Puppy Adoption Contract

This puppy adoption contract outlines all the necessary information and responsibilities when adopting a puppy.

Puppy Health GuaranteeHappy chocolate lab puppy

Download and print PDF copy.  Fill out all spaces applicable to buyer and send in with deposit. Initial all spaces required.  Remainder will be filled out at pickup by SIerra Valley Labs

PDF Puppy contract

General Health Guarantee

Sierra Valley Labs offers a seven-day general health guarantee. Your new puppy will have been seen by a veterinarian, have a health checkup with a 100% clean bill of health, received appropriate shots, and have been wormed and prior to your receiving the puppy. We require you take your puppy to a veterinarian of your choice (Owner’s expense) within 72 hours of your puppy’s arrival. If during this examination your puppy is found to have a chronic or serious health problem, he/she is to be returned to us immediately for either a refund of the purchase price of the puppy or a replacement puppy from the next available litter (Breeder’s choice). It is the Owner’s responsibility to use reasonable judgment with their new puppy. Puppies should not be brought to a public place (i.e. pet store or park) until they have completed their full cycle of vaccinations due to risk of contagious illness. The Breeder reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a veterinarian of our choice prior to replacement or refund.

Genetic Health Guarantee

We understand the importance of preventing known genetic diseases in the Labrador Retriever breed and these diseases can be 100% prevented through responsible breeding practices. We make every effort to know the status of all our dogs, prior to breeding. We also try to know the EIC & CNM status at a minimum of any outside studs used. 
Because of our efforts and testing of our dogs, we guarantee that all Sierra Valley Labs puppies will be genetically unaffected of Exercise induced collapse (EIC), Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM), Progressive retinal atrophy-progressive rod-cone degeneration (PRA-pcrd), Cystinuria, and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). We also guarantee they will be unaffected by the dilute gene (D Locus).  


Our dogs are guaranteed up to the age of 24 months against genetic conditions. If one of our dogs is determined by at least two veterinarians to have an inherited illness, we will offer a refund of the purchase price of the puppy or a replacement puppy from the next available litter (Breeder’s choice).

Prior to 24 months of age, if one of our dogs is determined by OFA to have a hip score of moderately or severely dysplastic the Owner must submit a copy of both x-ray and report to the Breeder.

Owner should provide an environment that is conducive to the avoidance of environmental causes of Hip Dysphasia such as:

  1. Not allowing your puppy to regularly go up and down stairs until they are one year of age.
  2. Feeding your puppy high quality large breed puppy food until the age of 12 month
  3. Keep your puppy’s weight within normal limits.
  4. Avoid strenuous exercise such as jogging long distances, agility training, or prolonged activities where

your puppy has to jump to catch a frisbee or ball until he/she is one year of age.


Conditions of Health Guarantee:

When the following additional requirements are met, this guarantee with be honored by Sierra Valley Labs

  1. The puppy must have been registered with the AKC before it turns 1 year of age.
  2. The dog must NOT have been spayed or neutered prior to 12 months of age.
  3. The dog must not have been bred intentionally or accidentally.
  4. The dog must not be overweight, or have suffered trauma from accident, neglect or exercise. Puppy must be receiving proper care and nutrition.
  5. The dog must be owned by the original owner.
  6. If female, the x-rays must not be taken within 30 days before or after her heat cycle.
  7. Health issues must be related to a genetic defect listed in this health guarantee.
  8. The puppy must be up to date with all vaccinations deemed necessary by a veterinarian.

To Process a Claim

If your puppy qualifies for return on this guarantee due to a genetic problem that is listed above and has been diagnosed by a qualified professional, according to the terms above, the full purchase price of the puppy will be applied toward a puppy of similar quality from another Sierra Valley Labs litter (buyer pays shipping or other additional costs associated with the purchase). If the price of the replacement puppy is greater than the cost of the original puppy, the buyer will pay the difference. This credit will apply upon receipt of the following:

  1. OFA and/or CERF paperwork must be sent to Sierra Valley Labs.
  2. Sierra Valley Labs must receive a letter from your veterinarian stating the dog has been spayed or neutered.
  3. Microchip placement must be validated by your veterinarian and the microchip identification number MUST appear on all the documents or certifications. *In the event that a diagnosis of a genetic defect appears questionable, a second opinion from a veterinarian approved by Sierra Valley Labs will be the determining factor (buyer to pay costs).

*If for any reason you are unsatisfied or no longer wish to keep a Labrador retriever purchased through Sierra Valley Labs, please let us know and we will help with finding him/her a suitable home. *____(initial) The Buyer agrees that at no point in the life of the dog purchased from Sierra Valley Labs will be submitted to a shelter or humane society. Sierra Valley Labs reserves the right to first option to take a dog back if the owner is unable to provide the care originally agreed upon.

Purchase Price:______________________ Purchase Date: __________________

Sire:_______________________________              AKC#______________________

Dam:______________________________              AKC#______________________

AKC Litter Number:___________________

Sex & Color:________________ Microchip Number: ____________________________


Buyer’s signature: ______________________________________Date:______________


Seller’s signature: ______________________________________ Date:_______________

Thank You,

Sierra Valley Labs  559-363-2100

30623 Ave 20

Madera, CA  93638


DEPOSIT:: I understand that my deposit of $______in the form of a check made out to Jon Reid to hold a puppy is non-refundable. The remaining balance of $______ is due in cash upon pickup date. If balance is not paid in full by the time puppy is due to be picked up or arrangements have not been made, I understand I forfeit my deposit and my chosen puppy will be offered as available to other potential homes. (All checks must clear my bank before pup is released) Initial______                            

 Two (2) YEAR GENETIC GUARANTEE: In the event that your dog is diagnosed with a genetic disease of the hips that is moderate or severe in its nature, we will refund you the original purchase price, or replace your puppy. To make a claim under this you must have radiographs taken by an accredited licensed veterinarian and submit your film(s) to OFA for a result of moderate or severe. The claim must be made before the puppy turns 26 months of age. All costs are the responsibility of the buyer and will not be reimbursed by the breeder.  The dog must not have been bred and must be in compliance with all parts of this sales agreement. A replacement puppy can take up to a year. Initial_________
Seventy Two (72) HOUR GUARANTEE: Puppy must be examined by a licensed DVM within 72 hours of purchase. If for any reason the puppy is found to be a poor health risk you may return your puppy for a full refund or replacement puppy if available. Please provide a statement from your DVM explaining the diagnosis. If a licensed DVM examination is not done within 72 hour, this contract becomes invalid. WE WILL NOT PAY VETRANARIAN CHARGES.  Initial_________
General Health: OFA certification is not a guarantee against orthopedic problems; it is the buyer’s responsibility to provide proper diet and exercise appropriate for your dog’s age. Buyer agrees not to allow any activity’s that will cause stress to the puppy/dogs joints until twenty four (24) months of age. Buyer agrees to feed puppy a premium large breed puppy food until puppy reaches twelve (12) months of age and continue with a premium large breed adult dog food for the remainder of the dog’s life. Buyer agrees not to let puppy become over weight at any time until puppy reaches twenty four (24) months of age. At which time buyer agrees not to let dog become more than five (5) pounds overweight for remainder of the dog’s life. Buyer agrees to keep dog current on annual examinations and vaccinations with a licensed veterinarian. Any signs of neglect/abuse toward puppy voids contract.  Initial_________
Spay/Neuter: All dogs/puppies sold are expected to be spayed or neutered by the age of eighteen (18) months but no sooner then twelve (12) months of age. All puppies/dogs come with limited registration (NO breeding rights) unless arrangements for breeding rights have been made in advance.
Open door Policy: In the event you can no longer keep your dog we should be notified. We may be able to help place your dog in a new home or you can return your Labrador to Sierra Valley Labs and we will find a future home for him/her. No financial reimbursement will be given back to you. Initial_________
Accident/Illness: Accidents and other illness are not included in this guarantee. It is your responsibility to provide adequate fencing or runs, and properly vaccinate and care for your puppy.
The guarantees and refunds described above are your sole and exclusive remedy in the event of any problems with the puppy. Any and all rights and claims for damages of any sort, including consequential, punitive, and emotional distress damages are waived.
*This contract is issued ONLY to the original buyer and is non-transferable.
*Sierra Valley Labs reserve the right to terminate this contract prior to transfer of said puppy, and refund any deposit.

Litter Sire: __________________________________

AKC Reg. # _________________________________

Litter Dam: _________________________________

AKC Reg. # _________________________________

Litter #_________________Color________ Sex_______ Date of Birth: _____________________

Buyer Info:

Name________________________________ Phone______________ Deposit_____________
Address___________________________________________________ Balance____________
City & State___________________________________________________Zip_____________
e-mail address________________________________________________________________
Signature________________________________________________ Date________________

By signing this agreement the buyer understands and agrees to all of its content.  

Everyone placing a deposit/purchasing a puppy must sign this contract. If you are mailing in a deposit please contact us and will email you the contract with all appropriate information filled in. Then you will initial and sign all areas and return to us with your deposit.  

Always contact us before sending deposits.

Sierra Valley Labs   559-363-2100

30623 Ave 20

Madera, CA 93638


Do you ship puppies?

No we do not ship. We expect our new puppy family members to pick up their baby in person.  You can fly back with the pup in carry on below your seat.  There have been to many tragic stories involving shipped puppies.

Do you have customer service?

Of course! Our friendly and knowledgeable customer services reps are available to answer your questions 24/7/365.