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.

Toyota Puppies

Toyota Puppies

Kathy Keith spotted a litter of pups in a shelter located in Catoosa, a North Georgia shelter.  She quickly found an overnight foster for us, Sara Dewberry, while Josh Bergesen arranged a private transport from Jacksonville.  The pups were then transported to Tina Blane who took them for an overnight, making sure they’d meet Josh in time!  Vicki drove for hours, picked up the pack and brought them to Kelly Caldwell.  This is what I call networking!

These four little pups are very unique in personality.  I have already received emails of interest, but I warn all of our adopters, not to adopt based on appearance.

Front Highlander, left rear Camry, center Prius, right Corolla

The pups are being de-wormed, they have some hair loss on their tails, feet, and ears.  They were probably consumed with fleas.  I do not believe that their mother was with them for any length of time, meaning they’ve been on their own, and learned to survive.  I also question if there were only four.  Based on the runt, I believe there may have been more, but they didn’t make it.  I’m surprised the runt even made it.  I panicked Sunday night when he became totally lethargic, wouldn’t eat or drink.  I immediately called Kingsley and Sandra Shinner, who always told me if I needed goats milk, to just call.  I called!  The little guy didn’t take the milk right away, but after trying for about an hour, he drank it, along with yogurt, on his own… and he drank quite a bit.  The next morning, he was standing up in his crate, barking like a healthy puppy should.    In the next few days I will posting each of the pups individually, but for now, here they are as a group!

I’ve called them the Toyota Puppies.  That was my son, Ryan’s idea, because we need a reliable transport vehicle.  He thought naming a litter pups after Toyota might draw some attention to our cause!

These pups are not ready for adoption.  I suspect it will be at least 7-14 days before they are.  They have a long road of recovery ahead of them.  We are asking for Virtual Fosters for these pups, to cover their medical expenses.

Ray of Val-U-Vet holding Highlander

Highlander is the largest of the litter, a female that is very sure of herself, she has a lot of confidence, and focus.  The is the leader of the pack.  She is the first to come when called, and is always in the front.  She loves to be photographed!



Corolla, a male, is a smooth-coat.  He is incredible focus, and is an athlete.  He is already playing soccer.  He needs a job, and would be awesome with agility, disc, soccer, or any sport.  When I correct him, he gets it!  He follows verbal  commands, and so far, the easiest to train.


Camry and Josh

Camry, a female is not dominant, nor is she submissive.  She, and Highlander are very well balanced dogs.  She loves to play, and be cuddled.


Prius with Josh’s daughter

Prius is the runt of the litter.  He is very needy, and likes to be with his siblings.  I’m spending more time with him, and he needs it.  I don’t know how Prius survived, except to follow the pack.  He is a bit worried about his next meal, but I don’t blame him.  He holds his own, but being so small, he knows when to back down.  Prius needs to be with another dog so he can gain self-confidence.  He has incredible focus, and eye contact.

I will be providing better photos shortly!  In the meantime, the transport photos are on Facebook, and here is their shelter photo.

Catoosa Puppies Shelter Photo


A Special Thank you to everyone who helped rescue these puppies!

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