We are now microchipping all of our rescued danes! All adoptions include microchip, spay/neuter, DHLPPC vaccination, Bordetella vaccination, Rabies, Fecal test (and deworming if indicated), Heartworm test (and treatment if indicated), ID Tag and any other medical treatment deemed necessary by our vets.
Adopting A Friend
Ten Steps to Adoption
- Do your research! Breed and cost information is available on our website, on linked websites, in your local bookstore, pet supply stores, from your vet, and from our volunteers. Come to one of our Meet & Greet events to talk to our volunteers and meet some of the dogs to get a feel for the true size, temperament, and characteristics of the breed.
- Get an application and brochure by calling 817-651-2336 or email us. Leave your full name, phone number, fax number, and complete address. If you are emailing, you can include information about yourself such as current dogs/cats (number, age, neuter/spay, heartworm preventative, etc), children (number, ages), housing situation, past pets, vet, etc. You can also fill out the adoption application online or download it from here. Also, please take a moment to read our brochure. Complete the application form and mail or fax back to us. Include your tax deductible nonrefundable application processing fee (currently $19) which can be paid by check if mailing or via PayPal if you are faxing an application to us. Be honest and feel free to include supplemental explanatory information. Information on this form will be verified. Incomplete applications will not be processed. All questions must be answered.
- Wait for an email, letter or phone call notifying you that your application has been approved. Processing can take 1-7 days. You will receive a letter if it is not approved.
- A home visit will be scheduled and performed.
- Upon completion of steps 1 through 4 and final approval of our board, you will be entered into the Matchmaker Program .
- If we determine that there are currently no suitable Danes for you, please be patient. You will be placed on a waiting list and you will be contacted when an appropriate dog is available. You should feel free to call once a week to check in with us. Please note that it may take several weeks before a suitable dog becomes available.
- Once you have visited with a potential match, you need to notify us of your intent to adopt or not within 24 hours either by email or by voice message left at (817) 651-2336. There are often other families waiting for their turn should you decide not to adopt the particular Dane.
- Only applicants with pre-approved applications and completed home visits will be allowed to adopt a Dane at our Meet & Greet events. Please check in at the GDRNT table upon arrival and you will be directed to the Dane(s) that is a candidate for your home. Watch the website for date/location of the next Meet & Greet. We are sorry, but we are unable to hold a dog for families participating in these events. If you are unsure whether you wish to adopt that day, you are welcome to check in with us in a few days to see if the dog is still available.
- Once you have decided to adopt one of your matches, you will sign a legal and binding adoption contract and pay an adoption donation. We have a minimum adoption donation (currently $150-$300 depending on age). This donation goes towards spay/neuter, heartworm testing, rabies vaccination, DHLPPC and Bordetella vaccination, fecal testing, deworming, micro-chipping, first heartworm preventive, id tag, leash and collar which every dog receives at time of adoption. Many dogs require extra medical care including but not limited to dewormings, flea/tick products, antibiotics, skin scrapes, special food, bloodtests and heartworm treatment. Some dogs require surgeries and the attention of specialists. These costs are not included in the minimum adoption donations and are absorbed by the rescue. At the time of adoption, we will let you know if the dog you are adopting has incurred any other expenses while with us. If you are able to make a supplemental tax deductible donation to help cover those costs, it is greatly appreciated but is not required.
- This is not the end of the process. We will follow up on the placement for months to come. This may include home visits, which you will agree to in your contract. We will always be available to help you through any issues that come up. Do expect an adjustment period for you, your family, and your dog. Most dogs will not immediately be comfortable, well behaved and housebroken. It takes love, commitment and patience. We hope to see you at our next Annual DaneFest.
Who We Are
Great Dane Rescue of North Texas, Inc. (GDRNT) is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing medical attention and foster care while seeking permanent homes for abused and abandoned Great Danes in the North Texas area. To reach its goals, GDRNT rescues sick, injured, abused, and abandoned Great Danes, finds loving and knowledgeable permanent homes, educates the pubic about the temperament, characteristics and special needs of the Great Dane breed, teaches responsible pet ownership, promotes spay/neuter programs and general animal population control.
Come Visit Us
Our rescue is run entirely by volunteers and our dogs live in volunteer foster homes. We do not maintain a shelter or keep our dogs in a centralized location. You may meet some of our available dogs by attending one of our many Meet & Greet events throughout the year. Please visit our calendar page to find an event near you!
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