About Us


Visit our website, Bonaparte's Retreat, and subscribe to our newsletter to learn all about our adoptable dogs, special events, and much more!

Meet & Greet Events--On many Saturdays (weather permitting and barring other events), we gather at Centennial Park from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. for a meet & greet event with some of our adoptable dogs. We gather between the duck pond and the Parthenon.

Bonaparte's Retreat always needs FOSTER HOMES.  We cover the costs of all food, vet/med care, and flea/tick/heartworm preventive.  You, the foster family, provide shelter and love and help prepare a dog for its forever home.  Most of all, foster parents experience the heartfelt reward of caring for shelter dogs during a most vulnerable time and then ushering these special creatures into permanent and loving homes.

We always need VOLUNTEERS for dog walking, socializing the dogs, training, and for special events.

If you can foster, adopt, or volunteer, please contact us by e-mail or phone:  info@bonapartesretreat.org or 615-484-5193. 

Adopting A Friend

Our adoption process works like this.


  1. You complete an adoption application available on our web site, Bonaparte's Retreat.  You can submit it to us via fax or e-mail.
  2. If your application is accepted, we arrange for you to meet the dog you're interested in.
  3. If you're still interested after meeting the dog, we then arrange a home visit with the dog to insure that the adoption is a good fit for the dog and your household.
  4. If everything works out, you adopt the dog.  Our adoption fee is $75.  And we have a three-week trial period during which either party can change their minds.


Who We Are

Named in memory of her own shelter dog, Bonaparte, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and lifelong dog lover Emmylou Harris established Bonaparte's Retreat in 2004 with the goal of rescuing dogs deemed unadoptable from the Nashville Humane Association.  We have evolved since those early days and we now focus on rescuing dogs whose time has run out at Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control.  

Bonaparte's Retreat is dedicated to providing nurturing care for dogs when their allotted time at the shelter has elapsed.  Our mission is to prevent these wonderful animals from being euthanized and to place them in permanent, loving homes.

Bonaparte's Retreat is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Come Visit Us

Visit our website:  Bonaparte's Retreat

E-mail us:  info@bonapartesretreat.org

Call us:  615-484-5193

Bonapartes Retreat 
P.O. Box 150232 
Nashville, TN 37215 

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