"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." ― Colette

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, there is not one single rescue that provides 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.  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 8, 2016 |

Invite Your Friends To Join Us April 23rd!


March 10, 2016 |

2015 Treasurer’s Report

When we embarked into the year of the Sheep; 2015 we had one simple wish. We wanted to rescue a sheep during the course...

January 7, 2016 |

But I Couldn’t Find Hay

This year, so far, hay has been in great supply.  Last year, however, a few of our emaciated horses came to us from situations...

January 6, 2016 |

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced….What Does It Mean?

When you read our adoption profiles you see that we rate our horse’s by the training level that that their human should have for...

October 15, 2015 |

Raven; A Little Mare Worth Fighting For

On July 15, 2015 Safe Harbor received a call from Animal Rescue Corps about help needed urgently with a seizure in Mississippi. With less...

October 7, 2015 |

Safe Harbor Awarded “Adoption Ambassador’s” Grant By The ASPCA!

Nashville,  Tennessee The ASPCA has generously awarded Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary with an “Adoption Ambassadors” Grant to assist with adoption training and...

September 24, 2015 |

Rider Weight; A Sensitive Issue

Let’s face it, no one wants to be told they need to lose some weight.  Most equestrian’s are women, and on the best of...

September 24, 2015 |

The Bashful Cowboy…The Endless Smile

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case the smiles are worth 10,000! Thanks to our amazing trainer Tara Wertz the...

September 22, 2015 |

The Bashful Cowboy – No Tears

First Ride (on lead line for about 5 minutes): **Bashful Cowboy’s mom’s notes in (parenthesis) I loved that ride!  I was nervous.  I thought...

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