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Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue

Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

P.O. Box 150232
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 484-5193

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Almost all of our dogs come to us from Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control. We serve primarily the middle Tennessee area but adopt our dogs into permanent homes throughout the state of Tennessee.

About Our Rescue Group:

Named in memory of Bonaparte, her own adopted shelter dog, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and lifelong dog lover Emmylou Harris established Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue in 2004. Located in Nashville, Bonaparte’s Retreat first rescued dogs deemed unadoptable from the Nashville Humane Association. Since those early days, our work and mission have evolved and we now focus on saving adoptable dogs whose time has run out at Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control.

We are dedicated to providing nurturing care for adoptable dogs when their allotted time at the shelter has elapsed. Our mission is to prevent these wonderful animals from being euthanized and to adopt them into permanent, loving homes.

Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Visit our website to learn about how you can help, support us, foster, volunteer, or adopt.

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Come Meet our Pets:

We do not have a public facility for meeting our dogs. But we do host Meet & Greet Our Adoptable Dogs events
on occasional Saturdays, 10 – 11 AM, at Centennial Park in Nashville, or at other locations. To learn about our scheduled Meet & Greet events, you can:
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Our Adoption Process:

Our mission is to insure that all our rescued dogs are adopted into loving and permanent homes. We thoroughly screen potential adopters and do all we can to insure that you adopt the right dog for your home, family, and lifestyle. At Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue, our adoption process works like this:

You complete our adoption application and fax or e-mail it to us. To access the application, visit our website, call us, or email us.
If your application is approved, we arrange for you to meet the dog. (This may occur at a Saturday morning Meet & Greet event at Centennial Park in Nashville or at another time and location, depending on circumstances.)
We then bring the dog to you for a home visit to make sure the adoption is a good fit.
If you make the decision to adopt, a three-week trial adoption period begins during which either you or we can change course and cancel the adoption decision. During these three weeks, Bonaparte’s Retreat Dog Rescue is committed to doing everything possible to assist you and your adopted dog with adjusting to a new home and living environment.

Our adoption fee is $75.

All our adoptable dogs have received vaccinations, been spayed or neutered, tested for heartworms and either treated or started on prevention, and are current on flea and tick prevention. Because of our process, we regret that we are unable to do out-of-state adoptions.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.