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Dog Liberator Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   216 reviews 2,993

Nonprofit Issues:

Address:

Deltona FL 32738 USA

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.

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Reviews for Dog Liberator Inc.

Rating: 3 stars  

I am trying to get in touch with Gisele in Deltona, I have a question and lost all her info.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

The Dog Liberator and Gisele were wonderful with helping us rehome our dog. We were distraught when we had to give her up, but The Dog Liberator made it much less painful. We can feel confident our sweet puppy has found the perfect home. Thank you, Dog Liberator.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I can't recommend this organization enough! The work they do rescuing and re-homing so many dogs is superb. Even when faced with health problems and other issues The Dog Liberators were able to regroup and continue the work they love. Our rescue, Sadie is living proof, (no joke she was to be euthanized!) to the wonderful work they do. So many lives saved and families created! Thank you Gisele and all your wonderful rescuers!
Patty and Bob Beverage
Sadie too!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

TDL claims to rescue and save dogs, but I disagree. They also saved Me! After we lost our 16 yr old Border Collie to cancer my husband and I were so lonely and heartbroken. I was searching for rescue sites to donate to and came acrossed The Dog Liberators. Intrigued by their mission and philosophy, I read more. Naturally I looked at the fosters available for adoption and was immediately caught by a beautiful little BC golden retriever mix. Her story (Cindi Loo Hoo the Grinch stole her Christmas!) Grabbed my heart and just wouldn't let go! Lost, shot with buckshot, jailed and almost euthanized (gasp!) Rescued by TDL in the nick of time. An email and a phone call later and she was ours! Arrangements made by Giselle, Vicki and Dawn and she was going to be flown, yes flown!, from Georgia to Florida on Christmas Eve 2011. Bad weather nixed the flight, instead an awesome guy, Jay drove her down! These people are awesome! For every puppy and dog rescued there is a family rescued too! Sadie, as we named her, is the sweetest, most loving ceature on this earth. Maybe we would have adopted some other dog, but TDL made it the easiest process. I know they put so much hard work, not to mention blood, sweat, and yes tears! Into the dogs they save. Thank God for TDL.
PattyB

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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7 people found this review helpful

TDL is a fantastic and dedicated group of people. Without their hard work and determination so many wonderful dogs would be lost. This includes our Sadie whom we adopted after she had been rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia. Not only did TDL members rescue and foster her, a volunteer actually drove her to Tampa so we could get her! She is the sweetest dog imaginable. I'm really not sure just who rescued who!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I followed The Dog Liberator for a long time on Facebook, looking for the right dog for me. When one came available, the helpful volunteers at The Dog Liberator worked with me to ensure that it was a good fit. The dogs are #1 with them, and it is obvious that they truly care about them. They are doing a wonderful job of saving dogs and finding them a loving and safe home.

 
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Shortly after moving into our home in Naples, I met one of our neighbors walking their collies. I commented on how beautiful they were. I told my neighbor, Robin, I was interested in adopting a Border Collie. She told me they had adopted one of their collies from The Dog Liberator and how wonderful an organization they were. I researched TDL and then sent an email to Gisele inquiring about adopting a Border Collie. Gisele responded quickly and said she would keep us in mind and that she had a pup coming in but wasn't sure of its temperament .

Four days later Gisele called me with news they had received a call to help find a home for a one year old Border Collie out of Marathon. She sent me a picture of Olive. I loved the smile on Olive's face. I decided that Olive might be a great match. I let Gisele know that we wanted to give Olive a home. Gisele made sure I understood I had fourteen days to make my decision to keep Olive or return her, as Olive or any other dogs up for adoption were Gisele's ultimate responsibility, if Olive was not the dog we were hoping for. The following Wednesday Olive was driven to Naples by Jeff Bennett, a volunteer for The Dog Liberator, to begin a new life with my fiancé and I.

We renamed Olive, Allie. Allie has been an absolute joy for us. She has adjusted to her new home and surroundings. It's as though she has been with us her entire life. We just love her and feel very blessed that Gisele considered us to be Allie's new parents. Words cannot express how happy we are to have Allie be part of our family. Thank you Gisele.

Julia Wolfswinkel

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Where do I begin? This organization devotes all of their heart and time to finding homes for these helpless, wonderful animals who would otherwise be euthanized, abused, or spend their entire existence in a shelter. My daughter has adopted two dogs (the latest is featured in the picture for this ad) from them and I wrote a children's book last year using this organization as my primary source. From that experience, one of my co-workers was so moved and impressed by them she ended up adopting a dog also.

I really have never seen anything like them. They are selfless, amazing angels and I will continue to support them in any way I can. Whether they win this or not, in my eyes and a lot of others they are they greatest non-profit EVER! I admire the work they do diligently without ever expecting any personal praise but with only one thing in mind. God Bless you all for what you do. Keep up the good work. You make the world a better place.

Debbie Ankiel

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Best of the best. Angels helping helpless animals. They dedicate their entire lives to this. They deserve this award!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The Dog Liberator means precisely that! The altruistic commitment of Giselle Veilleux and her all volunteer staff is the finest "liberator" of pups we have ever known. We have adopted many dogs, senior, younger and deaf. The blessings this fine non profit has to offer all animal lovers is beyond exemplary. We have dealt with many "adoption" groups over the years and The Dog Liberator is by far the most compassionate, professional group we have ever worked with. We are the proud "parents" of 2 Dog Liberator rescues and could not be happier.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with The Dog Liberator for 2 1/2 years as a foster, transporter and have helped with office work. I have seen first hand that this is a very well run organization and every dollar is spent wisely and for the benefit of the dogs. Everything possible is done to make sure each dog finds the right family and is a good match. I've attempted to work with some other rescues in my area and have not had the same experience.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I've been following TDL for two years now when I found them as I was looking for a dog. I was immediately impressed by the dogs they had available and the detailed information given about each one. I recently started volunteering to transport and foster and it's been a great experience. TDL really gets to know and cares about each dog it takes in and works hard to find the right forever family for each one. Each volunteer I have met has been super as well and they really care about the dogs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been an adopter, had this rescue home 5 puppies for me and have volunteered since the beginning of TDL. It is a TDL policy to never take knowingly take an aggressive dog into the rescue program or place a knowingly aggressive dog with an adopter. All dogs react differently in different environments and to the energy of different people and different animals. For the "person with the aggressive dog" who has posted several rants, "why would you keep a dog for 2 years and spend thousands of dollars vetting it if it was aggressive towards your do on the first day?" TDL allows adopters to return the dog the first week of the adoption. After that, you need to take some personal responsibility. All TDL dogs are fully vetted, meaning, shots, heartworm test, spay neuter and any other immediately known and identified conditions. Those services alone will cost more than the adoption fee at a standard Vet's office. Just like having a baby, you never know what health issues or personality flaws can surface with your own child. Why would you expect any living animal to be different? Not all breeds are appropriate for all people!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

The Dog Liberator is a professional rescue organization. Every dog they save, they make a life-long commitment to. They have very high standards in veterinary care, all dogs are spayed and neutered, receive all of their shots and are micro chipped. They have saved deaf and blind dogs, dogs with Parvo Virus and have rehabilitated hundreds of dogs labeled as "fear biters".

Gisele is not just another crazy dog lady. While rescue is her passion, she runs the rescue like a business.

What sets The Dog Liberator apart is that when you adopt from them, they know everything about the dog, and I mean everything. They also will coach their adopters to ensure that the training and rehabilitation the dog received while being fostered by TDL, continues. Maybe this is why their return rate is minimal.

I wish we could clone this rescue, and pilot it in high-kill areas.

I would not serve on TDL's board of directors if it was run any other way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more donations. Find more qualified fosters.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Volunteered with them since 2010, ALWAYS kind, knowledgeable and they focus ON THE DOG. When I adopted from a shelter they also took time (at no cost) to sit with me and my dog and discuss a few behavioral issues. I wouldn't volunteer for anyone else.

 
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