This month, we’d like you to meet Road Home Animal Rescue, an amazing organization based in Crossville, Tennessee. This outstanding group not only saves the lives of countless pets, but their work helps save the lives of domestic violence victims, too. How? In 2002, Road Home founder Howard Loftin realized that battered women are much more reluctant to leave their abuser if they’re forced to leave a beloved pet behind. In many cases, when a victim of domestic violence does leave a pet behind, the abuser uses the threat of harming the pet as a tool to lure the woman back into the dangerous environment. In response to this phenomenon, Loftin created a division of Road Home Animal Rescue called the Safe Haven Program, Tennessee’s first (and only) animal shelter devoted to providing a safe, temporary home for the pets of domestic violence victims. Since its inception, the program has helped over 1000 animals, and they now serve 48 counties in East Tennessee. No matter how full their park-like sanctuary is or how low funds get, Road Home has never turned away a domestic violence victim in need.

Road Home has many wonderful pets for adoption, which you can view here. Visit for more information about Road Home Animal Rescue and to learn how you can support their work by making a tax-deductible donation or volunteering your time! You’ll also find information there about the Road Home and Great Creatures benefit concert, to be held August 12th at Blue Cats in Knoxville, Tennessee.

We’d like to thank Howard Loftin and Road Home Animal Rescue for the incredible work they do on behalf of homeless pets and domestic violence victims. We’re so proud to have this group in the community!