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?


Morgan — Heartworm Positive

Morgan looks like the typical happy 1.5-year-old Chocolate Lab youngster, but his heart harbors a deadly secret. A pup who lived outside on a chain in Arkansas — the state with the third highest incident of heartworm disease — Morgan became the victim of this disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Safe Harbor will cover the cost of his lengthy treatment following the American Heartworm Society’s protocol. A rescue partner in Arkansas will provide foster care until he is recovered and able to travel to us in Colorado and find his forever home.



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Kira — Major Abdominal Surgery for a Serious Intestinal Issue

When five-month-old Kira came to us she weighed a mere 15 pounds. Lethargic, with little appetite, vomiting and chronic diarrhea, she was one struggling and sick little girl. The emergency room vet at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital immediately performed an ultrasound. It revealed she had an intussusception — an inflammation of the intestines causing a portion of the intestine to slip out of its normal place and fold in on itself. A blockage had formed. The cause was likely due to damage from untreated intestinal parasites.

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 from her ordeal under the care of her medical foster. Now Kira is frisky, has a voracious appetite, is safely gaining weight and is all a Lab puppy can be!

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Rudy — Gunshot Wound and Heartworm Positive

Four-year-old Rudy was found in rural Arkansas with an infected 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 wound treatment he needed. Before coming to us in Colorado, all our out-of-state Labs are tested for heartworms. Unfortunately, Rudy tested positive. He will undergo a three-month treatment protocol at our expense before coming to us – including medication, special injections, hospitalization and strict rest. Rudy will generously be fostered by a rescue partner in Arkansas and, once recovered, he will be on his way to us to find his new family.


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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!


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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.

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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

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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.



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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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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!

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When a Lab joins us at Safe Harbor, we always welcome them back if there is a life change for an adopter that makes them unable to care for their Lab. Due to a serious family illness and with a heavy heart, eleven-year-old Charlie’s family returned him to us. As a senior Lab now, Charlie has a number of challenging health issues. Our vets are evaluating them and coming up with a treatment plan for Charlie that will assure he is comfortable and that we can provide him with good quality of life. He’s enjoying the good life with his retired foster mom, another senior Lab, a cat, and a saucy terrier.  Charlie 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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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 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.


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