster’s contact information to schedule a home visit within 4-5 days. Please remember that, at times, there may be multiple potential adopters who want to meet the same dog. In these cases, we begin by setting up an appointment with the first appropriate match to schedule an appointment.

Visiting a Lab at a Foster Home

Adoption visits happen at our foster homes in Virginia and Maryland, and they typically take about an hour. It is required that all members of the household, including dogs, be present. If you decide during the visit that you would like to adopt the Lab, then you must do so as part of the meeting and bring him/her home with you. Unfortunately, we cannot “hold” a dog if you are unsure or need more time to think about it. If you meet a Lab and he/she is not the right fit, then you can continue your search.

The Adoption Contract

Once you decide to adopt a Lab, your AC will distribute the adoption contract and collect the adoption fee. At that time, the Lab you adopt has become a member of your family. The Adoption Contract has been written to ensure that all Labs that enter into the care of Lab Rescue will go on to receive a humane and loving household for the rest of their lives.

Post-Adoption Check-In

A few weeks after you adopt your Lab, a volunteer will reach out to schedule a check-in to confirm that you and your dog have settled in together and that the conditions of the contract have been met. As part of the check-in, the volunteer will come to your home, meet your newest family member, and ask a few questions about how everyone is adjusting. The adoption is not final until a successful house check has been completed.



We place dogs in forever homes that are located in:

  • Virginia

  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • Pennsylvania

  • Delaware

  • West Virginia

  • North Carolina


Adopters must travel with all residents of their household—human and canine—to foster homes in Maryland or Virginia to meet the dog they would like to adopt.


If you live outside of the Lab Rescue service area, please perform a web search for rescues elsewhere in the country with the terms “Lab Rescue” + your location. Alternatively, you can search on or to find a rescue that places Labs near you.



Fees charged by Lab Rescue go towards the work that we do—taking in Labs in need of new homes, providing them with comprehensive veterinary care, and then fostering them until they are adopted.

  • These adoption fees are non-refundable.

  • Personal checks are preferred, as they keep our administrative costs down, and will be collected at the time of adoption or shortly thereafter by your Adoption Coordinator. 

  • Spay/Neuter Deposit: This deposit is refunded once we receive documentation that your new Lab has been spayed or neutered. We require that all of our Labs be spayed or neutered. We make every effort to spay/neuter the dogs before they are adopted, except for cases in which the dog is too young or has a medical issue that has delayed the procedure. Lab Rescue LRCP will cover the cost of the spay/neuter if it is done at a Lab Rescue partner veterinarian.

Get to know some of the Labs who are in search of their forever homes.

Meet Some of

Our Available Labs

The application is the first step in the adoption process and helps us get to know you better. 

Fill Out an

Adoption Application


E-mail us: 

Lab Line: (301) 299-6756

Non-Profit Tax ID:  52-1880024 

P.O. Box 1814, Annandale, Virginia 22003

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