What it Takes to Adopt


The following guidelines are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of both our rescue dogs and our adoptive families:

  1. Adopters must reside within Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue’s areas of operation (Illinois, Indiana, St. Louis (two to thee hour radius from St. Louis), and parts of WI (one to two hour radius). We reserve the right to decide if we believe you are not close enough to our central location to work with.
  2. Demonstrate the ability and commitment to provide proper care, exercise and training for the lifetime of the dog.
  3. Agree that all dogs, especially great danes are indoor dogs and will live indoors with their family. For safety reasons, outdoor kennels, dog runs, and dog houses are not an acceptable means of confinement or dwelling for a great dane and are grounds for denial.
  4. Adopters applying to adopt a deaf or blind Great Dane must have a fence with a minimum height of 4 feet.Cute_Black_Puppy
  5. Applicants such as apartment or condo dwellers, if asked, must be able to provide written proof provided by the association or landlord stating that they have permission to adopt a Great Dane. At a minimum applicants must provide their landlord or associations contact information on the adoption application.
  6. Applicants must be aware of and within their city, county, and residential laws in regards to the number of pets a person/family can own.
  7. Agree to keep the dog safely on leash at all times when not in a fenced-in area.
  8. Agree to accompany the dog through a 6-8 week group or individual obedience class within 3 months of adoption. If a dog is exempt from this rule, the adoption contract will be modified by a Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue board member to reflect such exemption.
  9. All current pets must be spayed/neutered. There are a few exceptions to this rule. They must also be current on vaccinations and dogs must be on annual heartworm prevention.
  10. Homes with children under 10 must understand that placing a dog in their home may take time. Dogs are evaluated on a case-by-case basis for their ability to live with young children. Once a recommendation has been made, we do not make exceptions. This policy is for the safety of both the dog and the adoptive family.