"You can learn these things from your dog: to love children, to drink plenty of water, to be a dependable friend, to express pleasure when treated well, to guard faithfully the interests of those who care for you, and to be faithful until death." - Unknown

Adoption Process

The first step in adopting one of our rescues is to complete the adoption application. After you have submitted your application, we will contact you to make arrangements for you to meet the lab(s) in which you are interested.

PLEASE NOTE: We *absolutely must* have your completed adoption application before we can make an appointment for you to meet one of our rescue dogs. You can copy and paste the application form right into an email or answer the application questions in an email, and email it to Betsy. Please be sure to note which lab(s) you are interested in on your application. 

PLEASE BE PATIENT: We are returning emails and phone calls as quickly as we can. Lab Rescue is run by volunteers who have regular jobs and lives in addition to our Lab Rescue work. If you call and ask that we return your call, and you are calling long distance, we would appreciate it if you would give us permission in your phone message to call you back *collect* - or - allow us to return your call, then you call us right back. The less long distance phone charges we have, the more money we will have available to spend directly on our rescue dogs.

Our rescue labs are placed in homes according to the needs of the dog and the needs of the family. Sometimes there is a waiting period in order for us to find that perfect lab for you. We keep our list of available labs as current and accurate as possible, and our "Labs Available for Adoption" web pages are updated frequently.

Please notice, in our adoption contract, that if at any time during the dog's life the adopter can no longer care for it, the dog is to be returned to one of our rescue coordinators. This is to make sure the dog will be placed in another home that meets our adoption requirements and standards.

* ET Lab Rescue Contacts *

Oak Ridge
Linda Gilpin


A moment to rescue...A lifetime to love.
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