August 2019
Volume XII, Issue 8
Safe Harbor Fun Fact

Our Adoptable Cosmo is featured on the Summer Edition of DOGTV!

Featured Lab

Click on the photo to learn about our available Labs!
Volunteers and Fosters

Welcome New Volunteers!
Lesley LeFevre and Joel Peacock - Foster Family

Becky Blanchard - Transport Team

Have fun, make Lab-loving friends, and help the Labs!

Click here to learn more and apply to join us!

Upcoming Events

Foster Meet & Greet
When: Sunday, August 11
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: West Arvada Dog Park
801 Ralston Road
Arvada, CO 80001

Orvis Dog Days of Summer
When: Sunday, August 18
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Orvis Cherry Creek
2770 E 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Meet & Greet
When:  Sunday, September 8
Time : TBD
Where: Pearl Street Farmers Market, South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 

Meet & Greet
When:  Saturday, September 14
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Chuck and Don's Arvada
14947 Candelas Parkway
Arvada, CO 80007

 Safe Harbor's LabFest 2019
Join us for our 17 th Annual LabFest to raise funds for our Labs' medical expenses. 
Swimming for the Labs, and a Silent auction and BBQ for the Lab Lovers!

Saturday, August 24, 2019
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
City Bark, Denver
Register here!

City Bark 

LabFest 2019 Sponsors
Nested, LLC
Moye White LLP
VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital
Wazee Partners
Beds n Biscuits
Rike/Jon Team REMAX Professionals
The K9 Body Shop
City Bark
Great Range Brand Bison
Green Dog Graphic Design 
Workday, Inc

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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,  

Hope to see you at LabFest 2019, our ever-popular annual fundraiser! The 2020 SHLR Calendars will be available for the first time, hot off the presses. Be among the first to score a couple; last year they sold out!  If you're without a Safe Harbor t-shirt for yourself or a signature Safe Harbor collar for your Lab, they will be available at LabFest too. New for this year? SHLR Yeti Ramblers, SHLR stickers, and canvas tote bags!  But most of all, join us for a great time to help our rescued Labs!

Warm Wishes for a Happy Summer,


A Special Plea From the Homeless Labs!
As a foster-based rescue with no facility of our own, we rely on our volunteer foster homes to care for the homeless Labs we take in until they find their thoroughly screened forever home. Due to foster family vacations, family changes, and other circumstances, foster availability is currently limiting our ability to help more Labs this summer. We provide all medical care and support for our foster families 24/7. We have applicants waiting for our Labs, but a shortage of foster homes keeps deserving Labs from having the opportunity for a better life. Please let us know if you can foster even one lovable Lab this summer. Think of them like a special guest you're dog sitting! For more info go to Fostering for Safe Harbor One of our volunteer coordinators will be in touch quickly!


LabFest 2019: The Countdown to August 24 Begins!
Rescuing Labs and making them whole in body and spirit is our passion. We do our best to make sure each -- from puppy to senior -- has thorough medical care before heading to their forever home. That brings our annual medical bills to about $150,000. "Whoa, that's over ten million bones in dog money!" woofs five-year-old Ryan who was hit by a car and will be having hip surgery soon.  

So grab your Lab and any other fun-loving pups in the family!  Make a difference with us at LabFest 2019 . . . and along the way meet lots of dog lovers poolside, by the BBQ, or under the Silent Auction canopies

Dear Labby: I'm a Really Big Girl! 
Photo courtesy of Kateri Nelson, all rights reserved.
Advice on all matters Labby for both four and two-legged folks.

Dear Labby,

I'm a big girl, a really big girl who loooves to eat. I think I'm an English Lab and I read we can be a little heavier than our slimmer American Lab friends. When Safe Harbor rescued me I weighed 101 pounds. The vet gave me a checkup and did some tests that revealed I'm pretty healthy, just a chunky monkey. She bluntly told me: "Daisy, you're just plain fat. You should weigh 80 pounds, tops.  You need to eat less, a lot less, and get some exercise. You'll feel better and live longer, too." Help! What am I going to do? I just know I'm going to starve.

Withering Away,

Dear Daisy,

You have ample reserves so, no, you are not going to starve! The vet is right: all that extra weight is hard on your heart, lungs and joints. Your family needs to measure your food, including treats, and make sure that's all you get. Period; no matter how pitifully you stare at them. To feel fuller, add veggies like green beans to your meals. Some families allow one cookie at bedtime for a special treat. Add some gradual exercise every day, too - remember you're out of shape. Check out this article at the Labrador Site on Fat Labs 
for more info. Stick with it girlfriend. I bet you'll look fabulous by the Holidays!


Daisy is currently with a foster mom who is helping her safely lose weight.

New Beginnings: Scooter
Stefany and Chris have added a charming chocolate chap named Scooter to their family.  Three-year-old Scooter is having the time of his life in his new home, and while he adores all of his family members, this lively pup's favorite partner in fun and games is his new two-legged brother, Wyatt.  "Boys just want to have fun," wags young Scooter.

Scooter's new parents tell us:   Scooter has been such an amazing addition to our family! We lost our last beloved dog to illness a year ago. We finally felt ready to adopt a new pet and found Safe Harbor Lab Rescue. When we met Scooter, I knew right away that he was going to be our new family member. He is so sweet, funny, smart and well behaved. We are working on refining his manners and teaching him how to walk on a leash. The most fun part is seeing how much he and our son, Wyatt, enjoy each other! They have a blast playing together. 

Thank you SHLR for connecting us with sweet Scooter, we are forever grateful!! 

Many thanks to Mitch for fostering Scooter!

Volunteer Spotlight: Vikki and George
One of Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's important "jobs" is transporting the dogs from their original destination to Alameda East for their initial checkup. Vikki and George are a pair of our regular transport volunteers. They learned about Safe Harbor Lab Rescue from a friend who is on our Board and have been transporting our Labs for almost three years. In that time, they have transported approximately 30 Labs to their new future.

Vikki and George enjoy transporting because they are helping a Lab get on his/her way to a better life. When they travel together, Vikki sits in the back on the transport so she can love on the Lab and make him/her more comfortable. They are amazed how organized the coordination between rescue partners and Safe Harbor runs. Being a piece of the rescue puzzle that brings a Lab to his/her forever home makes them happy.

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue thanks Vikki and George for their volunteer time!