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?


Max – Neurological Condition

A local shelter was desperate to find a place for Max, a two-year-old stray Chocolate Lab who was happy, playful, affectionate and friendly with all. The problem? He appeared to have a neurological issue that caused his back legs to be wobbly.  Our vets and specialists took over. After a variety of tests, they diagnosed that Max was likely born with a smaller than usual cerebellum. This affected his motor skills.  With physical therapy, acupuncture, special exercise and the chance to get more physically fit in his foster home, Max now just looks a little endearingly goofy running around with his dog pals.

Max’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Red Sage Integrative Veterinary Partners

Maple Syrup – Life Threatening Pneumonia and Cushing’s Disease

Good-natured Maple Syrup, a ten-year-old stray, was referred to us by a local humane society. Since she drank several gallons of water every day and had a rather pot-bellied appearance, they were concerned about her health.  Advanced diagnostics revealed she has Cushing’s Disease, a treatable medical condition where the body makes too much of a certain hormone.  She will be on a lifelong daily medication to keep things in balance.

Then she suddenly and unexpectedly came down with life-threatening pneumonia.  She spent seven days in Intensive Care with a fever as high as 105, dangerously low oxygen levels, and in need of advanced supportive care to survive.  It was touch and go, but happily she pulled though!  Maple Syrup also now drinks a more ladylike quantity of water and her trim figure has returned.

Maple Syrup’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Pet Wellness Center

Dixie – Surgery for Bladder Stones

Gentle ten-year-old Dixie came to us from a disabled community member in crisis who had to leave her home and Dixie behind.  Once with us, Dixie received much-needed vet care and pain medication for her arthritis.  She seemed uncomfortable doing her business outside; diagnostic imaging revealed she had hundreds of bladder stones of various sizes.  After surgery she felt much “relieved.”  Dixie will need to be on prescription food for the rest of her life to help keep the stones from recurring. When she feels better, we will treat her to a dental so she has a pearly white smile for her new family.

Dixie’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

Bentley – Heartworm Treatment and Recovery Complication

Bentley, who is about a year and a half old, came to us from Arkansas, one of the top five states with incidence of heartworm disease.  Although he tested negative for heartworms before he arrived, our vets found that test was in error.  After his lengthy heartworm treatment that involved months of medication, a series of injections and a hospitalization for observation, he developed a cough.  Lung x-rays revealed he had pneumonitis — a lung infection and potential side effect of treatment.

Bentley’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

Clyde — Extensive Dental Care

Eleven-year-old Clyde’s mouth was in rough shape with broken, loose, and infected teeth as well as gum disease. He left the “dentist’s chair” with 11 less teeth and a very shiny smile and sweet breath. Clyde, who weighs well over 100 pounds, still has 31 teeth left to crunch his kibble. Many of our senior Labs like Clyde need extensive dental care.

Clyde’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital



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Ryan — Hit by a Car/Hip Surgery

Ryan, a 93-pound four-year-old Lab who hails from Arkansas, found his way to us with the help of a rescue partner after being hit by a car. He was badly banged up with road rash, had some nerve damage to muscles near one ear and also had a painful dislocated hip. Ryan had hip surgery to mitigate the damage and alleviate his pain. A real trooper, his foster family was amazed at how eager this very friendly and outgoing boy was to get back to normal life as an active Lab.

Ryan’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital


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Ben — Damaged Salivary Gland

When handsome Ben, who is about six years old, came to us as a stray from a shelter, he had a large swelling on his neck. Diagnostic imaging revealed he had a damaged salivary gland that required surgery. His recovery was challenging and required a long hospitalization with many bandage changes. Patient and good natured, Ben was very glad to finally be home with his foster dad to finish his recovery and get back to daily walks.

Ben’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

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Kira’s Sponsors

Thank you Diane Graf from Kira and SHLR!

Kira — Major Abdominal Surgery for a Serious Intestinal Issue

Five-month-old Kira was surrendered to us by her owner. She weighed a mere 15 pounds. Lethargic, with little appetite, vomiting and chronic diarrhea, she was failing to thrive. An ultrasound revealed she had an intussusception — an inflammation of the intestines causing a portion of the intestine to fold in on itself. A blockage had formed.  Kira needed life-saving major abdominal surgery; the surgeon removed nine inches of damaged intestines. This remarkable pup rebounded from her ordeal in no time under the care of her medical foster.

Kira’s care was provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.


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Rudy — Gunshot Wound and Heartworm Positive

Four-year-old Rudy was found in rural Arkansas with a gunshot wound to his leg. A shelter partner called us for help with this good-natured chocolate Lab, and we soon had him seen by a local vet for the immediate wound treatment he needed. Before coming to us in Colorado, all our out-of-state Labs are tested for heartworms. Unfortunately, Rudy tested positive.

Rudy will undergo a three-month heart worm treatment– including medication, special injections, hospitalization and strict rest. In addition to his heartworms, the gunshot wound to his leg is being treated for a challenging and painful bone infection. He is being a very good patient as he recovers with his medical foster mom Rudy’s care is provided by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital


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Gerdy — Knee Surgery

Five-year-old Miss Gerdy was left at a shelter when her owners discovered she had an injured cranial cruciate ligament. In spite of a painful limp, Miss Gerdy’s happy outgoing demeanor never wavered. She had knee surgery performed by Dr. Bauer at Colorado Canine Orthopedics. After several months of recovery that included regular physical therapy at Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group, she was ready for adoption.

In addition to Colorado Canine Orthopedics and Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group, Gerdy’s also received care by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.


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Charlie’s Sponsors

Thank you, Heather and Ben Hetrick from SHLR and Charlie!
Thank you, Diane Graf from SHLR and Charlie!

Charlie — Blind and Heartworm Positive

Charlie was surrendered to a shelter when his owner moved to an assisted living situation. A gentle boy who was blind, heartworm positive and nine years old, his prospects for adoption were slim. Dr. Dugan at Eye Specialists for Animals examined Charlie and we learned he is blind from progressive retinal atrophy, a genetic disease found in Labrador Retrievers and other breeds. The lengthy process of heartworm treatment will get underway under the supervision of our vets at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Charlie will be cared for by our medical foster who specializes in special needs senior Labs until he is ready for adoption.



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Tina’s Sponsors

Thank you Diane Graf from Tina and SHLR!


Miss Tina came back to us several years after her adoption when her owner passed way and she was left on her own. At least twelve years old, she had a number of senior health issues that needed attention to improve her quality of life. She is blind and quite arthritic, but a very happy girl. She is being loved and cared for in her golden years by her hospice foster mom.

Miss Tina is being cared for by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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