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.

Shandy, one of Katie’s Pups~Adopted

Shandy, one of Katie’s Pups~Adopted

Our last rescue of the year was a group of Border Collies who had been dumped at a shelter in Georgia, several adults and a litter. Katie, a three-year-old, arrived ill so we did not have her spayed right away. By the time she was well again, it was apparent that she was pregnant. In stepped the wonderful Lynne, who offered to foster, whelp and care for Katie and, eventually, her puppies. At the end of January, the puppies were born, 9 lovely black and white wigglers. Sadly, one failed to thrive due to a cleft palate ~ heartbreaking. The remaining 8 grew into beautiful examples of all the Border Collie breed should be! They are truly lovely, 5 boys, 3 girls, all full of vim and vinegar!!! They will be ready to go to their forever homes Easter weekend. Today we will begin to take applications, and then after they are screened, Lynne will set up appointments. We will not be taking applications for specific puppies as we believe that, although you may fall in love with a photo and a description, the only sure-fire way of adopting the right puppy is to show up with an open heart, sit down on the floor with all of them and see who adopts you!

The adoption fee for the puppies is $500. They are being fostered in Clearwater. We do not have an adoption application but instead rely upon an interview process. If you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, please e-mail me at, sharing about yourself. At an absolute minimum, please include the following:

  • where you live,
  • household composition,
  • pets you have and/or had,
  • yard set up and exercise plan,
  • work schedule and amount of time the puppy will be alone,
  • if you rent do you have landlord approval,
  • what you are looking for in a dog,
  • what contingency plans you have in place should you no longer be able to care for your dog.

The more information the better. And there are no “right” answers to these questions. Honest! They just give a place to start in our dialogue. Please include a phone number at which you can easily be reached.

Given that Lynne is the owner of the Corner Bar and Grill in Largo, we thought it amusing to name the puppies after drinks. I asked Lynne to share with you just a bit about each of the puppies:

Shandy is good boy. He is not a crazy kid, he comes when you call him, loves treats and sits for them. He is brave and calm and curious.

Many of Shandy’s photos can be viewed on Facebook.

Our Post about Heart Murmurs and Hernias in puppies.

Holly’s post on Training Puppies

Announcing Katie’s Puppies in April.

About Katie, her whelping the puppies and her adoption.

The Diary of Katie’s Puppies is a day by day look of the pups as they grew and grew.

Katie’s rescue on New Year’s Eve 2010.


May 7th Update:

Shandy has found his wonderful forever home with Ursula and Frank.  Last one adopted (no particular reason ~ someone has to be last!), the wait was worth it.  Shandy will have fun not only in Largo but traveling around with them in their RV.  I’m thinking good times ahead!

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