Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
Helping Labs Find Their Fur-Ever Homes
Adoption Frequently Asked Questions

Where do Brookline's Labs come from?
Brookline labs come either from foster homes where they have been placed after having been rescued
from a Shelter or from people’s homes (owner surrenders) who cannot keep them due to a change in their
circumstances.
How long will it take to schedule my home visit?
It can take anywhere from 1 week to 4 weeks depending on which coverage area you reside in and the
volunteer’s schedule.

Does Brookline require that all its adoptive homes have special equipment (crates, fenced yards, large
properties, etc)?
No, we do not require these things but we sometimes require that a certain dog be placed only in a certain
situation, i.e., in a fenced yard, without young children, etc.

What about "doggie-doors"?
If you have a "doggie-door" with access directly to the outside, we require that you agree not to let the dog
use it (that it be locked) at times when you are not at home to supervise the dog in the yard.

What if we decide that the Lab we took home from the introduction isn't going to work out?
We ask you to keep the lab for the full 3 week Pre-Adoptive period and if at the end of that time, the lab still
doesn't seem to be the right lab for your home, he will be returned to his owner or foster home.

What happens if we have to give up the dog five years from now?
You are required to contact Brookline so that we may help you in finding your dog a new home.

Does Brookline help place Lab mixes, as well as Labrador Retrievers?
Yes, as long as they look like labs.

What if I have my heart set on a specific kind of Lab that Brookline doesn't have right now?
There are new labs coming into our program all the time, so as long as you are willing to wait, the right
dog may be right around the corner! We encourage families to submit an application as soon as possible
so that when the right lab does come along, you’re already approved to adopt through Brookline.

If the dog is up to date on its shots when I get it, why do I have to take it to the Vet?
We require that you take the dog to your own vet to get a baseline read of the dog's health and general well-
being. This will be informative for you and very helpful for your vet who will be treating the dog later on when
the adoption becomes final.

How does Brookline define its ages - Baby, Young, Adult and Senior?
Baby  6mo old or less  
Young  6mo to 3 years  
Adult  3 to 7 years  
Senior  7 years or older  

What shots will the dog have had before we adopt him or her?
All dogs being adopted will be up to date on their rabies and DHLPP shots or other multi-vaccine
recommended by the current veterinarian. They will either be on a heartworm preventative or have tested
negative for heartworm within 30 days prior to their introduction to you. Brookline considers vaccinations
for Lymes and Bortatella to be optional at this time and are not considered a requirement for the dog to be
UTD (up to date). We do recommend adopting families discuss these vaccinations with their veterinarian
at the time of the Lab's baseline physical.