Emmylou Harris Makes Plea for Dog Rescue

“Please, please consider adopting one of these animals,” she pleads.

photo by Cindy Dyer

Did you miss Emmylou Harris’ birthday on April 2?

If you did, it’s not too late to give her a gift that she’s sure to love—by adopting a rescue dog, becoming a foster family for one of the four-legged friends or otherwise supporting efforts to care for such animals.

After a three-plus-hour concert last Friday (March 29) at Strathmore Music Hall in Bethesda, Md., with Rodney Crowell and Richard Thompson, Emmylou had some rescue dogs brought onstage as she implored the Washington, D.C.-area crowd to take action.

“Please, please consider adopting one of these animals,” she said as dogs wagged their tails in greeting before the sold-out audience. “There are hundreds of these wonderful animals that need homes.”

At her own Nashville-area home, Emmylou has established“Bonaparte’s Retreat to rescue dogs from Metro Nashville Animal Control. A lifelong dog lover, Emmylou started the retreat in 2004 and works to find loving homes for animals that would otherwise be euthanized. The 12-time Grammy Award winner also participates in fundraising and special events to raise awareness of the animals’ plight.

“It’s heartbreaking to know how many of these loving animals are destroyed,” she said. “Please help.”

For more on Emmylou's pet project, check out the Bonaparte's Retreat website here.

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