March 2018
Volume XI, Issue 3
2018 Statistics
as of February 28:

Labs Taken In ... 48
Labs Placed ... 36
Spayed/Neutered ... 16
Featured Lab
Meet Goose
Click on the photo to learn about all of our available Labs!
Welcome New Volunteers and Fosters
New Volunteers
Denise Greco
Erin Lomax
Chelsea Lord
Declan Palmer
Hayden Peirce

New Foster Homes
Mimi Gersoff
Drew Hunter
Lauren Immel
Sandy Olson  

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2019 SHLR Calendar Contest Starts - NOW!

Calling all photographers!

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue's Annual Photo Contest is officially underway! You'll want to keep your camera close by to make sure you capture that ideal shot of your Lab in action or just hanging around being Labby. Winners will be announced in July and winning photos be part of our 2019 Calendar available at Lab Fest in August. Proceeds from the modest entry fee and calendar sales go towards helping with our rescued Labs medical expenses. 
Meet and Greets

When: Saturday, March 17
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:   Chuck and Don's Aurora, 6380 S Parker Rd #107, Aurora, CO 80016

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 

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

Have way too much fun (swimming pool for the Labs, picnic and Silent Auction for you) and help us raise funds for the medical care of our rescued Labs.

When: Saturday, August 25
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:   City Bark, 2000 West 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
Volunteer Yappy Hour

Watch for details regarding our Spring Volunteer Yappy hour (with your dog) in April!

Special Thank Yous

The Animal Assistance Foundation has graciously sponsored our membership in the professional organization, the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies.  
In addition, the Animal Assistance Foundation has provided us with a grant to help with the care of our Senior Labs.

The Colorado Overpopulation Fund License Plate Grant  program has awarded Safe Harbor a grant to help with the medical care of our rescued Labs. If you have purchased an "Adopt a Shelter Pet" license plate, you've helped rescued dogs in Colorado. Thank you!  The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) is a specific charitable fund established in 2001 by the Colorado State Legislature. CPOF exists to work with animal care and control organizations (including pet rescues), veterinarians and local communities to curb pet overpopulation in Colorado; to provide medical care to make shelter pets more adoptable; and to educate the public about the importance of controlling pet overpopulation.

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Our Mission Statement

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,  
We Labs are known for our fun-loving, outgoing personalities and, like our friend 'O Riley dressed up for St. Paddy's Day, make great subjects for photos. The 2019 Photo Contest for next year's SHLR calendar is underway, so keep your camera close by ready to catch your Lab's most winning pose . . . a spring snow, delicious mud, or some budding blooms might make a perfect setting! 

 May your Pot 'O Gold be filled with Biscuits!

~Finn McGee and All the Lucky Safe Harbor Labs

Paws: Good Deeds for a Very Good Dog
Throughout the year we help Lab owners who find they need to re-home their Lab. Often there are family or life changes, sometimes the owner passes away, there is a serious illness or the realization an active Lab is not a good fit for a particular lifestyle or life stage.

Ten-year old Paws, who lived with his owner Mark in a vehicle for two years, is one such pup. Safe Harbor supporter and adopter Kelley H. let Mark know about our program when circumstances were such that it looked like Mark might not be able to care for Paws. The wheels were put in motion for Paws to come to us for re-homing. Along the way, it was clear Paws and Mark meant the world to each other.  We became part of a team that included Good Samaritans, social services and law enforcement community support for the homeless who all went work too help keep them together.  As things unfolded, happily Mark and Paws were able to stay together.

Through the generosity and compassion of a sponsor, they now have a place to live and work together where Paws has room to run on 35 acres and has a personal mission to "water every tree". Arvada West Veterinary Hospital generously partnered with us to make sure Paws' medical needs were met as he and Mark began their new life full of hope together.

Kelley tells us: "I saw Mark and Paws on a daily basis in the parking lot, but I didn't really want to feel their struggle. When a post appeared seeking a home for Paws, I knew I couldn't ignore the situation any longer. While it is easy to pretend you don't see it, homelessness is all around us. Kudos to Safe Harbor for joining us on this journey that not only saved a Lab, but also Paw's best friend."

Dear Labby: Dog Breath .....Who Me?
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,

While I was lazily loafing on the sofa the other day, I happened to notice an article titled "February is National Pet Dental Health Month."  Since it's March now, do I still need to think about my teeth? Does this have something to do with my "dog breath?"


Jasper J.

Dear Jasper-

The answer is a resounding YES! You need to think about your dental health, just like the rest of your health, all year long! Bad breath, broken teeth, brown looking teeth, red or bleeding gums are all signs the vet needs to take a look at your choppers. Did you know most dental disease is below your gumline where it can't be readily seen? So it's important to get in for x-rays and a professional cleaning every now and then.  In between, it's an excellent idea for your mom or dad to brush your teeth (there are many YouTube videos to teach them how) or for you to enjoy some dental treats.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has lots of good info and even a quiz for you to take to show how smart you are!

For fun, you can read "Dog Breath" by Dave Pilkey together.

Love, Labby

New Beginnings: Lil' Blondie
It is very well known among the senior Lab set that if you are looking for a home there's no better place to spend your retirement years than Les' house! Lil' Blondie is one of the latest very lucky Labs of a certain age to have found her way into Les' heart, home, and family, and this darling pup knew that her future was golden the moment her foster became her forever.  

Les writes:  When our foster coordinator, Karen, asked me if I could foster a 12-year-old Lab for SHLR, I said sure!  Senior and special needs animals of all kinds have always had a special place in my heart and my own dogs are seniors, so I knew this little girl would fit right in.

When our wonderful transport volunteer, Denise delivered Lil' Blondie to my house, I wasn't prepared for a tiny 'pocket Lab' with a perennial puppy face. 

My own beloved Blondie two weeks prior had crossed the Bridge, the same day Lil' Blondie was found wandering on a rural road.  On  October 25th  I brought my Blondie's urn and ashes home to their special place on the shelf, and Lil' Blondie arrived at my house the same day.  Lil' Blondie told me there are some things that just can't be explained.  She stayed on. She's as sweet as she looks and keeps my feet warm at night. Thank you to SHLR for rescuing Lil' Blondie and to Karen for sending her my way. She's a tiny gem!  

Volunteer Spotlight: Ronni Eckert
When it was time to decide who to shine this month's volunteer spotlight on, we asked the Labs for suggestions. When Annie and Bunny suggested their wonderful foster mom, Ronni Eckert, we couldn't agree more! These adorable six-month-old sisters came to us after being rescued from a bad situation.  They were in need of a safe, loving foster environment, and little Bunny required surgery. Ronni gladly made room in her heart and home for both sweet puppies so they could be together and comfort each other.

Originally from Chicago, Ronni moved from Maryland to her "forever" home in Denver in 2009.  She owes her infatuation with Labs to her first Lab, Gumbo.  Ronni discovered Safe Harbor when a friend posted information about us on Facebook.  Ronni has fostered 13 (and counting!) very lucky Labs. One of the Labs, Logan (aka Bo), stole her heart and was invited to become Ronni's newest family member.  He joined Dante, another rescue boy.

For Ronni, the most rewarding part of fostering is watching a Lab -- after a short amount of time in a loving environment -- start to relax and learn how to enjoy just being a dog. Then, after our expert adoption team finds just the right adopter, Ronni can tell it's a perfect match when the Lab happily trots out the door with his/her new family and never looks back.  Success!!!  She says that's the best feeling a foster can have.

Ronni is passionate about animal welfare and also volunteers with Best Friends Animal Society in Utah and Denver Dumb Friends League.  A huge THANK YOU, Ronni, for the wonderful work you do to help many dogs on their journeys from being homeless to having a loving forever family and a happy new life.