GDRM is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving homeless Great Danes primarily from Northern Illinois and surrounding states. We are an Illinois-licensed animal shelter and a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
We are a small rescue run on private property by Scott Rood, who fell in love with the breed many years ago when he rescued his first Great Dane. Scott is personally responsible for thousands of rescues and placements.
HOW IT WORKS
Our dogs come from a variety of sources, including private owners, private shelters and municipal animal control facilities. Many of our dogs are well-adjusted family pets, but we also accept and rehabilitate animals suffering from physical and/or emotional issues.
The rescue is our home. We are located on 22 acres in Woodstock Illinois. The dogs have access to indoor and outdoor areas and generally live as a pack, unless health or behavioral issues require separation. We typically have 10 – 15 Danes in residence. Some are readily adoptable; some are harder to place and may become permanent residents. We do not run a foster home network and we do not euthanize dogs to create more room, so our intake capacity is limited.
If you need to relinquish your Great Dane, please contact Scott to discuss your situation. We’ll need you to provide whatever health and vaccination records you have. We understand that your dog may have issues – we need to know what they are!
As part of our preparation for placement, each Dane receives a Laparoscopic Assisted Gastropexy (LAG) or stomach tack, to prevent gastric torsion, sometimes referred to as "bloat". Gastric torsion is a common killer of deep-chested dogs. Without prophylactic surgery, Danes frequently bloat, requiring emergency conventional surgery, which is effective only if the condition is identified immediately and typically costs thousands of dollars.
Our adoption fee, which is generally $1,000 for a young, healthy, stomach-tacked dog, reflects the cost of this surgery as well as any other veterinary services provided at intake, including, but not limited to: spay or neuter, vaccinations, heartworm testing, microchip insertion, dental exam and cleaning, ear cleaning and nail trimming. Seniors and less desirable dogs are available for a lower fee.
If you are interested in adopting, contact Scott. He’ll talk to you about your home situation and what you’re looking for in a Dane. If we’ve got a dog or dogs that seem like they might be a fit, you can come out and meet our pack in person.
"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."