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Permanent resident Herbie!  Herbie is one of the final 5 dogs from the large 148 dog rescue out of Gabbs Nevada in Jan 2008.  Herbie and the other four Gabbs dogs were transported to Olympic Animal Sanctuary who left them in wire or travel crates for 6 yrs of their stay.  Safe Haven made a commitment in 2008 when it rescued 13 of the Gabbs dogs. When the sanctuary closed January 2014 Safe Haven re-rescued three of the five Gabbs dogs from Olympic Animal Sanctuary.  Two are still missing.

Herbie has no sponsors. Herbie is a dog that does not appreciate being touched but we found he enjoys car rides. Herbie will live a life of peace, safety and the freedom to continue to be an alarm dog at Safe Haven.

Long term project sisters Joan & Betty!  Joan and Betty and their sister arrived at 8weeks old with Parvo in 2013.  After a lengthy and costly treatment they survived.

These two girls are about 24lbs.  Small but mighty!  Their sister was adopted out but these two are still very shy and skittish and not ready for a home life style adoption.  They will take treats out of your hand but they are not ready for walking on leash.

Joan and Betty need individual foster homes to help them acclimate to life outside of Safe Haven.

Long Term Resident OAS Roger (formally Chance)!  Roger arrived to a rescue in N. Nevada September 2014 from a failed sanctuary (Olympic Animal Sanctuary). Unfortunately it did not work out and he came to Safe Haven.

His name was changed to Roger and he never looked back. Roger can be very territorial until he gets to know you. Then he turns into a marshmallow, gentle dog.  He enjoys his smaller dog friends or females his size. He is very content being a house dog.


Chance has received a sponsor.  If you would like to sponsor Roger let us know. 

Permanent Resident Rosie!  Rosie was 10yrs old when she arrived to Safe Haven (2014) from Olympic Animal Sanctuary.  Rosie was born into (with her siblings), and raised in a windowless warehouse with 100+ penned/travel crate dogs. Rosie likes her people time, belly rubs, going off leash desert walking and just enjoying the remainder of her life no longer confined with the ability to have freedom. She lives with a young feral male (Dusty) who isn't ready to be touched or wear a collar.

Rosie has received a sponsor.  If you would like to sponsor Rosie let us know.  She is on daily medicine for her extreme shoulder and spine arthritis, and loves her Kong ball toys.

The Safe Haven dogs enjoy their life in a peaceful healthy environment, regardless of behavioral or medical condition or their length of stay. Our feral (do not bond to humans nor like to be touched) or permanent resident / sanctuary dogs are not kept confined or out of sight. We feel human contact, individual play times and dog/dog socialization is an important aspect of being a healthy dog.  More importantly, Safe Haven enjoys watching and spending time with the dogs and watch them grow into better dogs.  Some of our dogs comes from free roaming feral situations and have not been raised with people or appropriately socialized to the world.  These types of dogs require long term support to learn how to trust, wear a collar, or be leash walked.

Long Term resident Itsy!  Itsy is one of the final 5 dogs from the large 148 dog rescue out of Gabbs Nevada in Jan 2008.  Itsy and the other four Gabbs dogs were transported to Olympic Animal Sanctuary who left them in wire or travel crates for 6 yrs of their stay.  Safe Haven made a commitment in 2008 when it rescued 13 of the Gabbs dogs. When the sanctuary closed January 2014 Safe Haven re-rescued three of the five Gabbs dogs from Olympic Animal Sanctuary.  Two are still missing.

She is on daily medicine for her extreme shoulder arthritis, and can be walked on leash, however she is not fond of being touched and lives a life of peace, safety and the freedom to continue to thrive as a Gabbs Dog.

Long term dogs Gypsy & Denal!  We are assuming Gypsy is mother to Denali.

Gypsy & Denali are sponsored by
Lake Tahoe Wolf Rescue.  They arrived Jan 2nd 2014 from the large rescue of the defunct Olympic Animal Sanctuary along with three of the Gabbs Dogs.

These two are ready to move on to a larger facility.  We prefer 10+ acres, cool climate and supported as a muse to someone who could just enjoy watching these two.

Newest Safe Haven Gabbs dog resident Harold!  Gabbs dog Harold is a sweet senior that might just steal someones heart (besides ours).  Harold is 14yrs old and after a major dental cleaning and removal of a number of teeth he is doing well and has a very gentle sweet demeanor.

April 2017; Gabbs dog Harold has been living at Dog Town Canine Rescue for about nine years. Yesterday, his run mate, Harvey, another Gabbs dog, had to be put to sleep after a large tumor was found in his mouth. Harold came to join Itsy and Herbie (OAS/Gabbs dogs).

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Safe Haven adoptable and long term dogs - Rescue is not a verb.  It is a commitment.

When a dog comes to us in need, the first thing we do is get them veterinary care and observe their personality and get to know each one as an individual. The very last thing we will do is calculate how long they will take to get back on their feet so they can be adopted.


Each dog is an individual, and even though they are capable of becoming physically healthy as they transform, there is so much mental thoughts going on in their mind that it is impossible for us to comprehend. One of the top reasons a dog will stay at Safe Haven for a length of time or become a 'sanctuary' dog is to recover mentally.


We devote to each individual, focusing on their unique levels of need. To help a dog become a better dog than they arrived, they receive  the traditional obedience training work, learn to go on off-leash runs and off property socialization activities.  We especially pay close attention to providing the mental stimulation activities for the dogs that are not able to go off property.

We never pressure a dog to conform into an 'adoptable' dog.  We know that each one will settle into the environment in his or her own time and, as we remain patient, we watch their personalities unfold while they relax into life of peace and safety. The 'Concept-to-Reality Initiative gives them this freedom

We rescue less then two dozen dogs a year in order to provide them the personalized services to become better dogs than when they arrived. Dogs coming from hoarders, failed Sanctuaries or rescuing the rescue situations require a length of time for the dogs to decompress and show their true potentials. If you are interested in adopting any of the dogs currently in rehabilitation please contact us or check petfinders. Please note that some dogs can take weeks, months or years to come around before being available for adoption. With love, time and patience not only are we changing the lives of each individual dog but also creating a healing within their mind they will carry on to their new home.