September 2019
Volume XII, Issue 9
Safe Harbor Fun Fact

This summer we took in five hefty Labs whose combined weight was 525 pounds. That's a quarter of a ton of Labs!

Featured Lab

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

Welcome New Volunteers!
Scott Caronna
Stephanie Olofson
Carolyn Gensler, foster family

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

Click here to learn more and apply to join us!

Upcoming Events

Meet & Greet
When:  Sunday, September 8
Time : 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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

Colorado Gives Day 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

New Beginnings



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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,  

Because we're such irresistible dogs, we've been invited to a fun Fall event: The Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market Pet Adoption Fair where we will be sniffing out new friends and tennis balls, but probably not be sniffing out kale! Details to the left. 
Oh and here's a heads up: The 2020 SHLR Calendar is available now and word around the fire hydrant is it's the best one ever! Ya snooze ya lose on this one, so order soon! 

  The Labs 

Lab Fest 2019:  Thank you for your support!

Another LabFest in the books and another wet and wild day for the Labs! Thank you to everyone who joined us, participated in the Silent Auction, purchased merchandise, and supported us with generous donations to help raise funds for our rescued Labs' medical expenses. 

Special thanks to all of our Sponsors, Volunteers, and dedicated LabFest Committee Members who helped make the event a great success! We are already counting down for LabFest 2020! See you next August! 

Your Donations at Work: Hip Surgery for Ryan
My Name is: Ryan; 4 years old  

Medical Profile:  Hit by a car, dislocated hip 

My Story:  I'm a super friendly 93-pound Lab from Arkansas who was hit by a car. I was pretty badly banged up with road rash, had some nerve damage to muscles near one ear and also ended up with a painful dislocated hip. I'm recovering from hip surgery and going to physical therapy to get some strength and mobility back.  My foster mom and dad say I'm a real trooper! 

Above is a picture of me after I was hurt, and below is one when I packed up and headed to Safe Harbor!

Dear Labby: Oh Shed! There's Hair Everywhere!
Photo courtesy of Kateri Nelson, all rights reserved.
Advice on all matters Labby for both four and two-legged folks.

Dear Labby, 

Our Lab Toby has been shedding like a fiend lately - see photo.  We have a dog-friendly house that has a nice lived-in look, but finding "dust buffalos" of Lab hair grazing in the corners is a little crazy.  We're worried our budget won't be able to handle all the vacuum cleaner bags and that Toby will be bald before Halloween. Help us Labby!

~Pat and Ralph

Dear Pat and Ralph,

Shedding is as natural as fetching a tennis ball, chasing squirrels or leaning in for loving!  Lots of things affect how much we shed . . . bet a few of them might surprise you. They include the length of the day, the temperature, how much we are inside with artificial  light and climate control, how healthy we are, if we have allergies, how clean our skin and coat are, the kind of food we are eating and even our hormones. That's a lot of variables! Something to keep in mind is that there is a difference between normal shedding and loss of hair. Best to ask your vet if you are worried.

So here's an easy tip: All us shedders, even the heaviest, can be tamed by frequent and regular brushing.  After all, the fur you catch on the brush won't end up on you, the floor or the couch!

Check out what The Labrador Site has to say about us and our shedding.

Love, Labby

New Beginnings: Rowdy
Gloria and Greg had been fostering SHLR Labs for about a year when Rowdy came to stay.  He's their lucky Foster #13 and is fondly known as their "foster failure."  He captured their hearts with his big floppy ears and playful six-month old ways. 

Having spent the first few months of his life in a small apartment, Rowdy is enjoying his big back yard and his daily walks with Mom where he gets to meet other dogs and humans.  He loves his doggie toys, but the stuffed toys don't last long with his puppy playfulness.  Toys that squeak are his favorites!  He relishes being part of the family and does not want to be left behind!  He's always ready for a walk or car ride or wherever his new forever family is headed.  He is working on his retrieving skills, which seems to work best when treats are involved.  Interestingly, he does not enjoy water - somewhere that Lab gene went missing with him.  While some of his manners need improving, he's a smart cookie who will do just about anything for a treat, and he keeps Mom company while she works from home, often curling up under her desk for a nap.

Mom and Dad are thrilled to have Rowdy as a part of their family and are looking forward to continuing to foster.  Rowdy is ready for a revolving door of foster playmates down the road.  "Everyone is my friend," he woofs!

Our thanks to Gloria and Greg for fostering Rowdy and making this beautiful pup a part of your family!

Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Schiffers
"Seeing the change as our foster Lab gets comfortable, learns our routine and becomes part of the family" is Katie's favorite part of fostering. It doesn't get much better than that! 

Katie and her family have been fostering for Safe Harbor Lab Rescue for two years. In the last year, they have fostered at least 15 labs. Like many of our fosters, she foster-failed, and Bailey was lucky enough to be adopted. Now that Bailey is part of Katie's family, she lets the new fosters know who's the boss. 

Katie encourages those who are thinking about fostering to open your home and your heart. Fostering makes a big difference to the Lab who is transitioning to his/her permanent home. She encourages families to foster as it's a fun family affair. 

Thank you to Katie and her family for spoiling all their foster Labs! We appreciate you!  To learn more about fostering, click here.