Frequently Asked Questions

 What Is SpotSavers?  Our all-volunteer, not-for-profit Dalmatian Rescue organization has been finding homes for homeless and unwanted Dalmatians in the greater St. Louis area since 1986. 
      What Is a Rescue Dalmatian?  Any Dalmatian that needs a new home, is in a shelter, or has been passed around from one owner to another is a second-hand, or "rescue" Dalmatian.
       What Is Wrong With Rescue Dalmatians?  There is nothing "wrong" with these works-in-progress who need new homes, except that someone gave up on them.  Sometimes we have a "special needs" dal who requires more than the usual attention and TLC. A dal with a known history of biting will not be adoptable through our program.
      What Do You Know About Their Backgrounds?  If a Dal has been rescued from a shelter, we find out from that shelter as much as possible about his background.  A vet will examine him to determine his state of health.  In foster care, the foster "parents" will further evaluate the dog for temperament and behavior.
       Why Do People Give Up Their Dals?  People often move and don't want the dog to mess up a new house, carpet, furniture.  There are divorces, illnesses, births, deaths and these days, financial crises.  Sometimes it is a mismatch between the owner and this special breed.  Many times owners simply can't or won't take the time to train and exercise their dog!  That's not the dog's fault!
      Does a Rescue Dalmatian Need Special Care?  Of course!  A rescue dog is in transition.  He has been passed around.  He is trying to trust the people caring for him.  He will need your help making the transition, especially the first few weeks.  He will not require more special attention than a very young puppy!  But he will require patience, attention, training and a lot of love!
      Why Should I Consider an Adult Dalmatian?  Puppies are funny, cute and needy.  They grow quickly, and are abandoned in huge numbers to shelters or the streets.   An adult Dalmatian is already housebroken, civilized and usually adapts to a new home quickly.
       But Will An Adult Dalmatian Bond to Me As Well As a Puppy Would?  Emphatically, YES!  An adult dog knows he is chosen, and is grateful for his loving new home.  He will follow his new "parent" everywhere, and will show great affection for his new family.  He might carry along with him a few habits from his former home (such as sleeping on your sofa), but with patience, persistence, praise and love, he will learn the new ways.
      Are Dalmatians Good With Kids?  Many Dalmatians are kid-friendly, some are not.  Because of their size and strength, they are not the best choice for families with children under 6 years old.  .  .  Unless Mom is committed to taking on the training of the pup, it's best to wait until the children are older.
      What Is Foster Care?   Since we do not have a shelter, we must rely on volunteers for temporary care of Dals waiting for a home.  However, Foster Care is in short supply, and Dals are in abundance.  Foster "Parents" care for their Dals in their own homes, begin basic household training, and continue housebreaking when necessary.  Foster moms love the Dals they care for, and want the best for their futures.

      Why are SpotSavers Dalmatians Required To Be Spayed or Neutered?  State Law requires all rescue dogs to be spayed or neutered because of the overwhelming surplus of unwanted pets.  Dals rode a wave of popularity after the 101 Dalmatians movie and its sequel, 102 Dalmatians,  and many ended up in shelters, abandoned or passed around.  While that crisis has passed, today we see many more Dalmatian mixes, simply because those first Dalmatians were not spayed/neutered.
     Why Does SpotSavers Recommend Crate-Training and Obedience Training?  Along with regular vigorous exercise, using a crate (kennel) and obedience classes can make the difference between a dog out of control, and a wonderful canine member of the family!  The crate gives your dog his personal space, his own little cave.  Obedience training establishes you as the leader of the "pack" and it helps establish a rapport between you and the dog.  We especially recommend positive reinforcement classes, such as "clicker training" for this breed.  It will help speed the period of adjustment into your home, and we are confident you will both enjoy it!  

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