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Great Pyrenees
(When grown) X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Purebred
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered

My story

Following is a list of our sanctuary dogs with brief descriptions. We try to evaluate each new rescue carefully in regard to temperament and the reality is that sometimes we get a dog that displays behaviors we can manage here at the rescue but that we are not comfortable placing with most or any adopters. These behaviors usually involve their guardian breed characteristics and a lack of proper socialization and experiences when younger but can also just be their genetic personality and temperament. Being in a more rural and controlled situation here at the rescue, rather than in a busy and /or neighborhood environment, we can insure a consistent routine and monitor everyone closely.

We work to insure all the sanctuary dogs have the best quality life possible. They have heated and air conditioned large inside kennels with Kuranda beds, outside runs and a 4 acre yard to play in, patrol and guard. We also integrate inside the house time into their routines as space and personalities permit but they still require their kennel space part of the time and in certain situations. The dogs are matched up in compatible play pairs or groups based on their personality so they have friends to play and patrol the yard with. All of our sanctuary rescues are fully vetted and kept up to date on any and all needed vet care as well as groomed regularly and worked with on training and manners. And very importantly, they are much loved, flaws and all. Please consider helping to sponsor the care of one of our sanctuary rescues. Contributions toward the care of the dogs at the rescue are helpful and greatly appreciated as well as tax deductible.

Max .... 11+ years old, has been a resident since 2012. Max reacts aggressively toward strangers and although he has mellowed out in his senior years with some visitors to the rescue, he is unpredictable about what sets him off with others. Max has been and is being sponsored by GPRCI supporters Chris and Dana. Chris is a long time volunteer who Max knows and trusts. He enjoys very much when Chris visits. Thank you Chris and Dana.

Nakoma.....9 year old female Pyrenees mix has pretty severe stranger fear aggression. With repeated visits Nakoma gets comfortable with new people who are confident with her and brave enough to ignore her during intros, as our volunteers have proven, but she barks and snarls aggressively at new people when approached on her home turf quite sure they are up to no good. Nakoma is one who gets a good bit of inside time as she is a perfectly behaved couch potato most of the time but requires her kennel space when anyone she doesn't know is on or coming on property.

Sadie....approximately 4-5.year old Pyrenees Komondor mix. Sadie was not socialized well when younger. Her lack of socialization has resulted in Sadie being untrusting and somewhat unpredictable with strangers, especially on home turf and with her strong guardian genetics. We changed Sadie's status from adoptable to sanctuary after she started exhibiting escalating territorial aggressive behavior toward strangers/visitors. Right now Sadie is the one sanctuary dog we wuld consider placing if just the right situation and adopter turned up. Female, rural home, secure fencing, limited visitors, abilty to secure from visitors, no other female dogs, very experienced, big guardy dog person.

Bentley...7 year old male with confinement and separation issues with us since mid 2017. Bentley requires our heaviest fortress of a kennel when he cannot be outside or supervised closely inside. Not much holds this guy in or keeps him out of things if he puts his mind to it. He is smart and very single minded. It took a long time when he arrived but he has adjusted well now, feels at home and secure, and no longer needs the heavy anti-anxiety meds he arrived with. He has trained us well and with compromises on his part and ours, Bentley is content.

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Central Illinois

Contact info
Pet ID
Cindy Barch
15523 Old Colonial Rd, Bloomington, IL 61705

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

Our adoption process includes completing an adoption application, allowing a home/site visit, and if approved for adoption, signing a legally binding adoption contract at the actual time of adoption. Our adoption application can be found on our website at and can be completed on line or downloaded for printing.

The application will ask for a personal reference and the name and phone number of your current and/or past veterinarian. Vet records must verify that pets receive/have received good care, both in the case of illness/ injury and preventative care (vaccinations, etc). Current pets must be up to date on preventative vet care and spayed or neutered (unless there are extenuating circumstances). We will contact you by phone upon receipt of your application but feel free to call or email with any specific questions.

A securely fenced property is required. Great Pyrenees must be in secure fencing or on leash at all times, for their own safety, as they cannot be reliably trained to a property boundary.

We request of adopters a minimum donation to GPRCI of $200 at the time of adoption to help with some of the vet care expense.

Go meet their pets

Adoptable Great Pyrenees are shown by appointment, usually after a completed application is received and an initial phone interview is conducted.

More about this rescue

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Central Illinois is a small 501(c)(3), not-for-profit rescue, licensed by the state of Illinois and based in Bloomington, Illinois. The mission of this organizations is:
(1)to place stray and homeless Great Pyrenees into loving, responsible, lifetime homes.
(2)to promote responsible Great Pyrenees ownership by educating current and potential Great Pyrenees owners in the selection, care and training of the Great Pyrenees.
(3)to help prevent additional homeless Great Pyrenees by providing current owners with advice and information on correcting or controlling some problem behaviors common to the breed.