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Central Indiana Labrador Rescue & Adoption

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.

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CILRA currently serves Illinois, Indiana & the surrounding Midwestern region.

About Our Rescue Group:

Central Indiana Lab Rescue & Adoption, incorporated in 1996, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to placing purebred Labrador Retrievers into new homes.

Labradors are among the most popular breeds, which results in a correspondingly large number of rescue and adoption situations. Some Labs come into rescue from animal shelters, are found as strays or from veterinarians. Many dogs are surrendered to CILRA by owners whose lifestyles have changed or who don't have space or time for them. All dogs are temporarily placed in CILRA foster homes where temperament and training level are evaluated. Even though obedience training is reinforced in foster homes, professional obedience training can help the dog bond with his or her new owner and is strongly recommended following adoption.

We will not accept dogs who have a history of biting or aggression. The typical range of adoptable dogs is 5 months to 10 years of age. At any give time, we have between 15 to 30 dogs available for adoption. Usually, we do not have puppies.

Come Meet our Pets:

All of our dogs are in private homes with our wonderful volunteers. We do attend dog events and shows when the volunteers are able in both Illinois and Indiana.

Many prospective Lab owners wonder why owning an older (i.e.; 6 mo.+) "pre-owned" Lab is better than buying a puppy. Here are a few of the reasons why adopting a Labrador from a rescue group that carefully screens and evaluates its Labs can provide an even better alternative.

10) In a Word - Housebroken. With most family members gone during the work week for 8 hours or more, housetraining a puppy and its small bladder can take awhile. Puppies need a consistent schedule with frequent opportunities to eliminate where you want them to. They can't wait for the boss to finish his meeting or the kids to come home from after school activities. An older Lab can "hold it" much more reliably for longer time periods, and usually the rescue group has him housebroken before he is adopted.

9) Intact Underwear. With a chewy puppy, you can count on at least 10 mismatched pairs of socks and a variety of unmentionables rendered to the "rag bag" before he cuts every tooth. Also, you can expect holes in your carpet (along with the urine stains), pages missing from books, stuffing exposed from couches, and at least one dead remote control. No matter how well you watch them, it will happen--this is a puppy's job! An older dog can usually have the run of the house without destroying it.

8) A Good Night's Sleep. Forget the alarm clocks and hot water bottles, a puppy can be very demanding at 2am and 4am and 6am. He misses his littermates, and that stuffed animal will not make a puppy pile with him. If you have children, you've been there and done that. How about a little peace and quiet? How about an older rescue Lab??

7) Finish the Newspaper. With a puppy running amok in your house, do you think you will be able to relax when you get home from work? Do you think your kids will really feed him, clean up the messes, and take him for a walk in the pouring rain every hour to get him housetrained? With an adult dog, it will only be the kids running amok, because your Lab will be sitting calmly next to you, while your workday stress flows away and your blood pressure lowers as you pet him.

6) Easier Vet Trips. Those puppies need their series of puppy shots and fecals, then their rabies shots, then trips to be altered, maybe an emergency trip or two if they've chewed something dangerous. Those puppy visits can add up (on top of what you paid for the dog). Your donation to the rescue when adopting an older pup should get you a dog with all shots current, already altered, heartworm negative and on preventative at the minimum.

5) What You See Is What You Get. How big will that puppy be? What kind of temperament will he have? Will he be easily trained? Will his personality be what you were hoping for? How active will he be? When adopting an older dog from a rescue, all of those questions are easily answered. You can pick large or small; active or couch potato; goofy or brilliant; sweet or sassy. Our rescue has seen many puppies who became the wrong match as they got older.

4) Intact Possessions. When the puppy isn't teething on household items, he will be teething on your children and you. Growing puppies are going to put everything from food to clothes to hands in their mouths, and as they get older and bigger it definitely hurts (and can get worse, if they aren't being corrected properly.) Most older Labs have "been there, done that, moved on."

3) Matchmaker Make Me a Match. Puppy love is often no more than an attachment to a look or a color. It is not much of a basis on which to make a decision that will hopefully last 15+ years. While that puppy may have been the cutest of the litter; he may grow up to be super active (when what you wanted was a couch buddy); she may be a couch princess (when what you wanted was a tireless hiking companion); he may want to spend every waking moment in the water (while you're a landlubber); or she may want to be an only child (while you are intending to have kids or more animals). Pet mis-matches are one of the top reasons rescues get owner-surrender phone calls. Good rescues do extensive evaluating of both their Lab and their applicants to be sure that both Lab and family will be happy with each other until death do them part.

2) Instant Companion. With an older Lab, you automatically have a buddy that can go everywhere and do everything with you NOW. There's no waiting for a puppy to grow up (and then hope he will like to do what you enjoy.) You will have been able to select the most compatible dog: one that travels well; one that loves to play with your friends' dogs; one with excellent house manners that you can take to your parents' new home with the new carpet and the new couch. You can come home after a long day's work and spend your time on a relaxing walk, ride or swim with your new best friend (rather than cleaning up after a small puppy.)

1) Bond--Labby Bond. Labs who have been uprooted from their happy homes or have not had the best start in life are more likely to bond very completely and deeply with their new people. Those who have lost their families through death, divorce or lifestyle change go through a terrible mourning process. But once attached to a new loving family, they seem to want to please as much as possible to make sure they are never homeless again. Those Labs that are just learning about the good life and good people seem to bond even deeper. They know what life on the streets, life on the end of a chain (or worse) is all about, and they revel and blossom in a nurturing, loving environment. Most rescues make exceptionally affectionate and attentive pets and extremely loyal companions.
Good rescues will evaluate the dog before accepting him/her (medically, behaviorally, and for breed conformation), rehabilitate if necessary, and adopt the animal only when s/he is ready and to a home that matches and is realistic about the commitment necessary to provide the dog with the best home possible.
Choosing a rescue dog over a purchased pup will not solve the pet overpopulation problem - only responsible pet owners and breeders can do that. But it does give many of them a chance they otherwise would not have. Beyond doing a "good deed", adopting a rescue dog can be the best decision and addition to the family you’ve ever made. Rescue a dog and get a devoted friend for life!

Reprinted with permission from Mary and Doug Clark, Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc. – Clinton, MD

Our Adoption Process:

After completing an application, a volunteer from CILRA will conduct a "home visit". It is important for us to know that the new dog is going to a permanent, loving home where all members of the family want a dog, want this particular breed, and are willing to provide a suitable setting. After your home visit has been completed and you have been approved to adopt, we will work to find the best match for you. CILRA is available for help before, during and after the adoption.

Do I need a fenced in yard?

One of CILRA's primary concerns is ensuring the safety of each dog. Fenced areas protect Labs from the dangers of traffic, strangers or other animals, as well as offer a safe place for them to play, exercise, and relieve themselves. Dogs' personalities and families' circumstances can vary greatly, however, so each situation is evaluated individually. Even with a fenced area, parents must be especially vigilant about letting children open gates or doors which could easily allow a strong Lab to push through. CILRA requires a fence, either traditional or electronic for families with children under the age of 10 years. This is for the protection of both the children and the Lab.

Is there a cost for adoption?

The adoption donation is $175 for a dog 5 years old and under and $125 for a dog 6 years and older. As a non-profit organization, this is how we pay for all needed veterinary and medical expenses.

Are the dogs healthy?

CILRA ensures that all vaccinations are current and that each dog receives complete veterinary care including heartworm testing and preventative heartworm treatment. Additionally, all dogs are either neutered or spayed before they are placed.

What happens if the adoption doesn’t work out?

CILRA carefully evaluates each dog and each adoptive home to ensure the adoption is the best match possible. However, if an adoption does not work out for any reason, the dog must be returned to CILRA. Fortunately, the services of CILRA are available for as long as the dog lives.

What can I do to help CILRA?

CILRA simply would not exist without our volunteers and we rely solely on donations. The more volunteers we have, the more dogs we can help. The time involved is completely up to you as to what you are able to provide as every little bit contributes towards a happy ending for a rescued dog.

CILRA is always in need of volunteers who can help with the following:

1. Foster homes to care for a dog until adopted.

2. Transportation to drive a dog to a foster home.

3. Home visits to meet potential adopters to ask and answer questions about adopting.

4. Screen call from people wanting to place or adopt a Lab.

5. Meet Labs to evaluate them as candidates for our rescue program.

6. Write dog-related articles for our newsletter.

7. Speak to the public at a trade show booths to raise awareness about the many benefits of adopting a rescued Lab.

For more information about CILRA, adopting a Lab or becoming a volunteer:

In Indiana: In Illinois:
8517 S. 650 E. 630-415-1973
Ladoga, IN 47954



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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.