Emmylou Harris is known for many things: a voice that rings like a bell through the night, an unparalleled artistic integrity and collaborations with everyone from Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan to Dolly Parton and Don Williams.
But she's also a tireless advocate for a variety of causes. Whether it's a shelter for the homeless, an inner-city dental clinic, banning landmines or saving the Appalachian Mountains, chances are you'll find Harris lending her heart and voice to the cause.
The issue closest to her heart these days is animals. She has turned part of her Nashville property into a shelter for dogs that have reached their euthanasia date at the city's animal control facility. Called Bonaparte's Retreat, it's named for the black poodle mix who was her constant touring companion until his death eight years ago.
Today, Harris hosts dog adoption days, benefit concerts and has placed nearly 200 shelter dogs in forever homes. Her latest project is Crossroads Campus, an organization that pairs shelter pets with at-risk individuals.