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Feel free to browse the “Available Danes” page. We get in new danes all the time, so if you don’t see the right dane for your family, I’m sure we’ll get him or her soon.

Print and fill out the "Application for Adoption" form and mail it to us. If you are looking for a specific dog, you will be placed on a waiting list and will not be contacted until we have a dog that meets your requirements.

Most of the danes are living in foster homes and not in one central location.

Please be considerate when calling for information. This is our home and not a business. Sometimes we are up through the night working with a sick dane.

Adoption Information

We do not ship dogs - Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. places dogs in Florida only. In other areas, please refer to our contact list to locate a Great Dane Rescue Group near you.

Before you adopt a dog through any Rescue group, please read this!

If you are successful in the adoption of a dog through Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc., the following will apply:

1. All dogs are spayed or neutered before they leave our facility.

2. Great Danes are typically affectionate and friendly, and we will not place a dog known to have an unsound temperament. However, no one can predict how any dog will react in a given situation, especially without complete knowledge of its life experiences. Therefore, adoptive owners are strongly urged to exercise prudence and caution in introducing an adoptive dog into a new situation until the Great Dane has become fully adjusted to its new environment and the adoptive owner has had an opportunity to become familiar with that Great Dane's unique personality.

3. No Great Dane will be placed in a new home which does not provide a fenced yard except under special circumstances, which must be approved by Rescue. A Great Dane must never be allowed to run loose. It must always carry identifying tags or be tattooed with an identifying name or number, or have a microchip implant. Great Danes must be kept as house pets in close companionship with their families. They must be kept in a home where they will not be not left outdoors unsupervised, also to be kept indoors at night.

4. Adoptive owners must be prepared to demonstrate their ability and willingness to provide proper food, medical care and a loving, safe, healthy and clean environment for the adoptive Great Dane. Even if the dog has already had a basic obedience course, we urge a refresher course to establish respect and a close rapport more rapidly between dog and owner. Always be sure that the trainer is familiar with the Great Dane's temperament.

5. The ownership and responsibility for the adopted Great Dane belongs solely to the adoptive owners. However, if for some valid reason, the adoption does not work to the advantage of the new owner and the dog, Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. must be given the option of reacquiring the dog. You agree not to sell, trade, abandon, or dispose of this Great Dane in any way, but to notify Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. The adoptive owner shall not transfer ownership of the Great Dane unless Rescue elects not to exercise this option within 14 days.

6. Each prospective adoptive home will be visited by a Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. representative to evaluate its qualifications as an adoptive home.

7. You agree to provide veterinary care at once if the dog becomes sick or injured and agree to keep the dog current on all vaccinations and heartworm checks.

8. You agree to allow a representative to examine the dog and his/her living conditions and to surrender the dog to said representative if the conditions are found unsatisfactory.

Adoption fees are $175 (cost of spay/neuter included).

For more information or to receive and adoption application, please contact:

Great Dane Rescue of Tampa Bay, Inc. 
PO Box 7172
Tampa, FL  33673

Information For New Parents

So, You've Decided To Adopt A Small Pony (Great Dane)!

Some things you need to know:

* Food on the counters is fair game to a Rescue. Even when properly taught they can still revert back when smelling something good.

* When another animal lives in the home, separate them when feeding. The Rescue will want to eat both bowlfuls. Respect for another dog's food bowl is very important.

* The Rescue might have an accident or two because this is a new home to them and they are confused and they don't know where the potty place is yet. (Helpful hint: take the dog out extremely frequently and praise highly if they potty outside. Do not reprimand if they have an accident. This will only create confusion and fear.)

* The Rescue might cry or whimper the first few nights. They don't know where they are or who you are. DO NOT get up during the night to console them. This will only create a bad habit that can last forever. Tell them in a firm voice "quiet" or "no noise."

* The Rescue may be extremely possessive of things. I.E. bones, toys, crate, bed, food, you. Remember they have never had anything that belonged to them before. They are just like a three year old child that has never been taught to share. The rule in my house is that if any dog argues over an item, it then becomes mine and neither dog can have it for a period of time.

* It will take at least two weeks for everyone to get used to the new dog and for everything to settle down.

* Remember, if this dog does not work out for you, I will not think any less of you. Sometimes personalities are not matched up for any number of reasons. I would rather you return the dog and get the best one for you, than to try to tough is out. The only result is that you are miserable and the dog suffers.

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This Page Last Updated: June 10, 2020