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Dog Liberator Inc.

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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

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.

Sherri17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having just moved to Florida in 2012, we wanted to add to our family of rescue collies another family member.

After searching in investigating the quality and integrity of many rescue groups, we found THE DOG LIBERATOR, and their wonderful leader, Gisele.

The entire family including her son and daughter pitch in on a regular basis to make this rescue group the success that it is today. Long days, many volunteers, and Fosters, make this rescue group what it is today.

The countless dogs that had been rescued rehabilitated and rehomed are probably over 1000 in just about nine years.

And they don't just rescue animals from Florida. They reach out to other states and help where help is needed. It takes a true dedication to live the life of an animal rescue, but to also to fully vet potential owners to make sure they are appropriate and deserving of these rescues. Her rescues include those who are blind, deaf, and needing medical attention as well as those needing to be rescued from animal violence and abuse.

My hat goes off to Gisele and her family for making many dogs lives comfortable.

(Pictured are Eileen from Alabama, and Wrigley from South Florida...now living a wonderful life in New Smyrna Beach Florida.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful to The Dog Liberator for their caring and help with a recent adoption...Wrigley aka Prince Harry. They also were very helpful in giving us resources for an aging Collie who had Degenerative Myelopathy. Gisele and her volunteers are the best. She truly cares for these four legged friends who don't have a voice... Please let others know, and donate when you can. Every little bit I am sure helps.

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 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.

2

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.

2 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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

After our Rhodesian Ridgeback passed away, and left a massive Ridgeback size hole in our hearts, we had a desperate need to find a friend for our 8 year old Border Collie, who is very shy, and very noise sensitive. The Dog Liberator was quick to assist and recommended a 10 month old BC puppy for us and our 8 year old dog. It is a match made in heaven. I love that all the dogs are fostered in homes, not kept in a shelter like environment. The dogs are well socialized, and well taken care of. I've had some of those experiences where you "rescue from the rescue". That is nowhere near the case here. When the time comes to add another BC to our family, I know where we will be going.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with TDL has been nothing but wonderful! We adopted our newest furry family member from them last year. From the simple but complete adoption process to the sense of community that lasts long after adopting from them (from the online group, ability to contact them with any questions/concerns & yearly reunions) this rescue is pleasure to support. I would highly recommend this organization!!

2 Jessica270

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tootsie has proven to be a very loving and cuddly little girl. Her back story is rough, but her progress with The Dog Liberator has been tremendous.

Client Served

Rating: 3

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

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

4 Debra48

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.