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Chesapeake Safe Harbor rescues and places needy Chesapeake Bay Retrievers of all ages.

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It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of a new Chesapeake Safe Harbor location which will begin operation this month in western Massachusetts.
We are a father-daughter team that has been involved with Safe Harbor for years and will be operating the new rescue location out of our home in Amherst. Our fifteen-year relationship with Safe Harbor began with our participation in the transportation of rescued Chessies and led to our adoption of multiple dogs from Jane over the years. It has been inspiring to see the dedication and efficiency shown by Jane and her team and we hope to emulate these traits at our own site.
Our first rescue Chessie, Flash, will be arriving next week from Ohio. Flash is a neutered male, approximately five years old, that was surrendered to a kill shelter. He has been rescued from the shelter and is spending ten days in a foster home before making the journey to Massachusetts. We will be looking for a home for him and for future Chessies.
We will be using both the Safe Harbor website and the Facebook page to introduce dogs that need homes, receive applications for dogs, seek volunteers and funds, answer questions, share success stories, and promote this wonderful breed.
Please feel free to contact us at the new Safe Harbor email address,, or by phone at 413-427-3630. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to maintaining Safe Harbor's amazing legacy by helping more Chessies find their forever homes.

My Eisele - (photo by Penny Stetson)
The very nature of a chessie is such that he does not do well in the ordinary shelter environment; thus it is not a safe place for most chessies. Coming into Chesapeake Safe Harbor he will be among his own kind and receive the understanding care and training of a family devoted only to this special breed.
Whatever the reason for needing a new start in life, Chesapeake Safe Harbor will provide each chessie with its individual needs - loving care, vet attention and rehabilitation as needed to enhance his chances of finding an appropriate new home where he can do his job as custodian of this home and family.
Chesapeake Safe Harbor also acts as a referral service to our national network of volunteers, and is continually available for education of the public about this great breed.

A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventures come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world and has something to give in return.
                       -Sarah Orne Jewett, from "River Driftwood" (1881)

Our chessies would always welcome a gift of bedding, toys, treats, Heartworm pills, and even a financial donation would be put to very good use for spay/neuter surgeries. If you cannot actually adopt one of our fine brown dogs, you might consider supporting a specific chessie while in our foster care Please mail or call if you would like to pursue this idea.

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