It is with much consideration and a heavy heart that we,
Southwest Florida Great Dane Rescue, Inc.
closing our doors on January 31, 2017.
SWGDR has been in operation since 1989. Paying for the care of sick, abused and/or unwanted Great Danes has become increasingly expensive and we regretfully cannot continue to survive. SWGDR has struggled to keep its head above water for the past year and donations have been minimal at best. Unfortunately asking for money has become a year-round job and getting fosters has become increasingly difficult. Our volunteers all have full time jobs and put in many hours after their jobs to provide for the Danes that come into rescue. Peoples life schedules have become increasingly busy and it is much more difficult to find good knowledgeable volunteers/fosters.
Homeowner associations are now controlling the size of pets/dogs that live within their community as well as not allowing fences.
These ever increasing restrictions have made our job not only difficult but almost impossible. Peoples lifestyle changes have also made it increasingly difficult, at least half the danes we have taken in the past three years have been from owners citing “not enough time, heavy work schedule”.
We know you truly would love to have a Great Dane and we would love to have given you one but understand that we take great care in placing our Danes in the most “close to perfect” home. Over the years, we have had very few situations when we have had to take a dog back, we believe this is because of our meticulous process of placing the right dog in the right home. We do background checks, phone interviews, vet reference calls, property search and a home visit all to ensure that the right dog is going into the right home. All of these things take time, energy and resources. No fence can equal a lost Dane that gets struck by a car. Living in a rental home or apartment can mean hundreds of dollars in repairs to a landlord, think big here…..they can eat a door frame. Even a Dane in the home you own can equal a couch that has been ripped to shreds.
No fosters mean we (SWGDR) cannot accept Great Danes; all of our dogs have always been kept in foster homes. If we could wish for a million dollars and at least 25-50 people as year-round fosters, continued success could have possibly been obtained, unfortunately this has not been the case. We are going to miss doing this job as much as you are going to miss seeing and reading about all of our fantastic Great Danes, but time, age and energy have taken their toll.
For a number of years now we have searched for someone take over our rescue since our 501c(3) is valuable for fundraising, but have had no success.
Great Dane Love in the Orlando area, http://www.gdlcf.org/ is still operating and we ask that you look in their direction to adopt or foster a Great Dane.
Our FB page has closed as of December 15, 2016 and our website (SWGDR.org) will close on January 31, 2017.
Please remember to have your pets spayed/neutered!
Thank all of you for your support and generosity; we will miss all of you.