In the early days of Dalmatian Welfare there were three organisations/individuals responsible for Dalmatian welfare.
These were the Dalmatian Rescue, located in the South of England, which was coordinated by Phyllis Piper, The North of England Dalmatian Rescue which was run by Susan Gatheral-Graham and the British Dalmatian Club welfare which was operated by Pat Wilson and Pat Kindersley. At that time the North of England Dalmatian Rescue reported annually at the North of England Dalmatian Club A.G.M.
The club wanted to update and realign the rescue service and in April 1998 a draft document was presented to the North of England Dalmatian Club committee by Chris Pickup, and at a later meeting an application to apply for charitable status was discussed, circulated and agreed.
There were several discussions as to what to call the charity, some included Dalmatian Adoption or Dalmatian Assistance League – DAL! However, in 1998 the North of England Dalmatian Club Welfare Service was approved by the North of England Dalmatian Club at their A.G.M, and thereafter was successful in attaining charitable status.