Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Another mission of FCRR is to provide public education regarding the humane care and training of companion dogs, and the benefits to your canine friends and to the public at large of spaying or neutering.
We're organized to meet the requirements of a federal 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and the corresponding California requirements for nonprofits.
We'll have a booth at each of these adoption events.
Please come see us! Click the listings for details
Best Friends Pet Adoption Festival, Sunday April 27th, 11 AM to 4 PM, North Hollywood Recreation Center at Tujunga and Magnolia. http://network.bestfriends.org/laprograms/news/24203.html
Glendale Humane Society Wags-n-Whiskers Walk, Sunday, May 4th at Montrose Shopping Park. http://www.glendalehumane.org/index.html#wags
Thank you for your interest in adopting a fostered dog from FCRR. We most commonly have Labrador Retrievers available for adoption. They are, after all, our specialty, and are the most popular and therefore the most numerous purebred dog in America. We will occasionally have Golden Retrievers and will only rarely have Flat Coat Retrievers. We also have nice mixed breed dogs with very "Labbie" temperaments much of the time.
The Labs we place are most frequently male and black. The next most frequent color is yellow, followed by chocolate. The most sought-after combination is a yellow female. You may have a long wait if that's what you want. Color differences are esthetic in nature only; color conveys no significant difference regarding health or behavior.
We will only rarely have puppies. Most of our dogs will be at least a year old, but they're more usually between two and six years old. Retrievers tend to exhibit very active puppy-like behavior until at an age of at least two or three years. They can therefore be a challenge to manage for those having less familiarity with retrieving breeds. Thus older and, hence, more mellow dogs are frequently a much better choice for many people. The adage that older dogs are harder to train is a myth. Further, with modern veterinary care, many Retrievers may live to ripe old ages of fourteen years and sometimes more.
Each of our fostered dogs will have generally spent at least a week in a foster home, and we have each examined by a veterinarian if we have any question about its condition, so we'll have some idea of the health and temperament of each. However, we're neither veterinarians nor behaviorists, so we cannot guarantee either soundness or temperament. As a new owner, you should handle your adoptee cautiously until you're comfortable with the dog's behavior and health. In any case, the dog should never be left alone and unsupervised with children.
Unless special circumstances merit an exception, all our dogs are spayed or neutered and up-to-date on normal vaccinations, DHLPP and rabies at a minimum.
We incur significant expenses in paying shelter redemption fees, veterinary fees, transportation costs, occasional behavioral evaluation fees, and so on, so we ask for an adoption fee for each dog. Some dogs cost us less, but others cost us far more. In particular, pups entail a lot of extra expense. If we're so fortunate enough to wind up with a surplus of funds on a given dog, that will help the next dog, and perhaps help us with the expenses of conducting our public education programs regarding the care and treatment of companion dogs.
Here is our fee schedule:
Dog Age Fee plus suggested donation
Under 1 year $400
1-3 years $300
4-7 years $250
8 years and up $125
The basic fee is $50; the balance is a charitable donation.
Without exception, we must conduct an inspection of your home to verify that it's ready for a big dog. We also want to interview you and your family to fully and accurately understand your needs, desires, and concerns. We incur expenses in doing so and therefore ask for a $20 application fee to help defray them.
There is no obligation on your part to accept any dog we refer to you. If you don't think we've suggested the right dog for you, you're free to tell us so; we'll continue to suggest other dogs we think are suitable for you.
We may also refer you to shelter dogs, courtesy-listed dogs, or owner-listed dogs we believe would be a good fit for your family. If you should decide to adopt one, there is no fee from us. However, you would be responsible for any costs or fees the shelter or owner asks for. As we depend on public generosity to provide the funds vital to our continued operation, we do encourage you to make a donation.
Should you have any questions, please send us an email at the address below or leave a message on the listed voicemail mail phone line.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.