Sponsor a Dog

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Not all our Rescued Labs appear on the Adoptable Dogs page. Some require extra medical care before they are ready for adoption. Others will remain with us to comfortably live out their lives as hospice Labs. Safe Harbor sets itself apart in our strong commitment to provide thorough and excellent medical care for our Rescued Labs.

Like with people, top notch medical care for the Labs is expensive. Safe Harbor welcomes sponsors for our Labs! Won’t you say “yes” to sponsoring just one Lab?



Adonis, or “Donny”, a gentlemanly senior, was left at a shelter when his owner moved away. At thirteen years old, emaciated with painful joints and advanced dental disease, the shelter knew there was little chance he could be adopted and called us. One look at that grey muzzle and we knew we could help. Donny, like all our senior Labs, received a senior wellness exam and lab work, medication for his achy joints and other needed supplements for his senior system, plus lots of good nutrition. A dentist soon had his smile pearly white. Arvada West Veterinary Hospital provided Donny’s care.


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Penny, who is 7-8 years old, was picked up as an emaciated stray and taken to a local shelter in appalling condition. In spite of her chronic severe skin disease and painful ear infections, she is a Lab-mix with a kind, patient disposition who gets along with everyone, is an excellent fetcher and has a lilting bounce to her step. In addition to her skin issues, our vet discovered she had a mammary mass.

Miss Penny is being cared for by one of our medical fosters and being treated by the CSU Dermatology Department. Our Penny was the first patient to use CSU’s new oncology surgical suite for her mammary mass. We are happy to report the surgery was successful. Things are definitely looking up for Miss Penny who has gained a healthy 18 pounds and a lot of fur!


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No one knows how old Gunner really is. Some say 10, some say “no way”. He wrestles with puppies and runs through the horse pasture to the pond in hopes of a swim. He came to us as a neglected stray with extensive hair loss and raw, sore, itchy skin due to unattended allergies. With treatment from the CSU Dermatology Department, we are starting to see improvement.



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Sweet Sienna. During a routine intake exam, a mass was found on seven-year old Sienna’s lower jaw. It was malignant, fast growing and a kind that was only located in the jaw. Although it would eventually destroy the jaw bone, it would not metastasize and Sienna was otherwise healthy with a wonderful temperament. Working with Board Certified veterinary dentists at Alameda East, the diseased jaw bone was removed in a lengthy, highly specialized operation. Sienna made a complete recovery with her special medical foster mom.


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Two-year-old Emmy has had a rough go in her short life. First, she was diagnosed as heartworm positive and endured a lengthy treatment for this condition. She was constantly itchy with her skin getting increasingly irritated. Finally, she was diagnosed by a veterinary dermatology specialist as having pemphigus, an immune-mediated skin condition. Once started on the right medications, she is on her way to feeling and looking a lot better.

Emmy was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for heartwork disease and VRCC Dermatology for her skin.


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Jack’s Sponsors

Thank you Cathie O’Connor from SHLR and Jack!
Thank you Meg Zimmerman from SHLR and Jack!


Ten-year-old Jack was found by a Good Samaritan a dusty road in rural South Dakota. He was filthy, thin and dragging a length of rusty chain behind him. The Good Samaritan got Jack to a kind local vet who worked with a rescuer who, in turn, got him safely to us. A very sweet and gentle boy, Jack has a variety of elder issues and is quite frail. He will stay with his hospice foster mom, warm, safe and loved for the rest of his days.

Jack is being cared for by Arvada West Veterinary Hospital.


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Tara’s Sponsors

Thank you Meg Zimmerman from SHLR and Tara!


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Miss Tara is living like a princess now and is truly loved for the first time in her life. She came to us as a shelter stray in badly neglected condition. Tara looked to have had many puppies in her 7 or so years, her chocolate coat was sunburned and coming out in clumps, both ears were painful and infected, and her skin had raw spots. On top of all this, our vet discovered she had a large inoperable cancerous mass in her throat. Yet Tara still had a friendly wagging tail, a spring in her step and the signature Lab eagerness for treats. While her time with us may be short, this gentle girl without a mean bone in body, is having the time of her life “on the ranch” with lots of dog buddies, daily dips in the big dog pool, a soft bed and excellent care from her special fosters, Darlene and Tim.

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Missy’s Sponsors

Thank you “Friends of Missy” from SHLR and Missy!
Thank you John Zimmerman from SHLR and Missy!


Missy, a 13 year-old character on four paws, was left at the shelter by a family that no longer wanted her. She was neglected and in poor condition. The shelter vet found several suspicious tumors, among other things. Often a dog like Missy would be euthanized, but the shelter vet saw something special in this girl, she called Safe Harbor, “even though Missy might only live a few months, would we be willing to take her as a hospice?” That was a year ago!

With palliative care and a lot of love her from her hospice foster mom Amy, an oncology nurse, Miss M. is enjoying her golden years. She has quite a Facebook following and a fried egg on her kibble every morning.

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Jolie SponsorMiss Jolie is about 13 years old and the picture of the “forever young” Lab. This active, trim girl loves her long walks and easily jumps in the back of an SUV. As a “lady of a certain age” she had a condition where her larynx does not open and close properly. As a result, she sometimes found herself gasping for air after exertion, excitement or when it is warm. She had surgery with a high success rate that brought her relief from this condition. The only thing left to take her breath away (in a good way!), is her wonderful new family!

Jolie was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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kirbyA local animal shelter asked us to help with Kirby, an eight-year-old abandoned stray with a classic lovable Lab personality. He was not a candidate for adoption due to health issues that included a softball size lump on his side, a troubling-looking tumor on his paw and significant dental disease. Kirby’s masses were removed and sent to CSU to be biopsied and all came back in the clear!  We addressed his dental issues, too and Kirby can’t stop smiling in his new forever home.

Kirby was treated at Arvada West Veterinary Hospital.


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keenan-a1428305-2493Keenan was a neglected one-year-old stray in a huge metropolitan area Texas shelter. This little guy had severe skin disease and hair loss likely caused by a flea infestation. Luckily, perhaps because he is so happy and endearing, he was given some treatment at the shelter instead of being put down right away to make space for others. Treatment by the CSU Dermatology Department soon had him feeling a lot better.  It wasn’t long before Freedom Service Dogs asked if he could join their program.

Keenan was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and CSU.

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ari2Little three-year-old Miss Ari was hit and rolled by a car. Injured, she was taken to a rural shelter where she sat and waited for over a week without treatment to be claimed. Our rescue partner saw her and got her safely to us for much needed care. She needed x-rays, pain medication, antibiotics for wound care and a toe amputated in the accident.   Ari needed orthopedic surgery to repair damage to her foot and subsequent hospitalization for special surgical wound care.  Her happy, loving and gentle disposition never wavered despite the pain she was in and Ari happily resides in her forever home.

Ari was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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autumn-post-surgeryA lovely, tenderhearted Lab the color of fall aspen leaves, ten-year old Miss Autumn was left at a shelter by her life-long family that moved away and could not take her along. She arrived with two large masses, one on her head and another on her flank, as well as two infected teeth. In a long surgery, the masses were removed and sent to CSU for biopsy, and the infected teeth extracted. After a life lived outdoors, she is happy to find herself in a warm, loving home.

Autumn was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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boscoBosco is a handsome and well-mannered five-year-old Chocolate Lab who comes to us from a family who was no longer able to care for him. He lived most of his life outdoors in southern Colorado where he was infected with heartworm via a mosquito bite. Heartworm positive Labs stay with a foster family for several months for their treatment and recovery that involves medication, injections during a monitored hospital stay, and strict rest.

Bosco was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.


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cassie-headshotMiss Cassie, a six-year-old Lab sweetheart, was badly neglected when she was rescued after a long shelter stay. Her coat was thin and dry and she had several mammary lumps. Bathing and good nutrition soon helped her coat. Our vet removed the lumps and, fortunately, they were benign. However, due to the location of the incisions, healing was challenging and required special wound care with a medical foster.

Cassie was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.


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Mamma Bear’s Sponsors

Thank you Cathie O’Connor from SHLR and Mamma Bear

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Mamma Bear is gentle, good-natured eight-year-old chocolate girl who comes to us from crowded small city shelter where she was overlooked day after day. She had been a mom to many puppies, was quite plump and lost part of her otter tail along the way and tested positive for heartworms. While the shelter gave up on her, she never gave up that someone to love her was sure to arrive. Mamma Bear’s foster mom helped her trim up her figure during her heartworm treatment recovery time.

Mamma Bear was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Otis1When Otis arrived from a small Midwest shelter he seemed a bit under the weather. Within a few days he was in intensive care and diagnosed with ehrlichia, an illness caused by a tick bite. With medications, fluids and top notch veterinary care he was back on his paws and enjoying life in his foster home again.

Otis was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.



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CadburyA local shelter called us to help with Cadbury, a six-year-old stray with a very poor coat and distended abdomen. He was happy and active, but clearly something was not right based on his appearance and the fact he drank three quarts of water a day. After examination, x-rays and a special blood test, our vet diagnosed him with Cushing’s disease, a condition where the body makes too much of a particular hormone. He started drug therapy for this treatable condition and required some follow-up blood tests to assure it was the correct dosage. He’s a trooper — though all the poking and prodding, his tail never stopped wagging.

Cadbury was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Mindy’s Sponsors

Thank you Marisa and “Spirit” from SHLR and Mindy!


MindyTwo-year-old Mindy, a calm and gentle Chocolate Lab, arrived with severe hair loss and a bad skin infection from an allergic reaction to fleas. She also had ear infections and a large lump on her ankle. With her semi-hairless appearance and the lump, she had little chance of adoption from a rural shelter without the resources to care for her. Medicated baths soothed her skin and antibiotics calmed her inflamed ears. The lump was removed and biopsied at CSU and, fortunately, came back as benign.  Mindy was adopted and is loving life in her new forever home.

Mindy was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Miss Rayne’s Sponsors

Thank you Lyndsey Schooley from SHLR and Miss Rayne!

Miss Rayne

Rayne1Miss Rayne is a two-year-old people-loving social butterfly who came to us from rural Arkansas where she had no chance for adoption. She was pushed out a truck door and onto the road on a cold rainy day. Fortunately, she was immediately rescued and cared for by Good Samaritans until she came to us. Once with SHLR, we discovered she was heartworm positive.  We provided her with the treatment she needed to live a full and healthy life in her new home.

Rayne was treated at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Otto7Five-year-old Otto, had a history of chronic severe and painful inner ear infections which resulted in an internal abscesses. Otto was seen by specialists at Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital who recommended a diagnostic CAT scan and ear canal surgery. Otto is fully recovered from an Ear Canal Ablation Surgery to treat those Chronic Ear Infections and is doing well. As a bonus to being in foster care with us for a while, Otto, who was 20 pounds overweight when he arrived at SHLR, is sporting a new 80 pound physique.

Otto was treated at CSU hospital and Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and was cared for by one of our medical fosters

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