Thank you so much for considering adding a rescue Dane to your home. Before you begin the process to adopt, I would like to give you some information about the process which can take up to a month to complete. We do very careful screening of our adopters. Great Danes are not for everyone, rescue is not for everyone, and many people do not have the patience for the time it takes to apply to adopt. Please know that we are all volunteers with families and full time jobs, so it can take up to a month to get thru the process. But we know that the adopters who do make it thru are committed to rescuing a Dane and giving it a wonderful home. That is what is most important to us. If you know you can provide a loving home to one of our Danes, I hope you have the patience to go thru the application process and make it thru to approval. The NJ Chapter thanks you for your interest and looks forward to working with you.

MaryFran Cini, MAGDRL President



Current News Posts

The information contained in these post is for informational purposes only.  It does not represent the opinions or beliefs of any MAGDRL member or the Board of Directors. Nor does it reflect support by the membership or Boards of Directors of MAGDRL.  

Current News

  • Banning Puppy Mills

    Banning Puppy Mills N.J. lawmakers close to banning puppy mills Most pet-lovers would be horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family dog in a dirty, wire cage that is only six inches longer than their body for a minute, let alone for years. Yet that’s the fate of breeding dogs in thousands of puppy mills across the nation, including the mother dogs of many puppies sold in pet shops. Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-20, and Assemblyman Dan Benson, D-14, are sponsoring bipartisan legislation (S3041/A2338) to keep this cruelty out of New Jersey. This legislation has come a long way from where it started, as the sponsors bent over backwards to ensure the bill was more than fair to all regulated entities, including pet stores. The legislation levels the playing field between pet stores and other sellers of commercially raised puppies by bringing all pet dealers under regulation of the […]

  • New Laws

    New laws help dogs in Virginia Measures target puppy mills and allow lifetime pet licenses By Ashley LuckCapital News Service   RICHMOND — Virginia soon will have three new laws that will impact its furry residents and their owners. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed bills that will bar pet stores from buying dogs from unscrupulous sellers, allow local governments to offer lifetime pet licenses and change the legal description of a “dangerous dog.” McAuliffe signed the legislation last week. The bills will take effect July 1.   SB 852, introduced by Sen. William Stanley, R-Franklin, is aimed at brokers and breeders who sell dogs to pet shops. The new statute says the seller must have a valid license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Moreover, pet stores may not procure a dog “from a person who has received citations for one critical violation or three or more noncritical violations from […]

  • Puppy Mills

    New Jersey is on the verge of banning puppy mills. A bill has been passed in the Garden State that would make the dog-breeding centers illegal and establish new requirements for pet dealers. The legislation, dubbed S3041, was approved by the New Jersey Assembly this week and will now be heading to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie. “If Governor Christie doesn’t sign this ban on puppy mills, we’ll override his veto,” Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, the bill’s sponsor, vowed in a Facebook video.   The legislation is ultimately a revision of the “Pet Purchase Protection Act,” which was signed into effect in 2015 and requires pet stores to disclose the origins of the dogs and cats they sell.  If passed, the bill would not only prohibit the sale of puppies from puppy mills, it would bar animal rescue organizations, shelters and pounds from obtaining cats or dogs from breeders or brokers […]


Special Announcements

  • Very Special Adoption

    Very Special Adoption

    A note from MAGDRL's President

    I know I always say every adoption is special and they are!  But some really stand out and this is one that really makes my heart happy.

    St Nick was in a shelter in NJ after being found wandering in a park in the beginning of December 2015.  A volunteer went to the shelter to evaluate him and almost thought she got there too late.  He was so weak, he could barely stand.  After speaking to her, we decided she would pull him and bring him to me and I thought I was getting a Dane in to euthanize him.  
    St Nick was in bad shape, he was suffering from a severe lymes infection and terrible arthritis.  He was suffering and in pain.  We came very close to putting him down but then he suddenly rallied and started to respond to his medication.  But he would do well and then backslide again.  His lymes was very difficult to manage and was wreaking havoc on the rest of his body.  

    So many NJ volunteers met Nick and rooted him on.  One volunteer cooked bone broth for him and delivered it to my home to help his recovery, Another volunteer bought him a soft mat for the top of his bed, so many checked in on him and wished him well.  He is such a sweet soul, anyone who has met him just falls in love with his sweet face.  After about 6 weeks with Ed and I, a couple that volunteered decided they would take over fostering him if he got along with their two Danes.  So Ed and I took Nick to their home and helped with introductions.  It was challenging the first couple of weeks with their Danes but they worked thru it and Nick settled in nicely there.  The volunteers had more time than we could give to Nick and they worked hard to help him to get healthy.  He had a rocky year in 2016, with many many vet visits and medications, improvements and set backs but with trial and error he finally did get stronger and could live a fully functional and happy life.  Nick has had quite a transformation!

    Today, Ed and I and a few other NJ volunteers joined the couple that had fostered St Nick as we completed his adoption paperwork and celebrated his life and adoption as he became an official member of their family.
    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to MAGDRL on Nick’s behalf, either by donations, gifts or prayers and positive thoughts, it has made such a difference.  Most of all, a huge thanks to the volunteers that adopted him, who love him so much, who have given him so much and who have made him “theirs” since the first day he entered their home.


Giving Assistant

We  have a new fundraiser, called GIVING ASSISTANT. 

This is similar to Amazon Smile and IGive, however, there are over 1900 stores to chose.  Very simply, click on the link below,  sign up and then to go Settings and click on MAGDRL as your charity and you can choose how much you would like to donate.

Giving Assistant has over 1900 stores to choose from, i.e Macy's, Babies R Us, and Coach, just a few examples.

The way this works is you click on the store you wish to shop and there is a coupon code and from that coupon you decide how much you would like to donate to MAGDRL.  For example, if you choose Macy's and they have a 5% off coupon, you can decide how much of the 5% you wish to give back, either 1% or the entire 5%.

Giving Assistant - Save money, support charity, shop responsibly



The most important way to help our organization — besides donating — is to volunteer! This is a great group of friendly people and you'll be amazed at what we do to help our furry friends. If you're interested, or even just curious, check out our Volunteering page.

Our volunteers cover all aspects of the organization from bringing in dogs, fostering and every step of the adoption process. We also have volunteers who coordinate events and do fundraising to be sure we can continue doing what we love so much.

We welcome you to come and help us out as a foster home, event volunteer or one of the many other positions. There's no better way to help the Danes!


Join us at one of our many events! The most frequent ones are called a "Meet & Greet." At this type of event, MAGDRL will set up a table at a business location (typically a pet supply store) and will introduce our group to the public. We supply written information on all aspects of Great Danes and educate interested individuals or families on the prospect of adopting or fostering a Dane.

Some of our more popular summer-time events are held at ice cream parlors.

We also collect donations at these events to help offset the cost of caring for these dogs. Please check out our Events page.


To help pay the expenses of caring for our Great Danes, we have several ways of collecting donations. In addition to monetary donations, we have a large number of affiliates. These are businesses that will usually donate a portion of a sale of goods or services when the person is referred by our group. Some of them help MAGDRL in other ways such as direct donation of goods such as dog food.

We also have ongoing fundraisers such as collection of old cell phones or printer cartridges which we can redeem for cash. You can get a MAGDRL Visa card too!

Many of these business will give you a discount too! Please check out the lists of Fundraisers and Affiliates.