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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

141 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.

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.

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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3

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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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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3

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

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.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I personally adopted a dog from the Dog Liberator! Gisele took the time to listen to me and my wife to find out not only what dog we wanted but the dog that would fit best in our home. After long conversations she called one day and said she had the perfect dog for us. My wife and I went to visit and Asher (our soon to be new family member) warmed up to us quickly and we never let him go.

In the year he has been with us we have been certified for Search and Rescue. I have certified as a SARTECH II through NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue), and we have certified as a team for Human Remains Detection through NAPWDA (North American Police Working Dog Association). My point is because Gisele took the time to understand our situation and what we needed in a dog vs what we thought we wanted, we are now able to provide a service to families in their darkest hours.

I am truly grateful for this organization and would recommend them to others looking to adopt a new member of their family!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Founder is great will drop everything to save a dog! They bend over backwards to do what is right for each dog! I truly feel that this is one of the best organizations around!

2

Client Served

Rating: 1

We trusted this rescue and then found out we could not. The founder lied to us about a dog that was being surrendered. The owner told the president of the rescue that it attacked her dog the day he came home. He continued to show aggression. This went on for two years. I asked the president of the rescue and she said she never heard that before. We went to pick up the dog to bring into our home and he attacked our dog more than once. We spent several hundred dollars on revetting the dog. We cared about the dog and then the president of the rescue would not return our calls after hearing of our problem and letting her know she lied to us. She allowed us to bring in an aggressive dog to our home knowing we other pets and a submissive dog from her rescue. Our first rescue from her had fear aggression. The rescue did not keep our dog long enough to learn of its personslity. We spent thousands of dollars rehabilitating this rescue. Now she is using our pictures we sent her of our second rescue and not telling this dog's true story. This rescue can not be trusted.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gisele and the volunteers who work with her are passionate about rescuing dogs and placing them in quality, loving homes. Once you adopt a Dog Liberator Dog, you are part of the family. They take in and find homes for not just easy to adopt puppies and dogs but also dogs with special needs that are blind or deaf or have emotional issues. Gisele has a gift for knowing dogs personalities. They will nurse dogs back to a healthy state to get them ready to adopt. This is what Gisele did for our, Mr. Beans. She kept him longer than most would and went to the extra expense to get him healthy. We are forever grateful to her for believing in our wonderful little dog.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

One and half years ago, we adopted our beloved Sasha from TDL. The experience showed the most compassion. Not only for Sasha but for her young rescuer; Alyssa that made the ultimate sacrifice to relinquish her to TDL. Sasha was not a Border Collie or Aussie but was a malnourished stray found with a zip tie around her neck, matted long hair German Shepard. Once she became a TDL dog, she received the royal treatment and never looked back. However, with a firm but gentle pack leader, much training, she is now a trained Service Dog for me and a Certified Therapy Dog for others as well as a wonderful addition to our family. I highly recommend anyone to rescue from TDL because with their canine experience, they were able to reach out, rescue this once diamond in the rough GSD. Thank you TDL of all you do.
I'm not sure "Who rescued Who?"

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you want to adopt a dog, The Dog Liberator is the perfect organization. They are devoted to ensuring the owner and dog are a perfect match. They are educated and trustworthy in dog rescue. We are blessed to have found TDL and we absolutely love our dog we adopted!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have found The Dog Liberator. They truly care about the dogs, it is their passion. It is important the dog and owners are a suitable match. We love our adopted dog Perry Como!