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.

Volunteer Spotlight on Lynne Deal

I received an email from Lynne Deal in December of 2009. She was captivated by one of my rescued Border Collies, Chelsea. Chelsea was pulled from the Humane Society of Camden County, Georgia. Along with Chelsea, I pulled a Sheltie named Brooke. I had never met or spoken with Lynn Deal, yet she sent me a donation to help pay for Brooke’s heartworm treatment.

I later converted the email into a video (shown below)!
During our first phone call, Lynne explained how Chelsea reminded her of Zoey. I immediately saw an opportunity for little Chelsea, so I asked Lynne if she wanted to adopt her! Two weeks later, Lynne did come to my home and adopt Chelsea on December 24, 2009.
Less than one year later, Lynne saw a very emaciated puppy who we believe had been shot in the knee. We had named her Zondra.

Ironically, Chelsea and Zondra look a lot alike. On August 10th, 2010 the injured pup named Zondra was transported to Lynne and renamed Jetta! Why Jetta? Holly told her she should name her Jetta because she had to have been hit by a car low enough to scoop her up and throw her rather than run her over!

Today, Chelsea and Jetta act like siblings and they play constantly. Jetta actually helped Chelsea become more sociable. But there’s more.

Several months ago, Lynne offered to help setup a foster home for us, that literally
became a dream come true. She purchased crates, food, collars and leashes, and setup at her employee’s home, a mini Dog Liberator foster home. Leslie, who is Lynne’s employee at The Corner Bar and Grill in Clearwater/Largo, and her husband Mark were eager to help. Mark and Leslie live on a farm, with several acres. Leslie has a natural talent to train, and Mark is an amazing pack leader. When you combine the three of them together, you have a winning team.

What also developed quickly, was Mark’s ability to determine if the adopters were the right match for the dog. Sometimes an adopter comes to meet a specific dog, but they go home with another one. Mark quickly learned what we try to explain, but can’t, and that is that the dogs pick their new owners!

Since October 23, 2010, this team has fostered and adopted a lot of our dogs!
Kudos, by the way, was adopted by fosters Mark and Leslie. We were surprised? No!
The following dogs were personally fostered by Lynne Deal… but there’s more!

Today, Lynne prepares and paces for the big day! Katie, one of the Rome, Georgia Border Collies that arrived emaciated and suffering from upper respiratory infection, is due. Days after she arrived into our rescue, Lynne’s vet confirmed that Katie was about 40 days pregnant.

All of the work that Lynne does is her donation to the rescue. They all are professionally groomed by Mobile Pet Grooming by Tammy and Mike, and vetted by Dr. Mac McGlamery of Park Animal Hospital in Pinnelas Park.
As a matter of fact, we are convinced that without the care that Dr. McGlamery and his staff provided Miss Miami, she would’ve died from Tick Paralysis.
Going back to Katie for a moment, just to reiterate Lynne’s commitment to the animals, she ordered Katie her very own whelping box, and she’s spending her free time coming up with wonderful names for her new pups!

What Holly and I have not told Lynne yet, is after purchasing that wonderful whelping box, and knowing that she will soon be gaining whelping experience, and trained on how to rear puppies, we’re going to be putting her to work!!!!!

So the Spotlight is on Lynne Deal, because she understands our core values, our mission, our standards, our history, and carries with her the DNA of this rescue!


Our Rescue Video published December, 2009

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