A Beautiful Soul Needs a Place to Call Home


PHOTO CREDIT: Kisa Kavass Photography

There are many truly heartwarming and heartbreaking times in rescue. We take in so many dogs that I feel would never have a chance otherwise and their stories are often full of tragedy, trauma, neglect and sadly, pain. Such is the story of Xena, a sweet brindle female we rescued last winter. Her story became known when animal control responded to a complaint of neglect and cruelty. They found her chained up behind what should have been her home, on a windy, bitter cold winter night. She had no shelter, no food or water and was in the very late stages of her pregnancy. I try not to think about how many nights she spent hungry, curled up in a ball shivering, trying to stay warm. The AC officer decided to immediately seize Xena, intending to bring her back to the shelter where at least she would be dry, warm and have food. When she arrived back at the shelter, she found it full with dogs that had arrived earlier that day. Her choices were then to either allow Xena to be euthanized, or try to find a way to help her. She found a local vet where Xena could stay for a couple of days and she put out a plea to every rescue she could find, asking for help. When no one stepped up to take her in, she became part of our rescue and forever part of our hearts. The day after arriving in foster care, Xena had her puppies. She was a great, caring mother to her babies, who later found amazing families of their own. Now nearly a year later, Xena is still waiting.. Her rescue was heartwarming, but seeing her excitement and hope when greeting people at events, is the heartbreaking part because it has never been HER day. She is a very smart dog and is incredibly eager to please. I taught her “sit”, “shake” and “down” in 5 minutes one day. This is why I know that Xena absolutely understands that she is being overlooked each time someone passes her at an event. Potential adopters are giddy with delight at meeting our puppies, or are immediately drawn to some of our other dogs, but never Xena. XenaMaybe she seems too average, I honestly couldn’t say for sure, because what I see is an incredibly loyal dog that would make the most devoted companion. I see a dog that never has a bad day and has never met a stranger. I see a dog that regardless of the cards life has dealt her, she is still so happy and hopeful for the day someone picks her. What worries me the most, is that someday that flame of hope that burns so brightly within her with flicker and die. Xena has not given up, so I refuse to either because we promised her a family and a better life. We must deliver because she deserves nothing less than the most amazing family out there. Her requirements are simple, a home with another calm male dog or she would like to be the only dog. Her bubbly personality may also be a little much for small children and knock them over, but a home with older children would be fine. She would love a fenced in yard, but this is not required if she is able to go with her family on daily walks. Xena is house-trained, crate-trained, rides in the car like a pro, she loves vanilla ice cream and Arby’s roast beef sandwiches. If all of her dreams could come true and she could wake up Christmas morning with her family, then ours would too. Someone please give this amazing, sweet, loyal dog a chance. You will not regret it!

Xena’s adoption fee is $200 which includes her vaccinations, fecal exam, deworming, heartworm test (she is NEG), spay surgery and micro-chipping.  Those looking to add Xena to their family can fill out our adoption application via this link: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1201327-X9yESEs4rG.

Support us Through the Kroger Community Rewards Program!

We are now an approved charity for the Kroger Community Rewards Program!  All participants need to do is register their Kroger card online and select us as their charity.  Registering cards also give users access to online manufacturer coupons too!  Every time registered cards are swiped at the checkout, our rescue earns a donation!  Kroger shoppers can follow this link to register, then select Tennessee Death Row Dogs under the charity section.  You can help us save lives while doing your grocery shopping at no additional cost!  We are very excited to be a part of this program!


Checking in on Browning

Last month, we received a plea for help for Browning, a very young puppy with a severe case of mange.  Clearly in his condition, he didn’t have people lining up to adopt him and needed immediate medical care.  A kind soul offered to foster him and we took him into our rescue.  Since then, his foster mom has made sure he made it to all of his vet appointments and followed his treatment instructions closely.

Today, Browning made it to his first adoption event and he looks like a totally different puppy!  He was spunky, playful and met a lot of admirers.  We wanted to share a before and after photo of his amazing progress!  Browning will soon be ready for his forever home and those looking to adopt him can fill out an adoption application via this link.

Browning in the shelter on October 9th (left), and November 22nd at his first adoption event (right).

Browning in the shelter on October 9th (left), and November 22nd at his first adoption event (right).

Dean, one sweet senior in need of a family.

Dean is one of five dogs that our rescue saved from euthanasia last Friday.  Like many dogs, he found himself at a high kill shelter by no fault of his own.  Despite what some think about dogs on the euthanasia list being aggressive or unhealthy, that’s rarely the case.  Dean lived the majority of his life with a wonderful owner, who loved and cared for him.  A couple of weeks ago however, his owner became sick and was hospitalized.  When this happened, his owner’s family brought Dean to a high kill shelter, along with five years of his medical records.

Dean relaxing in his foster home.

Dean relaxing in his foster home.

Like many senior dogs, Dean didn’t have people lined up waiting to adopt him.  Those looking for new companions often look for puppies or younger dogs.  As the shelter filled up and there were no more kennels to place incoming dogs in, the shelter where Dean was decided it was time to euthanize dogs to make space.  Dean and many other dogs there were then put on the dreaded “list”.

After putting out a plea for foster families, five families stepped up and wanted to help.  Because of these amazing families, we were able to save the lives of five dogs, including Dean.  He has lost everything that is familiar to him; his home, his person, his world.  We are very grateful to his foster family because at least he now doesn’t have to lose his life too.  The same day we rescued Dean, his owner passed away.

Dean has seen a vet for a checkup and is now available for adoption.  Dean is a seven year old, Chihuahua who weighs four pounds and he is as sweet as can be.  Those wishing to add Dean to their family are welcome to fill out an adoption application via this link: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1201327-X9yESEs4rG

Gia ~ Available for Adoption

We see a lot of truly horrible things here, but along with that, we also are privileged enough to see some pretty awesome things too. In witnessing the mental and physical journey of Gia, we have seen both. To see firsthand the cruelty and neglect she suffered at the hands of people made me feel sick and angry. She arrived here from the shelter with over 100 circular puncture wounds that littered her frail body. These wounds were left untreated, causing her to suffer from a terrible skin infection. Her body was covered with parasites and motor oil from the junkyard that Gia previously called home. The worst of her pain and suffering was caused by a recent home crop job on her ears, completed with either a knife or pair of scissors. Her ears were so badly infected that it was extremely painful and treatment required daily ear drops which left her panicked and terrified. Yet Gia learned to trust us, she knew we were trying to help her. When she had finally recuperated and was ready to find her family, we knew that Gia now needed a different kind of help. She had never been lucky enough to have a home and a family. Every life experience was new for her from meeting new people, to greeting other dogs, taking walks on a leash, etc. Gia needed to learn all of these things to be a perfect canine companion, so we called our friends at The Calm K9 for help. They have been working with Gia for over a month now and what progress she has made. This video shows her happiness, her loving soul and how badly she wants to share it with people. Humans may have not always been her friend and treated her kindly, but Gia holds no grudges. She has put her past behind her now and embraces everyone she meets with her whole heart. It’s time for Gia to find her forever family and for them she will made an incredible dog. She is thankful each and everyday for her new life and while it’s easy to pity her, all she wants is love. We know there is a special family out there that can give Gia the life she deserves and it’s her time for her day to come. Those interested in adopting Gia are welcomed to fill out our adoption application: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1201327-X9yESEs4rG. Inquiries or questions about Gia can be sent to jamie@tndeathrowdogs.org!

New “Donor” Hoodies are Here!

We are grateful for our donors every day because without their generosity, our efforts wouldn’t be possible. As our way of saying thank you, we had this hoodie custom designed and there is only one way you can get one, by donating! Those donating $50 through this link will score a free “Donor” t-shirt and those donating $75, will be the proud new owner of an awesome, zippered hoodie! All donations made through the link are tax-deductible AND count towards our total raised in the Saving Pets Challenge! If you’ve already donated at least $50 to the link above, then you’re already the winner of some free TDRD swag! We’ll be reaching out to our donors at the end of the contest for mailing addresses, preferred shirt color and size. Thanks everyone!

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Solomon, a Pit Bull Pin-Up Looking for His Forever Home <3

It’s impossible to spend any time with Solomon and not fall in love with him.  He is sweet, sensitive, affectionate and of course as you can see, stunning as w_MG_1350_resizeell!  Solomon has been looking for his forever home for months now, with not much solid interest.  We don’t get it, this guy is a GREAT dog!  Solomon walks like a gentleman on a leash, making him a top-notch walking companion.  He loves car rides, hiking, new adventures and surprisingly, he likes cats!  Solomon knows all of his basic commands, as well as advanced commands, such as “place”, “stay” from long distances, “come”, “shake” and he is eager to learn anything we teach him.  He is the perfect companion and longs for someone to make him a member of their family.  Solomon hasn’t had an easy life and sometimes strangers approaching him makes him nervous.  He is such a social butterfly that this makes us sad thinking about what once happened that make him fearful of people and situations.  He needs parents that understand this and even though he is extremely well-behaved in public, that doesn’t mean he wants people he doesn’t know touching im.  It’s important to respect his space, just as you would when meeting a new person.  This is why we also feel he would do best in a home with older children only.  Solomon is housebroken, crate-trained and does well with other calm dogs.  He is quite the couch potato and would be a great snuggle buddy for movie nights too!  Those interested in adding Solomon to their family, can find our adoption application posted on our website at http://www.tndeathrowdogs.org.  Inquiries and questions can be sent to jamie@tndeathrowdogs.org.  We thank Pamela Parton for taking this amazing photo!