"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace." ― Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Learn About Adoption, Fostering, or Volunteering

...and add some love to your life!


Adopting a horse or livestock animal from Safe Harbor is an exciting, fun, and rewarding experience!  It is one of the greatest opportunities you can take in your life to find long term happiness.  The adoption process is incredibly simple.  It starts with a few minutes of filling out...


Are you considering horse ownership, but new to horses?   Or, maybe you are horse experienced, but have room in your herd and heart for another temporary guest?  Maybe it is not horses that make your heart go pitter pat—-it could be goats, sheep, pigs, llamas, alpacas or cows.  Whatever...


Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary would not exist without the time and love of many dedicated volunteers who devote time weekly to the animals in our care, as well as to our outreach programs for children.  We have an amazing and growing team, and we welcome you to...

About Us

Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary was formed by a group of concerned animal advocates in Middle Tennessee to fill a gaping void in the world of large animal rescue.  While other equine specific rescues do exist, at the time of our inception there was not one single rescue that provided retirement and respite care to animals in need, while also working on rehabilitation, training and adoption to those that are able to have a full life in a new home.  We are proud to be the first rescue of our kind in Tennessee, and that others have chosen to follow our lead. Safe Harbor’s mission extends beyond horses and includes all Equidae and Livestock animals that we have ability and capacity to aid.

We are focused on assisting equidae in their time of need. We work predominantly in Middle Tennessee.  We are a no kill equine rescue. Animals in our organization are never subject to time limits or age limits

Our team includes licensed trainers, holistic equine nutritional experts, compassionate volunteers, and children; who will become the next generation that carry on this cause.We have volunteer trainers who work with the animals in our program, and we do complete full assessments of animals to help them find the best adoptive homes. Our rescue horses have competed in ACTHA trail rides, pleasure trail rides and Dressage competition while in foster! We are passionate about horses, and devoted to making sure our fosters get the best forever homes and find the right match at an experience, temperment, and emotional level.

Safe Harbor is in the process of becoming a GFAS Accredited Sanctuary, are registered with A Home For Every Horse, and are an Adopt A Pet Approved Equine Rescue. Our Executive Committee members are DART Credentialed Responders certified by FEMA to assist in times of disaster.

We are funded entirely on private donations, and ask that you consider sponsoring an animal in our care. We welcome visits to the sanctuary on scheduled public open house days, and you can see first hand who your generous support is benefiting.

Please take your time exploring our site, getting to know us, and most importantly getting to know the animals.  They are the foundation of our mission of compassion.

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Recent Blog Posts

April 11, 2017 |

Safe Harbor to debut outdoor arena at Breeds of the World

Jen Todd , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 11:22 a.m. CT April 7, 2017 | Updated 12:40 p.m. CT April 7, 2017  Safe...

February 9, 2017 |

Thursday Thoughts – I Rescued A Horse

You see it all the time.  Someone talks about their horse, and says “I rescue this horse and…”  For this Thursday Thought, we want...

January 12, 2017 |

Thursday Thoughts – Have I Been Enough?

Dear Safe Harbor, Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I see that you’ve grown over night. The team has become amazing, the...

December 15, 2016 |

Thursday Thoughts – The Christmas Horse

Most of us at Safe Harbor have been around the block in rescue for a while, and we’ve found there is one place we...

November 24, 2016 |

Thursday Thoughts – With Gratitude

It’s easy to forget since we’ve come so far. 3 short years ago, we were 5 people with experience in horse rescue wanting to...

November 17, 2016 |

Thursday Thoughts – Red Tape

Oh boy.  It happened again this week.  We received an adoption inquiry followed by a commentary. “Ya’ll have too much red tape, so I’ll...

November 10, 2016 |

Thursday Thoughts – The Pre-Purchase Exam

Sport horses, performance horses, race horses, high dollar horses all have one thing in common.  Before they change hands, the buyer typically chooses to...

October 28, 2016 |

A Season of Accolades – October Newsletter

October 2016  – A Season Of Accolades In horse rescue we don’t necessarily get a lot of attention.  The world in general isn’t highly...

August 12, 2016 |

Ground Work – Why?

You want to ride your horse.  Maybe you want to go on the trails, run barrels, jump a cross country course, or just ride...

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