Dames for Danes Great Dane rescue is comprised of a number of strong and independent women who set out to ensure our Rescue Danes get the best homes, with the best families, for the best forever lives they can possibly be granted. Each individual is highly experienced within the rescue field and each woman saving many lives of Danes who needed us. We have been known to drop everything at a moments notice to get these beautiful Danes safe. And we never apologize for wanting the best for each one of them.
Our Mission & Vision
Dames for Danes is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 animal rescue organization based in Oak Ridge, TN, dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected Great Danes in Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, as well as other areas which our resources will allow.
Our vision is to advocate for voiceless, see "unwanted" Danes in the very best of homes, and nurture responsible pet ownership, for ALL pets. We believe Danes are furry, goofy members of the family that deserve to be loved and treated as a valuable part of the home and family life.
Our goals are quite simple: end the cycle of homelessness, prevent unnecessary euthanasia, and see every Dane we adopt out thrive.
#1 - We believe spaying and neutering is a crucial step in the right direction to ending pet overpopulation, thereby preventing Danes from landing in shelters, or worse, being "dumped."
#2 - Educating the general public about our chosen breed is also a very important part of preventing Danes from becoming homeless. It's vital to know what to expect from such giants and to be able to decide if this is the right breed for you and your home, PRIOR to adopting. For our part, we cannot understand why everyone doesn't have 2 or 3, but realistically, we know Danes are not for everyone. We welcome questions and do our absolute best to give honest, meaningful answers, or at the very least, point people in the right direction to find the correct information.
#3 - Our last, and arguably most important, goal is to place our Danes in the very BEST homes for their particular personality and needs. Not every home is right for every Dane. We want each adoption to be successful and go the extra mile toward this purpose. Our fosters work very hard at learning all the ins and outs of their foster-Danes. We are very selective in choosing adopters for each of our Danes to ensure the best outcome for all.
What We've Achieved
Dames for Danes was once called Great Creatures. The Dames took over when the founders of Great Creatures decided to retire. We changed the name to fit the all-Girl status and continued to rescue thousands of lives to date. We were lucky to be granted a good working foundation and build upon it to become even better.
We have dedicated our time to trying to keep Danes in their homes. We have donated food, medical care, and managed to donate rental deposits in order to prevent Danes from being turned over to rescues, shelters, or dumped on roadside, when funds allow.
Our primary focus has been dedicated to the spay and neuter of all of our Danes and those who didn't come into our programs. We have distributed funding to ensure the population of Danes is managed to the best of our ability.
We are known for taking on some of the worst medical cases, the elderly, and the blind and deaf. Our rescue does not discriminate against Danes with special needs. We have saved countless Danes who were deaf from a lifetime of not being understood. And placing those Danes with families who had the experience or wished to learn to train them.
We have spent many hours educating the public at schools, public events, and internet speaking engagements. We are trying to reach our youth at an early age to ensure they grow up to become better pet owners. We feel education is the most important component of our rescue.