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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

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 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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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.

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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

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful Dog Rescue group. They gave me hints on how to try and catch a stray near where I live. Although I was not successful, Animal Control was and the Dog Liberator picked him up and he turned out to be a deaf and blind pooch which is why he was so scared and would never let me get close enough to catch. He is beautiful and was adopted into a wonderful home.
I also love the way this organization continually gives update on past adoptees.

2 Taylor12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I honestly came by this rescue just by chance. I work for a great Australian Cattle Dog Rescue out in Arizona but I was really interested to see if there were Australian Shepherd puppies out in the states that needed rescuing. I am not seriously looking for a second dog yet, but I wanted to know if it was possible to adopt a pure bred aussie puppy. Low and behold that is the case. I came across the "friends" litter on pet finder and was so happy to see that my dream can come true one day. I am now Facebook friends with Dog Liberator and they seem to have such a fun atmosphere with in their organization and do a great job saving lives. Its important for me to see such fun with in a rescue and not a group that is constantly sharing the negative and need for money aspect of things. As a fellow rescue volunteer I know way too well the constant need of foster homes and donors and the fact that so many dogs die each day, so to see an extremely up beat group is very refreshing. I may live in AZ but I love Dog Liberator from a far. Keep on keeping on :D.

1 Samandar K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been watching The Dog Liberator for quite awhile on social media. I'm extremely impressed by their dedication to helping dogs as well as the amazing execution of their passion.

1 Adrian P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Impressed with their dedication and attention to detail regarding the dogs they rescue and adopt out. Thankfully they never let up and they care about health, welfare and good forever homes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TDL is one of the great ones out there. I have gotten so much advice and help with my BC mix. They were one of the first I contacted when I saw a beautiful little girl at a kill shelter that I was desperate to get out. With their guidance I contacted a local rescue and she was saved and is in foster care.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always helped out shelters... but this one has far surpassed my expectations! Kudos to The Dog Liberator!! :-)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had learned of the work of Gisele and the Dog Liberator when my own dog, Lettie was getting older and eventually passed. Their knowledge of herding breeds and how to re-home them shows just how much care they have for these intelligent dogs. Knowing that a high energy dog isn't right for everyone is the first step, and pairing the dog with the right owner can be a touchy affair.

Gisele knew we were right for our McNab Dog, Rack (formerly Les Paul), and she was able to bring him around from a shocked owner-surrender to a dog who began the work of recuperating so he could be the friendly and energetic companion he is now. Gisele and her family along with with her dogs are all trained to ease their rescues into a new life in just the right home. Her own dogs are an active and integral part of this process and help her judge just what is the best next step, whether it is at her home in Deltona or at one of the fosters in the area.

There's more than one Dog Whisperer around!

I am truly happy to have had the experience of meeting Gisele and her family, her pack of dogs, and to bring Rack into our lives.

2 Shelia S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Like some others, I am mainly a follower of the Dog Liberator. I have worked with rescues before, transported, and fostered. I have to say, I have never been more impressed by Gisele and everyone working with her via the Dog Liberator. Everything about her approach from rescuing to adopting is nothing less than amazing and more than admirable! If and when the time comes to adopt a new furbaby into our family, I would do so from no one else other than the Dog Liberator. So many dogs have been rescued/saved through this organization and to see so many happy endings is just wonderful!! Such an amazing success rate!!! You don't always see this with every rescue out there. I have a great deal of respect for this group for all they do!!!

Even though I have not personally worked with this group, I am so moved by what they have accomplished, I had to write a review for them!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following TDL for several years now as I one day hope to be in a situation to adopt from this incredible group. The care and love that goes into every rescue story is amazing and no doubt has changed lives for hundreds of dogs & their people!