Please note that we can only accept applications from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Toledo (Ohio), and Ontario (Canada) and portions of neighboring states. For all other areas of the U.S., click here.

NOTE: We DO NOT adopt Great Danes to homes with children under the age of eight years. You may contact Great Dane Rescue, Inc. for referrals to responsible breeders in your area.

Please make sure your application is complete. Incomplete information will delay the processing of your application.

We cannot process your application until we receive your adoption application fee of $25. Information on the options for making your adoption application donation will be displayed once your completed application has been submitted.
If you do not make a payment via PayPal, your adoption application does not forward to us. If you do not receive an emailed copy of your application then your application has not been received by Great Dane Rescue Inc. If you are experiencing difficulties, please call 734-209-2128.

Once we receive your application it can take up to ten days to reach and evaluate your references. Next, a home visit will be conducted, this can take up to two weeks. After a successful home visit, an Adoption Coordinator will contact you to arrange a phone interview and to possibly discuss dogs available at that time. We are a 100% volunteer run organization and completing the process takes time. Please expect it to take a minimum of one month, potentially longer depending on whether the dogs we have in rescue are a good match for your home. It is always best to apply 2-3 months before you would like to adopt so you can be through the application process when a good match comes into rescue.

The $25 Application Fee is not a guarantee that an applicant will be approved.

Areas in red must be completed before you can submit this application.
Qualifying Information
GDR Inc. only adopts to families living in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, parts of Ohio, and Ontario (Canada). Select your location within our coverage area:
GDR Inc does not adopt to families with children under 8 years old. Do you have children under 8 years old?

Personal Information
How did you hear about us?
Do you have an application pending at another rescue?

Best time to contact Reference #1
Best time to contact Reference #2

If rented, does your lease allow pets

If your lease allow pets, please supply a copy of your lease/rental agreement.

Do you have a fenced yard

Do you have children living at home
* Reminder: We DO NOT adopt to homes with children under the age of eight years. *
Do you have children that visit regularly
Do you own any other pets in this household?

If yes please fill out below:

Are there other pets in the household
Pet #1
Pet #1 Gender
Pet #1 Spayed/Neutered
Pet #2
Pet #2 Gender
Pet #2 Spayed/Neutered

All adoptions through Great Danes Rescue Inc will be required to complete an obedience class within 6 months of adoption. Optionally, you may undergo two private sessions with a certified/licensed trainer, or pass a Canine Good Citizen / Canine Good Neighbor test.

Are you agreeable to this requirement

What activities do you plan to participate in with your Dane?
Is there someone home during the day?
Is there someone home at night

Dane Specifications

Please keep in mind that we have no control over the ages/colors/specifics of our rescue Danes. The more specific you are, the harder it may be to place a dog with you. Please remember that older dogs need a good home too and can provide years of unconditional love.

Please help us choose the Dane's Age and Gender and Appearance that is the best match for our household members and lifestyle!

Dane Mix

As a general rule, the Great Danes that we have available for adoption are from Harlequin breeding--these include Black (with or without white markings), Merles (with or without white markings), Harlequins, and Whites. Somewhat over half of the Danes we receive have natural ears, and of those Danes whose ears have been cropped, many do not stand. The waiting period for, for example, an adolescent Fawn female, with ears cropped and standing, could range anywhere from two weeks to as long as 12 months or more.


Senior -- Age 6 and older. As a general rule, the seniors we have available for adoption have been well-cared-for, are housetrained and have good house manners. All our seniors have a thorough physical examination, and we will be happy to discuss any health issues (such as a need for medication or supplements) or management (for example, a Dane that needs assistance to get into an SUV.) We do have a reduced adoption donation for our very special Senior Danes.

Adult -- Age 3 through 5. Generally more settled dogs, with many life skills in place. Level of obedience training varies from Dane to Dane, as do any behavioral quirks.

Young Adult -- 18 months to 36 months. Almost all Danes in this age group absolutely require group obedience lessons. This helps to establish a healthy bond between owner and dog, teaches the dog acceptable behaviors, and allows the dog to develop better dog-to-dog social skills.

Adolescent -- From 6 months to 18 months old. Although somewhat of a handful, these delightful young Danes are at a prime age to begin training for a "job" such as therapy work, competitive obedience, agility, or assistance work.

Puppy -- Danes less than six months old. Please note that we rarely get young puppies into Rescue, and will be happy to also offer referrals to a Great Dane Club in your area to assist you in finding a responsible, ethical breeder.

Special Needs

Home Check
You will be contacted by one of our volunteers, to arrange for either an in-person or virtual home check.

Veterinarian Information
*** Please contact your vet to let them know we will be calling. They may require your permission before speaking with us. ***

By submitting this form, I hereby authorize the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, named above, to disclose and/or release to Great Dane Rescue, Inc., it's agents, successors or assigns, either verbally or in writing, complete information concerning his or her medical findings, treatments and records about any animals for which I have sought care and/or treatment from the so named Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


PLEASE NOTE: Your application cannot be processed without acceptance of this waiver.


have voluntarily contacted Great Dane Rescue, Inc. and have expressed an interest in adopting a dog in the care and custody of Great Dane Rescue, Inc. In consideration of GDR, Inc.'s agreement to allow me to view and/or interact with such dogs, I hereby, for myself, my heirs and my personal representatives, represent and warrant as follows:

1. I am fully aware of the risks that dogs pose and have elected to view and/or interact with one or more dogs in the care of GDR, Inc. voluntarily. I knowingly assume all risks that exposure to dogs may pose, including but not limited to, serious bodily injury and/or death.

2. I hereby waive, release, discharge, hold harmless, and promise to indemnify and not to bring suit against Great Dane Rescue, Inc., its directors, officers, volunteers, staff, and all other agents, and attorneys for any of the referenced parties, and any other parties acting for, or on behalf of any of the referenced parties, from any and all rights and claims which I have or which may hereafter accrue to me and from any and all damages which may be sustained by me directly or indirectly in connection with, or arising out of, my exposure to such dogs.


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