Do you adopt out to out of state adopters?

We consider our primary adoption area to be a radius of 200 miles around Nashville, Tennessee, but we do consider out of area adopters on a case by case basis.

We welcome your application if you live anywhere in the country, but will require the following to consider your application if you are not within our adoption area:

  1. You MUST be a current horse owner with more than 5 years of horse ownership, along with solid veterinary and farrier references.
  2. Your skill level must be a match to the horse you are seeking to adopt. We will not send a horse out of area if we have any concerns that the adopter and the horse will not be a match.
  3. You must commit to the transport of the horse to your home, and the transport back to us if for any reason the adoption is not successful.
  4. We will request that you come to meet the horse in person to assess the match between you and the horse.

Where Can I see A List of Donors?

We have found that many of our donors wish to remain confidential.  For this reason we do not currently maintain a public donor list.

Who Is Your Veterinarian?

We do not limit ourselves to a single veterinarian.  We do however restrict to only American Association of Equine Practitioners licensed large animal veterinarians.  Dr. Elise Jones is a member of our advisory board and guides us on veterinary decisions and analysis of all horses in the rescue.  We frequently utilize the services of Dr. Jones as well as Dr. Emily Dryden of Highland Rim Veterinary.

Dr. Elise Jones, DVM: Is our Primary Veterinarian.  Dr. Jones is a native of Nashville having grown up in the Bellevue area. She saw a need for large animal veterinary care and decided one day filling that role would provide her a career with personal and professional satisfaction. She attended Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School which prepared her for the eight years of college at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. During the first four years Dr. Jones acquired her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science along with a minor in Biology. She served as Scholarship chair for Sigma Alpha- agricultural professional sorority, Treasurer for Alpha Zeta – agricultural honor society, and Captain of the University of Tennessee Equestrian Team. She also completed two internships; one concerning freshwater aquatic environments and one in equine facilities management. The second four years were spent in the College of Veterinary Medicine pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During this time she served as co-president of the equine medicine club, was an active member of the large animal emergency and colic response team, worked the 2008 Rolex 3-Day event, and presented research findings concerning intestinal parasites of songbirds’ native to the Great Smoky Mountains. Along with general veterinary courses Dr. Jones also completed courses in camelid medicine, equine internal medicine, wildlife disease, large animal handling, FEMA large animal disaster preparedness, and Veterinary Spanish. She also completed three externships during her final clinical year. Dr. Jones is an avid trail rider and has a special interest in preventative medicine and senior equine care.

Professional memberships
AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association
TVMA – Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
AAEP – American Association of Equine Practitioners
AASRP – American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
AQHA – American Quarter Horse Association – Lifetime Member

IVCA – International Veterinary Chiropractic Association
CVA – Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist


Are There Any Requirements To Volunteer?

To start volunteering we ask that you be ready to commit.  A Safe Harbor Volunteer Should:

  • Be 14 years old or older (youth under the age of 18 will need their parent or legal guardian to sign a permission slip and liability waiver).
  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of 1 shift 2 hours in length once per week
  • A commitment to volunteer for at least 6 months.
  • Be willing to read our volunteer handbook, sign an acknowledgment to agree to our policies, and sign a liability waiver
  • Must NOT have a history of animal or child abuse or neglect

What can you expect?  When you apply to volunteer your application will be reviewed and you will be responded to in email or by phone by the appropriate shift leader.  During this phone call the shift leader will sign you up for a small group orientation at one of our many foster farms.

During orientation you will purchase a volunteer shirt ($10 cost) that you can wear during your volunteer shifts and to events.  You are welcome to purchase more than one shirt, but we do ask all volunteers to have one shirt so they can be identified as a volunteer when we hold events.  You will also sign up for your schedule for your six month volunteer commitment.  Most volunteers stay with Safe Harbor for far longer than six months.  We ask for the six month commitment as our shift leaders are all volunteers and it helps to balance everyone’s time and energy in regard to training.

How Can I Verify That You Are A Legitimate Organization?

We are a 501(c)3 non profit 46-3564050 so any donations are tax deductible, but our transparency goes far beyond that.

We are accredited with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.

We are members of the Homes For Horses Coalition.

We are active in our local community and members of our Chamber of Commerce.

We are Guidestar Gold Rated.

We are Equus Foundation Members.

We are Fema Disaster Animal Response Team Members.

We are HSUS Disaster Response Team Members.

Do You Take In Horses From People Who No Longer Want Them?

We consider owner relinquishments on a case by case basis as our space and budget allows.

Our primary programs are:

  1. After The Track – Let down, Re Training, Conditioning, and Adoption of horses that originated in the racing industry.
  2. Rescue – Rehabilitation, Training, and Adoption of horses from cruelty and neglect in partnership with local animal control and law enforcement.
  3. Community Outreach – Therapeutic programs for at risk youth and special needs who benefit from interaction with horses.

What Is The Proper Dress Code?

If you come to the barn for an orientation or open house you should dress for the temperature outside, and always wear closed toe shoes.  Boots are recommended, but tennis shoes are acceptable if you do not have boots.  Helmets are always required when riding.

How Do I Register For An Event?

The event calendar on our page is always up to date!  Just click on the event you are interested in, and you can buy your ticket online!

How Can I Make A Donation?

There is a donation link at the top of every page of our website!  This is the easiest and best way to make a donation.  If you prefer to utilize paypal for donations, you can use this link:

If you prefer to mail a check, our address is:

PO Box 22

Cottontown, TN 37048

For donations of tack or other supplies, just email us at to arrange a pick up or drop off.  All donations are tax deductible.