Our Generous Donors

Our Generous Donors 2017-09-19T09:26:46+00:00

We are constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors! Read about some of our recent donations:


Baxter was returned to SHLR several times (I believe 3 or 4) in his short life. One of your volunteers posted him on her Facebook page saying he was coming back into rescue again. I contacted her and told her he was most likely an Akbash and not a Lab and offered to foster him and evaluate him as an Akbash. (Since I have two other Akbash dogs.) When I got him home and worked with him, I told her that I didn’t think he had ANY Lab in him and only saw a purebred Akbash. His previous home had him on anti-anxiety meds and they sent those along. I have never used them. I told her he had perfect manners and was simply the best dog as soon as he set foot on my property. (I live on 40 acres in Elizabeth with my closest neighbors being about a mile away and bordered on two sides by a 7,000-acre cattle ranch.) SHLR came back to me after several days and asked if I was interested in keeping him. She said the board had discussed him and felt it was probably best for him to have a country home and they would be willing to let me keep him, if I wanted. My heart about jumped out of my chest! I was so thrilled! I wasn’t looking for another dog, but he was just so perfect out here.

He did start to develop some anxiety about being left in the house when I leave, but now he knows when I am leaving, and he happily goes to his kennel. His previous adopters said he didn’t want to play with toys or fetch. An Akbash is not a Retriever and will look at a thrown ball and back to you like “you threw it; now, you go get it”! Baxter occasionally plays fetch with the Labs, but it is quite different. When I throw the ball to the Labs, they all run to beat the others to it and then fight over the toy before they decide who gets to bring it back to me. When Baxter decided to play, he runs with the Labs, but the Labs make no attempt to get the toy. They let Baxter have it and there is no one who will challenge him for it. Then they just run happily alongside him to wherever he takes it. They have total deference to him. He loves them though and has NEVER shown any signs of displeasure with them. It is just an unspoken thing with him.

I have had A LOT of dogs, but none compare to the respect and love I have for this guy. I believe Baxter is such a great guy in part due to the great homes he had while he was growing up in Safe Harbor homes.


Today marks the one year anniversary of when we brought home our precious pup! Adopting Maya was one of the best things we have ever done and she has been such a joy!


Her personality makes everyone laugh and the memories we have created with her will be stored in our hearts forever. Chasing balls, chewing on sticks, running around the yard by herself to release all the energy she has, hiking, camping, and snuggling with a blanket are just a few of her favorite things and we are so lucky that she is a part of our family now! We couldn’t have adopted a better dog, she is simply perfect!

Thank you for rescuing her and leading us to her, our lives are now complete with her in it!

In Memory of Buddy

In memory of Buddy, beloved companion of Sandy and Jim Simpson. ~ Brenda Rogers

In Memory of “Sunny”

In memory of “Sunny” Karsten. He will be forever in my heart. ~ Micki Galbreath

In Memory of Raisin

We adopted Raisin from SHLR as a two month old pup. We didn’t know that she was a special needs girl who would challenge vets for her nearly 14 years. We learned so much from her. Despite her health, she was strong, energetic and beautiful, and made us laugh everyday. She was as devoted to us as we were devoted to her.

~Susan and Don Palmer

In Memory of “Buddy”

In memory of Buddy who will be greatly missed by his mom, Sandy, dad, Jim and sister Daisy. We hope there were plenty of carpet runners for him on the Rainbow Bridge.  — Love Sarah, Steve, Yoshi and Avery.

In Honor of “Eedee”

In honor of Eedee who shares the home of Jo and Scott Sempeck.

~Kathleen Fitzgerald

Happy Birthday Charli

Happy Birthday, Charli Bloomer! — Michael Bryant

In Memory of Joan Tavarez

In Memory of Joan Tavarez — Terri Odenweller

In Celebration of “Sophia”

This donation is from a former “guest” of Safe Harbor, Sophia. Safe Harbor saved her life. Also, allowed her to blossom. She has been a great companion.
~James Simpson

In Memory of “Missy”

In memory of Missy.
~ Amy Malcom

In Memory of Annie

In memory of Annie.
~Frank and Christine Pacocha

In Memory of “Jezzie-Belle”

In memory and honor of our dear sweet girl, Jezzie-Belle. Her name was Ellie when we adopted her from you in July 2005. She passed away in May of this year. She was 12/5 years old and we loved her dearly.
~Bill and Connie Belz

In Memory of “TD” and “Sofee”

In memory of TD and Sofee.
~ Kelli Cholas

In Memory of “Moose” and In Honor of “Stella”

In memory of our much loved and much missed Moose, and in honor of our wonderful girl Stella . . . She is our absolute joy and makes us laugh every day.
~Mike and Tammy Van Boenig

In Memory of “Dora”

In memory of Dora
~Christine Hagelstein-Guy and Gary Guy

In Memory of “Moose”

In memory of Moose
~Robert, Elaine, and Scott Terhune

In Memory of Kara Campbell

In memory of Kara Campbell.
~Connie Campbell

In Memory of “Araceli”

In memory of the best Lab ever – Araceli – who we still miss deeply.
~Lynne and Norm Hall

In Honor of Patrick Bakken

In Honor of Patrick Bakken
~ Paul and Patricia Curran Foundation

In Honor of Bing and Gem

In honor of Bing and Gem.
~Hannah Schertz

In Honor of Linda and Kurt

In honor of the work done for animals by Linda Mickley and Kurt Miller.
~Vicki Burton, DVM

In Memory of “Smokey”

In memory of “Smokey”.
~Diane Sibila

In Honor of Doug and Crystal

In recognition of Doug and Crystal for their loving care and respect of animals.
~Dorothy Bauske

In Honor of Kim Toth

In honor of Kim Toth.
~ C.K. and M.E Bacon