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?
SOME OF OUR CURRENT LABS BENEFITING FROM MAJOR MEDICAL CARE
Theo — Innovative Therapy for Hip Dysplasia
Eight-month-old Theo found himself in quite a pickle. When his owner learned Theo had hip dysplasia, he was left at a shelter partner to be euthanized. Fortunately, they called us for help. An orthopedic evaluation at CSU revealed a promising life ahead for still growing Theo. The veterinary specialists at Red Sage Integrative Veterinary Partners are caring of Theo under the watchful eye of his foster mom. He has an innovative treatment plan to strengthen his muscles and provide greater joint flexibility as he grows, as well as supportive medications. The future is looking bright for little Theo!
Odie — Skin Condition: Color Dilution Alopecia
There is no way around it, Odie’s skin and ears are a mess. Odie, who is about four years old was picked up as a neglected stray and transferred to us by a shelter partner for the extensive medical care he needs for his chronic skin and ear infections.
Odie is a “silver” Lab with a condition known as Color Dilution Alopecia. This is an inherited skin condition that can result from breeding for a “silver” color which is actually dilute chocolate coat. This inherited condition, caused by recessive genes, results in abnormal hair follicles. After about six months of age, gradual thinning of the hair occurs and may progress to hair loss. Skin infections are often seen.
Odie, who doesn’t have much of a hair coat these days, has never met a stranger and has a very joyful personality. He being seen by the CSU Dermatology Department and cared for by foster mom well versed in caring for dogs with challenging skin conditions.
Kane — Senior with Tumors
When Kane’s owners became homeless and could no longer care for their thirteen-year-old friend, he was taken to a shelter. Kane is very good natured soul with a love for soft beds, but he is also a senior gentleman whose health has been neglected. He needed dental care and surgery for several masses, one of which was cancerous. Fortunately, the biopsy results gave a good prognosis. A second one appears problematical and additional surgery may be required. Kane is a good patient in his foster home which has plenty of soft beds.
Kane is being cared for by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital
Gerdy — Knee Surgery
Five-year-old Miss Gerdy was left at a shelter when her owners were unable to provide the care she needed for an injured cranial cruciate ligament, sort of like a torn human ACL. In spite of painful limp, Miss Gerdy’s happy outgoing demeanor hasn’t wavered. She will have knee surgery (a TPLO) at Colorado Canine Orthopedics and spend about three months carefully recovering with her foster parents.
Thank you, Heather and Ben Hetrick 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. We will have his eyes evaluated by Dr. Dugan at Eye Specialists for Animals and the lengthy process of heartworm treatment will get underway under the supervision of our vets at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Charlie will cared for a by our medical foster specializing in senior Labs until he is ready for adoption.
Barney — Hip Surgery
Barney is counting his lucky Milk Bones! A seven-year-old stray from a crowded, under-resourced shelter in New Mexico, he came to us with a badly damaged hip that will required orthopedic surgery at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. He’ll be cared for by his foster dad until he’s up to speed on all four legs and ready for adoption. We speculate he may have been hit by a car and then left to suffer in the shelter until our rescue partner arrived in the nick of time. If only he could tell us his story!
OUR HOSPICE LABS
Thank you, Sandy and Jim Simpson from SHLR and Benji!
A donation for Benji in honor of Sarah and Steve Mokan. Thank you, Chris and Lenny Mokan!
Thank you, Sara Visser from SHLR and Benji!
Twelve-year-old Benji spent two months in a shelter sleeping on a concrete floor, overlooked in favor of younger bouncier dogs. He came to us underweight with ear and skin infections, and painful joints, but with a happy, gentle spirit. As we provided Benji with needed veterinary care and we got to know him better, we learned he had a number of elder issues that needed careful management. Medications, trips to the doggie chiropractor, and rugs on hardwood floors are all helping him get around better. He loves his short walks, socializing and, of course, dinnertime!
A love and a gem, golden yellow gentle Benji brings a little extra sunshine to his hospice foster mom and dad every day. Benji is being cared for by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and The Aztec Animal Clinic
Thank you, Sara Visser from SHLR and Autumn!
Thank you, Dee Delay from SHLR and Autumn!
At twelve-years-old Miss Autumn found herself on the street as a stray, and then safely in the care of our shelter partner. Thin, elderly, painful and with a variety of lumps and bumps, she needed special care so we were called to help. This delightful “lady of a certain” age has a lovely calm temperament and is a friend to all. As our vets evaluated her health, they discovered some dental masses that turned out to be malignant melanoma, an aggressive cancer. Autumn will enjoy her golden years comfortable, spoiled, and well-loved with her hospice foster mom.
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 taken to 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.
Chaco is being cared for by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.