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Thank you for your interest in adopting a rescued labrdor. 

Adopting a rescued Lab helps us save another Labs life!  When you adopt from our rescue, we are able to pull another lab from a shelter, which saves the life of another Lab and allows more space at the shelter so that other dogs can be kept longer.  All adoption fees are used to offset a portion of the costs we incur in caring for our rescues, so you can be sure your adoption fee will be used to save another life.

 Knox Lab Rescue does require a non-refundable $25.00 application fee at the time your application is submitted; this fee helps to offset the costs associated with making our dogs ready to meet adopters, including providing veterinary care, boarding, and many other needs. 

The First Step 

Submit our online application.

 It is important that the application is completed in its entirety, as incomplete applications will not be processed.  Please review our important information to help guide you through the adoption process.

The application will be reviewed by one of our volunteers.  If the application meets our requirements, a vet reference check will be performed.  

Note:  we do require that all current pets in the household are up to date on vaccinations and must be on regular monthly heartworm prevention, must be spayed or neutered, and must get along well with other dogs. Your current dog must NOT show any signs of aggression with other dogs or humans!

Once we have checked all references, we will notify you that you have been pre-approved.  At this point, we will schedule a  telephone interview and schedule a home visit.   Depending on your location, we may ask you to submit photos of the interior and exterior of your home in lieu of a home visit.

If the application is approved, we will make arrangements for you to meet any labs in our rescue that you may be interested in, and that would be a good match for your family.

Once you have decided to adopt a lab, you will need to complete the adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee.  The adoption fee helps us to recover a portion of the expenses we routinely incur in rescue (boarding, vaccinations, worming, spay/neuter if age appropriate, and transport) so that we can continue to save other labs.  Please note that the adoption fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.  All rescues must be sapyed or neutered prior to adoption finalization. 

After the adoption is finalized, you will receive copies of your lab's medical records and microchip information (if applicable).  All adopters are required to take their new adopted lab to their veterinarian within 14 days of the adoption, for a general exam and to purchase monthly heartworm prevention.

 Aditional Information

All of our labs are thoroughly vetted through the Humane Society prior to adoption.  This includes bordatella, core vaccinations (distemper/parvo and rabies ( if age appropriate), fecal test and deworming, spay/neuter, heartworm test (if age appropriate), heartworm prevention, and initial flea treatment. Puppies adopted from 8-16 weeks of age will have their age appropriate puppy vaccinations when they leave to their forever families. they will need further vaccinations through 16 weeks of age. We require that you schedule a vet visit for your new family member to have them examined by your own veterinarian and tp set up your puppies appointments for the remainder of his/her vaccinations. Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations such as lyme and leptospirosis, depending on where you live. 


There may be more than one applicant interested in a particular lab.  In that case, we will make our decision based on which applicant is the best fit.  If more than one applicant is compatible, the individual who was approved first will be given priority.  

If for any reason you are unable to keep your adopted lab, you must contact us so that we can make arrangements for the lab to be returned to us.   Please be patient during this process as it can take up to a few weeks, depending on the availability of fosters and volunteer transporters in your area.  We will make every effort to retrieve the lab as quickly as possible.  

We are here to help you at any time before, during and after the adoption process.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email our Adoption Coordinator at and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Adoption Eligibility

Please carefully review this eligibility information prior to submitting your adoption application and fee.

Knox Lab Rescue does adopt puppies and adults to homes with children under 7 years old. 

We only place adult Labs into homes with children when we know that a particular dog has a solid, positive history living successfully with kids of a similar age to those in the potential adopter's home.  Finding a dog who is going to be safe with your kids will likely make your adoption process longer. This policy is for the safety and well-being of your families and our dogs. If you're patient and have realistic expectations about adoption, we'll be very happy to work with you. 

Knox Lab Rescue cannot adopt dogs into homes where the number of pets currently meets or exceeds the limits set by your local municipal authority (city or county) or your HOA. If you’re not sure about the limits in your area, please contact your city hall, animal control authority and/or HOA to get that information.

Knox Lab Rescue does not adopt dogs to rental applicants without written proof that the landlord will permit a dog the size of a Labrador Retriever in their rental agreement. This proof can be a copy of the lease having a clause allowing such a dog, or a separate written document of landlord approval and must be provided to one of our volunteers prior to a home visit being scheduled. Verbal assurances or “contingent” clauses requiring the identification of a specific dog prior to the landlord granting approval are not accepted. Additionally, we will require written proof of any additional pet security deposit required by the landlord being paid. 

Knox Lab Rescue does not guarantee that every prospective adopter/applicant will adopt a dog from us. Our goal is to find each of our dogs a well-matched home, and we cannot provide any assurance to prospective adopters that we’ll be able to make a placement with them. We recognize that you may be working with other rescues, as well as breeders, and visiting animal shelters too. In the event you adopt or acquire a dog elsewhere, your application fee cannot be refunded to you.


All dogs are treated by a veterinarian prior to adoption. 

Adoption fees:

 Youngsters under 1 year - $275 / Dogs age 1-3 years - $250

Dogs age 4-7 years - $225/ Dogs age 8 and older - $150

(the $25.00 Application Fee is separate than the adoption fee

Knox Lab Rescue, reserves the right to deny any application. Please be aware that the adoption process is NOT on a first come, first serve basis. Our sole purpose is to find the best possible homes for our rescued Labs. All applicants are subject to an approval process.

Once your application is received, a volunteer in your area will be in touch by email or phone. In most areas, this process can take 7-10 days, so your patience is appreciated. After your application is accepted, and home visit finalized and approved, you will be eligible to adopt a dog that is well-matched to your home and family.


Knox Lab Rescue is dedicated to finding the best placements possible for each of our dogs and our adopters.  We appreciate your patience with our process.  Our organization is primarily volunteers who work diligently to ensure each Labrador finds a wonderful new home where they are a loved family member. 

A few things we would like you to know/consider: 

  • There is a higher demand for younger to middle aged Labradors.
  • We do not place on a first come, first served basis. 
  • ​No dogs can be certified as “service” or “comfort” by Knox Lab Rescue
  • Potential adopters are required to come to the meet and greet at our location normally held at one of the Knoxville pet stores. This will be set up by an adoption coordinator with you.
  • Some of the Labradors who come into our care are from shelters, and we have no history on them such as: Are they good with children; do they get along with other dogs; how do they behave around cats and small pets; do they jump fences; are they housetrained, etc. We do our best to get to know them while they are in our care, but there will always be good and bad surprises as an adoptive family gets to know the new Labrador in their life.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
  • a home visit is required for everyone interested in adopting one of our rescues.

Thank you for caring to adopt a rescued Labrador, we look forward to helping you find a new family companion.