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Please look at the following videos. It will be very difficult, but we believe that only then will you be as determined as we are to get change happening...

VIDEO: A Day At The Pound

VIDEO: What You Don't See

CLICK HERE here to see the actual 2009-2010 NSW Pound Statistics - you will be horrified by the numbers...

CLICK HERE for '10 Strategies for Change at your Local Pound' - If you are a volunteer worker or rescue volunteer at a Council Pound and are concerned about circumstances there, here are some things you can do.


Poor unwated dog being euthanased


Beautiful, healthy cats killed

Unwanted kitten

***Who We Are***

Petition: RSPCA - desex NOW!

We support this petition (click on red header) which will:

“......ask the RSPCA and the Government to put some serious funding into implementing HVLC desexing programs (targeted) in each State urgently.

RSPCA NSW and RSPCA VIC have accumulated funds/assets of over $120 million dollars united and reportedly RSPCA all states over $200 million united.

They are the ONLY animal welfare group in Australia who are in a financial position to do so.”.......

Please sign both our petitions...

Stop the oversupply and euthanasia of healthy pets (started May 26, 2008)

Call for formal independent Enquiry into the NSW pet industry
(started December 2, 2008)

Oscar's Law

Join Oscars Law in generating even more awareness about where pet shop puppies come from. Go to this link and don't forget to click the "like" button....

I used to work for Pets World and I would testify in court that they buy puppies from puppy factories! It was revolting watching the managers unload crates of pups that had just come off the plane, most of which were younger than 8 weeks and very sick. All of the Pets World stores had an outbreak of parvo virus but they still kept filling the cages with puppies to make money! A lot of the time we weren't sure which puppy belonged to which vacc certificate. This needs to stop!!

An ex-pet shop employee

Video: World Puppy Farm Awareness Day, September 2010, and vet Dr Chris Brown on Puppy Farms.

Animal Justice Party

Much of the cruelty inflicted on animals in this country results from government policy decisions, ignorance, and inertia. The interests of animals have not been represented in the Australian electoral system and as a result governments have not given due regard to their plight. Now for the first time in Australian history a political party called the Animal Justice Party of Australia has been established that represents the interests of voiceless, abandoned and tortured animals. PLEASE join the Animal Justice Party - you are needed right now!

Layne Beachley and Jimmy Barnes are amongst those that support our campaign at DeathRowPets.
See our Celebrity Statements and media videos


DeathRowPets Launched:
1 February 2008

Last Update:
03 February 2016

Web Site Design by K ARCHER


"Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight."
Albert Schweitzer

250,000 healthy, but unwanted cats and dogs are killed in Australian pounds each year

In Australia, we have a system that perpetuates a cycle of breeding to excess, impulse purchasing of pets and then quiet killing of the surplus 250,000 mainly healthy cats and dogs year after year. (We kill more than 57,351 every year in New South Wales alone...see link in left menu for full statistics.)

This is not justifiable, not ethical and not acceptable. These animals are not just statistics, each one is a live sentient being that can suffer immense stress in a frightening environment prior to an untimely death. Surely we have the ability to fix the problem and stop the oversupply and consequent unnecessary euthanasia of healthy cats and dogs by tackling all the reasons for it?

Here are 5 ideas we at DEATHROWPETS want to turn into a reality:

  1. Restrict the sale of cats and dogs to ethical regulated breeders, pounds and animal shelters

  2. Stop all sources of mass production of kittens and puppies for profit
    i.e. stop puppy and kitten farms and backyard breeders

  3. Achieve widespread desexing of all pets

  4. Increase the re-homing rate in pounds and shelters via better low-kill policies

  5. And of course educate everyone on responsible and caring pet ownership...


Help us spread the word

We want as many people as possible to realise what is really happening to our Companion Animals so they can lend their support, get active and take action. Together we can make a difference. CLICK HERE and help us to spread the word.

What you can you do to help

You may not think it, but you CAN be part of the solution. Please read through this site to find out why this slaughter is happening in our country. See what things you can do to help and take action.


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Getting to zero

Hundreds of thousands of healthy and treatable cats and dogs are being abandoned and killed in pounds, shelters and vet clinics each year in Australia. This is preventable.

Getting to Zero (G2Z) aims to increase responsibility for companion animals so that every city and shire can achieve zero euthanasia of all healthy and treatable cats and dogs.

This is the link to the official website:  http://www.g2z.com.au/

The Australian National Getting2Zero Summit took place on the 7-9 September 2011. Read about this here...

Foster Programs Save Lives

This interview describes the foster program at the Dogs Homes of Tasmania, and its results. It also provides some suggestions for those thinking about starting a foster program to assist in animal rehoming.

The Type of Pet Store We Like...

PetStore PetsCo helping to reduce animal killing in pounds and shelters: The type of pet store we like!

PETSco isn’t your typical pet store. As we live and breathe pets, animal welfare is our number one priority! We liaise closely with animal welfare groups including Geelong Animal Welfare Society (GAWS) and Pug Rescue and adoption to help create awareness of animal mistreatment and neglect. At PETSco, we DO NOT support selling puppies and kittens in retail outlets! We believe in giving the once abused and neglected a second chance at a happy and healthy life.” http://petsco.com.au/html/aboutus.html

Oscar's Law

It’s time to end the shameful and cruel treatment of our companion animals, who are suffering on puppy factories and need our help.

Oscar’s law is a very simple campaign: it enables everyone to make a stand and tell the Government that "We do not want companion animals factory farmed anymore” and "We no longer want the pet industry to mislead us about what is acceptable for our animals”.

Oscar with the vetYou can help fight the genocide in Australia's pounds, promote rescue organisations and shelters as the first option to adopting, and change the way Australians gets their pets. Adoption is the intelligent alternative to impulse buying. No puppy factory whether it is 'clean', 'model', 'state of the art' or otherwise is the answer for man’s best friend.

Who is Oscar?
Oscar was one of a number of dogs who were rescued from a puppy factory in central Victoria where they had been neglected to the point they required urgent veterinary care. The list of ailments the dogs suffered was extensive .........

To read more, go to the Oscar’s Law website

No Kill Conference in Washington DC

In May 2009 we attended the 2009 No Kill Conference in Washington DC.  From what we saw and learnt, we believe that the learnings from this Conference could be a defining moment for Australian Pound and Shelter animals.


We now have categorical proof that No Kill success is a reality in the US:

  • It is working
  • It is gaining momentum
  • It has widespread support

We can see no reason why this movement cannot be appropriate for the Australian situation. Read here for the full picture.