Unfortunately there's another bad experience with HHGDR. As others have posted, the adoption process is tough... Apparently too tough to let ANY dog go. After meeting all the criteria, we were denied for an adoption. When asking for more information on the reasoning, we were given a very generic, "to protect the review process, we don't share that information". I understand that they have to be cautious, however there's no need to be rude, shady, or flat out disrespectful. Avoid them at all costs.
Well...it looks like they haven't changed any since 2004 when I experienced the same rudeness from the organization's "owner". I've had 5 Dane companions in my lifetime.....at that time 3....all three living to above the expected age of a Dane; 9, 13, and 12. All died of natural causes and were EXTREMELY healthy after starting out their lives in bad circumstances. Yes, that's right, I adopt my Danes, but not from Harlequin Haven. I currently have 2 Danes, one is deaf from birth as she is white and she will be 10 years old this month; the other girl is 12 years old this month. They both still play like pups with their balls and love taking walks with me.
I visited there about 6 months after my 3rd Dane had passed and was treated with suspicion and disgust. My feeling about the whole experience was that they think no one else besides themselves are capable of loving a Dane as well as they can. Which is very sad because Danes deserve better lives than being in cages most of their day and only being let out to run around once or twice a day. They deserve a FAMILY that loves them, not caretakers. They deserve to lie in front of a fireplace with their owners, walks through the woods with their FAMILY, time to play ball with THEIR OWN FAMILY.
This place is a joke and if you watch their web site with any regularity, you will see Danes that are at that place for YEARS. They have a few "special" adopters that get to adopt but they are few and far between and that's why the Danes just don't get out of there. I've contacted our local shelter and BEGGED them not to call HH Haven when they get Danes in as they are committing them to a certain jail time for the rest of their life.
I have adopted from, volunteered, served on the board, and donated to Harlequin Haven. As an adopter I have filled out lengthy paperwork. I have done awareness events to advocate for this regal breed and life altering rescue as a volunteer. I have been on both sides of the fence when it comes to placing a dane in a family as a board member. I have given monetary contributions to keep this much needed vessel afloat as a donor. I have seen many sides of this organization and can attest that all are for the greater good of the breed. The organization and its affiliates are the voice for the Great Danes in their care. Look at it like this....if someone came to you and wanted to have one of your children but lied about the care provided to their other kids, would you likely respond in a friendly manner? Harlequin Haven is all about finding the best homes for the dogs in their care.
I discovered and have been adopting from Harlequin Haven since 1999. I have adopted 5 Danes from them over the years and I could not be happier with all the help, support and guidance I have received from day one. I have also volunteered for Harlequin Haven since the time of my first adoption as I felt so strongly that this rescue was doing so much for homeless Danes (and other dogs) that are in very great need. I have seen Danes come into Harlequin Haven that have been severely abused and neglected, and then I watched them heal mentally and physically through all the love and help of the volunteers as they are adopted into loving homes. Yes, the adoption policies and procedures are strict, but every guideline is there for a reason and for the protection of the Danes who have already gone through too much before coming to Harlequin Haven. I am very grateful to have found Harlequin Haven and I will always continue to adopt and volunteer there as I believe what they are doing for homeless Great Danes is amazing!
I used to have a rescue myself and I have dealt with Harlequin Haven for over 15 yrs. I have found them to be one of the most reputable groups around. Their mission is to protect the dogs at all cost. They go over and beyond to help a dog in need especially a Dane, but they do not turn their backs on others. They are a strict rescue when it comes to adoption which upsets many but I have seen many people that were turned down for adoption come back a year or 2 later to dump their Dane and they admit that HHGDR was right, that they could not afford to care for a Dane or a Dane just was not for them. I have seen Danes that have arrived at the rescue on deaths doorstep and the love, care and devotion given at this rescue has saved many lives. HHGDR takes in Danes that most rescues would turn away yet they open their hearts to all they can.
HHGDR is a rescue to be respected and admired. Too bad there are not more rescues just like them!
I adopted from Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue in 2012 and was so thrilled with the great knowledge of the breed and the care taken of the dogs in their rescue. The adoption procedure was tuff but I totally understood why they do what they do. These volunteers take Danes that are sometimes in horrible condition and they nurse them back to health. There requirements are not bad if you have loved and cared for your previous pets.
Once you adopt a dog from Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue you are family and they are there for you for the rest of your life and the dogs.
They need to learn to treat people as well as they do animals. Their pups may be treated well but not well enough for me to deal with them or to recommend them, and that is a sad sad thing for me to say. After putting in an application to adopt, I also referred a volunteer. Needless to say, one conversation later I withdrew my application and went to another large breed rescue to complete an adoption. I will let the volunteer post their own review but suffice it to say, the potential volunteer, once again, has too much time on hand...... Such a shame, after all, it is a good mission worth supporting, just not through this organization.
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I began volunteering several years ago after purchasing 2 great dane pups and then realizing that rescue is the only way to go. I am not able to participate as much as I'd like, but I do try to do what I can. I initially had my heart set on a dane that was very fearful of people, and at that time I still had several children at home. Our family went to see Joe and we could tell he would not be a good fit at that time. Later, I spoke with the person who runs the rescue and thanked her for letting me see it for myself--she knew it wasn't going to work out at that time. Once my children moved out she felt he could go home with us and we have had 4 wonderful years with him. We have also adopted 2 other danes there and are thinking about another in the near future. Even when a volunteer applies for a dog, they still do a home inspection (very thorough), vet references, etc. My vet's employees are also very good to answer questions and give a thorough reference--no one needs to talk to the vet with the girls doing such a good job.
There has to be a good reason to deny an application. Do you really think we want to keep these dogs at the rescue and not give them a loving family? We want them placed well and to fit in, be loved and cared for, and NOT be returned to the rescue. I've seen dogs returned and it is absolutely heartbreaking. That is the reason hhgdr is so picky!!! At the same time, I would challenge anyone to find a rescue that is more caring--not to say there aren't some ass good, but these dogs get the best care and love we can give them. The buildings are completely (and I mean COMPLETELY) cleaned every week, the dogs are vetted appropriately, and there is every attempt made to place them in good, loving homes that are a good fit.
I do understand it would be upsetting to be denied, but we are only doing what we think is best for the dog. After all, that's what the rescue is all about.
As a volunteer for Harlequin Haven, I’ve been impressed with the high quality care the dogs receive at the rescue. Dogs that have been abused, starved, beaten are given personal, loving care and brought back to good health ready to be adopted. No dog is adopted without a temperament and health check. The adoption rules are stringent but necessary. These dogs have already been through so much that a careful check of potential adopters is necessary. These dogs deserve the best. Applications are checked for dishonesty or misleading statements. The goal is to find a safe, forever home where the Dane will be well cared for, loved, and welcomed into the family. After adoption, adopters are not left on their own. The rescue is there for them 24/7 to help the Dane and the new family if problems arise.
We adopted 2 Danes from HHGDR and were very impressed with the care and attention taken at every step of the process. HHGDR have the most thorough application process of all the rescues/shelters we looked at, which clearly shows their level of commitment to finding the right forever home for their dogs. The relationship does not end when they hand the dog over either, they are always there to offer support and advice for the continued care of these wonderful giants. I have been so impressed with the amazing care they give these dogs that I became a volunteer to help in some small way.
I could not recommend them more highly.
l adopted numerous Great Danes from Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue through the years. The folks at Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue are great. Each time, they have matched a Great Dane that is perfect for our family. They have coached us through the stresses of introducing the dog to its new home. If I have a question or concern, I just call. They always have good answers and suggestions. We are forever grateful for the wonderful dogs and Harlequin Haven for enriching our lives.
I adopted my first Dane from this organization in 2008. I had such a good experience that I adopted my second Dane a month later. With my first adoption, I ended up having 2 in home visits because they were not sure about how I would handle situations if the dog destroyed my flower beds. After the second visit, I was approved. I appreciated the fact that they were so concerned about all involved. I started volunteering on grooming days. Then as I got more attached to the dogs and saw how people have treated the ones that were there, I started coming more often. I now drive the2 hours one way, three times a month plus I do events in Columbus. I have also adopted my third Dane from there. I know for a fact that they only want the best for the dogs . I will always have Danes and will always go to hhgdr. I have always had very considerate people to work with on my adoptions and they are always willing to answer any question that come up.
I have known and adopted Great Danes from this organization for almost 20 years. I am presently in the process of adopting my 5th one from them as my senior Dane (9) has bone cancer. The owner has always been there through thick and thin helping me when issues arise. There has NEVER been a time when I haven't been able to reach out to her with an issue that she hasn't not responded with wisdom, encouragement or help. These dogs are like her "children", she is known to them as "Grandma". Out of my first two that I adopted, the owner even took one that had HOD back to her place, nursed it back to health with medications, etc and never even charged me. There has not been a time that the advice the owner has offered has been incorrect, she's always been right. She has a love for these dogs that exceeds even my own and diligently works hard to place them in good homes since they come from usually very poor conditions. Even as recently as this year my own daughter (26) was denied placement from this organization as it was felt that it would not be in the best interest of the dog. It was a wise choice on the owner's part. I respect her knowledge and her as a person that she will ONLY do what is best for all involved. I HIGHLY recommend obtaining a dog from them if it the best fit for all, the owner will let you know.
Regarding the staff I cannot say I have experienced any of the issues mentioned in previous reviews. Several reviews are duplicated concerning one incident. I cannot speak regarding those as I am not a party to them but I would say I have not ever experienced anything like that EVER from this organization. I will continue to obtain my Great Danes from Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue as long as they feel the fit is right.
I am a volunteer at Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue. Before I was a volunteer I was an adopter and have since adopted a total of four dogs over the last few years. I have always taken the older dogs, three of whom had been badly abused in their previous homes. I have nothing but the highest praise and respect for this rescue. Virtually every animal that comes into the rescue is in an unbelievable condition. Just take a look at the website and read the history of these dogs. The rescue brings them back to good health, assesses their temperament, and goes to great lengths to match a dog with new owners desires and abilities to deal with and love a dog who has never known a nice human being. Those dogs that cannot be adopted out for various reasons, live the rest of their lives at the rescue receiving any medical attention, comfort and security and love from the volunteers. If the rescue refuses a potential adopter, it is for a very good reason, the most often reason being that they were not truthful on their application or they were not honest about how they would treat the dog. These dogs have already had a terrible life. The rescue tries its best to see that that doesn't continue in a new home. For those who were disappointed in not being approved, there are other rescues and local humane societies. There is no shortage of dogs! And if you really 'love' dogs, it won't make any difference what breed it is.
I have adopted four danes over the last 6 1/2 years and in tis time i became a volunteer to which I have had many great expirences and a few not so nice ones that will forever be etched in my memory. The one most troubling was a K9 repo that I was apart of. His owners had adopted two danes from HHGDR and the contract was violated and a repo was set up,long story short one of the two danes was in such horrible shape that he was emaciated, his teeth were in poor shape,nails were so long that it hurt him to walk, and he had pressure sores on his chest,stomach and elbow from laying on concrete. It took 6months of constant care for him to be healthy and happy again.The other dane to this day has yet to be recovered. These people made a commitment to the animals to keep their best intrest at heart, well they did not. So for those who feel they need an apology for rudeness, get over yourself. These dogs need forever homes who will be there for them until their final day! If you are not qualified as I was or the neary 1,900 ther adopters look for another rescue group with less rules and stipulations! This is a great oganization, they commit their time and energy to the care and well being of animals in their care, thats the bottom line not your feelings!
I presently have 2 Great Danes from Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue. Our senior Dane is almost 12 and we have a 3 year old. This past year they have been extremely helpful and supportive as my senior bloated and my younger girl had serious complications as a result of a condition brought about by shoddy breeding. In all my dealings with Harlequin Haven, from the application process to matching the perfect Danes to my family and lifestyle to being there for advice and support, they have been nothing less than professional.
Thank you Harlequin Haven!
It would be very easy for a rescue organization to let a dog go to just any home. It seems as if the ones complaining on this site are the ones who either 1) have something to hide, or 2) are not being truthful and don't like the fact that they have been caught in a lie. You cannot fault an organization for wanting only the very best for the animals in their care. Just take a look at the background stories of these dogs. Most have come from horrific conditions. It has got to be very time consuming and frustrating, to say the least, for an all-volunteer organization to screen these applications. I'm sure many of the applications that they run across are laughable. Personally, if I were adopting I would be grateful to know that these pets go to only the best of homes that have been thoroughly investigated to ensure that the dogs never have to endure what they has in the past again their lives . I think this organization deserves a big THANK YOU for doing what they do to get their dogs adopted.
I had a very negative experience with this organization. I believe in their mission as an organization however their volunteers are nasty, rude, and incompetent. After my negative experience I demanded an apology from the organization for comments made to me. I never received an apology, but soon found out that the individual that spoke rudely to me had resigned days after our interaction. As a business owner myself (not even a non profit) I understand the importance of customer service and an apology when necessary. Being a nonprofit I would think that they would be overly concerned with their public image, but instead they have no common decency. When approached about my request for an apology they said, "well they never asked for one". What a wonderful world we live in when people can treat us poorly and if we think it is wrong we have to ASK for an apology. Terrible organization and the money I planned on donating will now be going to a rescue with not only animal skills, but people skills as well.
My family has adopted two Danes from HHGDR. I have been very happy with the entire experience. HHGDR does a tremendous job in screening and qualifying candidates, placing the right dog with the right family and providing important after adoption advice whenever needed. We were provided great training recommendations and referrals that really helped the entire family and the dogs. I highly recommend this rescue!
I have adopted 3 Great Danes, and 1 Great Dane mix from HH Dane. I would like to express my gratitude to the wonderful people of HH Dane rescue who made it possible to be blessed by these wonderful additions to my family. It was a very thorough process, including making sure I keep my pets vaccinated and well cared for. The volunteers worked with me to make sure the Danes I adopted would be a good fit and are always available if I have any questions about health or training concerns. Our experience with Harlequin Haven was just wonderful and we have so enjoyed each of our Danes we have been given the privilege to share our lives with.
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