Please Read Before Filling out an Application

Because we are a volunteer rescue organization, we rely on fosters to provide homes for our labs. We are not able to “hold” a dog for a potential adopter as that prevents the foster from providing a place for another dog we have the opportunity to save.

We attempt to call back and interview within two weeks of receiving your application.

Before filling out our application, please note:

___All children living in the home must be 5 years old or older.

___You must have a secure fenced in yard or sufficient fenced courtyard area.  We normally require 5 feet or higher.

___We are committed to decreasing the overpopulation and senseless euthanasia of animals in this country. To that end we will only adopt to homes where all cats and dogs over the age of 6 months are spayed and or neutered unless a verified medical condition is provided.

To adopt one of our labs we require the following:

___Application submitted
___Meet with foster and dog(s) you are interested in adopting/ a second meet if you have other dogs
___Home Visit
___Adoption: To finalize, we require all dogs be altered
___2 Week follow up period

We require contact with adopters. The pending period allows the labs to have time to transition into a new home, learn your routines, acclimate from any trauma encountered from transition and ensures that we have placed the right lab in the right home with the right family.

Adoption donations are between $175.00-$250.00 payable to Lodestar Dog Ranch. Donations offset medical costs averaging $300-$350 per dog for vaccinations, altering and micro-chipping, boarding, additional medical expenses, and general care of our Labrador Retrievers. 100% of donations are used to treat and house dogs in our program.

All our adopted animals have, or will have within 2 weeks of adoption the following (unless recommended time line differs per our vet):

Heartworm test
Rabies vaccination
Spay or Neuter
Current Vaccinations
Vet Exam

Please read A Rescued Dogs Prayer by clicking here, there’s many helpful pointers that were put into the poem by Luvin’ Labs Volunteers, Adopters, and sister rescues.

We have an emotional commitment to every lab that we work with and ask that if you are ever in a situation where you need to re-home a lab you have adopted from us that you allow us to help in finding their perfect home.

Click below for our Adoption Application.  Once you’ve filled out the application please email to:

Adoption Application (rev. 11/1/2016)


Ten Commandments for Responsible Pet Ownership

1.) My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.

2) Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3) Place your trust in me-it’s crucial for my well being.

4) Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up for punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I HAVE ONLY YOU.

5) Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when you are speaking to me.

6) Be aware that however you treat me , I’ll never forget it.

7) Before you hit me remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8) Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old and weak.

9) Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.

10) Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it,” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I love you.

Laura Michaels

Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved.


We get asked this question regularly: “Why do Rescue Groups charge a fee for adopting a dog? Isn’t an adoptive family doing a great thing by making one of these dogs part of their family?”

Here is some background to help answer that question.

What do adoption fees cover?

As every Lab owner knows, it’s not cheap to maintain a dog! Just like individual pet owners, rescue groups spend a lot of money on things like:

  • Food
  • Facilities – a rescue animal may sometimes need to be boarded at a safe location
  • Spaying or neutering
  • Microchipping
  • Medical examinations (many test for heartworm, Lyme disease and other illnesses)
  • Medical treatment as needed (deworming, vaccinations, medications, etc)
  • Advertising to let people know the dog is available
  • Operating a website

Rescue Groups often spend more than what they charge for adoptions just getting a dog ready for its new home. Lucky for us, fees aren’t adjusted based upon what the group spent for an individual pup so dogs that need a little extra work getting ready for adoption don’t end up being prohibitively expensive.

Every Rescue Group and shelter has its own set of adoption guidelines and “work” to be done before a dog is considered ready for adoption. Rescue groups generally operate on a shoestring budget and are always working to lower costs. Some groups may even have negotiated discounts on medical care, or have in-house clinics that make treatment less expensive.

The reality is that if you add up all the work and costs laid out by a Rescue Group to prepare a dog, the adoption fee you end up paying is a bargain!

Why do adoption fees vary so much?

A quick survey shows fees for adopting a Lab range from $100 to $350 — quite a range! Why are there such differences? There are two primary reasons.

First, the financial situation of rescue groups varies quite a bit. Some groups are fortunate to have a generous donor list or receive government funding to subsidize their costs. Other groups get by on a tiny budget and need to pass more costs onto adoptive families.

Second, adoption fees often vary with the age or physical condition of the dog. Many senior dogs or pooches with special needs may be less expensive to adopt just because they are less popular with the public. Keep in mind, though, that if you’re adopting one of these dogs to save money that may not work out. These loving animals may need more medical attention once in their Furever Home and these potential costs need to be factored into your budget.

Be Realistic

Dogs are wonderful friends and cute as can be, but they are also expensive, plain and simple. Adoption fees serve in part as a screening device to ensure adoptive families can afford to own a dog. Sure, it would be way more fun to spend that money on pet toys and treats, but if paying an adoption fee is a deal breaker you may want to think hard about whether owning a dog is affordable for your family.

Reprint from



(by Evelyn Colbath, ©1995 Baggage, All Rights Reserved]

Now that I’m all home, bathed, settled and fed,

All nicely tucked in my warm new bed,

I’d like to open my baggage lest I forget,

There is so much to carry, so much to regret.

Hmmmmm, Yes, there it is right on the top,

Let’s unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,

And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame,

As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave,

I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.

I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,

But I wasn’t good enough; for they didn’t want me.

Will you add to my baggage? Will you help me unpack?

Or will you just look at my things and take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?

To put away my baggage,

To never repack?

I pray that you do; I’m so tired, you see.

But I do come with baggage; will you still want me?