The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is one of the largest breed-specific rescue groups in the United States. Since 1979, the all-volunteer staff has worked tirelessly to find “forever homes” for this most amiable of breeds.
The League boasts nearly 400 active volunteers, in chapters located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia, all working on behalf of Danes and people – matching abandoned and unwanted animals with loving owners. The New Jersey chapter is one of the largest in the organization and has grown so large that it has split into two regional teams. Though the volunteers are divided geographically, they are united in purpose – finding great homes for great animals.
The coordinators for the Northern and Central/Southern Chapters are quick to note that Great Danes are not for everyone.
“Many people don’t have the patience for the time it takes to apply to adopt. “It can take a month to get through (the adoption) process. We know that the adopters who do make it through are committed to 올인구조대 a Dane and giving it a wonderful home.”
Great Danes are well known for their laid-back, easy-going disposition, but they are also known for their size. Young puppies grow quickly, easily overwhelming unprepared owners. Complicating matters, Great Danes – as with most pure breeds – come with a host of genetic problems, ranging from digestive problems to bone disease, not to mention a monstrous appetite.
Owner education is an important part of the League’s mission. In addition to helping Great Danes by providing for rescue and care of abandoned and abused animals, they work with people to determine the right breed of dog for their lifestyle, find replacement homes for animals that owners can no longer take care of, resolve physical and behavioral problems and overcome the grief of losing a beloved pet.
With the holidays upon us and the economy in upheaval, volunteers expect an increase in abandoned animals and a decrease in adoptions. With this is mind, volunteers throughout the eastern United States have been busy hosting “meet and greet” activities at area malls and collecting toys and treats for homeless Danes. At any given time, there are between 70 and 90 Great Danes in need of homes throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
There are many volunteer opportunities with the Great Dane Rescue League – from donations to providing a temporary foster home. If you’re considering adopting a Great Dane, or you’d like to know more about the many wonderful services provided by the Great Dane Rescue League, contact your regional rescue league.