Our Programs Offer Hope For The 2-Legged & The 4-Legged

Here at Crossroads Campus, we don’t believe it has to be “either or” – that’s why our programs are designed to benefit both the animals and the humans in our community. Together, we can work towards a better world for all of us.


Caring Connections: Humane Education Outreach Program

Our Caring Connections & Humane Education program educates Nashville’s youth and young adults on how to care for and connect with animals and prepare them for successful adoptions. Through the program, animals pulled from Metro Animal Control (many of whom came from abusive or neglectful environments) are trained and socialized by our kids (many of whom came from the same types of environments). To learn more about how this program has changed the lives of animals facing euthanasia and “at risk” youth, click here.

Job Training & Pet Adoptions

We also offer job training to “at risk” youth at our Crossroads Pets – Shop & Adopt Pet Retail Store. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment for learning and equip youth with job skills, social skills, and work experience. Those involved in the program learn inventory, how to work the register, customer-service, animal care and pet grooming skills. They also help socialize our adoptable animals and prepare them for adoption. To learn more about our job training and pet adoptions program, please click here.

Residential Program

Our newest program is our Residential Program, which aims to provide affordable, safe and supervised housing to youth transitioning into life on their own. We are hard at work building a living space above our retail store that will provide temporary housing to youth involved in our programs, and equip them for success through case management, community building exercises, and more. Track the program’s development and learn more here.

It truly was an honor to be able to be involved in this project with Caring Connections. For both myself and for Dr. Stevens, it truly reaffirmed the positive power of animals to transcend so many differences among people.

Matthew Chase

Veterinary Hospital Manager

To see these young people be so gentle and patient with these rescued animals is inspiring. Each has seen the other side, but through the dog training, they get to interact in a compassionate way and a safe environment. Kindness is the key that opens the door to our hearts.

Debbie Emory

Children's Fiction Author/ Dog Trainer

A dog’s purpose in the world is to love us when nobody else does.

Participant in Caring Connections

Get Involved!

We’re always up to something good here at Crossroads Campus — for more information on our programs and how you can get involved or donate to the cause, please click here or call us at (615) 712-9758!