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

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

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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!

Donate on Frappe Fridays!

Here are just some of our promotional photos you can use, please share Frappe Fridays with your friends and family!




Why give on Giving Tuesday? – Impact the Future of our Rescue

12179285_10100534612928519_125082904799_nI want to thank Sarah White for writing this plea, explaining how much Giving Tuesday means to us this year.  She has taken the time to explain exactly what your volunteering and donations mean to us.  The truth is, we have always appreciated all of you, your time, prayers, and generosity, this year we are depending on your like never before.  Rescue is an expensive process,  I believe that we will find a way, and with your help, we will not close our doors.  We can do this!  ~ Gisele

Written by Sarah White:

Before we get in to the article, I want to take a moment to thank quite a few important people. First, to all of our volunteers, whether you work from a computer like our social media and database volunteers or are more hands on like our fosters, transporters, and event coordinators, we appreciate all you do and all the ways you make rescue happen!

I would also like to thank our donors, because you make what we all do possible. This year your dollars went toward last minute pulls from shelters, the excellent medical care all of our dogs receive, the food in their bowl, their preventative meds, ongoing medical care for special cases like all of our sweet pups who had skin conditions, special diet needs, and all those dogs who were heart worm positive.

We try to say “thank you” often, but somehow thank you just isn’t enough to express the gratitude we hold for you all.

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Now, Why am I writing? Well right after Cyber Monday is a special day in our rescue and for non-profits around the country. It is called Giving Tuesday and by now you have probably seen a few of our posts on Facebook about it. For those who haven’t heard about it, here is what it is all about:

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Giving Tuesday, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

So now you know what Giving Tuesday means, but do you know what it means to us?

The funds we raise on this one day are a safety net for the rescue. It provides a fund to go to if  a highly adoptable dog on death row suddenly appears in our inbox on the evening before he is supposed to be euthanized, or if we get a “healthy” litter of puppies whopizap-com14796895259241 show up with parvo. Our Adoption fees are designed to help us cover that dog’s medical expenses and the next dog’s pull with just  a little extra for running costs, like the phone, ink, paper, and website.  The adoption fees are a huge help, but when you get dogs who have conditions, or who take a while to be adopted, (or even scarier, both!) the fees add up and soon it will take 2 or more adoption fees to break even.

We consistantly have some hard blows:  Kennel cough, skin conditions, mange, parvo, heartworm, are just a few.  As painful as it is, sometimes we lose a dog or puppy.  Like with sweet Yogi who required a lot of medical care,  and sadly, in the end we couldn’t save… each time we have bounced back, often only because of generous donors who contribute to the medical care of these sweet and very deserving dogs. We also face increasing veterinary costs, like in fall of 2016 when our rate at the vet doubled. Things were already tight, but when prices double, the number of dogs we can care for is cut in half. This makes your support all that more important.

pizap-com14486751432914This year Giving Tuesday is our lifeline. As many of you know Gisele is not only our president, but our main foster, trainer, point of contact, transport coordinator, and our rescue-guru. She gives her all to keep TDL up, open, and running, so that dogs in need will still have a place to go. As amazing as Gisele is, she can not do it alone. Your donations this Giving Tuesday will allow us to get through December and prepare for another awesome year of rescue, but we won’t be able to do it without you.

So here is what you can do to help.

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1. Share the Link to our Giving Tuesday page and tell your friends why you support us. Did you get your best friend from us? Volunteer with us? Just love our Facebook posts? Everyone has a reason why they are reading this. Ask them to share too!  Here is that link again for easy copy-paste:  http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Dog-Liberator

2. Donate if you can – I recognize not everyone is able. Christmas is a tight time of year, so if you can’t do Giving Tuesday, consider signing up for our Promise program. You can commit to give monthly in increments as small as $5. If you can donate you can do so on our Giving Tuesday page or, just click the PayPal button at the bottom of the post.

bcyEbXAdi3. Volunteer – We always need reliable volunteers. If you want to foster for us, transport, work on a computer, or have a great idea for a unique way you might be able to help, just email us.

dog_shopping4. Shop – Whether it is getting your dog a special gift like a Pack Pack, or just doing your holiday shopping through Fundinco or Amazon Smile, you can support rescue. In fact shopping through Fundinco and Amazon Smile on Amazon is like a free donation. it costs nothing extra to you and a percentage of your purchase goes to rescue. There are lots of ways you can shop and support rescue!

So often we say “we can’t do it without you” but now, more than ever, it is true. We have helped over 1000 dogs find their forever homes, and we can’t wait to break 1000! Please, help us pave the way.

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Giving Tuesday 11/29/16

Thank you for your support!  We’re coming up on that time of year again: Black Friday, Cyber Monday…  But have you heard about Giving Tuesday?

#GivingTuesday is an unprecedented global movement of generosity. For the third year in a row, Razoo is inviting nonprofits and individuals from across America (and around the globe!) to join together and raise funds for the world-changing causes that matter to them.

You don’t have to register with other websites if you donate to our rescue and are more comfortable using paypal, please do! Paypal is always our preferred method of receiving donations because it guarantees a higher level of safety for our clients.


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Not Feeling creative? Feel free to use this Image!

Start your own fundraising campaign to share with your friends and family on your favorite social media platform on The Dog Liberator’s Fundraising Page!

Then, create your own Profile Icon or Banner for your social media page. Whether you use Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, on Giving Tuesday, show your support for our Rescue to your friends and family. Don’t know how? We’ll take a photo of your rescued dog and create a banner or profile icon for you! Just email us at TheDogLiberator@gmail.com. You can copy and use one of our designs located below! You can also see some of the projects we are already working on, and read more about us on our Main Razoo page.

WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY?

Once a year global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more.  Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

photo_72475_landscape_650x433#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. Where did the idea come from? The retail industry has long benefited from seasonal shopping that symbolically kicks off with “Black Friday” – a day that has since inspired “Small Business Saturday” and “Cyber Monday.” #GivingTuesday™, then, serves as a celebratory, fully connected day to kick off the giving season, when many make their holiday and end-of-year charitable gifts.

Giving Tuesday is Coming soon, are you ready?

Additional Reading:
Why give on Giving Tuesday? – Impact the Future of our Rescue
Over 700 Reasons to Support The Dog Liberator on Giving Tuesday

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Great NonProfit 2013

Loyalty Shopping!

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

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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.

 

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

 

Just Enter our Group ID, 990055884

Yankee Candles

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

 

Not Setup to Donate Online?

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

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

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

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

 

Ms Macaulay ~ Adopted

13268486_10154040857284792_8488673687990448536_oThis poor sweet girl was abandoned by her family. They moved away, and left her behind to fend for herself. As you can see her coat is severely matted, and the light has gone out of her eyes.

As we all know, dogs are stronger and more forgiving than most human beings. With love and care, we can help her regain her health and her trust in people, but we need your help.

She is a purebred sheltie and is estimated to be between 3 and 5 years old. Please take a moment to donate to our vet care fund, so we can help this baby, and many others!  Thank you so much. More photos and updates on this Sheltie girl coming soon! ♥ 13308466_10154040857279792_1029018648060403081_o

Once Macaulay is ready, she will be available for adoption. If you are interested in being considered for Ms Macaulay please read Our Adoption Process, answer the questions presented, and email us. You can also Check out her Photos on Facebook!

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6/3/16 Update: So we shaved Macaulay down and discovered this sweet little boy was actually a sweet girl! Life is rough when you are so matted down that we can’t tell what gender you are! That being said, Macaulay is looking a lot more comfortable now and has arrived with TDL!

 

7/4/16 Update: Happy 4th for Ms Macaulay. Ms. Mac was adopted by the Berdeauxs of Port Orange. They recently lost a dog and their other dog was very sad and lonely. Looks Mac is fitting right in with her new family. Congrats!

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The United Way

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

Tasha ~ Adopted!

11825138_10153388710704792_3428027144085042086_nTasha just came in on transport! She is a knock-out. Absolutely georgous, intellegent girl.

From Gisele: “Tasha is the type of dog that would save her family in a fire! She is nurturing and lovey…she flips your hand with her nose to be petted. Calm, but still has play joy. She’s friendly, and tends to gravitate to little dogs…thinking they are her pups. It’s time for her to be the baby for a while!”

Tasha is between 2-4 years old, and sadly, her life hasn’t been a picnic up until this point. The folks who owned her kept her tied up outside, and used her for breeding. Because of this neglect, Tasha is heartworm positive. Thankfully, through the generosity of our amazing supporters, we’re able to have her treated. Her worst days are behind her, because she’s a TDL dog now! ♥

If you would like to be considered for this lovely lady, please go here to learn all about our adoption process.

Check out her photos on Facebook!
Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better.

Tasha is located in Deltona, FL.

If you love her, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!

 

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8/13/15 Update: Tasha was adopted by Wendy, Johnny, and their little girl today! She will be living the good life in Land O’ Lakes, FL. We’re so thrilled for this amazing dog and her new family.

 

 

 

Roddy Piper ~ Adopted!

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Roddy Piper is quite noble, and would make a great therapy/PTSD dog!

We estimate that he is between 12-16 weeks old. He is scheduled to be spayed/neutered on Monday, and will be available for meets after that.

If you would like to be considered for Roddy, please go here to learn all about our adoption process.  Check out Roddy’s Facebook Album and also check out the litter’s photos on Facebook!

Roddy PiperAlthough we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better. As we expect a lot of interest in these puppies, priority will be given to those who answer our adoption questions. The puppies are located in Deltona, FL.

If you love the pups, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!

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8/14/15 Update: Roddy Piper was adopted by Alesia and Reece of Lake Mary today! Yay, Roddy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Johannah, the lovely Collie mix! ~ Adopted!

11043537_10153368792419792_474721156388449805_nSay hello to Lady Johannah! She’s named after one of our TDL rescuers, I think because they have similar hair colors. Ha ha.

Johannah is a young girl, we think around 5 months old. She’s very sweet and friendly, and has quickly become a foster mom to our new pups. We think she’d be a great therapy or CGC dog!

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Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better.

Johannah is located in Deltona, FL.

If you love her, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!


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8/9/15 Update: Johannah was adopted by Dara and Darin of Palm Harbor today! They’ve been searching for the perfect dog for over three months, and guess what? They just found her! Such a happy day! 11866463_10153383653804792_2953717472643833260_n

Gabriel ~ Adopted!

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Gabriel, aka: Blue Eyes, is laid back and polite. He’s an all around easy peasy guy.

We estimate that he is between 12-16 weeks old. He is scheduled to be spayed/neutered on Monday, and will be available for meets after that.

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If you would like to be considered for Gabe, please go here to learn all about our adoption process. Also check out the pups’ photos on Facebook!

Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better. As we expect a lot of interest in these puppies, priority will be given to those who answer our adoption questions. The puppies are located in Deltona, FL.

If you love the pups, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!

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8/3/15 Update: Gabriel was adopted by Ron and Theresa of Rockledge today! He will be sharing his new home with kitty sister, Darci and doggie sister, Haley!

Madeline ~ Adopted!

Madeline (3) Madeline is the smallest, but she won’t be pushed around! She has the heart of a lion.

We estimate that she is between 12-16 weeks old. She is scheduled to be spayed/neutered on Monday, and will be available for meets after that.

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If you would like to be considered for Madeline, please go here to learn all about our adoption process. Also check out Madeline’s photo album and the litter’s photos on Facebook!

Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better. As we expect a lot of interest in these puppies, priority will be given to those who answer our adoption questions. The puppies are located in Deltona, FL.

If you love the pups, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!

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8/17/15 Update: Madeline was adopted by the Millers of Orlando. We’re so thrilled for them and for Maddie. Congrats, little girl!

 

 

 

 

Preslie ~ Adopted!

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Preslie is the “toy hound”. She loves to share and play keep away.

We estimate that she is between 12-16 weeks old. She is scheduled to be spayed/neutered on Monday, and will be available for meets after that. Check out Preslie’s Facebook album as well as the litter’s album!

If you would like to be considered for Preslie, please go here to learn all about our adoption process.

Although we don’t use a traditional adoption application, we would like you to answer a few questions so that we can get to know you better. As we expect a lot of interest in these puppies, priority will be given to those who answer our adoption questions. The puppies are located in Deltona, FL.

If you love the pups, but can’t adopt, please consider being a virtual foster!

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8/13/15 Update: Preslie was adopted by the McKennas of Titusville today! Look at those happy faces. Congrats!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Dog Liberator recieves Greg Biffle Foundation Grant

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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.

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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.

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.

Thank You!

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We want to thank those of you who have become Virtual Fosters and sponsored our rescued dogs.  Your contribution is very appreciated!

Recently, we have received several life-saving donations from our supporters through our Amazon Wish List.  We want to thank our secret Santa for these gifts.  They really make a huge difference!

Thank you, whoever you are, for your kindness and generosity!

Connect the Dots

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I installed two new maps on our Blog. I hope it doesn’t slow down the load time of our website for you. One is a globe shown in the right-hand column, and one is a flat map shown down below.

If you look closely, you will see tiny red dots on the maps. These dots represent visitors! We have dog-lovers visiting our website from places I have never heard of! This is truly inspirational, and amazing!

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So when you visit our page, look to the right and see if your town appears!  Thank you to all who visit our website, and Welcome to The Dog Liberator!

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The Check’s In the Mail

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Effective immediately, The Dog Liberator will no longer use Rally Piryx for online fundraising.  After trying to contact the company, we have realized there is no live human being there to even take our calls.  We have sent emails asking to engage in a conversation to review our account.

There are several donations sitting in The Dog Liberator’s account that have not been transferred to our Veterinary Care fund.  We await word from Rally Piryx to learn how they will proceed.  To date, our donations have taken up to 12 days to be processed and transferred.  Considering we have been working with PayPal for over three years, we will continue to work with PayPal in the future.  While Rally Piryx had some cool features and Facebook apps, those are things that our dogs do not care about.    Thank you for your support.

Gisele Veilleux
President/Founder
The Dog Liberator

 

Winter~Adopted

Winter, now Rider

02/26/13 Dale Writes: Yea, so…..how cool is it that after only a week & a 1/2 Rider has learned my work schedule and is waiting out by the gate every day when I turn up, the driveway. Okay, now here’s the downside – cute but downside = It appears that when he comes out to sit & wait for me, he doesn’t care that it’s POURING DOWN RAIN !!! Yep, there sat my dedicated son, just as happy & excited to see me……soaking wet but he didn’t care – Daddy was home !

Winter has a home of his own!

02/16/13:  Winter joined us in DeLand.  Visit White Dog Day and see more photos and video of him at the dog park!

02/08/13:  Winter has been adopted by Dale and Brenda, and living in DeLand with Dales pack!  Can’t wait for updates!

02/14/13:  Winter got a bath yesterday!  Doesn’t he look awesome!  You can continue to see updated photos of Winter on Facebook.

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02/05/13 Foster Update:  Winter is wonderful.  He has the self-confidence he needs, he is playing like a maniac (thanks to Digit) and is just a very good boy!  He’s great with kids, unsure about cats, and loves dogs… all dogs!  He, like China, has incredible recall (most deaf dogs do).

Here’s his latest video.

History:

Winter, Scared at the Shelter

Dave told me yesterday there was a white Aussie boy in Seminole County’s Animal Control.  I got in touch with Kim Litz, Aussie rescuer, and offered to take him.  She sent me a few photos of him, and said he was a good boy.  He reminded me of Dundee (Chance) who was adopted by the Wilson family.  He looked familiar to me, as if he and Dundee might be related.

They estimate he might be four years old, but today we wondered if he was two.  Who knows, he might even be older, I’ll let Dr. Oliver decide.  He’s also heartworm negative!  Whew!

Judging by his dirty feet, he’s been on his own for a while.  Rumors have it a local farmer was looking for an un-socialized dog to work with his cattle, so he bought this dog from a breeder.  Woops!  I don’t think he meant to buy a totally deaf and visually impaired dog.  Well, obviously it didn’t work out!  I was also told that this boy has been a stray for a month or so.  Seems like animal control has been getting calls from people who have spotted him.  I don’t know if any of these facts are accurate or not, so if I hear something different, I’ll update it here!

I had a choice to get him neutered at the county, or just pull him right away.  I figured I had a appointment already, and I really wanted to meet him first, so I opted to proceed with my plan… off to Val-U-Vet.

When he walked in the door, the staff at Val-U-Vet popped their heads up, and were curious about this slow moving Aussie.  One by one, the ladies joined me in the main lobby, and we sat on the ground evaluating him.  It was really cool, because first Serena came out, and evaluated the condition of his coat.   His coat is dry, and full of sand.  It didn’t take long before several of the staff were interacting with the dog.  We did a rough test of his eyes, they both blink!  But we don’t think he can hear… at all!

He wasn’t afraid of us, but he was cautious, and he was a bit confused; unsure of his surroundings, which I would expect.  What we did notice is he did not want to left alone.  He followed whoever moved, and when he couldn’t find a human, he hugged the wall.  I video taped it to share with you, even though I know that this video may decrease his chances for adoption.  After all, it shows him being unsure and lacking confidence.  But that’s okay, I’ll also be sharing video of him a few days and weeks from now, which I’m sure will be totally different!

By the way I’d like to apologize, because I’m typing this so fast, not taking the time to proofread!

Kim recently wrote:  Evaluated this 3 yr old male and what a sweet thing! He was good with the two dogs he interacted with, an older male corgi mix who kept trying to get him to play and then wanted to hump him, it didn’t bother him, he just sat down. He also was fine with the young Catahoula mix girl who sniffed him all over (she is disabled so not able to run around). He just sniffed the cat and didn’t really pay her much attention after that (she hissed at him but of course he couldn’t hear that). He is deaf and does have some limited sight although when I dropped the leash he could follow me around and did so several times. He was quiet, I went slowly at first as not to startle him. I really liked this boy, he was sweet and gentle, no jumping. He let me look at his teeth, his ears, his toes and touch him all over.

I shared with the staff at Val-U-Vet my name ideas for the gentle boy.  You see, on the way to meet Kim, I had a bunch of names in my head!  I had emailed a few people today asking for name ideas.  Here’s was my list!

If he was lovey dovey I was going to name him Diamond Dave.

If he was regal and sophisticated I was going to name him Elton.

My son, Ryan first wanted to name him Chrome.  I saved that name in case he was playful.

Then, I thought if he’s super smart, I’d name him Anderson Cooper.

But none of those names will do.

My son begged me to name him Winter.  He said there was a song that he loves, called The Sound of Winter.  While the five of us standing in a circle, surrounding the dog took a vote, and we all voted unanimously; Winter.

Not scared, but unsure and confused

He’s staying at Val-U-Vet tonight.  Tomorrow morning he will be lovingly groomed by Serena.  She will make him so white I’ll need sunglasses!  Also tomorrow his vision will be evaluated by Dr. Pinzon.  On Friday, he will be neutered.  I suspect that by the time I see him again, he’ll be a different dog!

I’ve asked the Wilson family to foster him for me, but whether he stays with me or stays with the Wilsons, he will get the best of care, and he will be introduced to play.  We will work on trust, and expose him to new things, and hopefully increase his self-esteem.

One thing is obvious, Winter is a velcro dog.  He needs the closeness of a human.  And please don’t tell me that deaf dogs don’t make good guard dogs, because it’s my China that’s the first to bark at a stranger (ferociously I might add).  I think because Ozzie and Lady Di can actually hear the intruder, or maybe they can see the intruder from the window, they don’t even bother to get up!  Because China can’t hear them, or see them very well, everyone is a stranger to her, until she can smell them, and until that happens, she guards her castle!

I’ll be anxious to update Winter’s page, I’m confident that we can help him, and I’m confident he will find the perfect home.  Thank you Kim!  I’m also glad that I made the decision to keep my appointment.  I know that at night, when the crowds leave, the folks at Val-U-Vet really interact with my dogs!  You can see more photos of him on Facebook.

I was getting ready to publish this post, and when I looked on Facebook, Kathy K. left a comment:
Kathy K:  If so, I am so thankful. I have seen him late at night on my way home from work and tried to catch several times. Took food I left once but other times just ran. Followed him once during the day for about an hour until he ran into the woods. No one seemed to know where he came from but talked to several people that tried to catch him. If not, still glad another baby has been saved.

So it’s true, it takes a village.

Dusty and Lilly

Update:  Winter’s veterinary care has been sponsored by Dusty, who adopted China’s Twin, Lilly!  Woo Hoo for Winter!  He’s getting the full spa treatment today, bath, ears, nails blow-dry and comb out!  Tomorrow he gets neutered.  Thank you Dusty!

Winter Comes Home

01/31/13:  Winter will not get a bath today, and his surgery has been cancelled. He is having an upper respiratory infection.  Some vitamins, antibiotics and cough medicine are in order. I’m picking him up shortly and he’ll chill out and relax for a few days before we reschedule!

I brought Winter home.  He does have a pretty hefty cough, and I’m glad he was not neutered yesterday by Animal Control.  My vet said he wouldn’t really eat, so I popped open a can of Andi’s chicken stew… he gobbled it!  I’ve taken him outside, he’s very needy, and starting to show affection.  He follows me around everywhere, like I’m his security blanket.

Winter is a love

I picked up the girls from school, and we took Winter outside to introduce him to the yard.  He is shy at first, but once he gets a chance to smell you, and knows that you mean him no harm, he warms up VERY quickly, giving kisses and wanting to hug.  You can see more photos of him on Facebook. 

02/01/13:  Winter is doing well, very well!  He’s eating good, so I’m not concerned, but his cough is bad.  He is starting to play, and he barks for attention!  What a great sign!  He is very affectionate, and he licks my feet just to tell me he likes me!  I will share more very soon!

 

Winter is Comfortable in Foster Care

02/03/13:  Winter’s cough is almost completely gone.  He loves to run with the pack, and is very playful.  He does not try to escape from the yard; so why was he on the run on his own for so long?  Maybe a female in heat caused him to leave the safety of his home?  Maybe he was dumped.  Winter is great in his crate, and barks occasionally to check if we’re hear!  I’ve been leaving the light on for him at night; it helped!  He is great with the kids and is gaining a lot of self-confidence.

We have many new photos of him on Facebook.

 

 

Flash Back:  It’s February 11, 2013 and I’m just going through all of my old messages.  I re-read Kathy’s comments on Winter’s photo album on Facebook, when it dawned on me.  Last November, she sent me a private message:

November 30, 2012: Not sure that you can help but maybe you have heard if someone is missing this dog. I saw a white with small gray markings and very light blue eyes, Australian Shepherd running loose in the Longwood area. He/she was running on Rangeline road and then onto Church Ave. He/she is very dirty. Does not seem aggressive but would not come to me. I followed it for a ways with food and it would just cross the road and kept running. It was running in traffic. Several of us tried to catch it to no avail. I followed it to the woody area by Pet Country ( a boarding place on Church). I asked if they were missing a dog and they said that it had been running for about 4 days and that no one has been able to catch it. I then spoke to another lady walking a dog and she said the same thing. I checked with the Vet I take my kitties to and they did not know of anyone missing a dog. I now have to go to work and sadly I don’t live in the area the dog is running in or I would leave food out. It is a dirty beauty and i am so scared it will get hit. I will look for it again tomorrow. Please let me know if you have heard of anyone missing such dog. Thank you for your time. Kathy

 

Not knowing if the dog was a male or a female, I wrote her back, giving her some advice:  Keep looking! If you see her, sit on the ground, and turn your back on her, avoiding eye contact. Extend your hand out, and see if she’ll come to you. If she’s scared, she will approach from the back or the side. Bring food. Bring a braided slip leash, it’ll take time.  You can call my cell if you need me.   Also, she may have puppies so check her belly if you can. If she’s nursing, you can not remove her.

Now it all makes sense, why Kathy was so excited when we got Winter.  I have chills!

 


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Bartholomew~Adopted

Bart's story of survival

Bart’s story of survival

 

So much about my experience with Bart was not shared here on this page. I took the time after his adoption to publish his story. Now that I look back, it’s quite amazing!

Bart goes Home

 

 

Adoption:Bart was adopted by M. H. Clark and Pete Mellen, both university professors. No doubt, he’ll have his own degree soon! It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon!

 

Bart Today:  Bart is a very healthy pup, he has gained so much weight, thanks to great veterinary care and Andi Brown’s Chicken Stew, that he is the epitome of health.  He is Parvo negative, and has fully recovered.  Parvo is a virus, much like a cold.  He is not only affected by the virus anymore, he also is not contagious whatsoever.  This is one strong little pup who has much to offer his new family.

Bart’s Shelter Photo

History: I opened an email last week that was full of cute pups, but one stood out because he was the only Collie.  I immediately replied to Hollie and asked if I could get him.  The photo was not very clear, but I knew I was looking at a long nose and beautiful eyes.  Emily Kennedy was with me when I received his first photo, and after I shared it with her, she asked if we could name him Bartholomew!

I neglected to explain earlier, that this little pup was left in the night drop box at Animal Control.  Not a very fitting option for a sick pup.

Friday, July 13th:  Sarah White volunteered to help with the transport, and the collie was coming to me!  That morning Hollie warned me that he had runny stool.  Once Sarah picked him up, she noticed that he had no energy, and something just didn’t seem right.  Once he threw up, she called me with serious concerns.  She indicated that it had a metallic smell to it.  I instructed Sarah to drive straight to Val-u-Vet on the way to my home.  I contacted the vet, and they stood ready to assist.  I wanted fluids and a parvo test.

After dropping him off, Sarah and I sat and waited at my house for the results.  Thirty minutes later, the dreaded phone call confirmed that he tested strong positive.  We discussed his options, his treatment, and the cost.

so sad

Scared out of my mind, I called Anita and we decided to ask for donations to cover his first few days of treatment.  If he survives, we will determine what the cost will be and decide if we should do a chip-in at a later date.  When a rescue has a medically needy animal, the funds used to save that animal are not available to rescue the next group that are waiting in line to be rescued.

We quickly had dinner and Sarah drove me to the vet to visit little Bart.  The moment they opened the door to his private room, I fought back the tears… it was Goldie Hawn all over again.  He wouldn’t have eye contact with me, and even as I sat on the floor close to his cage, he would not lift his head.  I opened his crate, and rubbed his little head and whispered sweet nothings in his ear!    Everything that can be done medically, was being done.

As I left, the staff and I agreed that the next 24 hours would be critical.  There’s really nothing we can do at this point, but pray, and see if he makes it.

When I got back home, Sarah and I sat together for a while, and I felt myself bouncing back and forth between hope and despair.  I was preparing myself for the worse, yet trying to be hopeful.  It surprises me that most rescuers aren’t bi-polar!

Hang in there little guy!

 

Saturday, July 14th:  I slept with one eye open last night, falling back asleep with a silent prayer, and had dreams of setting up my master bathroom into a triage area once again, exactly like I had set it up for Goldie Hawn, three years ago.  But did Bart make it through the night?

My son Ryan woke me up, he had made the coffee and let all of the dogs out already.  There was no excuse but for me to get out of bed and make the call.  I took one sip, and dialed the number.  Ray informed me that not only did Bart eat his breakfast, he’s lifting his head up and wagging his tail.  Wow!  Can I get excited now?  Not really, I have to stay in limbo for a while, but I can’t deny how good it feels to know he has eaten!

Tomorrow marks The Dog Liberator’s three year anniversary.  July 15th marks the day I adopted out Mel.  Bonnie Belle would be adopted just a few days later, and I got the rescue fever!

I’m getting emails from folks throughout the country that remember Goldie Hawn.  It feels so good to know she has not been forgotten. Goldie was my Lady Di’s pup.  They were both flown to me by Jeff Bennett of Pilots-n-Paws.

What I have learned in these past three years is incredible.  I’ve learned how strong I really am, and I’ve learned how weak I really am as well.

Saying Goodbye to Goldie Hawn, October, 2009

What he really needs is a foster with the intent to adopt.  Since I don’t have a foster that can take care of Bartholomew for several weeks, I will prepare my triage room, and visit him later today.  Thank you for your prayers, healing thoughts and donations.  I know I’m not alone.

 

You can see all of Bartholomew’s photos on Facebook.
Saturday, July 14th:  It’s been about 24 hours since Bart was admitted to the vet.  I visited him today, and his vitals are good, but what’s really fantastic is that he’s eaten twice!  I suppose he’ll be fed again tonight, and no vomiting or bloody stool!

Hugs and Kisses

He stood up and thumped his tail for me, and I got to hold him in my lap for while and smother him with kisses.  I’m hoping he can come home with me tomorrow, if everything goes well.  Is he out of the woods yet?  Not really, but boy this is great news!  I think the most important thing we did to save Bart is get him into the vet immediately, give him fluids, have him tested, and administer the anti-nausea medication.  I believe the anti-nausea medication alone has made a huge difference in saving our pups that have been exposed to Parvo.

As I reviewed the photos that Emily took of Bart and I, I hate my grey hair, my sagging neck, my wrinkled face… I didn’t look like this three years ago… but I sure love my family, my dogs, my job, our adopters, our fans, and my friends!  
Bart’s story has been published, and it’s quite a story.  For details, visit http://thedogliberator.com/bartholomew-revisited/  There you will find details about his story, updates, and book reviews!

 

 

How can I ever thank you?

 

“you said you wanted me to feel better!”

Sunday, July 22:  Bart had a very very good night! Everything is starting to work. Continue to cross your fingers that the worse is over and it’s all great news from here.

Well, again I spoke too soon. Bart will not soil in his room, he held his pee over night and went outside this morning, and he hides in the bushes to do his number two… all boys need their privacy! When I checked on him this afternoon, here’s what he did with the newspaper and wee wee pads! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 24th: Here’s your update for today! Enjoy!

Proud with ears and tail up, wearing his red TDL tag!

Review a post regarding Rescue and the details the rescue of Bart and Shy Sharon, called Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid and how these two dogs literally rescued me!

Yes, Bart was adopted, and I will be providing details and updates shortly!

 

 

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And he lived happily ever after. Thank you to everyone who made it possible! -Bart 2013 –

 

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