Shelter Spotlight: Great Dane Rescue of North Texas

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Great Dane Rescue of North Texas is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Carrollton, Texas. The organization’s mission is to provide medical attention and foster care while seeking permanent homes for abandoned Great Danes in the North Texas area. GDRNT also looks to educate the public about the temperament, characteristics, and special needs of the Great Dane breed.

Since its beginnings in 2001, Great Dane Rescue of North Texas has had over 1,695 Danes come through their program.  They are 100% privately funded and volunteer run.  GDRNT has no physical building or shelter and is only able to house Danes by placing the dogs into foster homes. This allows 100% of donations to go directly to helping the Danes in their care.

While a Great Dane is in the care of Great Dane Rescue of North Texas, it lives as part of a foster family. During this time, each Dane’s health and temperament is evaluated, which helps the group make appropriate permanent placements in approved adoptive homes. In addition to providing medical and emotional rehabilitation, all of GDRNT’s foster homes crate train, work on basic obedience and housebreaking.

Great Dane Rescue of North Texas cares for between 18 and 35 Danes at any given time.  The animals in their care are acquired mostly from North Texas area municipal shelters, which frequently are at full capacity, making any dog at risk of euthanasia.  GDRNT works closely with their local shelters to assure no adoptable Danes are euthanized.  In an average year, the rescue organization will work with approximately 30 different shelters. Over the years GDRNT has fostered and rehabilitated dogs with conditions such as canine parvovirus, hip problems, broken bones, blindness, deafness, and amputees.

Meet Josh!

“GDRNT rarely takes in Dane mixes, but every now and then we make an exception. Josh was on the euthanasia list at a local shelter. They thought he was full Dane; we thought he was a mix. Now that he’s here, we’re sure he is a mix. At the end of the day, what mattered was that an amazing, young dog was about to be euthanized for space if we didn’t take him.

During his time with GDRNT, Josh has been slow to warm to new things, especially men, but once he is comfortable in a foster home, he is laid-back and people-oriented. Josh loves attention! He is not a snuggler, but he loves to be petted and especially to be toweled off after a jaunt through a rainy yard. He gets along well with younger kiddos and other dogs but tends to avoid boisterous teenagers. Josh would love a home where someone is there with him most of the day and may do better in a home with another dog playmate.

Josh has been with our rescue for almost ten months, and we are scratching our heads as to why this amazing two-year-old hasn’t found his furever home yet! If you live in the DFW metroplex and think Josh might be the missing piece to your family, please visit and fill out an adoption application.”

If you would like to learn more about Josh or see the other wonderful Great Dane’s in which GDRNT has available, please visit their adoptable animals page, HERE. Please also consider supporting the group by donating on their website. In addition to their website, Great Dane Rescue of North Texas can also be contacted via their Facebook page or Twitter.

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