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.

2015 Saving Pets Challenge Starts Today!

bonus challenge wk1 We're super excited to let you know we're part of a really amazing campaign called the Saving Pets Challenge. It's a friendly fundraising competition funded by Michelson Found Animals where animal welfare organizations like ours compete to raise the most money for their cause. The top raising animal welfare organization get donations between $5000 and $50,000 and we're out to win that grand prize of $50,000.

Here's where we need your help...

Each week, there are Bonus Challenges with opportunities to win extra cash for our cause. The first one starts right now and if we raise at least $250 between May 4th at 12pm ET and May 12th at 12pm ET, we'll get entered to win a $4000 donation to our cause.

We could really use your help to raise the $250 and get entered into this Bonus Challenge. Every donation makes all the difference so please Click Here and give what you can.

If you want to go a step further and set up a fundraiser for our cause, that would be even more amazing. Imagine the money we could raise together if you reached out to your network. So, so great. To donate or to start a fundraiser, please Click Here.

And, one more quick thing...if you donate at least $25 to our fundraiser, you'll be entered to win a DOG for DOG or Adopt & Shop dog or cat gift basket each worth $100. Just one more reason to give.

Join or Facebook event for this challenge and watch our progress!
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Gia is Ready for her Forever Home!

Gia collageIn the last couple of months, Gia has made amazing progress both physically and mentally. It's hard to believe she is the same dog that arrived, covered in hundreds of circular puncture wounds that looked like she was stabbed with an ice pick.  Her ears had also recently been cropped in a crude home chop job, completed with either a knife or a pair of scissors.  We can't imagine how incredibly painful that must have been and treating her double ear infection everyday was sheer terror for her. Gia has suffered a lot in her life, more than any dog should ever have to. Even still, with a painful skin infection all over her body, Gia let us treat her everyday. She knew that we were there to help and now that she is healthy, it's time for her to move into a foster or adoptive home. In her former life, she lived in a junkyard so Gia has a lot to learn about being in a home. She needs someone who can help her transition into the "normal" world. Gia is a very sweet, kind dog and she loves everyone she meets. She holds no grudges about her past life or treatment. Gia lives in the present and she is happy everyday for the second chance she was given. She would do best in a home with a respectful male, or as the only dog. She is fascinated by cats, as she is with many things that she has never experienced before. She also likes to jump on them and smack them with her paws, so she needs to go to a home with no cats!  If you're interested in adopting or fostering Gia, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!
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Please Vote for Our Mascot, Spud!

Spud was selected as one of 10 finalists in the 2014 Ultimate Cute Photo Contest! There were hundreds of entries and we are very humbled, as well as excited that he has made it so far! If he wins, our rescue will win $1,000 to help support the dogs in our care, and save some new ones!

Voting starts today, 5/8, and runs through 5/18. Please vote every day!
Here is the link for voting!

Spud is a very special dog and I knew this from the moment I met him. When he arrived from his shelter, he became very ill and was hospitalized for nearly a month. I took him home to foster and when he recovered, I just couldn’t let him go. My husband wasn’t exactly on board at the time, so I continued to take him to events so it would look like I was working to find him a home He greeted people, gave kisses and collected donations in a vest he wore to raise funds for the rescue. Spud is one of the most loving and loyal dogs I have ever met, and he has forever changed my life.  Spud_Collage

Like some dogs coming from the shelter, I have no idea what may have happened in his previous life. He came from Clayton County, GA, at around 6-7 months old and although picked up as a stray, he belonged to someone at one point. How they let him go, I will never understand.

Spud is a role model for shelter dogs everywhere, because like many shelter dogs, he has struggles in his life. Although he was an outgoing puppy, when he reached adulthood, there were what started as subtle changes in his personality. After being bit in the face at an adoption event by one of our rescue dogs, he began to be somewhat uncomfortable at events that followed. This once confident, social butterfly of a puppy started to shake around loud noises, running children and strangely enough, he found puppies absolutely terrifying. Fear can sometimes lead dogs to make bad choices and I wanted to turn him around quickly.

After doing research and talking to a trainer, I decided the best thing we could do for Spud was to stop taking him to events where he was so longer comfortable. In the months that followed, he continued to go in public with a vest that asked people not to touch him, and he was enrolled in weekly, private lessons. I learned how to build his confidence and worked with him almost daily. Months later, his vest was removed and it was amazing to see him emerge again as the dog he once was. He loved being out in public, loved meeting new people, taking treats from children and being patted.

He started training shortly thereafter to be my service dog. I am a USMC veteran with a back injury and in the future at some point, there is a possibility that I will lose the use of one of my arms. I have nerve damage that can’t be repaired which I have known this for the last couple of years. Spud has learned to retrieve objects for me, he knows advanced commands and continues to learn enthusiastically. Spud_Nov12

I wanted to share this story not just because it’s his story and he is a finalist in this contest, but because I think it’s important for people to realize that sometimes dogs aren’t perfect. Shelter dogs have histories that will forever be a mystery to us. We don’t know where they came from and we don’t know what they have been through, but we can do is stand by them through their struggles. We can accept that they are perfectly imperfect and we can give them the tools to live a happier life. Watching him suffer and be so fearful was very difficult for me because I know this dog like no one else ever will. I know the level of his love and loyalty, I see it every single day. I know without question that this dog would lay down his life for me if he had to and in return I owe him this same level of devotion.

For all those who have adopted a dog that isn’t perfect, please don’t give up on them. They want to be everything you want them to be, they just may not know how. If you help them learn, they will be the best dog you ever hoped for.

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Come Rock with Us! Rock for Paws is May 17th!

StageRock for Paws is a benefit for abused & homeless dogs/cats that will be held on May 17, 2014, at the Rutledge (410 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201).  All proceeds will be going to Tennessee Death Row Dogs and the Tennessee Chapter of the SPCA.  There will be five bands playing: Michael Ashley, Vahalla, JonesWorld, Killing Grace and Fever Hound.  Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 8:00. $10.00 admission fee, all ages welcome.  There will be many great prizes to raffle off and/or auction.

There will also be a donation box so you can bring the following items: blankets, towels, dog/cat food, dog/cat treats (not from China), leashes, collars, etc. Inside

If you would like to donate monetarily, please donate to: Y

You can view the main event page here.  We hope to see you there!

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