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!
Very soon, we are planning to hold a Photo Contest in which everyone can enter their dog! All photos are posted online and people can vote for the photos they like best. We want to offer some great prizes to our top 3 winners as an extra incentive to enter. The better the prizes, the more entrants we hope to have! Not only will this be a very fun way for people to show their dogs off, but this contest will also help us raise some much needed funds for our rescue. All donated prizes are tax-deductible and very much appreciated! If you’d like to donate an item as a contest prize, please contact email@example.com!
I was thrilled to see that our Facebook page hit 25,000 followers today! Thank you everyone for your continued support and the effort you put in daily to help TN dogs. I started this page in August of 2011 with a lot of hope, but no idea if anyone would even “like” it. There were so many dogs waiting to die with no way to be networked and with no hope of making it out, that I felt compelled to do what I could to help. Creating this page seemed like a logical first step in doing my part and starting our rescue a few months later would come to be the second part. It’s pretty formidable to see just how many people have liked this page, even though I know that sometimes the stories and pictures are saddening. It upsets me daily that healthy dogs and puppies have to die simply because shelters need to make space for incoming dogs. Some of their faces will be burned into my memory until the day I die. But if we turned our backs because the stories are too painful, they would still be there, alone, forsaken and waiting to die. We might not be able to save every single dog through this page and our rescue, but we can damn sure give them our very best effort. With the help of all of you, this page has saved well over 1,000 dogs and our rescue has saved hundreds more. From all of us here at TDRD, we thank you for joining with us to fight for condemned dogs in Tennessee. We would not be successful without your shares, support and donations. I’m so very proud of all that we have accomplished together and am excited about the great things we will achieve in the future. ~Jamie
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The Maine branch of TDRD is coming along and will soon be taking their first group of dogs! Christa Young has been working hard in Brunswick to put this plan in motion and we think she is pretty amazing! This past Saturday, TDRD Maine set up a table at the Petco in Topsham to pass out flyers and answer questions. They have been building their network of fosters and volunteers, one person at a time!
Being originally from Maine myself, it’s been a hope of mine for a long time to establish a branch there. I knew if we accomplished this someday, we could provide hope and second chances for many more dogs facing euthanasia in Tennessee. Seeing this dream become a reality has been humbling and very special to me. We could not have accomplished this without Christa and we are so thankful for her help!
Those living in Maine and New Hampshire that are interested in fostering or volunteering, we would love to have your help! Both our foster application and volunteer registration can be found here on our website. Christa is happy to answer any questions as well so please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Destiny and I have been together down this long road to her recovery but what a great road it has been! I still remember the days of carrying her outside to potty because she was too weak to stand on her own. It is almost unbelievable how far she has come since early November when joining our rescue. Destiny is my foster dog and I can go on all day about her! She has gained 15 pounds and is now a healthy 38 pounds. She is a very happy girl that prances wherever she goes. Recently she has learned “sit” and “down” and I’m working with her on some new tricks. Destiny doesn’t have a bad day, ever. She is always thrilled to see you, butt wiggling and she loves food! Her love of treats makes her try to learn new things quickly. She does awesome with other dogs, delighted to meet their acquaintance. She a very sassy, spunky girl that likes to steal socks and anything else she can get her paws on. Destiny likes adventure, rides in the car like a pro and seems to even enjoy her vet visits. She is potty trained, crate trained and she likes to be around her people. She is a dog that desires a lot of love and attention, which we think she deserves! Whoever ends up with this little bundle of joy, will be adding a very special dog to their life. She lived a terrible life of starvation and neglect prior to coming to our rescue and she is thankful for every single day. Only amazing adopters need apply! Those interested in adding Destiny to their family can find our adoption application posted on our site at tndeathrowdogs.org. Inquiries can be sent to Jamie at email@example.com.
When adopting a new dog, please make sure you are ready for the commitment and time a dog needs and realize that they are not perfect. Many shelter dogs have been through a lot in their lives. Many have not been fed properly, been treated kindly or even slept in a home. Many have not been lucky enough to be part of a family or be a companion for someone. I’m seeing all too often lately that people want a new pet, but then when it doesn’t come fully trained and perfect, they no longer want it. I’ve heard every excuse there is, the dogs chews, had an accident on their new carpet, has separation anxiety… you name it and I’ve probably heard it. Surrendering a dog should be a very last resort, after all other options have been exhausted. Trainers are there to help and can help if consulted, but many people don’t give their dog that chance. Dogs aren’t a handbag or pair of shoes that you throw out when you’re tired of them and want a new style. Pets are for life and they may not come flawless, but they can be taught what is expected of them and most want so badly to please. Before surrendering a dog, please think long and hard about it. Think about what you are putting your poor dog through. Imagine your family, the only people you know and love, dropping you off with strange people in a chaotic, frightening place one day and never looking back. Imagine the confusion, fear and panic they feel as they watch you walk away. Lastly, take a good look in the mirror, because chances are, you aren’t perfect either. ~Jamie
There is no mandatory amount of time that O/S dogs have at shelters. They are the first to die when room needs to be made for incoming dogs. This dog was someone’s pet once, but now sadly is just another statistic.