TN Death Row Dogs

Our mission at Tennessee Death Row Dogs is to promote the adoption of animals, network and rescue dogs that are scheduled for euthanasia and educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter in reducing the number of homeless animals.

Our Dogs For Adoption - Jagger

A couple of weeks ago on Columbus Day, I had the day off from work so I decided to make a trip down to Cleveland.  I planned to pick up one of the dogs we had in boarding there and bring him up to the Nashville area.  I wanted to be able to get more exposure for him and be able to spend a little more time with him as well.


Once I got down there, I decided to make a quick trip by the shelter to say hello.  I stopped in and chatted with the staff for a few minutes.  Afterwards, I grabbed my camera and headed to the shelter to take pictures of the dogs.  I figured I might as well while I was already down there.

There were a lot of really nice dogs there that day as always, but one guy stood out in particular to me.  He had a larger than life personality even behind a kennel fence.  As with all the other dogs, I wrote his number down (#624), along with "male brindle Pitbull".  On my way back through this dog was just so excited and happy to see me.  He was trying so hard to get my attention so I tried to pat him through the kennel which was pretty much impossible.  He frantically licked my fingers and wagged his tail.  This dog was really getting to me, there was no doubt about it.  I took this picture of him there that I will never forget.  Look at the huge smile on his face!

I kept calling to check his status and I was told he was reclaimed by his owner.  Days went by though, I kept checking on him and he was still there.  His owner had been served with a citation for letting him run at large and it was claimed that he killed a neighbors kitten.  At any rate, his owner was not willing to pay the fine and pay for the time the dog had been boarding at the shelter.  He made the decision to sign #624 over to the shelter and I found out almost immediately.  Beautiful Boy

There were two things I knew immediately.  #1 was the shelter was full and this boy had been there awhile.  #2 He was a Pitbull.  #3 I know what kind of person this dog would attract and it was something I couldn't get out of my mind.  As much as I didn't want us to take on another dog, I couldn't image this sweet soul being subjected to a life of misery.  A life of being forced to fight, or being chained up like a prisoner in someone's backyard.  It was a no brainer for me.  I knew we needed to get him to safety and we needed to do it fast.


I got the pleasure of seeing Jagger again two weekends ago when I drove down to Cleveland to pick a couple of our dogs up.  I was actually giddy about seeing this dog.  They let me in the back to see him.  I wanted to take him for a little walk before I loaded him in the car.  We got outside and I reached down to pat his head and this poor dog just cowered to the ground.  Some may say he is just a submissive dog but in my opinion, he thought I was going to hit him.  It was really upsetting to me and honestly it made me angry.  How could anyone be cruel to a dog that is so kind?

Looking him over it wasn't just the fact that he was frightened that bothered me.  He was also borderline emaciated, so very, very thin.  This was something I couldn't see in the shelter as he was facing me the entire time.  It was apparent to me then that this dog had not had a great life, not by any means.  I also learned that day that Jagger is mildy heartworm positive.

Jagger (aka Heartbreaker)

After bringing him to Columbia, I was able to go down this past weekend and see him.  I had made him an appointment for a second heartworm test at my vet here so we could start him on treatment.  Tonya and I went in to pick him up, again I couldn't wait to see him.  Let me tell you that the folks at Animal Attraction are amazing.  They brought him out and he burst through the door and it was as if I was seeing a completely different dog.  I could not believe how much difference was made in one week.  They had bathed him for me, his coat looked amazing and he had gained at least a couple of pounds.  He looked fantastic and not once did he cower in fear of us or anyone else.  Jagger was given a lot of love and attention last week, something he had clearly waited a long time for.

I will have the results of Jagger's second blood test tomorrow and we will know how to best proceed with his treatment.  He will not be available until he tests heartworm negative but we will be taking applications for him to start the process of finding him an amazing home.

Jagger is 1 1/2 years old, he weighs roughly 48 pounds, is current on his shots and has been neutered.  He has a great temperament, he loves people and other dogs.  I would not recommend him to a home with cats.  If you're interested in Jagger, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Our Dogs for Available for Adoption - Lily


#406 at Cleveland Animal Control

This is Lily, previously known as #406.  Lily was  pulled from Cleveland Animal Control just in time thanks to her angel Matt, who graciously offered to sponsor her.  She was a shelter favorite due to her sweet personality and she is great with other dogs.

Lily is a small, 3 year old Pitbull mix with an amazing disposition.  She loves attention, kids and dogs of all sizes. She also has a beautiful, unique black brindle that draws compliments wherever she goes.

Lily outside of Community Animal Hospital

I picked Lily up last weekend from boarding and she greeted everyone in the waiting area.  Some dogs seem to know they have be given a second chance and Lily is one of those dogs.  She seems happy just to be alive and her tail was wagging so hard that I thought she might fall over.  She walked up to a little girl there and washed her face with kisses.  Lily is a spunky little girl with lots of love to give and will make someone a fantastic companion.

She is spayed, is current on her shots and is HW NEG.  She needs a home to call her own and we are now taking applications.

Amazing adopters only need apply, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
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