February 28, 2015



In December 2005 we adopted a tri-color sheltie named Holly through Safe Harbor. Our sweet girl passed away a few weeks ago. I would like to share her story with you. Holly had been rescued from a puppy mill and was very afraid of people and her surroundings. At first we thought maybe we had made a mistake adopting her because she would not even look at us. But after awhile she came out of her shell and she grew to love her family and her home. Holly was a gentle and kind dog who loved attention. She was the first to greet someone at our door. She has a sheltie brother named Frankie who has been lost without her. Most of all, Holly was a happy dog. And yes, she could smile. Holly, thank you for all the lessons you taught us. And thanks to Safe Harbor for letting us adopt this wonderful dog. She will always be our pretty girl. Now, I need a Kleenex for my tears!

February 22, 2015

So I have a great story for you! :)

So I have a great story for you! :) My great aunt, Kay, is very involved with helping dogs and what not, in Brown County, I believe, and she is who told me about "find a pet" and that's how I found Skeeter. Well, I sent her a pic of him and told her where I got him from and she goes "is that one of Gypsy's babies" and I was like "yes".... Haha I guess she fostered Gypsy right before she had Skeeter! And then she went to you guys :) so Skeeter was so meant to be ours :). He's doing great :)

February 22, 2015

We couldn't have asked for a sweeter dog.

Hi Wendy,

I just wanted to let you know that Jackie (whom we've renamed Callie) is adjusting just fine in our home. And our two cats are trying to adjust to her as well. She wants to play with them so badly, but they're reticent because she's bigger than they are.

We couldn't have asked for a sweeter dog. She's so cute and lovable that after just a week, I'm afraid we've already got her spoiled! She's so curious, when she goes out she has to sniff every tree, bush and pole around (plus, it seems, every blade of grass!). She's met some of the neighbor dogs and has done well with that. And she hardly ever barks.

Please send our compliments to her trainer at the prison. So far, everything that has been portrayed about her has rung true. They did a great job! And thank you so much for all your help in the adoption process.

February 17, 2015

"...we tell everyone about Safe Harbor."

Hi Wendy,

I am sorry it has been so long. I did want to send you an email and bring you up to date on our little guy. We did change his name to Pete, we just couldn’t do Viper. When I brought him home, I had a carrier and a kennel, but he chose to sleep with us, which I loved. He would come in, use the stairs to get on the bed, get under the sheets and sack out. Then we got a bigger kennel and a better bed and he liked it so much he stopped sleeping with us. I miss that. We have 5 inside / outside cats (we live in the country). It is hilarious, he chases them, they chase him. Every now and again, when we take him out, we let him off his leash so he can really stretch his legs. Weather permitting we go on rides on the weekend, he loves going for rides. The trainer he had while he was with you did a very good job. Next time we get a dog, (I am hoping for a really big one) we are definitely going through you, and we tell everyone about Safe Harbor.

Take care and I will write you again.

December 23, 2014

Nipsy Blue-Eyes, aka Pip, has "...been an excellent addition to our household...."


It’s been almost six months since we adopted Nipsy Blue-Eyes, now called Pip. From the beginning, she’s been an excellent addition to our household. She came to us extremely well behaved – calm, quiet, and polite, with sitting as her go-to position and crate-training and potty-training already covered – thanks to the dedicated training she received while in your care. At first, she was a little frightened of new experiences – car rides, dishwasher sounds, the family cat – but she quickly overcomes her fear and is now calm and content around all sorts of unfamiliar things. She’s also best friends with our 60-pound shepherd mix, Loretta – they got along great from the start. Every day - from the way her tiny row of bottom teeth sometimes sticks out to the pitter-patter of her little feet following down the hall - she makes us so grateful to have found her. Her life now consists of a nice long walk first thing in the morning, high-quality food including balanced homemade meals, plenty of chew toys (she likes to chew!), lots of running and playing in our big backyard, and lots of cuddles on the couch in the evenings. Rest assured she’ll have this life for the rest of her days. Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Safe Harbor program for the superb and necessary work that you do!

Best regards,
Pip’s new pack

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©2015 Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor holds dog adoptions on most Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Please join us on Saturday, March 28, at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Lackman Rd. (15200 Shawnee Mission Pkwy).

The following dogs adopted at PetSmart on Saturday:


We hope to see you next Saturday.


**We are always in need of supplies!!

Here is our WISH LIST:

Martingale Training Collars,

Leashes (retractable or 4 foot nylon)

Soft Training Treats,

Heartworm Preventive,


especially Nylabone Chew Toys,
and Kong toys,

Box Fans,

Fans that attach to crate doors for transporting,

D-Cell Batteries for the crate door fans when transporting dogs,

Bedding (towels, sheets, wash cloths, blankets, etc.)

*Donations are tax deductible as applicable by law and can be brought to us at an event or mailed to us at:

Safe Harbor Prison Dogs,
P.O. Box 536, Bonner Springs, KS 66012*