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Mission: Dogs In Harmony is a small volunteer organization based in Winchester TN, which works hard to rescue dogs from high kill shelters, unhealthy situations or local shelters where dogs have been abandoned or surrendered. The dogs are then lovingly cared for at the rescue site and in foster homes where they are evaluated for behavior problems and for their ability to get along with other dogs, other pets, members of both sexes and with children of different ages. These evaluations are crucial to helping each dog find his or her "forever" home where they will be well cared for and truly loved for the remainder of their lives. Experienced volunteers help to "match" each dog and adopter for personality, compatibility and lifestyle since it is truly our goal to make the adopter the dog's owner for the rest of his life.

Results: We have been doing this for three years now and have saved 100's of dogs from death, abuse and neglect and placed them with loving, permanent families.

Target demographics: dogs in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: Eastern US

Programs: rescue dogs from high kill shelters, unhealthy situations, local shelters, abandoned animals, get them vet care, foster care, then permanent loving homes

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Pamela Gleason C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs in Harmony is the best place to find your new pet and family member!!!:) I just adopted a wonderful dog from them and everything went so smoothly!!! I would recommend them to everyone!!! I’m very Grateful!!!

Sue P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Lila Jean and Dogs in Harmony for Jake -- our new family member!

I was frightened and concerned about adopting a dog from so far away. I was more frightened of a scam as others had tried to take my money for nonexistent dogs. I did not give up. I found Jake on Adoptapet.com. He was being taken care of by Lila Jean at Dogs in Harmony.

After speaking with Lila Jean, I decided that I should trust her and her process. It went so amazingly smooth that I truly did not believe that we were getting a dog until I saw him in the back of the pet transport van.

I cannot tell you how open and honest Lila Jean was about everything.

Jake is all I wanted and more in a dog. He is sweet, he is fun, he is smart, and he is goofy all at the same time. He rode for a very very long distance to get home but he is home!

Thank you Dogs in Harmony and Lila Jean for all that you do!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit. We just adopted the cutest dog ever from dogs and harmony. She's an amazing addition to our family. Lila Jean was terrific throughout the entire process. We live in Maryland so it was a long trip for a little dog but through the tender care of the transport team she made it just fine.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a first class organization. I can't believe there is any rescue group that cares more for animals! I adopted a dog from them in 2/17. The process was well organized and thorough. Cooper was a perfect match for me. I continue to remain in touch with them and will seek them out first if I choose to adopt another dog.

Colleen Hagen R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted both of my dogs from dogs and harmony. Lila Jean was simply amazing to work with because you could tell she wasn't going to give her babies to just anyone. She asked for references and did a thorough phone interview as well (we also had to be Facebook friends so she could see "her babies" grow up). They came vetted and healthy! My vet was very impressed with the paperwork and vet records which were sent with both my dogs. I would highly recommend adopting from her because her love is palpable. She's dedicated her life to rescue. Her personal life is her dogs and their well-being.

2 Annmarie Manzi C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

By Far one of the Best Resuses "Dogs in Harmony" Lila is a resuce Angel..... Four 1/2 years ago my doggie Annie went to heaven. I was devastated. I have never live a day my whole life without a dog . Well I came across Dogs in Harmony by "Luck"..... Lila answered my prayers, she had what I was looking for, a new doggie to Love, Spoil & give a good home to! ...... She is a Saint, just what she does over & above for each and every animal, not just dogs! I've seen her go through storm, harboring all her rescues in her home for safety and rebuilding! " All on donation that come from you & I ....... Lila has done awesome work to ensure each & every pup is placed in a loving home. She makes the transition very easy going ! I couldn't be happier with my bordercollie/mix..... Very Bright smart good listener & was very easy to train, even learning some sign language ...... If it weren't for Lila I don't know where this poor doggie would have ended her life...... for now she has a loving home, whole couch to herself ...... Shes my girl " Gladys"

Bonnie Snell L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a pup running around our shop like someone had dumped him. We put up on our sign that we had found him. And Lila Jean called hoping it was her dog that had gone missing. I told her that we couldn't keep him as we were living in a travel trailer at the time and she told me to bring him to her right away. (Now this was after we had spent 3days trying to find the owners) I took him out there and helped her to test him for heart worms. She checked him over, he spent a week or two with her and right away she found a great home for him! Lila Jean is an exceptional human being and lover of animals. What a Godsend and blessing she is!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lila is truly a dog's best friend! Her never ending passion for helping animals that cannot help themselves is both noble and brave. I have adopted a beautiful baby (Mo) from Lila and was very surprised (and pleased) with the amount of care she had for Mo's well being. Lila is just an all around good person!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs from Lula Jean. She is incredible to work with and has dedicated her life to the cause. I would recommend Dogs in Harmony to anyone looking to adopt a puppy or adult dog. I cannot say enough positive things!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have three furbabies from LilaJean. Duncan will be three this month and Diesel and Luna will be a year in June. Lila has a beautiful gift that is shown in the love and care of all the furbabies. Dogs in Harmony is the best!!! We love you Lila!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our oldest of two dogs passed, we were looking for a puppy for our lonesome dog so he would have company. We came upon Dogs in Harmony purely by chance. I filled out an application to adopt a beautiful dog named Lime. After talking to Lila Jean and a thorough screening by her, she gave us the green light to adopt this angel, who renamed Bentley. And, yes, she screened us as she was giving one of her precious babies to someone she did not know. It was a wonderful experience. Last year, we decided we had enough love in our hearts to adopt another fur baby, and I immediately got in touch with Lila Jean. She let us adopt our beautiful Dexter. She is wonderful to deal with and all of the dogs are checked out by a vet to ensure they are healthy before she lets them leave her care and go to their furever home. She is a very special lady and each of the animals that end up at her rescue will only be adopted if they are going to a good home. I would strongly recommend Dogs in Harmony to anyone looking for a dog to join their family. I would go back to her again and again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Like many, I was at first hesitant to adopt a dog without seeing it first and from so far away. But reading stories both here and on Facebook, followed by talking to Lila Jean , put my fears at ease. It became clear to me that she was a person truly commited to animal welfare. She was willing to send a dog my way without even getting the payment first. And that meant having the dog vet checked and transported at her own expense without
knowing for sure if she was going to get compensated or not. That was a huge sign for me. From what I have seen and read, she has helped countless animals, and she is truly doing the most selfless and compassionate thing. I highly recommend Dog in Harmony and I am happy that I got my 4 legged baby from Lila Jean.

1 Carol Ann Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lila Jean is a truly compassionate, spirited, ornate human being!!!! I can't say enough about her and Dogs in Harmony. I had a chihuahua show up in my yard a few years ago. I wasn't supposed to have pet where I was (I already had one lol) so I ended up taking him to DIH which was right down the road from me. A few weeks later, after a major change in my life, I decided I needed that little dog in my life! So I called her and she still had him! I went that weekend and adopted him back! I named him Weasel and he is so funny and sweet...and such a weasel!!

LJ and DIH is such a wonderful place for the community!! God bless you Lila Jean and the work you and your helpers do!!

Karen228

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Gracie. She was dropped on the side of a four-lane highway where she waited for months and months for her owners to come back. Of course, they never did. Kind people would throw her food occasionally, but no one could catch her...until me and Lila Jean, who single-handedly runs Dogs in Harmony in Winchester, Tennessee. I will never forget the night we finally got Gracie. It was one of the coldest winters in Tennessee history. I picked up the phone late one night and asked her if she could help me. I was afraid Gracie wouldn't make it through that winter. Lila never even asked me any questions. Her answer was just, "Yes. What can I do?"

Gracie is just one of many dogs Lila Jean has rescued. In fact, she generally has between 50 and 100 dogs at her rescue. She takes in the animals nobody else wants. She takes in the animals that are old, sick, blind, crippled. She gives everything she has to the animals in her care. Then when they are nursed back to health, or weaned off the bottles, or recovered from injuries, she then goes the extra mile and spends the extra time to make sure that they are the perfect match for their forever home.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Never once have I contacted Dogs in Harmony when they did not come through with any help they could provide to rescue, foster or save dogs, puppies, horses, pregnant and nursing moms. Lila Jean, the owner of Dogs in Harmony is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. She even helped me save a dog who had been dumped on the side of the road and had been waiting on her owners for MONTHS! It took us almost 2 weeks to even get close enough to touch her, but now Gracie is in a wonderful, loving foster home and safe. God Bless you, Dogs in Harmony and Lila Jean. XOXO

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Ms Lila Jean when I rescued a small dog that had been living on the side of the road, abandoned. She took this dog in and as the saying goes, "The rest is history." She has also taken in a litter of pups from a mama that was dropped off and had her babies under an abandoned house.

I love the work this woman does for dogs and puppies in Middle Tennessee. She cares for the unloved, high-risk, at-risk, abused and sick dogs nobody else will touch and finds them a carefully screened, loving, safe home. I just spent some time volunteering and Lila Jean had two Beta Club girls helping her walk and socialize dogs. She definitely knows the meaning of community and giving. I love this woman!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a little pup from Dogs in Harmony and I can't even say how amazing the entire process was. Lila Jean was so helpful throughout the whole adoption and answered all of our questions quickly. She was so supportive and from the beginning of the process all the way to picking up our wonderful girl. She truly cares about helping these dogs find great homes. I will definitely be looking at Dogs in Harmony when we are ready to adopt a second!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteer with another dog rescue in the Nashville area and I have to say that there is no one that I know who is more concerned about an animal's welfare or takes better care of her rescued animals than Lila Jean (who runs Dogs in Harmony). She goes to great lengths to get the perfect adopters for her animals and the perfect animals for her adopters. I would not hesitate to adopt an animal from Dogs in Harmony.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two of the most precious fur babies from Lila Jean. You will not find a more caring and wonderful woman. She is passionate about her work. All her animals are well cares for and she makes sure they are placed in homes that are a good fit for both owners and dogs. If you are looking to adopt I highly recommend Dogs in Harmony. Lila Jean will make sure all goes well!!

2 Carole22

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago I adopted a beautiful hound/terrier mix from Dogs in Harmony. Lila Jean and Dogs in Harmony were amazing! What's most impressive is her dedication to saving, rehabilitating and placing these animals. She is a true angel. Her work with animals is a blessing to all animal lovers.

3 Keowa B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two beautiful rescue pups from Lila Jean and Dogs in Harmony. As an extreme dog lover, it's nice to have someone so willing to help and so informative and willing to stay in touch following the actual adoption! I still keep I'm contact with her about my pups and know if I ever need advice, she's the one! She was also one to tell me she knew I could absolutely take care of another pup when I was worrying about the second adoption! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We could not be happier than we have been with out pup from Dogs In Harmony.

Lila Jean set out minds at ease due to the thoroughness of her screening and the obvious love she has for her fur family.

We too were nervous not just about adopting a pup, but especially adopting one from out of state.

After talking with Lila, (she answered ALL of my emails with my many questions) she allayed our fears.

Should we decide to get a second pup we will absolutely go to Dogs In Harmony.

I tell everyone I know how we got out beautiful Holly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs in Harmony is a top notch rescue. I was a bit hesitant at first to adopt a dog sight unseen all the way from TN. One conversation with Lila Jean set my mind at ease. Every dog that she rescues is given the very best medical attention as well as tons of love. When I brought my puppy to the vet, he was truly amazed at the organization of the paperwork and astounded at the wonderful medical attention she had received from Dogs in Harmony. He said he's treated thousands of dogs from rescues but had never seen any who had received such amazing, thorough medical care prior to adoption. Aside from the excellent medical services and organized paperwork, Lila Jean provided helpful tips to aid my puppy's adjustment and she was available to answer any questions I had. My precious baby, Maggie has been with me for almost three years now. She is the most lovable, gentle, funny and sweet dog I ever met. I thank God every day for Lila Jean, her tireless work with Dogs in Harmony and my perfect furever friend, Maggie.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On Nov. 30, 2011 my beloved Phoebe passed away. I had a huge hole in my heart and knew the best way to honor Phoebe would be to adopt another dog and shower it with all my love. I began my search online and stumbled upon Dogs in Harmony. I contacted Lila Jean and she responded quickly. We were on vacation in Disney World and it was very difficult to hear her but she was so understanding and sweet. The paperwork was a breeze because it was so organized and easy to read. The fee was very reasonable as well. My precious Maggie was transported from Tennessee to a location near my home by two southern gentleman. While my husband and I were anxiously awaiting her arrival, we had the pleasure of meeting fellow adopters. Nearly two years have passed and I still keep in touch with the fellow adopters as well as Lila Jean! When we took Maggie for her first vet visit, our vet was shocked at how well she had been cared for. Many rescues do not provide all the health services Maggie had received before she was adopted. I could not be happier with Dogs in Harmony! Lila Jean is an angel on earth, who loves and cares for these precious babies until she finds them the perfect furever homes. My Maggie is the sweetest, gentlest, most loving dog I ever met and she's the perfect match for our family. I am so grateful to Lila Jean for all her tireless devotion and her endless love. When we are ready to adopt again, I will definitely be contacting Lila Jean at Dogs in Harmony :)

2 Deborah90

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Lila Jean since 1984. I have never known anyone who loves animals more than her. From her two Yorkshire Terriers and two Irish Setters when I first met her, to her farm a few years later, and then to her move to Tennessee and starting her own rescue. When you look at the sun at noontime, that is nothing compared to the light in Lila's eyes when she helps an animal. Anyone who knows her or has adopted an animal from her is better for having known her. God bless Lila Jean - an angel here on earth.

2 Diane108

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lila Jean of dogs in harmony is absolutely amazing. She really helped ease my anxiety about adopting only 5 months after I had to put my dog of 10 years down. She listened to my cares, concerns & fears. After speaking with her many times she made me realize I was doing the right thing. She goes above and beyond in the care she gives each and every dog as well as to potential adopters, Dogs in harmony is one of a kind & I would reccomend them to anyone looking to adopt.

1 Michele52

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs in Harmony was a wonderful organization to work with! Our families have rescued all of our dogs, but usually from local rescues. They warned us about the possibilities of scams and such, but we took a leap of faith with Dogs In Harmony. Lila Jean pours her heart and soul into her work. She was prompt with answering our inquiry, and helped expedite the process of rescuing our little girl. She worked incredibly with us, answering any questions we had and giving us every single detail in how to care for her. We got our girl exactly when she was scheduled to arrive and the delivery went smoothly. We are unbelievably blessed to have Andy in our lives. We highly recommend Dogs In Harmony rescue, we are referring all our friends to this organization and we most certainly are looking forward to working with Lila Jean again in the future.

Larry34

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lila Jean is a rescue angel. She works harder than anyone I have ever seen in caring for and finding homes for all of her animals. Shw was sent by God and these dogs are the lucky recipients. God Bless her and all of those connected to Dogs in Harmony !!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lila Jean is one of the most caring individuals I have ever known in my life. I adopted my beautiful puppy from her about a year and a half ago. She kept me abreast from the time he was put on the transport to be delivered to me and I haven't stopped smiling since I picked him up. He arrived in excellent health with all of his records.

I would definitely adopt from Dogs in Harmony again. Lila Jean is an amazing woman.

Andrea86

Client Served

Rating: 5

I must say...Dogs in Harmony is simply outstanding!! Lila is an angel sent from above, who has helped countless abandoned and abused animals find loving homes. Lila is one of the most caring and compassionate people I've ever known. I adopted Gladys, my Rat Terrier/Chi mix; from Dogs in Harmony Rescue Organization, just over two years ago. Gladys has brought so much joy in my life...thanks to you Lila, and all you do!! I highly recommend Dogs in Harmony Rescue!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dogs in Harmony is an outstanding rescue organization! Lila works tirelessly to provide shelter, care, and a bright future for so many animals, as well as help and education to owners. I would recommend this rescue to anyone and everyone looking to adopt.

Monica49

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really like Dogs in Harmony. I had adopted a pup few months ago from them and he was exactly just like his discription. "Spring", my new now a year old dog totally had been trying trust sessions and bonding. I was impressed as a first time owner of a rescued dog. I was told everything I needed to know before my new pup arrived which really helped. I had no idea how much supplies I needed but it was well worth it. I love collies as well as other breeds. As of the current update Dogs in Harmony has been helping rescue dogs from horrible situations and then placing them in forever homes. It really makes a difference for the world. I like their excellent service and how much love the dog get. I recommend this organization to anyone who's looking adopt a dog. Like the they say rescues dogs are the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful company. Last year my daughters wanted a "brother" in dog form. I searched for about 2 months before I came across Dogs In Harmony. She was amazing from the furst email and is and will be the only person I get my dogs from. She is thorough with explanation and cares beyond belief about every animal she rescues. My dog came with his paperwork shots what he likes to eat and even tips. My dog is amazing and healthy. Thank you Dogs In Harmony I will recommend you to everyone looking for a dog.

3 Michelle199

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Logan from Dogs in Harmony about 15 months ago. I was searching for a dog that need rescued close to my home so I could easily pick it up. I searched on of the pet finding sites and saw that Dogs in Harmony was listed as servicing Hagerstown, MD...about an hour away from me. Little did I know there was a saint named Lila Jean in Tennessee working tirelessly to save dogs in the south and give them a better home!! I have never spoken to a more caring and concerned animal lover. Logan was flea ridden and bald when he came to Lila but by the time I got him he was nursed back to complete health. He came with full and updated medical records. I have loved every second I have spent with this great little guy. If anyone out there is looking for a special charity to support this is it!!!! This amazing woman is earning her wings while here on Earth:)

3 Kellie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was getting married my husband said that I could plan the wedding but he got to pick the dog. Well 19 years, 1 kid and 2 cats later, he finally got to pick the dog. He searched on different sites and it always ended on bad reviews. Then he stumbled upon pictures of these really cute beagle pups. He inquired and that's when we met Lila Jean. That litter was spoken for but she listened to what we were looking for and showed us pics of a litter she just got, in fact some where born in the car on her way home from a shelter that the mom was just rescued from! We immediately fell in love with our 4-legged baby girl Rocky. We live in NJ and people asked why we were adopting from Tennessee vs somewhere local. Well, it's because we knew right away when we spoke with Lila that this was our rescue. She has a passion that we cannot put into words. These are her babies. She was very upfront with the process, gave frequent updates and pics despite the endless hours required. The fee was super reasonable and the pickup from the K9 Cowboy is a story we will forever tell. Our Rocky is loving and affectionate. Her first night home we knew this pup had been cuddled and received many, many belly rubs before coming to her forever home. That shows the level of love and care the dogs are provided. We would highly recommend Dogs in Harmony to anyone interested. Thank you Lila Jean and all of your volunteers for making our family complete!

2 Elizabeth133

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family cannot thank LilaJean and Dogs in Harmony for the joy our four legged baby. When we made our inquiry about Goldie the response was prompt. The paperwork was not cumbersome. The fees were reasonable for all of the vet care Goldie received so that she could be adopted. My sister and I traveled from PA to TN to pick up Goldie because I did not want to wait for the next transport. The rescue is immaculate. The animals have lots of space to run. I cannot say enough positives for Dogs in Harmony.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs in Harmony is a wonderful organization. Lila Jean Doesn't just save animals, rehome them, and move on she really cares and stays in contact afterwards. It has been two years for us now of having the opportunity to have this amazing woman in our lives we are so thankful she saved our Gunner not only is he a loving part of our family but he is also training to be my husband's TADSAW service dog. I would only ever adopt dogs from Dogs in Harmony from here on out and highly recommend them to everyone.

2 Courtenay R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lila has been rescuing and caring for animals for most of her life. She tirelessly cares and rescues these dogs. Healing them, loves them. Then finds loving safe homes.

2 Roxanne7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the first time I dealt with a rescue organization. I was a little concerned about dealing with a rescue because I heard so many complaints about them. I would return to Dogs in Harmony in a heart beat. They were in contact with me when they said they would be. The cost was very reasonable and Lili was very honest! Dogs in Harmony truly loves what they do..saving one dog at a time. When I received Molly she was extremely healthy and was very loving. I will return to Dogs in Harmony next time I'm looking for another dog to become a member of our family. I wouldn't trade Molly for anything!