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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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!

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.

 

 

 

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!

11059689_10153368793969792_5038868867715768260_n2If you would like to be considered for this lovely young lady, 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.

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

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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. House – The stunning Border Collie Boy! ~ Adopted!

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After my grooming I am going to look dreamy!

Say hello to House! He’s an absolutely beautiful 2 year old dog with a unique front leg. Although it is a bit crooked, he gets around just fine and is not in any pain. He just arrived at Newman Vet, so once the doctors have a chance to examine him, we’ll know more about what’s going on with it. You can see his unique leg in the image bellow on his right, our left.

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I can’t wait to be someone’s love muffin!

 

House will also be getting a bath and a brush out while at Newman. As you can see, he’s “blowing” his winter coat, so he looks a bit disheveled. There’s a lovely summer coat under all that wooliness!

This boy has a VERY sweet and calm disposition. Even after spending long hours on transport, he was cheerful, friendly, and curious, but not at all hyper. He did great on a leash and showed no signs of fearfulness or aggression. He just wanted hugs, pets, and kisses on his snout! I really can’t say enough good things about this charming young man.

Check out this video of him that was filmed at the shelter showing off his skills (you can also see that he gets around just fine with his unique leg):

 

His paperwork has him listed as an “Aussie mix”, but all we see is Border Collie!

If you would like to be considered for House, please go here for everything you’ll need to know about adopting from us. You can also see more Photos of him on Facebook!

He is located in Deltona, FL.

11667475_10153309112374792_6170458600760405109_n7/8/15 Update: The more time we spend with House, the more we love him. He’s VERY loving and sweet, a goofy bear of a boy! He would do great in a home with kids.

House is also back from the vet who checked out his leg. The verdict? House’s crooked leg is the result of an old break that didn’t heal straight. Because he gets around just fine and isn’t in any pain, they don’t want to put him through the ordeal of major surgery and the possible complications that could arise from it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Want to see how gentle and loving House is? Here he is!

 

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Libby – The fluffy little girl! ~ Adopted

11150738_10153176310659792_6223185265029435551_n[1]Libby is being transported to us on the 30th. We don’t know a whole lot about her yet, but we believe that she’s around 12 weeks old, and that she’s a Shepherd/Collie mix.

We do know what she will require quite a bit of vetting, so any donations to our Veterinary Care Fund would be greatly appreciated.

Check out her Photos on Facebook!

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More photos and details coming soon!

 

 

 

5/31/15 Update! Libby is here!libby 33  Libby’s such a friendly girl. Very snuggly and sweet. We were surprised to see how much lighter her coat is than it was in the original pictures. She’s losing her dark puppy fur! Libby is currently at Newman Vet, and will be available for adoption soon. If you’d like to be considered for her, please check out Our Adoption Process.
11428545_10153232440944792_430098626687025565_n26/13/15  Update: Libby was adopted this morning! She will be living with Becky, Briana, Logan, and their cat, Penny, in Jacksonville. So happy for Libby and her new family!

From the bottom of our heart

We would like to take a moment to say thank you to all those who have been so faithful in supporting us these past few months. Without you we would not be here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you know, early in the fall Gisele had a heart attack. As a result, it was also discovered that she has a progressive arterial disorder and it is still being determined how disabled the heart attack and disorder has left her. Another surgery is still a possibility, but is being delayed as testing continues and as we wait on pending determinations.

Through all this difficulty and uncertainty, we have been overwhelmed by the support that the rescue, and Gisele have received. Several of our adopters and supporters have sent generous donations to help us continue to pay the rescue’s necessary bills.   We were also blown away this week when we received a call from our vet, letting us know that one of our adopters (who has supported us in many ways over the years including volunteering in many ways) had made a huge donation and paid off $500 dollars of our veterinary care bill. Others have supported Gisele and her family directly and one was recently kind enough to send her daughter a gift card for clothes.

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Maura and Tuesday!

Your support has kept TDL going as we face difficult times. We send a special thank you to our foster Maura, who fostered several of our recent pups and who is now moving. Thank you for welcoming our babies into your home and taking such great care of them.

If you are interested in fostering for us, we are always looking for more fosters. Additionally, a special thank you to all of those who have opened their home to a TDL pup, whether for foster or as a forever home. Gisele has always fostered for us, but since her heart attack she is on light duty and can’t handle medium to larger dogs, which ties our hands a bit on who we can rescue. If you are interested in learning more about fostering, feel free to email us. we welcome your support.

We are currently floating through unknown waters. There are lots of questions and decisions pending, and to some extent it feels like our future is not in our own hands, but one thing remains firm: we want to rescue dogs, even if it is slowly, one by one.  Thank you to all who continue to make it possible. “Thank you” hardly seems enough to express the gratitude we feel.

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5/19/15 Update: A special thank you goes out to Lynne Deal who just paid off our current vetting balance at Newman! Lynne has been a constant supporter and we are so thankful and blessed to have her as part of the TDL Family!

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Pet Portraits to Support Rescue! (A Fun Fundraiser)

Lisa Yttri, who adopted Bama (AKA Billy Ray), has created an awesome opportunity to support our rescue and get a little something for yourself. Check this out!
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Lisa write in her Facebook Post:

I’m starting a fundraiser for the rescue where we got Bama, our once shy and fearful Border Collie. If interested in receiving an 8×10 hand drawn image of your pet, please see the instructions below. 50% of the proceeds will go directly to The DogLiberator, Gisele Veilleux’s rescue here in Florida. If you want to see more of my drawings, go to my My Recent Drawings album. I have done over 200 drawings and have had very happy “customers”.

Lisa has done amazing work and sent along a few samples of the picture she was sent, and the finished product. Check this out (and click on the picture to see a larger version):

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 Want to see More of Lisa’s work? Check out the Mini-Gallery on Facebook!

As it mentions above, there are 3 easy steps to follow if you want to be a part of this awesome fundraiser:

  1.  Donate a minimum of $30 +$3 shipping to her Paypal account lyttri@hotmail.com
  2. Send a closeup photo of your pet to lyttri@hotmail.com
  3. The drawing will be sent out ASAP and TDL will receive 50% of the donation!

The drawing is an 8×10″ graphite drawing and makes an amazing piece of art for your home, office, or a gift for a friend. How awesome is this?  We hope you enjoy this unique and fun opportunity to support rescue!

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.

Thank You!

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The Dog Liberator

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!

Dogs Need a Freedom Ride!

Bart in my van going home after beating Parvo!

HELP!

Do you have a clunker that you can’t sell?

Three years ago, a friend bought TDL a  1996 Dodge Caravan for $600.  We’ve loved this van!  But, it’s time for us to say goodbye, yet we appreciate that it helped us rescue hundreds of dogs!

We received an estimate to repair the Caravan of $1,800.

The Dog Liberator, in short, is without transportation.

A TDL supporter suggested that we ask our followers, supporters, and fosters for help!  So that’s what we’re doing – begging for a miracle.

Repair or Replace?




We need a vehicle that can transport dogs, which limits us to very few options; a van or an SUV. We do have a mechanic that will volunteer to fix minor things, so we asking if you know of anyone who is selling their van or SUV that can negotiate the finances, please contact us at TheDogLiberator@gmail.com.

We are praying that someone has an idea.

We appreciate your help and please do not forget we are non-profit, and can provide a tax-deductible receipt for donations.  We also posted our plea on Craigslist!

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

 

Sophie’s Choice

Murphy in 2010

It has been the week of gift-giving for The Dog Liberator.  I want to thank all of you.  I sit here at my desk pounding away all day long, and many times I really do feel alone.  But the Fedex and UPS trucks have been rolling in with wonderful surprises, and the emails of donations have been received.  I’d like to thank all of you.

But today, I found something in the mail that caught me by surprise…. it left a lump in my throat, and I shed a tear or two, realizing how blessed all of us really are.  We rescue great dogs, we adopt out great dogs, and we have fantastic supporters.  One of which is Sophie Litzenberg.  Sophie adopted Murphy in May of 2010.  Back then, he was just a black dot!

I opened the pink envelope, adorned with pink carnations and a lady bug, and began to read:

Dear Dog Liberator,

We adopted Murphy in June, 2010 through your organization.  That was the best thing that has ever happened to me.  He’s the best puppy ever and we love him so much.  He is so friendly to people and other dogs.  He is so funny because he wants to be human.  He knows a ton of tricks and he is well behaved (when he has to be).

I raised $300 dollars for my birthday and I sold ice-cream and cookies at my local park, where everyone knows and loves Murphy.

I hope you are able to continue to save dogs because we need people like you in the world.  I will try to raise more money and give awareness to my friends, my school, and my  neighborhood so they can help your organization.

Sincerely,

Sophie Litzenberg – 11 years old

 

Sophie and Murphy

Inside the envelope was a $300 check.  I called Sophie’s Mom, Anne right away, and she explained that Sophie has been saving since last October.

The Litzenberg’s had originally adopted a pup from a shelter, but shortly thereafter, the pup passed away from Parvo.  I’ve heard many stories from adopters who suffered the loss of pup from Parvo and the loss of a dog from Heartworm, after they had just adopted.  It’s devastating.

Sophie, I will accept your donation, but what I’d really like is in the future, you save your hard earned money and put it away for a day that might choose to be a Liberator.  Maybe you’ll be a vet, a groomer, a trainer, or maybe you’ll be just like your Mom, and have really smart and loving kids… and you’ll get them a great dog, and teach them how to love and take good care of animals.

Sophie, when I get old and can’t take care of the dogs anymore, I really hope that I can find smart and kind children like you who are all grown up, that want to help the dogs.

I’m really proud of you Sophie, and I know everyone at TDL is too!  I hope all of our supporters will read this and send you a comment!  Way to go Sophie!  You Rock!

I’m speechless, Thank you!

Gisele

Virtually Fostering a TDL Dog

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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, 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.  

 

 

 

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