The Dog Liberator™

The Dog Liberator rescues abandoned dogs throughout the Southeast. Based in Central Florida, this non-profit organization fosters all of their dogs in a home environment. Founded in 2009, all dogs are fully vetted, spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The Dog Liberator focuses in rescuing the herding breed, which consists of Border Collies, Shepherds, Sheepdogs, Aussies, Collies, and Deaf/Blind Dogs.



I first saw Athena the same way I see most of the dogs I foster– on Facebook.  Athena and her puppy, Eos, were in Gordon County, and their time was running short.  One day after work, Vicki and I hopped in her truck, and drove up to Gordon County.  When we got there, they told us about the two dogs we came to see.  They said the larger one was male, and the puppy a female.  It was quickly evident, however, that the shelter confused their genders.  They told Vicki and I that they couldn’t really get very close to Athena, or Eos, for that matter.  Athena, they said, would get defensive when they tried to get close to her, and Eos just wouldn’t move around.  On this, they were right.  It took Vicki and I hours to get both Athena and Eos leashed up and out of the shelter.

The minute that Athena stepped out of the shelter, something changed.  The defensive, unsure dog we saw inside the shelter turned into a happy, loving, and appreciative young lady.  Eos, though, took a little while to warm up to people.  When we bring in a new foster, we can only guess what they had been through in their last life.  At first, Eos was attached to Athena.  He wouldn’t accept affection from people, and would prefer to lay down across the room from you as opposed to being anywhere near a person.  Athena, like any good mother, sheltered Eos from “scary things.”  If she sensed he felt uneasy, she’d form a cuddly wall between me and Eos, gladly accepting the affection I would give her.  Over time, we watched Eos develop as a puppy, taking baby steps toward trusting people.  All the while, Athena has been our little “Velcro dog.”

Athena spends most of her time hanging out with her best friends- Raider, Daisy, Kyma, Bella, and Paw Paw.  She loves cuddling up next to Steve, Vicki, and I, especially when we’re watching TV or just talking and having a cup of coffee.

Athena is being fostered in the Atlanta, GA area.  If you are interested in her, please email Khaz at

Athena (right) with her Puppy Eos (left)
A Happy Athena with a Happy Khaz!

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