LABS SEEKING SPONSORS
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?
OUR HOSPICE LABS
Thank you Carol Sloper from SHLR and Emma!
Pretty and gentle Emma, who is about ten-years-old, was discovered by Animal Control in the home of hoarder who had recently passed away. She was taken to the shelter where she failed to thrive, as she was fearful and had never been socialized. Every noise startled her and she lay in her dog run facing the wall day in and day out. Eventually the staff at the shelter understandably questioned her quality of life, which is never a good sign at a shelter. Emma was deemed “unadoptable” because of her paralyzing fear and a myriad of physical ailments.
Partnering with another rescue, we stepped in to make sure Emma was not another overlooked dog at a shelter. Within a couple of weeks of Emma going to a quiet foster home, we saw her start to blossom. Emma is getting the medical attention she needs and she has made some remarkable strides. We found that her years of neglect left her frail and extremely shy, so she will remain with us in hospice care: happy, safe, and comfortable in her loving foster home.
Emma is being cared for by Arvada West Veterinary Hospital.
Update: 01/16/18: For several days Emma had been sick with gastrointestinal issues and was finally was refusing to eat. X-rays showed a mass in her abdomen. She was quickly taken to surgery for a large tumor on her liver, and had her spleen removed after a second large tumor discovered. As we await biopsy results, she resting comfortably and recuperating with her foster mom.
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.
SOME OF OUR LABS BENEFITING FROM MAJOR MEDICAL CARE
Thank you Charli Bloomer from SHLR and Benny!
Thank you Don and Becky Lansing from SHLR and Benny!
Thank you Kathryn Heet from SHLR and Benny!
Benny, barely a year old, was weaving alongside a highway at night when he was picked up by the Houston SPCA. His eyes were swollen, draining and squeezed tightly shut. He was in pain and appeared to be blind. Two of our volunteers flew to Houston, rented a car, and drove Benny 1,000 miles back to Denver for the care he needed at Eye Specialists for Animals. Benny eyes were severely infected, a condition that left him blind in one eye. We are hopeful some sight can be saved in the other eye. He is currently on several medications to reduce the pain and inflammation, and to address the infection. More diagnostics are needed.
We are happy to report Benny can open his eyes now. Benny is in the care of one of our medical fosters while he is being treated.
One-year-old Blake, a shelter stray with a lovely temperament, arrived with irritated, painful eyes from entropian, a condition where his eyelashes constantly rubbed and poked his eyes. He will be seeing the veterinary ophthalmologist for surgery to correct the entropian, and further explore and correct other eyelid issues what might be causing the discomfort.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Eye Specialists for Animals for caring for Blake.
When good-natured Blackie’s long time owner moved to a nursing home, Blackie was left at a small rural shelter. As a 7-8 year old black dog lame from an old elbow injury caused by someone who ran him down and hit him with their car, his adoption chances were slim. If anyone deserved a second chance, it was Blackie. Once with us, Blackie saw an orthopedic surgeon and a pain management specialist for his elbow. Unfortunately, the fracture cannot be repaired and the elbow is very arthritic. While Blackie is uncomplaining and always ready for a walk, we are fortunate to work with a pain management specialist to help him.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and pain management specialist, Dr. Gaynor, for caring for Blackie.
Chocolate Kimber, 11 months old, was left at a vet clinic to be euthanized when her family could no longer contend with her scratching, red raw skin and on-going digestive issues. A lovely, lively young girl certainly deserved a chance for a well loved life so we were called to her rescue. Our vet diagnosed Kimber with severe allergies as the source of her problems. She is on a special prescription diet food trial and will be further evaluated by a specialist in veterinary dermatology.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and the VRCC Dermatology Department for caring for Kimber.
Molly’s family moved away and left this lovely eleven-year-old girl a large crowded Texas shelter where seniors, especially lame ones, are not welcome to stay long. In spite of her happy, loving disposition, X-rays showed Miss Molly had extreme dysplasia and arthritis in her hips. She is now on pain medication, received cold laser therapy and been to physical therapy a couple of times a week. Molly is definitely more comfortable now in her foster home, especially since we treated her to a special orthopedic bed which she loves. We also addressed her fleas, severe dental disease and a number of small skin masses that could snag on things.
Thank you to Arvada West Veterinary Hospital and The K9 Body Shop for caring for Maggie.
Maggie came to us with a thin, dry coat, a pot bellied appearance and quite overweight at 102 pounds. Even though she was about the happiest Lab around, our vet was concerned she had an endocrine system disorder. Her case was not at all straightforward, but after much diagnostic work, an internal medicine specialist at CSU was able to diagnose her condition and start her on the proper medication. While in the care of her foster mom, she is now a she’s slim and trim 80 perfect pounds and her coat is starting to fill out and shine again.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and CSU Veterinary Hospital for caring for Maggie.
Miss Aspen, just 7-8 months old, was rescued from an abusive home. She has been diagnosed with microphthalmia, a congenital condition where the eyes are smaller than normal and her vision is impaired. She will be seeing a veterinary ophthalmologist soon who will provide us with more information and guidance on her care.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Eye Specialists for Animals for caring for Aspen.
When Miss Coco’s owner went to an assisted living situation, this ten year old girl went to the “pound” in a small rural town. Coco’s health had been neglected. Her ears, skin and coat were in terrible, infected condition from a flea allergy. Special baths, medications and time were needed for her fur to start growing back, and skin and ear infections to resolve. Medication for arthritic hips also made her more comfortable. Her medical foster mom found Miss Coco to be a gentle and appreciative patient.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Coco.
Deacon was about nine-months old when he was brought to a shelter as a stray. His uncoordinated gait was more than that of a gangly, goofy young Lab. Clearly there was a neurological issue and shelter staff asked us for help. Deacon was evaluated by a neurologist and X-rays showed that he had sustained a neck injury that may be the cause of his ataxia, or lack of limb coordination. With acupuncture, physical therapy and daily exercise he has made improvements. His medical foster mom could not let him go and made him part of her family.
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and the Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Rehabilitation Clinic in Fort Collins for caring for Deacon.
Ten-month-old Gunner was critical condition, but still able to wag his tail, when he was transferred to us from another clinic. He was left there by young owners who could not afford his care after he ingested carpet several days before. Gunner had a life threatening stomach blockage, perforated intestines and sepsis. He was rushed to the ER at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital to be stabilized, had emergency surgery and round the clock care in the ICU by a team of specialists. He was one very sick puppy and his survival was uncertain, but in a few days was up on his paws. His guardian angel was definitely working overtime!
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for saving Gunner’s life.
Working with our rescue partner in Arkansas, we were able to get Olive, a neglected and passed around two-and half-year old English Lab left to live in a concrete pen, the care she needed after testing positive for heartworms. After her treatment, she arrived in Denver for the rest of her recovery on her own private plane piloted by a “Pilot for Paws” volunteer. As a result of careless breeding, this lovely girl gentle also has elbow dysplasia, hereditary condition, that will require lifelong management to keep her comfortable.
Thank you to Help 4 Paws, Asher Animal Clinic and Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Olive.
Shadow, a great big 90 pound six-year-old black Lab with a heart of gold, came to us from a family who lost their home in the Hurricane Harvey floods. When they had to move to a situation that did not allow pets, they reached out to us for help. After Shadow arrived and was vetted, we discovered he was heartworm positive. He will be pampered and loved in foster care for three months for his heartworm treatment before he is available for adoption
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Shadow.
Five-year-old Koda was a stray in a Kansas shelter and on their euthanasia list. He tested positive for heartworms and was deemed unadoptable. With many “hands on deck”, we were able to rescue this handsome 90 pound chocolate boy with a terrific temperament and get his treatment underway here in Colorado. He has stolen many hearts with his winning ways during his stay with us!
Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Koda.