About Us

What We Believe

We believe that no animal should be mistreated, abandoned or neglected.
We believe that patience, kindness and love can change everything for a previously homeless pet.
We believe that animals can offer extraordinary joy, comfort, and companionship to the people who care for them.
And we believe in the collective impact of all who work toward the day when no animal is euthanized for lack of a home.

The Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary is an extension of our original Beautiful Together organization.
To learn more about the origins of our work, check out Beautiful Together and see more about our evolution below.

Tamara Lackey Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary

Founder & Executive Director
Tamara Lackey

Tamara has been the Executive Director of Beautiful Together since co-founding it in 2014. Her passion for animal rescue work, and the many animals she and her family foster, led her to create the animal sanctuary. In addition to her rescue work, Tamara is an advocate for children waiting for families. Seeing the extraordinary connection between children and animals through six years of project work, she envisioned the Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary as a natural bridge between these two worlds, linking two vulnerable populations to benefit the other. Finding land, creating partnerships with animal shelters, and experiencing the sheer delight of walking an animal out of a shelter affirmed this decision, as did the joyful experience of building a team of like-minded advocates.

Tamara is also a professional photographer, a Nikon Ambassador, and a show host. She delivers presentations around the world, from Google to Disney to Harvard Law School, speaking on the power of photography and storytelling to effect real change. And her TV show, Chasing Frames, shot for PBS NC, focuses on the power of transforming lives, protecting our planet, and rescuing those in need.

She and her husband, Steve, are also the co-owners of Coco Bean, a plant-based cafe in Chapel Hill that supports the work of Beautiful Together. They, their three children, and their many pets are excited for the continued growth of this sanctuaryand all the hope it represents.

Director of Animal Rescue Operations
Jane-Howard Crutchfield

Jane-Howard joined Beautiful Together to help implement and run the animal rescue project. Her role includes overseeing the adoption program and foster caregiver operations, field services, as well as the animal behavior and rehabilitation program.

Jane-Howard has worked in all areas of animal rescue since 2015: fostering, transporting, training, and volunteering at local animal shelters.

As a certified dog trainer, she has a passion for helping animals live their best lives. To her, rescue is more than just saving a life— it’s also making sure that the animal has a happy life! She will be directing training classes at the sanctuary (for kids and adults) as well as working with animals who may need behavioral modification before finding their forever homes.

She feels incredibly fortunate to be part of this amazing endeavor and can’t wait to see it evolve!

Pet Placements Consultant
Lindsay Dike

Lindsay Dike joined Beautiful Together to help place each of our rescue animals with the best adopters and foster volunteers within our network.  Her role includes reviewing the applications of prospective adopters and fosters, as well as coordinating and overseeing logistics in the adoption and foster process.

Lindsay has been involved with several areas of animal rescue since 2012: fostering, fundraising, and volunteering at local animal shelters. It was through this that she became the proud owner of a rescue hound dog named Malcolm. 

As a professional financial data analyst in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lindsay was a somewhat unexpected addition to our team! Her passion, however, has always brought her back to animal welfare so she is thrilled to be such an integral part of this sanctuary’s work!

Adoption Coordinator
Melissa Green

Melissa was thrilled to join Beautiful Together, as she is passionate about matching rescues with their forever families. Melissa believes that adopting a rescue animal should not be so difficult and that this difficulty ends up turning many adopters to breeders when there are so many wonderful rescue animals who need homes!

When Melissa was a little girl, she was always bringing stray animals home (her husband says she still does!). She loves all animals and will do anything she can to help one. She has fostered many dogs, and she cries every single time she hands one over to their new owners – but it is worth every single tear she sheds because every single dog has left its mark on her. **Please consider becoming a foster! It is the most rewarding thing in the world!**

Melissa will do everything she can to get someone matched to their perfect animal. While she will do her due diligence when approving potential adopters, she also wants to remove any unnecessary hurdles.

Melissa currently lives with two dogs, a hilarious cat, and she has a grandpuppy who comes to visit often. All are rescues! All fabulous!

Transport Services Coordinator and Supplies Manager
Ferrell Carpenter

Ferrell grew up in the country outside of Chapel Hill, running free in the woods with six big dogs and all the attending wildlife. Thus began the passion that has led to a lifetime of fostering/adopting/picking up homeless dogs all around the world – and generally loving all things animal. Having volunteered at shelters and therapeutic horse riding centers from childhood, Ferrell possesses a passion for and understanding of the benefits people of all backgrounds and abilities can gain from interaction with animals and vice versa. With more than 25 years of experience in psychology, political campaigning, non-profit organizations and real estate, Ferrell’s experiences have naturally evolved to include dedicated animal sanctuary work. 

Her roles are Transport Services Coordinator and Supplies Manager. A very important aspect of our work is having volunteers who are willing to transport, for which there is always a need. Ferrell enjoys recruiting and organizing these generous people!

Ferrell lives with her incredibly sweet and patient partner, Patrick, their three giant dogs and a revolving menagerie of foster guests. Ferrell feels incredibly fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful team and incredibly evolving organization!

The Evolution of Beautiful Together

For the past six years, Beautiful Together has focused on supporting children waiting for families through a variety of tangible projects in the United States and Africa. Our goal has always been to improve the lives of children growing up in orphanages, group homes and the foster care system. Along the way, we have repeatedly witnessed the incredible therapeutic connection that children make with animals. And research backs up what many pet owners already know: children connect with animals for comfort, reassurance and emotional support, especially when experiencing fear, loneliness, sadness or stress.

The Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary was created as a powerful connection between these two meaningful efforts. As a safe and nurturing environment for animals in need of refuge, our mission is to love, care for and provide a home for abused, abandoned and neglected animals so they can one day find families of their own.

We create ongoing programs for children in foster care, group homes and at-risk situations to visit the animals, help care for them and spend time in “pet therapy” sessions: bottle feeding kittens, socializing puppies, brushing horses – and so much more.

Our goal is simple: To connect the vulnerable and the voiceless in purposeful ways that benefit us all.