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.

One Person Can Rescue

I keep saying that you don’t have to have a big company, a building, land, or 501c3 status to rescue. Do you think I got where I am overnight? One woman, one dog, one adoption, then the next, and the next, and with a lot of hard work, a year later, we have volunteers, transporters, and fosters throughout the country. If you love animals, and have the time and patience to help them, you can rescue. Here’s a Christmas story for you, that hasn’t ended yet, and it’s just a little bit early.

November 29, 2010

Hi Gisele,
I follow your organization on Facebook, and I know you don’t usually deal with Catahoula dogs, but today a friend and I were driving back to her horse farm when we saw a dog lying still on the side of the road. When we got out and approached him, all he could do was wag his tail. He didn’t move a muscle otherwise.

He is quite emaciated, and we couldn’t tell if he had been hit by a car or not.
We got a blanket underneath him and lifted him up in the truck and started calling veterinarians. Two of them would not see him and suggested we just call Animal Control (which we refused to do, especially if he was dying…we were NOT going to let him die alone in some cold plastic cage)….but the third vet took him in and is caring for him now. I am going to pay all of his vet bills plus heartworm treatment and neutering when he is strong enough. Turns out he is emaciated, anemic, HW positive and has buckshot in him, so at some point he was shot…..through this all, he has shown no aggression and, as they usually do, just seems so thankful to be warm, safe and loved.

Tomorrow I am going to go to the vet office to try to snap some photos of him to send to the Florida Catahoula Rescue folks, and to anybody I can find to spread the word about this sweet boy.

ANY help spreading the word would be greatly appreciated!!! Maybe through all of your contacts, you might know someone who would like a Catahoula. Like I said, all of his bills will be paid for….I just want him to find his forever human who will love him and take better care of him than his last human did.

Thank you,
Titusville, Florida

I sent Karen an email immediately, asking for a photo of the dog, and suggesting that she hold off on getting him neutered because of his heartworm status. She replied.


Thank you for being willing to post him, but he is not responding to treatment and the vet doesn’t believe he can recover from all that is wrong with him…the worst being that xrays show he is full of buckshot and at least one is lodged near his spinal cord. No telling how long it has been there or how much pain he has been in. 
He will cross over the rainbow bridge tomorrow, being held and told what a good boy he is. The vet and vet techs have been spoiling him today.

Thank you for what you do…keep up the great work!


Then I emailed her again, asking if she can afford the vetting, and telling her how sorry I am about the prognosis. She replied.


Yes, I can afford it. I’ve had offers from friends who would make donations, but I can handle this. I’m just blessed that it was my friend and me who found him.
It’s NOT fair, it sucks that animals have to suffer so much at the hands of idiot humans…and I think I know who his owner is, and I’m really fighting the urge to give him a piece of my mind…the way the law works, he’d probably sue me for “killing” his dog. 
Thank you!

Then, Karen wrote to me again.


He is a Catahoula, so he was probably used to hunt…hunting dogs aren’t anything but a commodity or a liability to their stupid owners, depending on how well they hunt.
Who knows how he got shot, but based on where he was found, I’m not surprised. It’s why the friend I was with brings her horses into the barn every night…you never know what drunk, bored, stupid teenagers or dumb people will do to animals… especially when they’ve got a gun and are itching to shoot something. 
Sure you can post on Facebook… but we’re keeping in secret where we found him. I’d hate to have to strangle the owner if he ever got wind of any of this!!! 🙂 (I’m only half kidding)


The morning of December 1st, I received this very shocking email from Karen!

Hi Gisele,

Well…what a difference a day makes!

The vet techs came in this morning to find Louie up and perky!

We went to be there with him for the euthanasia process and the vet and two vet techs brought him in the room with a blanket and some chicken. He walked in under his own power on a leash and was just wagging his tail and kissing everybody. The vet techs were crying and he even sang for me when I was cooing all over him. It was decided we would give him more time, more medical treatment and more chances to find him a home or a good foster.

He has completely stolen the hearts of everybody at the vets office, and some are even pitching in donations toward his treatment. What a sweet boy he is. They said he has shown no aggression toward other dogs or the “in-house” cat at the vet.

I guess I’ll be sending you photos after all that hopefully you can post. Maybe some Catahoula lover would take him and let him live his life with LOVE instead of utter neglect and indifference.

Photos coming sometime later today of Louie!!!


This morning, on December 2nd, Karen sent me another update!


The lady with Catahoula Rescue of Florida says he looks purebred Catahoula….so I’m going with that! 😉


I’m looking forward to future updates about this special dog! I’m wondering if the Catahoula Rescue has room for him, or if we can help Karen re-home this dog for her. Whatever it is she needs, I’m sure there’s something we can do to help. I’d also like to thank the veterinary staff that took this dog in. Amazing story of kindness, patience, and faith.
If you’d like to help Karen, or are interested in Louie, email me at

Here’s a photo of my first rescue, Bonnie Belle!

2 thoughts on “One Person Can Rescue

  1. Isn't this an amazing story! I sent a donation in today for him. I just want to be a very small part in this act of love. Good luck Louie-you are special! Thanks Karen!!
    Lori Studt

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