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 …. She was never allowed to know what happened to Milly or even if she was happy and settled.
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…..
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 Devon.
Over 250 dogs have been helped, some staying in their homes, some being re homed, some stopped from being euthanized, 19 permanent DAS dogs now, vets billed 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 rains or snows, they are unable to leave ……………..Sue’s idea of heaven !!
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 6 Great Danes of their own, all rescues apart from Berrie who is great niece to Donkey. They also have 2 Sarplaninacs and foster one for the rescue they adopted them from……………… very sadly they no longer have any dalmatians of their own due to both of them passing this year……. 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 !!
Looking after 30+ 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