The Labelle Foundation

Making the world a better place one puppy at a time.

Devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, & advocating for dogs

Adoption Information Guide

Thank you so much for your interest in adopting a pet from The Labelle Foundation in Los Angeles. By opening up your home to a pet, you’re not only helping to save lives, you’re providing the individual attention and love these dogs desperately need.

Once you have completed your adoption application online, our adoption coordinator will reach out to you IF YOU ARE APPROVED for the dog you applied for. We have so many qualified applications for each individual dog, but we can only accept one. Due to the demand for dogs, we are only contacting the accepted applicant for the dog that you applied for. Once you have paid the one time $15 fee, you can update your application through the adoption update form — free of cost. If you are approved you can expect to hear back from an adoption coordinator within two weeks. 

Our dog adoption program is designed to help dogs from local California shelters get a second chance at finding a home. The adoption process moves pretty quickly once you have been approved to adopt a dog. We are located in Los Angeles and cannot ship dogs to be adopted. If you are from out of town, you will have to come to LA to pick up the dog.

Am I ready to adopt a dog?

Asking yourself this question is a great first step! Here are some questions you to help guide you to make that decision: 

  • Do you have any other dogs and how will they react to a new pet?
  • Is your current residence suited to the dog you’re considering?
  • How will your social life or work obligations affect your ability to care for a dog?
  • Do you have a plan for your new dog during vacations and/or work travel?
  • How do the people you live with feel about having a dog in the house?
  • Are you (or your spouse, partner or roommate) intolerant of hair, dirt and other realities of sharing your home with a dog, such as allergies?
  • Do you have a fenced-in yard? If not are you committed to potty training on a leash? 
  • Do you or any of your household/family members have health issues that may be affected by a dog?
  • Am I financially stable enough to provide a great quality of care for your pet (more details on expenses below). 
  • What breed of dog is the best fit with your current lifestyle? (You can find information on specific breeds in petfinders dog breed directory.)
  • Is there tension in the home? Dogs quickly pick up on stress in the home, and it can exacerbate their health and behavior problems.
  • Is there an adult in the family who has agreed to be ultimately responsible for the dog’s care?

Is The Labelle Foundation a shelter?

No, we are a foster based rescue organization. We do not have a facility, nor do we receive government funding. We rely solely on donations and adoption fees to fund our medical, supplies, training, and staffing. We are a registered 501(c)3  EIN: 83-0882287

How do I know what breed and size dog I am looking for?

Take this quiz and find out! Please keep in mind we rarely have purebred or poodle mixes. Due to the fact that we are a rescue, we cannot guarantee the breed of any dog.

What do I do if I have roommates? 

If you have roommates please make sure they are on board with owning an animal. Discuss who will split what responsibilities and who will be financially supporting the dog. Please have your roommates fill out our co-signer agreement form. 


Can I do foster-to-adopt?

Some adult dogs can go home for a week-long trial adoption (foster-to-adopt). This is based on an approved adoption application and home check. This is a great way to see how your other pets and your family get along with the new member of the pack. If at the end of the week you do not feel that the dog is a good fit for you and your family we can rehome the dog with a new foster.

However, very young puppies are not up for trial adoptions (foster-to-adopt) as we prefer not to disturb their environments until a firm commitment is made. As puppies, their true personality has not yet developed and it is the new owner’s responsibility is to form and shape the puppy’s behavior as it matures. 


How much money should I expect to spend per year? 

The cost of owning a dog can be estimated at about $1,400 to $4,300 per year. Depending on the need for vaccines, preventive medications, and special treatments, that first visit will likely cost you anywhere from $50 to $300, so be prepared. Vet bills for a young puppy will likely range from $100 to $300 depending on the puppy’s health and the region in which you live. Puppies need to visit the vet every few weeks until about 16 weeks of age, and each visit can run you $100 to $300 depending on your pup’s needs.

Emergencies, chronic illnesses, disasters, and other unplanned expenses can amount to hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. The cost of an emergency vet hospital visit can start around $500 to $1000 and go well beyond $2000 to $5000. Advanced surgery is anywhere from $2000 to $5000 or more. If your sick pet needs to stay in the ICU, you could be looking at $200 to $500 per day and up.

How much is the adoption fee from The Labelle Foundation? 

The adoption fee from The Labelle Foundation is $600 unless otherwise stated. The adoption fee covers vaccines to date, spay/neuter and microchip. If you are adopting from out of state, you would need to cover expenses for coming to LA. Additionally, we only cover spay/neuter at our vets based in Los Angeles. Additional medical and remaining vaccines are not included in the adoption fee and will be the responsibility of the adopter.


What does the adoption process include? 

The first step is an Adoption Application which can be found on our website. If approved, a home check will be required. If the home check and application are approved we will move on to meet and greets with the adopters and foster. Depending on the breed/dog you may need to do an interview with a member of our team. Upon adoption you will be asked to sign an Adoption Contract and pay the $600 non-refundable adoption fee.

Note: If you are planning to adopt from an adoption event you must have a pre-approved application and home check video!

What should I expect from a home check?

We look for a safe and positive environment for all our animals. Depending on the animal’s breed and age, our requirements will change. In general, we want to make sure the dog cannot escape and is not exposed to any dangerous chemicals or things like loose wires. If we happen to find a potential hazard, we may wait until the hazard is fixed prior to allowing the dog to move to its new home.

What should I expect from a meet and greet?

A meet and greet is a chance for you to meet the dog in person and see if there’s a connection. Meet and greets usually last between 30 min to an hour and are helpful if you have another animal for them to meet. Some people do adopt immediately upon meeting the dog and pay and fill out the contract at the meet and greet. Others do the meet and greet and schedule pick up for a different day. 

How can I make sure my application is the best it can be? 

Fill out your application as detailed and as thoroughly as you can. Please specify breed/size/age preferences you have even if you are applying for a specific dog. Make sure you are committed to adopting as to not waste your time or ours. Thoroughly explain why you want to adopt a dog NOW. What about you and your life would make a great home for the dog? Have you thought about how you will sustain providing the best care for the dog? Experience with dogs or previous ownership of a dog is an added plus but not required. 

Discuss with family members/ other household members on how you will train the dog. Be on the same page about potty training, rewards and discipline and be prepared to share that in the application. Please thoroughly think about the situations in which you might have to return your dog, what would you be willing to tolerate and work on and what is a deal breaker for you? 

Research the vet you will bring your dog to and why. Research the diet you will put your pet on and why. Understanding the quality of life you can provide your dog is important. Decide how you will handle behavioral issues and obedience training. Are you qualified to handle it on your own or will you be sending the pup to training? 

The more detailed and prepared you are for the application the better! We love to see people who have thought through owning a dog and know how they will handle multiple different situations as they arise!

Where can I see all the adoptable dogs?

Our Instagram @thelabellefoundation is the best way to see the available dogs we have. We update posts as the dogs are adopted. Our website also has select featured dogs available for adoption. We also include all adoptable dogs in our ‘adoptable dogs’ highlight on Instagram.

How will I know if my application is approved?

We work hard to contact approved adopters for the dog they applied for within 2 weeks of their application. At this time we cannot contact denied applicants. Unfortunately, due to a huge influx of demand, we are unable to get back to every person as we are working 24/7 to save dogs. We are continuing to work to create systems to contact everyone who applies but we are unable to at this point. 


Our advice is to apply as “open” and then use the “application update form” as dogs arise that you are interested in. 


How do I use the ‘application update form’?

After completing the $15 application fee and application form, you can then apply for additional dogs using our application update form. We have new dogs come available for adoption and we understand there are multiple dogs you might be interested in. You can complete this form to let us know that you are interested in that specific dog, without having to complete a full adoption form again. 


Unless you are specifically interested in an adult/senior dog, it is best to indicate a specific dog name using the adoption update form. This allows us to know that you are still interested in adopting from The Labelle Foundation for this new dog. We find that people put ‘open’ but when we offer a dog to them, they are not interested. We understand people have preferences for their new furry friend and this is our process to understand those. Each dog has their own unique personality, traits and looks – every time we post a dog for adoption we make sure to include what we learned from them in foster to help adopters make an informed decision if this is the right dog for them. 


I applied multiple times and I’m not hearing back, what can I do?

We understand that applying for a dog and getting your hopes up is an emotionally draining process, especially if you feel like you are being lost in the pool of applicants. Due to the sheer demand for dogs (we are receiving around 50 QUALIFIED applicants per puppy), we cannot make everyone happy. Our motto is patience and kindness is the key to finding your forever pet. If you have applied 3 times and waited out the 2 week period and have not heard back please send us an email letting us know. 


That being said, try applying for a dog with less applicants or a dog that is not a puppy. We have amazing adoptable dogs that are around 1 to 2 years old who only receive one or no applications because they are not a puppy. We also rescue on average 20 dogs per week. Sadly, dogs being in shelters is a never ending struggle and we will continue to be saving them. Patience is the best attribute in dog rescue! 

Necessary supplies: 

  • Food and water bowls
  • Food (canned and/or dry)
  • Collar
  • Four to six-foot leash
  • ID tag with your phone number
  • Hard plastic carrier or foldable metal crate
  • Dog bed
  • Doggy shampoo and conditioner
  • Nail clippers
  • Canine toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Brush or comb (depends on your dog’s coat length and type)
  • Super-absorbent paper towels
  • Sponge and scrub brush
  • Non-toxic cleanser
  • Enzymatic odor neutralizer
  • Plastic poop baggies (biodegradable ones are best) or pooper scooper
  • Absorbent house-training pads
  • Variety of toys (a ball, rope, chew toy and puzzle toy are good starts)
  • Variety of treats (such as small biscuits, larger rawhides, etc.)
  • First-aid supplies
  • Baby gate(s)
  1. Make sure all family members and housemates are on the same page about how the dog will be raised
  2. Gather supplies. 
  3. Prepare the things your dog will need in advance.
  4. Establish house rules.
  5. Plan the arrival.
  6. Prepare for housetraining.
  7. Decide which vet you will use.
  8. Ensure all pets are healthy.