Grow Your Family


In a perfect world, there would be no need for dog rescues. But we don’t live in a perfect world and neither do the Great Danes that rely on Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue to find them a forever family that accepts, loves, and is willing to help them overcome their imperfections. Because our foster dogs live in private foster homes, we experience their good and bad personality, temperament, and behavioral traits first hand. Our recommendations for the type of home that best suits a foster dog (no kids, fenced yard, etc.) come from that first hand experience and knowledge. But with some stability, structure, training, and a lifetime of love, these dogs learn to adjust, overcome, and become the perfect pet they have always wanted to be!

At the very least, adopters should expect an adjustment period of 2-3 weeks once a dog is adopted. During this time dogs may subdue their true personalities, have accidents, or act out while they learn about their new family and routine. It is highly recommended that adopters begin their contractually required 6-8 week training class with their dogs during this adjustment period to help establish a trust relationship between you and your new family member.

Once your application is submitted, please be patient. The adoption process can take as little as two weeks (minimum) to several months or more depending on your requirements. Repeated phone calls and emails about the status of your application will only delay the process by requiring our volunteers to respond to those calls and emails instead of focusing their time contacting references, veterinarians, landlords, and performing home visits. If you are not matched with a Great Dane upon approval, your application remains active and is continually reviewed as more Great Danes enter or foster program.

Adoption Fees

The adoption fees listed below include the application fee and $50 training reimbursement. At the time of the adoption you will owe the applicable amount listed below, minus the application fee. Additionally, once the training requirement is met as outlined in the Adoption Contract, adopters are issued a $50 refund.

  • $500 Great Danes 6 months – 1 year old
  • $400 Great Dane mixed breeds 6 months – 6 years old
  • $400 Great Danes 1 year old – 6 years old
  • $300 Great Danes 7 years old – 9 years old
  • $150 Great Danes over 9 years old

Adoption Application

Applicants may either click here to fill out an online version of the Adoption Application, OR click here to download the Adoption Application.

If you choose to fill out the online form, the application will be automatically sent to FFGDR, and you may also print a copy for yourself.

If you choose to fill out a downloaded copy, complete the application, save it with a meaningful name (for example: Adoption Application – John Doe), and then email it to

Applicants have three options for paying the $25.00 application fee:

  1. Chase QuickPay, send the funds by entering our email
  2. PayPal (accepts credit cards as well) using the “Donate” button above
  3. Personal Check. Checks should be made out to FFGDR and sent to: P.O. Box 20125, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

PLEASE NOTE – The $25.00 application fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Processing applications takes a lot of volunteer time and the fees help us pay necessary medical bills. In fact, every $25.00 means a vaccination or microchip is paid for.  NON-REFUNDABLE for all reasons that may arise (application denied, withdrawing application, applying yet you live outside of our adoption area, you didn’t thoroughly read about us and the process or whatever else the case may be. Your application fee is non-refundable. We thank you for your understanding and for your support!