Adopting a Labrador
Those of us who love dogs, particularly Labradors, wonder why on earth someone would give up their dog? However, very often it isn't that simple and many of our Labradors have to be rehomed due to a change in family circumstances, such as bereavement, job losses and having to downsize a home due to financial problems. Yes, there are cases where a dog has been badly treated or abandoned, but thankfully these are few and far between.
At LRK, our main objective is to place the right dog in the right home and all new adoptive homes are vetted first of all, so that we can ensure the dog is going to be well looked after.
We will never just hand a dog over to you without meeting you or checking out your home first of all.
A visit will be arranged for you with one of our co-ordinators so that they can assess your home - this is essential to make sure it is dog friendly. It is far better to do this prior to taking on a Labrador, than have a situation where a week later the dog is returned to us because it doesn't fit in with your lifestyle or your house or garden is too small.
Most of our Labradors are healthy, but unfortunately some do have problems - however, with patience and the right home, these issues can be overcome. We will be on hand to offer advice and guidance wherever possible.
Remember, there is no average rescue Labrador, so please try and be open minded about the age, sex and colour of the dog you require. Often our dogs can be lively males, who are just exuberant, but with patience and training, they soon settle down. Some of our dogs are older and looking for someone to love and care for them for the remainder of their days. Our older dogs are usually of sound temperament, in good health and full of character - please don't dismiss them just because of their age.
If you can offer a home to one of our Labradors, please contact Maggie at Head Office to chat this through and also download and read the two forms below.
Download our Adoption Application Form here
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE RESCUE DOGS AND LRK WILL NOT HAVE THE BENEFIT OF KNOWING EVERY DETAIL OF THE DOG’S DEVELOPMENT FROM PUPPYHOOD TO PASS ON TO YOU.
A SETTLING-IN PERIOD IS ESSENTIAL FOR A NEWLY HOMED LABRADOR: THE NEW OWNERS NEED PATIENCE AND MUST NOT EXPECT AN INSTANTLY WELL-BEHAVED AND TRAINED DOG.
SUITABLE INSURANCE AND PROVISION AGAINST THE COST OF VETERINARY FEES, AS WELL AS THIRD PARTYCOVER SHOULD BE MADE. LRK ALSO SUGGESTS (IF NOT ALREADY DONE) ALL DOGS SHOULD BE MICROCHIPPED.
THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYING FOR THE COST OF ANY TREATMENT FROM THE DAY OF ADOPTION SHALL BE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF ANY ADOPTER/S, HOWEVER, IF A FAMILY IS STRUGGLING TO PAY COSTS FOR A KNOWN PREVIOUS CONDITION OR ANY EXPENSIVE EMERGENCY TREATMENT, LRK WILL DO THEIR BEST TO SUPPORT THEM.
MINIMUM DONATIONS REQUIRED.