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!

 

 

Great NonProfits 2016

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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.

 

2016trbadge-lgGreat 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!

 

 

 

The Dog Liberator recieves Greg Biffle Foundation Grant

Biffle 2

Greg Biffle and Gracie!

 

Last May we  applied for a 5,000 dollar grant from the Greg Biffle Foundation. For those who haven’t heard about this awesome foundation yet, here is a little background.

Since its creation, The Greg Biffle Foundation has awarded grants to over 500 humane societies and animal shelters from coast to coast. Representing the best interests of the animals and using the full potential of each participant’s involvement is the purpose for the Greg Biffle Foundation. Our mission is specifically intended to demonstrate our focus. Through partnerships and activities to come, we intend to draw together the best efforts of all animal lovers.” – About the Greg Biffle Foundation

Greg and Nicole Biffle love supporting rescue. In fact, they have a few rescues of their own. Foster and Gracie are a pair of boxers and the Biffles also recently adopted little Savannah from a shelter in Georgia.

Biffle

Nicole, Savannah, Gracie, Greg and Foster!

Our original proposal was to use the $5,000 for a great privacy fence to keep our adoption yard fun and safe. While we are sorry we didn’t win the $5,000, we were thrilled to learn we had be selected for one of the $1,000 dollar grants to use as we saw fit. We have decided to use it to offset the cost of Mr. Beans‘ and Duke’s care. Both have had extensive ongoing medical care which has created a bill in excess of the grant.

Clearly this grant was much needed and we are so thankful to Greg and Nicole Biffle for choosing us to be one of their recipients. It is through the generosity and support of others that we are able to rescue, spay/neuter, provide medical care, and find homes for amazing dogs who just need a little help to have their forever homes.

Great NonProfits 2014

TDL's 2013 Great NonProfit Award

TDL’s 2013 Great NonProfit Award

If you’re new to our rescue, you might not know that last year, we rated #9 on Great Nonprofits in the country.  We received the award because of reviews from people like you!  Last week, we weren’t even listed in the leader board, but because of your reviews, we are now in the 52nd place!  Only your reviews can help us move up!  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!

Yard Crashers Wanted

Phase 4:  We would like to provide extra seating and shade for our future adopters and volunteers.  We will also purchase a baby pool and other fun things for the pups!

Phase 3:  We need help fixing and replacing our sprinkler system to maintain the work we have done.

Phase 2 Submitted:  This morning, we submitted a proposal for a grant to install a wooden privacy fence, to help keep our dogs safe, and to make training deaf/blind dogs much easier (reducing distractions).  Wish us luck!

The old Sand Pit!

The old Sand Pit!

Phase 1 Completed:  Last night, we had sod delivered from Deltona Sod, and my family, along with Franz Johnson and volunteer, Joshua Sosa, it’s almost completely installed.  What a difference.  Lady Di, however, is not happy with the new sod, as it covered her huge sandy spot that she loved.  Oh well!

See all of our before and after photos on Facebook!

Dirty Jobs!

Dirty Jobs!

Over the past few years, dogs have taken turns digging, killing the grass and destroying the grading.  So although I feel bad for Lady Di, our yard was literally being washed away after each thunderstorm!

We feel great that Phase 1 of our Yard Crasher project is almost complete – Sod!

The Fence needs Work!

The Fence needs Work!

Overview:  Currently, we only have a four foot chain link fence surrounding our property, which has seen better days.  Dogs have attempted to climb over it and dig under it.  The fence itself is no longer safe for fearful dogs that try to escape.

The chain link material is also not suitable for rescue, especially when rehabilitating the deaf dogs.  The most important thing to teach a deaf dog is recall, and this is hard to do when the dog is curious about what’s on the other side of the fence.  Therefore a privacy fence would not only keep our dogs safe, it will help us in training our deaf dogs.

We have received two quotes from a local fence company, one totaling over $6,000 for PVC, and the other totaling over $4,000 for wooden.  We are actively pursuing grants to help us afford new fencing.

Since all of our donations support our Veterinary Care Fund, and our adoption fees literally operate  The Dog Liberator, we do not have the funding for this expense.

Over the next few months we will be sharing our ideas to create a a safe and fun environment for our our foster dogs, and a suitable adoption center for our adopters – We are not looking for anything fancy – we just want functional!

History:  We are in the process of getting quotes from fencing and landscaping companies, but you can help!

The Dog Liberator, Inc. was started almost five years ago.  Since then, approximately 800 dogs have been rescued, rehabilitated, vetted, spay/neutered, and adopted.  Approximately 600 of those dogs were fostered by me, in my back yard!  It’s amazing what five years of abuse and neglect can do!  I look back at photos of my yard before I started this thing we call “rescue” and I cry!

We are going to present ideas, and depend on professionals to solve some of our problems.  We need to increase shade, provide comfortable sitting areas for adopters, create a self-watering system, and find things that the dogs will enjoy exploring, including a wading pool!  But first, we need a privacy fence!

Once we have a plan, we will submit proposals for grants and cross our fingers and toes that we are chosen.  If you or someone you know has experience, and wants to submit a proposal for some of these projects, please raise your hand!  Just send us an email at TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

This project will be public, photos will be taken throughout the process!  If you have any suggestions or ideas, send them!

Here are some of the photos that we have found to give us ideas!  If you have any items to donate (used items appreciated) as you do your spring cleaning in your hard, please let us know!  Benches, tables, pavers, pots, dog houses, agility equipment, toys, you name it… we can use it!

Come Pack!

Ralph, Deaf and Blind

Ralph, Deaf and Blind

Ralph, the Deaf/Blind Puppy

Ralph, the Deaf/Blind Puppy

In less than five years, The Dog Liberator has rescued, rehabilitated, trained and re-homed over two dozen deaf and/or blind dogs.

They are simply amazing creatures that are in many ways extremely easy to train…   the concept of “come”, however, has posed many challenges.

A vibrating collar, along with reward will help us train deaf/blind dogs much faster, thus preparing them for their new homes.

http://www.gundogsupply.com/vibration-collars–vibrating-collar-guide.html

 

Where's Ralph?

Where’s Ralph?

$839.00 will purchase four vibrating collars ($209.99 each) that we will use to train deaf and/or blind dogs to “come”.

We are submitting a request for a grant us a $1,000 grant to purchase these collars, which will be distributed to fosters who specialize in fostering deaf/blind dogs.

 

 

China and Sarah

China and Sarah

Here is a quick glance at our  history with Deaf and/or Blind Dogs:

2014 Adoptions:

Johnny Carson   – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/heres-johnny/  –   Owner Surrender

 

Ginger Doodle – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/ginger-doodle/       Owner Surrender

 

 

2013 Adoptions:

Sinatra – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/sinatra/     Owner Surrender

 

John King – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/john-king/    Summerdale, Baldwin County AC

 

Ralph Lauren – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/ralph-lauren/           Owner Surrender

 

Juliet – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/juliet/          Owner Surrender

 

Winter and Dale

Winter and Dale

Squeeze – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/squeeze/  Owner Surrender, Alabama

 

Maddon – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/maddon/   Owner Surrender, Georgia

 

Anderson Cooper – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/anderson-cooper/   FL, Polk County AC

 

Little Miss Muffet – Toy Poodle

http://thedogliberator.com/little-miss-muffet/  FL, Lake City HS

 

Squeeze!

Squeeze!

Winter – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/winter/  FL, Seminole County Animal Control

 

Bailey’s Irish Cream – Border Collie

http://thedogliberator.com/baileys/  Owner-Surrender

 

2012 Adoptions:

Jalo – Sheltie

http://thedogliberator.com/jalo/      FL, Miami-Dade AS

 

Diva – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/diva/    GA, Gainesville, Hall County HS

 

Knish – Aussie/Catahoula

http://thedogliberator.com/knish/  GA, Gainesville, Hall County HS

 

2011 Adoptions:

Falcor – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/falcor/  Owner-Surrender

 

Irwin – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/irwin-the-adventurer/   Craig’s List

 

Dundee – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/dundee-the-aussie/  Craig’s List

 

Fiona – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/fiona-the-deaf-aussie-pup/  Craig’s List

 

Baby GA GA – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/the-one-the-only-baby-ga-ga-adopted/  AL, Athens Dog Pound

 

Kiss the Puppy – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/kiss-the-puppy/  Craig’s List

 

2010 Adoptions:

Sparrow – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/the-craigs-list-sisters-asia-and-sparrow-sparrow-adopted/                Craig’s List

 

Sassafras – Old English Sheepdog

http://thedogliberator.com/sassafras-the-5-month-old-deaf-oes-adopted/  Owner Surrender

 

Velveteen – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/velveteen-welcome-to-rescue-adopted/  Owner-surrender

 

China – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/china-the-little-aussie-girl-takes-down-dah-house-adopted/

GA, Kingsland, Camden County HS

 

Skate – Aussie

http://thedogliberator.com/could-skate-the-puppy-be-deaf/  AL, Hale County, HS

 

 

China

China

Articles:

Deaf Dogs Rock Auction   –   http://thedogliberator.com/deaf-dogs-rock-auction/

Why Adopt A Deaf Dog?  –  http://thedogliberator.com/why-adopt-a-deaf-dog/

White Aussies Coming Soon   –  http://thedogliberator.com/white-aussies-coming-soon/    

Jen’s Puppies   –   http://thedogliberator.com/jens-puppies/           

The Wilson   –   http://thedogliberator.com/the-wilson-pack/ 

Deaf Dogs Hear with their Hearts   –   http://thedogliberator.com/deaf-dogs-hear-with-their-hearts/ 

Let It Go   –   http://thedogliberator.com/let-it-go/ 

A Dog with Special Talent   –   http://thedogliberator.com/a-dog-with-special-talent/  – 

Barcley Dog Park, Deland    –   http://thedogliberator.com/barcley-dog-park-deland/  – 

The Chosen Ones, Owning a Deaf Dog   –   http://thedogliberator.com/owning-a-deaf-dog/ 

More Great Ideas for Calming Dogs   –   http://thedogliberator.com/more-great-ideas-for-calming-dogs/  

Great Websites for Training Deaf Dogs   –   http://thedogliberator.com/great-websites-for-training-deaf-dogs/  

I’m Keeping China – About Deaf/Blind Dogs   –   http://thedogliberator.com/im-keeping-china-about-deafblind-dogs/

The Thundershirt and the New and Improved Velveteen, The Deaf/Blind Aussie   –   http://thedogliberator.com/the-thundershirt-and-the-new-and-improved-velveteen-the-deafblind-aussie/

What Is A Reputable Breeder?  –  http://thedogliberator.com/what-is-a-reputable-breeder/

TDL Ranks #9 at Great Non-Profits

Vote for TDL Today!

Latest Update:  Thank you!  You did it!  The Voting is over, and we are ranked 9th in the country!

Click here to Vote Now!  Voting Ends 10/31/13.  We were in the #8 position and have dropped to #10.  If you haven’t voted for TDL yet, please do so now!  We need your votes!

Top-Rated nonprofits get free PR, and advertising! Winners will be announced October 31st, and will get a 2013 Top-Rated nonprofit badge and be promoted by GreatNonprofits and our media partners! This year, we also have amazing prizes, like a trip to San Francisco to meet with potential funders, and thousands of dollar’s worth of online advertising.”

Great Nonprofits 2013

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Great NonProfits is like the Angie’s List for Nonprofit organizations.  Organizations are reviewed by consumers, employees, volunteers, and donors.  It’s that simple.  We love it!

The Top-Rated event for 2013 ends in October, if you have not yet left your comment, and rated The Dog Liberator, please do so to help our voice be heard and bump us up!

This just in:  Your supporters have spoken, and you’ve earned a spot on the 2013 Top Rated List! “Dog Liberator Inc.” is one of the first nonprofits to be honored this year and you are now listed as a winner on our leaderboard. You’ll be featured on our site, our 2013 Top-Rated List, and distributed to media and corporate foundations.

Visit our page on Great Nonprofits!

Review Us!

Mom used to say if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all… but here’s your chance to let us know what you think about our work!

Visit our page on Great Nonprofits!

Why review us?  “Nonprofits that receive 10 positive (4 stars or above) reviews and  maintain an overall positive average for the year will win a spot on the GreatNonprofits 2013 Top-Rated List!”

I reviewed some of the reviews this morning… i needed tissues!

(logo designed by Khaz!)

Update:  You did it!  Your reviews pushed us over the minimum of 4 and we are now one of the many Top Rated non-profit companies!  Woo Hoo, thank you!  The more reviews we have, the more of a chance we can win this very prestigious award!

 

Vote Daily for The Luckiest Pet Contest!

VOTE DAILY!  Your Vote Counts!

is Sarah’s China the Luckiest Pet?

One lucky pet can help our organization win a $5,000 donation, as well as a $500 gift card to Petco for themselves!  You get to vote ONE time PER DAY!  Please ask your friends to select their favorite, and vote for us every day!

Winter       Lilly       Bart       China       Flynn

Judge Baloo       Drew

TDL pet parents have uploaded a photo or video of their adopted pet and described why he/she is the luckiest, giving color to their life before and after adoption. Our Group name is of course, The Dog Liberator, and our shelter ID number is FL918

Voting Begins February 21st!

M.H. Clark Go to: http://www.petfinder.com/luckiestpetcontest/and search for the name of the pet you are looking for. The voting period will start on February 21 and visitors can vote once a day for animals throughout the contest, with the voting period ending March 18, 2013. I am assuming that the instructions will be clearer once the voting period begins.”

You can also search for “dog liberator” instead of a dog’s name, and see all of TDL dogs in this contest!

The Links are not active yet for voting, but you can go to the site, and search for the TDL Dog’s Name!

Dale submitted Winter/Rider! 

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?photo=4536&vote=1

 

Dusty Gann has submitted Lilly

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?photo=1740

 

and Dr. Clark submitted Bart!

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?photo=1710

 

Sarah submitted China!

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?photo=1767&upload=1

 

Susan submitted Flynn, (Sundance)

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?rnd=0.9117278864141554

 

I submitted Judge Baloo

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?photo=2983

 

Judy Radzwich has already submitted her story about Drew!

http://petfinderluckiestpetcontest2013.previewdemo.com/Share.aspx?photo=1352

The Home Depot Grant

I’m trying to fill out an online application to win a grant from Home Depot. The problem is, it only allows you so many words and it’s such a little box! Where do I start, and how can I explain to this huge corporation that The Dog Liberator should be chosen for their grant. I’m sure we will be competing with some big companies out there, and I’m sure that all of them need this grant, but I can’t help but believe that we need it more.

Ryan and Reckless 2006

When I first met Gisele in 2009, she actually had a gorgeous yard. She was fostering Bonnie Belle at the time, and except for a small trench that Bonnie had made running back and forth all day long, Gisele’s yard was in great shape.

Today, after fostering hundreds of dogs, her yard is toast! Gaps in her fence have been repaired with wire ties, and holes where dogs have tried to dig out have been blocked by stepping-stones. The fence itself is less than four feet high, but somehow she has managed to deter notorious fence jumpers, like Little Grace, Gracie and McDreamy.

At this point, there is no grass whatsoever… only weeds, large areas of sand, and mud! The dogs track the dirt into the house… it’s a constant struggle.

Sarah and Tinsel Town 2007

If Gisele was a “normal” person, she’d be dreaming of a pool, with lush tropical plants, a garden for tomatoes and peppers, maybe a gazebo, and more tropical plants. But that’s not what she dreams of. Instead, she studies clips from The Dog Whisperer for design ideas. Cesar Milan’s Dog psychology center has everything a dog needs to be safe, have fun, and socialize – it’s low-maintenance, and it works.

I know that it won’t cost much for a professional Yard Crasher to transform her yard into a place where people can sit, interact with the foster dogs, a place where volunteers can come over and help with grooming, training and socialization. But without a grant and volunteers, it simply cannot be done.

When I started looking for ideas, I found a few helpful videos that I’d like to share with you!

DIY Dog Park Transformation
DIY Landscaping for Dog Owners

Gisele has successfully created stations in her home, indoors and outdoors.

  • A safe place for puppies
  • An ISO area for dogs that must be isolated (Parvo)
  • A place for shy/fearful dogs in training
  • A place for a well-balanced pack.

Sarah with Titan, 2009

To be honest, I don’t know how she does it, but she does!

I am asking you to comment on this post, send us your ideas, let us know if you can help, but more importantly, help us tell Home Depot why they should award The Dog Liberator this grant.  ~Dave

You can Follow Home Depot on Twitter, or Facebook and ask them to Award The Dog Liberator this year’s Grant!

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