Government Shutdown Relief

If you have been affected by the government shut down, Northwest Great Dane Rescue would like to help you with dog food. We are offering 1 bag of dog food per purebred Great Dane (limit 2) per household within our coverage area: Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Food will be sent via

If you are in need, please send a copy of your government ID and you last pay stub to as well as the number of Great Danes you own and what type of food you are currently feeding.

5 Common Mistakes adopters make when bringing home a new dog.

Everyone knows that adopting a dog from a shelter saves animals’ lives and makes us all feel good. At any time of year, but especially around the holidays, social media feeds are packed with heartwarming stories of shelters adopting out large numbers of dogs to their forever homes. It’s feel-good central and we eat it up.

What people don’t talk about as much, however, is what the first few weeks at home with a new dog are like, particularly if it’s difficult. And even less talked about is the fact that many dogs are returned to shelters within just a few weeks. Some statistics say as many as 20%. Why is this? How can things go from happy to – pardon our French – crappy so quickly?

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Amazon Smile

The North West Great Dane Rescue now has Amazon Smile. When shopping amazon, follow this link and a portion of your purchases go to helping Danes in need. Bookmark the Amazon Amile page for all your future purchases.

Over 80 Great Danes Rescued

84 Great Danes were taken from a breeder this week, or was it 75? Or was it 82? Chances are you will never know because there are so many different stories floating around Facebook and in the media right now, all being fueled by well intentioned dog lovers and the HSUS.

Here is the real story- Several Great Danes in poor condition were taken from a breeder this week in New Hampshire. A breeder who is no stranger to animal control and has been turned in several times before. She was charged with only two misdemeanor counts of neglect and could possibly get most, if not all of her dogs back along with some fines and she will have to pay for their board at the local animal shelter once this is all said and done whether she gets the dogs back or not. Currently as far as anyone knows these animals are being housed at a shelter and they as well as the HSUS are refusing to work with local breed specific rescues that not only have information on this person but could help with the dogs to get them out of a shelter environment for now.


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A Spectator’s Guide to Dog Shows

If you have ever wanted to go to a dog show, please read the following article and join us at the following events:
May 27 and 28 at 8:00 at the Spokane County Fairgrounds
May 29 at 10:40 and May 30 at 8:00 at the Kootanai County Fair Grounds

By: Sandee Elliot

You see in your local paper that a dog show is coming to town next weekend. Your family is looking for a purebred dog so you think it might be a fun outing and will give you a chance to check out some breeds you are interested in. However, you have heard that dog show people are stuck up and shows are nothing more than beauty pageants for dogs. So let me give you some pointers on going to a show and enjoying it.

Let me first talk about some of the myths you have heard.

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The Anatomy of a Breeder’s Website

By: Sandee Elliot

In my line of work (rescue, breed education) I have made it my responsibility to research breeders, keep track of the non-reputable ones so I know who to call when I get one of their dogs and to know the good ones and work with them to make a better life for our breed. I have been doing this for years and I can spot a reputable breeder from a non-reputable one just by looking at the homepage of their website. I have learned the ins and outs of what breeders are really saying over the years and I would like to share what I have learned with you so that you can make the best decision for your family and your new family member.

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