Lovely Miss Cleo!  Cleo is a 2 yr old blue female that was rescued from a neglectful situation.  She is good with other dogs and children and is crate trained and rides well in the car.  She is at her foster home in Wilmington, NC so stay tuned as we learn more about her!


Meet Bubba! He is a 2 yr old, energetic Dane mix. He came into the rescue through a shelter in South Carolina. He really loves to play and run! He gets along with other dogs and cats. Bubba is very active and high energy and needs an active family and older children.

He is house and crate-trained, has graduated obedience training, and is a very smart boy! He can be stubborn so consistency in keeping up with what he learned in training is key with Bubba. He is great out in public at events and loves everyone he meets!


Phoebe joined GDFRL via a rural shelter, where she was dropped off pregnant with 7 puppies. Now that her babies have grown and been adopted, Phoebe has really come out of her shell! Phoebe is very gentle and loving with people she is familiar with. She loves to lounge and nap with you and her favorite toys. She also loves to lay in the sun and chase her foster brother in the yard.

Phoebe is crate trained and food motivated. We are working with Phoebe on her leash manners and meeting new people. She is shy, and the outside world is scary sometimes, but with positive reinforcement and her foster brother she is learning that she can trust others. Phoebe’s favorite pastime is removing all toys from the toy box, playing with them, and then leaving them all around the house for her foster mom to clean up.

Phoebe is a very petite Dane who would fit in well in a family who may find a full-sized Dane overwhelming. She is currently being fostered with a feline brother and has spent a good amount of time around children. She plays very well with other dogs and would do best with another dog as a sibling in her forever home. She is oh-so-sweet, but she can be timid and unsure on her own, so another pup to bond with will be great for her.

This girl deserves the good life—to know she’s secure and loved, and to have her very own human to snuggle and fur sibling to chase around the yard.

*Phoebe must have another dog in the home as a companion, and she must have at least a 6 ft tall fence.


**Courtesy Post: Occasionally, we post information about a dog who is not formally within our rescue. We share about them to help them find a great new home!

Opie is a two-year-old, 140-pound bundle of love. Opie is an amazing dog, but we are seeking a new home for him because he has suddenly stopped getting along with some of his brothers. We are seeking an animal- and child-free home for our boy. We know this is asking a lot, but these are important requirements to keep Opie and all involved safe.

Opie is perfectly potty trained and behaves well in the house without being crated. He suffers from separation anxiety, so it’s best if he isn’t left alone for long periods of time. He has had professional training and can stay (“place”), come, (“Opie, come”), and walk well on a leash (“heel”). Opie LOVES his food and will cry promptly at breakfast and dinner time. He loves to tear up his toys and play with the squeakers. He loves to play with anything soft, so elevated beds would be more beneficial than stuffed beds.

Opie loves his people and will sit in your lap anytime you are seated (even in the bathroom)! Opie’s main goal is to just be with his humans and be loved.

If you’re interested in adopting Opie or have additional questions please contact Jesi at (828) 838-8918.


Dino, also known to some as Harley, is a 19 month old deaf, recently neutered, Merle/Harlequin Great Dane weighing around 135-140 pounds. Still growing into his big feet, he’s the sweetest and goofiest guy around! But don’t let his sideways tongue fool you, these glassy blue eyes and grey and black markings make for a ridiculously handsome boy!
Dino came to us through no fault of his own; after his owner was killed in a car accident, he went to stay with his Aunt. She lived in a small apartment with other dogs and small children. Besides needing lots of space, Dino is deaf, and needed a lot of attention his Aunt just couldn’t provide him, so she turned him over to us.
Since then, he has received training on basic obedience using a vibrating  E-collar and hand signals, and has learned a few other tricks along the way. Dino depends a lot on sight and feel, and walks great on a leash, but sometimes needs reminding to concentrate on us instead of passersby.  He is crate and house trained. He LOVES giving hugs and burrowing his head between your legs or arms. He is food motivated, and has learned hand signals for sit, lay, crate, come here, be quiet, go to the bathroom, and no. Baths are no problem; sometimes he even sits and waits to be finished. He can be territorial, and responds much better to meeting strangers who coming baring gifts, and bringing you his toys or being instructed to put his toy down as opposed to it being taken away.
This boy would do best in a home with active parents, and younger, active dogs. Children must be older, as he is quite the leaner, and would knock any small children down. He likes helping with daily chores like vacuuming, cooking dinner, watering flowers, and really anything that allows him to be standing next to you.
Dino will require owners who are previous Dane owners, and have experience and confidence to be the leaders of the household.


Marble is a sweet 3-4 year old male Dane who is being fostered in Upstate SC. He was living outside in a chain link kennel until one day his owners moved and took the kennel and tied him to a tree, moved and left him!  A neighbor took him in and called us. He is underweight and light heartworm positive.

Since he’s been with us, he has gained weight and gained confidence!  Since we had no history on him at all, he started a board and train with one of the trainers we use in SC. He tended to be a little reactive on leash when seeing other dogs but was easily redirected. Recently, he considered introducing himself to the neighborhood cat and wisely decided against that (see photo). By the looks of it, we aren’t sure it would have ended well for him.  😹

He’s a lazy love bug who enjoys sleeping in odd positions. He’s adorable!

He is great in the house and has had no accidents. He loves people and kids and especially head rubs! He fusses a little going in the crate but will go and settle quickly. He’s a chill guy that loves stuffie toys and playing in the yard.


Pluto is a 160-lb male Great Dane. He’s 8 1/2 years young and has a beautiful Blue Merle coat. He is your typical Velcro Dane: always wants to be near you and touching you. He just wants to be around people and have his head and face rubbed. He loves every person he meets, and everybody instantly falls in love with him. Pluto is house trained, walks well on the leash, knows a few commands, doesn’t get into anything or chew anything. He is trusted to have free-roam of the house!

His first home dropped him at a shelter last year when they could “no longer take care of him”. Whatever that means. A wonderful couple adopted him last spring (2018) and things were great, until their younger dog started to have issues with Pluto. Probably due to the fact that 3 male dogs competed for ‘alpha’ in one house, stress was a little high for the dogs. The final straw was when Pluto was attacked, resulting in several staples down his neck. As hard as it was, his family decided to find a new home for Pluto where he could relax and enjoy his senior days. They really wanted the best for him, and that’s when they found GDFRL!

Pluto is in a foster home now with a 3 year old female Great Dane who is very calm and patient with him, as he learns that not all dogs want to attack him. Since his most recent incident, it’s understandable he is a little wary of other dogs, but we are working on helping him gain his trust back. Still, he would do best in a home without other dogs or kids.

He enjoys playing keep-away, and especially LOVES walks!!  His favorite spot is looking outside the front windows and watching for squirrels and people walking by. He and his foster sister make a great security system – as they’ll let you know if someone is nearby (or if leaves blow in the wind haha).

Pluto is on some medicine and supplements for arthritis in his hips and knees. When he was first rescued from the shelter last year, Pluto was about 30-lbs over weight which definitely contributed to his joint pain. He is now at a healthy weight and quite mobile for a senior! He loves walks, but will drag his back feet and slip often. That was until his foster family bought him some new shoes for his back paws! These keep him from slipping and protect from dragging feet. Since wearing them he is a brand new dog!!  Much more mobile, playful, and confident. He wears them all day and doesn’t mind them at all. Stairs can be a challenge for arthritic dogs, though, so either no stairs or carpeted stairs are a must.

He is such a sweet, sweet boy who just wants a calm place to lay by his family and chew on his favorite blanky. He is eager to please, just wants to be near. you, and has so much love to give!