Dalmatian Rescue of Delaware, Inc. is a small group of people living in Southern Delaware who love Dalmatians and want to help them in any way we can. We are 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Our main goal is to rescue Dalmatians and other breeds from shelters and abuse/abandonment situations and find them loving permanent homes where they will never be unwanted again. We foster them in our homes until a suitable home can be found, evaluate them, get them the medical care they need and give them lots and lots of love. However, we also have other, very important goals. One is to educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter for all dogs and cats. Thousands of unwanted dogs and cats are killed every year because there are not enough homes for them. Spaying and neutering your pet not only helps reduce the pet overpopulation, but it also is better for your pet's health. The other goal that is near and dear to our hearts is the destruction of deaf Dal puppies. It is a requirement of all breeeders who belong to the Dalmatian Club of America that all pups born deaf be destroyed at 5 weeks of age or younger. We hope to change this ruling by making the public aware that this is happening, and with the media's help, introducing the public to the many endearing qualities of the deaf Dal. We have only been in existence since July 2004, but have plenty of experience in rescue. Two of our members were heavily involved in Dal rescue with another organization, one of them since 1999.
We require all potential adopters to complete our adoption questionnaire, which is sent to them upon request. All applicants are screened, as we do home checks, and require vet references where applicable and personal references. Our adoption fee is $200.00, which helps offset expenses we have incurred. We get many inquiries on each dog up for adoption, and many people want to meet the dog. While we understand that the people inquiring would really like to see the dog in person, because of time restraints, we can only set up meetings with people who have filled out our adoption questionnaire and been approved to adopt.