Hollyspots Dalmatian Rescue

Hollyspots Dalmatian Rescue- Rescue a Dalmatain

" Why Don't You Do Something?"

I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter.
The cast-offs of human society.

I saw in their eyes love & hope, fear & dread, sadness & betrayal.
Unwanted, unloved, or lost by their former owners.
Most were about to die.
They only needed a chance.

I was angry.

"God," I said, "this is terrible! Why don't you do something?"

God was silent for a moment & then He spoke softly,

"I have done something," He replied.

"I created you."

~ ~ Author Unknown


Holly Spots Dalmatian Rescue

Over the years, I have rescued from animal controls many Dalmatians and Dalmatian mixes that otherwise would have been euthanized. All but two were placed. One was euthanized for aggression and one stayed here due to his advanced age (see "Topper" on the Boys Page).

I 'recruit' volunteers from time to time from the animal rescue groups in different areas. Foster homes and transporters are always needed!

I use the rescue name Holly Spots Dalmatian Rescue.

I have the following goals:

1.. To rescue any purebred or high mix Dalmatians in my area which are without a responsible owner or breeder.

2.. Before placement, each rescued Dalmatian will be:
a.. spayed or neutered
b.. permanently identified with a microchip
c.. checked for heartworm, parasites and other health issues
d.. brought up to date on vaccinations required by law and appropriate to the age and health of the Dalmatian,
e.. carefully evaluated for temperament & personality in order to be matched with an appropriate home
f.. bathed and groomed

3.. Place each rescued Dalmatian into the loving forever home best suited to the needs of that particular dog and family.

4.. Educate the public regarding the Dalmatian breed and responsible dog ownership.

5.. Refer people looking for a Dalmatian to other Dalmatian rescues.

a.. Please see Rescue Links on the Hollytree Dalmatian Home Page under RESOURCE LINKS

General Information About Dalmatian Rescue

1.. Read the article, " Are You Ready for a Dog? " This is below.

2.. Complete an Adoption Questionnaire to let us know your needs, preferences and environment.

While there may be several Dalmatians in animal controls or foster care at the time you contact me, it still may take a while for the right one to become available.

Dalmatian rescue volunteers endeavor to ensure that each Dalmatian in their care is placed in the appropriate caring, stable and lifelong home. The Dalmatians rescued do not have the ability to choose their new owners. It is up to us to act in their best interest.

Adoptions are not done on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Rescued Dalmatians come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have been abused. A rescue's goal is to make the best match between the Dalmatian and the potential homes.

If a potential adopter is not chosen for a particular Dalmatian, that is not a judgment on their ability to provide a good home for a dog. It just means that particular Dalmatian was not the right fit for that particular home. For example, if you have 2 cats and the Dalmatian will chase and hurt a cat.

All rescues have a questionnaire and/or application process. Some may take about 15 to 25 mintues of your time. If you are willing to complete the questions , it will give me and/or a rescue a good idea of the type of dog you are looking for and whether there might be one that would be a match for your family.

Potential adopters must demonstrate they are able and willing to provide for the needs of their adopted Dalmatian for its lifetime.

Potential adopters must be at least 21 years of age. Potential adopters must provide veterinary references for current and
previous pets, including telephone numbers. Potential adopters must have an established residence and agree to a
home visit.


Are You Ready for a Dog?

A pet will become your daily responsibility for the rest of its life ... 12 to 18 years ... so make an informed selection.

You've read articles about the millions of unwanted pets that have to be put to death each year. Pets selected on impulse, "for the children," or as a gift during the holidays sometimes end up this way. These pets once belonged to people who fell in love with the puppy --and then changed their minds. Sometimes these people also fell in love with each other, got a divorce, and dumped their dog at the animal control !

A pet relinquished to a shelter may find a new home, but the majority of pets turned in to shelters are KILLED. Most people looking for dogs at shelters want young, small, cuddly animals.

If a dog is older than three, is large, is shy or skittish around humans or other dogs, or growls at other dogs when it is eating, chances are that it will not find a new home, but will be killed to make room for more adoptable animals.

Reasons people give for turning their pets over to a shelter include moving, landlord won't allow pet, too many animals, cost of pet maintenance, owner's personal problems, inadequate facilities, no time for pet, pet illness, allergies, house soiling, incompatible with other pets, biting. Think ahead ... most of these situations can be avoided. Dogs can be trained, but the owner MUST have the time and MUST take on the responsibility of training their dog.

Owner ignorance populates shelters with abandoned dogs and cats !

Link: http://www.canismajor.com/dog/surrend1.html

Now, more than ever, people must recognize that having a dog in their lives is both a privilege and a responsibility. You must schedule the time to take your puppy to puppy classes. As a dog grows and ages, physical and mental stimulation must be provided to ensure a well-adjusted and well-behaved dog. These efforts can include obedience training classes, off-leash recreation and agility and fly-ball training.

Selecting a pet should be a family project with everyone's needs, concerns, fears, and medical history (including allergies) considered. Family members should decide together what kind of animal they want, the amount of time they anticipate spending with it, and the amount of responsibility each person is willing to assume.

Be realistic. Promises from some family members, particularly children, may not be fulfilled.

If you ignore resistance by one family member, it is quite likely that the pet will suffer and eventually be thrown out of the family into the backyard or worse, into a KILL SHELTER!

On the subject of allergies, while it is true that many people who are allergic to other breeds have fewer problems living with Dalmatians because of the short, smooth coat, it is not always the case. You should not consider an Dalmatian without personally handling one to see how you react. Also, the fact that you have allergies is not a sufficient reason to get a Dalmatian. No breed is truly hypo-allergic, but there may be other breeds which are also "less allergic," which may suit you
and your family better.

Think before you adopt. Sharing your life with a pet can bring incredible rewards, but only if you are willing to make the necessary commitment of time, money, responsibility and love for the life of the pet.

Your goal is to identify the best animal(s) for your living space, lifestyle, and budget.

Before making that final decision to bring a pet into your life, take time, involve the family, and think about these questions.


Why do you want a dog?

It's amazing how many people fail to ask themselves this simple question before they adopt a pet. They may simply say " Let's get a dog! "

Adopting a dog just because "everyone should have one" or the kids have been begging for a puppy since watching "101 Dalmatians" usually ends up being a big mistake. Don't forget that dogs may be with you 12, 15 or even 18 years.


Have you owned a Dalmatian previously?

A properly trained and socialized Dalmatians is truly a great dog! Dalmatians need proper exercise and play to vent their energy. All dogs need training, and so do Dalmatians. Give them a job to do such as basic obedience training that will please you and they will be incredibly happy.

Dalmatians are incredibly smart, but generally eager to please. However, that smartness causes some of them to try your rules sometimes. They can and will outsmart you. Some people will therefore say "my Dalmatian is stubborn." I can't help it if the Dalmatian outsmarts you! The human companion must TRAIN the DOG! The human must set the rules and be consistent.

Do you have a sense of humor? Do you want a dog that is inventive, clever, finds each day a grand adventure, wants to supervise and help with your every activity, and is loyal and loving to his family?

Are you looking for a buddy for chasing a ball, long walks, backpacking, obedience, agility, boating, horseback riding, hanging out at the barn, hiking, or jogging, teaching tricks to, and then will snuggle up on the couch? Perhaps a Dalmatian is for you!

Dalmatians have a bit of a watchdog in them, but they should never be aggressive. Dals know who they belong to but should be friendly to strangers once told the stranger is "okay." As an owner, this should be part of the socialization and training of any dog.

Short coat is not a synonym for low shedding. Dalmations shed, and the white hairs seem quite obvious whether or not you notice the black hairs. If a Dal has not been regularly brushed, expect a lot of hair right after a bath; so towel them off well, take them outside and brush, brush, brush! The shorter stiffer hairs don't float on top the way the fluffy undercoat of say an Australian Shepherd or German Shepherd does. The hair tends to weave itself into fabrics while the latter mentioned breeds have hair that 'ball' up or seem to float in the air! Take your pick ! If the owner is not lazy, a twice a week thorough brushing of a Dalmatian helps a lot!

An older rescued Dalmatian can be tested around children of varying ages before being placed. Sometimes these more mature and mannered Dals are just the ticket for children. With children in the household, the best bet is usually an adult dog rather than a puppy.

Puppies nip, jump up and chase children. They may knock toddlers down in play. Children often have difficulty in responding appropriately and tend to scream, run and wave their arms further exciting the puppy. While the puppy
may respond to the adult's training, children are usually not mature enough to train a puppy nor be consistent with it. Children may open a
door wide or also forget to close doors or gates, allowing a dog to escape.

An adult dog also has the advantage that you are better able to evaluate its activity level and how it responds to people. If you get an adult from a rescue, they can tell you if it has been fostered with kids and other dogs so you can be sure you are getting an idea of how the dog will do with your kids and your dogs. A foster dog may have some bit of training concerned with children as well.

A rescued Dalmatian may have poor breeding behind it and poor habits. Do you have time to retrain a sweet dog? Work with the Dalmatian Rescue group in fining a suitable mature Dalmatian that fits your lifestyle.

Before considering adopting or purchasing a Dalmatian, you should read everything you can find about the breed. Start with the Dalmatian Club of America http://www.thedca.org/ website and browse through the Hollytree Dalmatians website.


Do you have time for a pet?

Dogs cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy. They require food, water, exercise, care and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in shelters are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to properly care for them.

Do you have the time and commitment to take your Dalmatian to socialization/training classes?
Do you want your pet to be a member of he family?
Dalmatians want nothing better than to be with their family.

Not just Dalmatians, but ANY dog must be socialized and needs consistent, persistent, and positive training.

ANY dog not properly socialized and treated as a member of the family can become neurotic, destructive, dog aggressive, or even people aggressive.


Can you have a large dog where you live?

Many rental communities do not allow pets and most of the rest have restrictions on large dogs. Make sure you know what they are before you bring a companion animal home.

No Dalmatian will be placed where pets are not allowed. Before the time of adoption, potential adopters who rent are required to provide written proof from the landlord that pets are permitted in the residence (e.g. lease, written permission on letterhead signed by the landlord). Owners of townhouses/condominiums must provide contact information for the management company or an officer of the Board to determine that pets are allowed and/or there are no complaints on file regarding current pets.

Adherence to Local Laws and Ordinances Potential adopters must be familiar with the legal requirements of their locale and must be prepared to abide by these laws and ordinances.


Can you afford a pet?

The costs of dog ownership can be quite high. Do you have a fenced yard you can securely latch? Children tend to forget to close doors or a dog can bolt through a door, and a fence is some good protection against the dog escaping.

Can you afford to treat your dog with flea preventatives, heartworm preventative, regular parasite worming, vaccinations, and good quality dog food, not some cheap, off-brand?

Veterinary care, licenses, training classes, grooming, quality food, toys, and other expenses add up quickly.

Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a dog can cause?

Flea infestations, scratched furniture, accidents from dogs that are not yet housebroken or have housetraining regression due to stress, dirt tracked in, hair on clothes, furniture, and on the floor, and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of dog ownership.

Do you have solutions for some of these problems like having hardwood floors, using a crate, or using baby gates ? One family told me their solution was "Mom" got a new Dyson vacuum cleaner!


Is it a good time for you to adopt a dog?

If, for instance, you work full time and have children younger than six years old, you might consider waiting a few years before you adopt a Dalmatian. Dog ownership requires children who are mature enough to be finished with the screaming outbursts and to be taught gentleness and understand pain. Children can let a dog escape the house or yard and be lost or injured. If you are a student, in the military, travel frequently, or if your employment is uncertain, waiting until your life has stabilized is a wise decision.


Are your living arrangements suitable for a Dalmatian?

Adopting a large and energetic dog to share your small apartment, for example, will require a huge commitment on your part to get him enough exercise. A bored and underexercised Dalmatian can be destructive. With nothing to do for hours at a time, a young dog can go bongers! You should seriously consider adopting an older Dalmatian in this circumstance. Many, healthy Dalmatians are active past age 12, but are content with twice daily walks rather than the vigorous exercise an adolescent Dalmatian requires.


Are you looking for an Outside Dog?

Dalmatians do best when they are part of the family. Behavior problems will only get worse if your solution is to keep the dog outside. This is not to say that a Dal doesn't enjoy being outside for hours at a time, but they are "family dogs!"
Dalmatians have a short coat and need protection from weather extremes and rain. If you don't want your dog free to wander throughout the house, solutions are limiting the dog to the main parts of the house where the family socializes. Babygate the area off. If you don't allow dogs on the furniture, DON'T - - show the dog where he can lie and still be with the family.

Before you get your new puppy or dog, investigate socialization/training classes, visit as many as you can and find one that uses positive training methods.

Before you get your new puppy or dog, go to your library or book store and read books on raising puppies, buy one you like and consult it often.

Even if your new dog will be an adult, you should treat it just like a puppy until it has learned the ways of your household. There are books on rescued dogs and older dogs and how to integrate them into a new household. Spending the time to prepare for and prevent problems will pay immense dividends for the rest of your dog's life.

Do you know who will care for your dog while you are on vacation? What if your dog is sick and needs special attention and you can't make it home due to work?

You'll need either reliable friends, family, or neighbors or money to pay for a boarding kennel, veterinarian, or pet-sitting service.
Don't wait for the last few days to make arrangements for care. You will want to visit the boarding kennel and check out their facilities to make sure your dog will be happy. Some boarding kennels require proof of vaccinations or could be full, and sometimes your neighbor may not be available. Most dogs are happiest if left and tended to in their own home. Many times a veterinarian or a vet assistant will know of someone who does pet sitting.


Will you be a responsible dog owner?

Why did Spot cross the road? He loved the ladies. Unfortunately, his latest girlfriend lived on the far side of the highway. Spot never made it to the other side.

About 70% of dogs hit by vehicles each year are un-neutered males. Fixing your pet decreases the urge to wander and increases his chances of living a longer, healthier life. Get your pet fixed.

Don't use your dogs to teach your children about the birds and the bees. Between 8-12 million companion animals are killed each year in America due to lack of homes. Don't let your pet have even one litter. If you do, you are ethically responsible for each puppy for its entire life. If the owner brings the puppy you raised back to you at age 7, are you prepared to accept this dog back to keep or place again? If you are not, you are not a 'responsible' breeder.

For every person that is born, 15 dogs are also born. You do the numbers … There aren't enough homes for them all. You can solve the problem. Spay or neuter when your puppy matures.

Having your pet spayed or neutered, obeying leash and licensing laws and keeping identification tags on your dogs are all part of being a responsible dog owner. Of course, giving your dog love, companionship, exercise, a healthy diet and regular veterinary care are essential.

A reputable rescue will not adopt out an unspayed or un-neutered dog. Don't even ask.


Adoption Agreement
You will be asked to sign an adoption contract, agreeing to comply with certain standards of care for the Dalmatian.

If for whatever reason you encounter problems with your new pet that *cannot be solved,* you are required to return the dog to the Dalmatian rescue coordinator who placed the Dalmatian with you and not transfer ownership to a third party without the specific authorization of the rescue coordinator.

Adoption Fee
Dalmatian rescue groups will ask an adopter to make a donation to their non-profit organization. The suggested donation is $150 to $400, which helps partially offset the costs to rescue the dog, so that they have the resources to continue to rescue other Dalmatians in need. Many times, the fee does not cover all of the expenses for the dog you are adopting.

The cost to ready the typical Dalmatian for adoption varies from state to state, and even within a state, but is approximately $250, IF the dog does not need to be spayed or neutered, has no medical issues, is free of heartworms, is free of disease, and does not need to be boarded.

It is true that many government-run shelters may have a very low adoption fee to adopt a dog. However, most do not provide the vet care rescues do and those that do are subsidized by tax-payers or have a special rate with local veterinarians. Rescues applaud the work that shelters do, but rescues do not have the resources of the tax paying public to support our work.

It is expensive to properly vet a large dog. The adoption donations received allow rescues to continue rescuing other Dalmatians in need.

Many times the dogs we take in are in poor physical condition and are in need of extensive vet care. They may be "skin and bones." Their skin and coat may be flea and tick infested and have sores. They may need to be wormed several times to break the cycle of different worms. They may have contracted kennel cough or parvo while at the animal control.

About half of the rescues are heartworm positive and treatment can run from $400 to $1,000. Orthopedic issues or injuries can run into $1,000's. Rescue groups attempt to raise funds to cover these special needs dogs, but many times all of it is not covered and adoption donations allow us to keep doing rescue.


Finally, Are you prepared to keep and care for the dog for his or her entire lifetime?

When you adopt a dog, you are making a commitment to care for the dog for his or her lifetime, even if your circumstances change.

If you have doubts about any of the issues raised above, please wait and give this important decision more thought. Postponing your decision is far more preferable than jumping into pet ownership before you are really ready.

It is your dog and family who will pay the price for the wrong decision. This is upsetting to the dog, children, and family who have bonded. The dog must then be placed again and be readjusted to what is to him, 'strangers.'

Any rescued dog that is adopted and then unwanted again, MUST be returned to the rescue.

In order to ensure your relationship with your Dalmatian is a successful one, an adopter can expect follow-up phone calls or emails from the SWAT volunteer within 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year after adoption.

These contacts are not meant to interfere or disrupt the new "family," but to offer support to ensure the transition with the new pet is a smooth one.

Please feel free to contact your Dalmatian rescue coordinator at any time, for any reason. Rescues will do their best to help you with any questions or problems. They want a good fit for the dog and the family. They love to get updates and photographs.

Are you ready ? Great !


See LINKS for Dalmatian Rescue ....... and

Save a Spot !


106 Things You Can Do to Help Rescue !

Can you...

1. Transport a dog?

2. Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items? (Gently used dog equipment is always welcome)

3. Donate MONEY?

4. Donate a Kong? A Nylabone? A Hercules?

5. Donate a crate?

6. Donate an x-pen or baby gate?

7. Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate?

8. Donate a leash?

9. Donate a collar?

10. Donate some treats or a bag of food?

11. Donate a halti or promise collar or a gentle leader?

12. Walk a dog?

13. Offer to help your local shelter photograph their animals so they can be listed on petfinder or other online adoption services?

14. Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?

15. Go to the local shelter to help identify the breed of a stray animal so the appropriate rescue group can be contacted or go with rescue to be a second opinion on the dog?

16. Make a few phone calls?

17. Mail out applications to people who've requested them?

18. Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational materials on responsible pet ownership?

19. Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?

20. Donate long distance calling cards?

21. Donate the use of your scanner or digital camera?

22. Donate the use of a photocopier?

23. Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible pet ownership?

24. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?

25. Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fundraiser?

26. Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)?

27. Donate Heartworm pills?

28. Donate a canine first aid kit?

29. Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed?

30. Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?

31. Be a Santi-paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours or days?

32. Clip coupons for dog food or treats?

33. Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?

34. Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes commissions earned to a rescue group?

35. Host rescue photos with an information link on your website?

36. Donate time to take good photos of foster dogs for adoption flyers, etc.?

37. Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit?

38. Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog?

39. Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue?

40. Volunteer to do rescue in your area?

41. Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free ID tag and instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag inscribed with your Club's name and phone # to contact?

42. Talk to all your friends and co-workers about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?

43. Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations?

44. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?

45. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?

46. Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the Club?

47. Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?

48. Help organize and run fundraising events?

49. Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the information into a database?

50. Tattoo a rescued dog?

51. Microchip a rescued dog?

52. Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house?

53. Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products?

54. Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a quarantine area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown vaccination history and has been in a shelter?

55. Drive the fosters' children to an activity so that the foster can take the dog to obedience class?

56. Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action?

57. Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?

58. Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?

59. Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to help socialize the dog?

60. Help the foster clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what those foster dogs poop)

61. Offer to test the foster dog with cats?

62. Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming Place?

63. Bring the foster take out so the foster doesn't have to cook dinner?

64. Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone who fosters dogs all the time?

65. Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs?

66. Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club?

67. Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be euthanized?

68. Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to identify your breed or provide photos and breed information showing the different types of that breed may come in and the different color combinations?

69. Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's fundraising event?

70. Offer to try and help owners be better pet owners by holding a grooming seminar?

71. Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer training questions?

72. Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?

73. Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of your breed?

74. Provide post-adoption follow up or support?

75. Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of a vehicle?

76. Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place rescue dogs?

77. Volunteer to screen calls for that ad?

78. Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home?

79. Microchip your own pups if you are a breeder, and register the chips, so if your dogs ever come into rescue, you can be contacted to take responsibility for your pup?

80. Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if you are a breeder?

81. Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have" and donate one to Rescue?

82. Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for your dogs after you are gone - so Rescue won't have to?

83. Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue?

84. Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer?

85. Donate other services if you run your own business?

86. Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership?

87. Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any calls) to someone driving a rescued dog?

88. Donate your *used* dog dryer when you get a new one?

89. Let rescue know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing to be a rescued dog's escort?

90. Watch your local shelter or online shelters and contact the appropriate breed rescue group if you see one of their dogs? It doesn't have to be "your breed" for you to make that call or write that email.

91. Donate a doggy seatbelt?

92. Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?

93. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed?

94. Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs?

95. Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube?

96. Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?

97. Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home?

98. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under crates to protect the foster's floor?

99. Donate an engraving tool to make ID tags for each of the rescued dogs?

100. Ask to make a display about rescue and dog adoptions for the display case at your public library.

101. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed?

102. Promote rescue at your National Specialties by having a "rescue parade" of the dogs your breed rescue has rehabilitated and placed in forever homes? (Have cameras and tissues on hand as it will be very moving.)

103. Post this list on your own webpages to help promote ways to help rescue?

104. Encourage your local pet store to sponsor rescue groups and the local shelter to promote adoption of animals rather than selling puppies or kittens?

105. Adopt a dog or cat from rescue?

106. Do something not listed above to help rescue? (And tell us what it is so we can add it to this list!)






























































































Where do rescued Dalmatians come from?

Shelters are where many of the rescued Dalmatians come from. Someone didn't plan ahead, make the best decisions, fence their yard, or train their dog. If a disaster or unemployment happened, the owner didn't try contact the responsible breeder, didn't try to place the dog, and didn't contact a Dalmatian rescue or a all breed and mutt rescue to find a foster home.

Yes, Dalmatians and many other pets die every year in animal controls because they were 'unwanted.' Rescues try to prevent this.