Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue A 501(c)(3) Arizona-based Rescue Group

Adopting a Rescued Lab

Complete our adoption application online below. We reserve the right to refuse any application for any reason. There is a one-time application fee of $15.

DLRR currently serves the greater Phoenix and Tucson areas. We also have limited resources throughout the state, so if you are outside those areas, contact us to see if we serve your area. We cannot adopt dogs to people outside Arizona. DLRR does its best to match the right dog with the right family by finding out as much as possible about the potential adoptive family before placing a dog. If you are interested in knowing what dogs we have available, please visit our Adoptable Dogs page!

Effective January 1, 2019, our adoption fee to cover the rising costs of caring for our dogs is as follows:

  • Puppies up to 6 months old = $395
  • 6 months–4 years = $375
  • 5–8 years = $295
  • 9 years and over = $175

60% of the adoption fee is considered a tax-deductible donation. Adoption fees include, a wellness exam, spay and neuter, necessary vaccinations, microchipping, and all medical treatment for dogs while they are in our care.

All dogs placed by DLRR will be spayed or neutered. This not only prevents overpopulation of dogs, but it is also beneficial to the dog's health. Several ailments, including some types of cancer, are prevented by spaying or neutering. We sometimes get puppies into rescue, but if you are not willing to wait and are interested in a Lab puppy, please contact our president for a referral to a reputable breeder. Most of the dogs we get into rescue are young adults who have outgrown their puppy cuteness and are quite active. Often, the dog's family did not realize how much work it takes to have a well-behaved adult dog and opt not to invest their time in it.

Steps to Adopting a Dog:

1. Make sure a Lab is for you.
Read our information page, read books about Labs, and educate yourself as much as you can about the breed. If you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact us. Talk it over with everyone in your household, and make sure that everyone feels the same way about it that you do. Think about your schedule, and decide when you will have time to spend with your dog. Who will be responsible for taking care of the dog? Finally, take a look at your home. Where will the dog sleep? Eat? Once you have considered all the aspects of having a loving, active companion, you are ready to think about adopting a Lab.

2. Fill out our Adoption Application
Complete our online adoption application. We reserve the right to refuse any application for any reason. There is a one-time application fee of $15.

3. A DLRR representative will contact you for a home visit
One of our volunteers will contact you to arrange to visit your home. The volunteer will come to your home to meet your family and listen to your needs. This helps to determine whether the home is the proper environment for a Labrador Retriever and what type of Lab would be best suited for the family.

4. Receive the DLRR Dog-a-Log
If your application is accepted following the home visit, you will begin receiving the DLRR Dog-a-Log. Once you see a dog you would like to meet, contact the DLRR volunteer to arrange a meeting. Your whole family will come to meet the dog that may be right for you at its foster home. We insist that all members of the family are present, to make sure everyone agrees this is the perfect match. If you do not feel this is the right dog for you, or if the foster family feels you are not the right family for this dog, we will begin the process again and look for another dog.

5. Wait 24 hours
Once you have decided on your perfect dog, you must wait at least 24 hours before taking your new Lab home. This is designed to give you time to fully consider your decision. It also gives you the chance to prepare your home to be ready for your new family member, and purchase any items such as a collar, bowls and food for your new companion.

6. Take your new pal home!
When you are totally convinced that you've found the perfect, lifelong friend, you can come take him or her home! You will then pay DLRR your adoption fee. Whoever said you can't buy love never adopted a rescue Labrador! We will provide support to you after the adoption, to make sure that your new friend becomes an integral part of your family.

If you have any questions about our adoption process, please contact our Adoption Coordinator.


Apply to Adopt!