Our Pet Pin-Up Photo Contest Runs Until April 26th!

If you haven’t entered your dog yet, there is still plenty of time!  We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs in this contest and photo submissions are free!  All you have to do is submit your photo and ask your friends to vote, vote, vote!  This is a great way for our supporters to participate and help us raise funds to save more dogs from death row!  To enter your furbaby, please visit www.gogophotocontest.com/tndeathrowdogs!

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This is Why We Can Never Give Up

Sometimes the sheer number of dogs facing euthanasia everyday is just staggering. It’s easy to let it beat you down and I’ll admit there are days that I don’t even want to open my email. To see the sad, scared faces in need can be overwhelming and quite honestly, very depressing. To rescuers like us it feels like we are treading water, no matter how hard we work, we can never get ahead. For every dog we save, it feels like two more take it’s place. That’s why I think it’s so important to share the updates, because everyone makes a difference; whether you rescue, foster, transport, donate or hit the share button. This is a very thankless job, but every action matters. These dogs may not be able to thank us, but know that they are eternally grateful.

Virgil, in his rescue plea photo.  Buddy also came from this home..

Virgil, in his rescue plea photo. Buddy also came from this home.  This was the garage where they slept.

This is Buddy and he is a dog I will never forget. A few months ago, we received a plea to help with a hoarding case. This was a first for us and these dogs weren’t on death row, but they urgently needed help. It took us a couple of hours to reach the home which was off of a dirt road in the country. When we finally reached their driveway, little Buddy was sitting at the end by the mailbox. He looked as if he was waiting for someone, it was so strange. We pulled in and drove down to the house, Buddy trotted behind our car, following us.

There were nearly 30 dogs at this home, running everywhere outside and there was no fencing. They never were allowed in the house and literally were fighting each other for food. At night, they were allowed in a freezing cold garage to sleep. There they huddled together on flattened dog food bags lining the floors that were also covered with feces and urine. This was their “home”  :(

Buddy, resting comfortably on the couch in his new home.

Buddy, resting comfortably on the couch in his new home.

We took Buddy into our rescue, had his vetting needs taken care of and he was adopted later by a wonderful family. This photo was included in an update they sent today. Napping has become one of his favorite things and he has a very cozy spot.  His mom says that he loves to be brushed and play with his dog friends when they come over. This is why we do what we do. We know and accept that we can’t save every single dog and sometimes it’s easy to forget the good we’ve done. To see a dog like Buddy that has come from such a horrible situation, napping on a couch brought a huge smile to my face. He is proof that we are making a difference, one dog at a time.

Meet Ace, our Newest Heartworm Positive Dog

We have been very lucky this year in regards to the amount of heartworm positive dogs we’ve taken in.  Last year, we took in 9 heartworm positive dogs in the month of January alone.  Heartworms are very common here in the south and a large number of shelters do not heartworm test prior to adoption or rescue.  When we take dogs from those shelters, we always run the risk of taking in a heartworm positive dog without knowing it, which was the case with Ace.

Sadly stories like Ace’s are all too common here.  His previous “owners” wanted Ace for more of a lawn ornament than a family pet.  He spent his days living alone in a type of solitary confinement, attached to his chain while he watched people living their lives around him.  As if being lonely and covered in parasites wasn’t enough, Ace also had no shelter.  When it rained, he was soaked and had no way to stay dry.  For those who think dogs like being outside in this type of weather, think again.  Most of our rescue dogs don’t even want to go outside when it’s sprinkling outside.  Ace spent the cold winter months curled up in a ball while he tried to keep warm, trembling in the cold dirt where he was forced to sleep.  One day a couple of months ago, his luck changed when his “owners” were cited for neglect by animal control.  Ace was ultimately seized and taken to his local animal shelter.

Ace, formerly known as Roscoe in his shelter photo.

Ace, formerly known as Roscoe in his shelter photo.

Although shelters are a loud, scary and strange places to dogs, at least Ace had a roof over his head for the first time with meals he could depend on.  Each day he watched people come and go, picking out new dogs but sadly his day never came.  We received a plea from Ace’s shelter and posted him to our Facebook page to network, as we do for all the urgent dogs that are sent to us.  A week or so went by and he was still at the shelter, so he was re-shared on our page and once again, no one came to his rescue.  At the very last minute, we stepped up for Ace and without a doubt, saved his life.  I am confident I can speak for all of us at TDRD when I say that we are very glad we did!

On our way back from picking him up, a delighted Ace rolled around on his back in the backseat of my car.  Let me tell you that he knew something big was happening and he felt like a pretty big deal:)  We have had the pleasure of watching his personality slowly come out over the last few days and it’s impossible not to absolutely love him.  Ace loves to sit down in the sun on his nature walks, smell the breeze and listen to the birds on our property.  He is a calm dog and he loves prancing around with his new bone and showing it off to everyone who visits.  Ace is an incredibly grateful dog who never has a bad day, loves to sit looking out the window during car rides and is a total pleasure to be around.

I’ve heard more times than I can count that people are sure their dog doesn’t have heartworms because “he/she doesn’t look sick”.  The reality is that no heartworm positive dog appears sick from heartworms until they have a very advanced case and this takes years.  What people usually notice is breathing issues from the worms spreading to their dog’s lungs.  Ace looks and acts like a perfectly healthy dog so when we took him in for an exam, vaccinations, fecal exam and heartworm test yesterday, we were very saddened to learn he is heartworm positive.  Ace will have to wait at least two months now before he will be ready to meet his new family and this treatment is of course very expensive.  It is however necessary so that Ace can go to his home a healthy, heartworm free dog.

Ace checking out the sights on one of his nature walks :)

Ace checking out the sights on one of his nature walks

Ace being examined by Dr. Vaughn at Columbia Hospital for Animals.

Ace being examined by Dr. Vaughn at Columbia Hospital for Animals.

For those who do not currently have your dogs on heartworm prevention, please get them started on it immediately.  This costs around $10/month and will ensure that your dog never gets heartworms.  As I tell all of our adopters, it is not a matter of IF your dog will get heartworms if not on regular prevention, it’s a matter of WHEN.  There are a few different preventatives on the market and speaking with a vet will help you determine which one is right for you.

As for Ace, he has been started on a month of antibiotics and cage rest to help his body to prepare for treatment.  This medication will help kill the juvenile heartworms and weaken the adults so that he will be much less likely to have an adverse reaction during and after his treatment.  Once his treatment is completed in a month, he will remain on cage rest for another month while his body heals.  After that time, Ace will be able to go to his new home and we hope to have a family approved to adopt him when that day comes.

We are currently working to raise funds for Ace’s treatment and any contributions are very much appreciated.  We cannot continue to help dogs like Ace without the support of our fans!  Here is the link to his FundRaZr for those who would like to donate: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3itE7/ab/5Yv4e.  All donations to our rescue are tax-deductible!

80 Entries and Counting!

Our Pet Pin-Up Photo Contest is really taking off and we are thrilled to see 80 entries in the first five days!  There are five weeks remaining and we have some great prizes to give-a-way to our winners!  We can’t wait to award our grand-prize winner the coveted title of “TDRD Dog of the Year”, an exclusive shirt design that will be sold in our Shirt Shop, a cover shot on our 2015 TDRD Calendar and let’s not leave out the 55″ Sanyo HD LED TV!

One of the prizes being awarded to our grand-prize winner, a 55" Sanyo HD LED TV!

One of the prizes being awarded to our grand-prize winner, a 55″ Sanyo HD LED TV!

There is plenty of time to enter and take the lead!  Photo submissions are free, votes are $1 each and are tax-deductible!  Donors will receive a donation receipt via email and those spending $50 or more on votes will receive a free 2014 TDRD Rescue Dog Calendar. Make sure to add your furbabies for a chance to win one of our great prizes!  Submit your photo and help us meet our goal.  All funds raised via this fundraiser will be helping us save more dogs!

Tales in Flight Documents the Journey of Pilots N Paws

Our friends at Fluffy Dog Films have finished their new documentary Tales in Flight! It’s the story of rescues like ours and the pilots of Pilots N Paws who fly dogs from kill shelters to safety! The best part is, they are giving 50% of the profits to our rescue! To watch the film, go to http://talesinflight.com/watch/ and enter the CODE “rowdog”. The code will take 20% off of your purchase and ensures that the donation gets to us. Check out the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/89178905

PHOTO CREDIT: Robin Conn/The Huntsville Times

PHOTO CREDIT: Robin Conn/The Huntsville Times

 

Enter Your Dog in Our Pet Pin-Up Photo Contest!

March 15th marks the first day of our 1st Annual Pet Pin-Up Contest! We hope to make this a very successful and fun fundraiser that we can hold every year. Photo submissions into the contest are absolutely free and entrants can invite their friends to vote. Votes are $1 each and donors will receive an email for their donation to use for tax time. We are throwing in a 2014 Rescue Dog Calendar for anyone who purchases over 50 votes. Just make sure to PM the page and let us know!

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We have lots of fantastic prizes to give-a-way!

Top 12 Vote-Getters
The top 12 winning entrants will have their pet’s photo displayed on an 8.5”x 11” calendar and on the contest link on our website.

Grand Prize
55” Sanyo DP55D33 55″ 1080p 120Hz D-LED HDTV
TDRD Pet of the Year
Photo will be featured on the cover of our 2015 calendar.
10 2015 TDRD Calendars
1 Exclusive shirt design available for purchase in our Shirt Shop

Second Place
Five 2015 TDRD Calendars
Dog Comfort Kit including:
Halo Orthopedic Dog Bed, size XL
Field Trial Upland Travels Bedding Set
All For Paws Travel Dogs Deluxe Back Seat Hammock

Third Place
Five 2015 TDRD Calendars
Dog Box O’Goodies including:
B.F.F.F. (Best Furry Friends Forever) box by Madison Art Trading NY
Dog fleece throw by Marlo Lorenz
Dogs Unleashed Microfiber Pocket Towel
Strong and Durable degradable refill bags
Bone-a-Mints Dental Bones
Caesar Millan Dog Whisperer collapsible dog bowl
Luther’s Dog Treats
Wags and Wiggles Dog Wipes
JW dog brush
Quadro dog chew
Burt’s Bee’s grooming assortment including; paw and nose lotion, calming spray, ear cleaner, deodorizing spray and shampoo.

Prize photos can be viewed on the contest page.  Best of luck to our entrants!

Would You Pay an Adoption Application Fee?

We are starting to receive adoption applications in increasingly large numbers which is wonderful!  However, despite our guidelines clearly listed at the top of the application, some people are not always 100% honest or just outright lie in hopes we won’t figure it out.  Let me just say that we will absolutely figure it out after extensive research, as we do on all of our applications.  Each application received takes a good deal of time to go over because we want the best homes for our dogs.  When people are dishonest, we go through this entire process, only to deny the application for a reason that was already listed on the top of the application.  As a result, we have considered making a small application fee of $10 mandatory so that we can reduce the number of applications received to those that meet our requirements.  As a group of small volunteers, this would help us greatly to be able to go through the applications we do receive much faster and more efficiently.  The application fee would be subtracted from the adoption donation amount for the dog of their choice.  Readers, please weigh in and share your thoughts with us!