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.

Saving Sparky the Beagle ~ Adopted

Saving Sparky the Beagle ~ Adopted

Sparky is an adorable 3-year-old Beagle whose family, like so many others these days, has fallen on hard times. As a result, Sparky must find a new home soon — literally, in just a few short days!

A lazy boy in a Lay-Z-Boy!

Our wonderful Sarah White-Buxbaum wrote down Sparky’s heartbreaking story for us: 

“Chris worked for an apartment complex in Virginia doing maintenance, and preparing empty apartments for new tenants. It was a routine day up until the point where Chris met Sparky. Sparky’s story begins in an apartment when he was just a year old. Chris opened the front door as he always did, and inside stood little Sparky, hunkered in a corner, unsure who this new man was coming in his house. His owners had already moved the TV, the furniture, and all their clothes out, and so Sparky waited, and waited, probably for about 2 days, for them to come back. Instead of his family in the doorway, there stood Chris. Sparky wagged his tail, wanting to be friends (especially if he had food!), but scared too. He would cower when Chris tried to pet him but Chris wasn’t worried. Chris had a great heart, and knew this little guy had been abandoned by the family he knew and loved.

He could have called animal control, like most would, but instead he scooped up the little beagle mix and carried him home to meet his wife, teenage son, and two cats.

I'm a good boy.

The family that used to own Sparky never called, nor did they return Chris’ calls, so Sparky became part of Chris’ family and began overcoming his insecurities. He knows several commands and can sit, knows what “down” or “get down” means, and seems quick to learn and very eager to please.

In May of this year Chris suffered a heart attack at a very young age. He faced surgery for a quintuple bypass (that’s all 5) and made it through both extremely well, and when he came home Sparky greeted him wagging and smiling. Everything seemed fine, until very early in September when one night, while on a work run, he suffered a second sudden heart attack and passed away.

Chris was the provider for the family, and to top it off, the apartment complex served the family with eviction papers shortly after. With no income, and facing the eminent loss of their home, the family finds themselves in a very, very hard place. Despite their best efforts to keep their pets, or to find homes for them, they have not been able, so now we are looking for new family for Sparky, so he won’t have to face shelter life and feel abandoned for a second time.

Look at those sad eyes.

Chris was a great man, and he did all he could for Sparky. Despite all Sparky went through, his only real quirk is that he often waits to be told he is a good boy before he will touch his food. He has a good energy level where he is happy to bounce around and play, or to chill on the couch (especially if you’re petting him!). He loves his two cat sisters (who are older but are also looking for a home) and does well with children and the elderly. If adopted his family will be more than happy to send his leash, collar, toy and the current food he is on along with him to help ease the transition. He is a very sweet little guy who would love to be your special little guy.”

Sparky is currently located in the Richmond, VA area. He is neutered and up-to-date on all his shots. If you are interesting in adopting Sparky or his feline friends, please e-mail

Oct. 27, 2011: This just in from Sarah Buxbaum … “GOOD NEWS! Prayers answered! A woman from their vet has agreed to adopt Sparky! He goes home tomorrow!”


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