Lone Star Labrador Retriever Rescue (Lone Star Lab Rescue) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to preventing the needless destruction of purebred Labrador Retrievers in the DFW/Dallas/Fort Worth/North Texas area.
The Labrador Retriever ranks as one of the most popular breeds in the world. Their superb temperament and intelligence make it an ideal family companion. Labs are “people” dogs and you will find that “second-hand Labs make first-rate friends.”
First, look over the Labs on our Available Labs page to see if any of our Labradors are what you are looking for.
If you are seriously interested in adopting a Labrador, please fill out an Adoption Application. We cannot consider placing a dog with you until we receive your application and have a chance to review it.
Next come out to one of our Meet-n-Greets to meet the Lone Star Labs that are available for adoption. Our Meet-n-Greets are a great way to have your family and family dogs meet our Labradors. Please bring the entire family. Our Meet-n-Greets are held twice a month, generally on the 2nd and 4th Saturday. Please check our home page for time, location, map and Labradors that will be at Meet-n-Greet.
Even if we do not have exactly the Labrador that you would like to adopt, we encourage you to apply. We often have other Labradors in our program that are not ready to be listed, but might be a good match for your family. Putting in your application, even though you do not have a specific Lab in mind, will help us work with you to find the right Labrador for your family. We rescue new Labs every week.
Note: Only one completed adoption application is needed per family, even if you are interested in multiple Labs in our program.
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY, PLEASE. We are a small organization, and although we love doing this, this takes up much of our time. Please be sure you're ready and prepared for a Lab before you complete an application. Adopting a dog shouldn't be done on a whim -- this is potentially a 12-14 year commitment!
Once you submit your online Adoption Application, it will be emailed to us. Once received, it will be reviewed to determine if your home is a good match for this breed. We will send you an email to let you know your application has been reviewed, so please ensure you provide us an email address on your application.
Upon review of your application, we will talk to you about your family and what kind of temperament and activity level you are looking for in a Lab. Please keep an open mind! Take our advice and recommendations on which of our Labs would be best in your home. We know our dogs best. If we have a Lab in our program that meets the criteria, we will suggest you and all of your family (including children and family dogs) come to our Saturday Meet-n-Greets to meet the Labs.
Once you have met the dogs at a Meet-n-Greet and found a Lab that seems to be
a good fit for your family, a home visit will be scheduled. If at all possible, we will bring the specific
Lab that you are interested in adopting with us to the home visit. If a home study is not scheduled at the
Meet and Greet, a volunteer will contact you to make arrangements. The purpose of the home study is for the
volunteer to come out to your house to see if it is a suitable place for a rescued Labrador and fits with
your family’s lifestyle. Depending on the Labrador’s temperament, you must have either a fenced yard
(majority of the cases) or have close access to a dog park and/or be willing to walk/jog daily with the Lab.
Please understand that we do NOT work on a “first come, first served” basis. Our primary focus is to find the very best home for each specific Labrador. We work hard to make sure that each Lab is happy in his home and every family member in your family is happy with your new Labrador too!
We are extremely cautious about placing Labs with small children. We rarely have much history on our rescued Labs and do not know how they will do with young children. We generally prefer that all children in an adoptive home be a minimum of 6 years old. A good rule of thumb is that the child be taller than the dog. In general, adult Labs ( 3+ yrs) are calmer & more laid back, so we can consider placing them with younger children. We will consider adopting a Lab to families with younger children, provided the children have lived with a large dog in their home in the past. We do not place puppies in homes with kids under the age of 10.
All LSLRR Labs are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered if age appropriate, current on all vaccinations and taking heartworm prevention. Each dog will receive fecal and heartworm tests, and will have been treated if necessary, for internal parasites such as hookworms or tapeworms. If a dog tests positive for heartworms, it will be treated. Documentation of all medical care and vaccinations will be provided to the adopter.
LSLRR dogs live in a home environment with a foster family. Fosters will do basic crate training, obedience training, and socialize the dog. Fosters make every effort to evaluate the dog's personality and temperament. This makes it easier to match each rescue dog with a prospective adopter's family. The foster will share all known information with the prospective adopter, including medical records.
Our Labs are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, and treated for any health issues. To help cover these medical costs, our adoption fee is $295.00 ($395.00 for puppies that come into our program at 6 months old and younger). Please understand that this fee rarely covers the medical care that we provide. Any donations above the adoption fee are greatly appreciated and tax deductible!
If you think you are ready to adopt a lab, please complete an Adoption Application.
A volunteer will contact you ASAP.