The Sanctuary

The future homesite of The
Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary
is currently being built out on 83 acres of land in
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

We identified the location of our animal sanctuary property in October of 2020. This lush farmland, located only 15 minutes away from downtown Chapel Hill, boasts several large and open pastures, three small creeks, several rolling hills - and acres and acres of trails and forest. It has always been our intention to work with the land as we create this place of hope and healing for animals in need of refuge to connect with children living in at-risk and underserved communities.

Since the very beginning, all clearing out of old brush, on-surface and buried trash and invasive plants and trees has been done with an eye on conserving the bucolic, natural beauty of this property. We feel strongly about conservation and green building. Our goal is to build out the entire sanctuary village as environmentally responsibly as possible. That means being fully solar-powered, implementing systems for the reuse of rain and waste water, and incorporating a multitude of energy efficient resources. It means staying away from harsh chemicals and pesticides when developing our landscape, including planting natural pest deterrents on some parts of the land and fortifying designated habitat areas for pollinators on other parts of the land. And it means educating visiting communities on the merits of conservation and environmental responsbility through our outdoor youth programs and our ongoing development of on-site educational resources.

There is so very much to go - but see how far we've come to date.

Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary From Ford Road

Since identifying the location of our animal sanctuary property in October of 2020, we have accomplished a lot of work. We started with 83 acres of completely undeveloped land.

To date we have now:

  • Completed full civil engineering, cleared and prepared the land, and tested soil and water
  • Designed infrastructure across the entire property
  • Cleared, built and received town approval of our new road’s official name (Sanctuary Lane!)
  • Received bona fide farm certification and acquired all necessary permits
  • Built our first 50' x 36' outdoor Events & Youth Development Programs Pavilion
  • Designed, cleared and built a parking area for an estimated 200 people
  • Fully designed our Welcome and Pet Adoption Center and procured all building structure supplies
  • Completed a year-long full septic design and began installation of our septic system (now 90% complete!)
  • Created four miles of walking trails through pastures and forest
  • Designed, received, and completed additional work on our animal rescue vet clinic, commencing full clinic operations at the sanctuary
  • Brought full Solar Power to the Sanctuary!
  • Dug a well and found plentiful water at 362 feet, adding water pump and connecting it to solar electricity
  • Identified and prepared designated Timbernook youth program development locations across the property
  • Broken ground, laid out core plumbing, and poured concrete slab for our Welcome and Pet Adoption Center
  • Started initial design of The House of Dogs
  • Erected the framework, siding and roofing and installed the windows for our Welcome and Pet Adoption Center!
  • Finalized the design of our Sanctuary Cat Cafe & Lounge

April, 2024 Update!

We continued our build of our Welcome & Pet Adoption Center, finished the roofing, and started the build out of the lean-to sides to create additional programming spaces and outdoor enrichment areas for the animals. We also cleared more of the outdoor area behind the center, in order to start landscaping our activity center, welcomed more volunteers who helped to beautify our space, and continued to activate our well!

Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary Chapel Hill

March, 2024 Update!

We made significant progress on the build of our 6,700 sq ft. indoor/outdoor Welcome & Pet Adoption Center in March and designed our Sanctuary Cat Cafe & Lounge! We now have the siding up, the roof on, and our windows installed. As we continue to build out our outdoor components, we are also preparing to dry in the interior!

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Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, Chapel Hill, NC
Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, Chapel Hill, NC
Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary Welcome Center Interior

February, 2024 Update!

We finalized the framework, started placing siding and framed out all the sections for the windows. There will be a LOT of windows, as we designed this space to very much feel like you are connected to the beautiful farmland that is home to Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary. Next up we finish placing the siding, put up the roof, and we start to place the windows!

Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary Chapel Hill
Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary Chapel Hill
Welcome & Pet Adoption Center Tamara Lackey Nikon Z8
Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary Chapel Hill
Welcome & Pet Adoption Center Tamara Lackey Nikon Z8

January, 2024 Update!
We received the framework that we have meticulously designed over the past year and we currently have a team on the ground building the steel structure of our Welcome & Pet Adoption Center! Given that it is winter, we are expecting plenty of stops and starts due to weather. But we will keep pushing ahead each and every day.

November/December, 2023 Update!

We poured concrete for the foundation slab of our Welcome Center! We'd had to reschedule this quite a few times because of excessively rainy weather - but then were blessed with a full week of dry sunshine, and our awesome construction crew worked from dawn until way past dark, laying down a perfect slab on which we will build the center, along with a front and back patio. We also set up all or our plumbing and drainage areas to enable all of our operations within the center.

Next up is building the Welcome Center structure where we can greet our community, offer pet care education, host a variety of youth programs, volunteer orientation programs, foster care appreciation events, community programs and much more! This will also be where we can offer an interim space for homeless pets and their puppies or kittens to have a quite place to decompress. Mamas who have given birth in the shelter need to be pulled as soon as possible as overcrowded shelters can be quite dangerous for vulnerable puppies and kittens. Having a quiet area for them, a safe harbor after the stress of the shelter, allows us to care for them medically and give them the attention and affection they deserve, while also working to find them foster homes - and then permanent homes - once the babies are a little older.

Construction at Beautiful Together
Concrete at Beautiful Together
Pouring Concrete Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary
Concrete at Night

October, 2023 Update!

We have BROKEN GROUND for the Welcome Center at Beautiful Together! We stood there and cheered as the footprint for the building clearly emerged. From there we packed the ground and laid out the plumbing - next up, we pour concrete!

Before the Ground Breaking
mid ground break at beautiful together
after ground break

September, 2023 Update!

We are officially SOLAR POWERED at Beautiful Together, and we could not be more excited about it! Since Day One, we have made it our mission to build out our property with as much of an eye on green building and conservation as possible, so to be able to power our entire clinic operations at the sanctuary with solar power is a huge win for us. We will continue to build out all additional structures at the sanctuary with solar power, along with additional eco-friendly power generating methods, too.

We have also further beautifying our grounds - from planting new grasses and flowering plants to setting up a covered outside area, adding bright and colorful picnic tables, benches and more. We fully welcome volunteers to help us build out our sanctuary property! More updates to come but, after three years of working on all the invisible infrasture parts that enable us to finally build all the visible parts of our sanctuary, we are thrilled to be fully solar powered!

Solar Power, Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Photo Tamara Lackey
Volunteers at Beautiful Together
Planting at Beautiful Together
Building Clinic at Beautiful Together
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Beautiful Together Front Porch
Beautiful Together Clinic Welcome Dog
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Artist Rendering of Beautiful Together's Welcome Center
Evening Construction, Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, Trailer, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, land in Chapel Hill
Building out Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary
Puppy in The Grass. Rescue Pup, Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Rescue Pup, Beautiful Together Animal Sanctuary, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Photo by Tamara Lackey
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Rescue Dogs on the sanctuary land
Beautiful Together _ Tamara Lackey

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