Placing Your Purebred Lab
We may be able to help you place your dog, provided it looks like a purebred Lab. If your dog is a lab mix, go to the Placing Your Lab Mix section. Our limited foster spaces are typically filled with dogs that have come from life-threatening situations, therefore, we do not typically take in any owner-surrendered dogs.

If your dog meets our requirements of current vaccines and heartworm prevention, is spayed/neutered, and the placement questionnaire (see link below) is filled out in full, your dog will be place on our owner referral page for four weeks. If you place your dog in a home prior to then, please email us at LRNC@labrescuenc.org and let us know.

To see if your dog qualifies for our program, we will need:

Two pictures emailed to us in jpeg (jpg) format; no larger than 350 pixels wide or 80 KB (one picture of the face/head from the front and one whole body picture from the side). Please try to get clear pictures of the dog in good light. Submissions without pictures will not be considered.

Copy and paste the text from the link below into a new email (Do NOT send as MS Word Document or PDF Document), fill out the answers, attach the pictures, and send it to us at LRNC@labrescuenc.org. We will post your dog ASAP. Please be honest and complete in your answers! We realize dogs are not perfect.

Placing Your Lab Mix
We are unable to directly assist with placement of Lab mixes but have these suggestions for help.

Contact all breed/mixed breed rescue organizations in your area and ask for help. If they do not have room to take the dog in, they can often list courtesy postings on their websites, giving your dog much more exposure to potential adopters. You can locate these groups, Humane Societies, etc. by going to www.petfinder.com and clicking on shelter and rescue groups at the top of the page.
Place fliers at local pet stores, veterinary clinics, etc.
Run a classified ad in newspapers.
Ask friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. if they know anyone looking for a new pet who will provide a responsible home for the dog.

Help! I found a Stray!
If you find a lab or a lab finds you, here are some hints to find his/her owner. As a rule, we cannot take a new-found stray into our program; state laws require waiting periods before strays can be re-homed. If you have exhausted all resources, please fill out our placement questionnaire (see link below) and we will contact you. We have a limited number of foster homes and cannot offer any type of short-term foster care for strays. Here is a list of things you can do to help the dog:

Attempt to find the dog’s owner by having the dog checked for a microchip. A local vet, humane society, or animal shelter can do this at no charge.

Contact local vets, shelters, and rescue groups to see if any one has reported the dog missing. Most vets, shelters, rescue groups, and humane societies will allow you to place found signs.

Email us and we will be happy to place the dog on our Facebook page.

Print up and place fliers all over a large area surrounding the area the dog was found in. A dog can travel several miles in very little time.

Place a found ad in the newspapers in the area the dog was found in. They are usually run free of charge.

If, after all of the above has been exhausted, the owner is not located, try to find a responsible home for the dog. At this time you may also fill out and submit our placement questionnaire (see link below) for assistance in placing the dog as long as it looks like a purebred Lab. (Proof of “found” ad having been run in newspaper may be required.)

If you cannot keep the dog while trying to locate its owner, you should either:

Try to board the dog at a vet or boarding facility

Turn the dog over to the animal shelter, ASPCA, or humane society (which is where most people who lose a pet will look). If you place the dog with a shelter, let us know. We have relationships with most shelters and if the dog is not reclaimed and placed for adoption we will be contacted once the dog is in danger of euthanasia.

Please take the dog to a shelter if you are unable to care for him/her. Letting a dog continue to be stray is much worse and more dangerous than being in a shelter.