It is a scene no animal lover wants to envision: cages of dogs lined up with special tags or markers on their cage doors in a big room. Some of the dogs bark excitedly at the cage door; some curl up in a corner as if they know their fate. This is the row of dogs in a shelter destined for euthanasia. An organization called Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc. is trying to change this scene.
The mission of Tennessee Death Row Dogs, Inc. 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." What initially began as a Facebook page where shelters posted dogs scheduled for euthanasia (hoping to find homes) is now a 2014 Approved Rescue from Adoptapet.com, saving over 1,300 dogs from euthanasia. The organization participates in many events, to include adoption events and working toward educating the public on the importance of spay/neuter.
The organization has created "Barktopia" where the dogs can sleep, eat, and relax in stress-free zones while awaiting adoption. Barktopia is approved by Maury County Board of Zoning to also provide boarding and grooming services. Animal pick up and delivery is available (limitations apply). See HERE for information on Barktopia.
The dogs for adoption through Tennessee Death Row dogs have been spayed / neutered, are up to date on shots, and have received veterinary care to ensure they are healthy; they are microchipped. Those interested in adopting must complete an application (available on the website). The group is always seeking fosters, so the dogs receive socialization and can feel safe and loved while awaiting a forever home. If it is not a good time to bring a four-legged friend into the home, a donation or merchandise purchase helps keep the organization running.
There are two locations of "Death Row Dogs;" one is in Spring Hill, Tennessee and the other is in Freeport, Maine. The organization is always seeking volunteers. Be sure to see some of the dogs seeking homes appearing with this article!
The dogs in the above scenario watch from their cages as someone with a slip - on leash comes into the room. Tails wag; is this someone to take them outside to play? A piece of paper is perused, a dog is chosen, and led out to meet its fate in a very different type of place. For this dog, it is all over. For the others ... thanks to Death Row Dogs, maybe they will have a chance.
More on Tennessee Death Row Dogs, including adoption application, HERE
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