Adoption Policy

Phone Interview

Written application – we will mail this to you after the phone interview has been completed.

Reference Checks – all references will be checked prior to home visit. We will contact your vet for a reference.

Home Visit – A volunteer will come to your home to visit with you and discuss care of Great Danes. Also, the volunteer will look for any potential problems and check to be sure that your fencing is secure. Your home visit does not mean you have been approved.

After the above steps have been completed your all information will be reviewed and a decision will be made about adoption. If at this point you are approved to adopt, your area coordinator will help guide you to the appropriate dog for your family.


Over 21 years of experience in adoption of Great Danes has helped us to establish this policy.

If an adoption applicant is unable to provide a satisfactory fenced area for a Great Dane, in most cases MAGDRL cannot proceed with the application. MAGDRL will not compromise on its obligation to ensure a safe environment for the Great Danes we place. However, you can petition for a rare exeception to the fencing requirement if you believe you are an exemplary pet owner and have extenuating circumstances.

These circumstances are for example, fencing not allowed in your community, live in a condominum with no yard. We will not make exceptions to families that just do not wish to fence. We do not place dogs into homes where they will be placed on a runner, chained, tied, or staked out in ANYWAY. We do not consider invisible fencing as adequate fencing to protect a pet and require a solid barrier fencing such as wood, chain link, etc.

If this is the case, your application must include a detailed letter describing your circumstances, lifestyle, previous dog ownership and how you plan on safely exercising and managing your Great Dane without chaining or allowing off lead. In addition, a letter of recommendation from your veterinarian regarding the care and well-being of your current or previously owned dog(s) must accompany your adoption application. Without these two letters your exception request cannot be considered.

This petition process requires additional processing time. If your request is accepted for consideration, it will be forwarded to your MAGDRL adoption coordinator and a home visit will be conducted. After the home visit is complete, you will be notified of the status of your adoption application.

For the protection of the Great Danes we place, everyone that adopts a Great Dane from MAGDRL will be required to sign an adoption contract. If you would like additional information on our adoption contract you can email at and a copy of our contract will be sent to you electronically.