Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
The welfare and safety of the Great Danes and other dogs is our main concern. All adoption applications are carefully screened to assure that the right Great Dane is placed in the right home. The adoption of a Great Dane or any dog is a serious commitment and should not be done on impulse or whim.
Our adoption area is Ohio, extreme northern Kentucky, and a small portion of eastern Indiana. We do not adopt to any other areas. For exact area go to FAQ.
To find a dog in your area, please contact a rescue in your area.
All of our rescue dogs are spayed and neutered prior to adoption. All shots, except for rabies, are given. They have been wormed, checked for heartworm, lyme disease & ehrlichia, and placed on heartworm preventative.
All dogs are kept for a minimum of one month for temperament evaluation and to be house trained. Registration papers are returned to the AKC as per their request and there are no exceptions.
We require a fenced yard, fence must be at least 4 feet tall (48 inches) and must attach or surround with direct access to the building where the dog will be housed, NO Exceptions. Invisible and electric fences do NOT meet the requirements of a fenced yard. A yard of adequate size, to be determined on an individual basis.
All pets in the home must be altered prior to applying to adopt. Adopter must be 21 years old. In some rare cases apartments may be acceptable, to be determined on an individual basis. We do not accept checks or credit cards.
If you are in the process of installing a fence, PLEASE DO NOT submit application until the yard is securely fenced.
If you are in the process of purchasing your home or moving, PLEASE DO NOT submit your application until after you have moved and settled into your home.
We are located east of Cincinnati, outside the town of Hamersville.
Purebred Adoption fees:
$300 for 6 months and under.
$250 for 7 months to 4 years of age.
$150 for 4 years to 6 years.
$100 for 6 years and up.
Mixed breed Adoption fees:
$150 for 6 months and under.
$100 for 7 months and up.
We have many deserving dogs of all ages and color for adoption at this time.
1. You have a choice of an online app or to print your application and mail. If you want to print your application Do NOT send express mail, or certified or ANY way that they will not be left in the mail box) Please indicate on the application that you found us on Adopt a Pet. to:
Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue
11567 State Route 774
Bethel, Ohio 45106
Answer all questions honestly, accurately and completely an incomplete application is reason for refusal to adopt. Out of our adoption area applications will NOT be processed. Applications will not be accepted on dogs that are NOT ready for adoption. If you are interested only in a dog listed as NOT ready for adoption PLEASE wait till the page is updated and the dog is marked ready for adoption. Application fee is non-refundable. This part of the adoption process may take up to 2 weeks.
2. A volunteer will call or e-mail to let you know if we have a dog that would work in your home at this time. If we have a dog that would work in your home then an appointment will be set to come and view the dogs. We are open Saturdays by appointment ONLY.
3. With an appointment, you may come to view up to 3 dogs. All family members and dogs living in the home are required to come for this visit. This better enables us to help you find the perfect dog for you home and family. If you find a dog you wish to adopt, there is a 1 week waiting period which will allow you time to think about what you are doing prior to adopting.
4. If you decide to adopt and your application is approved, you will be given an appointment to return to the Rescue to adopt.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.