FFGDR was founded by a small group of people dedicated to the Great Dane breed. Our goal is to help neglected, abandoned, and abused Great Danes find their forever homes while educating the public about the breed and responsible pet ownership. We believe that every animal deserves a forever family to love them unconditionally for the rest of their lives.
Currently, we accept surrenders from families and shelters and adopt to forever homes in Illinois, Indiana, St. Louis, and parts of the surrounding states. With the help of our supporters, we hope to eventually grow our group, spread our message, and rescue Great Danes from other areas. We accept Great Danes of all ages and from all types of situations. We are not a shelter; our dogs live in foster homes as part of a family until their medical and emotional needs have been met and they are ready for their forever homes.
Our message is simple and can be summed up in three words: Conservation, Preservation, and Education.
Last year, more than 6,000,000 animals were euthanized because of over population. If FFGDR can save just a few of those dogs, we feel that we have made a difference. But if everyone we talk to decides to rescue, and everyone they talk to decides to rescue, just think of the difference we can make collectively. We need to let the puppy mills know that over breeding is no longer acceptable. Dogs should not be expendable.We strive to take our message to the next level as well by incorporating as many “green” habits as we can into our rescue. We aim to go as paperless as we can. We also have an ongoing fundraiser where we collect used ink cartridges, cell phones, CDs, cameras, and other electronics and turn them into the proper companies. They in return pay us a nominal fee for these items and dispose of them properly. If you have additional ideas about how our rescue can become even more “green” we would love to hear from you.