Our Rescued Labs are waiting for you!
All of our Rescued Labs are spayed or neutered (if 8 months or older), microchipped, brought up-to-date on their shots, heartworm tested if old enough and any medical needs are addressed. Our Labs reside in Foster Care or with one of our approved boarding facilities where we get acquainted with each individual.
Before you apply for a Lab, please read A Note about Our Rescued Labs.
- Puppy to 1 year – $300*
- Adult 1-6 years – $275
- Senior 7-10 years – $225
- Senior 11+ years – $100
*An additional $200 deposit is required for unaltered puppies 8 months of age and under. This deposit is refundable upon proof of spay or neuter.
If adopting multiple Labs at one time, adoption fees may be reduced. All adoption fees go towards the care for all of our rescued Labs while in transition to their forever homes. The cost to prepare our Rescued Labs for adoption greatly exceeds the adoption fee. Our largest single expense is the veterinary care we provide. It is over $100,000 per year.
Application and Adoption Process
Once your application is complete and meets our requirements, the process, managed by our Adoption Coordinators, is as follows:
- Conduct Reference and Veterinary checks
- Schedule a Phone Interview and a possible Home Visit
- Schedule a time to meet with the Rescued Lab
- At the time you meet with the Rescued Lab and an Adoption Coordinator, a formal adoption agreement is signed and then you and your new lovable Lab head home as a family!
Some Things You Need to Know
Placements are made according to what will be best for the Lab. They are not a first-come first-served basis, but rather based on which family is the best match for the Lab. Many of the Labs who come into our care do not get posted on our website because they are matched with a pre-approved applicant who we think will be the best family for that Lab.
If the Lab you indicated interest in on your application is adopted by another applicant, your application will remain active for three months and we will continue to try to match you with a Lab who may come into our program during that time. Unfortunately, we never know when Labs will come into our care. The more flexible you are with age, gender, color, health care needs, training, etc., the easier it will be for us to find a Lab for you.
- Children living at home must be at least 7 years old.
Rescued Labs have been through a lot and we do not know their background with young children. Older children are recommended based on data from the Center of Disease Control which reports that among children, those 5-9 years old have the highest rate of dog bite-related injuries in the U.S. Most commonly, children are bitten by the family dog when hugging them, handling them, or trying to take resources away from them. Our requirement is for the safety of the Rescued Lab and the child, and to make the best match possible between Rescued Lab and human family members.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
- All current dogs in your home must be spayed or neutered.
- If you rent/lease your home, we require written permission from your landlord to keep a Lab before we can consider your application. You may fax it to 866.531.8258 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your application will expire 90 days from the date of acknowledgement.
- We primarily serve Colorado’s Front Range community
- Many of the Labs who come into our care are strays and we have no history on them such as: are they good with children; do they get along with other dogs; how do they behave around cats and small pets; do they jump fences; are they housetrained, etc. We do our best to get to know them while they are in our care, but there will always be surprises – good and bad – as an adoptive family gets to know the new Lab in their life.
- Safe Harbor is an all-volunteer organization and, unfortunately, we are unable to return phone calls and emails regarding application status. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
- If you are unsure as to whether you can commit to a one of our Rescued Labs for the rest of their life – Labs live an average 10-12 years or more – then please rethink your decision to adopt a Lab. Adoption is for the rest of the Lab’s life and our Rescued Labs have already had enough turmoil in their lives.
Safe Harbor Lab Rescue is dedicated to finding the best placement possible for each of our Rescued Labs and our adopters. We appreciate your patience with our process. Our organization consists entirely of volunteers who work diligently to ensure each Lab finds a wonderful new home where they are a well-matched and a loved member of the family.