What is CCDAL?
CCDAL is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit
organization, dependent on charitable contributions
to save the lives of adoptable purebred Dalmatians
through an adoption program that addresses pet
ownership responsibility and education.
Where are you located?
We have no shelters or offices, just a web site,
an email address, and a number of willing volunteers
working out of their homes for the prevention of
cruelty to and abandonment of Dalmatians, the relief
of their suffering, and the extension/expansion of
humane education. Our volunteers are located in
Northern Virginia, the Tidewater and Richmond areas
of Virginia, and in Maryland.
Where do you get your dogs?
CCDAL has a working relationship with a number of
local humane societies, SPCAs and animal shelters.
When they have a Dalmatian that they feel is
adoptable but the dog has not received any
applications and its time has run out, they
contact us. If CCDAL or another rescue organization
is unable to take the Dal, it will be euthanized.
What is the purpose of CCDAL?
CCDAL was established to rescue and re-home abandoned,
abused, or neglected Dalmatians out of shelters before
they are euthanized. Our goal is to place each adoptable
Dalmatian into a permanent, loving home where the dog
can safely spend the remainder of its natural life.
Will you take my unwanted Dalmatian off my hands?
We do not normally accept unwanted dogs from owners,
but we will assist the owner with placing their own
dog in an appropriate home if they will continue to
care for and support the dog until an appropriate
home is found.
What is the process for adopting from CCDAL?
CCDAL requires prospective adopters to complete
an application. After review of the application,
veterinary history will be checked and a home visit
will be conducted. If the CCDAL adoption committee
agrees that the adoption should be approved, then a
contract will be completed, adoption fee accepted,
and the dog will be turned over to its Forever Home.
What costs are involved?
CCDAL requests a tax-deductible contribution of
$250.00 upon adoption of our dogs. As a non-profit
501(c)(3) organization, we have no paid employees,
and all adoption fees and contributions go directly
to the care and support of our rescued Dalmatians.
The adoption fee includes the insertion of a microchip
in your adopted dog. Registration passes to you once
the adoption is final.
How far away will you transport a dog for adoption?
Because our procedures require a home visit and our
contract requires the return of the dog if the adopter
is unable or unwilling to keep it for any reason, we
generally restrict our adoptions to within 150 miles
of our nearest volunteer. Since our volunteer base
is fairly wide-spread, CCDAL can cover most of Maryland
and Virginia as well as Washington DC and parts of extreme
Southern Pennsylvania. If you are outside of that
range, we will attempt to put you in touch with a
Dalmatian rescue group closer to where you live.
What will be the physical condition of the dog?
All of our dogs are spayed or neutered and up to
date on all recommended vaccines before adoption.
The dog will be heartworm, Lyme disease, and
Erlichia negative; on monthly heartworm and flea
preventative; and current on Rabies, DHLPP, Carona,
and Lyme vaccines.
If we know of any health problems, they
will be fully disclosed to you up front. You
will receive copies of the applicable vet records
at the time of adoption.
How old are the dogs?
Our dogs range from puppies
to senior citizens; however, the majority of them
are between one and six years old. Most owners
do not give up their young dogs, they wait until
the dog is full grown. Additionally, shelters are
usually successful in adopting out younger dogs,
with the more mature dogs likely to be euthanized
if a rescue group will not take them.
What are the advantages of adopting a rescue dog
CCDAL does not have a shelter. Our dogs live in
the homes of our volunteers where they are treated
like a member of the family. Because of this close
relationship, our fostered dogs are socialized,
given some basic obedience training, and closely
observed. We know the individual strengths
and weaknesses of our dogs, which allows us to select the most
appropriate home for each dog. By taking the
time to get to know the dogs as well as the adopters, we
have a higher rate of successful, permanent placements.
I can't have a dog where I live. Is there some other
way I can help?
Yes!! In addition to appropriate foster homes, CCDAL
has plenty of "behind the scenes" jobs that need to
be done. Help with a fundraising effort. Help with
the web page. Help update our Petfinders site. Help
man a table at a community event. Help with transporting
dogs from place to place. If you have any special
talents or interests, just let one of our board members
know. See Contacts for who
to call and how to reach them. Check out our
Wish List for things we need.
Or "sponsor" a Special Needs