April 2018
Volume XI, Issue 4
2018 Statistics
as of March 31:

Labs Taken In ... 69
Labs Placed ... 57
Spayed/Neutered ... 20
Featured Lab
Meet Anakin & Zera
Click on the photo to learn about all of our available Labs!
Volunteers and Fosters

Amazing Volunteer Facts
Joe H. has fostered 69 Labs since 2005

Sue and Joe N. have fostered 62 Labs since 2007

Sarah O. and Steve M. have fostered 24 Labs since 2013

We couldn't save over 250 Labs a year without our most appreciated foster families. They are a great group of volunteers who are supported 24/7 by our Foster Coordinators. Fosters supply the love, food and a soft place to land; SHLR covers all the medical expenses and will even deliver your foster Lab right to your door! Won't you foster just one?  Be forewarned: they are quite irresistible! Click here to find out more!

2019 SHLR Calendar Contest Starts - NOW!

Calling all photographers!

The annual Photo Contest
for the 2019 SHLR Calendar is underway! Get out your camera and phones and start capturing those Labs in action!  Remember we can only accept horizontal images and no humans in the photos, please.  Entry form and more details here .  Deadline is June 15.

Winners and Honorable Mentions will be featured in our 2019 calendar. Many photos will also appear elsewhere in the calendar as well in our promotional materials or on our "Thank You" cards.

Your entry fees will go directly toward our Labs' medical costs. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Yappy Hour

When: Saturday, April 28
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Locavore Beer Works 
5950 S Platte Canyon Rd
Littleton, CO 80123

Join SHLR volunteers for a brew and munchies. Labs and friends are welcome!

Meet and Greets

When: Saturday, April 21
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:   Chuck and Don's Cherry Creek, 201 S. University Blvd, Denver, CO 80206 

When: Saturday, June 23
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:  Chuck and Don's 
1705 State Hwy 7, Erie, CO 80516

LabFest 2018: THE Best and Most Anticipated Lab Party of the Year!

THE not-to-be-missed Lab party of the year to raise funds for Safe Harbor Labs' medical expenses! An in-ground pool for the Labs; a BBQ and silent auction with awesome stuff for you!

When: Saturday, August 25
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:   City Bark 
2000 West 8th Ave
D enver, CO  80204
New Beginnings

Lauren & Gracie Ann

Bill & Avery

Darcy, Tommy, Angus & Remy

Fred and Jack

Kelly, Jack & Sadie

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Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's mission is to rescue and successfully rehome stray, abandoned or surrendered Labrador Retrievers giving priority to those in Colorado.  We partner with professionals to provide medical care, training resources and breed education.
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Dear Friends of Safe Harbor Lab Rescue,  
Leave the tumult of daily news behind and take a moment to relish all the unconditional love and joy our Labs, or just good dogs no matter who they may be, bring us every day. That wagging tail of your best friend can make you stop and think: "How did I ever get so lucky ?!"  

Hope you can join us for a super fun "Volunteer Yappy Hour" at the Locavore Beer Works in Littleton on April 28 from 1- 4 PM. Your Lab is most welcome and there will be munchies, too. Many thanks to volunteers Sam and Jen for organizing this very fun afternoon where you can share a brew with other volunteers and introduce your friends to Safe Harbor, too. Hope to see you and your Lab there!
Happy Spring! 

Best Wishes,  

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue
Jay and Bentley: We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends
This past month or so had brought us several wonderful Labs in need of major medical care. We count our blessings every day for our generous supporters who help make it possible for us to care for these sweet souls who have nowhere to turn and depend on us. Here are two:

First there is Jay, who is just about a year old and was left at a small rural shelter. His very observant foster parents noticed he seemed to be sore after playing.  X-rays confirmed severe bilateral hip dysplasia. Dr. Bauer at Canine Orthopedic Specialists  remarked on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, Jay's hips were a solid 10. Jay had surgery on his left hip on March 22. His medical foster parents, Mary and Chris, report his recovery is going smoothly and he is an excellent patient.  Surgery on his right hip will be in a month or so.

Then there is Bentley, a four month old puppy left at a shelter with no hope for adoption. This little guy had a congenital urinary tract "plumbing problem" and just a tiny bit of vestigial tail, the end of which was extremely painful. We took him to the 
CSU Veterinary Teaching  Hospital  where his problems were diagnosed by Dr. Smeak, an expert soft tissue surgeon. A delicate, lengthy and successful surgery was performed to correct the problems. Amazingly, Bentley was feeling pretty chipper the next day and headed home with his medical foster mom, Connie, to recover.

Thanks to you -- our wonderful supporters -- Jay and Bentley truly have had "a little help from their friends" to start them on their way to their forever homes! Visit our " Sponsor A Dog" page to learn more about other dogs with medical needs we have helped.
Dear Labby: Spring is Here; Please Don't Eat the Flowers!
Dear Labby is ready to offer advice on all matters "Labby" from both four and two-legged folks.
Photo courtesy of Kateri Nelson - all rights reserved.

Dear Labby, 

Flowers are springing up in my backyard, and on warm days my Peeps are digging in the dirt with all the enthusiasm of a Lab! All that stuff smells great and looks like it might be tantalizing to my taste buds, but my friend, Hawkeye, told me he sampled great smelling dirt and flowers last spring and ended up at the vet. Is it true? Can spring flowers or dirt make me sick?

~Blossom R.


Dear Blossom, 

Gardening season is here! Some spring plants, flowers and fertilizers may look or smell tasty, but can be bad news for us pups. No nibbling these, they're toxic: tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, crocus and lilies. Fertilizer in the bag or in the dirt may have a heavenly scent and set you to drooling, but if it has any of these ingredients, you'll be one sick puppy headed to the nearest vet if you sample it: blood meal, bone meal, organophosphates (OP), pesticides/insecticides or iron.
Have your mom or dad check out the  Pet Poison Helpline  for more info on spring season toxins to watch out for.

So my advice:  Just tip toe through the tulips and be on your way!

Love, Labby

New Beginnings: Louie
That handsome hunk of Lab looking right at home in the middle of the family portrait is the new kid, Louie. Michelle, Jeff and their children, Jamie and Paul, recently added this big, beautiful, 1.5-year-old boy to their family, and Louie could hardly believe his luck when he learned that in addition to his fabulous new parents, he would have two teenage human siblings to hang out with in his new home.  It doesn't get much better than that for a sociable teenage Lab pup with places to go, people to see, and energy to burn. #Labgoals  

Louie's new mom writes:

We're two for two with Safe Harbor Lab Rescue!  Louie is our second adoption through SHLR and we are so lucky!  This guy is bringing so much love and laughter to our family, and I'm back to my daily walks with a four-legged friend!  From the day we brought him home we've all learned about one another and settled in nicely.  He sleeps great through the night, loves to be rubbed and scratched and in true lab fashion, loves his food and snacks!  He is very smart and so fun to watch!  He LOVES the snow (playing in it, rolling around in it and eating it!) and chewing on logs and branches we have (had) in the woodpile and has a new best friend next door that he plays with often. We're working on commands like "give" (it's hard to play fetch when he doesn't let go of the toy), "off" and "come" (he thinks it's a suggestion, not a command).  We couldn't be happier with this young man!

Many thanks to Joe for fostering Buddy S./Louie!

Volunteer Spotlight: Andrea & Mike Collins
We have four fabulous fosters to celebrate for all they have done fostering 30 very lucky Labs. Andrea and Mike modestly tell us they owe their success as a foster family to their yellow Lab, Lincoln, and their Safe Harbor rescued black Lab, Benelli.

Mike had an idea that in addition to donating to an organization, it was time to make an even bigger difference by getting involved. After researching several animal rescues online, they kept finding themselves being drawn back to the Safe Harbor website.  

When the very first foster arrived, Lincoln sprang into action.  He welcomed the unsure Lab with a happy wag and immediately showed his new friend where the toy box was.  Lincoln then pulled out every toy for the new Lab to play with. What a warm and wonderful welcome for a lonely Lab who was down on his luck.  One day a little cutie came to be fostered, and it was love at first sight for Lincoln. Benelli soon became family, and now Lincoln and Benelli work as a team to welcome the newcomers.

They describe their foster family role as providing a first introduction to a good life.  They help them get a well-rounded experience in a short amount of time that they can then take with them throughout life.  They go from "petrified" to "life is good" during their stay as they learn to trust people and other animals. Some have even gone camping!

A huge thank you to the pawsome Collins "pack" for touching the lives of 30 very grateful Labs and giving them a happy new beginning.

Why is Abby Smiling?
Our Abby knows a lot of Safe Harbor's Lab lovers shop on Amazon and they are signing up for  AmazonSmile ! It's a simple, automatic way to support Safe Harbor every time you shop on Amazon. "So sign up already!" woofs Abby.

Speaking of Amazon, check out our Amazon Wish List!