RESCUE helped me.You too can make a difference.


Danes in Distress is a non-profit entity staffed by a group of volunteers who are committed to helping unwanted, neglected or abused Great Danes by placing them in caring homes where they will receive proper care and exercise.

The rescue service was started in 1956 by a Great Dane lover/breeder and evolved in 1965 into the organization we now know as Danes In Distress. Over the years, volunteers have been involved to continue the rescue efforts.


Without your financial help, this organization could not exist and many Great Danes would never get a second chance to lead a normal, happy life. Any donation, no matter how small, is welcome. One time, or monthly donations are welcomed. Charitable Donation Receipts are issued for amounts of $20 or more.

Due to the sheer numbers of Danes we take in on an annual basis, we have to rely on Foster homes to temporarily fill this gap. We pay all Dane-related expenses while in foster. Many prospective adopters who have never had a Dane before opt to foster a Dane to get first hand experience with the special needs of the breed before they make the decision to permanently adopt. We also have some dedicated families who recognize the need for temporary homes and commit to providing temporary homes prior to adoption.

All functions within our rescue are done by volunteers who do not receive any remuneration other than expenses incurred in the care of rescued Danes.

We are always looking for committed individuals to help. If you have available time, we would love to hear from you.