The Joshua Fund Adoption Process

We rescue dogs and puppies from the Southern part of the US, including Houston Texas. They stay with foster families (or in boarding) near the shelter of origin, receive all of the medical care that they need and when they're ready to travel, we bring them to us in Lake Placid, NY.

Almost every dog and puppy who we rescue is spoken for before they get here. That means that every adopter has submitted their application and our volunteers have thoroughly checked their references. Either a home inspection is scheduled or we have talked to the applicant at length on the phone.

We have no physical building for you to visit since all of our dogs and puppies either go home with their new family or are placed in foster care here in Lake Placid.

What are the requirements to adopt from The Joshua Fund?

  1. You must live within a 250 mile radius of Lake Placid, NY. This includes Canada. You must come to us in Lake Placid, NY to meet us and you new dog or puppy. The adoption will be finalized at that time.
  2. You must be over the age of 23 to adopt from us unless you are married. Proof of marriage is required if you are under 23 years old.
  3. You must fill out our adoption application found HERE. It's an online form so you can type in your answers and then click SUBMIT when you are finished.
  4. You must also submit photos of your home showing the front & back exterior, one of the main living area and one of the fenced-in area if you do have a fence.
  5. You must submit a scan or a file of a recent tax receipt if you own your home.
  6. You must submit a scan or file of your lease agreement if you rent.
  7. Please send all of your files/scans to info@JoshuaFundRescue.org or fax them to 518-536-9003

If you fail to provide these documents or leave out any pertinent information on your application, we will discard your application.

When I submit an application, how long does it take to hear from The Joshua Fund?
As soon as we receive your completed application, you'll receive an e-mail acknowledgement. It will take from a few days to two weeks to hear back from us. We have to verify all of your information and that takes time. Our volunteers have day jobs and families to take care of and they do this in their spare time.

What are any other requirements to adopt a dog or puppy?

  1. We require that all other pets in your home are up-to-date on vaccinations.
  2. We require that all other pets in your home are spayed/neutered.

What happens next?
When all of your information has been verified, our Adoption Coordinator will call you to discuss the dog or puppy you want to adopt. Most of our adopters have seen a particular dog or puppy on our Facebook page or on sites like Petfinder or Adopt-A-Pet. If you haven't seen a particular dog or puppy, you can discuss who is in our program with the Adoption Coordinator.

Information about the dogs & puppies in our program:

The majority of our dogs and puppies are rescued from high-kill shelters. This does not mean there's anything wrong with them, it just means that they wound up in a place where adoptions are very low and the need for rescue is terribly high.

When we save a dog or puppy, every medical need is taken care of by our rescue. The dog/puppy is given a full medical evaluation by our own Veterinarians, given treatment for any problems they have (ticks, fleas, intestinal parasites, skin conditions, etc.)  They are given vaccines for distemper, parvo, bordatella and rabies if they are old enough. They are given fecal tests, de-wormed if needed and treated for any eye or ear infections, upper respiratory infections and the like. If age appropriate, a 4DX heart worm test is given. All dogs and puppies are spayed/neutered.

The majority of the adult dogs we rescue are heart worm positive. This adds greatly to the cost of the medical care which every one of our dogs receives, often adding $750 for medication and in the case of dogs in boarding facilities, another $200 to the boarding cost.

All of our dogs and puppies are micro-chipped and are on heart worm preventive medication.

When the dog or puppy has finished their mandatory three week quarantine period (to prevent the transmission of disease) and the Veterinarian clears them for travel, we use a professional transport company to bring the dogs and puppies to New York. The cost is anywhere from $150 to $175 per animal.

What is the adoption fee?
The adoption fee for any dog is $350

What happens at/after the adoption?
On adoption day you will sign a legal document stating what the requirements are for your new family member. This includes your responsibility to take your new dog or puppy to your own Veterinarian for a check-up within 14 days. If you adopt a dog who has completed heart worm treatment, a follow-up blood test is required. Your new dog or puppy may need to begin Lyme vaccine and/or receive boosters so discuss that with your Vet.

You will get your new dog/puppy's medical records, microchip number and any other documents you'll need if you will be crossing the Canadian border.

What happens if there are more applicants for a particular dog or puppy?
In case there are other applicants for a dog or puppy, we will make the decision who will be the best fit. We don't have a "first come, first served" policy. We want the dog or puppy to have the best possible home for them. 
If you have more questions, please e-mail us at info@JoshuaFundRescue.org

The application will be reviewed by one of our volunteers.  If the application meets our requirements, a reference check will be performed. Note: we do require that all current pets in the household are up to date on vaccinations and are spayed/neutered.  All dogs must be on regular monthly heart worm prevention.

Once we have checked all references, we will notify you that you have been pre-approved.  At this point, we will schedule a home visit and/or telephone interview.  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 your area that you may be interested in and that fit your requirements.

Once you have decided to adopt, you will need to complete the adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee of $350.  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.
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 heart worm prevention.
Additional Information

All of our dogs are thoroughly vetted prior to adoption.  This includes core vaccinations (distemper/parvo, bordatella, and rabies, if age appropriate), fecal test and deworming, general exam, spay/neuter (for dogs 6 months or older), heartworm test (if age appropriate), heartworm and flea/tick prevention, and treatment of any diagnosed illnesses (heartworms, ear infections, skin conditions, etc.). However, we do require that you schedule a vet visit for your new family member to have them examined by your own veterinarian.

This visit should include a fecal test and all dogs should have a 4DX heartworm test in six months to re-check for heartworm and any tickborne illnesses .  Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations such as lyme and leptospirosis, depending on where you live.

Puppies may require additional booster vaccines depending on when they are adopted.

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 dog, you must contact us so that we can make arrangements for the dog 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 Angie@JoshuaFundRescue.org and one of our volunteers will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

If you have any other questions, please e-mail us at info@JoshuaFundRescue.org

If you are ready to adopt, please fill out our online application.