Frequently Asked Questions

What is animal rescue?

Often times, when people hear the term "animal rescue," or more specifically "dog rescue," they immediately think of search and rescue--that is, animals employed in the use of locating people lost in the wilderness or by some other peril, such as natural disaster. Animal rescue (dog rescue, cat rescue, horse rescue, etc.) is different. It is people rescuing animals from peril, such as threat of euthanasia by animal shelters and other at-risk situations.

Can I get a dog today?

No. We have an application and interview process for our dogs. This process generally takes two weeks.

Are the dogs free?

No the dogs are not free. This is an adoption service, so we charge for the vet care incurred by the dog. This includes spay/neuter, all vaccines, a full check up by the vet, microchipping and any incidental medication. We must also pay for the cost of advertising the dogs in order to find new homes, transporting animals, phone bills, food and supplements for the dogs. All of the money you donate is used toward dog rescue. Our volunteers receive no pay.

What is wrong with these dogs?

Nothing. These dogs have needed to be rescued from various circumstances, through no fault of their own. Most commonly people rush out and impulsively buy a dog without a thought of what dog ownership entails. Then once the cute puppy stage is past, reality sets in and they realize that dogs must be walked and played with regardless of the weather or how tired the owner is.

Some dogs have problems and will continue to have them to some degree; others come to us with problems that we have been able to successfully eliminate. Others come with no serious problems at all other than they have been unjustly abandoned. Most rescued dogs have had little or no formal training, and most have had poor care. Sometimes the dogs have been abused in one way or another and come with some degree of "baggage" (a lot like people).

We assess each animal on an individual basis and are able to determine what we have to work with. Most medical issues have been either resolved or constructively addressed by the time the dogs are ready for adoption. Generally speaking, most behavior problems simply require time, training, tender loving care and, mostly, commitment on the part of the people who are giving the dog his or her new lease on life.

We will always disclose to you all we know about an animal. If an animal has a serious medical condition or behavior problem, we will discuss this with you so that any decisions you make regarding adoption will be informed decisions.

Do Dalmatians shed?

Most definitely. The common joke is "Dalmatians shed twice a year - 6 months in the spring and 6 months in the fall!"

Are these rescued dogs deaf?

Some are and some are not. We do not discriminate on the basis of hearing. Our bottom line criteria for taking a dog into the rescue is aggression. We do not take people aggressive dogs or dogs that have bitten. Aggression has nothing to do with deafness.

Once adopted, do you ever take back the dogs who were once in your care?

We have a lifetime commitment to all of our dogs. Should any unforeseen situations arise with the adoption party and the animal can no longer be cared for by them, we will always accept the dog back into our organization. In fact, our adoption contract includes a "return to rescue" provision in which the adoption party must agree to return the animal to us if or any reason the proper care of the animal becomes impossible.

Do you place dogs with renters?

Yes, if we are able to include the landlord in the entire process. The Landlord will also receive a copy of the adoption contract.

If you have concerns about your ability to adopt because of your rental situation, discuss this with your landlord. The more proactive and thorough you can be in addressing the issue of adoption with your landlord, the more likely it is that he or she will see you as a responsible person, therefore a responsible pet owner. A reluctant landlord can often be persuaded to let you adopt an animal. Once you have convinced the landlord to allow you to adopt, it’s important that you stick to your agreements to ensure a successful outcome. If your landlord experiences a positive outcome with your situation, he or she will be more likely to allows pets in the future for others. We believe that more animal adoptions would occur if folks in rental situations were allowed access to adoption by their landlords; and we feel it is essential that pet owners take on the cause of demonstrating responsible pet ownership in order to help reverse the negative spin given to the concept of living with animals.

Do you rescue dogs from private owners?

We will take a dog from a private owner when we have the space, but this is rare. Because of the terrible shortage of foster homes and the abundance of dogs who are at risk of being killed, most often we cannot do this. We prefer to rescue from the pounds that are "kill facilities", that is, where animal euthanasia takes place.

However, if we know of a situation where a private party is about to give up their dog to a shelter, we try to convince them to hang on to the animal a bit longer (providing the animal the benefit of a familiar environment) and to work with us as we attempt to get the dog placed. We hope that the private owners who are trying to place their dog through DAR are committed enough to their animals that they will be that animal's "foster home" until a new adoption situation can be found.

Under what conditions do you rescue from the pounds?

We try to refer potential adopters directly to the shelters because these facilities are usually the "last stop" for animals in their care. Most of our dogs come from shelters. When the shelter is unable to hold the dog any longer due to conditions of space, or because of the health of the dog, we will pull the animal as we can. Our ability to pull dogs from shelters rest entirely on whether or not we have a foster home in which to place the animal on an interim basis until he or she can be placed. Foster homes are very hard to come by. Foster homes buy the animals time, something they don’t have in a shelter. It is not unusual for animals to be euthanized the same day they are surrendered to a shelter simply because there was "no room in the inn." For this reason, the availability of foster homes is an essential component of the rescue effort.

Do you only rescue & place certain types of dogs?

We try to be a "one stop shop" for Dalmatian information, rescue and adoption. We do consider Dalmatian mixes, however as are adopters are coming to us looking ONLY for Dalmatians, we are only helpful if the dog in question is a Dalmatian or significantly Dalmatian.

How can I help?

This might NOT be one of our most frequently asked questions, but we WISH it were. As we are not a shelter we are limited in the help we need. There is so much to do that our volunteers have a hard time getting it all done. The need for safe and loving foster homes is enormous - but this can't be just a couple day commitment. We need homes who will watch the dog until he or she is placed, this can take months. As well these foster homes must expect that the rescue dogs will need attention and work. We only allow positive reinforcement training and techniques. We need collars, toys, bedding, flea and heartworm medicines. The list is long. Do you have a particular skill to offer?

Is it still a Dalmatian if it has brown spots?

Yes. Dalmatians can be black spotted or brown spotted. Brown is known as 'liver' coloured.

I heard that Dalmatians are very stupid dogs, is this true?

No. Dalmatians are very intelligent dogs, who can get the best of their owner. This is definitely a dog that will keep you on your toes!! They have 'a sense of humor' and learn commands very quickly, but owners must be patient and tolerate the adolescent phase of this breed. Physical punishment is definitely a not necessary or recommended and food motivation works wonderfully. Obedience classes are a definite must for any owner of a Dalmatian.

Is Dalmatian spelled with an "o"?

No. Dalmatian has an "a" at the end.

Why is the Dalmatian a firehouse dog?

The origin of the Dalmatian is clouded in mystery. Every book you read will give you a different country of origin, but the fact is no one knows where exactly the Dalmatian originated. At some point in its history, the Dalmatian was associated with gypsies travelling through Europe. It made its way slowly into the United Kingdom, where its affinity for horses was discovered and the Dalmatian became a carriage dog, running alongside the horses. When fire-trucks were developed, the Dalmatian was a logical choice to run with the horses pulling the truck. Hence its birth as the firehouse dog.

Why Spay or Neuter

Peace of Mind

Did you know that a spayed or neutered (sterilized) animal is better behaved?

Good Medicine

Did you know that a spayed or neutered animal will live a longer, healthier life?

Responsible Care

Did you know that you can help prevent the suffering and death of millions of animals?

Just the Facts, Please