When surrendering your Dane to MAGDRL


Difficult Decision

Before you decide to give up on your Dane. Surrendering your dog can be a difficult decision. Often, people believe they must give up their dog because they do not know how to handle a particular issue. However, most issues such as housing options, allergies and behavioral issues  can often be addressed. Please check the resources page for solutions to common problems.


We also encourage you to take a class with your pup, no matter what his or her age may be. Formal classes help with bonding, socialization and structure. If you need the help of a trainer,  please choose carefully. Go to www.apdt.com  and check out the trainers in your area. If a trainer uses outdated training methods such as leash pops, scruff shaking, and dominant stares, find another trainer. Look for a trainer who is well versed in modern training methods based on scientific research and who understands and uses classical and operand conditioning, desensitization and positive reinforcement training. You can also contact your coordinator for trainers in your area.

Help Us to Help your Dane


We ask for a donation to help cover costs associated with rehoming your Dane, including any emergency or vet care that may be required.

Please remember that we are helping YOU to place a dog. We are not profiting from you or your dog. Anything that you can do to help us place the dog only benefits your dog.

Please note: If your dog has bitten even once, please do not put other innocent people at risk by not disclosing that information. MAGDRL CANNOT, for the safety of people just like you, adopt out dogs that bite. We can recommend other potential avenues for you and will try to be a helpful resource.

Requirements to Surrender your Dane

If You decide to surrender your Dane to us… Requirements for Surrendering a Dog to MAGDRL: Surrendered dogs must:

How You Can Help

We also encourage you to help us find your dog a home more quickly by making sure:

MAGDRL's Surrender Process

If You decide to surrender your Dane to us… Requirements for Surrendering a Dog to MAGDRL: Surrendered dogs must:

When surrendering your Dane to MAGDRL

We ask that you help make the transition as painless as possible for the dog, who will be confused and anxious. Please help by allowing the following items to go along with the dog:

At the time of surrender, you’ll be asked to sign a surrender form, relinquishing control of the Dane to MAGDRL. This will be permanent and MAGDRL will not return the Dane to you for any reason. So please make sure that this is the right decision for you and your family.

Contact the Intake Coordinator

Please note: We do not have a facility — we have foster homes and volunteers who have other responsibilities, many with full-time jobs and families of their own. This means that we cannot take your Dane immediately. You may have to maintain responsibility for your dog for several days/weeks/months until we can arrange housing.

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