How It All Began
DAS Dalmatians was born in May 2016…….. A madcap idea brought about by a love for the breed and wanting to help people and spotty dogs.
Sue very sadly had to return her first dally back to the rescue she came from and vowed that one day she would try to help others in the same situation and that she would let people know how their dogs were when she could…. She was never allowed to know what happened to Milly or even if she was happy and settled.
When Sue says she understands how you feel, she really does and will always do her best to help you and your dog.
Sue and Dave applied to adopt a dalmatian from a rescue in the UK in autumn 2015 but were told that they could not have an older female to be a companion to Thor, they should adopt a younger dog. This was not what they wanted to do, they wanted an older dog. Someone sent them a photo of a beautiful 12 year old girl with blue eyes behind bars in Spain and they fell in love instantly ...... EC lived to be very nearly 17 and is greatly missed by them.
Sue was then one of the pioneers in setting up the Spanish Dalmatian Rescue early in 2016. The rescue was set up with Dave designing a logo and paperwork for them to use. They were asked to re home more and more dogs but due to disorganisation, Sue left and the idea of DAS was born.
The rescue idea was a hotly discussed topic in Dave and Sue’s house, with her saying no for so long and that it would take over their lives ……… little did Dave know how true that would be and he doesn't like dogs!
They were asked to help a puppy in very dire circumstances and the rest is history…..
DAS Dalmatians is also now a sanctuary for spotty botties where they can spend the rest of their days in comfort being loved and receiving the treatment they need ... DAS has recently invested in their own laser therapy machine as a few of the oldies find it traumatic and difficult to be taken out.
The rescue snowballed to the point that they needed somewhere with land directly attached to it to accommodate all the dogs and to give them room to expand. They weren’t bothered about a house, everything had to be right for the dogs. They asked on their Facebook page for anywhere in the UK and that is how they ended up in the south.
Over 300 dogs have been helped, some staying in their homes, some being re homed, many stopped from being euthanised, always over 20 permanent DAS Sanctuary dogs now, vets bills paid for non DAS dallies and a whole host of other things that Sue does behind the scenes to help people. It can be emotionally exhausting and many days are spent in tears.
They live in a stable in the middle of nowhere, no one will deliver to them and when it snows, they are unable to leave ……………..Sue’s idea of heaven !! But the biggest problem they have is that there are no drains or yard and they flood quite often.
The DAS ‘office’ is the kitchen table. They don’t have time off/days out or holidays as there is no one to look after the dogs although some nights they are able to go out to eat and not have to cook !
They have 7 Great Danes of their own, all rescues apart from Berrie who is great niece to Donkey. They also have 3 Sarplaninacs, 2 are young and full of energy and one is elderly whose back legs do not want to work properly anymore……………… very sadly they no longer have any dalmatians of their own due to both of them passing in 2019……. Thor was 15 ½ and had dementia and EC reached the grand old age of 16 and 11 months.
Dave goes out to work full time (he had been working from home for 18 months) which means that Sue runs everything herself including feeding the dogs 3 times per day and weighing the food out, much better for them all to help prevent GDV. This means that their time is extremely restricted and if they want to go out which is usually for vets appointments or to get dog food or other dog related things, it has to be fitted around the feeding times………..there is always something to do with Dave being the handyman at weekends !!
Looking after all the dogs and all it entails and running the rescue, is a full time job for several people but Sue does this purely for the love of the furry critters in her care and they always come first……. She is often outside picking up poo in her spotty dressing gown and wellies cos getting dressed takes time 😊
Dave and Sue’s lives are completely dedicated to helping others that need it and they totally rely on donations and the wonderful volunteers that do dally trains, dog assessments, foster, home checks and the Fundraising team of Shirley and Sam ….. you are all wonderful and they thank you.
If you would like to help Dave and Sue to continue to do what they do or have any ideas on how to help or raise funds, please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org