WHO WE ARE
We are the official GREAT DANE RESCUE group for the state of AZ and have been caring for our beloved danes throughout AZ and the valley, for over 20 years. We are dedicated to providing the proper care & placement of danes in need, whether they are a pound puppy or an owner turn-in.
We not only offer refuge to those danes needing a new family, we also work with families who just need some advice or training tips for their dane! We do understand how painful giving up your best friend can be. You can bring your dane to us or we can make arrangements to do a pick up. We have a message line for your convenience: 623 869-0409.
Rescue is done by volunteers/fosters who are dedicated to helping the danes in Arizona find a FOREVER home. We do not have a shelter for you to visit as everyone works out of their homes. We have several reputable rescues that are currently working with the Alliance. Only those rescues that abide by and follow the Alliance criteria are allowed to post the danes they have available, on our site.
Our Volunteers and Foster parents are most valuable. We could not do this without you. If you are not sure a dane is for you, fostering is a great way to find out. Our Fosters help a dane by making them part of their family and caring for them until they are adopted. Fosters help us save lives!
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PLEASE SPAY & NEUTER YOUR PETS
In Maricopa County alone, hundreds of dogs are put down daily because of the animal over population. This can change if people will spay & neuter their pets. Please be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Thank you!
The following site contains good information on the local spay/neuter clinics and the financial assistance available through the Maricopa County in certain area codes: http://www.maricopa.gov/Pets/snip.aspx
For our giant breed dog owners, it is generally advised that your pup not be altered til their major growth has passed which can be anywhere between 15-24 months. Once they are of age, a F giant should NEVER be spayed while in her heat and for 3 weeks afterwards. Many vets will say, "we do it all the time & she will be fine". They are certainly entitled to their opinion as are we! But given we only deal with giants and never take unnecessary chances with the lives that are entrusted to us... You draw our own conclusion.
Please remember that you are the voice & guardian of your furkid. Please do not allow any medical person to bully you, you do what is right for YOUR dog!
Valley Fever (VF) has become a serious health concern for pets over the past 15 years due to the population growth & development in AZ. VF is NOT contagious. It is a fungal spore in our soil. Our vets have seen an alarming increase of cases in their practices.
Your dog could be at risk if you show your dog or travel through an area where VF is prevalent, including California, New Mexico, Texas, Southern tip of Nevada, and Arizona. The risk arises when you return home and your local vet is not experienced enough with VF for proper diagnosis. This can lead to your dog's illness being misdiagnosed, leading to your Dane getting sicker or even dying before proper treatment is administered.
In most cases, VF is treatable, but it needs a proper diagnosis so the right medicine can be dispensed. Please take the time to thoroughly research information about VF. This way if your dog is affected, you will know what to do and what questions to ask your vet.
The site below is a good starting point to learning more about VF:
MEET OUR DOGS
Great Dane Rescue is done by volunteers who are dedicated to helping Great Danes in Arizona find a FOREVER home. We do not have a shelter for you to visit as everyone works out of their homes. We have several reputable rescues that are currently working with the Alliance. If you see a Dane or "non-Dane" on our Available Dogs page and you would like to meet him or her, please contact us to make arrangements.
GREAT DANE RESCUE OF AZ ALLIANCE
P.O. Box 86745
Phoenix, AZ 85080
Phone: 623-869-0409 Msg Line
Keeping Pets Safe During Monsoon Storms
High humidity, blowing winds and crashing thunder are usually signs that the monsoon season has arrived. While the storms and rain may be welcome weather for some, this can be a source of distress for pets.
- Keep pets indoors. Loud thunder and blowing winds can scare even the calmest of pets. It is not unusual for dogs to jump over or dig under fences in an attempt to escape during violent storms. They might also bolt out the front door.
- Create a safe place. A spare bedroom or extra bathroom is a great place to keep pets until the storm passes. Be sure to include bedding, food, water, a few favorite toys and litter box for cats. If possible, find a room without windows. You can also turn on a radio or tv to help drown out the sound of the storm.
- Distract your dog. If your dog is beginning to get anxious, try engaging them in any activity that will capture their attention. Practice basic commands or play fetch and be sure to offer lots of praise. If they begin to lose interest, stop the process and move them to their safe place.
- Don’t punish your pet for being afraid and don’t try to force them to experience the sound. Behave normally, don’t reassure, soothe or give treats to your dog when they are afraid (this may reinforce the behavior).
Thank you for visiting our website and wanting to help make a difference in a danes life by donating.
You can click on the Donate button below/click - Frequency: "one time" to make a single donation to help feed, vet and maintain the many danes in rescue. We appreciate your generosity! No donation is too small!
By supporting us with a monthly donation, you are making a big difference in the well-being of the Great Danes we save. As you can imagine, their daily care is quite costly. A monthly supporter commits to just one year at a time, but if you are no longer able to contribute, you will have the option of cancelling at any time.
BLOAT IN GREAT DANES
Bloat is a Dane’s worst enemy. Please be sure to feed your Dane 2-3 times a day with smaller meals instead of one large meal per day. Give them plenty of water. And please make sure that they rest a full hour before and after their meal. No active play sessions, romps in the yard, walks, or things that might cause them undue stress. They can certainly go outside to use the restroom, but other than that, it’s best for them to lie down and relax.
Your Dane may be suffering from bloat if his/her stomach looks swollen, the dog keeps trying to belch or vomit unsuccessfully, there’s excessive salivation, shortness of breath, cold body temperature, pale gums, rapid heartbeat, or if the Dane collapses.
If your Dane displays any of the following symptoms, or especially several of these, take your dog to the vet IMMEDIATELY - their life is in danger. Early detection and medical attention is their only chance to survive.
(This Dane demonstrates the proper before/after meal posture)