Paws On Death Row's Mission

Our mission is to save animals on death row by providing them with a second chance at life. We believe that every animal deserves love, care, and a safe home, and we are dedicated to ensuring that no innocent animal is unjustly euthanized due to overcrowding or other circumstances.
To achieve our mission, we work tirelessly to rescue them from high-kill shelters and place them in loving foster homes or permanent adoptive homes. We provide veterinary care, behavioral training, and socialization to ensure that each pet is healthy, happy, and well-adjusted.
We also advocate for spaying and neutering pets to help reduce the number of unwanted animals in shelters, and we strive to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the importance of adopting from shelters and rescue organizations.
Our ultimate goal is to create a world where no pet is left behind, and every animal has the opportunity to live a happy and fulfilling life with a loving family.

A Sanctuary Built For A Best Friend

We are raising funds to construct our inaugural dog home facility while also managing the expenses associated with animal adoption in various communities throughout the United States. Our aim is to provide an affordable and plausible means for anyone to adopt an animal in critical need, thus bringing them into a secure and loving home environment. By constructing quality dog homes and covering adoption overheads, we aspire to create a more positive experience for those hoping to provide a forever home to animals that might otherwise be left without one. By supporting our mission, you can assist us in reaching more animals in need and help give them better lives by way of a secure and reliable place to call home.

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From Tragedy to Triumph: Nadia Petruzelli's Journey to Paws On Death Row

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Nadia Petruzelli didn’t start out on the most positive note with animals. At two years old, she was brutally attacked by her family dog and rushed to the hospital, needing plastic surgery to repair the damage. She was lucky to be alive, but as animal lovers, her family refused to have their dog put down and instead gave him to a friend who they knew would provide him with a loving home.
 
Despite this experience and the scarring that can still be seen today, Nadia never carried a fear or dislike of dogs or any animal. Her childhood was always filled with the comings and goings of many dogs owned by friends and family. As soon as she left home, she knew that her new place—and her life—would not be complete without a dog of her own. That’s when she met Finnegan, an 8-week-old Australian Shepherd, a breed she’d always dreamt of having.
 
Finnegan has been a part of Nadia’s life for almost two years now, and throughout that time they’ve created so many memories. Whether it’s taking him for a Puppucino or snuggling on the couch, she just loves to see him happy, so when she began learning about the horrible treatment that many dogs receive, she was devastated. She feels that every pup deserves to have the same love and care that she gives to Finnegan and is horrified by the animal abuse that frequently occurs. She started visiting shelters and witnessing firsthand what some dogs have gone through and the conditions they’re now forced to live in—unsanitary and absent of toys, treats and comfort. Although the thought crossed her mind, Nadia knew that she couldn’t adopt them all so she started working on creating a charity that would not only help shelter dogs in her own community but around the country. 
 
Today, Paws On Death Row is working with nine shelters in seven states, and continues to grow. Nadia’s team hand delivers items including food, treats, toys, cleaning supplies, blankets and more to shelters, and covers medical costs like heartworm treatments. Her ultimate goal is to open up a state-of-the-art facility with a vet, groomer and trainer where dogs can feel comfortable and safe while waiting for their furever home.

How To Adopt

How To Adopt Animals

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Select Your Animals

Select Your Animals

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Make Appointment

Make Appointment

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Deal Your Pet

Deal Your Pet

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Better With A Pet

Better With A Pet

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Meet The Animals

Waiting For Adoption

Siberian Maltese

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Persian Cat

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Fuzzy & Holland Lop

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Campbell Gansu

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Pace Face Lovebird

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Indian Water Dragon

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Ringneck Dove

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Gold Fish

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Veterna Team

Meet Our Veterna Team

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Will Potter

Veterna Leader

Faye Herrera

Animal Trainer

Jane Mckinney

Animal Health Expert