Welcome to Daneline

The Daneline Trustees

Sue and Lissi have been owners of Great Danes for over forty years; they have been rescuing and rehoming Great Danes throughout the UK since 1968.

On we re-launched as a registered charity, Daneline International Charitable Foundation, registered number 1159035. Click here to meet the team!

Daneline uses 'foster' homes all over the UK instead of kennels while we find the right homes for the dogs. The 'foster parents' provide local help and advice throughout the adoption as well as providing a vital link in the aftercare service.

All Danes gifted into Daneline Great Dane Rescue are assessed in an approved and fully supported foster home, NOT in kennels. Every Dane is taken to a vet within a few days to have a comprehensive health check, i.e. heart, eyes, ears, teeth, legs, hips, anal glands and weighed. The Dane is then wormed, flead and vaccinated. Our Danes are weighed weekly to enable us to monitor their progress.

All necessary operations are done as a matter of course. The Danes leave us with a new collar and lead, vaccination card, health history, five days food, a comprehensive information pack and a contract which also details all we have done and any other relevant behavioural support if required. During the time a Great Dane is in our care we assess their temperament and any behavioural problems or training that needs to be addressed, i.e. recall and behaviour on and off lead, socialization with other dogs, children, visitors and livestock, separation anxiety, possessive behaviour or aggression over food and toys and any other quirks, likes or dislikes. Lastly, and by no means least, their manners.

This comprehensive assessment enables us to match each Dane to its new home.

News Update

Thursday, 14 April 2022

The owner and breeder of Kilcroney Great Danes, Geraldine L’Estrange West (also known as Jill L’E West) passed away peacefully on the morning of 5 April 2022, aged 93. She was first and foremost devoted to her Great Danes, but she was also Mother to Nigel and Hilary, a Grandmother to Jay and Rebecca and a Great Grandmother to Imogen, Layla and Archie. The funeral will take place on 17th May 2022 at Alford Crematorium, Miles Cross Hill, Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9LH at 13:00. Tributes and/or donations to Tribute to Geraldine West, 1929 - 2022 https://geraldine-west.muchloved.com (muchloved.com) for Daneline International or c/o Lincolnshire Co-operative Funeral Services, 134 Eastgate, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9AA. You are most welcome to join us after at Alford Manor House, West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9HT. If you will be attending, please kindly confirm by text to Hilary on 07760121993.

From Lissi: My start in life with Great Danes began when a very well-known photographer asked me to look after his Dane in 1969 whilst he went on a holiday. He turned up 11months later!! Apart from being devastated at saying goodbye to his Dane, I was now hooked on Great Danes and my love of this wonderful breed. This led me to Jill L’E West of Kilcroney Danes in Buckinghamshire, where I bought my first Great Dane called Star, a gorgeous blue boy. My first greeting on arrival was of between 25 to 30 Danes bounding towards me and a small lady walking towards me calling another 4/5 running loose in the woods. My introduction to the world of Great Danes had begun. Jill shared her knowledge on breeding lines, her experience of looking after a Dane properly providing me with confirmation on care and general well-being for the breed. Jill introduced me to so many wonderful breeders who achieved so much bringing back Great Danes after the World War 2. My life in rescuing Great Danes had begun. 50 years later I thank Jill for introducing me to a life of Great Danes. R.I.P Jill XX




Rescue Story: The Famous Five

The Famous Five

Daneline International aims to help Great Danes all over the world. Most of the time, we try to rehome Danes that come to our attention in need, and rehome in the country of origin.

Daneline took into consideration the many uncertainties of leaving the EU in October and on this occasion, after taking into account the many issues, we decided to bring all five into the U.K to rehome. The original owners tried to find them homes, but to no avail, plus another rescue centre had also tried. We had to act quickly and take full responsibility, which we did.

Three of the Danes have huge health issues, plus they are almost feral. They need one to one care and time spent to introduce them to house training, lead work, general socialisation and getting used to the big outside world. This is going to take time... The welfare of these dogs is our top priority. (READ MORE)

Lissi de Figueiredo receiving the Lord Erskine Award

Lord Erskine Award

In 2009 Lissi received the RSPCA’s top award for work against animal cruelty. The citation reads, “For her outstanding contribution to the welfare of Great Danes and other animals over many years”.

Read more about Lord Erskine and the progress towards Animal Rights for which this award is given.