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.

How to Adopt From Us

How to Adopt From Us

Much to the surprise of many people, we do not use an online adoption application.  Instead, we rely on getting to know you by asking you a few questions in an email, and telephone interview.

Because we are a small rescue and keep all of our dogs in foster homes, we shy away from forms that tend to emphasis why someone should not have a dog. The interview process allows us to learn more about our potential adopters and their individual situations, concerns, pros and cons.

Logan the Puppy and the Twins
Logan the Puppy and the Twins

By knowing more details, we are able to place dogs into homes that other rescues might turn down, because we already know our dogs. We’re small so we don’t need blanket policies that require fences or disallow families with small children or won’t allow senior citizens. We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog.

Whether you are considering an adult dog or a puppy, the first thing you should do is read our article on Starting Your Dog Out Right. Here you will find not only some good tips but some thoughts to ponder before committing to the responsibilities of caring for a dog.

If you are interested in meeting one of our dogs or learning more about it, please e-mail us at and let’s get the process going! Share information including:

Your Name
Phone Number
Address including county and zip code
Whether this is a house, apartment, condo, etc
If you rent, do you have landlord approval?
Your household composition
Current and/or past pets
Your normal work schedule
How much time the dog will be alone?
What your yard is like, and do you have a fence and/or pool?
What are you looking for in a dog?
Do you have an exercise plan?
What is your contingency plan if you are no longer able to care for your dog?
Have you or anyone in your family ever been bitten/traumatized by a dog in the past?
Is there anyone in your family, circle of friends, or anyone who lives with you that can decide if you can have a dog in your home?
If you are approved to adopt during your meet, are you ready to bring your new dog home?

We will review your email and and then we’ll go from there! The more you share the better!

Also, for more information about adopting a rescued dog, Please visit Let It Go for details. See more of our available dogs on Petfinder and Join us on Facebook to get the latest updates on our rescued dogs.

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, realize that our adoptions fees literally reimburse our Vet for their services, and the expenses were incur when we rescue these wonderful dogs!  For more details, visit our “Hate Mail” post written about comments we have received.

While You Wait
While we are getting to know more about you, take a moment and get to know more about us by reading our reviews by visiting our page on Great Nonprofits.  These reviews were written by our volunteers, supporters and adopters.

Where are you getting your next dog?
If you do not adopt from us, please note that regardless of whether you get your next dog from the side of the road, Craigslist, a breeder, shelter, pound or even another rescue, these are some of the expenses you should be prepared for:

First set of vaccines and basic deworming, including office visit fee   $125
Second set of vaccines and basic deworming,  including office visit fee $125
Third set of vaccines, rabies vaccine and microchip, including office visit fee $150
Spay (for 40 pound dog) including office visit fee Spay $250-$275
Neuter (for 40 pound dog) including office visit fee Neuter $200-$225

Lord NelsonNote:  This does not include any treatment of medications for Kennel Cough, Skin Infections, Parvo Treatment, Dentals or grooming.  This also does not cover any expenses regarding transportation, or boarding.

If you have any questions about our adoption fees, realize that our adoptions fees literally reimburse our Vet for their services, and the expenses were incur when we rescue these wonderful dogs!  For more details, visit our “Hate Mail” post written about comments we have received.

Here’s an email I received this morning about other rescues’ adoption applications:

Dear Gisele,

Thanks so much for the wonderful site and information you have. My wife and I have been looking for a dog for a few months now to join our family. To say the least it has been a discouraging process. The only places I have looked are and the local pound.

Well, at the local pound you just never know what kind of dog, temperament, and so on you will get. With the adoption groups on petfinder I’ve found that the process has been more of an interrogation than an application. I love what you wrote on your web site when you said: We’re focused on bringing together caring people with the right dog. Thanks for a breath of fresh air. You seem very reasonable and don’t have a laundry list of questions like, “who will brush the dog in the family and how often?” No kidding, that was one of the questions on an application I started to fill out as I shook my head in disbelief.  ~John


7 thoughts on “How to Adopt From Us

  1. Dear friend’s
    I’m interested in Candese. I live in Oldsmar Fl. I moved here from Santa Barbara to assist my mother.
    Border Collies are an important part of my life, as well as my boy’s. Flashi, my most recent Collie pasted away last year. I’m sure you understand the loss.
    Flashi was a certified assistance and preformed many services. She was also a world class frisbee dog. I was her handler and trainer. My son has four border collies one of which is Dash, Flashi’s dad. Dash is the National Champion, also a Merle.
    I am not looking to compete anymore as my shoulders won’t take it, I would like to train another service dog I could do volunteer work with.
    We have a stable loving home with plenty of exercise area’s and a dog friendly nieghborhood. Candence would NOT roam free.
    Please contact me at my e-mail address or call me @ 727-784-8505 at you’re earlyist convience. Truely looking to hear from you.

    1. Hi, Gregg. Cadence does have a meet scheduled for Saturday afternoon. If it doesn’t work out the way we anticipate, I’ll definitely let you know! In the meantime, please take a look at our other dogs. You might find one that strikes your fancy! ~ Amy

    2. Hi, Gregg — Cadence was adopted today. However, I believe Gisele has several beautiful Border Collies coming from Alabama and Georgia in the next couple of weeks. Please keep checking out site for updates! ~ Amy

  2. I am interested in finding out more about Sgt Pepper, i.e. breed, age, expected size. I have a 14 year old toy poodle that rules the roost. Would this dog even fit with an older dog? Just started looking for another dog, but not sure what breed yet. I love my poodle, but she has been high maintenance in vet bills & very spoiled. I don’t think I would have another poodle. I do like smaller dogs though. Thank you!

  3. Hello we live in orlando lake Cane area. we have a single family home on lake odell with a nice backyard (fenced) with a nice park at the top of hill named bay shadow park dog frendily with lots of walking paths.We have two grown kids ages 21 and 23 still living home in school.we currently have one dog he looks just like avril and is sweet he lost his older sister about 8 months ago.someone is generaly home at all times because of different pool and no one ever bitten by dog.Hope this helps you and Thanks

  4. Hello,

    I have a beautiful dog that i would like to find a good a good home for. How do i go about that? She is deaf, but so amazing in her own ways.

    Thank you

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