New England Lab Rescue Adoption Application

- NELR ONLY accepts applications from residents of the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York & New Jersey.
- There is 25.00 non-refundable application fee. After you submit your application, you will be redirected to donation page and also sent a link to submit your 25.00 non-refundable application processing fee.

Before filling out this application, we simply ask that you take a few seconds to consider the commitment it takes to adopt a rescued lab.


Interested in a specific dog, please fill out an application if you are interested in a dog. The number of individual inquiries is overwhelming and we are finding it difficult to respond to each one. We cannot guarantee you will receive a timely response.

New England Lab Rescue, Inc. is a rescue, not a shelter, and as such we do not have our dogs housed in one location - they are in foster homes both in New England and in our southern foster homes. If you're interested in a specific dog, please complete a short online application and you will receive a reply within 48 hours so you can ask questions.

At present, if a dog is listed on our website, the dog is considered still available HOWEVER, may have applications that have come in before yours but it's still too early to know if any are a good match; therefore we encourage you to apply.

NOTICE WITH REGARD TO LOCATION OF DOGS: Please note: New England Lab Rescue is a foster-based rescue. We do not have a brick and mortar building to house the dogs we rescue. We have found that dogs in foster homes are much more adoptable because they have been observed in a home setting. Dogs listed with New England Lab Rescue typically reside in various locations throughout the south (primarily South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, etc ) and New England. You will be notified by the adoption coordinator of the location of the dog you are interested in so you have the ability to decide whether to pursue adoption or not.

Dogs transported to New England are done so at a fee of $175.00 paid directly to the transporting company by New England Lab Rescue, no additional transport costs are responsibility of adopter. This fee is included in the adoption donation.

Adoption donations cover pre-adoption vet costs (including vaccinations, spay/neuter when age appropriate, and heart worm testing/treatment when necessary), and transportation to New England.

Donations for our young, healthy puppies and dogs support their fellow canines of advanced age or suffering from injuries and abuse whose donations are reduced but whose veterinary costs are typically much higher. We appreciate your understanding that your dog will help others in need.

All known information about the animal is listed above. We do our best to give accurate information, but most of our dogs are rescues and do NOT come with a known history.

New England Lab Rescue abides by the dog importation regulations set forth in the states of MA, CT, NH, VT and ME. Please indicate the names of the labs you would like to adopt on the application. If you see that the lab is soon adopted out, then please look on our web page for more available labs and resubmit another application with a specific lab indicated.

All of our labs have been on a euthanasia list, or the very least, they would have had a very grim future. We do not have their histories, DNA testing, nor do we always know what circumstances they came from. Most are just awesome, compliant and want to please !! Some have come from abusive situations, some were found as strays, some were surrendered to a shelter. We keep our dogs in foster homes in the Southern State they were rescued from for evaluation, care, short term basic training and making sure that the dog is healthy and ready for a long trip to New England. All labs over 6 months are neutered or spayed, up on all shots and rabies, and been tested for heart worms. If positive, they are treated.

On Transport, these dogs can get stressed from lack of exercise and will need several days to acclimate to a new environment. Most have never seen snow, nor felt real coldness or seen the ocean !! It’s overwhelming for them and your and expectations have to be REALISTIC.

They need weeks to months to settle into their new forever homes. The dog you see will not be the same in a few months with your good care and nutrition. The lab will be learning what it takes to please you and it takes several weeks for the lab to feel safe and comfortable with you. You may need to take your new Lab to Puppy Classes, even if he is two or three years old.

Our dogs may or may not be trained for commands, (although many are), they may need work on house training, they may need to learn many things which they are dependent on you for. Think of it as starting from “Square One”. These dogs were displaced for a reason, and Labs found as strays should be considered a "flight risk" until the dog is trained. Please do not expect these labs to come fully trained. We work diligently as volunteers to save them, to get them into safety and finally into loving foster homes and forever homes.

If you feel you are able to be that caring person or family who is patient, and willing to work with and adopt one of our labs, then please fill out the application below and hit the submit button at the bottom of the application.

Our Labs are not housed in a facility for you to visit. They are in private foster homes where they are evaluated and loved until adoption.

If you have questions, please email our Volunteer Adoption Team at the email noted below:

If you cannot submit this application, go back and see if ALL the questions are answered. Then hit submit again. If you are still not able to submit, copy and paste the filled in application and email to

Please note : Our Team is made up of 30 volunteers who dedicate their time so please be patient with us. We always try to get back to you as soon as possible.
The adoption donation fee for an adult dog over 6 months old is $550.00

The fee for a puppy up to six months is $575.00. ( It is your responsibility to spay or neuter a puppy when age appropriate.)

A senior Lab 7 - 9 years is $375.00, over 9 years is $275.00.

By signing this adoption contract, you are indicating that you have read, agree and understand. Thank you.

Directions: Please fill out form completely & accurately.

If a question does not apply, please fill in box with "N/A".

Please note that we ONLY accept applications from residents of the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York & New Jersey.

If you do not have a home phone, put the number to best reach you at.

If none, please type N/A

Applications which are not filled out entirely, missing information like landlord's name if applicable, vet info, references, etc WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. We just do not have enough volunteers available to be able to go hunting down missing information. Thank you for your understanding!

Please bear with us and be patient after submitting your application. It can take a week to a few weeks before your application is reviewed, based on who you are applying for. We work on applications for the dogs currently available first, and look for the best matches based on each dog's personality NOT on a first come first served basis.

The adoption fees help offset the cost of pulling, vetting and transport. All adoption fees are then used toward future NELR rescued labs.

By submitting this application, I certify that the information I have given is true and that any deliberate misrepresentation of facts will result in an immediate denial of this application.

This dog will reside in my home as a pet. I will provide it with adequate food, water, shelter, training, affection and medical care.

If the dog is not spayed/neutered at the time of adoption due to age, I agree to spay or neuter the dog as soon as it is of age to do so. I agree to forward a copy of evidence that the dog has been spayed/neutered to New England Lab Rescue by the date requested.

New England Lab Rescue is in no way liable for any undiagnosed illnesses, sudden illnesses, damage, accident or injury resulting from the placement of the dog in my home.

I agree to fully and completely release NELR, its officers, volunteers, agents, employees, contractors and representatives, from any liability of any kind whatsoever arising from any health or temperament issues the Dog may have or may develop, and/or from any and all claims relating to my adoption, ownership or possession of the Dog.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless NELR, its officers, volunteers, agents, employees, contractors and representatives from any and all losses, fines, claims or damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of or relating to my adoption, ownership or possession of the Dog, including any claims for injury or damage to persons or property caused by the Dog.

I understand that NELR cannot be held responsible for the actions, behaviors and/or medical condition of all of the dogs in its rescue. I agree to assume the risks implicit in working with dogs who may have been abandoned, beaten, or otherwise mistreated or abused, or who may suffer from an illness, condition or disease. Although NELR evaluates dogs prior to accepting them into its rescue, they cannot guarantee the temperament of any of the dogs since most of their histories are unknown.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless NELR, its officers, volunteers, agents, employees, contractors and representatives from any and all losses, fines, claims or damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of or relating to my fostering the Dog, including any claims for injury or damage to persons or property caused by the Dog.

NELR Dog Adopters, NELR Dog Fosters their successors, assigns and attorneys remise, release and forever discharge NE Lab Rescue, Inc., their successors, assigns, heirs, administrators and attorneys of and from any and all actions, claims liabilities and demands for money damages, costs, expenses, compensation, consequential damages, attorney's fees and costs of suit, and any and all claims and liabilities whatsoever, both in law and in equity, from the beginning of the World to this date, and ever after including but not limited to all claims that more particularly may be sourced to the possession of an animal provided by NE Lab Rescue to ______________________. New England Lab Rescue, Inc Dog Owners and Dog Fosters named here:_____________________________________________________________________ agrees never to institute or cause to be instituted any suit or other form of action or proceeding of any kind or nature whatsoever against NE Lab Rescue based upon any claims, demands, indebtedness, agreements, promises, causes of action, obligations, damages or liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever that it has ever had, has claimed to have, now has or may hereafter have or claim to have, if any, against NE Lab Rescue by reason or any matter, excuse, thing, document, agreement, instrument, act or omission of the parties, arising out of the subject of this Release.

The parties understand that the transfer of consideration is not to be construed as an admission of liability on the part of the persons, firms and corporations hereby released.

This release contains the ENTIRE AGREEMENT between the parties hereto, and the terms of this release are contractual.

WE HAVE CAREFULLY READ THE FOREGOING RELEASE and know the contents thereof, and we sign the same as our own free act and deed and the free act and deed of the corporations so-named with authority to bind said corporations.


NELR does not hold a dog once approved for adoption for vacations or convenience of pick up beyond a few days.

I am in full agreement with the terms of adoption and agree to abide by them completely. Thank you very much for applying to adopt a dog through New England Lab Rescue.

IF this application is not able to be submitted, please scroll back up and fill in any empty or unanswered questions. This is usually the reason the application will not submit. If you are still having problems with submitting your adoption application, instead of submitting the application on line, please copy and paste it onto an email to We will confirm we got your application.

Are you having problems with submitting your adoption application? If so, instead of submitting the application on line, save the application as a document to your computer, fill it out and please copy and paste it onto an email to with adoption application typed in as the subject. Once in a while there is a glitch, so this is a way to get around the frustration. We are always updating to make things as easy as possible for our potential adopters. Thanks.