Vote For Us for the Wells Fargo Grant

Our Dream Transport Vehicle

Our Dream Transport Vehicle

07/01/14 Update:  Thank you for voting for us, we ended in the 15th position of most viewed.  We have no idea how we did on votes.  Winners will be announced in August!


Update:  Root for the Underdog! We went from 9,000 to over 11,000 views yesterday in the $25,000 Wells Fargo Grant Contest! Way to go TDL peeps!

We did confirm last night that the contest shows the number of VIEWS not the number of VOTES. So even though a company may have been viewed a million times, they may not have received that magical click to vote! We also confirmed it truly is one vote per IP address, per day. Voting multiple times does not give us more votes, but it does give us more views, which keeps us in the running! The Deadline is June 30th.  But we are in!  We applied to be approved to compete for a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo and we were accepted.  What would we do with this money?  Well, we would eliminate our biggest challenge, TRANSPORT! As always, we need your help.  Instead of posting a 600 word essay, we decided to submit a 2 1/2 minute video… it wasn’t easy!


WE NEED YOU TO VOTE on our video, and it is not easy to do from your cell phones, tablets or even certain browsers.  Please click on photo below and Vote for us daily, then SHARE it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media you use… you can even email it to your friends and family.  If you have any trouble whatsoever, you can search for Dog Liberator, and our video will appear! Note:  Finally I was able to vote using my cell phone! Once I clicked on the link I went to my settings, options, & I requested to view the page on the desktop site. I turned my phone to view the video in landscape mode, and there was the vote button!!!

Click on the Red Vote Button!

Click on the Red Vote Button!

Last night, Sheila posted: Each and everyone of us knows the feeling of ‘things to do-places to go-people that need me.’ I am no different-neither are you. I remember when I was asked to join The Dog Liberator thinking ‘where will I find the time? How will I make a difference?’ I am in awe everyday of the work done at The Dog Liberator. The vision that Gisele Veilleux and the team puts forward everyday is nothing short of 100%-all in-committed to rescue of the dogs. Each of you that reads this page on a daily basis also plays an important role. You are our ambassadors in spreading the word. We ask you to participate on any level whether casting a vote, sharing our page, sharing our mission through your network, making a small donation, offering transport, fostering, using your talents in helping us boost our social media presence, administrative duties or just a helping hand with the dogs. Everything you do for TDL makes us better and improves the life of one more dog-EVERY small effort makes a difference. What little thing can you do today? To those of you that visit The Dog Liberator Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or other social media- please, share the LINK for the Wells Fargo Grant. Each of us that wakes up and shares that day with a TDL dog, we owe it to them and TDL to click on the link, vote and share. More dogs can have the TDL experience and be re-homed just like the one you love. Those big eyes, that smile, that wiggle, that nuzzle-let’s do our small part to make that happen for more dogs. The TDL rescue can scale to save more dogs only through the foster, donations and hard work of the TDL team and each of YOU. A grant this size would allow us to commit to transport of these animals. If you read this post in your news feed and do not take action, you have missed an opportunity to support The Dog Liberator. VOTE, SHARE, VOTE, SHARE. ~ Sheila

080113 Freedom Transport

Yesterday was a first for me.  I drove to Herndon Executive Airport, and met some very nice people while waiting for our dogs!  I haven’t named them yet… because one dog didn’t make it, and will be on a ground transport next week!

My first dog is a gorgeous young Border Collie girl.  She really reminds me of Mr. Breeze.  Here’s what I just posted on Facebook, where you can see more photos of her.

DSC_0013Transported yesterday from Alabama, this girl reminds me so much of Mr. Breeze and Tobuscus! She probably will top out at 45-50 pounds. She is quiet, crate-trained, not destructive with her toys or her dog bed. She is very shy, but really likes and trusts my daughter, Sarah. Let’s give her a few days to rest and get used to her surroundings! I think she will make a fantastic family dog!

She is being fostered in Deltona, and will be fully vetted this Monday.


Next is the cutest little love bug… she really reminds me of Polly Pocket, Blink, and our Pebbles!

sitting with Sarah on the way home!

sitting with Sarah on the way home!

This little one might be two years old, and is a whopping 25 pounds. She adores kids, has a lot of “little dog energy”. She is quiet in her crate, not destructive, food-motivated… I bet you could train this girl to do anything. She’s the type of dog that should be on her own tv show! She is not shy at all like the other dogs. We LOVE her, and she’ll be adopted quickly. She’s ready to go, except for her microchip!  She is being fostered in Deltona as well!  There are more photos of her on Facebook.

And last but not least, this 6-8 month old female.

She looks like an Aussie, but I’m not convinced. She does have a tail, and that happens, but there’s something about her face… I see Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever… is that rare? Yes, but I still see it! And what about those blue eyes? This young girl has totally shut down emotionally. She would avoid eye-contact, freaked out on leash, and freaked out when she entered my home. She was happy to go into her crate, and she is resting.

Eye-Contact, is a great thing!

Eye-Contact, is a great thing!

She did make progress and took hot dog bites from my hand.  After a while, she did take the bone I offered her, and ate some kibble, but she had to feel safe first. This morning when I made eye-contact with her, she wagged her tail! That’s huge! I’ll give her a few more days so I can earn her trust and let her come out of her shell… on her own time. Emotionally, she reminds me of Les Paul. I’m sure she’ll come around.  You can see more photos of her on Facebook.

She will see our Vet on Monday, and all of these dogs are currently being fostered in Deltona.

Special thanks to Pilot, Ed Golly and his team of volunteers, to Becky Harshman who coordinated the rescue, and to all of our wonderful supporters who donated to our Veterinary Care Fund. This is why we need and depend on your help!

Leonard Sharp Needs Our Help

Leonard Sharp has volunteered transported thousands of dogs from hell to safety

Leonard has transported thousands of dogs from hell to safety

  We have a FRIEND in need.  His name is Leonard Sharp.  Ohhh, you may know him just as “Leonard” . . . .but he is a dear friend to all who know him.  He is a crusty, old, retired Army pilot but a pussy cat, really, especially to the animals.  Last weekend, Leonard’s house burned.  If there is a “fortunate” to this story, Leonard and all his animals and foster animals were not harmed.  For that we are, eternally, grateful.

Attached are pictures of the fire.  It destroyed his kitchen and part of two living areas.  The rest of the home is smoke and water damaged.  The city inspector said the entire home will have to be repaired AND brought up to code.  Unfortunately, Leonard had just cancelled a “full coverage” insurance policy less than a month ago, to a basic . . .  which means, not much coverage . . .  to save money. Therefore, Leonard will be bearing a large part of the expense to satisfy the city inspector.  Leonard is 83 years old.

Since 2004, Leonard has traveled from Wisconsin to Maine to Florida in his own van, at his own expense. . . . .  driving animals to safety for Southern shelters who would have had no choice but to put the animals to sleep.  The number is in the thousands as his van will hold about 50 dogs each trip and Leonard, now,  has 260,000 miles on that old “dog” van.  But just mention a transport to “it” and “it ” is up for the job because Leonard has replaced the transmission, wheel bearings, tires many times and made front end and back end repairs. . . . again, with no help from any of us.

Leonard can be caught helping people, too.  He’s been encouraging and mentoring a few troubled youths in his neighborhood; friending a mentally handicapped youth who has no Dad and when adults stop by asking for work . . . .he can always “find” a project they can complete, for which he gives them a good day’s wage.

Now, Leonard needs us.  He is retired and has only his military pension which isn’t much since he retired many years ago.  Since his wife passed away several years ago, it is only Leonard and the dogs . . . .but they need their home back.  They will not be allowed back in until the house is repaired AND brought up to code.




    If you have been blessed by circumstances or by God and able to share your “wealth” . . . please think about giving a donation to help Leonard repair his, and the dogs’, home.  The collection plate is passed every Sunday for just this purpose . . .except to whom your generous gift is going, you do not know.  This time, you do.  He is “one of our own” and he needs our help.

Thank you for caring.  Please make a donation using one of the following three methods :

1.  A Savings Account, set up in Leonard’s name with a routing and account number at the Navy Federal Credit Union
2.  A PAYPAL Account that Kym Grogan, another rescue friend, has volunteered to sponsor for Leonard on her website
3.  USPS regular mail



HOW TO DONATE to the Savings Account using: 

Bank to Bank Wire;  Bill Pay Online; Electronic Transfer ACH, by check, or visit a Navy Federal Credit Union near you.
ADDRESS:  Navy Federal Credit Union, 621 Boll Weevil Circle, Ste 6, Enterprise, AL 36330
PHONE: 888-842-6328, ask for the Ft. Rucker, AL, branch.ACCOUNT NAME    Leonard Sharp
ROUTING NUMBER:  256 074 974    for Wire, Bill Pay, ACH, to Navy Federal Credit
SAVINGS ACCT NUMBER:  3038609065HOW TO DONATE using the PAYPAL on this website, simply click on the link  www.divinebigpawzrescue.orgHOW TO DONATE using:   USPS Regular Mail:

  Leonard’s Home Address:
    Leonard Sharp
101 Kentucky Street
Enterprise, AL  36330
Cell:  334-389-3474

Signed // Leonard’s Rescue Friends

Homeward Bound

Jaffe's original surrender photo

Three years ago, I received a call from a shelter in North Florida who wanted my help.  There was a ten year old Border Collie there, named Jaffe.  Jaffe’s owner had recently passed away, and the family was trying to find a home for Jaffe.  They called the pound, and everyone agreed that Jaffe would be much better off safe in rescue.  I agreed to take Jaffee, especially after I saw how gorgeous he was, and that he was certified Canine Good Citizenship.  Wow!

I wasn’t worried at all about re-homing Jaffee.  Zondra drove to pick him up, and then brought him to me to be neutered by my vet.  During all of this, Gary Jones was expressing an interest in the dog, and emailing me about him.  To make a long story short, Gary adopted Jaffee.  When I sent a photo of the two of them to Jaffee’s original family, they gasped at the resemblance between Gary Jones and their deceased brother.  They were ecstatic about Jaffee’s adoption.

Jaffe and Gary come for a visit

Today Jaffee is 13 and Gary still tells me about how perfect Jaffee is.  “I’ve never had a dog like him in all of my years, he’s perfect.”  So, while Jaffe lost his owner, he really didn’t.

This has happened to me more times than you can imagine.  I know immediately when an adopter walks through the gate of my yard if the dog is going to take to them or not.  The dogs’ reactions tell me where they have been.  China, for example, was terrified of adult women so that told me not only where she has been, but what she experienced.

It is true that male dogs are much more loyal than female dogs.  I would’ve never admitted that years ago, because I’ve always had females, and always felt they made better pets – not true.  Male dogs are loyal to a fault.

We write about how most of our dogs have no history, but after they have been in our foster care, we gather a lot of history!  I can tell if a dog has been alone on the streets for a while, if the dog was abused, or if the dog was recently owned by a wonderful family.  In many cases, that wonderful family will find a country road to drive on, pull over, and drop off their wonderful pet.  Sometimes they drive to a fancy neighborhood and abandon their dog hoping a well off family will take the dog in.  These dogs are caught by either a good Samaritan or animal control and brought to the pound.  Some owners personally deliver their dogs to the pound, and some drop them off under the cover of night and leave them in a drop box (like Bart).

Isn’t is amazing that even though dogs can’t talk or write memos, we can tell their past.

Even though we (rescue) can’t stand to see a dog abandoned, sometimes there are no options.  Financial hardship, sickness in the family, allergies or a unexpected move forces people to surrender their dogs.   There have been times that the original owners have contacted me, explaining that they surrendered one of my available dogs.  They are appreciative and relieved that their dog is safe in rescue, and they are elated that they will be able to follow the dog’s story, see it be adopted, and know that their dog is safe in a loving home.  This was the case with To The Max and Mowgli.  Both of their original owners followed their story until they were adopted!  That’s what I call closure!

I have fostered about a dozen dogs that were so highly intelligent, so emotionally aware that they were convinced their owners were coming back for them.  Those are the dogs that sat at my fence, staring at the road, looking left then looking right.  Eyeing every car that drives by to see if they recognize it.  Those are the dogs that look at strangers in a different way, or they don’t look at all.  Instead of witnessing a happy dog running up to a stranger and greeting them, they take one look at that person, walk passed them, and prefer to stare at the road rather than introduce themselves.

“That’s not my person.”

Jake: Depressed, waiting for his person

When “that’s not my person” happens, I fall apart.  I have so much empathy for that dog and I know that no matter what I do, I can’t bring their family or their human back.  This was the case with Jake.  Jake broke my heart, I adore Jake, and we all know he is living the good life with his new humans!  But when he was first adopted he rebelled and was returned to me the next day.

Dogs to pick their owners.

Now, about Chaz.  We all know that Chaz was found as a stray in Jacksonville.  Like most strays, he had no collar, no tags, un-neutered and not microchipped.  His face was posted on the craig’s list “found” section for a while, until weeks passed and he needed a rescue.  TDL was highly recommended, and Chaz came to me.  Chaz immediately went to the vet, had all of his shots, was neutered and was microchipped.  Chaz always had awesome manners.  He would not jump on people, he was not the type of dog to give you kisses, he was just a very polite dog.  I warned people before they came to meet Chaz that he would basically ignore them… and he did.

Door number one, Door number two or Door number three?

Chaz had one meet where the potential adopters felt that they wanted a larger dog.  Regardless, during the meet, I noticed that Chaz was interested in the woman, but not really interested in the man.  Next!

Chaz was later adopted by a lovely young lady, and for one brief moment, I saw a real spark in his eyes, he liked her.  She took him home and he terrorized her cats… he was returned.  Next!

Chaz then met a lovely couple, who owned an adult Golden Retriever who was un-neutered.  We sat and talked for quite a while, trying to let the two dogs get to know each other…. and Chaz bit their Golden Retriever.  It was not a good day for Chaz.  I wondered if he making sure he was not going home with them that day!

Chaz: Always looking out and waiting

Chaz was estimated to be about 3-4 years of age, even though I thought he was older.  I crate-trained him quickly, and we worked on indoor barking.  He learned very fast.  He was happy at my house, loved the kids and the other dogs, but I can’t say he was joyful.  He was like many other male dogs that I have taken in, that really do not understand where his home is.

From the time Chaz was found on the streets of Jacksonville, until this morning, almost 4 months have passed.  Last week I received an email from a young lady named Rosie who simply stated, “that’s my dog, and his name is Shane.”  I stared at the email for a while, before responding!  We spoke over the phone, and she confirmed for me that Chaz was clearly her dog.  I didn’t know if I should be happy or furious.  I did know that we had a hard time communicating.  She has a heavy Spanish accent, and I talk too fast!

Of course I can apologize now for my tone, but I have to admit that at the time, I was rude.  I bombarded her with questions like, when was he missing, how did he get out, why didn’t you look for him, how did you look for him, why wasn’t he wearing a collar, why wasn’t he neutered, why wasn’t he wearing a tag?  She answered all of my questions with honesty and nervousness.  Poor kid, all she wanted was her dog back.

As a side note, I’d like to interject that just a few days ago, I helped one of our fosters and got two quotes from vets to stitch up a dog who was accidentally cut on the face.  One quote was for $1,500 the other quote was $187.  What?  You heard me!  Spay/neuter is not always affordable in all areas.  You can pay $50 – $60 at one vet, and more than $500 at another.

He wasn’t wearing a collar because he has allergies and scratches (she’s right).  He wasn’t neutered because they can’t afford it (she’s right).  He got out because of a hole in the fence (my Ozzie escapes at least once a month).  I asked her if the hole in the fence had been fixed… she explained that they have since moved and have a perfect fence now!  She explained that they have had Chaz since he was a pup, and their family misses him very much.  She never saw the Craig’s list post….. kids aren’t supposed to be cruising Craig’s list, and her parents certainly wouldn’t be if it was in English and not in Spanish.

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

I asked Rosie if I could speak to her Dad.  That afternoon, her Dad called me, and we had a great conversation.  He asked me to speak slowly, as his English wasn’t that good.  He described Chaz as HIS dog.  “He sleeps with me and wife every night.”  Rosie’s Dad reminded me a lot of my Dad, very loving.

This situation was not about doing the right thing, clearly, Chaz is their dog.  This situation was about doing what’s right for the dog.  Sarah White has met Chaz several times, and agreed that while he was content here at my house, he did not express joy.  Sarah and I realized that Chaz was much like a foreign exchange student… not understanding a word I say!

Before making any arrangements, I discussed with Rosie’s family the importance of Spay/Neuter, monthly Heartworm preventative, Collars and tags, and of course, the micro-chip.  Their loss for Chaz was great, and their level of commitment was genuine.  I worked on getting Chaz transported back home to Jacksonville, but everything failed.  I wondered if this was a sign!

My job is not just to find new homes for homeless dogs.  My job is not just to find great homes for homeless dogs.  My job is to find the right home for homeless dogs.

Chaz, now Shane again

Sarah White just so happened to have a planned trip to South Carolina this morning, and volunteered to bring Chaz home.  She arrived at my house before dawn this morning, and Chaz was delivered to Rosie’s father around 7:00 AM.  Sarah described the reunion in detail.   Once she was back on the road again, she posted this on Facebook:  “8am – Georgia: finished the most awesome transport this morning. Every one sobbing, tails wagging, hugs and kisses everywhere. I’m still crying. God is good!!”

What she saw when she pulled into the driveway of Chaz’ home was his Dad waiting for him, his hands covering his face in disbelief, and tearing up in relief that his dog was home.  Chaz, who is really named Shane went nuts!  Sarah said she had never seen Chaz so happy, dancing around in circles, and excited to see his owner.

The father then explained that they have another dog, a dog that Chaz raised from a pup.  The dog is a tripod, meaning a three-legged dog.  “He lost one of his front legs, and we adopted him.  Shane raised him from a pup.”  When the dogs were reunited, Sarah was confident that we had done the right thing.

You need not worry, Chaz is microchipped as a TDL dog, has all of his tags, and should he ever get lost again, I will know about it!  He can run but he can’t hide!

I tried to contact Rosie’s Dad before noon, but he didn’t answer.  He took Shane to the groomer’s as soon as they opened this morning!  I did contact Rosie’s Mom late last night, and I can’t tell you how happy they are to have their Shane back.

"Shane from now on, please!"

So while this is no script for another Homeward Bound movie, I hope it serves as a lesson for all of us, that we should not judge.  As rescuers, we are not God, nor are we judge or jury.  We are to put the needs of the dog first, and in this case, I had nothing to offer Chaz.  I could not make him happy.  Shane, however, made it very clear to us that he just wanted to go back home, and we complied!

Welcome Home Shane!

If anyone would like to volunteer to teach me a few Dog Commands in Spanish, I’m trainable!

What’s New?

Ryan, Lady Di, Gisele & Sarah

We Did It!

Not only were we approved by the State of Florida to receive donations, but we have been recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization, i.e., a 501c3 tax-exempt rescue.  Woo Hoo!  This took a lot of work to prepare and file.  I want to thank Jennifer Grady for her help in getting the ball rolling, and my CPA/Accountant, Kingsley Shinner for his help.

Being approved as a 501c3 generates a lot more paperwork and fees, but the dogs we rescue will not know that anything has changed.  The general public believes that if you’re not an approved non-profit organization you’re not a reputable one, and that isn’t so.  If you find a dog or stray cat on the side of the road, bring it into your home, care for it and find it a good home, believe me, you are reputable!

I want to thank all of our volunteers, for their work is appreciated.  In the next few days, I will be announcing new members of our team, which I’m very excited and proud of!  I especially want to thank all of our new Georgia volunteers!  Their help and impact for Georgia dogs has been huge!

Since mid-December, I’ve been trying to scale down to take a much needed break.  During this time, I will be working on increased communication, and reviewing our procedures and protocols.  This will help us make an even greater impact in the rescue community.

We are always looking for volunteer transporters, and fosters, but no offer to help is too small.  If you are interested in volunteering for The Dog Liberator, please review Volunteering 101, and send me an email describing your interests,

We are also looking for ways to increase funding, by requesting Grants so that we can create new programs that will help our communities.  If you have experience in Grant writing, and are interested in helping, please email me!

In the past few months, we’ve experienced many set backs:

McCartney‘s botched neuter produced a high fever which took one week of hospitalization to control

Boyd being heartworm positive

Curry’s Leg Surgery

My deep sadness when we lost the Christmas Collie

Parvo Exposure with the Top Gun Puppies

Einstein’s unexplained fever

Magpie’s disappearance (she was stolen and returned)

The recent news that Bonnie Collie will not only have to have surgery on her knee, but doctors will have to explore why her spay surgery was unsuccessful.

All of these incidents are normal in rescue, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not emotionally and financially draining.  Even though we’ve had to take our lumps, we did place many awesome dogs in wonderful new homes.

Like many other organizations, the economy has effected rescue.  Adoptions are slow, vetting prices are hard to afford, gas and food prices are going up, and the challenges are great.  Yet more and more people are leaving their animals behind as they find that they can’t afford to keep them.  There simply aren’t enough rescues, and until the general public cries out for affordable spay/neuter, until we stop supporting pet stores and the puppy mill industry, the help that we offer is a drop in the bucket.

I’d like to thank all of you for your prayers, support, and donations.  I looking forward to the new and improved Dog Liberator!


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A Collie Trifecta

Note: Due to the number of phone calls and emails we have received from shelters and pounds please be aware that Sam Mauldin no longer volunteers for The Dog Liberator. She can not pull, transport, or foster dogs for our rescue.

Bing, Nat and Brenda

Sam Mauldin recently picked up three gorgeous dogs from Craig’s list.  “Is that rescuing?”  You ask?  Yes it is, if the dogs can potentially be adopted or sold prior to spay/neuter.  Today’s average spay/neuter costs at average veterinarians is about $400 or more.  Most dogs that are adopted or purchased on Craig’s list never get spay/neutered.  This increases the puppy population at local area shelters and pounds, and makes our job in rescue even more difficult.  Most of the puppies are picked up as strays, or when the owners can’t “sell” them, they surrender them to the pounds.  Trust me, we just picked up a litter of puppies yesterday that were strays from Hall County Animal Services (Georgia).  If we reduce the number of future unwanted puppies, yes I think it’s rescue!

Because there was no time to spare, I was not aware that Sam was getting these dogs.  She called me on her way home, she surprised me with the news. What an awesome surprise!

All of the dogs are estimated to be 8 months of age, and they are in excellent condition as they were well cared for.  It wasn’t until Sam and I played connect the dots that I realized that I personally know the owner of these dogs.

Bing Crosby, the Pack Leader

While I wasn’t happy that he was giving them away on Craig’s list, I was happy to know their background, which is something we rarely know in rescue.  If you haven’t read my previous posts about advertising on Craig’s list, please review this previous post.

Bing Crosby is a Border Collie/Aussie.  This cross lovingly referred to as a “Bossie” is very sought after in the herding community, and Bing is a prime example of why.  He is an awesome dog.  Loving, easy to train, and affectionate.  Bing does not need a crate because he has such good manners!

Update:  Megan reports that Bing is a playful dog, loves his toys, is extremely friendly, plays really well with other dogs including her little dogs, and walks really good on leash!


Nat King Cole, the Velcro Dog


Nat King Cole is the biggest of the pack.  He reminds me of Frances #29310 and Doc & Wyatt!  He is said to be a Border Collie/Great Pyrenees, but all I see is Border Collie.  He is described as a Velcro dog!

Update:  Nat is very quiet in nature, he likes to sit next to you, and observe what’s going on.  Megan thinks he’s going to be a couch potato!  Nat is playing very well with Megan’s pack.

Brenda Lee is the smallest of the pack.  She too is said to be Border Collie/Great Pyrenees.  She is very shy, but Megan reports that she is quickly coming out of her shell.

Update:  Brenda is very shy but is opening up quickly.  She is learning to play with toys, and Megan wonders if any of these dogs have ever had toys to play with.   Brenda is also playing very well with Megan’s pack.



Brenda Lee is Shy at First


These dogs were all farm dogs, not familiar with being indoor dogs, and not leash trained.  Megan sure has her hands full, but we had to foster them together.  Bing is clearly the leader of the pack, and his calm and outgoing energy is teaching Nat and Brenda that “it’s Okay!”

Updates coming soon, including new photos and video of this lovely pack!

I figure since these three gorgeous dogs are spay/neutered, we just reduced the potential of having hundreds of future unwanted puppies!


You can view their Photo album on Facebook.  If you are interested in adopting, please review Starting your Dog out Right, and Our Adoption Process, then send me an email at

Border Collie + Husky = Borsky?

It was last Thursday and I was looking forward to the Sunday arrival of my two new Georgia puppies, a golden Collie much like my MacKenzie and an Aussie that reminded me of Gravy.  They were going to be coming down on a the same transport as Rhys, the miracle Collie.  I was happy.  And then I got an e-mail from Kathy, with photos of two Aussies and a Golden Retriever puppy.  They were at Gordon County Animal Control, the same shelter Memphis Blues came from.  Could I take them?  Sure.  I mean, I expected Hippity and Hoppity to be adopted by the weekend; with the other two coming, that would just be five puppies, no problem at all.  I showed the photos to my husband and Glenn agreed.  I e-mailed Kathy and then called Sherrie, the volunteer Rescue Coordinator at the shelter.  She was delighted and agreed to take them to the vet on the next day.  That was easy!

The next morning, Friday,  Sherrie called to tell me that the owner of the two Aussie puppies had come in and reclaimed them.  I must admit I was disappointed but encouraged when she said the owner had purchased a spay certificate, so we knew they wouldn’t be used for breeding.  I told Sherrie to look around the shelter when she went to get the remaining Golden Retriever puppy, just look to see if there were any dogs we’d overlooked.  They’d have to be small puppies because we were limited in transport space.  I told her I’d be home all day if she called.  That was easy!

Four Littermates

At 1pm I took my son to his first job interview (he got the job!), but when I got home I saw that Sherrie had called and e-mailed photos.  The photos were of four puppies, all bunched together in someone’s arms.  I called her back.  She was already at the vet’s office. The puppies? They had been brought in that morning, all healthy.  Looked to be shepherd/lab/aussie mixes.  Did I want them?  Ugh!  I hate this part of rescue.  I’m not good at it.  We were against the clock.  I couldn’t get them to the vet before transport.  I couldn’t get in touch with all the transportation legs.  I couldn’t get in touch with fosters to keep them until Sunday.  Shepherds and Labs aren’t really our breed.  ugh.  I finally said no.  That wasn’t easy.  I felt sick in my stomach.  I slept poorly.

The next morning, Saturday, I checked my facebook.  There was the photo of the four puppies on the Gordon site.  It indicated that they were actually littermates of the two I had originally said I’d take!  Not to get into details, but there were a lot of negative things being written about the owner.  She responded on Facebook, writing that the two had been stolen, were the ones her kids had decided to keep from the litter, they had found them posted on Facebook and she called the shelter.  When the shelter found out there were more in the litter, they convinced her to surrender them.  More unpleasant things were then written on the page.  I went to Janet’s  facebook page, told her who I was, and asked about the parents of the dogs.  The mother is a Border Collie named Monkey.  The father is a Husky named Jackson.  They are great dogs.  They have since been fixed.  She was devastated about the puppies at the shelter.  Now knowing that their breed mix fits in perfectly with our rescue, I told her I would try to get them.  I called the shelter and spoke with Darla. She knew who I was before I could finish my first sentence; she had tried to call me the day before to let me know they were the littermates!  She was thrilled when I said we’d take them.   She was so upset about the comments being made on facebook. “How am I going to get people to bring in their dogs rather than just abandon them if they then get attacked?”  Kathy picked up the four plus my little Golden Retriever a bit later and brought them home for the night.   Sunday morning Vicki got the original Aussie/Husky and Golden Collie to Kathy, who then drove them to  Khaz and Steve, then Amy, then Colin, and finally me.  That was easy!

Twizzler and Tweet

Actually, none of this was easy.  It was heart-wrenching.  I felt especially bad for Janet.  She isn’t the first person to miscalculate and end up with a litter of puppies.  She has already had the mother fixed.  She was going to rehome the puppies herself but brought them to the shelter when encouraged by Darla (who truly thought we’d take them).  Already emotionally wrought by that action, she was then subjected to very harsh words by well-meaning people.  I guess I’ve eaten my words so many times in my life that I’ve finally learned to temper them, or at least I hope I’ve learned that.  I appreciate that Janet has been very forth coming with background information on this litter.  We almost never know a thing about our dogs, so this is a real treat.

From Janet: “Thank you so much, I was at the point that i was just going to go get them all back because I have cried all morning about all this. The only reason I took them was because she told me that she could get you to take them and I knew that would be best for them because they are wonderful puppies and they need someone to love them and not have to fight for attention with one another. Again thanks…   The mother’s name is Monkey and she was born on Fathers Day two years ago, and the daddy’s name is Jackson and he is about 2 years old two.  He just wandered up at my house and I couldn’t take him to the pound because he was older and I was scared he would get put down. He was very protective of my kids and he actually attacked a pitbull that came in my yard that went after my oldest son and Jackson ran him off.  He has been with me for over a year now and he is really a wonderful dog. They both have a lot of energy, but they like to have their lazy time too, they are both very loving and loyal dogs. Monkey the BC is kinda lazy at times, but yes she likes to run and get hyper sometimes, but just sometimes. She does have the herding instinct and she loves to chase squirrels up trees occasionally she will catch one, she is a very fast running dog.  I am so glad that you are getting them, it makes me feel ten times better now.”

I guess what I’m trying to say is, please think twice before publicly condemning someone’s actions.   We rarely know the whole story.


Saturday, February 26th Transports our Next Dream Team!

This will be our last transport for a while. We must focus on finding quality fosters, review our financial situation, and develop improved guidelines. Whether or not we take in heartworm positive dogs from this point forward will also be debated.

Flip, a young BC male
Radar, a young BC male that is heartworm positive
Delta (Belle), a 3-year old BC female
and a litter of puppies from Becky Harshman!

We have available Buddy, Boomerang, Garcon, and Flirt.

Katie is still on medical leave, and Katie’s puppies are not available at this time.

Luna and Karyce’s Not So Excellent Adventure published in Philly

Posted April 14, 2010 on

Rescue driver busted in Delco, raises fears among transporters

Written by Amy Worden

Rescue transports are human chains on wheels that can stretch hundreds or even a thousand miles or more. They whisk dogs from high kill animal shelters, often in the South, to safe havens in the more affluent Northeast. Almost all come through Pennsylvania, by the dozens every weekend.

On Saturday an unidentified transport driver was busted by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement in Delaware County and charged with “selling dogs in a public place” – a violation of the state dog law. The 16 dogs were surrendered by the driver and sent to the Pennsylvania SPCA – which had just closed its animal intake facility and was desperately trying to reduce the number of its dogs, crowded into a garage, with a discount adoption event.

Now rescue operators and drivers are asking why they are being targeted by the state for trying to save lives.

PSPCA spokeswoman Liz Williamson says humane officers were called by dog law to meet them at a location on the 2300 block of Market St. in Marcus Hook at 11:30 p.m.

The dogs, including Lab mixes and hounds, among other breeds, were adults or young adults. The dogs were brought to the PSPCA and received medical evaluations. The dogs are still in the PSPCA custody and will be available for adoption or placement with an approved rescue organization. There were no cruelty charges filed, Williamson said.

On board the transport was a Husky named Luna who had been surrendered to a Florida-based rescue and was being shipping to a young volunteer for the rescue now living in Pennsylvania.

Giselle Veilleux, operator of The Dog Liberator, which pulls dogs from high kill shelters and shelters that gas dogs in the South, said her volunteer had to spend hours proving to the PSPCA that the dog and that it had proper paperwork.

Veilleux says she is confused. She wants to continue to send dogs through Pennsylvania and wants to comply with the law. But doesn’t know how.

The bureau says the trans porter violated dog law by selling a dog in a public place. So does that mean adopting a dog in a public place – where no money is exchanged, is illegal? What if a dog is simply being handed off to another transporter and the dog going to a location outside of the state?

If all so-called “transfers” of dogs are vulnerable to a BDLE sting – on a weekend, when dog wardens were working on state overtime no less – it would have a chilling effect on the network of hundreds of people who volunteer to help needy dogs and cats by chauffeuring them from certain death to safety through Pennsylvania every week.

The issue cries out for clarity – and some say, a little empathy – from the state.

Posted by Amy Worden

Visit Amy’s Blog, and make comments to this article.

To read Luna’s original Adoption Story, and see photos of Karyce and Luna, Click Here!

For those of you just joining us, LUNA IS SAFE with her new owner, Karyce!

Luna, the Singing Husky

Luna came to me, and the next morning, Karyce asked me if I had found her dream dog yet. Well, I guess the answer was… Yes! I sent her photos of Luna, and described her temperament, and we have been trying to arrange transport from FL to PA. Luna was an expensive purchase, a South Georgia man purchased her from a breeder, and a few days later, ACHOOOO! He showed up at the Humane Society hoping to surrender her, but they called me. With the help of Laura Watson, we got her transported to Jax, and Laura brought her to Volusia County. Luna is great with other dogs that have an energy like hers. Luna is a wonderful girl, but she’s already been adopted folks!

Update 04/11/10 10:00 AM: Luna is on transport from Florida to Pennsylvania to live with Karyce. Unfortunately, there’s been a snag in the transport, and it looks like Animal Control has seized her. I am writing this so that in the event Karyce has to PROVE that this is her dog, it’s right here on the blog, photos and all. We have to get Luna to safety immediately, and hoping that the authorities will help us. She is wearing a black colar, has a braided black leash, and in my giant two-tone beige crate. I hope they don’t put her in a wire kennel, she’ll break out!

Update 2:00 PM: After searching for Luna all day, Karyce and her Mom have located her, and are filling out the necessary paperwork to bring Luna home tonight. Whew. And how did Karyce prove that Luna was hers? She showed them this blog post! It is amazing how much the internet has truly saved millions of lives.

Update 10:46 PM: Luna is home safe. We’re anxious to hear what happened, and dig for details so we can learn from this horrible experience. Facebook Fans delivered an outpouring of support, encouragement, and assistance. It was amazing to see everyone rallying for Luna, Karyce and her Mom. Me? I was a nervous wreck! If you’re not following us on Facebook yet, please join us.

Update: There’s no place like home! Karyce and Luna settle in and get to know each other. Aren’t they both beautiful? Extra thanks to Karyce’s Mom for not giving up!
To read Amy Worden’s article about Luna’s seizure, click here.

The Border Collie Express is going to The Villages!

Here is the info on the Central Florida adoption day. It will be on Sat, Dec 12th from 10AM-2PM at the Buffalo Ridge Animal Hospital, 748 Village Campus Circle, The Villages. It is two blocks east of Walmart behind the Golden Corral on Route 466. There will be 15 rescue groups. Hot dogs and drinks are available and the Hosptial is having free pictures with Santa if anyone donates food for our pets. The Hospital always gives away nice bags of good stuff and PetCo will be there as well, giving away a lot of free food the toys, etc. There will be music by a DJ so it should be a festive event!

All of the Christmas Scruffy Puppies will be there, along with all of our adoptable dogs, including Tim Tebow, Trixie Belle, Reed’s Bandit, Pebbles, and Smores.

Princess Lady Di will be our mascot.

Update: We all had a blast at the Villages! We made new friends, and hugged many old friends. It was awesome to Judy there! All of our dogs made quite an impact, they were well-behaved and stunning.

Soleil was the lucy one, she was adopted and renamed Lucy. Jesse, Titan’s owner was there to show off their frisbee and ball playing skills, and after Soleil’s adoption, her new owners teamed with Jesse to provide Soleil some time at Jesse’s Sit and Stay the Villages Doggie Daycare! There Soleil (Lucy) will receive the continued social skills that she needs. While at the adoption event, our volunteer, Karyce trained Soleil on the leash, along with the help of Lady Di – it took just a few minutes, and we trained Soleil to sit in about 2 seconds! The photo shown of Soleil, and her new owner, truly represents the joy of rescue.


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