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?



Just before New Year’s, seven-month-old Shelby was hit by a truck. She had a badly broken and shattered leg and a bruised body. We quickly made arrangements for her to be admitted through the ER at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. ICU staff stabilized her condition and managed her severe pain.  After reviewing x-rays and assessing her overall condition, the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Stephan, strongly believed Shelby’s leg could be saved using state of the art techniques. He realigned the twisted bones, and was able to take the bone fragments and use them to reconstruct about half of the shattered gap between the upper and lower femur bones — kind of like doing a puzzle.  The remaining area was filled in with bone grafting material. Locking metal plates secured the fracture site. The next day we were astonished to see Shelby up and about wagging her tail, and toe-touching with the repaired leg!

Shelby will need about 8 weeks of recovery time with one of our medical fosters before she is ready for her forever home.

Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Shelby

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Jett’s Sponsors

Thank you, C.A.R.E. (Colorado Animal Rescue Express) from SHLR and Jett!
Thank you, P.A.W.S. volunteers from SHLR and Jett!


All the Labs who come to us are tested for heartworms, a potentially life threatening parasite. Unfortunately, good natured two-year-old Jett, who had been abandoned out in the country, tested positive. The small rural shelter where he was taken planned to euthanize him as unadoptable until, with the help of a quick acting and dedicated rescue partner, we were able to get Jett to us for treatment.  His treatment will be both expensive and lengthy. Heartworm positive Labs stay with one of our foster families for several months for their treatment and recovery which includes medication, special injections during a monitored hospital stay in intensive care and weeks of strict rest, a tall order for a young Lab.

Thank you to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital for caring for Jett

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Miss Alya had a surprise for us when she arrived: she had puppies on board who an ultrasound showed were due in about two weeks! She delivered eight little ones on December 30. The new little family is doing well. One is hiding under mom!

Alya is being cared for by and wonderful foster family and Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Zeffie, a four-year-old stray yellow Lab, spent several months in a small shelter. This sweet, gentle young lady who has had many puppies, had profoundly neglected painful ears. Not only did both ears have severe chronic internal infection, but the outer ear under the ear flap was also inflamed, infected, and disfigured.

Zeffie is being seen by specialists at CSU. One ear had irreparable damage and required TECA (total ear canal ablation) surgery where her entire ear canal had to be removed. The other ear needed special treatment under anesthesia; the doctor is hopeful it can be saved. Meanwhile Zeffie has soaked up a lot of TLC from her foster dad and is feeling a lot better.

Zeffie is being cared for by the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Dermatology Department and Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Charlie’s Sponsors

A donation for Charlie in honor of Amy Malcolm. Thank you, N’Dome Dougherty!
Thank you, Kathryn Smith from SHLR and Charlie!


When our rural Colorado shelter partner asked us to help with six-month-old Charlie, we didn’t hesitate. They told us he was found as a collarless stray, “abandoned in an area that people often leave dogs to die”. His vet exam and x-rays showed this beautiful, vivacious puppy had severe bilateral hip dysplasia that would become increasingly crippling.

Charlie, who is being cared for by one of our medical fosters, will have hip replacement surgery at Colorado Canine Orthopedics. Once recovered and with two new hips, this delightful puppy will be able to live an active pain free life with a loving forever family.

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Boysen Berry

A shelter partner asked us for help with Boysen Berry, a five-year-old black Lab surrendered by his lifelong family who could no longer care for him. He had a large, persistent leg wound that would not heal.  We had Boysen seen by the CSU Veterinary School’s dermatology staff who determined he had a bacterial infection (MRSP) on his leg that was resistant to most antibiotics. A specially formulated drug, many follow up visits with lab work, and several months are required for the wound to heal. Boysen Berry, who found it hard not to mess with his healing leg, is really looking forward to being e-collar free!

Boysen Berry is being cared for by the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Dermatology Department.

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Benji’s Sponsors

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 


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Autumn’s Sponsors

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.

Autumn is being cared for by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and The Animal Doctor.


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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.

Chaco is being cared for by Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.


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