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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

31 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.

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.

2 Susan237

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3 Donna176

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never met TDL, but I have called and emailed her with my questions and concerns regarding my dogs. She has always taken the time to give me advice, suggestions, recipes, and sometimes just to listen. It is comforting to know that there is someone out there loving the pups until they find their forever home. She is a wonderful person and a blessing to both the furry and me (the not so furry).

If I have extra to give - I send her a paypal donation. Everyone should take the time to just send a few dollars. Make a difference and it only takes a few minutes.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not had the pleasure of adopting from the organization yet but I follow their adoptions. Giselle seems very professional and organized. She does dogs and humans a great service. We are lucky there are people like her who care so much for animals and find them a perfect home so they can know love.
Amy McLaughlin

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are an excellent rescue. They see to it that all animals are vetted, spayed or neutered, and are placed in loving, responsible homes. I enjoy cross posting to hopefully save some animals. They have a great network of supporters and rehabilitators.

1 Wenona D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After losing my collie,I turned to several pet finder organizations with little result until I contacted Dog Liberator. From the first contact they were encouraging. They promised to find me the right dog and they delivered. They care so much for the dogs and the families wanting to adopt. They follow up to make sure it is a good match. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a dog.

1 Aurora S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Av truly dedicated group of people who care deeply about dogs and their calling to save them.

1 Charla2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization doing wonderful work. Kind and caring.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TDL is an incredible group. They understand herding dogs and helped us find the perfect home for one we pulled from a shelter and were dealing with. Wonderful people who care.