Mr. Grady~ Adopted!

Grady is very much a velcro dog.  Chasing him down will NOT be an issue!  He is polite and friendly.  He too loves to play with other dogs.  Grady has the potential to make an excellent service dog.  He has incredible focus on his humans.  He is on the small side, but he may not be fully grown yet.  He is in the 30 – 40 pound range.  He has one green and one blue eye; a spirit dog!

You can see more photos and updates of Grady on his Facebook page.

Mr. Grady was adopted by Danielle and Jaimy of Deland!

 

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Danni Boy~ Adopted!

This youngster is a very happy boy, he has not been abused or mistreated.  He loves to play with other dogs, he is crate-trained and quiet.  He is not food-aggressive, and is easy to please!  He is about 50 pounds, and would love to be loved!

You can see more photos and updates on Danni by visiting his Facebook Page.

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Baby Bella ~ Adopted

Many years ago, Megan fostered Nat King Cole and Brenda Lee for us.  Two gorgeous dogs that we rescued from Craig’s List (I think).  It was Christmas time, hence their names!

Bordeaux and Nanette’s Adoption Day!

They were adopted by Robert and Vicki Guth, and renamed Bourdeaux and Nanette!  For many years, they sent me updates that made us feel warm inside!  Even though the pair loved to dig up Vicki’s landscape, they were adored!

Sweet Nanette ~ RIP

Sweet Nanette ~ RIP

It was just a few months ago that Robert notified me about Nanette’s passing.  Several times, Robert expressed an interest in adopting several of our dogs, but in my heart, I knew it wasn’t a match.

Once again, God plays a huge role in our efforts to rescue.  I know He does, because even though we are a very talented and dedicated group, there are some things that are just simply not in our power!

little punkin' Bella

little punkin’ Bella

Just a few weeks ago, Becky Harshman emailed us a photo of pups that needed to be rescued.  That’s when I saw her… this tiny but healthy female baby that looked exactly like Nanette.

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!

Robert and I exchanged a few emails, and the next day he was in his car driving from Tennessee to Alabama to personally pick up his new pup!  They have named her Bella.  Our latest update from Robert is that Bella has learned to retrieve her own leash from the basket when it’s time for a walk!  Hilarious!

Welcome Bella!  You have big paws to fill!

Quinn ~ Adopted!

quinnQuinn, the baby Shep/Collie girl is a playing fool!  When I see her in action, I sing the song, “Wild Thing…. you make my heart Sing!”

Weighing in at about 20 pounds, she has incredible energy, and is great with other dogs.  There must be a small breed dog in the woodpile, because we think she is going to be small dog!

She doesn’t need to be told twice… she learns the first time!  Without a full-time job, or a pack to play with, she’s going to get in trouble!  If you can give her something to do, email us for more information!

To see more photos and updates of Quinn, visit her Facebook Page.

 Quinn was adopted by Sara and Jason of Edgewater! Keep on playing, Quinn!

Veigar ~ Adopted!

Veigar loves to play with his siblings and go on adventures through the yard. This cuddle-bug loves to be held and watch from above. But don’t be fooled by his calm nature, when play time comes around he is right in the action. Come check out Veigar and his siblings on our website! Veigar and his other furry siblings are named after the Arcade Champions from League of Legends!

To see more photos and updates, visit Veigar’s Facebook page.

Veigar has been adopted! Here’s to you little buddy!

 

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Sona ~ Adopted!

sonaSona, Maven of the Toys,  is a lovely little girl who loves to snuggle and be held, but don’t let that fool you, this little girl can hold her own against her siblings and isn’t afraid to play “ruff”! She loves to be in the center of the action and to have a good time! Come check out Sona and her band of adorable siblings on our website! Sona and her other furry siblings are named after the Arcade Champions from League of Legends!

You can see more photos and updates about Sona on her Facebook Page.

Sona was adopted by Greg and Sheena of Tampa!

 

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Great NonProfits 2017

 

196996_0e5c4c416ed94b0e879c58bd95c6cc2a-mv2It’s that time of year again, where we work to earn your reviews and we hope to earn this Top-Rated Badge.

TDL's 2013 Great NonProfit Award

TDL’s 2013 Great NonProfit Award

If you’re new to our rescue, you might not know that in 2013, we rated #9 on Great Nonprofits in the country.  We received the award because of reviews from people like you!  In 2014 we skyrocketed into the top 50 in a short period of time thanks to your dedication and feedback.  We achieved Top-Rated status again in 2015 and 2016!

Only your reviews can help us move up again this year!  Simply Click Here to share your comments about your experience.

If you have adopted from us recently, please take a moment and rate our rescue efforts, and describe  your experience adopting from us.  If you asked us for help surrendering and re-homing your dog through our Canine Connect Service, you too can leave us a review.  If we have helped you in any way, please take three minutes of your day, and help us by describing how our help impacted you.

Great NonProfits can be described as the Angie’s list of non-profit companies.  Last  year, only 500 non-profit companies received the top-rated award, and thanks to you, we were one of them!  Woo Hoo!

 

 

Riven ~ Adopted!

rivenRiven, oh Riven, what can we say? She is a delightful little girl with a big heart. She loves to play with tennis balls and her siblings, but always keeps an eye on everyone. Come check out Riven and her siblings on our website!

Riven and her other furry siblings are named after the Arcade Champions from League of Legends!

You can see more photos and updates on Riven’s Facebook Page.

Riven has been adopted by Tuyen of Tampa! Play on little Riven!

Ezreal ~ Adopted!

Ezreal~The Prodigal Puppy

ezreal4 months old and stinkin’ cute! What can we say about this little explorer? Well, he is so stinkin’ cute and loves to venture through the yard looking for toys. Despite how much fun adventure is, his favorite place to be is in your lap. His cuteness is Ez-real as it gets! Come check out Ezreal and his Arcade siblings on our website! Ezreal and his other furry siblings are named after the Arcade Champions from League of Legends!

You can see more photos and updates of Ezreal on his Facebook Page!

 

Ezreal has been adopted by Samuel and Riley of Jacksonville! Keep playing and exploring little Ezreal!

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Corki ~ Adopted!

corkiCorki ~The Arcade puppies are here and they are adorable!  Corki is a fluffy little ball of love! He loves to play with tennis balls and to corral his crazy siblings. Though once in your lap, he is all about you! Come check out Corki and his Arcade siblings on our website! Corki and his other furry siblings are named after the Arcade Champions from League of Legends!Daring Pup-ardier!

You can see updates and more photos of Corki on our Facebook page.

Corki has been adopted by Hannah Jean of Orange City! Happy days for the little man!

Sarah Fortune ~ Adopted!

Sarah Fortune ~The Captain of Cuddles!

arcade puppies

arcade puppies

Well, well, well Miss Sarah Fortune it’s your time to shine! This little girl loves to snuggle and play, but don’t let her cuteness fool you, she will not hesitate to chase her siblings down. She loves playtime, but prefers to be pampered in your lap. Come check out the Captain and her Arcade crew on our website! Sarah Fortune and her other furry siblings are named after the Arcade Champions from League of Legends!

You can get updates on Sarah by visiting her photo album on Facebook!

 Sarah was adopted by Kim and Tim of Vero Beach. Kelly and her family adopted Matthew back in 2015.

The 2017 Mardi Gras Dog Parade in Downtown DeLand

Prepare to have a blast!  Find your TDL t-shirt, grab your dog, some comfy shoes, and a camera!

 

 

That’s one Very Cute Little Liberator!

 

“De-Land of Fairy Tails” is this year’s theme for the Mardi Gras on Main Street Dog Parade!

Join us February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am Downtown DeLand, Florida Festival immediately following on Indiana Avenue.  Can’t wait to see all of you!

China and Sarah

 

 

 

How to Adopt From Us

Logan the Puppy and the Twins

Logan the Puppy and the Twins

Much to the surprise of many people, we do not use an online adoption application.  Instead, we rely on getting to know you by asking you a few questions in an email, and telephone interview.

Because we are a small rescue and keep all of our dogs in foster homes, we shy away from forms that tend to emphasis why someone should not have a dog. The interview process allows us to learn more about our potential adopters and their individual situations, concerns, pros and cons.

By knowing more details, we are able to place dogs into homes that other rescues might turn down, because we already know our dogs. We’re small so we don’t need blanket policies that require fences or disallow families with small children or won’t allow senior citizens. We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog.

Whether you are considering an adult dog or a puppy, the first thing you should do is read our article on Starting Your Dog Out Right. Here you will find not only some good tips but some thoughts to ponder before committing to the responsibilities of caring for a dog.

If you are interested in meeting one of our dogs or learning more about it, please e-mail us at Adopt.TheDogLiberator@gmail.com and let’s get the process going! Share information including:

Your Name
Phone Number
Address including county and zip code
Whether this is a house, apartment, condo, etc
If you rent, do you have landlord approval?
Your household composition
Current and/or past pets
Your normal work schedule
How much time the dog will be alone?
What your yard is like, and do you have a fence and/or pool?
What are you looking for in a dog?
Do you have an exercise plan?
What is your contingency plan if you are no longer able to care for your dog?
Have you or anyone in your family ever been bitten/traumatized by a dog in the past?
Is there anyone in your family, circle of friends, or anyone who lives with you that can decide if you can have a dog in your home?
If you are approved to adopt during your meet, are you ready to bring your new dog home?

We will review your email and and then we’ll go from there! The more you share the better!

Also, for more information about adopting a rescued dog, Please visit Let It Go for details. See more of our available dogs on Petfinder and Nutella!Join us on Facebook to get the latest updates on our rescued dogs.

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, realize that our adoptions fees literally reimburse our Vet for their services, and the expenses were incur when we rescue these wonderful dogs!  For more details, visit our “Hate Mail” post written about comments we have received.

While You Wait
While we are getting to know more about you, take a moment and get to know more about us by reading our reviews by visiting our page on Great Nonprofits.  These reviews were written by our volunteers, supporters and adopters.

Where are you getting your next dog?
If you do not adopt from us, please note that regardless of whether you get your next dog from the side of the road, Craigslist, a breeder, shelter, pound or even another rescue, these are some of the expenses you should be prepared for:

First set of vaccines and basic deworming, including office visit fee   $125
Second set of vaccines and basic deworming,  including office visit fee $125
Third set of vaccines, rabies vaccine and microchip, including office visit fee $150
Spay (for 40 pound dog) including office visit fee Spay $250-$275
Neuter (for 40 pound dog) including office visit fee Neuter $200-$225


Lord NelsonNote:  This does not include any treatment of medications for Kennel Cough, Skin Infections, Parvo Treatment, Dentals or grooming.  This also does not cover any expenses regarding transportation, or boarding.

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, realize that our adoptions fees literally reimburse our Vet for their services, and the expenses were incur when we rescue these wonderful dogs!  For more details, visit our “Hate Mail” post written about comments we have received.


Here’s an email I received this morning about other rescues’ adoption applications:

Dear Gisele,

Thanks so much for the wonderful site and information you have. My wife and I have been looking for a dog for a few months now to join our family. To say the least it has been a discouraging process. The only places I have looked are petfinder.com and the local pound.

Well, at the local pound you just never know what kind of dog, temperament, and so on you will get. With the adoption groups on petfinder I’ve found that the process has been more of an interrogation than an application. I love what you wrote on your web site when you said: We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog. Thanks for a breath of fresh air. You seem very reasonable and don’t have a laundry list of questions like, “who will brush the dog in the family and how ofter?” No kidding, that was one of the questions on an application I started to fill out as I shook my head in disbelief.  ~John

 

Emerging from the Pack

Written By Serena Drake

Once you make your mark in the TDL Pack, it’s your pack for life! My journey began late in 2012. I was the new Groomer at Val-u-vet (later named Newman’s) and quickly became acquainted with Gisele and her rescues. I became an essential part of the pack by ensuring the new arrivals were prepped in the hygiene area. It’s also a great way to determine their behavior for grooming in general since most collies breeds do need regular hair maintenance and care. It takes a gentle yet firm hand to groom shy/fearful dogs and it was immediately recognized that my hands, were just the right amount of gentle and the right amount of assertiveness to assist Gisele with her toughest of rescues.

Although my career at Newman’s came to a halt, my consistent contribution to help TDL did not. I continued to make regular visits to Gisele’s pack to meet her new members. Anytime there was a pup who needed extra attention, Gisele knew just who to call. My visits ranged from puppy play time, TDL events to extreme grooming needs. Needless to say I have been behind the scenes since my pack initiation.

Serena and Little Grace

Serena and Little Grace

My own passion for dogs started at a very young age. I can’t remember a time I didn’t have a dog in my life. When I was old enough to get my first paying job, I knew I wanted to work with animals. My first opportunity was working at a Pet Boarding Facility in Deland. Quickly I learned that dogs were the gift of life! Knowing how important my own dogs were to me and knowing how awful it must be to have to leave your pet behind at a boarding facility. I would make sure those special pets who weren’t dealing too well, got the extra attention they needed while the family was away. At the age of 14, I was building packs. I would pick and choose which pets got to go out together for play time. The owners were impressed by my ability to observe the animal behavior and know instinctively which dogs were best with other dogs and which pups were better left alone.

As life progressed, my experience with canines grew as well. By the age of 18 I was a bather for a local Groomer in Deland FL. I spent about 16 months doing the hard job of scrubbing the dirt off of our clients. From giant Schnauzers and giant Poodles all the way down to Maltese and Chihuahuas. I enjoyed doing my job and soon wanted to learn more. After I was done with my work, I insisted on watching my mentor groom. My employer soon realized I was interested and capable of studying the way of the clippers. With close instruction and hands on training by both of my mentors, I was able to learn all I needed through experience. I was given more tasks and soon was performing full grooms on several breeds and continued to groom for several years.

Throughout those years of grooming there were many opportunities for me to work a second job while working at a doggie day care as well. This environment really help me developed my canine behavior skills alongside the ability to increase my training skills. My dog, Bernie, and I attended several basic obedience classes as well as a couple agility and advanced agility classes. Working side by side, Bernie and I became a dynamic duo. On those days Bernie wasn’t able to tag along with me, he would hang out with his canine buddies in doggie day care. There were swimming pools as well as a gymnasium with lots of ramps, tunnels and toys! We had the best of summers splashing with the Party Pack.

After some time, and through rough experiences, I realized that grooming for a career was pretty stressful. Having to rush through dogs so that I could keep up with my quota was not what I wanted. Not only did it put stress on me but on my fur clients as well. I soon realized I couldn’t allow the quality of my personal relationships with my clients suffer. I wanted each dog I took care of to know I truly cared, not that they were some object on a production line with deadlines to make money. This environment took away the personal aspect of grooming and I was not okay with that. I made the tough decision to depart from grooming as a career and instead I offered it as a specialized service. Being able to build a trusting relationship with my clients immediately returned the JOY of grooming to me. Although I do have a full time job during the week, I once again have the time I need to give each dog the love and gentle touch they deserve while being pampered and massaged.

I’ve spent countless hours in the company of the TDL pack and in the home of Gisele. Every time I visit, I get a new experience and joy in engaging with the dogs. My favorite dogs to bond with are those that need it most. Those beaten souls who have suffered trauma and who appear to have a brokenness about them, are the ones I am drawn too. My gentle approach opens up their willingness to trust while my assertive commands and gestures let them know I am a leader and they are safe with me. I allow them to make the choice. I allow them to come to me, all at their own pace. I encourage them to push the limits of life and teach them to trust again. That is what is so rewarding, being able to play a role in healing a soul and watching the transformation.

bath time Cortez!

bath time Cortez!

There have been many dogs I have assisted Gisele in healing. My most memorable was Boo Boo. She was shut down emotionally, did not want to be on a leash and tended to freak out when touched by a human. After much dedication by Gisele and her team, Boo Boo was soon ready for her first trip to the vet, which included a visit to me for a bath. If I remember correctly, my kennel assistant James and I had to muzzle her and use a lot of patience to work around her moments of terror. Once we were able to get her settled in the tub, we started lathering the soup into her, she soon realized this was nothing to be terrified of. Even though she never completely relaxed, she did allow us to tend to her completely and even leaned into the towel for some more drying love. Days later Gisele asked me to come over and spend some extra time with Boo Boo before her potential adopter arrived. This day was Boo Boo’s break through. I spent time walking her on leash, putting the leash on and off, and encouraging her to make contact with me both physically and with her eyes. She did it all. She choose to let me pet her, she choose to lay her head on my leg to fall asleep and she choose Leslie as her new Mom later that day. It was an amazing turn around.

Claire and Serena

Serena and Claire Bear

Throughout my participation in the TDL, I have always longed to do even more, to really be fully involved. Life recently has been very eventful for Gisele and myself on a personal level. With Gisele’s on going health issues she has been needing more assistance in taking care of the rescue. Our team has really stepped up and helped delegate responsibilities to other officers in the committee. I have chosen a more personal approach in my decision to become more involved in TDL. With Gisele’s approval, I am now an official part of the packs home life. I get to spend every day with the dogs that I adore. The best part for me? My dog Bernie gets to be a part of this journey with me.

Together Bernie and I are able to make sure Gisele has all the paws she needs to keep things running smooth day to day. I couldn’t be more excited to be emerging from behind the scenes and becoming a full-fledged Pack Leader. Due to Bernie’s extreme exposure to the Pack Life environment he is very well socialized and can blend into any pack presented to him. Bernie is also already marking his flair for being a Pack Leader alongside Lady Di at the TDL household.

Bernie and I couldn’t be more excited to divulge into our new roles at TDL. We hope to add a lot of spunk to the pack! To make ourselves readily available to assist with any aspect that we can and to keep the TDL alive and thriving. Thank you to Gisele for taking us in, and allowing us to help the pack grow! I know this will be an adventure and an opportunity to make life long impressions on all those around us! May anyone who meets the amazing TDL team know they have a pack for LIFE!!!

You can visit Serena and TDL’s Snap Chat by downloading the App or contact Serena.thedogliberator@gmail.com

Yankee Candles Donates to our Rescue!

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

I love them, don’t you?  Ozzie prefers the pine scented candles!  If you love Yankee candles, now you can purchase them from their online store, and help out!  Yankee Candles donates 40% of our sales profit to  TDL’s Veterinary Care Fund!  Click Today!  Here are more details:

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters of  The Dog Liberator;

Wouldn’t it be great if 40% of the price you paid for your favorite products went directly to The Dog Liberator?  Of course it would!  Which is why I’m so excited to introduce a new program with Yankee Candle.   No collection of monies, no distribution of products and no missing and/or damaged issues.

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

Here’s how it works:

You can now order Yankee Candle products on-line–delivered directly to your home or sent as a gift to your friends and family–for the exact same price that you would pay in a Yankee Candle store.

The Dog Liberator will get 40 % rebate on all products purchased. It’s that simple.

From today through the Holiday season Don’t wait seasonal items now available

These much needed funds will assist and supplement our budget.

To get started, simply click here or go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com,   In the Start Shopping Box, insert our group number (990055884).   You will be on your way to supporting The Dog Liberator.   Start shopping and share this number with friends and family.

Yankee Candles Donates 40% to TDL's Dog Rescue

Use our Code: 990055884 and Yankee Candles Donates 40% to TDL’s Dog Rescue

Thank you for your continued support.

Woo Hoo and all the Best!

The Dog Liberator

Loyalty Shopping!

Amazon Smile donates 2% of your purchases to our Veterinary Care Fund!

Amazon Smile

Help our Veterinary Care Fund when you shop using Amazon Smile!  Amazon Smile donates 2% of your purchases to our Veterinary Care Fund!

 

 

422496Amazon Wishlist

Our Amazon Wishlist contains items which we need and would be happy to have. It covers everything from basics like dewormer all the way to our dogs’ dream bed and ink for us to print out adoption applications.

 

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We signed up with Ebay’s Giving works!  This week, we received a $200 donation from Ebay’s Giving Works. Selling on Ebay? Make our Rescue your Favorite Non-Profit and show your buyers that you will donate a portion of your selling price to The Dog Liberator!  Sign up today, and share this with your Ebay Friends!

 

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

Yankee Candles

Yankee Candles will donate 40% or your purchases to our Veterinary Care Fund!  Just Enter our Group ID 990055884.  It doesn’t get any easier than this!

 

Not Setup to Donate Online?

Don’t feel comfortable with online payments?
You can send your contribution directly to our Primary Vet:

Payable to:  Newman Veterinary Centers, Deltona
Attention:  The Dog Liberator #7656

1200 Deltona Blvd. Suite 10 Deltona, Florida 32725
E-mail: deltonamanager@newmanvets.com
Telephone: 386-860-5335 Fax: 386-860-5322

Email us with your ideas at thedogliberator@gmail.com and please Subscribe to our newsletter

 

Our Wish List

China shares the dog beds and toys you have donated! Thank you!

Check out our Wish List on Amazon!  We welcome gently used items as well.  Everything from simple de-wormer, and flea preventative to doggie beds, leashes, collars, and toys.  Every donation no matter how big or how small helps! Here’s a sample of what you’ll find on our Wish List!  Thank you!

John King ~ Adopted

12023173_10206737195643937_642810266_nJohn King returned to us after his new home didn’t work out. He is doing quite well in foster and is ready to find his forever home!do He is incredibly smart and is easy to train (Who says deaf dogs don’t listen? [Read More]).

John is devoted and loyal and could easily be someone’s best buddy. He is also quiet and did we mention, house broken? He’s got that down pat. It’s time for John to have a forever family all his own, and we are looking for just the right person for the job. Does that sound like you?

11999863_10206737195203926_954690376_n8/20/15 Update: John King is in Lake City, FL. He is available for adoption! He is approximately 3 years old and 50 lbs. He is also deaf but doesn’t let that hold him back in the least.

Interested in becoming his family? Check out Our Adoption Process and answer the questions in email. 

Check out his Photos on Facebook!

 

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Past History:

John at the shelter

We had a gorgeous white Aussie and named him Anderson Cooper.  When I saw this little guy’s picture at the pound, I figured why not name him John King!  While we made a commitment to get him, his time was running out.  We are very grateful to everyone who played a part in his transport to us.  It was close!

Bath time!

 

This young pup is being fostered by Jen Wilson in Daytona Beach.  He is getting used to his new surroundings, and we’ll be updating his progress shortly.  You can see his photos on Facebook. 

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12270098_10207127168953026_1628173245_n11/22/15 Update: John was adopted by Patricia Ann yesterday. He has a new sister, a Border Collie named Poppy! So happy for you, John!

The United Way

Please remember that if your company participates in a United Way workplace giving campaign, you can donate to The Dog Liberator straight from your paycheck by writing us in as your charity of choice on your donation form. Each quarter, United Way sends us a check, which goes directly into our Veterinary Care fund.
Anyone needing assistance can email me directly at TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

Great NonProfits 2015

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For the fourth year we have been listed as a 2016 Great NonProfit! We hope to continue this the trend and would love to hear about your experience and earn this title again in the coming year.

TDL's 2013 Great NonProfit Award

TDL’s 2013 Great NonProfit Award

If you’re new to our rescue, you might not know that in 2013, we rated #9 on Great Nonprofits in the country.  We received the award because of reviews from people like you!  In 2014 we skyrocketed into the top 50 in a short period of time thanks to your dedication and feedback.   Only your reviews can help us move up again this year!  Simply Click Here to share your comments about your experience.

If you have adopted from us recently, please take a moment and rate our rescue efforts, and describe  your experience adopting from us.  If you asked us for help surrendering and re-homing your dog through our Canine Connect Service, you too can leave us a review.  If we have helped you in any way, please take three minutes of your day, and help us by describing how our help impacted you.

 

Great NonProfits can be described as the Angie’s list of non-profit companies.  Last  year, only 500 non-profit companies received the top-rated award, and thanks to you, we were one of them!  Woo Hoo!

 

 

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