I've been involved with Mastiff Rescue for as long as I've been involved with Mastiffs! Long before the Canadian Mastiff Club had any sort of formal rescue system put into place.

Unfortunately, due to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), on the rise in many parts of the country, our insurance company will not allow us to take in any dogs for adoption. Instead, what we do, is keep a list of people wanting to adopt and/or foster, and when we are contacted by an organization, we contact people on the list, and they deal directly with the organization in question.

Most of the dogs that come through our rescue program are not from pounds, but rather we are contacted directly by people, who for one reason or another, can no longer keep their Mastiff.

We can go many months with nothing at all, and then suddenly get two or three dogs at once. If you wish to adopt, please be patient. Also be aware that we ask you to fill out a family profile so we can better match up dogs and families. (For example, I would not put a 6 year old Mastiff, who has never been around children, in with a family with young children.)

If you wish to put your dog up for adoption, or would like to foster and/or adopt a Mastiff, please contact:

Lerene Masterson
Phone: 905-433-5592

Jennifer Lee
Phone: 780-352-6784

You can also visit Canadian Mastiff Club Rescue.

 Meaning of Rescue
Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my warm new bed,
I'd like to open my baggage,
Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry -
So much to regret.
Hmmm...Yes, there it is, right on the top,
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my perch hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave -
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage, to never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

- Author Unknown

I will sometimes post a dog on this page that is available for adoption.

The following was posted on Craigslist:

You aren't looking for them, but I found your 2 dogs...

Sigh. No one is looking for these guys. And I see why.

They hump everything in sight, try to dominate our old doggies, try to eat our cats and pee on everything and bark at everything. Neurotic, lick constantly. They know no commands, either in English or Spanish. They are aggressive and most likely lived in a puppy mill.

You dumped them, probably, and we picked them up before they were killed by traffic. Unneutered, no tags, two small males under a year old.

I hate you, person who dumped these dogs.

There are no lost ads on phone poles, no lost ad on Craig's list, no lost ad in the paper.

We put signs up all over, put a found notice in at the local pounds. If you were looking for these filthy little ragamuffins, you would have found them.

We are afraid to take them to the pound because under stress, your dogs were snappy and horribly afraid, and dogs are judged by temperament for adoption placement. They would not have passed that test.


They are, under their filth, mats and horrible habits, adorable.

They have learned "Quiet," "Come," "Sit."

They have stopped being so neurotic and we have broken most of their bad habits in just a few days.

They are smart and sweet and are looking for guidance and WANT to be good little dogs.

One is a purebred little white and buff guy with an under bite, the other is a brown little dog that looks almost exactly like a miniature version of a larger breed dog. They know each other and were obviously (by the same bad habits) raised (poorly) together.

We will get them neutered, train them and get them into a good, loving home with people who use the brains God gave them.

If these are your dogs, come on by. Not so you can have them back. So I can kick your ass.