Frequently Asked Questions - Updated November 3rd 2019

Q. Why do I need to fill out an application?

A. The adoption application provides us with necessary information to assit in the placement of our dogs into their forever homes. The information you provide helps us to make sure that your home and it's enviroment matches the needs or requirements of the rescue dog you are interested in adopting.

Q. Why is your adoption fee so high?
A. Our Adoption fee is $449. In most cases the adoption fee we collect does not cover the costs incurred from when a dog is rescued until he/she arrives in your home. Depending on where the animal is rescued, the shelter may require a pull fee ranging from $165 to $200 per dog. Vet costs can range from $175 to $300 depending on the amount of vet care required. This includes but is not limited to spay/neuter, heartworm treatment, standard antibiotics, health certificates at the time of travel, etc. Then there is the costs associated with boarding/kenneling until the dog is adopted or a foster home is found. Finally there is the transport cost to move the dog from the South (Louisianna, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, etc.) to the Northeast. That cost will range from $165 or higher per dog. And with gas prices rising that cost will increase soon. Let's also keep in mind certain states now require additional health checks and/or quarantine when a adopted or foster dog enters that specific state. Overall it's an exspensive process to do the right thing and rescue these dogs.

Q. Do you negotiate on pricing?
A. No. We Do Not Negotiate. Our Adoption Fee is $449. Our costs do not change due to a dog's age, breed or personality. See above for a more detailed explanation of the costs involved in saving a dog.

Q. What is your fee structure?
A. Be advised our adoption fee is $449 on any dog.  This covers the following costs: pull fees, shots, heart worm tests, heart worm and flea preventions, de-worming, spays or neuters, boarding, transport to Northeast, etc.

Additional costs apply as follows:

Mass Quarantine (72 hrs) fee is
$80 - if dog chipped already
$90 - if dog is chipped at quarantine

Any dog in foster care in CT is required by law to have a CT wellness exam within 48 hours of arrival in the state and also again if not adopted within 15 days of exam.  This cost is passed on to adopters as we are a non-profit. These costs could range from $50-$100, depending on vet clinic used.

If you are a resident of a state other than Mass, RI, CT or NH but are adopting a dog from one of the states above, the adopter is responsible for costs as outlined above. 

Q. How much does ALR pay it Staff and Employees?
A. American Lab Rescue is an all volunteer group. There are no employees or staff members. We are a 501c3 non-profit. Everyone associated with American Lab Rescue is a Volunteer from the President to the Adoption Consultants. No person associated with American Lab Rescue recieves any salary or payment for the time they volunteer. In addition to ALR, we all have full time jobs and/or have have families. That means sometimes we may not get back to your emails or phone calls right away. Please be patient and we will work hard to find your next 4 legged family member.

Q. Why does ALR require most dogs to have a fence?
A. We and our Rescuers know our dogs better than anyone. Most have already displayed a pension for running. A number of dogs are high energy and require alot of exercise that will not be burned off by walking on a leash. A fence reflects additional security for your dog to be safe in their new enviroment.

Q. I want to adopt a Service Dog, can you find one for me?
A. ALR rescues dogs in need. No one that rescues dogs for ALR is qualified to determine if an individual dog has the ability to become more than a family dog. Should you decide to adopt a dog from us and you recognize that your has a special talent than maybe you can train your dog for that purpose. We have been told by past adopters that their adopted rescue dog is a trained agility dog, a certified hospital or helper dog.

Q. What happens if I can no longer care for my rescue dog?
A. We will always be there for our furry friends. A paragraph in the adoption contract states that if for any reason you are no longer abale to care for your dog, American Lab Rescue will take your dog back and find him or her his next forever home.

Q. I have been told that if a dog is returned or not adopted it will be put down. Is that correct?
A. No that is not correct. All dogs in the ALR program stay in the program until they are adopted. There is no clock that ticks that says a dog has to be moved or else. In some circumstances we may move a dog to another rescue group as they may be more familiar with the breed or have a potential adopters looking for a specific dog.

Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. Everyone associated with our group is a dog lover and we all work toward the same goal. Reduce euthinization in the south and find homes for these dogs where we can. The work is challenging and sometimes overwhelming but the rewards of finding our dog's forever home is heartwarming. Want to Volunteer please check here.

Q. Do you have a Mission Statement?
A. Yes we do. Mission Statement.

Q. Where are you located and what are the hours?
A. The ongoing costs to run and support a facility are astronomical and unfortunately we do not have the funds to support one. We use foster homes and kennels through out the Northeast for our dogs to stay until they find their forever homes. If someone would like to donate or grant us a significant amount of money or land, we would be grateful and build and run a shelter.

Q. I will not adopt sight unseen or without meeting the dog first.
A. The first time some adopters meet their new dog is right off the transport. They know nothing more about the dog than what the foster has told them. (click here to see a transport). This is a special time for them when they first see their dog in the fur so to say. But others are more comfortable seeing and meeting their dog before deciding to adopt or not. Some of our dogs are already in the Northeast. They are at foster homes or local kennel facilities. The more homes we have the more dogs we can foster locally. Please fill out an application if you are interested in foster. Click Here

Q. Why don't you have your own Facility or Local Shelter where I can see all the dogs in your program or on your website?
A. Unfortunately the amount of funds required to maintain a facility is far beyond our means.  We do not have the financial strength to even consider a project of that size.  However if you are interested in helping American Lab Rescue find, build and support  a facility we would be happy to hear from you. Even in a shelter a dog does not always display their true personality.  That is why we try to move our animals to foster homes.  Foster Homes give our dogs the opportunity to receive individualized attention where they can work on their basic obedience training and socialization skills.  More importantly the get the love and attention from a family that will be with them until they find their forever home.  We can always use more foster homes. Interested? Click here 

Q. I want the pefect dog. Why can't I find one?
A. You may be visiting the wrong place. You want a toy store or gift shop. The one's on the shelf are as close to perfect as you are going to find. Turn Key dogs do not exist. Each dog young or old will present his or her own challenges as they grow. Some dogs are not perfect. They don't like cats, other dogs, small animals (rabbits, ferrits, etc) children, etc. and that may never change, no matter how hard you try to get them to. That is why a reputable rescue may guide you away from a dog who's picture you "just love" and can't live without. That dog may not be a right fit. ALR would rather lose a prospective adopter (that is insistent on a specific dog in our program that is not a right fit for your family) than make a bad placement where the adoption will most likely fail and force the return of the dog. We won't to be your advocate not your adversary.

Q. Why do you insist on Pet Insurance. Isn't my adoptive dog in perfect health?
A. ALR does everything it can to assure your dog is healthy and well at the time of adoption. We run all the standard tests your vet does and sometimes even more. But that is not a guarantee your dog will not have health issues now or later down the line. Pet Insurance is for your peace of mind and you new dog's benefit. At $5 for the first month and $14.95 for each month thereafter it is prudent to consider this offer. It is not mandatory just something to consider. Click here for more info. American Lab Rescue recieves no referral fees, bonuses or any kind of consideration for getting you to look at this or any other pet insurance program you may consider or sign up for. We strongly reccomend you do your due dilligence and seek out many possible pet insurance carriers to compare plans.

Q. I am not ready to adopt right now, but how can I help now?
A. You can foster a dog that needs a short term place to call home until they are adopted. Click here to complete a foster application. You can volunteer. We are always looking for people to help with various duties. Help at transport. Answer emails. Work to get the word out about rescue and it's benefits. Volunteer.

Q. I am a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. What does that mean to me when I want to adopt a dog?
A. If you are a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and interested in adopting a dog from a Rescue Group outside the State, you need to be aware that your adoptive dog is required to be placed in a state approved quarantine facility for a period of 48 hrs prior to going to your residence. Please note: the cost for Quarantine ranges from $80 to $90 (with micro-chip). This fee is over and above the $449 adoption fee. Please follow this link for more info on the Massachusetts Animal Health Emergency Order.

Q. I am a resident of the New Hampshire. What does that mean to me when I want to adopt a dog?
A. If you are a resident of New Hampshire and interested in adopting a dog from an out of State Rescue Group, you need to be aware that the Department of Agriculture of theState of NH requires by law that your adoptive dog is required to be placed in a state approved quarantine facility for a period of 48 hrs prior to going home. Please note: the cost for Quarantine is $75 (paid directly to the NH Quarantine Facility when the dog is picked up). This fee is not included in the $449 adoption fee. Please follow this link for more info on the New Hampshire Legislation or contact the New Hampshire Dept of Agriculture for more information.

Q. I am a resident of the State of Rhode Island. What does that mean to me when I want to adopt a dog?
A. Since American Lab Rescue is considered a Category A Rescue any dog going to a resident of Rhode Island is currently not required to go through the mandatory 5 Day Quarantine. However as a resident of Rhode Island you should be familiar with all existing State Laws. Our Adoption Fee is $449 plus any applicable vet fees prior to the dog going home. For more information on the current laws please follow this link for more info on the STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Division of Agriculture

Q. I've been on Petfinder, then your webiste and I am ready to adopt right now. What is the next step?

A. Fill out an application. Click here.

Q. I can't believe it. I was rejected because I want to use a runner/cable/tie out on my new family member. What kind of rescue are you? You really don't care about finding your dogs a good homes. Do you?
A. Yes, you are correct ALR will "NOT" put any of our dogs in harms way. It is said "That A Picture is worth a thousand words. How about 4 of them. This should explain it all. BE WARNED VERY EXPLICIT!!!!