Mission Pawssible: More to love

Photo: Great Dane "Thunder" is available for adoption Photo Source: WEAR's Hannah Mackenzie

Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue (NWFLGDR) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization aiming to find homes for surrendered and displaced danes. Spanning the 1-10 corridor, from Mobile, Alabama to Jacksonville, Florida, the organization works to educate and promote the responsible ownership of great danes.

All available danes are fostered with volunteers, inside their homes. Michelle Cramer, president of NWFLGDR says with dozens of danes looking for forever homes, they are in desperate need of help.

One of their available dogs, 5-year-old Thunder, needs some extra T.L.C.

"Thunder was an owner-surrender and he came to us last weekend," said Cramer. "He's 5 years old and came in with a leg injury. Unfortunately, we have determined he has bone cancer and he will undergo surgery on Tuesday to have his leg removed."

Although soon to be a 'tri-pawd', Cramer says Thunder is eager to find a loving family to adopt him.

"Once he goes through his recovery, he'll be ready for his forever home," said Cramer.

Ella is another pup looking for her happy ending. She's a 2-year-old blue dane, who still needs to be vetted. Described as a 'Velcro dog', Ella quickly creates a tight bond with whomever she's around.

"She'll probably require an active family," said Cramer. "She's a little high strung, high energy, but she'll soon be ready for her forever home."

Then there is DJ, the 'picture-perfect dane' just looking for love and affection.

"DJ is a big cuddle bug," said Cramer. "He's good with other dogs, he's good in a home with kids, he doesn't quite realize his size, so maybe not someone who has smaller dogs, but he is just a fantastic dog."

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Layla. For a great dane, she's a little bit smaller, the perfect size for those not ready to take on the likes of DJ!

"Layla is a more petite dane," said Cramer. "She is heartworm positive, so she'll need someone to keep up with her treatment in her forever home."

If you're interested in meeting any of these danes, they'll all be at the second annual 'Danetoberfest' happening Sunday, October 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Seville Square.

Danetoberfest is vital for NWFLGDR to keep the organization up and running.

"It is our large, annual fundraiser to raise money for our organization and to take care of special cases, like thunder and his expensive surgery," said Cramer.

For more information about Danetoberfest, NWFLGDR or any of the dogs featured in this article, search for Northwest Florida Great Dane Rescue on Facebook, or visit

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