Our History

Our History 2017-07-18T12:57:08+00:00

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue was co-founded by Leslie Brown and Lauren Immel to honor the memory of Les’ first Lab, Tess.

Part of the vision was to help senior Labs, Labs that may need hospice care, and special needs Labs all of whom have little hope of placement while in shelters. Leslie had many special needs Labs, including Owen who was born hydrocephalic and given no more than a year to live. Owen lived to the ripe old age of 11! Chocolate, a blind dwarf Lab, and Gypsy, a deaf and blind Lab mix were some of the others that followed Owen and began Safe Harbor’s legacy.

After 30 years with Jefferson County Courts, Les retired to focus on Safe Harbor Lab Rescue. At the same time she went to work part time at Arvada West Veterinary Hospital, Safe Harbor’s first veterinary care provider and continues to provide care for our Labs.

Read more about the early days of Safe Harbor Lab Rescue in this archived story from the Denver Post.