• MLRR does not adopt to families that want an "outside only" dog.
All dogs adopted from MLRR will live and sleep inside the home. The
dog will not be left outside unsupervised.
• A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required. This amount will be applied to your adoption fee. A home visit will not be scheduled until the adoption fee is received.
• The adopter must agree to never let the dog off-leash in an unfenced
area. NO EXCEPTIONS.
• An electric/"invisible" fence system is not acceptable for outside containment of a rescued MLRR Labrador Retriever. Homes with an electric fence will be approved for adoption on a case by case basis.
• A 'tie-out' (a long rope or chain attached to a stake or other fixed
object) is not an acceptable method of containing a dog to the adopter's property.
• We will only adopt a puppy under 9 months old to a home with a completely fenced yard. We will sometimes grant exceptions on a case by case basis.
• The dog may not be adopted as a 'surprise' or a gift for someone
else. MLRR will work directly with the adoption applicant only (not
family members, neighbors, etc.)
• The adopter must agree to enroll the dog in an obedience class, or
with a private trainer, within 30 days of adoption. It is the adopter's responsibility
to research and locate a trainer. The trainer's name and phone number must
be provided on the adoption application, or the application will not be considered.
• The adopter must be willing to obtain a crate and crate train the
dog, if necessary. This is especially important when a young dog is adopted.
Crates are also helpful when potty training a dog and as tools to keep dogs
safe when the owner is not present to supervise the dog.
• The adopter must agree to properly maintain the health of the dog
by placing him/her on an annual vaccination schedule under the direction
of a veterinarian. The adopter must agree to have the dog tested annually
heartworm, and he/she will receive heartworm preventative by prescription
from a veterinarian. Illinois has one of the highest incidence rates
for heartworm in the country. As such, MLRR strongly recommends that adopters
their veterinarian and place the dog on year-round heartworm preventative.
• When an unmarried couple or roommates want to adopt a dog, the dog
may only be adopted in one person's name, and only that person may sign the
contract. This helps to ensure that in the event that they split up, the dog
will stay with the adopter.
• All family members, including any other household pets, must be present
during the home visit and when meeting a prospective "adoptee" Labrador
to be sure of a good match.
• Adoption applicants residing in a townhouse, condominium, apartment
or rental property must provide written documentation stating that they have
permission from the landlord/homeowner's association to add a dog (the size
of a Labrador) to their household. This letter/documentation should be given
to the MLRR volunteer at the time of the home visit.
• For approved adopters residing in an apartment building or condominium,
dogs aged nine months and older will be possible considerations for adoption
• MLRR reserves the right to contact any references or veterinarians
named by the adopter on the application form. Family members cannot be listed
• Incomplete adoption applications will not be processed.
The MLRR Board of Directors reserves the right to change these policies
at any time.