Frappaccino Fridays, Donate $5.00 and save a Latte Dogs!

The Pippin Puppies ask YOU to Donate $5.00 on Frappe Friday!

Donate $5.00 on Frappe Friday~The Pippin Puppies

How Much Do You Spend on Coffee? Can You Skip One Coffee Today to help “a Latte Dogs“? Show us Your Pup with Your Cup and use the #FrappeFriday tag on your social media posts!

Instead of buying your Starbuck’s Frappaccino on Fridays, donate that cup to our Veterinary Care Fund!  Here are the current prices for a small, medium, and large mocha drink: 
Mocha Tall $3.75
Mocha Grande $4.45

Mocha Venti $4.95

We rounded it up to include tax, to be a whopping $5.00, and now, on Paypal, you can setup your $5.00 donation to be recurring!

What can $5.00 do?  A lot!  If ten people donate $5, we could pay for one dog’s vaccinations, two dogs to be microchipped, or one heartworm test!  If twenty people donate just $5.00 we could pay for one spay or neuter!  It all adds up and together we can make a difference!

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

Ebay DonatesEbay

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

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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!

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!

The Promise

A Promise to Love, Provide and Protect

We have created several flexible programs for you to choose from.  Just Click on the photo and donate!  All donations will be anonymous.

 

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Can’t Adopt but love the dogs?  Now, you can Foster a Dog Liberator Dog Virtually!  Simply donate the amount you are comfortable with! We need  a minimum of $100 in our Veterinary Care Fund to rescue one of our dogs.  This covers the basic set of shots (does not cover the set of three shots puppies need), and covers a spay or a neuter. We cover ears, ear medication (if needed),  teeth cleaning or extractions (if needed), a heartworm test, microchip, one time de-worming, one-time grooming, flea prevention, collars and leashes, room and board, and behavior modification (if needed). Our rescuers, follows, and your dog’s adopters will appreciate your generosity, but your sponsored dog will be the real winner!

 

 

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Cricket’s Puppy Pals Program Designed for kids to get involved. $5/month helps children understand the importance of charity work, animal welfare and spay/neuter.  Over the course of 12 months, your child will have sponsored and rescued a puppy in desperate need.

 

 

 

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Jaffe’s Seniors Program

Designed to support dogs that are older than 5 years of age. $10/month helps provide the special needs of a senior dog, including skin care, grooming, additional bloodwork, removing tumors, and dental care. Over the course of 12 months, you will have sponsored and rescued a senior dog that deserves to be rescued.

 

 

 

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China’s Best Friends Program

Designed to support dogs that are born or have become deaf and/or blind. $10/month helps provide the time and training to get a deaf and/or blind dog accustomed to living with a family.  Additional training tools, such as treats and toys are sometimes necessary to enhance training. Over the course of 12 months, you will have sponsored and rescued a deaf and/or blind dog that may have been euthanized.  

 

 

 

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Holly Collie’s Heartworm Initiative Program

Designed to support heartworm positive dogs. $15/month helps cover heartworm-related expenses and treatment plans. Over the course of 12 months, you will have sponsored and saved a dog with heartworm disease that has been adopted into a loving home, instead of being euthanized.

 

 

 

 

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Sharon’s Red Dog Program

Designed to support dogs that have been strays for quite some time, that have serious emotional and medical needs. $25/month helps cover unseen medical issues, like heartworm disease.  It also ensures the dog will be sponsored while the dog is being fostered and undergoing much needed social skills and behavior modification. Over the course of 12 months, you will have sponsored and rescued a dog that without rescue, had no chance of adoption.

 

 

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Bart’s Wellness Program

Designed to support medically fragile dogs that have life-threatening illness, like Parvo or Pneumonia. $50/month helps cover medical expenses, medications, treatments and ensures the dog will be sponsored while recovering. Over the course of 12 months, you will have sponsored and saved the life of a dog, that without rescue, would have died.

 

 

 

 

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Goldie’s Gift Program

Designed to remember dogs that have passed on, Like Goldie Hawn. A $100 donation in memory of a dog that knew and loved signifies how the gift of love is never forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Payable to:

Newman Veterinary Center –  Attention:  The Dog Liberator #7656

200 Deltona Blvd. Suite 10 Deltona, Florida 32725

Telephone: 386-860-5335 Fax: 386-860-5322

 

Corporate Sponsors

For opportunities for your business to get involved and donate to The Dog Liberator, visit our Partners with TDL Program Page. For more creative ways to help, visit How You Can Help.  We need your help to maintain our efforts.  Your donations are greatly appreciated. For Paypal Users:

Click here To Sign up for our Newsletter! Amazon Wish List: http://amzn.com/w/2Z6A2BBGHMCM6 The Dog Liberator is a non-profit, 501c(3) charitable organization.  They are foster-based.  All dogs are fostered in a home environment, which enables the dog to show its true color. Founded in 2009, The Dog Liberator has successfully rescued and adopted nearly 700 dogs. TDL dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered prior to adoption. TDL does not receive government funding of any kind, and relies on individual donations and corporate sponsors.  By using Paypal, you can donate to The Dog Liberator’s Veterinary Care Fund. The Dog Liberator focuses on rehabilitation, taking in deaf and/or blind dogs, dogs that need social skills, fearful dogs, and dogs that suffer from depression. They also focus on educating the public regarding medical issues, like heartworm treatment, parvovirus, adopting senior dogs, Addison’s disease, pneumonia, and proper diet. The Dog Liberator has a less than 4 percent return rate, and they pride themselves at creating the perfect match for dog lovers. Their adoption updates are shared on both Facebook, and their website thus creating a professional and personal relationship with their adopters.

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

Little Bart

Little Bart

our final Farewell to Yogi

our final Farewell to Yogi

Update:  This post was written on April 3rd.  This morning, I received a text from Terri that Matthew McConaughey is getting worse.  What is it with these pups who get kennel cough, improve and then take a nose dive?  Terri is taking Matthew to the vet this morning.

 

Who knew that giving Journey the distemper shot would give her distemper?  We didn’t.

Who knew that Yogi had a cancerous tumor?  We didn’t.

After losing two beautiful dogs this week, who knew that Perry Como, who was recently adopted, would have a pancreatitis attack and be in critical care.

Who knew that Claire Bear would survive and be a normal, healthy, and happy girl?  Here’s the link to  her new happy video, included is the famous Aussie wiggle!

Who knew that Bart would become a very healthy and very big boy?

Bonnie Blue, Adopted 2013

Bonnie Blue, Adopted 2013

Yet we can not fix what we do not see.  

Several times our dogs have been adopted, and a medical condition appears that we were not aware of.  Clearly, we can not guarantee the health of all of our dogs.  In the case of Bonnie Blue, posted through our home finding service, Canine Connect, after adoption, a heart murmur was detected.  We were devastated.  We fully expected her new family to return her, but they didn’t.  Instead they are providing her with the medical attention she needs, and will love her even though her life will be cut short.  Their dedication is one example of our awesome adopters.

Allow me to go down a bunny trail for a moment!   Regardless of where your dog comes from, a breeder, shelter, rescue, craigslist, or from the side of the road – there are no guarantees.  If you want to be a dog-owner, you must be prepared for the unknown.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, should we recommend pet insurance for at least the first year after bringing your new dog home?  Maybe!

Annie and Mom

Annie and Mom

Recently, Annie the Poodle experienced complications.  She was adopted in 2011.  Annie developed serious heart-related issues.  Because her Mom had pet insurance, the thousands of dollars it cost to treat her – was covered.

Katie came to us pregnant, and when Lynne Deal whelped her puppies, we had no idea that many of them would be born with heart murmurs.  Again, devastating.

Yes, life is like a box of chocolates.

We want to thank all of you for your support and prayers, through the good times and the bad times!  I have to be honest, we are struggling financially.  The Hate Mail that we receive regarding our adoption fees still continues, and I’m at a loss as to how to explain to people why we can’t charge $50 like government-funded shelters do.  Yet most of our dogs come from these shelters.

It’s as if people do not want to reimburse my vet for the services we have provided for the dog.  I know I shouldn’t take it personally, but we can’t adopt out dogs for free.  We at least have to be reimbursed… and many times we are never reimbursed.  The healthy ones help pay for the ones we have lost.

Yogi cost us over $600, adoption fee $0, he passed away.

Claire Bear cost us over $1,500, adoption fee $350.

Remember Bartholomew?  His bills were over $1,600, adoption fee $400

We don’t have a final total for Journey yet, adoption fee $0, she passed away.

Here’s what owning a new dog might cost you:

Three boosters (one booster every other week) at $99 each = $297
Micro chip = $35
De-worming = $25
Spay at four months = $160
Rabies = $17
Total estimated vetting cost $533

Getting back on track now, do I have regrets?  No!  Would I do it again?  Yes!  When we rescue a dog we ballpark what each dog will cost us to rescue:

Here is our minimum:  Complete examination by veterinarian, heartworm test, parvo/distemper boosters, rabies shot, micro-chip, fecal, de-worming, grooming, spay/neuter.

When we overspend it leaves little left to rescue the next dog.

It may seem small to you, but every little surprise adds up.  If we rescue 5 dogs in one month, and one has a hernia that needs to be repaired, one needs ear medication for an ear infection, one needs a tooth extracted or a dental, and if just one has kennel cough, we just lost our reserve for the next group of dogs that are waiting to come to us.

I have to admit, our vetting standards are very high compared to others, but we are not going to lower them.  We could turn a blind eye to all of these minor issues, but we won’t.

Lady Victoria

Lady Victoria

In 2011, we rescued a beautiful Collie that we named Lady Victoria.  At first glance, she looked perfect.  Upon careful inspection, she had a lot of problems.

Big Boo Boos

Big Boo Boos

Loaded with crate sores, and heartworm positive, we were in for a big surprise when we found a nasty tumor on her belly.  Dr. Oliver assured me it was a fatty cell tumor, and it was not cancerous.  It was gross.  It was disgusting.  Once shaved, it was the size of an eggplant.  I couldn’t imagine wanting to rub her belly with such a large squishy mass.

Since she was going to be spayed anyway, I insisted that Dr. Oliver take that nasty thing off of her, and he did.  However, that was an expense that we were not prepared for.

Yikes, what's that?

Yikes, what’s that?

We pride ourselves at rescuing these gorgeous animals and making them as brand new as possible.  We treat them all like they are purebred champions, AKC show dogs!

After Victoria’s surgery, our Dawn (who adopted Lady Priscilla) agreed to foster her, hoping that her Dad, Frank would adopt (we’re sneaky that way).

Dawn introduced the collie to Frank, and it was love at first sight.  After just a few short months, Lady Victoria (now Princess) was heartworm negative.

Frank and his Princess

Frank and his Princess

When I asked Dawn for an update, she reported that all was well, and that Lady Victoria loves to have her belly rubbed.  I let go a huge sigh of relief that I had that tumor removed!  Indeed she does!

There are a lot of things that we don’t have to do, but we are not going to change!

We need your support, your donations, and for the future dogs that we rescue, we will have to ask for sponsors – people who will donate and virtually foster.

There are so many ways you can help.  You can share the following fundraising campaigns with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest:

You can vote for us daily on Free Charity Cars

You can bookmark this Amazon Smile link (they share their profits with us) and use it every time you shop on Amazon.

Bart and I, at our annual reunion in 2013

Bart and I, at our annual reunion in 2013

We currently have fundraising campaigns with BarkBox and Yankee Candles.

Supporting The Dog Liberator can be as simple as sharing our passion with your friends and family through social media.

Again, thank you!

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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.”

TDL Hats

TDL Baseball Hats

TDL Baseball Hats

Leia Buxbaum!Special thanks to one of our awesome supporters who really wanted us to have TDL hats before our next reunion!

Woo Hoo!  They are currently available for $20 each.  Just make a $20 donation, (button shown below) and be sure you indicate you are purchasing one of our hats and we’ll get them shipped out to you asap!

 

 

 

TDL T-Shirts & Hats

Ron Sweeney wearing TDL

Ron Sweeney wearing TDL

The Dog Liberator T-Shirts
New T-shirts with Shy Shannon Available Now!


The Dog Liberator




Virtually Fostering a TDL Dog

Radar’s Adoption Photo




Can’t Adopt but love the dogs?  Now, you can Foster a Dog Liberator Dog Virtually!  Simply donate the amount you are comfortable with!

We need  a minimum of $100 in our Veterinary Care Fund to rescue one of our dogs.  This covers the basic set of shots (does not cover the set of three shots puppies need), and covers a spay or a neuter.

We cover ears, ear medication (if needed),  teeth cleaning or extractions (if needed), a heartworm test, microchip, one time de-worming, one-time grooming, flea prevention, collars and leashes, room and board, and behavior modification (if needed).

Our rescuers, followers, and your dog’s new family will appreciate your generosity, but your sponsored dog will be the real winner!

If security reasons, you have having a hard time accessing our paypal account, you might want to log-in to Paypal first, or use our TDL email address which is thedogliberator@gmail.com .

If you would like to donate directly to our vet, call them at 386-850-5335!

Virtually Fostering is one way you can personally rescue a TDL dog.  

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

The Dog Liberator, Inc., a 501c3 canine rescue organization located in Central, Florida.  We are 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, The Dog Liberator is able to rescue hundreds of dogs every year.

 

Does Your Place of Business Participate with the United Way?

United Way Write In:  Does your company participate in a United Way workplace giving campaign? If it does, you can donate to The DogLiberator 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 to our Veterinary Care fund.  Anyone needing assistance can email me directly at thedogliberator@gmail.com

What Your Donations Do:

The most important thing we do is spay and neuter.  For every dog you help us rescue, you will be reducing today’s current over-population; literally thousands of unwanted dogs.

The Dog Liberator’s rescued dogs are fostered in a home environment which enables fosters to evaluate the dog’s true temperament, provide them with loving temporary care, and find them well-matched, carefully screened homes. The Dog Liberator also serves as a resource to communities by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter, positive behavior training, and good nutrition. The Dog Liberator’s rescued dogs are examined, vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered before they are re-homed.

Boscoe, Rescued and Adopted 2010

Your donations will enable hundreds of dogs- once considered damaged and consigned to doggie death row- find their forever families, and begin life anew. The success of The Dog Liberator™ is primarily due to the countless hours of incredible fosters, transporters, and numerous other volunteers, and limited only by the shortage of funds.

Adoption fees, in most cases collected days or even weeks after rescue expenses were incurred, fall short of covering the overall cost of rescue. Such costs include but are not limited to shelter pulling fees, inter-state transport to foster homes, dog food, medical supplies, and necessary veterinary care required for each animal prior to being adopted. In many cases those costs far exceed adoption fees and deplete valuable financial resources needed for saving another dog. Without the additional funding from grants, the organization is restricted in the number of dogs that can be saved and placed into available foster homes.

The Twins Adopt Logan

Your donations could provide useful funds to continue our mission and expand our efforts by enabling dozens of additional volunteers to participate in our rescue efforts.

While we will not raise our adoption fees, and we will not lower the quality of care that our dogs receive, we dream about being able to do more for animal-lovers.

Envision our Dreams:

Only the commitment from Corporate Donations can help us achieve our future goals.

Today, The Dog Liberator is announcing their Future Liberators program, something that we have dreamed of doing for several years.  Educating young students about the plight of America’s homeless pets, euthanasia rates and what we can do about it.  We have a lot of dreams.  As stated in our Mission Statement, we hope to one day be able to ask our Facebook followers to nominate a family who wants to spay/neuter their pet, but can’t afford to.  Corporate donations can help us achieve our dream to do more for the pet-loving community.

We also dream about providing Senior Dogs to Seniors who can not afford the expenses of owning a dog. With the help of Corporate donations, we would one day like to ask our Facebook followers to nominate a Senior and gift them a fully-trained dog that is completely sponsored for life.

We dream about being able to help Displaced Families keep their pets, by providing temporary foster care, and funding costly pet deposits.

We dream about doing the same gifting for Children with Disabilities, and Veterans who are Coming Home.  Nothing can help depression 24/7 more than a companion animal.

As you focus on running your business to satisfy the needs of your customers, shareholders, and employees, we know we can do the same; meet the needs of hundreds of homeless dogs.  Again, we have rescued over 800 dogs, but with your help, we can do more.  Please Donate Today.

 

Little Grace has a family to call her own!

Tell them All About it!

If you work for or do business with a company that regularly donates to non-profit corporations, tell them about us.  If you need sample letters, tax information or white papers, send us an email and just let us know! TheDogLiberator@gmail.com

Volunteering 101

Wyatt Earp with Madison

It’s not just about fostering or doing doggie doo doo duty!

When you visit my TDL Peeps page, you’ll see a gallery of photos of our awesome volunteers.  What do they do?   You name it!  No matter how small or how enormous the job is, if you want to volunteer for your local shelter, pound, or rescue, you can!  Even if you want to volunteer for a rescue that is far from you, with the internet at your fingertips, there’s nothing you can’t do!

Supporting your Favorite Rescue, let me count the ways:

Supplies:

Several months ago, Anita’s vet, Dr. Elliot Stetzer with Central Animal Hospital decided he was going to switch products, and had a case of unwanted flea preventative!  Anita snatched it for us!  Thank you Anita!

Andrea Rigler’s friend, Maren Jensen of Keegan’s Corner donated gorgeous custom-made collars, and let me tell you, they are stunning!  Thank you Maren!

Last July I posted the need for used crates, and out of nowhere, Kimberley Nykanen donated four brand new crates to me, and believe it or not, I put them to use right away when I picked up the backyard breeder dogs.  These new crates allowed me to give my larger crates to other fosters who really needed them.  Thanks Kimberley!

Sarah’s Transport Buddies

Transporting:

Although Sarah White-Bauxbaum wishes she could adopt and/or foster, her current situation does not allow that option, so for almost a year now, Sarah has been transporting for us… transporting from Orlando to Ocala, to Volusia County, and even to Clearwater.  Sarah has created a Blog about being a volunteer transporter, hoping others will see the joy and importance of this act of kindness in the rescue community.  I don’t know what we’d do without Sarah!

To date, most of our volunteer transporters and fosters are former adopters.  People like Laura Watson, Marjie Wolfe, Erica Brilliant, Anita Barber, Megan Richardson, and I can go on and on with dozens of names.

 

Fostering:

I don’t know where to start because fostering was something I thought I’d never achieve.  By December of 2009, I had re-homed dozens of dogs, I was on my own, and very overwhelmed.  A few people contacted me and offered to foster, and when Holly returned from Jacksonville in May of 2010, she too wanted to get back into rescue.

We support our foster homes with whatever it is they need to be successful.  Our dogs are rarely in foster care for more than one month, which gives our fosters breaks.  Fosters like Amy Benz, Khaz Brooks and Vicki Truelove rescue with very little supervision, they have access to everything The Dog Liberator has to offer.  If I was still the only foster like I was back in December, 2009, I would’ve never been able to save over 400 dogs to date.  Supporting and training our fosters is what makes us different.

Cristina & Luis with Shane

There are many behind-the-scenes fosters that few even know about, for example, Lynne Flannery.  Lynne has fostered dozens of dogs for me, and I hope all of you meet her at our next reunion!

Cristina & Luis thought they wanted to adopt a dog from us, and offered to foster (shown right with Shane).  To date, that have fostered at least five dogs in just a few short months!  Just like many in rescue, they have taken a break from fostering for a while!

Recently, Kevin & Mel who adopted the Spice Girls insisted that they give back, get involved, and experience the joy of fostering.  They have fostered Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp and many more! Way to go Kevin & Mel!

Office Equipment and Technology:

Many supporters have offered cameras, video cameras, printers, computers and monitors for our rescue, and they have all been appreciated!

Vicki Truelove

Consulting:

Both Vicki Truelove and Paul Pipitone are trainers and behaviorists, and when I have a question, they are always available to provide suggestions!

We are blessed to have agility experts who help us evaluate our dogs, along with Disc Experts, like Jason & Andrea Rigler!  We are very excited about our new relationship with Mark Lucas with Soccer Collies!

 

 

 

Love to Shop?

A few months ago, my long-time friend, Susan Berry, founder of Chubby Chicks Health Club, was cruising the thrift stores and when she stumbled across a ton of Halloween doggie costumes!  She bought them all and dropped them off to me just a few days ago.  I’m going to be shipping them off to our fosters and hope that we can really create a hilarious photo album!  Thanks Susan!

 

Emily Kennedy

At this time, my friend and neighbor, Emily Kennedy comes to my home several times a week to input Adoption information, micro chip numbers, fill out micro chip registration forms, make folders, file folders, email adopters, update our calendar, and soon we will be entering all of this information in an online database.  Emily is unbelievable!  She knows every dog’s name, when it was adopted, who adopted the dog, and the dog’s history!

Veterinary Care:

Can you introduce your rescue to your vet and help create a relationship?  Many times we have fosters who volunteer in a certain area where we do not have any relationships with local area vets.  Months ago, Larry & Joyce Ashlock introduced us to their vet, and it made a huge difference.  We now have an awesome relationship with Country Oaks Animal Hospital & Boarding Kennel, and they have done an outstanding job taking are of our dogs!

Speaking of Vets:

We are always looking for vets who are ready to help our rescue, and without our vets, we couldn’t possibly be effective.  The team at Aloma Jancy and Val-u-Vet are always there for us, saving dogs and maintaining our core principals.

Mr. Breeze by Olivia

Photographers:  

There is a real need for great photographers and now videotographers.  Here’s a great article posted on CBS News explaining why!  I believe that bad shelter photos prevent dogs from being saved.  This is why my rescue takes literally dozens of photos of each of our dogs, always thriving to get that one awesome shot that represents the dog’s spirit.  Our photographers, like Cristina Nieves, Olivia Frost, and Dianna Noreen have really made a difference in capturing a our dogs thus getting them more attention.  Today, our shelter and transport volunteers provide us with a huge advantage when they take photos of the actual journey from beginning to end.  As our dogs inch their way to safety, our volunteers photograph each leg, which includes photographs of each volunteer, from town to town until they reach their temporary destination – foster care!  It’s quite amazing!

Spice Girl in the Tub!

 

What Else?

If you’re a dog groomer, why not consider dedicating a portion of your time for your favorite shelter, pound, or rescue?

So, what can do you for your favorite rescue?  Can you offer to do home visits?  Drive dogs to and from the vet?  Run errands, or make phone calls?

If you’re handy on Facebook, you can offer to post updates for your favorite group.

Volunteers Supporting Shelters & Pounds:

I have been blessed working with people like Becky Harshman who volunteers for Chilton County’s Humane Society, Dale Parent from Texas, who volunteers for Athens Dog Pound in Alabama.  Hope Master of Florida who volunteers for shelters in Georgia.  How can this be?  It happens!  Once you select a shelter in a rural area, one where dogs have a slim chance of being adopted, you can make a difference by connecting with rescues, identifying volunteers, coordinating transports, raising funds to sponsor dogs, and creating relationships with shelter volunteers by introducing adoptable dogs.

Marjie Wolfe, for example, focuses on her local area shelter in Brevard County.  Although Amy Benz has rescued dogs from all over the Southeast, she also supports and visits her shelter in Citrus County, FL.  Kathy Keith focuses on Gordon County, GA and Vicki Truelove assists the shelter at Hall County, GA.

Dedicating yourself to a specific shelter or geographic location really does help everyone, especially the dogs!

Kathy Keith with the Spice Girls

Transporting

Transporters nationwide work together getting dogs out of shelters to waiting rescues.  Pilots-N-Paws welcomes volunteer pilots that do the same.  There are so many networks of volunteer transporters out there.  All of them mimic the original efforts created by Brandy Holleran founder of of OTRA.  OTRA (On the Road Again) created an innovative way of creating yahoo groups, identifying volunteers and putting together legged transports.  This effort was published in a book called “Fifteen Legs: When all that stands between death and freedom is a ride“.  Today, thousands of volunteer groups work together moving dogs that are at risk to the safe haven of rescues.  Whether you can drive 20 minutes, 200 miles, or 2,000 miles, transporters truly make a difference in rescue.

Cross-posting:

Cross-posting can be an effective way to match a shelter dog to rescue.  The birth of the internet, sites like Petfinder, and Facebook have all made a powerful impact of saving dogs.  However, cross-posters who forward massive amounts of emails every day, are literally marked as spam by rescuers, and their emails go straight to the delete folder.  Cross-posters who take the time to forward dogs that are a fit both by breed and geographic location are very important to rescues.

To date, I have at least a dozen cross-posters who, even after I have requested that they remove my email address from their list, forward hundreds of emails each day.  Waking up to thousands of emails identifying dogs I can’t rescue is, unfortunately, a waste of time.

Effective cross-posters not only take care in creating geographic-specific and breed-specific mailing lists to rescues, but are also available to answer questions and obtain additional information for both the shelter and the rescue.  Effective cross-posters serve as a liaison for both the shelter and the rescue, and that simple and quick introduction can be all it takes to save a dog from euthanasia, when it’s done right.

Summary:

Sarah with China and Baby Ga Ga

It’s been only two years since I started to rescue, and The Dog Liberator has identified and tapped into multiple solutions that can increase effectiveness, and efficiency.  We are always looking for great people who can volunteer a few hours of their time a week.  Breaking apart complicated tasks into manageable chunks has been the key to our success, not to mention I love to delegate, even my children volunteer for the dogs!   If you think you can find a few hours to spare and would like to help, please email me at TheDogLiberator@gmail.com.

Here’s a great article published regarding tax breaks for volunteers.

We have so many awesome volunteers now, and I can’t possibly mention them all in one post, so to all of you, thank you for everything you do and all you have done for TDL in the past!

 

 

Fostering for TDL

Sarah with Baby GaGa and China

Every day there are thousands and thousands of dogs needing homes. We have to make ours stand out, and we do that by providing all the details that we can. It is why we do not aspire to ever have a shelter, but to remain a network of fosters. Only fosters can provide intimate details on how a dog behaves in a home environment. Shelters do the best they can, but they are truly limited in this area.

We don’t have a lot of fosters. We wish we did, but we require quite a bit of them. We are not looking for people to simply house a dog. Nor are we even looking for people to rehabilitate a dog. We need them to communicate with us on an ongoing basis. They need to take photos, good ones! They need to send us updates on the dog so that we can post it.  We need to address any issues so the dog can be adopted. And they need to be able to let it go when the right family comes along.

We count ourselves blessed by the fosters that we have. And we welcome more. If you are interested in fostering with us, please let us know!

What we expect from our fosters:

Besides good photographs, video and regular updates, we require that our fosters crate-train our dogs to increase their success after adoption.  We require that they work on housebreaking, and provide us with the dog’s status with regard to housebreaking.  We also require a complete update with regard to temperament, for example, toy guarding, food aggression, leash walking, barking, jumping, and to share with us what the dog loves to do.

When we can identify a behavior problem, we coach our fosters and provide techniques to correct behaviors.  While we are not professional dog trainers, we do share all of the information about the dog while its been in our foster care.

We understand that every dog acts differently in different environments, the more details we have, the more we can do our job to create the perfect match.

Khaz with Knish

First, please read Starting Your Dog Out Right!  Next, review Over-the-Counter Medications.  It is very important that you also review Our Adoption Process.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q – Where do I send my photos, videos or updates on my foster dogs?

A – All of the information about your foster dog should be emailed to your TDL representative.  Once the information is posted on the TDL Facebook Page, and the TDL Website, you can share those pages on your personal Facebook Page.  Do not post photos of your foster directly onto your Facebook Page, this confuses potential adopters.

 

Q – Who pays for the veterinary care, medicines, shots, spay/neuter?

A – TDL pays for the medical care of the dog.  Vet appointments are made by a TDL representative.  The treatment plan is reviewed between the vet and the TDL representative.  A foster should not take a dog to their own vet without TDL approval.  In case of an emergency, the foster should use their discretion, try to reach a TDL representative, however, if immediate medical attention is necessary, a foster should treat their foster dog like their own.  While emergency care is expensive, TDL will take all necessary measures to reimburse the foster in a timely fashion.

Note:  If you have to cancel an appointment, please contact the vet as soon as possible.  Animal Hospitals go out of their way to help and accommodate us in many ways.  Not providing them with a courtesy call that you have to cancel your foster dog’s vet appointment could result in a severed relationship with that vet.

 

Q – Who pays for the food, toys, crates, etc.?

A – While fostering is a volunteer position, if dog food is needed, TDL will provide food or reimburse dog food expenses via a receipt.  We suggest that new fosters scout websites like Craig’s list for used dog crates, toys, etc.  Regardless of the expense, if you expect to be reimbursed, have a receipt and it’s always wise to check with your TDL representative before accumulating expenses.  If you need leashes, collars, etc., your TDL representative may have some extras on hand.

Note:  If you spend your own money, make copies of all of your receipts and keep track of your mileage, i.e., trips to the vet and back.  If our out-0f-pocket receipts total over $250 in one year, today’s tax laws will help you write these expenses off!  You’ll need to provide TDL with a total, and TDL will write a letter that you will submit with your tax return.

 

Q – What if a neighbor, co-worker, family member or friend of mine wants to adopt my foster dog?

A – All inquiries about the dog should be directed to a TDL representative.  “Showing” the dog to someone who has not yet been approved is not recommended.  Our Adoption Process is designed specifically to prevent “impulse adoptions”.   We recommend that you share our Adoption Process before getting anyone’s hopes up!  Many times people are interested in a dog because of the way it looks, and that dog may not be a good fit for their environment.  Getting people’s hopes up, only to be told that the dog is not a good fit, is very discouraging to an adopter.  Today, the adoption process in rescue has become very complicated, labor intensive, and includes lengthy applications.  TDL tries to make the adoption experience simple and painless!  Ask your TDL representative for some of their business cards, give them to interested adopters, and encourage your potential adopter to contact your TDL representative to get started!

 

Q – Does anyone get preferential treatment fostering from TDL?

A – Only former adopters.  Because former adopters have already been processed and approved, they are more likely to be approved by TDL to adopt again.

 

Steve with Priscilla

Q – Who is responsible for finalizing the adoption of my foster dog?

A – Your TDL representative is responsible for qualifying and interviewing all potential adopters, setting up appointments, and finalizing an adoption.  If for any reason, a TDL representative is not present during a meet, you should contact them before proceeding with a formal adoption, and before executing an adoption contract.

 

Q – Who is responsible for doing a home visit for potential adopters?

A – Your TDL representative.

 

Q – What if I don’t think the potential adopters is a fit for my foster dog?

A – It is very important that you share information about your foster dog to your TDL representative.  While your foster dog may not be a fit for a specific adopter, another dog within TDL might be perfect.  Never discourage a potential adopter about your foster dog, especially if your dog is new to you.  Give your foster dog time to settle in before labeling him/her. Many times, behavioral issues can be corrected  with one phone call.

 

Q – What do I do if my foster dog is not fitting in with my family, my home, or my pack?

A – It is not uncommon that certain dogs need a specific environment.  Your home may not provide the environment that the dog needs.   Contact your TDL representative to discuss moving your foster dog to another foster.  Never take your foster dog to another home, or property without the permission of your TDL representative.

Gisele with Chaos

 

Q – What do I do if I want to keep the dog that I’m fostering?

A – This is what we humorously refer to as a Foster Failure!  Contact your TDL representative and discuss adoption options with them.  Fosters should decide if they want to adopt before anyone has a scheduled meet.  It is unfair to ask a potential adopter to make a u-turn when they are already on the way to meet their future dog.

 

Q – There are so many volunteers within TDL, who has the permission to pull, select fosters, vets, and approve adoptions?

 

A – Good Question!   To date, only Gisele Veilleux who is President and Founder of TDL and she is located in Central Florida.

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