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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

33 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.

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Lisa298

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gisele is one of the most conscientious and hardworking people in animal rescue these days. She's smart, driven, and pragmatic. It's all about what's right for the dogs, not her ego and not your ego. It's not about pushing people and dogs together to get them adopted and out the door. She waits for the right long-term match. If it doesn't work out, she takes that dog back in a heartbeat. She doesn't just run a rescue, she provides a lifetime safety net for Dog Liberator dogs.

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4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dog Liberator Inc. keeps me informed and involved in the all-important work of helping the herding dogs I love when they're down on their luck. I've referred many people from all walks to TDL and will continue to do so. It's a first-rate nonprofit service.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue was a huge help to me when I needed guidance on finding a great home for a stray dog that I took in. Within a week they had him matched with a wonderful family. The Dog Liberator does fantastic work and has helped save the lives of hundreds of dogs. They evaluate each and every one to assure they are placed in the best family possible. In the future I hope to have the honor of volunteering with this great group.

5 S.Buxbaum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from TDL and I now volunteer, as well. I like that dogs are fostered in homes and, hopefully, their true nature can be observed. I'm not saying rescues with kennels are bad - this is just my preference. I like the personal attention everyone at TDL pays to each dog that is looking for a forever home - someone saves the dog from the shelter, someone drives them to the vet (this trip can be across Central Florida or across states), someone welcomes them into their home and family while a forever home is sought, many someones answer emails or post to social media to find good matches. TDL sends each dog to the vet and will do whatever it takes to help them to lead long and healthy lives. (Read - this is expensive) I am proud to adopt and volunteer for TDL.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years ago we found an older border collie online that needed a new home. The rescue was The Dog Liberator. We meet Dutch and Gisele (founder) within a week. Dutch is a wonderful dog and I am so thankful to Gisele. Her volunteers foster dogs in their homes, with their families and share their love. All so they can give up the dogs for someone else. The Dog Liberator is funded through mostly donations and volunteers. The adoption fees are a fraction of what is spent on vet care, food, etc. I trust The Dog Liberator to provide accurate knowledge about their dogs and good adoption advice. We adopted our second dog last year from them, as well. They are two wonderful dogs that give so much back to us. Thank you Dog Liberator.

2 popstudio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our wonderful dog from The Dog Liberator about a year and a half ago. As a fan of herding breeds and herding mixes, we had been following TDL for quite a while before deciding to adopt. When our 12 year old Border Collie passed away two years ago, we were devastated. We knew that our next dog would be a rescue, and that they would come from TDL.

We had a few requirements for a new dog, the main ones being that he or she would get along with other dogs and cats, and that they'd be OK with children as well (we have nieces and nephews that our dog would be around frequently). Because of the excellent job TDL does "vetting" their dogs, we knew exactly what we'd be getting based on the thorough write-ups on their website and on their Facebook page.

When we saw our dog's story, it really touched us. Here was a dog that had been a stray, covered in ticks, emaciated, and VERY fearful. Gisele, and the rest of the TDL family, did an amazing job of building his confidence and getting him healthy. They tested him with dogs, cats, and children, and he thrived under their care.

They are so committed to finding the right homes for the right dogs, and that commitment really showed with our adoption experience. We love our TDL dog so much. He's wonderful in every way, a gentle and kind spirited friend!

Since adopting from TDL, we have fostered two dogs. This experience has been a real pleasure - an opportunity to give back to them what they gave to us, and a chance to help connect more people with their perfect matches. And the support we've received from TDL during the fostering period has been great. These people are so committed to helping dogs find the right people. I really can't recommend them enough!

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful rescue! I have followed TDL for years, so when it was time for us to start looking for a new member of the family, they were our first and only stop. Our dog Alfie has been such a wonderful friend! He is so sweet and loving. Without TDL, Alfie would have most likely been put to sleep. They saved our wonderful dog, and helped him find his way to us. We are so very grateful for that!

2 Terri28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think it is the best canine/human match-making service around. Delves beyond the application form and seeks ways to make adoptions happen instead of focusing on "deal breakers".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TDL helped me place a Border Collie I fostered for over a year (and had been turned down for sponsorship by other rescue groups) within two weeks. Jack was a wonderfully mannered, handsome, mature Border Collie with severe PTSD. Jack required a careful placement in a loving, nurturing, low-stress home with mellow, sensitive people with Border Collie experience that were home most of the time. He also had some minor health issues that needed to be addressed and was much happier with other polite dogs around. Giselle not only agreed to sponsor but helped me with his profile and pictures. She also told me to "pack Jack's bags" - that her network of adoptees was fantastic and boy, was she right! That impossible-to-find, narrow-niche forever-home called wanting to meet Jack and within days they drove from the Orlando area to Atlanta to pick him up in person with their Companion Dog certified Border Collie. After he adjusted to his new home, they arranged for the surgery he needed. I can never thank Giselle and TDL enough for finding the exact family that could finish healing Jack's shattered soul. Her network of REPEAT adopters speaks volumes.

1 Jennifer244

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering/fostering with this great organization for many years. The amount of compassion and dedication to these animals is beyond belief.
They CARE about these animals, including the deaf and or blind dogs!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Liberator is the BEST rescue I have ever come across. I have adopted 2 dogs from the rescue, and have absolutely fell head over heels IN LOVE with them. I have volunteered to foster many many times because I truly believe in the good work and positive outcomes I have seen affiliated with this rescue. This rescue has saved MANY many dogs in the 3 years I have been following, and I am soooo proud to own a TDL dog :)

1 Marjie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great group who helps animals in need find good and safe homes. They match the animals with people who will be likely to keep them safe for a lifetime. If an unforeseen event happens the group will take an animal back into the rescue fold and replace it within another safe place. I know personally of animals who were helped. Some were older, and had little chance within the traditional shelter system. Some were sick,injured or very young. All have been given the best medical care and attention as they waited for forever homes. I do recommend them as a place to ask for help when needed adn as a place to adopt from when looking for a pet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Dog Liberator Rescue group is one who stands out as educational, helpful, and gives top care to the animals it takes in to their care. They are willing to help people retain their animals when possible, and re-home when necessary. The rescue is willing to help educate pet owners, including those who have rescued from another organization. Animals who find themselves in need of rescue from open intake shelters or as owner surrenders, are very well cared for at TDL. They are given the veterinarian care, training and support they need to become good pets. Homes are found that match the needs of the animals best so these dogs, (and sometimes cats) stay with the new families for life. Thanks for a caring and nicely run rescue group TDL is one of the best!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization over the summer, and it was an honor to help TDL out. No one works harder to make sure these dogs get the right home than TDL. It is also important to point out that not only does the organization work hard to make sure that the home is right for the dog, but they also make sure that the dog is right for the owner. They go above and beyond for both the dogs and the owners.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TDL helped me understand the systemic needs of transitioning a rescue dog to a new environment. The factors and considerations we examined to ensure the process was proactive and positive for everyone made me realize the values of adoption. Volunteering at TDL has been my most rewarding and memorable experience. I'm deeply impacted by their family values and it was an honor working with The Dog Liberator!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I live next door to Gisele... She is crazy about her dogs! She works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week... holidays, evenings... she's up at 7:00 A.M. and never stops! I watch the dogs come home, scared and sick... and every day I visit... it's amazing how fast these dogs change! I love it!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved from the beginning of The Dog LIberator. I have watched it grow from working with border collies and then adding other breeds, to finding fosters or adoptive homes and transporting dogs who were in need. I personally have found and brought dogs to Gisele who evaluated them and found wonderful loving families for them. I was there for some of the heartache of caring for sick and dying dogs that Gisele tried to save with her vet. I highly recommend The Dog Liberator as a successful program for finding a second life for dogs who need one. She has gathered a competent crew to help her.

2 Kathy127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very blessed to have been able to work closely with Gisele pulling and transporting dogs from rural, high kill shelters. She knows her stuff when it comes to dog rescue. She gets to know the shelter volunteers and staff when she rescues a dog. Her knowledge and compassion, along with her follow up with fosters and adopters give her rescue the personal touch that stands out.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interfaced directly with Gisele when I was requested to pull a dog from a high kill shelter here in AL for her rescue. She was very professional and detailed in providing the shelter with all of the information they needed prior to my getting to the shelter. So I was able to pick up the dog without any problems which sometimes is not the case. She provides wonderful updates on her Facebook page of all of her rescues so I was able to follow the dog's progress including his adoption into a loving family. I hope to get to work with her again to save other AL dogs.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for TDL for some time now and what I have seen is devotion and care for all! TDL doesnt cut any corners and aren't biased or racial toward adopters, you have kids? GREAT! they will be best friends! You have a different religion than ours? AWESOME! We love learning new things. Your not married? Why do we need to know this? You don't own your home? Neither does half of the US population, that doesn't mean you cant adopt one of the TDL babies! They don't care who your house payment is made to they only care that they have a home to go to! I have never been more proud to say I was a part of something than I am to announce I am a part of The Dog Liberator!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Cricket from TDL almost three years ago. I am grateful everyday to the team of volunteers that pulled her from the shelter in Alabama, transported her to Florida and then fostered her until she became a beloved part of our family. Dog rescue is an incredibly stressful undertaking, yet TDL covers all the bases to make sure that each dog gets the resources it needs; be that medical care, training, learning how to be a dog(whoda thunk that some dogs actually need to learn how to play!) or just learning how to accept the love of a human. I have since become a volunteer for TDL, fostering and transporting many dogs over the last few years and this is what I know for sure. Each dog gets what it needs in order to be successfully adopted. And the humans who help them get there also get what they need in terms of support and information from the team at TDL. The number of repeat adopters speaks louder than words. Adoptive families trust TDL and prove it by coming back. I love my TDL dog and remember with fondness every single TDL dog who I have had the pleasure of helping along the way to his forever family. It has been a pleasure to adopt from, and volunteer for, The Dog Liberator.