Welcome to Mastino Rescue, Inc.
MASTINO RESCUE, INC. is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed in 2017. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome the growing number of Neapolitan Mastiffs in need within the United States, and to educate the public about the realities of owning this magnificent and unique breed. We are the only breed-specific rescue in the country for the Neapolitan Mastiff, and the only officially endorsed rescue of the United States Neapolitan Mastiff Club. To date, we have placed almost 180 dogs into their adoptive homes in 38 states.
Over the last decade, the Neapolitan Mastiff (or Mastino Napoletano in Italian) has become more popular in the United States, and consequently, an increasing number are being surrendered or dumped in kill shelters. The Mastino is an amazing breed, but it is not a good fit for the inexperienced dog owner, and often ends up with the wrong family or in the wrong environment. It is our goal to help displaced Neapolitan Mastiffs find the very best home for their individual needs while providing advocacy and education about this breed.
Our success is largely attributable to our foster-to-adopt program. When we bring a Neapolitan Mastiff into our rescue, we affectionately refer to them as "Mastino Royalty," and attempt to place the Mastino Royalty dog directly into an experienced foster-to-adopt home. This breed bonds strongly with its humans and takes a long time to adjust moving from home to home. When a direct placement into a foster-to-adopt home is not possible, the dog remains with a temporary foster until an appropriate foster-to-adopt home is found. Every potential adopter must foster-to-adopt.
We are 100% volunteer based, and as a nonprofit, we are ineligible to receive any government funding. Due to the growing number of Neapolitan Mastiffs in need, we are always looking for dedicated volunteers for fostering, transport, fundraising, home visits and much more.
Thank you for your interest in Mastino Rescue, Inc. We look forward to welcoming you to the family!