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We are thrilled to have you here on our site looking to adopt the newest member of your family. Part of LOLIN's mission is to educate the public about the importance of supporting adoption rather than buying puppies and dogs from breeders and pet stores. We think you are making a choice you will LOVE! Get ready for lots of love, wagging tails, and snuggles as you start this journey toward adopting from LOLIN. If this is not your first rescue dog, then you know the joy that is awaiting you and the feeling of pride you will having in contributing to the rescue of your new dog. If this is your first rescue, we are thrilled you are experiencing this with us! Our adoption coordinator and the rest of our adoption team will be with you every step of the way. We are here to answer your questions, provide suggestions about which dogs are a good fit for your lifestyle and family, and we will for sure still be here for help and advice even after your adoption is complete!
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All of us here at LOLIN would like to say THANK YOU for opting to adopt!
Once we receive your application, the adoption team at Love of Labs will screen your application. We will notify you via email within 72 hours after receiving your application, that we have indeed received it. If it is over 72 hrs and you have NOT heard from us, please email us requesting the status of your application. Please note: There may be more than one volunteer contacting you.
We try very hard to let you know when we receive your application. Then, our goal is to have the initial screening and references checked within one week after receipt. When an unusually large number of applications are received during a short time period, however, the follow up contact may take slightly longer, just email us and ask the status of your application if you are uncertain where you are in the adoption process.
In order to help offset the costs of processing applications, we require a $15 Application Donation Fee. This fee is NONREFUNDABLE. Once you submit your application electronically, you will need to submit your application fee via Paypal or send a check or money order to Lolin, Inc., c/o Jim Belcher, 190 E. Venoy Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46227. Once we have received your Application Donation, we will begin to process your application as expediently as possible.
Veterinary and Personal Reference Checks
As part of your application, you will submit a list of any and all veterinary clinics you have used. Please ask those clinics to fax us verification that your existing/prior animals were on heartworm preventative, heartworm tested annually, fully vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. If you don't adhere to the Guidelines from the American Heartworm Society on Test and Prevention then please do not apply with LOLIN. The fax number is 801-640-7688. We may also call the clinics for additional information. As stated in the application, please be sure to call the clinic(s) to give them permission to speak with our volunteer. If you do not call ahead of time, your application will most likely be delayed.
Also on your application, you are required to list a personal reference. We prefer that your personal reference not be an immediate family member. One of our volunteers will call this person to verify their relationship with you and how they feel you will suit as a home for one of our labs. This step is required; please make sure the person you use as a reference is someone on whom you can rely to return phone calls promptly. After all, we would all hate for this step to be the one that delays your application.
During the telephone interview, the volunteer from LOLIN will go over your application with you as well as asking any questions that have been raised thus far in the process. This call shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes at most, but does allow us to clear up any issues and get to know you better. If you receive a message from one of our telephone interview volunteers, please attempt to return the call as quickly as possible so that your application can continue to be processed.
After the phone screening and the reference checks, the next step in the adoption process is a home visit. The home visit only takes 20-30 minutes and is a great opportunity for an experienced volunteer to answer your questions and get a feel for the environment where our rescued Lab would be living. We are not here to judge how clean your house is or peek into your medicine cabinet! Our volunteer will point out any potential issues they see (items propped next to the fence that a Lab could use to jump over, items or trash cans a Lab may disrupt, etc.). After the home visit, the volunteer performing the visit sends a report to our Adoption Team. The Team then reviews the Home Visit sheet and your application. They then make a final decision regarding whether or not your application is approved. The Adoption Team may at times seek input from the board of directors on the final approval decision, which will take longer.
Once your application is approved, your information is forwarded to our Adoption Coordinator. Our Adoption Coordinator works to meld your desired characteristics in a dog with dogs in our program that are appropriate for your life style and with our perception of the dog's needs. Depending on the specifics of your situation and your desired characteristics in a dog, it can take from a day to several weeks to locate a match between you and a dog in our program. In some cases, we may never be able to help you with a match (especially if the only dog you are willing to consider is a yellow, purebred female of no more than 8 weeks old); in these cases, our Adoption Coordinator will be honest with you as to the situation. We appreciate your patience while we do our job of finding a Lab for your family and your willingness to consider alternative colors, ages, or gender for your "ideal dog".
If you have to have a dog in a matter of days from submitting your application, you will want to go elsewhere to find your dog since most of LOLIN's volunteers have full time jobs outside of our volunteer work. Please remember, we are VOLUNTEERS, and we do this truly for the Love of the Labs!
8063 Madison Avenue, #235
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Love of Labs' (LOLIN, INC) mission is to reduce the euthanasia rate of Labrador Retrievers and Labrador mixes throughout animal shelters/animal controls in the Midwest (ESPECIALLY INDIANA). LOLIN will accomplish this goal by spaying and neutering dogs we rescue from shelters and educating the public regarding adoption, heartworm prevention, sterilization for all pets, and responsible ownership. LOLIN, INC. is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, IRS deemed Public Charity, and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by the IRS. Love of Labs obtains operational funds through adoption fees, donations, and various fundraisers ONLY.