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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa Says, “ADOPT!”

Oct 12, 2011 12:13PM

Shelters all over Florida house mixed breed and purebred dogs, and many die needlessly. Seeking an adoption through an area rescue can make a difference to the dogs as well as the families that adopt them.

Dalmatian Rescue of Tampa encourages Natural Awakenings readers to help rescue a dog by looking toward local shelters for the next family pet.

Dalmatian Rescue was established in 2003 with the story of “Hope,” a near-death, heartworm-infested year-old Dalmatian found wandering a local golf course.

This small, all-volunteer, rescue has successfully placed over 500 Dalmatians and Dal-mixes into new homes. Now a registered 501(c))3 charity in good standing, many of DRTB’s volunteers rescued privately prior to formalizing the Rescue. To continue their good work, DRTB relies upon donations, grants and dedicated foster homes.

Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home as many Dalmatians from Florida shelters as possible. When resources permit, Dalmatians in surrounding states are helped, too. The priority is to take the dogs facing euthanasia in high-kill facilities.

DRTB spays/neuters all dogs prior to placement and provides necessary medical treatment allowing them to become adoptable. Dalmatians are placed using online resources, then prospective owners are screened with home and veterinary reference checks. Ongoing support and education is provided to all adopters. DRTB houses about 20 Dalmatians as Care-For-Life dogs who cannot be placed due to age and/or medical conditions.

To learn more about DRTB or view their adoptable dogs, please visit

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