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Safe Harbor Lab Rescue

Our uncertain times impact the quality of life of Labs as their owners struggle with their own lives. Our mission "To rescue, provide a high level of compassionate care & successfully rehome stray, abandoned or surrendered Labs" is a ray of hope for struggling families and crowded shelter partners.

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Safe Harbor Lab Rescue​​​​​​​
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601- 16th St., C-322
Golden, CO 80401
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Mission Statement

Our 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.

Organization History

Founded in 2002 by two Labrador Retriever lovers, Safe Harbor Lab Rescue has grown into a well-respected organization in the animal welfare community with nearly 4,300 Labs rescued, 100 active volunteers, committed leadership and a supportive donor base.

While staying focused on our mission as well as sound management and fiscal practices, we have expanded our rescue efforts to reach out to two under-served, and often overlapping populations of Labs needing rescue: those with good temperaments but challenging medical conditions with a good prognosis, and seniors. A constant for us over the years has been not only the dedicated and tireless work of our volunteers, but the joy of seeing our rescued Labs made whole in body and spirit and welcomed into loving forever homes.

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue supports our community by assisting families who need to surrender their Labrador Retriever often for economic reasons or life changes. We partner with the Colorado animal welfare community by providing assistance to Colorado animal shelters and with memberships in the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance (MDAWA) and the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies (CFAWA). We are also a member of the Colorado Nonprofit Association (NPA) and have partnered with the University of Denver's Institute for Human Animal Connection (IHAC) for volunteer education.


Shelby was adopted at the end of 2020. Kari and Ernie tell us:

This puppy, oh my goodness! I am so impressed on how this dog is so sweet! I have two sons, and they decided to rename Toffee, Shelby. You see, we are a little bit of a car family, and the name seemed to fit!

Shelby is so smart! I've never had a dog that was crate trained, and the first thing we did before picking her up was pick up a crate and make it nice and cozy. The first couple of days she was here, she actually would put herself to bed at the end of day - she obviously loved her new crate and it made her feel safe and comfortable.

Also, we have an older lab mix, Petey, who we were not too sure how he would respond. Well, I tell you what! I think Petey thinks we got Shelby just for him! They have been great playmates and I think Petey has really enjoyed showing Shelby how it all works here - from using the doggie door, to running along the fence and watching over the neighborhood. They are quite a pair.

Overall, Shelby has become my little shadow. She is never too far, always by my side. We have been working on some skills walking the neighborhood and she is so willing to please. The entire family is enjoying this pup, and she sure is not lacking attention!

By the end of each day - in her crate she goes, and sleeps so tight until the next day's adventures! Thank you Safe Harbor for all you do to help find happy homes for happy pups like Shelby!

And here's Connor also adopted in 2020:

Kathy tells us:

I knew I wanted Connor the minute I saw his picture and I was thrilled when I met him at the Canine Medical Resort in Ft. Collins. We connected immediately and we have made each other our new best pals. He knew love in his past and gives it to me freely with hugs and snuggles and lots of kisses. He also knows how to gain attention with his wonky right front leg by putting it up in my lap,and laying his head down on it. Works every time! A SHLR surgery straightened the bones in his leg from shoulder to knee which shortened his leg so - Yes - he wears a brace with a lift to help him have an even gait, but that does not stop him from the excitement of long walks, playing with other dogs in the dog park, our games of tug (loves the ropes) and meeting and greeting new people with an attempted hug and at least a lick or two. After I experienced an unexpected early retirement in May due to Covid, having Connor in my life has given me not only love and companionship, but a new purpose. I believe we would really enjoy his being trained as a therapy dog, especially for children with physical disabilities. So much to look forward to in our future together. Thank you SHLR for rescuing him and to Connie at the Canine Resort for the months of rehab she provided for him.

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