Community Heros - DADA in Delray Beach

Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group


Life takes us in many directions and some days don’t go as planned. Have discovered that one of the keys of life is to be flexible. That’s how miracles happen!

Today Mom and I took an unanticipated excursion to downtown Delray Beach. We are walking towards Atlantic Avenue as a dog races past us .

Not just any dog… a large pit bull that was frantic and going in no particular direction. A car drives up alongside us, pulls down his window and asks me to please catch the dog. It was not his but he wanted to help.

Without hesitation, I started running and thankfully was not wearing high heels! I am coaxing the dog towards the nearest place where I could get some assistance.

Up ahead was DADA restaurant. In the back parking lot, I asked for water as the dog seemed thirsty and starving and would not stay still. One of the staff saw us from the back door, brought out water which she drank up instantly.


The dog was about to run off again and then a miracle happened. There was an outpouring of kindness and help from the staff. One person brought out food (it looked so delicious!) Yes , DADA’s is an excellent local hot spot! Then another person came out and put a string on its collar and was able to calm her down. The female pit bull did have a collar without any identification. Another staff member walked out and said that she will bring it to animal rescue. When she called, we found out they were closed until the next day. Graciously, she then offered to have the dog stay with her at her home.

Staff at DADA June 2017

The driver who asked for my assistance left when he saw me take over and did not see the wonderful acts of kindness that took place which began with HIM. So whoever you are….thank you!

The manager came out and gave me his information so I could check on the dog the next day.

A woman coming into the restaurant stopped and said, this is why she comes to DADA. They give back to the community. She stood, smiled and watched the attention being poured on this lost dog.

When I followed-up with the restaurant, staff that were not even present at the time knew what had happened.

It was suggested that prior to going to animal rescue to check if the dog had a chip so they could locate the owner. Off to Petco they went and received positive news! The dog did indeed have a chip.

Yay! The dog was identified and reunited with its owner.

Many thanks to DADA restaurant, the management and staff for generously and actively conveying the true meaning of community.



52 N Swinton Ave.

Delray Beach, Fl 33444

Phone: 561 330-3232



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 Janice Zaltman - Realtor, LEED AP, GREEN

United Realty Group Inc.

Palm Beach Direct: 561 203-9621

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Comments (12)

Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It surely is a dog's world out there. Great rescue story

Jul 08, 2017 06:35 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good for you for helping the doggie find his owner...well done!

Jul 08, 2017 07:06 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I love stories with happy endings and when it comes to dog rescues, they are my favorities, and cats too.

Jul 08, 2017 07:39 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

What a cool story Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP 

So glad the dog received the help it needed and was reunited with it's owner

Jul 08, 2017 08:47 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP Community really is everything.

Jul 08, 2017 10:49 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Janice what a heart warming story!  So many people are willing to help out here as well when a fur baby gets lost. Lots of good people in the world - lots!

Jul 08, 2017 12:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Janice- that was quite an experience! I love Dada's!! And, glad they thought to check for a chip. 

Jul 08, 2017 05:06 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That was an extreme act of kindness. Everyone pitched in and so glad you were able oot calm him and find him shelter.

Jul 09, 2017 05:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Awe Janice Hope Zaltman LEED AP - You were instrumental in getting that beautiful dog back to its owner and with DaDa's help the community came together. Dogs know when people are good and kind. You really are a special lady and so are the people in your community. 

Jul 12, 2017 07:32 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Janice I loved this post and I mean LOVED< LOVED this story, what an awesome team effort on everyone's part, kudos....Endre

Jul 24, 2017 11:11 PM
Janice Zaltman

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr.  I appreciate your kind words. It truly was a special experience. 

Jul 31, 2017 08:06 PM
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Great post Janice!  We need to stay focused on all the positves in the world rather than the negative.  I'll be sure to visit DADA on my next trip to Delray!

Aug 11, 2017 04:26 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is such a nice story - and I am so glad the dog had a chip! I didn't know that Petco could read them. Thanks for sharing. 

Aug 11, 2017 06:38 AM