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Surrender Your Dane

Why are you surrendering your dane? Have you sought all avenues to keep your Dane? Have you looked into medical solutions, negotiations with landlords, or sought behavior training? If not, could we guide you to some or any of these avenues? We realize it is not always possible, but we want to help you if we can.

We also understand that sometimes things happen that are beyond anyone's control, and surrendering your dog is in his/her best interest. 

Our Surrender Process: We ask that you first complete the Surrender Form as this gives us most of the important information about your Great Dane and his/her individual needs. Please complete with as much detail and information as you can, and be honest, as we need to know as much as possible to determine how best to help and not set the dog up to fail.

Please note: Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue will not take on a Great Dane that is prone to aggressive behavior with people or other animals. We are entirely foster-based, which means will not be able to foster or find a home for a Dane who cannot get along with other dogs. Please let us be the judge of that situation though.


The Danes we accept into rescue are placed into volunteer foster homes. So before we will commit to taking any dog into our rescue, we prefer to have a volunteer evaluate the dane first. We understand that because of distance, this isn't always possible. That's why we need honesty above all else. All of our Danes live indoors as part of the foster home’s family, and while in rescue we work with each dog on any issues he/she might have — such as improving manners, obedience training, leash training, socialization, etc.

Each dog in our care is seen by our Vet, brought current on shots, spayed/neutered, heartworm tested and treated, fecal tested and treated, microchipped, and any other medical problems are addressed and taken care of.

We keep each Dane a minimum of three weeks for an evaluation period to help us determine what type of home the dog needs, then we work to match them up with the most suitable home. We carefully screen all applicants, to help ensure that the dogs are going to a loving, secure and dane-knowledgable home and that the Dane’s needs match those of the prospective home. We review all applications: that includes homeownership verification or landlord checks, as well as a veterinarian reference to make sure adequate care was provided to past and present pets. Finally, we do an in-home visit to ensure the home is secure and ready for a Great Dane.


When we place each Dane, we do quite a bit of Dane education, regarding feeding, raised feeders, bloat, etc., to try to help limit any problems the new owner will have with the Dane. We also are available for help with questions or problems that the new owner may have.


Every great dane that we accept into this rescue becomes a family member. At NWFLGDR, we have a very successful adoption rate, as we put a lot of time and effort into ensuring each adoption match is solid. Very few danes ever return to us, but rest assured knowing that once an NWFLGDR dane, always an NWFLGDR dane.

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