Medical Fund

Your support saves lives.

You enable us to give all the extra veterinary care that is needed to Great Danes and other dogs who might otherwise be overlooked because they need medical treatments or who have medical emergencies. Donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting rescue!


Eddie has Wobblers Syndrome and will become a Sanctuary Dane through Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love . “Sanctuary Dane” is a term for ‘forever’ fosters that the group takes on. This means that we know his condition will likely prevent adoption, and we will continue to watch over and love on Eddie for his whole life. GDFRL will take on all of Eddie’s medical expenses.

In his first week with our rescue, we spent $2500 on his diagnosis and medical care, but with love and support from our community with donations, he will continue to be a happy and healthy boy for as long as possible.

Eddie is on anti-inflammatories for the first 3 months. Then, we are going to explore possibly getting him Gold Bead implants since he is not a surgical candidate due to the several lesions on his spine and how spread out they are.

His monthly maintenance routine to keep him happy and moving around the best he can currently includes both cold laser and acupuncture treatments at $55 each, an NSAID, joint supplements including 4000mg per day of fish oil, as well as other supplements. 

Thank you to everyone that has already donated to his care and to anyone that has shared his story. Social media works! And you’re all awesome for the support we have already received.

Cost: $2500 for initial treatment and diagnosis + $500/mo




Our sweet Mollie passed suddenly on March 18. We knew that because of the heart condition she’d been diagnosed with that there was a risk of sudden death. We hate that it happened so soon. But we are so glad that she got to know her last days full of love, a full belly, affection, and a clean, soft place to sleep.

Mollie is a beautiful, sweet soul who finally came into our rescue recently. She has lived her 5 years of life in poor conditions – in a basement, used only to breed puppies for a backyard breeder, without adequate care. The house she was in was covered in both human and animal feces. We rescued three of her babies a couple of years ago, but we were not allowed to even see Mollie at the time, and it broke our hearts that could legally do nothing for her at the time. Recently, her previous owner moved away and abandoned her, so we were able to finally help her. She came to rescue limping in pain on one leg and with a suspicious sounding heart murmur, but as loving and affectionate as you could dream of.

We got some bad news today (March 6). Our sweet Mollie went to the cardiologist, and she has a grade 3-4 murmur, a 3rd degree AV block and dilated cardio myopathy (DCM). This girl is so good. So loving and so sweet and has been a perfect angel since she arrived. We are all so very sad ; she is only 5 yrs old! She lived her life in a nasty basement for her owner to profit off her puppies.

Well, she is with us now, and for as long as we have her she will be spoiled, have a soft bed and all the love she can handle ♥♥ Dogs with a 3rd degree AV block usually need to have a pacemaker put in, but because of her DCM she is not a surgical candidate. So, we have no idea how long we will have with her, but she will be loved dearly. She already is. Her vet bills alone so far are about $1800.

Mollie will stay in our rescue as a “Sanctuary Dane”. This means that we realize that she will not be adopted due to her health problems, and we are committed to caring for her fully for the duration of her life. She has a home to live in, all the medical care she requires, and all the love our whole team has to give on her side.

Cost: $1800



Our sweet, senior girl Roxie had to spend a few days at the emergency vet right after coming into rescue. She was refusing food. Sometimes when these babies are stressed this happens, but this was going on too long. We took her to our regular vet and found out after some x rays she had pneumonia. Roxie was transferred to CARE Hospital. We got good news that an ultrasound of her belly is clear, no tumors or abnormalities (this was something we’d become concerned about since she wasn’t eating)! And she started to eat a little a couple of days into her treatment. Roxie was discharged back to her foster home where she’s feeling much better!

We need some financial angels to help cover the cost of getting Roxie better! Anything is greatly appreciated and tax-deductible! Thank you!

Cost: $2000



Our sweet senior girl, Duchess, had to have emergency surgery on Sept. 23 when she bloated. Danes are perhaps the breed most prone to bloating. Thanks to her foster parent knowing what signs to look for, she was rushed to the emergency vet and had a successful surgery. She developed some aspiration pneumonia, but that was caught early. She was treated during her hospitalization and made a great recovery. She is now back in her foster home and doing very well!

Because she’s not a youngster, Duchess is still waiting for her forever home, but she’s fully recovered and ready!

The emergency surgery, pneumonia treatment, and hospitalization cost nearly $3000. We are appreciative of donations of any amount to help offset these expenses.

Estimated cost: $3000


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