This is so true.... not just about Shelter pets but about good, quality rescue groups too. A quality shelter or rescue will share with you all the info they have on a dog.. will make sure that animal has all their shots, are spay/neutered and any temperament info they have. We get alot of questions about where our dogs come from and what happens when they come into our program.

Where do the danes come from?
Most of our Danes are rescued from euthanasia in North Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana shelters. They end up in shelters because they were either released to the facility by their owners or found as strays and remain unclaimed. In 2014 we worked with over 34 different shelters and municipal authorities to save danes from euthanasia. In 2014 approximately danes came into our program. Occasionally we can take Owner Surrenders from individuals, however it is dependent on available foster space, needs of the surrendered dog and resources...

Why do so many end up in shelters?
There are many reasons that Great Danes end up in rescue. Some of our Danes were strays, found wandering the streets with no identification and therefore subject to death at a local animal control facility. if they are unclaimed by their owners. Animal control will call GDRNT to come rescue these Danes before their scheduled euthanasia.

Why do people “give up” their dogs to shelters?
Of those released to facilities or to other people by their owners, the story of "why" seems to be repeated over and over again. Many people buy puppies on impulse, without taking the time to look into the personality, activity level, and needs of the breed and then find themselves with a giant dog that is simply not compatible with their family. It seems that those cute little pups grow up. The owners give them up because they are "too big", "cost too much", "poop too much", "chew stuff", "destructive when left alone", "need too much attention", and "knock the kids down". Had just a bit of research into the personality, temperament and needs of this breed been done, each of these reasons would have been discovered before acquiring a Dane. A Dane is not a good choice for every family. Like any breed, some fit into a particular family's lifestyle and budget, and others don't.
We also hear many non-breed specific reasons for giving up a pet. Most commonly are relocation, pregnancy/new babies, job changes that result in the owner having less time available for the dog, and even that the children aren't feeding /walking/ cleaning up after the dog even though they said they would. While there are some limited situations that cannot be avoided, prospective dog owners should carefully consider that bringing home a dog requires a 10-13 year commitment. Very careful and thoroughly informed consideration should be given as to whether this commitment can be made prior to adoption.

Are the dogs that come to rescue abused?
No. Many of our Danes are just unwanted due to various reasons. Some are medically neglected - some severely. We do get in Danes that have been mentally and physically abused. All dogs are tested and closely
watched for possible abuse and rehabilitated if needed. All temperament issues are fully disclosed and discussed with potential adopters.

What happens to a dog when it comes to Great Dane Rescue?
On average we spend over $800 in veterinary care for each of our danes. All Great Danes that come through the rescue program are spay/neutered, heartworm tested, given vaccinations for Rabies, DHLPPC, and Bordetella , they’re fecal tested, micro-chipped, and given their first heartworm preventative. All Great Danes are treated for any parasite and illness present including, but not limited to, intestinal worms, heartworms, upper respiratory infections, ehrlichia, broken bones, and special surgeries. Adoption fees do not cover all of these expenses.
Rescued Danes are placed in foster homes while they are with us and live as part of the foster’s family. During this time each Dane's health and temperament is evaluated which helps us make appropriate permanent placements. In addition to providing medical and emotional rehabilitation, all foster homes crate train, work on basic obedience and housebreaking.

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