Adopting a Friend.
The process of adopting a Great Dane from CMGDR begins with filling out an adoption application. Contact us via email or Facebook if you'd like us to send you an application.
Fill it out as completely as possibly, and from the information you provide us, concerning your family makeup, lifestyle, dog experience, preferences (if any) of the dog's age, sex, behavior (passive, playful, special needs, etc.), we will do our very best to match your situation with the dog that will be your "forever" pet.
Personal and veterinary reference checks are necessary, and we will also do a home visit to personally assess your situation and the environment in which we will be placing a Dane to be your family's faithful and loving companion.
We take these placements seriously, and we strive to make it the last time these dogs will have to adjust to a new home. Since we are a home-based rescue, and not a shelter, it is not possible to "drop in and visit" with any dogs we may currently have in foster care.
Adoption Policy: Please allow us to explain why we do not adopt to Families with Young Children!
We have several reasons for not adopting our dogs to families with young children. Many of the dogs in our care are surrendered to us because of children. Parents with young children are very busy, and although they have the best intentions, arranging training and daily dog exercise can’t always happen. Giant dogs without exercise and training can get into big trouble! It is our feeling children/dogs cannot be watched every minute and it only take one second for a child to be hurt. If a young child is hurt by a small dog, a bruise may be the worst thing he endures. A wagging Great Dane tail can seriously hurt a toddler when it hits them in the face. A bite can be catastrophic.
Not all Rescues feel the same as we do, but because this story is repeated over and over to us, we feel more comfortable not placing our dogs in a situation where they will be returned again or a child will be injured. The dogs are our top priority and because they have already had at least one traumatic experience, we feel it necessary to attempt to place them in a home where they will be forever.
I hope you can understand our reasoning.
Adoption Policy: Maine and New Hampshire Only!
Please allow me to explain why we adopt to Maine and New Hampshire only!
We never place a dog without doing a home visit to get to know the family and we are unable/unwilling to travel further. We track our dogs for the life of the dog, it would be too time consuming to do that if our dogs lived hundreds of miles away. Many states require us to have special (expensive) permits and licenses to work in their state and we prefer to spend our money on vet care and quality food for our rescue dogs.
We are always available to help our adopters if they need it and we wouldn't be able to provide that service. There’s never a week that goes by that we don’t receive a plea from another state. We all believe we are the best pet owners, we have the best yard, our kids are the best with dogs, etc. Our board has debated this issue several times and we always agree that we will not change our policy. Please understand that we do this for a reason and don’t ask us to do it for you!
Don't Overlook the Benefits of Adopting a Senior!
The love of a senior Great Dane is like no other.
They are relaxed, thankful, appreciative, calm, trained in life yet learn so quickly to the new household rules. Once surrendered, even the most scared senior has a means to calm him/herself or self sooth; they are quick to trust a gentle soul, and healthy to have lived this long. They are respectful of space and simply want to be loved. They are aware of subtle changes in body language, rarely do you have to raise your voice to them; they will adapt to any name you see fit as long as you love them. They are intelligent and protective. They may use their body language and voice to keep others at bay, then quickly find attention in something else or fall back to sleep when they know you are safe. They train the younger dogs in ‘dog language’ and appropriate levels of play. They are always young at heart, aiming to please every day they are with you. You begin to have your own understanding of each other without words, a simple look is all it takes “mom, keep it down, I’m sleeping”"
“woof, hey mum someone’s walking by with a dog, can you get up and look, I’m comfy on my bed”, and the old standby “did you say treat?”
Senior danes love unconditionally and just want to be loved and cared for in their final years. They have so much to give!!