"If you don't own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life."


- Roger Caras, past president of the ASPCA and animal advocate

Bonded pair TJ and Molly, adopted 2009

For Adopters


Since we are a regional breed rescue, we adopt to families in Connecticut, SE New York, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. If you are coming from outside this area, we would be happy to refer you to one of our partner rescues. Our adoption process is very hands-on and involves an adoption application, followed by a veterinary reference check and home visit from a volunteer, before we set up a meeting with any lab. Our application helps us to match you and your family's needs with those of our labs and carries with it no fee or obligation. It can be found via the link below. When the above steps have been completed and we have a lab that we think might make a good match for you, an appointment is scheduled for you to meet the lab. All of our labs awaiting adoption are with private fosters in the CT or NYC areas, as we do not run a shelter facility. Usually, you will be called to see just one lab and you will have to notify us within 24 hours of your intention to adopt. All of our labs are adopted under a legal, binding contract. Our adoption fee is $350.00, which often only partially covers the full vetting and medical expenses incurred by our rescued labs. Rarely, no matter how carefully we match a lab and family, we are asked to take the lab back. If the placement is not working for either the family or the lab, the rescue lab must be returned to us. Lastly, LRRCT reserves the right to reclaim any rescue lab that becomes neglected, improperly cared for or is allowed to run free unsupervised.

Is a Labrador Retriever the right dog for you? Though each of our rescued labs is a unique individual with his or her own special needs, the link below entitled Choosing A Labrador contains some general guidelines on what kind of home makes for a happy lab. They contain details on exercise, training, fencing, children, and many other aspects of labs' needs. Before applying, please take the time to read this information and consider the guidelines carefully when deciding whether a lab is the right dog for your family.

A note about bonded pairs: Sometimes we are approached by an owner about re-homing two labs from the same household. Often if the dogs have grown up side-by-side they are deeply bonded to one another and in the interest of their continued happiness, we try to place them together if possible. Many of us here at LRRCT own more than one lab and there are many joys that come with double the labrador love. If you have extra room in your home and heart, please let us know on your application that you are open to adopting a bonded pair.