How to adopt a rescue

Dear Prospective Mastiff Owner,

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Mastiff through the Mastiff Club of America’s Rescue Service. We request a donation of up to $350 depending on the age and condition of the dog. At all times, additional donations to our program are gratefully and gladly accepted.

The Mastiffs that become available for adoption are Mastiffs that are referred to the Club if, for any reason, they are homeless and the breeder cannot be located. Usually they range from two to six years of age. These Mastiffs come from a variety of circumstances, including animal shelters.

When a Mastiff is released to the Club, it is taken to a veterinarian for a medical check and necessary vaccinations. The Mastiff’s temperament is evaluated and we attempt to locate any past history of the Mastiff. These Mastiffs are neutered or spayed before release to their new home.

Many times Mastiffs are just not readily available for adoption. This is good news for us because it means that this wonderful breed is being well-cared for. The bad news is your wait may be longer than you had hoped. Please be patient with our Rescue program.

Our Rescue Service strives to bring together Mastiffs and families in the same geographical area in order to keep transportation costs to a minimum. However, if you are willing to pay for transportation to adopt from another area, you could find a Mastiff in your home sooner than you think.

We are looking for permanent, loving homes where the Mastiff will receive top quality care. These Mastiffs need a special place where they will be appreciated as a companion dog and part of the family, but a Mastiff is not the breed for everyone. Before you decide to acquire a Mastiff, we recommend that you acquaint your family with this noble breed. The following books are available:


Mastiff, Aristocratic Guardian, by dee dee Andersson,
Doral Publishing, Inc., 10452 Palmeras Drive, Suite 225 West, Sun City, AZ 85373
The Mastiff, by Marie A. Moore,
Publisher: Denlinger’s Publisher’s, Ltd. Box 76, Fairfax, VA 22030.
The Mastiff and Bullmastiff Handbook, by Douglas Oliff,
Publisher: Howell Book House, Inc., 230 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10169.
The Complete Mastiff, by Betty Baxter and David Blaxter,
Publisher: Howell Book House, Inc., 230 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10169.
Second Start, by Jacqueline O’Neil, 1997,
Publisher: Howell Book House, Inc., 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
This is an excellent book about finding and bringing a rescue dog into your home and heart. It includes many case histories, some of which are about Mastiffs.
Adopting a Great Dog, by Nona Kilgore Bauer,
Publisher: T.F.H. Publications, One T.F.H. Plaza, Neptune City, NJ 07753.
This is a guide to re homing a rescue or shelter dog - lots of pictures.

In order to be considered as an adoptive home, you must complete the Family Profile Form and send it to your Regional and/or State Coordinator.


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