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Surrendering Your Dog


So, you want to get rid of your dog?

If you think you just can't keep your Labrador we've heard just about every reason why: moving... don't have time... having a child... he/she is too big... allergies... shedding... barking... health problems... behavioral problems... the list continues to grow. Honestly, we don't like to hear them so don't be surprised if we don't greet you with a smile to talk about the situation.

We have a page of links available for you - lists of local trainers, obedience schools, advice for training and health care, advice for teaching children proper behavior around pets, PET-FRIENDLY apartments and hotels, Estate and Will planning (How to plan for your pet's future in case you pass on before your animal buddies do) - PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR HELP & RESOURCES BEFORE YOU GIVE UP ON YOUR DOG.

Plain and simple, alternatives and solutions may exist for many of the health concerns, training issues and time constraints that generally lead folks to consider surrendering their Lab. Your Labrador is a member of your family and you owe it to them to exhaust all other means before deciding to give them up.

While you ponder the decision to surrender your Labrador, we strongly suggest you to take a few moments to review this article: Can I keep my pet after all? (also available on our HELP & RESOURCES page). On these pages, you will hopefully find some advice and solutions to help you keep your pet. It only takes a few minutes of your time and you may be very surprised at what you read... as there is also basic information for those who would never dream of giving up their pet, but just need some advice on basic pet problems.

You owe it to your Labrador to call a local trainer...

There are many certified Dog Trainers in the Rochester, New York area to help you. Please go to to find a certified trainer in your area.

After reviewing this information, if you are still sure you need to release your pet to Lab Lovers Rescue, You complete the following before we will even consider your pet.

1. Call your veterinarian and tell them you are releasing your dog to rescue.

They must mail your complete vet records to:

Lab Lovers Rescue
PO BOX 1046
Henrietta, NY 14467-1046

2. You must fill out the owner surrender form in its entirety. You must submit the form on line but also print the completed copy, sign it and mail it to:

Lab Lovers Rescue
PO BOX 1046
Henrietta, NY 14467-1046

**NOTE - We must have an original signature for legal purposes.

3. Please submit pictures of your dog (these pictures must be taken within the last 3 months). If you do not have a digital camera, pictures can be mailed to the address above.

4. A minimum donation of $100 is required to cover the cost of medical and food expenses of not only your pet, but also the others within the rescue.

We do not accept any animals that are dangerous to the general public and reserve the right to ask for a professional evaluation at the owner's expense. Additionally, surrendering your animal to rescue is not considered a donation.

Can I keep my pet after all -

To start the process, please CLICK HERE FOR THE OWNER SURRENDER FORM.