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Ten Reasons to Donate Ten Dollars

by Susan Linden on Monday, October 1, 2012

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Fall Fundraising Campaign October 1-31

Our goal: $10,000 by October 31. Become a Donor!

Ten Reasons to Donate $10 to Dalmatian Rescue of Illinois

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1. All work is done by a small group of experienced and dedicated volunteers.

2. We take in dogs from shelters where they have run out of time and from owners who can no longer keep them.

3. We take in dogs of all ages, and those with heartworm, disabilities, and injuries.

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What Does a Dalmatian Look Like?

by Susan Linden on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

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A typical black-and-white Dalmatian

Casanova is a typical black-and-white Dalmatian.

Thanks to the well-known Disney movie, nearly every child on the planet recognizes a typical Dalmatian on sight. The black spots, brown eyes, short coat, and wagging tail are hard to miss.

Even the slightest variation in this classic picture, however, produces confusion for many people, including those who volunteer in shelters and attempt to identify dog breeds. Blue eyes? Must be a husky mix. Patches over the ears? Must be some pointer in there somewhere. Brown spots? Maybe a German shorthaired cross. A long, fluffy coat? English setter, surely, what else could it be.

The truth of the matter is that purebred Dalmatians may indeed have blue eyes, patches, brown spots, and long coats!

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Why Dalmatians End Up in Rescue

by Susan Linden on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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Dalmatian in shelter kennel

Dalmatian in shelter kennel

Do you believe that dogs that end up in shelters deserve to be there? If so, you are not alone.

Many people in the general public think that shelter dogs must be dangerous or ill, too active or untrainable. And Dalmatians? Aren’t they all destructive, deaf, and prone to biting children? Hardly surprising, then, to see that their owners have given them up.

In fact, Dalmatians, like other dogs, land in shelters for reasons that have far more to do with the life of their human than with their own behavior. Changes in life circumstances are the most common reasons for which people give up dogs. It’s pretty simple. In our experience, the human who relinquishes a Dalmatian is likely to have recently gotten married, had a child, been divorced, found a new job, lost a job, moved, or suffered a severe illness. Or even gone to jail.

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