Sponsor a Dog

Sponsor a Dog


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?


Ruger: Heartworms

All our rescued Labs are tested for heartworms, a potentially life-threatening parasite. Unfortunately, good-natured, seven-year-old Ruger tested positive. His treatment will be expensive and lengthy. Heartworm-positive Labs stay with a foster family for several months for their treatment and recovery which includes medication, special injections during a monitored hospital stay in intensive care and strict rest.

Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Ruger.


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Molly Brown: Elder Issues and Neglect

Our Molly Brown was adopted from us when she was eight months old. Ten years later, at close to eleven years old, she was found abandoned in a shelter and, thanks to her microchip, reunited with us. While she was still happy and outgoing, she had developed painful arthritic hips, dental disease and a stridor (laryngeal paralysis) when breathing heavily. In addition, she had a large mass on her side that proved to be cancerous. All these issues were addressed. Fortunately, the troubling mass was completely removed, she now has a bright smile and pain medication has made her life much more comfortable.

Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Molly Brown.

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Rivers: Major Surgery for Urinary Tract Birth Defect

Two-year old Miss Rivers came to us with a history of urinary incontinence that was said to be mild. Once with us, we found it was not. After extensive diagnostics, our vets discovered she had a serious internal birth defect where urine bypassed her bladder, a condition called bilateral ectopic ureters. Rivers had successful major surgery to correct her “plumbing” issue. Once recovered, she went from wearing six diapers a day, to completely dry. A remarkable and patient foster home cared for Rivers during her three months of medical care.

Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Rivers.

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Major: Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome

With his golden years upon him, ten-year-old Major found himself in a shelter. He was thin, potbellied in appearance, drinking copious amounts of water and had a urinary tract infection. Special diagnostic testing revealed he had hyperadrenocorticism, or Cushing’s disease/syndrome. His body was overproducing a hormone that caused his physical issues. Medication was prescribed followed by additional testing to ensure the dose was correct. Major was cared for in a foster home until his condition was successfully under control and he was ready for adoption.

Thank you Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Major.

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Bentley’s Sponsors

Thank you, Susan DeMeules from SHLR and Bentley!

Bentley: Surgery for Congenital Abnormalities

Four-month-old Bentley was left at a shelter with no hope for adoption. This little guy had a congenital urinary tract “plumbing problem” and just a tiny bit of vestigial tail, the end of which was extremely painful. We took him to Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital  where his problems were diagnosed by Dr. Smeak, an expert soft tissue surgeon. Special radiographic imaging was needed. A delicate and lengthy surgery was performed to correct the problems. Bentley is recovering well with his medical foster mom.



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Jay’s Sponsors

Thank you, Mimi Gersoff from SHLR and Jay!

Jay: Crippling Hip Dysplasia

Just about a year old and left at a rural shelter when his owner moved away, Jay had the unfortunate luck of being born with severe bilateral hip dysplasia. He already had arthritis that left him lame and painful after minimal activity. While Jay’s condition was unexpected, we are working to make sure this puppy has a good life ahead. Hip replacement surgery just took place with Canine Orthopedic Specialists to address his hips, and Jay is recovering with one of our medical fosters.


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Lyka’s Sponsors

Thank you, Kathryn Christenson from SHLR and Lyka!
Thank you, John Zimmerman from SHLR and Lyka!

Lyka: A Case of Neglect

Ten-year-old Lyka was left at a large metropolitan Texas shelter after her family had a baby. Adoption chances were nil for this Lab-mix girl. Not only was Lyka sick with an upper respiratory infection, she was severely undernourished with little muscle tone. She had a skin infection and severe ear infections, painful arthritis in her legs and back, and entropian, a condition where eyelashes rub against the cornea. A quiet and shy girl who was clearly neglected, Lyka is responding well to treatment by a veterinary dermatologist, and surgery has corrected her entropian and physical therapy is underway. This is one pup who is getting back on her paws!

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Buddy’s Sponsors

Thank you, Meg Zimmerman from SHLR and Buddy!

Buddy: Painful Senior

It’s hard when you find yourself homeless at eleven years old and sleeping on a concrete Dog Pound floor for 3 months, but that’s what happened to gentle Buddy when his owner could no longer care for him. His health needs were neglected, and Buddy needed treatment for ear and skin infections and a tumor on his eyelid. His arthritis was so painful and muscles so weak he would fall when walking around. Medications, surgery, physical therapy and an exceptional foster all helped patient and good-natured Buddy on the road to feeling a lot better.


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Honey Bee’s Sponsor’s

Thank you, Meg Zimmerman from SHLR and Honey Bee!

Honey Bee: Diabetic and Blind

Miss Honey Bee was taken to a shelter when she unexpectedly became blind and was diagnosed with diabetes. An eight-year-old girl in this condition had little chance of a happy ending, but we are determined to help her have one! Testing is still underway to adjust her insulin does and she’s being a trooper about her twice daily injections. Once her diabetes is stabilized, we plan to consult with a veterinary ophthalmologist at Eye Specialists for Animals about cataract surgery to restore her sight.


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Benny’s Sponsors

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: Eye Infection Resulting in Blindness

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.

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Blake’s Sponsors

Thank you, Meg Zimmerman from SHLR and Blake!

Blake: Painful Eye Condition

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.


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Blackie’s Sponsors

Thank you, John Zimmerman from SHLR and Blackie!

Blackie: Arthritis from Neglect

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.

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Molly’s Sponsors

Thank you, John Zimmerman from SHLR and Molly!

Molly: Dysplasia and Neglect

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.

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Chaco’s Sponsors

Thank you, James LaPrelle from SHLR and Chaco!
Thank you, John Zimmerman from SHLR and Chaco!


Miss Chaco is a gentle, happy and engaging ten-year-old chocolate Lab who was left at a shelter when her elderly owner was unable to care for himself or her anymore. On intake, all our senior Labs receive senior labwork as part of the assessment of their health; Chaco’s showed some troubling results. We followed up with an ultrasound that revealed she has late stage liver disease, a tumor on her adrenal gland, and a mass near her pancreas. Our girl also had some painful arthritis in her hips. Miss Chaco is on medication to support her liver and keep her hips comfortable. “I am doing quite well, thank you very much!” she wags. She will be loved and cared for by her hospice family.


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Emma’s Sponsors

Thank you, Carol Sloper from SHLR and Emma!
Thank you, John Zimmerman 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.


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