Labrador Harbor was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in late 2005 to provide charitable funds to private citizens or non-profit rescue organizations that directly benefit the immediate physical well-being of Labrador Retrievers. We believe there are too many labs who are euthanized simply because loving families and supporters simply do not have the financial resources to cover the costs of life-saving medical procedures or rehabilitation. Our goal is to help provide financial assistance and resources to these families and supporters in an effort to provide a second chance to labs that would benefit from surgeries or rehabilitation techniques.
Sue Frounfelter served as Treasurer and as an Officer on the Board of Directors for Labrador Rescuers from 2004-2006. Sue played a key role in establishing fiscal policies for the organization and developing a professional relationship with veterinarians, clinics, and other service providers in the San Diego non-profit rescue community.
Mike Frounfelter served as a Director on the Board of Directors for Labrador Rescuers from 2004-2005. As acting webmaster for the group, Mike was instrumental in designing and building a professional internet presence for the fledgling group and in developing Internet policies for the rescue organization. Mike has also been active in internet activities for FOCAS San Diego.
Sue and Mike are both active volunteers for the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Funding is available for Labrador Retrievers residing in California.
A Drop of Hope Can Make All the Difference in the World -
- Mike Frounfelter - President, Labrador Harbor
In 2002, our 9-year old yellow Lab, Edna, was diagnosed with
a brain tumor that was later determined to be cancer. Dr. Levitsky of the
Veterinary Specialty Hospital recommended immediate surgery as the primary option for removing the cancer.
The surgery, which was thought to remove all of the tumor, would be followed with radiation treatments in an effort to eliminate any further cancer growth. The expense of these treatments was not our primary concern, but we knew that at some point the bills would come due and we had limited resources. Despite the cancer and grand-mal seizures, Edna was full of life and never once showed us any sign that she was ready to give up.
Sue began researching financial aid resources and applied for funds through organizations that helped dogs like Edna, families like ours. The Animal Welfare Foundation provided us with a small amount of financial assistance. Against the overwhelming amount of the total costs, this small amount seemed like it would not make a difference at all. But it made all of the difference in the world. It gave Sue and I hope. It told us that someone else out there believed in Edna's recovery - believed we were doing everything we could to save this wonderful lab. At a time, when Sue and I were both feeling that we were the only ones fighting for Edna's life, this helping hand came to say - "Here, we believe in her life too."
Our Edna passed away in the summer of 2003, but she will always remain in our hearts. She made a huge impact on all of the lives she touched. Sue and I joined Labrador Rescuers in San Diego in an effort to keep her memory alive and offer our help to other Labs who were in need of homes and medical assistance. We learned a lot from our time with the rescue group, but felt that our unique experiences would be better served directly helping families and rescue groups - offering some financial assistance and resources to the best of our ability. We want to offer hope to the Labs and the families that care for them. Sometimes, just a few words can provide the drop of hope that can make all the difference in the world.
Labrador Harbor reserves the right to publish (without compensation) all dog related information its directors or members receive on the Labrador Harbor web site, in digital format and in official Labrador Harbor printed materials. This information will include, but is not limited to: dog name, sex and color, medical conditions and health status, and all electronic and hard copy photos submitted to Labrador Harbor and it representatives.