Proverbs 12:10: Healing and helping animals

By H&W on 5th Jul 2019

Proverbs 12:10 is an organization that specializes in helping animals that have been neglected or mistreated. Nashville Health & Wellness Magazine speaks to the Lavonne Redferrin, who shares her story and why she is convinced that animals should be part of everyone’s wellness journey…

The history of any organization is always interesting and heartfelt, and the story of Proverbs 12:10 is no different. An animal rescue that is committed to ‘Helping His Helpless’ through quality care and healing, adoptions, and population control awareness, the organization was founded by Lavonne Redferrin.

“As a child I spent many hours a day around animals. My small rural hometown, like many today, had unwanted “disposable” animals, many of whom I sneaked onto our farm,” recalls Redferrin in the book, Animal Lovers. She details how throughout her life she found it impossible to turn away a stray animal, and has found loving homes for over 7,000 pets in the last decade.
Speaking to Nashville Health & Wellness Magazine, Redferrin describes the work that the organization carries out. “I think our biggest service to the Nashville area is our willingness to take on some of the most expensive and tragically sad animals in need. We also do our very best to raise awareness about the plight of animals due to people not fixing their pets. Education is key if we are to ever have better control of overpopulation.”

In a year, Proverbs 12:10 sees an average of 1,000 animals coming through their program, and is a non-profit organization. “The work it takes to do this is incomprehensible to anyone who hasn’t done it. It is very similar to having dozens of infants at once. Medical bills, gas for transporting, cost of food, housing, etc. has to be done on a leap of faith, but God has provided,” says Lavonne.

Animals are often called upon to help those who have experienced trauma or are struggling with an illness. For example, therapy dogs are used for children in schools that have had mass shootings. Anyone who has an animal knows the calming effect they have on their owners after a stressful day or situation; it often appears that animals understand human emotions a lot more than we give them credit for. “I have no doubt that animals are a huge help to people who allow them to be. In a society where depression and loneliness are commonly found, nothing can soothe a soul like a devoted animal waiting inside your door when you return home. They love with an unmatched passion,” says Lavonne.

There have been many studies and reports that illustrate how animals can make a huge impact on the wellbeing of those around them. For example, taking a dog on a walk outside is a way for the human and the animal to bond and relax, and fulfills the needs of the animal.

So, how can the community give back to Proverbs 12:10? “Nashville can help Proverbs and other animal welfare organizations in so many ways. Volunteering is an amazing experience and blesses both the animals and the human,” Lavonne explains. “Also, sharing social media posts to raise awareness is a simple act that has a huge ripple effect. Food and supply drives are always helpful and of course, monetary donations are a huge need.”

For more information on Proverbs 12:10, visit


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