TN Death Row Dogs
[caption id="attachment_985" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 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.
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Last Wednesday, Dr. Vaughn and his staff at Columbia Hospital for Animals waited almost an hour after closing to provide her with the emergency care she needed. When the logging chain she lived her life on was weighed, it was an unbelievable 36 pounds. Destiny stepped on the scale and only weighed 23 pounds. The chain she had to pull around to move was 13 pounds heavier than she was. It was no wonder that between the chain and terrible pressure sores that this sweet girl could not walk.
When she was put on the table for her exam, I was completely shocked by her condition and how someone could allow a dog to be tortured in this manner. Some think that beating or causing an animal pain intentionally is what constitutes cruelty. I can say that this was one of the worst forms of cruelty due to neglect that I have ever seen. These people passed this dog each day on their way in and out of their home, watching her slowly starve to death. She was infested with hundreds of fleas all over body which she chewed at constantly. There have been some very cold nights here and this poor dog suffered out there in her cold dog house with no body fat to regulate her body temperature. She had no bedding but the cold dirt floor of her dog house and as a result, she developed huge, deep pressure sores. How anyone could allow her condition to deteriorate daily is beyond me and why none of their neighbors reported it is something I will never understand.
Destiny has gained a couple much needed pounds since last week and her wounds are healing. Some of her photos are graphic, but it is important for people to see what happens to dogs that are chained and forgotten. She suffered daily and not one person stepped up to help her. It took a person that was visiting this neighborhood to make the call that ultimately saved her life. Those witnessing this type of abuse need to do something, anything they can to help dogs like Destiny.
Those wishing to follow her progress and view additional photos can do so by visiting her album on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.641033282606868.1073741847.239429629433904&type=3
We would like to thank everyone who has donated towards her care thus far. Donors make our efforts possible and we appreciate them so very much. We also would like to thank Dr. Vaughn and his staff for staying late to examine her and help her get some relief from her pain. I want to thank the person that called her abuse in and those that helped facilitate her rescue. It took a village but she is thankful everyday for this second chance she was given. When she is healed and ready, we will help her find a family that will treasure her as she deserves.
I've noticed while out talking with the public that there are many misconceptions about dogs facing euthanasia. Most people think that there is actually something wrong with these dogs. They believe that they are old, aggressive or sick. Perhaps it's easier for people to accept euthanasia if they believe this, I really don't know. I want to say that there is nothing wrong with the vast majority of these dogs. Perfectly healthy dogs are euthanized every day in this country. When shelters reach capacity and the incoming dogs keep coming, they have to make space for the new dogs. At many of these shelters the dogs only get the 3-5 day stray hold mandated by law. Once their stray hold falls off and they are not claimed, the shelter may need their kennel. Guess what happens then? A perfectly friendly, healthy adoptable dog is put to death. I learned of a healthy litter of 8 week old puppies and their mother that was euthanized this week while we scrambled trying to find a foster. This is what we face daily, there are so many that need our help. Owner surrendered dogs face even less of a chance at adoption because there is no mandatory required hold time for them. The shelter doesn't need to wait for an owner to come forward. When an owner surrenders their dog, the owner is known and often times this can be a death sentence for the dog. If the shelter is already at capacity, these poor dogs will never see the inside of a kennel at all. They will be taken straight to the kill room. I'm not trying to upset people, but this is the reality everyday for homeless animals. There is nothing wrong with them and we need to do more to help them.
Pet Photos with Santa on the Second Ave Patio will also be taken that day as well! Get your Holiday photo of Fluffy or Fido and help other dogs in need! For only $5 you will receive a 4x6 professional print and all proceeds benefit our rescue! Complimentary Valet Parking at the Cafe with Purchase of Photo!
This is be a great day for dog lovers, holiday shoppers and the dogs we can save with the funds we raise. We hope you'll stop by, have a drink and say hello!
Over the past few days, Ava has been in our care and visited our vet. She has a long road to recovery, both physically and mentally. Her injured leg is healing, she has been started on antibiotics to prepare her for the heartworm treatment she'll need and she has been eating regularly, something she wasn't able to do for a very long time. Ava has the worst teeth I have seen on any dog that has come into our rescue. Her canine teeth are broken and fractured, many of her front bottom teeth have either fallen out or been taken out. Ava's owners admitting to repeatedly trying to fight her, despite the fact that she isn't aggressive towards other dogs. Our hearts break knowing what she has been through and her scars are a constant reminder of the pain she has suffered.
Ava won't get better overnight, but we are committed to her and will stand by her until she finds a wonderful home to call her own. Everyday, we see a little more of her personality come out, she has started to play with bones and is slowly being socialized with other friendly dogs. We wanted to help raise additional funds for her vetting, so we have come up with these hoodies that we think are pretty awesome! There are lots of people on Ava's team that might not be here with her everyday, but they can surely be here with her in spirit. Team Ava hoodies are $35 plus $5 S/H and can be purchased by clicking this link: https://www.booster.com/avasmedicalfund.
Last weekend after weeks of communication, Koa's parents drove down here from Kentucky to meet him. As we suspected, it was love at first sight and Koa left to start a new chapter in his life as a beloved family pet! After months of medical care, heartworm treatment, a month long board/train rehabilitation program to help him learn to live in harmony with other dogs, it was finally Koa's time to leave us. We have loved the updates from his family on how he is progressing there and apparently has taken over their couch :) We couldn't think of a dog more deserving of their love! Welcome home Koa!
* October 3rd - Frankie's Pizza and Grill will be holding a fundraiser for us from 6 - 9pm. 10% of all proceeds will be donated towards our rescue efforts so please if you're in the area, stop by Frankie's and have some of their delicious pizza!
* October 5th - We'll be at the Nashville Pet Products store in Spring Hill for their 10th Annual Customer Appreciation Day. They'll be offering huge discounts throughout their store and customers are welcomed to bring their pets. We'll be there with some of our dogs that are available for adoption from 10am - 3pm.
* October 12th - We are very excited to be taking part in Barktoberfest at Animalia in Franklin from 12 - 5pm. Our decorations have been meticulously planned and we can't wait to see all of the other fantastic booth decorations. This is going to be a fun day of dress-up for both pets and their people!
* October 19th - Join us in Franklin at Mars for the 5th Annual Mars Petcare Adoption Fair which runs from 10am - 3pm. This is the largest pet adoption event in the state and there will be lots of rescues there with a dog for everyone!
* October 20th - It's time to break out the Halloween attire for Spring Hill's Family Fun & Fright Fest! This event runs from 3 - 6pm and the address is 1431 Carter's Creek Pike in Spring Hill. We'll have some games and candy for the kids, along with a couple of our amazing adoptable dogs on-hand!
A few months ago, a woman driving to work saw a puppy sitting on the side of the road near the tree line. She was running late and didn't have time to stop, but when she returned home that day, she spotted the same puppy again. She and her son decided to stop and see what was going on and to her surprise, there were other puppies there. An entire litter had been dropped off, another unwanted, unplanned litter left alone to fend for themselves. It was winter and very cold, they were starving and covered with fleas and ticks. There is no telling how long they had been out there, but after taking them into our rescue, our vet estimated that they were seven weeks old. After lots of tender loving care, a few from the litter have been adopted and we still have two beautiful girls awaiting their forever homes.
Lilly is a social butterfly and runs up to greet you with her tail wagging. She is great with other dogs and has been raised with children in foster care. She does very well at events, laying quietly in her crate waiting for someone to notice her. She enjoys going for walks and is really good on a leash. Lilly is housetrained, crate trained and ready for a family to call her own.
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Izzy has taken a little longer to come out of her shell. She was very shy at first and was unsure of new people but she has made incredible progress. Izzy has been raised with children in foster care as well and is crate trained, as well as housetrained. She loves going for walks and bounces from side to side, happy to have the one on one time. Izzy is going to make a devoted, loving companion for a very lucky family.