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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Dog Liberator is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs, primarily dogs from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. By working with committed volunteers, local veterinarians, trainers, and foster homes, we are able to rescue hundreds of dogs every year. From June of 2009 to date, we have rescued, rehabilitated, spay/neutered, and re-homed over 700 dogs throughout the Southeast. Our dogs are fostered in a home environment which enables us to evaluate the dog’s true temperament, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened homes. We also serve as a resource to our community and all pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition. Our dogs are examined, vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered before they are re-homed. The Dog Liberator continues to focus on rescuing herding dogs. Herding dogs have specific needs, both physical and mental, and when adopted to the wrong environment, they can develop behavioral issues. Herding breeds consist of Collies, Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, and herding mixes. The Dog Liberator prides themselves on rescuing and adopting deaf/blind dogs and shy fearful dogs that are at high risk for euthanasia.

Results: Over 700 gorgeous and highly adoptable animals have been saved from unnecessary euthanasia and placed in loving homes.

Target demographics: homeless death row dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 beautiful dogs

Geographic areas served: Southeast United States

Programs: rescue, rehabilitation, medical care, behavioral assessments, training, spay/neuter and adoptions.

Community Stories

229 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 ImahSillyGirl

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dog Liberator (TDL) is an INCREDIBLE rescue that has the very best, long-term, caring Founder (along with her family!) and volunteers! I also appreciate that TDL does not discriminate; TDL takes in ALL KINDS: ages, disabilities, unwell, deaf, blind, etc. of dogs (they've even rescued some cats!). Taking all these dogs in is positively one of the most expensive "hobbies" I can imagine. Except this is not a hobby for TDL- TDL is their lives. I would never hesitate to donate or buy from their Amazon wish list if I am able. I can say that, TDL has changed our lives for the better-ALL of our lives! We enjoy the annual get togethers where dogs are the belles and beaus of the party! I am continually impressed by the ongoing work of all involved with TDL, organized over multiple states, all with the goal of SAVING LIVES of animals who find themselves in need of help and a home. I remain appreciative for, not only our sweet (challenging, goofy, FUN) adopted girl, but all the other animals they have helped. If you are able to share, even a small amount with TDL, you can rest assured, your contribution will go directly to helping the animals. And TDL is not a short term rescue. They are in it for the long haul! We adopted our girl from them over five years ago now! My Photos: First photo I uploaded is our Sunny girl (formerly named Sunbeam) upon intake to the shelter. She looks so sad, so confused, so baby in a big, scary, loud shelter. She was there with her two other siblings- a whole litter abandoned to probable death in a southeastern rural, high-kill shelter. TDL rescued them all, flew them down to Florida with he help of Pilots And Paws (which is also an AMAZING charity!) and found them all homes. The second picture is us, her new people, the first day we got home. She's definitely still confused LOL but those little ears were up and she knew it was going to be OK. And picture three is...Sunny. That's her. She is happy if she's playing with or ripping apart any number of toys she has. Four is Sunny being an attentive coworker at my job with me.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

We rescued a dog from this lady. He was very sick with double ear infections and hook worms. He was so skinny. Could barely lift his head. They claim they had no knowledge of this and he was taken to the vet. He didn't have anything wrong with him. After we purchased him, we took him to the vet less than 24 hours later and he was positive for double ear infections and hook worms. We asked Gisele for our money back or some type of refund and she said "No" but I'll take the dog. They are robbing people and selling sick dogs to peopme, which in yhe state of Florida is against the law.

Serena D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Gisele and her TDL family for the last 4 years. I can not express the amount of love and dedication that is put into these dogs. From start to finish the dogs are always our number one priority. Never have I experienced a misleading post of awareness or request for donations that wasn't necessary. Every heartbeat is in the best interest of our dogs and securing a future for TDL to keep saving adoptable dogs. TDL has my continued support and services as a volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

A friend had a dog that had recently undergone extensive dental work, for which paid more than $300. Shortly after, she found she could no longer keep the dog, and gave it to DogLiberator in Deltona to be put up for adoption.

Dog liberator posted the dog as having been froma an abused home, and said it needed money to give the dog much needed dental work.

Dog Liberator told my friend not to be upset by this as they were using the dog to raise money.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TDL is such an amazing organization! The Founder is very loving and accepting of ANY kind of animal! No animal is too far gone in their eyes. They love every animal and help them find amazing homes and I would love to help them any way I can. Though I can't imagine how hard taking in all of these animals in is on their wallets, please consider donating to them. I know I will!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found my chocolate lab mix at the dog liberator. He has become my best friend. Gisele and her team are phenomenal and really understand dogs.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this dog rescue. They gave us our sweet border collie and we can't imagine our lives without her. It's true, dogs may not be your whole life, but they do make your life whole. They do incredible work on a shoe string.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enought good things about TDL! We adopted our Border Collie mix, Dolly, from them 1.5 years ago. TDL rescued my Dolly girl just a few hours before she was scheduled to be euthanized! I will be forever grateful, she is a wonderful companion and we just love her to pieces! I try to contribute money every month to TDL because they do great work and operate on very little money. If you are looking for a charity who will leverage every cent you give them into saving more animals, this is it. TDL is wonderful.

2 Cynthia109

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gisele and her team have to be some of the most dedicated folks. They have endless energy and hope for every animal. They take great care of matching the right dog with the right people. I am not sure where our dog would be now if not for them and tolerating me with my endless nagging. I love our dog and he loves us. He has stolen our hearts and never would have happened without Gisele.

1 sarahpconlon

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dog Liberator (TDL) helped me connect with a dog that met my needs. I couldn't imagine my life without my little Violet. TDL has been great with support too!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dog Liberator is the most wonderful organization!!! TDL helped bring me together with a loving animal, who I now call my "Fur Baby". After adopting my dog, there was a problem (by no fault of TDL), and they helped me get it resolved quickly. Gisele works so hard to make sure that each and every adoption is a success.

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1 Cynthia107

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply a wonderful rescue group that focuses on Border Collies and other herding dogs who find themselves in dire situations. They move heaven and earth to help the dogs, and are careful to make sure their dogs are emotionally and physically healed before adoption. They are a wonderful group, with wonderful kind-hearted people.