After being in foster care for more than two years, Cary has been designated a "virtual adoptee" and he will live out his life with his foster family. Due to his age (guessed to be between 11 and 13 now), his health problems, his deafness, and his ability to escape any crate, it is unlikely that he will find another home. After destroying three commercial dog crates--and then raiding the refrigerator!--Cary's foster mom purchased a "gorilla cage" made of 1/4" steel bars. So far he has managed to bend the bars, but has not been able to escape.

Being deaf, Cary needs special attention to see that he does not get outside of the fenced yard; he can't hear the traffic, and he doesn't come no matter how loud you yell. He remains on a special prescription diet because he forms bladder stones, and he continues to have problems with chronic ear infections. In spite of his medical problems, Cary is very comfortable in his foster home. He knows the routine, respects the boundaries of the back yard, and he manages to tolerate the arrival of each new foster dog as they pass through his home.

Cary's prescription diet costs approximately $100 per month. Any contributions toward this expense would be greatly appreciated! Click here for ways to donate.


Hello everyone. My name is Cary Grant, because I'm quite the sophisticated gentleman...very suave and very respectful to all according to my foster mom. No one can understand why I was picked up as a stray in a big city and no one came to claim me. My house manners are impeccable. I am very quiet most of the time and I love belly rubs more than anything! I have a tremendous amount of energy and can run really fast...I can also jump up onto the furniture.

In any event, I am ready to start a new life as of now. I'm about 8 years old, I weigh 57 pounds, I'm up to date with all my vaccines, I'm heartworm negative, I'm neutered, and I have a lot of love to give to someone. My coloring makes me very special. My spots are not black like most Dalmatians, they are "liver" colored. That almost guarantees that everyone who sees me will want to stop and meet me...and will want to ask you a lot of questions about me, starting with "Is that a Dalmatian?"

I have two conditions that you need to know about. First, I have had some crystals in my urine. This is a very easy fix with the correct diet. Your vet can help with this. Second, I am deaf. I have probably been that way since birth because deafness is a genetic weakness in my breed. But, you know what? I can learn American Sign Language right along with you! Kids are particularly good at ASL but grownups can easily learn it as well. My foster mom will send a dictionary along with me to my forever home. Some deaf dogs have been terribly abused because their owners didn't know they were deaf and just thought they were stupid. What a shame for those dogs. Thank goodness that hasn't happened to me! I don't startle when you wake me up with a gentle hand. I just don't come when you yell at me if I'm not looking directly at you and see you calling me with your hands. Because I won't hear the traffic, I will need to be kept safe in a secure (fully fenced) yard or always on a leash.

If you would like a quiet companion for walks around the neighborhood or someone who will listen to your deepest secrets while we cuddle on the sofa, then I'm your guy. I would love a new home with adult companionship. While I'm gentle with small children, I probably would not enjoy living with them all the time. The younger kids are just too hard for me to "read" because they move too fast, make angry faces when they cry or yell, and wave their arms too much--it all looks like they are about to attack me! Older children would be fine.


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