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?


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 — 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!

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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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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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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