THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Thinking about rescuing a Dalmatian? Here are the steps to adopting a lifelong
companion from Dalmatian Rescue:
- ADOPTING FROM A DISTANCE:
We appreciate interest in our dogs from afar; HOWEVER, it is the responsibility of the adopter to manage the movement of the adopted dog to its new home. Often we can help but there is no guarantee, depending on time of year, people traveling, luck, etc.
If you cannot drive to pick up the new dog yourself, then you might consider flying to CO (Denver or Colorado Springs) and renting a car to drive home. Or, flying in and flying back home. Flying with a dog is not cheap and it requires a veterinary health certificate, a kennel approved by the airline, tranquilizer, plus cost of air fare. It also takes time for a volunteer to do the foot work (going to vet, buying a kennel, going to airport, etc.). Also, temperatures must be over 45 degrees at both ends of the flight (wintertime) and under 85 degrees at both ends (summertime) if the dog goes as cargo. If you are flying with the dog yourself then the temperatures are a little less restrictive.
We will not ask transporters who volunteer their time and money to move dogs from shelters to rescues to help move an adopted dog. That is the responsibility of the adopter. Transporters give enough already. We do know several over-the-road truckers who will transport dogs if there is space and schedules and destinations coordinate with your need to move a dog, but even they must be reimbursed with cash for their time and efforts and for all that they save you in getting your new dog from Colorado. There is often room aboard a weekly transport from Denver to Kansas City but the charge there is $75 - $100 (depending on gas prices), which the adopter will pay for.
If you are not conveniently close to Colorado, we are happy to connect you with other active Dalmatian Rescues in other parts of the country. Again, we appreciate your interest in saving one of our dogs, but we don't have the time, money, nor ability to move the dog to you. You must come to us. We ARE happy to help but only IF we can. Otherwise it is up to you to come get the dog.
- IMPORTANT NOTICE:
When finalizing the adoption you must submit the signed CONTRACT and adoption donation. The CONTRACT is NOT the same as the application and is located in STEP SEVEN BELOW!
- PLEASE NOTE:
All of our dogs are provided with age appropriate vaccinations, spayed/neutered as needed, unless their health prevents it and we make every effort to microchip them prior to adoption as well. If you have any questions about the health status/vaccinations of the dog you adopt, please contact Beth White prior to scheduling a visit with your veterniarian.
- STEP ONE: BREED RESEARCH
Review the section on Essential
Dalmatian Information in order to better understand the breed
the type of care required. Be especially sure to read this article.
- STEP TWO: VIEW THE AVAILABLE DOGS
Browse the Available Dalmatians by clicking
a dog's name on the left, which displays a page with a recent photo and a
brief description of the dog.
- STEP THREE: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
Fill out the Adoption
Application online and submit it. Submission does not mean you are
committed, but it begins the process. Our application is very detailed but we believe that it is necessary to better help us place the right Dalmatian with the right family. So please be as complete and thorough as you possibly can in the free form responses. Also, please take the time to contact those people you provide as a personal reference so that they will know before hand that someone from Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado will be calling them. Often, the references are taken completely by surprise and don't call us back if they don't realize that you are serious about rescuing a Dalamatian. This only serves to slow the process.
- STEP FOUR: RESCUE COORDINATOR CONTACT
A Dalmatian Rescue coordinator will contact
you as soon as possible to discuss your application and the Dal you are
interested in. Also, during this time a volunteer will be contacting your veterinary and personal references.
- STEP FIVE: SCHEDULE AND CONDUCT A HOME VISIT
Once your references have been checked we will contact you to arrange a home visit. Home visits are required to ensure that your home is suitable for a Dalmatian and will provide a safe and secure environment for the dog. It is not our intention to conduct a 'white glove' inspection of your housekeeping abilities. What we look for during a home visit are things like potential choking hazards, poisons, escape avenues that the Dalmatian might find, comfort of the Dal, etc. Also during the home visit, the volunteer will discuss your application and provide you with information about the breed, ask about your exercise plan for the Dalmatian, etc. This 'in person interview' process allows us to better understand your needs and wants so that we can match the right dog to your situation and evironment.
- STEP SIX: MEET THE POTENTIAL ADOPTEE(S)
Now that your home visit has been completed and everything is on track, the next step in the adoption process is to actually meet the dog or dogs that you are interested in. Because we house our dogs in foster homes, there is no central location for this to occur. You may be asked to travel to the foster home; the foster parent may bring the dog to your home; or you and the foster parent may select an area somewhere in between to meet. After having met with the dog(s) and you decide you wish to adopt him or her (or them!) you will need to complete the adoption contract.
STEP SEVEN: FINALIZE THE ADOPTION
When you actually adopt a Dal, you must complete an
Adoption Contract and give it, along with your adoption donation, to the foster parent. If you wish to adopt more than one dog, you must complete a separate Adoption Contract for EACH dog. Before you leave the foster home with the dog, you must have these two things:
- Either a noose leash (often called a slip leash), a leash and choke collar (may be metal or nylon) or a leash and harness. Many dogs in new situations and with new people have been known to escape the traditional buckle collar and become lost. We want to prevent this!
- Your own identification on the dog. This must be at a minimum your name and TWO phone numbers, although we suggest that the ID have the dog's name, your last name, two phone numbers, and the words "NEEDS MEDS - REWARD". (See sample images below.) In addition, your dog will come with his/her Dalmatian Rescue ID tag and microchip tag. These tags MUST remain on the collar as an additional safeguard and contact source.
- PLEASE NOTE:
All of our dogs are provided with age appropriate vaccinations, spayed/neutered as needed, unless their health prevents it and we make every effort to microchip them prior to adoption as well. If you have any questions about the health status/vaccinations of the dog you adopt, please contact Beth White prior to scheduling a visit with your veterniarian. The actual costs to get many of our dogs to 'adoptable' status is far greater than we ask for in our adoption donation. When adding transportation, microchip and registration, food and housing, we will have invested on average more than $500 per dog. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we obviously need the adoption donations to continue our rescue efforts. For each Dalmatian adopted we
request a minimum donation, to help cover expenses incurred, payable at the time of adoption:
** Unless a different adoption donation is specifically mentioned on the dog's biography page.
|Dog is at least
||Requested Donation **
|8 Weeks Old
||$300.00 for purebred pup
$250.00 for mixbreed pup
|1 Year Old
|10 Years Old
|Second or Third Dog
Got questions? Call the
Dalmatian Rescue hotline at
If Not for You
I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life
if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear
if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing
that all humans don't care,
Believing there is no such thing
as fur that isn't matted,
skin that isn't flea bitten,
good food and enough of it,
beds to sleep on,
someone to love me, to show me
I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile,
your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from
the terror of the pound,
soothing away the
memories of my old life.
You have taught me
what it means to be loved.
Every effort is
made to screen Dalmatians available for adoption. However, Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado,
Inc., its officers, and Rescue Committee members cannot guarantee the
health or temperament of the Dalmatians available for adoption and do not
accept liability for any problems arising from an adopted Dalmatian. All adoptions are at
the risk of the adopter.