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Great Dane Rescues In California [Adoption Directory Guide]

Are you looking to adopt a Great Dane in the state of California?

Well, you are going to need to be aware of all the rescues in the Sunny State that rehome this wonderful breed.

Below, you will find the most reputable, recognized rescues and all of the relevant information you need to make some inquiries and start the dialogue.

So without further ado, onto the rescues.

Great Dane Rescue of Northern California

The Great Dane Rescue of Northern California is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization that specializes in rehoming the Great Danes breed in the broader Northern California and Northern Nevada region.

This rescue operates out of Granite Bay, just outside Sacramento

With over 30 years of experience and since they were founded, this organization provides interim shelter, veterinary care, and other services to unwanted and neglected Great Danes.

They work tirelessly to place their dogs in permanent, loving homes.



The Great Dane Rescue of Southern California

The equivalent for the South, the Great Dane Rescue of Southern California services Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, and San Diego Counties.

That being said, they publically state they are not just limited to those areas alone and they collaborate with other rescues, such as their Northern equivalent.

They are based out of Murrieta.

To date, they have rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed over 1000 Great Danes – both purebreds and Great Dane mixes.



Gentle Giant Rescues And Adoptions

Not a Great Dane rescue per se, but one dedicated to the larger dog breeds. In fact, they are recognized as the largest giant dog breed rescue in the world.

This California non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation regularly has Great Danes available for adoption.

They are located on a sprawling estate, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles in Riverside County, California.



Second Chance Dog Rescue

Second Chance Dog Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs.

They rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home dogs, of various breeds from local shelters, along with those surrendered by their owners.

Again, this is note a dedicated Great Dane rescue, but they have been known to have this breed available for adoption.

In fact, you will find the “Great Dane” listed as a breed on their available dogs page.

So certainly worth checking.




There are two main Great Dane rescues in California.

One that covers the North, and then one that covers the South; although they do collaborate and work together.

Outside of this, you absolutely should check out the Gentle Giant Rescue, or failing that, the Second Chance Dog Rescue.

In fact, the more rescues you can contact the greater the chances you will have of finding the right Great Dane, for you.

Just be patient in your search and be willing to commit to the process.

These things take time and you will need to persevere.

Contact the rescues and register your interest.

Keep an eye over their available dog pages and be proactive in providing any information the rescues require (and submitting any forms you need to fill).

That way, you’ll maximize your chances of adopting one of this particularly desirable large breed.

Wondering what other breed rescues are in California? Check out my guides below: