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

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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 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.

GFAS_AccreditedThe Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary as of June 6, 2017.

Accreditation signifies that Safe Harbor meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.

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

September 13, 2018 |

Please Join Us Saturday, October 20 for our Fall Festival

Saturday, October 20 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE 3585 Highway 76, Cottontown We’re hosting our biggest event to date, spanning 3...

September 7, 2018 |

The Elephant in the Room

There has been a lot of recent online chatter about ‘real’ rescues versus so-called rescues, and I wanted to address it using one of...

August 7, 2018 |

Images of Hope Saturday, September 15

Brittney Broadrick Photography will be hosting mini-sessions at the Safe Harbor Training Center on Saturday, September 15, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. These...

July 18, 2018 |

Neglected stray pony joins Harbor Herd

Lil Bae joined the Safe Harbor herd on July 10 after being found as a ‘stray’ by Metro (Nashville) Animal Care & Control in...

May 31, 2018 |

Veterinary References and Why They Matter

When you apply to adopt a horse with us, we ask for a veterinary reference. You might wonder why this is important, especially if...

April 6, 2018 |

Equine Good Citizen

Equine Good Citizen.  If you follow our social media it’s a term you are sure to have seen.  If you have heard our executive...

January 24, 2018 |

Danger in the Hay

Have you ever had an unexplained sore appear in your horse’s mouth or gums?  Have you had prickly barbs get stuck in their coat...

January 23, 2018 |

Loving Senior Gentleman In Search of True Love

Loving Senior Gentleman.  Though I may be a bit long in the tooth, I have excellent manners, am soft spoken, respectful, and believe in...

July 31, 2017 |

Do Safe Beginner Owners Exist?

Beginner owners often reach out and ask us if we have beginner safe horses.  We often do.  As of this writing, Celie, GoGo, Buddy,...

July 5, 2017 |

Learning from Patience

It was just three short months ago that we wrote an article called Duty, Honor and Responsibility–Caring For Your Senior Horse Til The End....

June 26, 2017 |


PENDING ADOPTION 8 Year Old, 16.2hh Quarter/Draft Cross: Dozer was donated to Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary so his rehoming fee could help...

June 15, 2017 |

Thursday Thoughts: What Is The Definition of Rescue?

In a prior Thursday Thoughts post, I wrote about how important micro-rescuers are to the broad world of rescue, and I’ll stand by that. ...

June 9, 2017 |

Safe Harbor Aids Maury County Law Enforcement in Animal Cruelty Investigation

Cottontown, TN June 9, 2017. For Immediate Release. On May 26th, 2017  Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary assisted the Maury County Sheriff’s office...

May 28, 2017 |


Hank’s story is not unusual.  He was in a home where he was the only standard donkey of his size, and he became lonely,...

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