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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

2 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.

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.

5 S.Buxbaum


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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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.