There are two fees collected in the adoption process:
(1) The application fee
(2) The dog adoption fee
The above fee structure is applicable to all who submit applications on/after February 16, 2020. If you submitted prior to this date (but after Feb 16, 2019), then we will honor the existing rates through Sunday, March 16, 2020.
Before completing the application and paying the application fee, we recommend that each applicant carefully read our adoption process, as well as confirm that you meet our adoption criteria in the checklist on the first page of the adoption application.
The application and adoption fees are non-refundable, including for those applicants who decide not to adopt, who are not approved to adopt, or who return a dog that they adopted from Lab Rescue.
* If you are submitting your application via mail, please include a personal check for the application fee, made payable to Lab Rescue LRCP. Our mailing address is P.O Box 1814, Annandale VA 22003
** Spay/Neuter Deposit: Lab Rescue will cover the cost of the spay/neuter if it is done at a Lab Rescue partner veterinarian. This deposit is refunded once we receive documentation that your new Lab has been spayed or neutered. We require that all adopted 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.
What Do These Fees Cover?
The vast majority of Labs who join the Rescue are not only seeking a happy forever home, but a helping hand when it comes to their health and wellbeing. Many are strays or come from situations where vet care was not consistent or prioritized. As a result, they require comprehensive vetting and often require treatment for pre-existing diseases and conditions.
One of the key aspects of the Lab Rescue mission is coordinating and ensuring full veterinary services for all dogs who enter into our care. This can include a comprehensive physical exam, necessary vaccinations, blood tests for heartworm and tick-borne disease, spay/neuter procedures, microchipping, and treatment of conditions such as heartworm disease, tickborne diseases, orthopedic injuries, and other health concerns related to neglect. The Rescue works with trusted & experienced veterinary partners, all of whom graciously reduce service costs to support our mission.
The average cost of care for a Lab Rescue dog is $1000. The adoption fee covers only a fraction of this cost, and donations from supporters make it possible to fully provide the remainder needed for each Lab’s care.
Please note that the application fee and the adoption fee are not tax deductible, per the IRS guidelines that state that there is no deduction to 501(c)(3) organization when “goods” (i.e. your new furry friend) are exchanged. However, all charitable donations to Lab Rescue are tax-deductible.