Although Labradors are a common breed frequently found in animal shelters, silver Labradors are a less common variant, so be prepared to take some time to find one. Silver is a dilute variant of chocolate, so look for listings for chocolate Labs as well as silver ones.
Consider being flexible on color, age or other details to help speed up the process. You may find the perfect Labrador for you in a more traditional chocolate, black or yellow color if you keep an open mind. Adult dogs, including young adults, are also more common in rescues.
Working with a breed rescue group may be more efficient than working with a municipal animal shelter that handles all breeds. Discuss your needs and preferences with the shelter or rescue staff, and listen to their advice about suitable matches.
Pet adoption websites, such as Petfinder.com, can help you find adoptable Labs in your area. However, these results may occasionally be out of date depending on how frequently the rescue updates their listings.
Puppies need basic training, such as housebreaking and obedience work, which can be time-consuming and difficult. Make sure you have enough time and energy to raise a well-behaved dog.
Be prepared to show the rescue or shelter that you can care for the dog. It may require references, background information and proof from your landlord that you are allowed to have a dog. Some rescues may require home checks or additional interviews.