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.

Volunteer Spotlight on Dawn Chapelle

Volunteer Spotlight on Dawn Chapelle
Dawn on a TDL Transport!

Dawn is originally from Ohio but lived and worked in St Petersburg, Florida for 25 years until moving to Georgia a few years ago.

In 2000, she took an evening class to obtain a certificate for “Animal Hospital Assistant”.  She quickly realized that the medical field was not her cup of tea but it was then that she was introduced to the SPCA of Tampa Bay where she began to volunteer on weekends.  “I walked dogs and worked with prospective adopters, ” she explained.

Over the years, Dawn learned a lot about different breeds of dogs and just how many “purebred” dogs ended up in shelters.

“It was always rewarding to see a dog go to a loving home.”After moving to Dahlonega, GA, Dawn worked with PAWS and the Lumpkin County Animal Shelter for several years.

“My involvement with rescue comes from my natural love for dogs.  Fostering makes the most sense for the dog and the prospective owner.  Knowing exactly what you’re getting increases the chances of a successful adoption.  I am able to do a tiny part to help save a few dogs. Those few dogs go on to have good lives with people that need them.  Everyone wins!”

Dawn and Anita

It was our lucky day when Dawn answered an ad I had put in the vet’s office.  She called me and said she would like to help foster dogs.

Dawn is a wonderful foster.  She provides them with love, good food, exercise, and a routine.   Every dog is crate trained and house trained before they leave.  If there are issues such as food aggression, resource guarding, dog aggression, she works with me to correct it right away.  Her love and understanding for dogs goes beyond most.  When asked to provide information for potential adopters she is honest and on the money as far as their personality.  She teaches basic commands and leash walking, takes pictures and provides timely and important updates.

In addition to her fostering, Dawn has transported dogs, picking them up where ever they may be with short notice to get them to safety.  She is a caring and loving person and TDL is so lucky to have her.  Angels are hard to find!  ~Vicki Truelove

Dawn and Baloo

To date, Dawn has fostered Princess Leah, Rocky Road, Gingerbread, Sugar Plum, Cindi Loo Hoo, Judge Baloo, Serena, Dolly, Denver, Sundance, and she is currently fosteringFrenchy!  That’s a lot of dogs!



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