Dog Liberator Inc.

Rating: 4.97 stars   201 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with The Dog Liberator (TDL) for over 4 years now. I have seen both the outside workings and the inside and I love the rescue through and through. They are a true non-profit and the money goes straight to the dogs and keeping the lights on. The first commitment is to the dog, and then the owner. They work with adopters who are experiencing difficulty and do their best to give their adopters and adopted dogs a positive experience.
There are some "rescues" out there that flip dogs for profit. This is NOT that kind of rescue. These dogs are spayed/neutered and vetted to a greater extent than the average rescue does. If the dog has an ear infection it is treated (and checked for). If their teeth need work it is done. They are groomed/bathed. I adopted a dog from a shelter and at our first vet visit discovered that she had infected ears, intestinal parasites, and a handful of other issues which racked up a decent bill. TDL dogs are different. TDL puts in the effort to ensure you are able to go home and bond (not bond over bills, real bonding!) That is what your adoption fee goes toward: real healthcare and also pulling the next dog.
I recently moved 12 hours away from the rescue, but I so strongly believe in what they are doing that I am still promoting this rescue, volunteer, writing posts, and doing whatever I can to make sure TDL is a success. I hope you will join me in supporting them. No one rescues like The Dog Liberator.

 
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I love working with TDL (The Dog Liberator). I have Transported and provided pictures for them and each time it is met with love and gratitude. I have always been informed about the dogs I would be working with and given what I felt was fair and adequate knowledge about any concerns there might be (such as a dog being a "flight risk" on transport because they have a love of running free, or if a dog was feeling a little fearful due to the shelter). I write this because I feel far too often the average rescue just asks a volunteer to go get a dog and provides little to no information about the animal except its size, it's name or ID, and where it needs to be picked up and dropped off. TDL takes that next step to ensure the safety of both the dog and the volunteer (as well as the volunteer's pets) and that is why I will continue work with them as long as I can.

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

I am not sure I would, however change is necessary to keep the rescue alive, new, and growing. So If one change had to be made (as far as volunteer work goes) I would try to maybe have a sheet or a page of resources a new transporters/volunteers might want to know about. Sort of like a "best practices" suggestion sheet to help all involved.

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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