Good Shepherd Animal Sanctuary Inc.

Not Just Another Animal Sanctuary

Board Members

President/Treasurer is Nikki Illgen. She has a rescued 8 year old spayed German Shepherd/Lab mix, Shelbie. She has also rescued a 2 year old German Shepherd, Axe & a one year old lab, KC & a 9 month old Begian Malanois, Bailey. She lives in South Beloit, IL. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, shopping and concerts. She looks forward to working with GSAS and helping it grow to its' full potential. 



 Secretary is Carmen Santana. Carmen has been a dog trainer for 8 years, she specializes on dog behavior.  Carmen owns 1 dog, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  She has 1 daughter, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren and lives in Belvidere, IL. 





Board Member: Gary Akerman. I am the owner of a local business and the proud rescuer  of numerous Airedale and Lakeland Terriers.  I have been actively involved in several veteran/therapy dog programs over the past 5 years in the Rockford area.  As retired veteran, I have experienced the  happiness and satisfaction of having a dog in one's life. I am the father of 2 and grandfather of 10.


I have such a passion for dogs, they are so selfless, loyal and full o so muchf love & I want to give a voice to the voiceless by helping them find their forever homes


We welcome all new comers! We look forward to seeing your application and meeting with you to help us make a difference one dog at a time! 

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
Sunday, Jul 1 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Happy 4th Of July
Wednesday, Jul 4 All Day
Board Meeting
Sunday, Aug 5 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Board Meeting
Sunday, Sep 2 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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