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We would like to thank Life’s Abundance Dog Food and Dr. Jane’s Healthy Pet Net Foundation for the grant they sent to us to help with veterinarian bills and other necessities Spotted Dog Dalmatian Rescue needs to continue to help our deaf Dalmatians.  The check was for $2,000.00 and we are so grateful to Dr. Jane’s Foundation for their help. 

CONTACT: Ariel O’Brien, 717-260-1150, 717-602-4623 (cell)



HARRISBURG, Penn. – Sept. 14 — Ariel O’Brien of Harrisburg, a dog  trainer and evaluator for the American Kennel Club and Therapy Dogs  International, announces the opening of a new dog rescue for deaf Dalmatians.

Spotted  Dog  Dalmatian Rescue is a unique rescue  dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of deaf purebred  Dalmatians.  Headquartered in  Middletown,Penn., Spotted Dog Dalmatian Rescue is regional, and will  focus,at first, on helping deaf dogs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut ,New  York, New Jersey,North  Carolina, Tennessee,Texas and Virginia and Ohio.

Deafness is a genetic predisposition in the breed, affecting more  than 13 percent of puppies each year born without full or partial hearing,  according to O’Brien, a deaf dog trainer.

Development of Spotted Dog is in response to an unpopular  practice among the Dalmatian community to euthanize deaf puppies, rather than  give them a chance at life. This practice is fostered by the Dalmatian Club of  America’s (DCA) policy that deaf puppies must be euthanized because they will  never be good pets.

“The DCA erroneously believes that a dead dog is better than a  deaf dog,” said O’Brien, who has owned Dalmatians since 1991, including several  deaf pets. She is currently mom to Lainie Anne, Maggie, a deafie, and Woody.  According to O’Brien, the DCA policy is based on the myth that deaf dogs can  startle, be aggressive and resist training.

“The myths regarding deaf dogs, are just that. One of Spotted Dog  Rescue’s goals is to educate Dalmatian breeders that just because a puppy is  born deaf does not mean they need to euthanize that puppy. Many deaf dogs have  excelled in the companion performance events of obedience, rally, and agility. A  deaf dog can make a wonderful family member.”

Under O’Brien’s leadership, Spotted Dog will reach out to  breeders, asking them to surrender their deaf puppies rather then kill them,  and will save deaf dogs from shelters or homes where they are unwanted. The  organization will place the dogs in foster homes, where they will be evaluated and started on training, while adoptive homes are sought. The organization,  which has its non-profit status pending, will spay or neuter puppies before  adopting them out.

Another goal of Spotted Dog, according to O’Brien,  is to educate the public about the breed and its needs, which includes lots of  exercise since Dalmatians have boundless energy. They are also very loyal dogs, according to O’Brien, and like to be with their people. “We will also assist  owners in understanding the special needs of their deaf Dalmatian and with special training programs, resources and tools.”

Many breeders and people who work with deaf Dalmatians don’t  agree with the DCA policy, according to O’Brien.  “Despite  the Dalmatian Club of America’s stand recommending euthanizing deaf puppies,  many breeders and most non-breeders realize that a puppy need not be perfect to  live. More Dalmatian breeders are opting to either place their own deaf  puppies themselves or offer them to rescues, such as Spotted Dog, so that they  might live.  Dalmatian litters do not always have deaf puppies, but when  they happen, they need a safe home for a long life,” said Beth  Whiteof Melody Kennels and Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado in  Fort  Collins.

The DCA website says: “The Board of Governors feels very strongly that  deaf pups should never be sold, placed or given away, and most certainly should  not be bred from. Deaf Dalmatians are hard to raise, difficult to control (they are often hit by cars when they “escape”) and often become snappish or overly  aggressive, especially when startled.  It also advises veterinarians to: “Advise your clients to put down any  deaf pups they may have bred.”

For  more information on deaf dogs or Spotted Dog Deaf Dalmatian Rescue, to volunteer  as a foster family, or to make a donation, it www.spotteddogdalmatianrescue.org

November 15,2011

In the last month we have had great success in placing the dogs from Spotted Dog Rescue.  We do have a young male coming in the next week so check back again to meet him.

November 25, 2011
IRS 501(C)(3) DETERMINATION LETTER.We have finally recieved our non-profit determination letter from the IRS and we have officially been designated a Non-Profit Charitable Organization.  That means that any donations made to the rescue are tax deductible.  Since winter is coming it would be really nice if you could donate even the smallest amount to help provide coats, warm beds, treats, food and vet bills for the dogs we have in the rescue now.  We realize that times are really tough for every one and it is hard even putting food on the table for your own family.  However, if you could donate even a dollar or two, it would help these guys.