Adoption Application

Please check Areas We Serve BEFORE you continue with the application process, so that you don’t try to complete this application only to find that we cannot accept it. We do not place dogs outside of the areas we serve in Southern California, and absolutely no Out-of-State adoptions.

Currently we serve most of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties. We also serve the coastal communities of Santa Barbara County from Goleta south to the Ventura County border and, in the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County we serve the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga—dependent on volunteer availability.

Sorry, but SCLRR is unable to accept applications from residents of Riverside, San Diego, Kern, or San Luis Obispo Counties, nor from Central California, Northern California, or Out-of-State residents. For more information, including a list of Lab Rescue groups that operate in areas in which we do not, please see our Areas We Serve page. Please also see SCLRR Adoption — How It Works to learn about our adoption process and whether it will coincide with your family’s needs.

The answers you give on this application will help us to find the best possible match between you and the Labradors available through SCLRR if you are approved for adoption. Please carefully enter your 5 digit home zip code. Please include area codes with all phone numbers. If your application is not accepted into our system because of the zip code you entered for your home, please contact us before going any further to see if we serve the area where you live. One of our volunteers will contact you shortly after we receive your inquiry and, if you do live in an area that we serve, our volunteer will advise you how to submit your application. Please do not enter an incorrect zip code to get your application accepted into our system.

Please give us 10 working days before you call us again and be sure to mention that you’ve submitted a completed form online.

We charge adoption fees for our foster dogs to help cover aggregate costs of caring for all the dogs; the fee is payable at the time of adoption. Our current adoption fees are $450 for dogs up to age six years, $150 for dogs seven years and older.

No service, therapy/comfort, hunting or other working dogs. We are very sorry but we cannot accept applications from individuals, families or organizations seeking a Lab that would be ANY type of service, therapy/comfort, hunting or other working dog. We are also unable to accept applications from group homes or other institutional settings. We expect of our Labs only to be family pets/companion animals.

Puppies? Since SCLRR so rarely has puppies under 6 months of age, we do not accept adoption applications from individuals or families seeking only to adopt a puppy. By far the best place to find a rescued puppy for your family is your local animal shelter.

IMPORTANT: Before clicking ‘Submit’ at the bottom of this form, please DOUBLE CHECK to see that the email address you entered is perfectly correct. Ditto regarding your home’s zip code. A typographical error in either one will prevent your adoption application from being processed. Once you have reviewed all your entries, click ‘Submit’ below; you will then receive an email message containing a copy of your completed application for your records.


Please note: If you rent your home, you will be asked by your area Family Coordinator to provide landlord permission to have a dog the size of a Labrador Retriever. The Family Coordinator will advise you as to how and where to send the needed documentation.

If for some reason you can’t use this form, call us at 888-554-ALAB. NOTE: You should not use a smart phone or tablet device to complete this application—it is BEST to use a PC or laptop computer.

Again, we serve most of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and the cities of Upland, Chino, Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Victorville, Apple Valley and Hesperia in San Bernardino County—dependent on volunteer availability. SCLRR is unable to accept applications from residents of Riverside, San Diego, Kern, or San Luis Obispo Counties, nor from Central California, Northern California, or Out-of-State residents.

Application Form

First name:
Last name:
Email address:
Repeat email address:
You MUST enter a phone number in the FIRST box (Home/primary phone) below. If you DO NOT have a landline home phone, you may enter your cell phone number in that box, instead. Except for your Personal Reference/Emergency Contact's number, the rest of the phone numbers are optional.

IMPORTANT: ALL phone numbers MUST be formatted as xxx-xxx-xxxx for your application to be accepted---you must enter the hyphens as indicated in the formatting example. If there is no phone number for a box (except the home/primary phone), leave the box blank.

Home/primary phone (required---must format as xxx-xxx-xxxx include the hyphens):
Best time to call:
Work phone (no extensions, please):
Best time to call:
Other phone:
Best time to call:
Home Address:
Zipcode (Enter 5 digit zip ONLY. DO NOT ENTER ZIP+4):
Personal Reference/Emergency Contact's NAME (required---must NOT be a member of your household):
Personal Reference/Emergency Contact's PHONE NUMBER (required; must format as xxx-xxx-xxxx include the hyphens)
Veterinarian (name):
Phone number (must format as xxx-xxx-xxxx include the hyphens)
Do you your home?
If you rent, you will be asked when contacted by one of our volunteers to provide written permission from your landlord to have a dog the size of a Labrador Retriever in your home. Instructions will be provided at that time as to how and where to send the required documentation. We cannot schedule a home check until you have provided the required landlord permission.
Do you live in a
If OTHER, describe:
How long have you lived at your current address?
If less than one year at your current address, give previous address:
Do you have a fenced yard that fully encloses the yard for a dog?
Fence height and type: (Please use a TAPE MEASURE; also describe fence type)
Do you have a separate kennel run?
Kennel height and dimensions:
How many adults in household? (numerals only, please)
How many children under age 18 living at home? (numerals only)
If none, are any planned?
If present, sex and age of any children (use M-5, F-10, etc)?
Does everyone in the household want a new dog?
If No, please explain:
How do you plan to handle exercise needs? (required)
Are there other animals or people who regularly visit your home (mother's dog, neighborhood children, relatives, etc):
If yes, describe:
Do you own other dogs?
Give breed, sex and age of each:
Are they neutered?
If not (all) neutered, why not:
Do you own cats?
If yes, how many (amount must be entered using NUMERALS ONLY):
Do you have other pets? Describe:
How many dogs have you owned in the last five years? (must enter amount using NUMERALS ONLY)
What happened to any of the above dogs, if applicable, that you don't own now?
Have you owned a Labrador Retriever before?
Why did you choose this breed?
List all plans for this dog: (check all that apply)
Pet/Companion to adults
Therapy e.g. visit hospitals
Obed/Agility competitions
Companion to children
Companion for other dog
Preferred sex?
Preferred color?
What is your age preference?
Why do you want a dog of this age?
Where will dog spend the day?
Where will dog spend the night?
How many hours per day, on average, will the dog spend alone?
Where will the dog be when you are at home?
Do you agree to neuter/spay the dog you get? Yes No
Do you agree to contact SCLRR if you can no longer keep this dog? Yes No
Would you be willing to let a representative of SCLRR visit your home by appointment? Yes No
How did you hear about SCLRR?
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself? (Just a couple of sentences is fine)
I am at least 18 years of age Yes No
All of the information I've given above is true and complete. Yes No
If I adopt from you, this dog will reside in my home as a pet and I will provide it with adequate food, water, shelter, training, affection, and medical care. Yes No
I understand that Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue cannot know everything about each dog's temperament, habits, or physical condition. However, I also understand that SCLRR will tell me everything they do know about the dog including observed behavior, and medical treatment while in SCLRR custody. Yes No
I understand that it's my responsibility to see and evaluate the dog for myself before agreeing to adopt the dog. I also understand that if I choose not to keep a dog I've formally adopted from you, I cannot expect reimbursement for any expenses incurred. Yes No
I understand that Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue is not liable nor responsible for any damage, accident, or injury resulting from the placement of the dog into my household. Yes No
PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW ALL YOUR ANSWERS NOW. After you've done that, click "Submit Adoption Application" (click only ONCE, please). If you don't receive a copy of your application in your email Inbox within a few minutes, please be sure to LOOK IN YOUR SPAM FOLDER.