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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Rescue and find homes for english mastiffs

Programs: Placed 16 oldies dogs in permanent foster homes. These are older dogs difficult to adopt out

took in a total of 65 dogs into rescue, spayed/neutered 24 provided vet care to those and other dogs

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've had 2 English Mastiffs from Mastiff Rescue of Florida and both dogs were just wonderful! Such gentle dogs but they do need lots of care. I cannot guess where the MRF people get time and energy!
It's a good thing that Pam Boswell is finally writing for a book on Mastiffs- she knows more about the breed than anybody does.
I waited from January to September for MRF to find a dog that fits us just right and Max sure does that! He's definitely worth waiting for-
Mary O'Benar
6434 River Ridge Rd
New Port Richey FL 34653















Philippe Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am amazed at how dedicated they are about helping Mastiff's find fosters, help them have a good life as a senior through their Oldie but Goodie program and find forever home for these gentle giant. I am on my fifth Rescue and it is a Daniff. Half great Dane and half English mastiff.

Kelly M.18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best group of volunteers on earth. Real people saving real dogs. Thank goodness Mastiff Rescue of Florida’s kind heart and service!

Ellen H G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The passion with this rescue group is amazing . They go above and beyond for any English Mastiff that has been surrendered to a shelter or by the previous owner . I have adopted 2 English Mastiffs from this phenomenal rescue group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted Gracie from Mastiff Rescue of Florida back in May 2016. She was 4 months old at her adoption date and had been the best pup ever . She currently is the ambassador to Pinellas Animal Foundation as the Pet Professor’s Dog. I am the Pet Professor and I am honored to go into the elementary schools and talk to the students about becoming future responsible pet owners and bite prevention. We could of asked for a better rescue group

Melissa Kanter S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Mastiff Rescue of Florida for 10 years. I have fostered dogs as a volunteer and adopted both of my Mastiffs through the organization.
So many English Mastiffs would be surrendered as well as put down if not for the organization. They donate money for food so people keep their Mastiffs. They do an awesome job of matching dog and forever family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our story began in Tennessee working with Southern States Mastiff Rescue and then Mastiff Rescue of Oregon. For the 3 years we have been in Florida we have conducted transports, dog evals and home evals. We have never been a part of such a grand operation placing, moving and adopting these giants. Many places are not suitable and the dogs are frequently traumatized. Under Pam’s leadership and volunteers from the panhandle to Miami and parts in between, MRF assists in providing quality lives for the dogs and their fosters and owners. They work with other rescues in assisting placements and fostering. Our family has been blessed to have a “foster fail” after our last OEM died.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MRF makes dreams come true and families whole❤️❤️❤️ The best rescue I’ve ever worked with and rescued my bullsmastiff❤️❤️

Mary W.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't know what I'd do without MRF!! I am a foster fail turned special needs foster. My girl Penny came to me in 2018 at 5 years old. She suffers extreme anxiety chews herself. Athena came to me later on in 2018 as an emergency rescue from a disgusting abuse situation. She's reactive and tense and a protector. Sweet Mr. Wilson also came to me in 2019 after our original MRF, Moose, passed right after my life partner died. Sadly Mr. Wilson passed after a year and a half in 2021 from bone cancer. My newest is Kali who has bad hips and legs and is a sweet Oldie but Goodie. She came to me right after I lost Mr. Wilson with her Brother, Moose2 who was only with me a short minute until late stage pancreatitis took him. Kali grieved--hard. Penny and Athena were aloof. They had lost Moose, Mr. Wilson and now Moose2. Enter Bodhi. He has been with MRF since he was a pup and he is blind. Now he's 4 and will be with us a loooong time. He had 2 wonderful fosters who taught him so much and now he is here in his forever home just a few months ago. MRF is always a phone call away and hey were with me with each arrival and passing. These four with me now- Penny, Athena, Kali and Bodhi are all different personalities and quirks and they form this amazing family. Thank you MRF. The pictures with the shirts on are during a thunder storm. The picture of the 3 together are my Boys in Heaven. The video is outside before the storm- Penny is in her tub already....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MRF has helped me become the best Mastiff mom I can be. I can never repay them for that.

I had my own Mastiff boy that passed away and afterwards reached out to MRF who entrusted me with my first foster Mastiff. (or first foster-failure Mastiff to be accurate!) Sadly, he too passed away, but my love and relationship with MRF has not ended there- I am the proud mom of 3 foster-failure Mastiffs.

MRF has been with me every step of the way. From first time mom jitters to the personal loss of my life partner passing along the way and MRF was there...

For all the Questions, Hugs, Thoughts, Advice, Sitting, and Just to Listen...MRF was there.

With gratitude and adoration-
Love Mary, Penny, Athena and Mr. Wilson

And in loving memory of Mark, Desi and Moose
-we love MRF

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Thomas D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent my career in the Hotel/Restaurant industry, 60 hours was a short week, so having a dog was out of the question. On my first day of retirement I purchased a Standard Poodle. Then I realized that people actually surrendered or dumped these magnificent pooches, so I searched out rescue services in the Florida Panhandle. Over the next 19 years I have been rescuing Standards & Labradoodles from some horrific situations. Last June I saw this unbelievably beautiful Mastiff on MRF's website, I had to have this wonderful dog. I applied for adoption and was approved and my life changed forever. Mia changed everything about the way we live. I had dealt with a few rescue services in the Pensacola area, nothing outstanding, once I had the pooch that was the last I heard from said rescue. From the time I brought Mia home MRF stayed in touch with me providing unlimited counseling, up to date information on medicines, diet, things to do and things not to do. Sixteen months later I know that at any time I can reach out to Pamela or Patricia for help, advice or anything else that will help me be a better dog parent. For this dog lover there is only one rescue service that is this professional & truly cares that the pooch and his/her new owner have all the tools needed to provide a loving & secure home for each and every dog that they place. These ladies are true Angles for dogs in distress. Bless you both.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent rescue. They care about where their pups go snd how compatible they are with the fosters/adopters other pets snd family members. A wonderful organization.

Nena C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have loved Mastiffs for most of my life. I call them gentle giant teddy bears. They are a wonderful breed, but the problem is their size. They have a big old heart, but a big old body that comes with it, which makes it not cheap to have one. So many people get them with good intentions, but then can’t afford to keep them. Their food, doctor bills and then if they get sick it is not cheap. I have one I rescued with her sister at the pound because no one wanted them. The last sister is in kidney failure and it is extremely expensive, but she is part of the family. I recently joined MRF and what a wonderful group, they are very caring and dedicated to the breed. I have only had the pleasure to meet a few in the group but they were wonderful. They try to spend the time making sure the dog matches and works for the person, so it is a forever home. This is a great thing for each dog so they don’t get bounced around or left out and abused. I have taken in rescues all my life and for a group to put so much effort in what is best for the dog well that is hard sometimes . They give a person the chance to see if it will work. They keep in touch by helping with problems and just anything that comes up, I have not seen this in some groups. I look forward to trying to help the group the best I can and I hope others will too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing group of people who lend their time, energy and love to helping a Mastiff in need. We witness first-hand life circumstances that often put these gentle giants in harms way either by families in despair, cruel living conditions or abuse.

Patience Welton C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mastiff Rescue of Florida provides a wonderful and devoted service to the mastiff community. Seven years ago I adopted two puppies from a rescued neglected litter.
Sherlock and Watson have grown to health well behaved pets and throughout the entire time MRH has been available with wisdom and guidance. Mandatory training and guidelines that identify the best feeding and medication for the breed have resulted in happy healthy dogs. Stories of their hand to paw program that helps keep loved dogs in homes that are face temporary economic challenges is what sets this rescue to a higher standard.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We rescued Gypsy with intent to foster her until she found a furever family on September 16th, 2019. She was very skiddish and bashful, but she warmed up very quickly to my significant other, and took just a little extra time to warm up to me. She became very attached to us and we chose to adopt her. We love her so much much can't imagine her with any other family! We also did an emergency rescue with MRF last year with 2 beautiful gentle giants that needed about 5 baths each just to get the fleas under control and MRF placed them in their furever homes. We love this organization and will continue being there when needed!

Lynn Polewaczyk A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lynn Abbott, and I have fostered two of the best dogs from Mastiff Rescue of Florida. Duke Henry was a Golden Oldie and our first English Mastiff foster, who was found wandering the streets of Ft. Myers. Can you imagine that? He was a sweet, sweet boy who loved walks and treats. We were lucky enough to foster Duke for six months before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. MRF made sure he had all the medications and professional care needed to give him the best quality of life for as long as he could hold on. I feel honored to have loved Duke Henry, and he’ll always be in my heart. Thank you, MRF!

Not long after Duke crossed the Rainbow bridge did I see a post for an English Mastiff puppy named Max Ernesto from Miami who needed a home. Seems that the puppy’s family kept him outside in the heat on a concrete patio because the poor boy shed too much. The family’s gardener saw the sad conditions, asked the family if he could take the puppy, and immediately contacted Mastiff Rescue of Florida for help. I saw that MRF posted his story on Facebook, and the rest is history. We drove across Florida to pick up Max, and our life has never been brighter and fun with our big ball of goofy energy. Maybe you can guess why his nickname is Gun Powder. Max loves anything squeaky and shiny and loves to play fetch. We have him in training, and he can look, sit, stay, give paw, lay down, and walks well on a leash. He’s on his way to becoming a well behaved puppy with lots of work and loving guidance. MRF keeps in touch regarding Max’s progress. It takes a village to look out for the beautiful animals and work to place them in loving home and Pam, Priscilla, and all of the volunteers are the true heroes. Thank you, MRF!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 Mastiffs from Mastiff Rescue of Florida and Pam and the rest of the volunteers go above and beyond to make sure the well being of the dogs is taken care of and that they are a perfect match with the new foster/adopter. They are very informative about how to properly get the dogs situated in their new home and they’re always on top of what are the best foods and what meds you should and shouldn’t use… if your interested in adopting a Mastiff you couldn’t find a better group of people to get you on your way to having one of these beautiful gentle giants.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm am so impressed with the work that Mastiff Rescue of Florida does. They genuinely care that mastiffs are placed in safe, loving homes by doing home visits and checking references. We are forever grateful that they entrusted us to first foster and then adopt our dog, Vino.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with many rescues but this is the first one that actually puts the dogs first over money. Pam Boswell is the most compassionate person in rescue. She gives everything to make sure the dogs that come through her rescue go to the right home. She does not just place the dog with anyone it has to be a good match. I adopted my mastiff from her 5 years ago. I have been a volunteer ever since. It is not an easy job placing these big dogs but Pam has managed to find the right homes and the rescue has such a wonderful volunteer base willing to create ride trains across the State and out of it to rescue a mastiff in need. True dedication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best rescue I have ever volunteered with. I short term foster and do dog and home evals as a volunteer. The individuals that manage this rescue are so helpful, patient, and knowledgeable. They go above and beyond for the dogs. I honestly cannot say enough about this rescue.

I have volunteered with other rescues and a lot do not educate like MRF does. Nor do they extend their appreciation to you like MRF does.

Lee S.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the most dedicated animal help groups that I've ever had any dealings with ! God bless Pamela and all of her adopters and fosters and yes even some helpful Vets.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted animals from this organization for almost 20 years. They are incredible. I can't say enough positive about the tireless volunteers that save gentle giants each and every day. LOVE them!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MRF is the best rescue ever. I have had the pleasure of helping a man who thought he had to give up his dog. He was disabled and could no longer get her in the car for vet visits and couldn't afford her care.. Mastiff Rescue of Florida stepped up and took care of food, getting a vet to his house, etc. This dog and owner were meant to be together. It wasn't the easy and, but it was the best way. When the dog passed away, we had someone come and get her and return her ashes back home. It meant the world to him and to us. I have two of their rescues, one an oldie but goodie. They are amazing a Pam is a genius at matching dogs and homes. I could go on and on. But group of humans ever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I rescued an oldie but goodie. His name is Buddy and he needed a new home after Hurricane Michael. This rescue went above and beyond to get him in a forever home, and they don't stop after placing a dog. They actually check up and make sure all is well. This group is the most caring, selfless group. I'm proud to be associated with them. As they say, it starts at the top and that's where you'll find our leader, Pam. She sets the standard through her actions and we all try to keep up! Amazing group with an amazing leader. No Mastiff left behind!

Laurie Bradley D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MRF is the most amazing rescue organization. The passion and dedication to this specific breed is unmatched. They commit to ensuring the fosters/adopters are a match to the dog. We are permanent fosters to two English Mastiff siblings. One with special needs. Pam continues to support all of my questions and provides all of the medication, vet visits and needs for these dogs. We just supply the love and food.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mastiff Rescue of Florida mission is to save English Mastiffs who thru no fault of their own have been surrendered. MRF has maintain our standard of excellency thru the current trying times. We always put the welfare of the dig first. We often can assist an owner is keeping their loved dog until finances or health issues are better. This program,"Hand to Paw" was established to keep dogs with their families who could no.longer give the dog proper care due to extreme financial hardships. Our "Oldies but Goodies" program.places medically needy, Hospice and seniors with great volunteer families who give love and good food, while MRF provides the medical services needed by the dog. These placements are forever to assure great life for our special.need dogs. I could speak.of MRF forever but all I really.need to say.is we get the job done of giving the dogs a loving future by our wonderful.team

Jimmy R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are a great organization, I have been a member for quite a few years and they are all there and ready to serve the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mastiff Rescue of Florida is one of the best rescues in Florida. We have volunteers all over the State. They have a Hand to Paw program that helps owners going through a rough patch to feed and give veterinary care to their dogs so they can keep them and don't have to give them up. They also have an oldies but goodies program that pays for food and vet care for aged English Mastiffs that have been given up. They do transport to get dogs out of horrible situations.They also perform home evaluations before anyone can adopt a Mastiff. They really go above and beyond for the dogs.

Donna Marie A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 great Mastiffs MRF. I will do again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization! Absolutely have the dogs best interests at heart.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board member and also a special needs foster. Having 18 dogs here at my home no crates, all get along. Some are hospice , some have seizures and others have temperament issues. Many are Oldies but Goodies. MRF always gives them the best care...
With our Oldies but Goodies program..the seniors go into permanent foster, MRF pays the vets bills and the fosters supply the loveand kindness till they cross the bridge.
We have a dedicated team of volunteers that answer our calls..and wonderful fosters that are the LIFELINES TO SAVING THE DOGS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were not getting another dog - it wasn't happening. Then we see Toby with his momma at a home show in Tampa and my wife wanted him immediately - Well he wasn't available - He had a forever home, but we were told be patient and the perfect dog would be there for us. The team at Mastiff Rescue knows their stuff. Not a few weeks later we get the call - 'we have a 10 year old mostly blind boy for you to meet". Then came the LOVE! Goober is what we called him and he lived up to his name in every heartfelt way - he was our "Goob!" This boy couldn't see anything but made himself at home within a day. Goober had his issues, but it was a perfect fit. He stayed with us until a week before his 13th birthday before it was time for him to cross the Rainbow Bridge. With the support of Mastiff Rescue of Florida we were able to keep him comfortable, dealt with his myriad of health issues and gave and received Gooby love every day! He was a special boy. We continue to work with Mastiff Rescue and help with transporting animals and evaluating potential homes and dogs. MRF makes sure that when a dog is placed it is the right fit - the welfare of the animal is of the utmost importance. We live in an area that is rife with rescues and organizations asking for time and donations - our hearts, time and what money we can spare goes to Mastiff Rescue of Florida - Great People, great mission, Great dogs!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This has been the best rescue I know. They go above and beyond for their dogs making sure that they know the dogs personality and making sure they match with perspective fosters and adopters. When we started looking we were guided towards the tight dog for what we needed not what we thought we wanted. The foster spoke to us as much as we needed about Peyton, sent pictures, and brought her to us just so we could meet her. Peyton has been everything they described and more. I owe so much to them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were already animal lovers (4 dogs, 4 chickens, and a pig) but when we found out about MRF we couldn’t resist. So spring last year we became volunteers and fosters in the “Oldies but Goodies” program.
I can’t say enough good things about this organization, group, community, all the way up to the board members who are hands on and always willing to help us with whatever we may need.
Our first rescue, Ellie Mae, even though she was 7 years old with some existing medical conditions, was a perfect fit for our family and our home. Our local board member, Pam, ensured that we had absolutely everything we needed from the first day we met her until Ellie crossed the rainbow bridge. Beyond that, so many of the volunteers from all over the state reached out to us during that time to offer so much kindness.
Since then we recently have 2 new “Golden Girls” Nina and Nova (7 1/2 years old), who came to us through the kindness of volunteers that helped transport them over 250 miles across the state. These 2 girls are also a wonderful fit for our family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This organization and its volunteers are such good genuine people, and it’s very refreshing with so much negativity in the world. We only wish we had known about MRF sooner.
-Morgan & Jeff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After a heartbreaking loss of our English Mastiff, we reached out to Mastiff Rescue of Florida to Foster and help care for these poor dogs that have either been abused or families were forced to surrender them due to circumstances that they had no choice to do so. This is where this Organization steps in and go above and beyond their duties to help these beautiful Mastiffs find suitable Foster Parents and or Forever homes. To MRF the dogs come first and then off course they give us Volunteers and/or new Parents FULL support and constant advise on what's best for the dogs. we currently Foster 2 oldies and all thanks to MRF for letting us be part of this amazing Organization! Thank you MRF!

1 Mike E.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi: I'm a Mastiff and my name is Liberty. This is my story. I was born 5 years ago and adopted by a wonderful human in Kentucky. I was well cared for and much loved. Last year my human crossed the rainbow bridge. Someone called the paramedics and when they came to the door I did what Mastiffs naturally do. I protested by barking vigorously. The paramedics called animal control and they came to remove me from the house. They were neither kind or gentle about it and I sustained a few injuries as a result. They took me to the animal shelter. I was so scared. I had no idea what they were doing to me. I missed my human. A few days later some distant relatives who lived in Florida came and got me. They took me back to Florida. I was scared there too because it was all so strange for me. They were told by their landlord that I couldn't stay because I was too big. (Now I'm not a fat girl and pride myself on my trim figure). Anyway the nice family called Mastiff Rescue of Florida and they immediately assigned a foster to come and help me. I was scared for the first few days but my foster parents had another dog and a cat too. I quickly grew fond of the entire foster family. I have now been living with my foster family for 6 months and can tell you that if it were not for Mastiff Rescue of Florida I can only imagine how my life would have been different. Every day I thank the Big Dog upstairs for MRF and my foster family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for this fine organization I have met many wonderful and dedicated people all working toward a common goal. The goal of rescuing and homing this great Mastiff breed. The needs of the dogs come first and I am proud to be able to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is Archie. A joint rescue from ABARS and Mastiff Rescue Florida “Hands and Paws.”
Our OEM died in January,2020. We had worked with OEM rescues in Tennessee, Oregon and now Florida. Ivan had been the center of our life since 2013 when we rescued him while in Oregon. After a week or so we contacted Pam at MRF who we had done home evals for since living in Florida. She had been contacted by ABARS about a Bullmastiff needing foster care immediately. Pam called and we arranged to pick up Archie.
From the beginning he had us! At first meet he licked our face. We had never had a dog do that!
We did the 3/3/3 of fostering, had him neutered and slowly introduced him to the world. He walked 4 x daily because he wouldn’t poop in our yard! Our subdivision fell in love with him. We took him to Grayson Beach pub for Sunday brunch and the staff there came to look forward to his return and gave him the same table on the patio! We took him to St Pete to meet his sister, Louise the Bassett who was in college with our son. Instant pals. Since COVID, Archie and Louise have had a fenced yard to run, dig and chase squirrels. Archies favorite place is our bed where he has slept since the first night!
After 150 days of fostering, Archie became our permanent dog! He had been in our hearts since the first meet.
May 30 he became our forever boy. But every month with Archie is a dream month. And here, “life is but a dream” is our motto!
The Mastiff Rescue Florida and their Hand to Paw program helps these dogs find homes when owners may need assistance in placing their dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my amazing dog, Atticus, from the Mastiff Rescue in Florida. I’ve never had such an amazing experience with a rescue. They REALLY CARE for their dogs, and ensure that they go to exactly the right home.

The support doesn’t end there. They follow up with training, meds, advice... anything that is needed for the dog to grow into your perfect companion.

Atticus has added so much to our family. Thank you so so much, Mastiff Rescue! ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Unfortunately my mastiff had to be surrendered to local animal control. I sent email to MRF to see if they can help get her out and into rescue and quickly recieved a response. They tried hard to work with the county and as soon as was given the go ahead a wonderful volunteer drove hours the very next morning to come pick her up and get her out. They sent me pictures of that wonderful lady leaving safely with her and gave another update how she was doing in foster moms house. Hearing how she was already playing made me cry. I can never repay them for saving her life and helping her on her new journey. Wonder group of Angels!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough about the selfless acts of pure love and genuine concern for these gentle giants . The support from the time these dogs are located all the way to their forever home . I am so honored to be part of this family. I adopted my sweet nugget Thea and will continue to honor and support any way I can .

2 Mary Dorzweiler-Sam F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a positive light this shines on our faith. This has made me and my family grow. I love telling people about the family of this Rescue. Thank you for letting us join so many and Mastiff's ago. We make a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They take the giants nobody wants . I jioned the rescue and in days had a big beutiful girl to help out. They are so nice and caring about the dogs everyone is 100% here to help you adopt, foster, or donate.

1 Bre N Josh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My fiancé and I adopted a bonded pair of 18month old English Mastiffs just over 5 years ago. One of which is handicapped from a birth defect. I’ve worked with several other rescues in my area and this rescue is by far the most organized and supportive group I have ever worked with. They go above and beyond to make sure their dogs are placed well and matched to the right family. They are so knowledgeable and always willing to help wherever they can regardless of the resources available. I will continue to work with them and hope to be able to adopt more dogs ( if I can sneak 200lbs past my fiancé) in the future.

1 Camila B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered/adopted two dogs from Mastiff Rescue of Florida. I couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of this team with such caring and dedicated people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mastiff rescue of florida makes sure each dog is properly vetted and that potential adopters are properly vetted as well. They go above and beyond for the dogs they take in but also join forces with other rescues to help them as well. I'm proud to be a part of this organization and I'm grateful for being given the opportunity to adopt 2 of the most wonderful dogs I've ever had the pleasure of being loved by. Top notch charity organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've adopted 2 mastiffs from MRF, they are amazing dogs and have given me purpose after becoming to ill to work. They are caring and help so many dogs but also people as well.
Sometimes through no fault of their own people find themselves in circumstances beyond their control. In some of these instances they cannot keep their beloved pets. MRF takes the dogs in and pays for their medical treatment and often is able to help the owner get their dog back once they are back on their feet. This is an amazing non profit and I'm proud to be a part of it.

Jen

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found out about MRF by Googling Mastiff rescues. We had just moved to FL from WY and were looking to add to our family. We had had a mastiff mix in WY and loved the personality. I filled out an application and our journey began. Our first mastiff(Louie) is a big hunk of lazy. We have had him almost 9 years and he is going on 12 years old. I got a call for help to see if I could do a dog evaluation. Sure, why not? From there it went to us eventually having 5 mastiffs and Peggy(a shephard/healer mix who was the queen of the pack.) We have fostered several, adopted a few, and have 2 - 12 year olds currently. I am so grateful that I googled and that MRF is the great organization it is.

1 Marsha N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

MRF rescues and rehabilitates English Mastiffs from all over Florida. Some have had to be carried due to weakness, illness and/or starvation. Each and every mastiff is evaluated by experienced mastiff personnel, receives medical care, regardless of cost, and is fostered into a loving volunteers' home until they are able to be adopted by their forever family. An Oldies but Goodies program takes care of all medical needs of senior dogs needing assistance. A Hands to Paws program allows people facing temporary financial hardship to keep their beloved mastiff with food and medical aid. They may be big dogs, but this rescue has an even bigger heart.

1 Penny Legary W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow where to start ... they absolutely go above and beyond,. They are not just there to take the injured, abused and neglected mastiffs in but to be there for any questions, help and support for the life of the mastiff you foster and or adopt. I personally have made several phone calls to them with questions of health or concern and they have given such awesome advice many times saving unnecessary vet visits or money on vet recommendations.. one lady has about 22 of these extra large lovable dogs in her home that her and her husband care for because they are un-adoptable due to health medical being blind age , etc.. I definitely find this organization to be one of the best nonprofits I have ever seen and or been associated with

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MRF is one of the best animal rescues I have ever come across in my MANY years of adopting dogs.. I have always wanted a mastiff and after much searching and alot of hesitation I decided to adopt from MRF, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is definitely not just a sign on bottom line type of organization. They go above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of their dogs. Anyone that owns a large breed dog knows they are not your normal every day type of dog. Being a first time for me and alot of questions and concerns while adopting and after adopting the heartfelt support was constantly there and still is at anytime I call. I cannot commend there dedication enough. Not all humans and dogs are a match and they go to great lengths to place these animals appropriately to a good loving home. In the adopting process they provided all necessary medical attention my dog needed paying for the medication and the vet bills. Which immensely helps the dog and the adoptee to make a great transition into the new family.

1 Susan B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the years we have adopted 5 dogs from Mastiff Rescue of Florida. In each case, they were honest about the dog and the dog's history as far as they knew it. In each case, their interest in the dog didn't end with the adoption. They were there to answer questions and provide help. Because of our high regard for MRF, my husband and I have also been volunteers for for many years. We have done home evaluations, dog evaluations, and dog transport. In every interaction with every person in the organization we have felt their commitment to the health and well being of the dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have transported dogs, evaluated dogs, done home visits, fostered, and adopted from Mastiff Rescue of Florida. We have worked with them for years and encountered only caring, knowledgeable people who want the best for the animals. Both of us are and have been involved with many animal organizations for more than 40 years, and we have never seen an organization more willing to support the animals or the people that agree to help them.

Belinda G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mastiff Rescue of Florida continues to amaze the community by saving neglected, abused, and abandoned Mastiff dogs all over Florida. Its director, Pam Boswell, deserves special attention for her tireless and selfless work for this organization. The remarkable results of her endeavors are larger even than saving dogs: for by finding the right home her rescues, she actually saves many humans, finding unconditional love and friendship in these amazing dogs.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mastiff Rescue of Florida has been the most professional, knowledgeable, and charitable dog rescue organizations I have ever encountered. It's director, Pam Boswell, has an incredible knowledge of Mastiff dogs: she knows what they need, she intuits what they have been through when she rescues them, and she understands exactly with whom to place each dog. She is one of the kindest, most intelligent women I have ever met, and I trust her judgement--about dogs and humans--completely. Beau, our 10-year-old "foster fail" mastiff has been a delight to have as part of our family, and we are forever grateful to Pam and MRF for allowing us to have this wonderful boy.


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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our journey started in the beginning on 2015. My husband has be wanting and researching mastiffs for years. So We started to look for a breeder, but then we came across mastiff rescue of florida. I thought perfect, what do we need to do now? Fill out an application.we did and soon after we receive an email for a home visit. A vary nice lady Pam came out to our house and we sat and talked. We asked her so many questions about the breed, and she was able to answer all of them. So the next step waiting for the right one. My husband and myself watch, waited, and saw all the amazing things MRF can do. At one point we thought the right one was there but it was not the right time for our family. Then sweet Yara came in under weight and pregnant and MRF ran to her rescue. Mrs Katy helped Deliver our sweet fur baby Odin. We followed her story and all the updates MRF posted. We message that we were interested and the process began. They sent us questionnaires about our every day life on how we will care for a mastiff, do we under stand the responsibility of a mastiff. All vary good and relevant questions. MRF takes what they do as a rescue to an amazing level. I have become vary inspired as soon as my kids get older I want to get more involved. MRF has become part of our family we love going to all the gatherings MRF host. I can't wait to adopt another mastiff from MRF and welcome them to our family again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mastiff rescue of Florida is absolutely phenomenal. I am always so proud to be affiliated with them. We feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing family. I feel like everyone here is so supportive and truly has these animals best interest in heart. My family loves Mastiff Rescue!

Lisa S.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that a group like MRF existed. Prior to working with MRF I had done rescue work with a couple of different groups to help save dogs and cats. I reached out to MRF when my husband, who grew up with Mastiffs, convinced me that we should welcome a gentle giant into our lives. I am a rescue person so I looked around and quickly found MRF. After an application and a house visit, we were cleared to be fosters. We quickly became foster failures. Before I met our first foster, I thought I wanted a young female puppy that we could raise. However, I was open to fostering any Mastiff until the prefect dog came along. Tank, a three year old heart worm positive male who had been chained up outside for the last 6 months, came into our home as our first foster. He was a gentle soul who was so grateful for having been rescued. I was adamant that we were only fostering him, but when I updated the coordinator about him I started crying and said that I loved him and wanted to keep him. Tank became a beloved member of our family. Since then, we have been able to help transport and foster several other dogs. What I love most about MRF is how people come together for these amazing dogs who through no fault of their own need to be re-homed. I daresay I love the people as much as the dogs! I am so inspired about how people go to extreme lengths to drive across the state to pick up a stray or rescue a dog from a horrible situation. The support of MRF board of directors is amazing. Directors have emailed and called me to thank me and check in. Never have I seen a rescue group work so smoothly. I think it's because everyone puts the dogs first.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MRF is amazing. They are extremely supportive and strive to ensure every Mastiff is placed in the right environment with the right person(s). We have small children and were a foster failure as our Moose was the perfect addition to our family. He sure loves toddler kisses and hugs. I highly recommend MRF if you are looking for unconditional gentle giant love.

2 Katy Oswalt M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been rescued by The Mastiff Rescue of Florida....sure, they are beyond amazing at Rescue,rehabilitating and rehoming hundreds of dogs into just the right homes.... going ABOVE AND BEYOND the call of duty, spending countless selfless hours on the phone,transporting, attending functions, dealing with difficult situations and decisions, loving,nurturing, caring....24/7...all for the love of dogs....
They have rescued me...I have been blessed with Yara and Oliver...and Dodge

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mastiff rescue of Florida has been a phenomenal organization to work with. I have fostered and adopted two mastiffs from this rescue and they have been 100% helpful both before,after, and throughout the process. When my Sasha had to have major surgery last year due to intestinal obstruction they were there with a wealth of support and advice to help us through the ordeal. She is now fully recovered and thriving thanks largely to the knowledgeable rescue staff. They are the best.

2 Cynthia R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MRF has been remarkably free of political turmoil (until this incident) which is extremely rare among rescues. I worked in rescues for twelve years before I joined MRF and was discouraged because virtually all of the rescue organizations were disrupted by constant, bitter infighting.

MRF has been absolute delight for a volunteer because the strong, knowledgeable leadership team keeps the focus on the DOGS! For three years, we have been privileged to do home evaluations of potential adopters and meet dogs who need to enter MRF's care. I am always very happy when I can contribute financially--I know my modest donations are used wisely. I hope to increase my monetary input in the coming year.

Pam and the other members of the "fearless and peerless" MRF board have an uncanny knack for matching the dogs with their best adoptive families. They chose our Liza for us, and she is a delight--playful, affectionate, and expressive. Liza, who was born on Christmas Day (2010), is a wonderful gift to us.

I have absolute confidence that MRF will continue to bless needy Mastiffs as their extraordinarily effective advocate.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Madtiff Rescue of Florida volunteer for seven years.I would not trade this time for anything. The dogs welfare is truly the first priority. This rescue is more then a rescue but a huge family of caring volunteers. I always tell prospective adopters or volunteers, once you join our rescue you are part of the MRF family where we will be there to support needs and questions.Whether we are helping a owner keep their pet or placing a surrender in foster then forever home, the dog comes first.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been volunteering with the Mastiff Rescue of Florida since 2010 when we adopted our Mastiff. We chose the breed because they are big, sweet and goofy. We chose a Rescue because we would never buy from a breeder.
During our time as volunteers we have done home and dog evaluations, and fostered. We have probably fostered 25 Mastiffs. I held a position on the board as secretary and wrote the monthly newsletter. I stepped down from the board when I realized I didn’t have enough time to devote to the board but I did not step away as a volunteer.
This year, due to life, we have not been able to do as much for MRF as we would have liked, but are hoping to jump back in to volunteering in 2018.
These volunteers make all the difference in the lives of the animals. Without the sacrifices the volunteers make, these beautiful dogs would not make it out of the shelters or would be left to fend for themselves. I know any time I have a question I can ask the president and receive 5 different suggestions. It is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be part of it.
Thank you.
Melissa Seaman

2 Debbie McCarty K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Became a foster with MRF around this past Spring. Shortly after applying, we had our home review. Our reviewers were sweet people. We had a great experience. About a week later, I got a call to go rescue an EM at a kill shelter. She had been evaluated by another volunteer. I needed info while at the shelter. I had no trouble having one of the leaders call & email everything I needed, while there. Emma needed to be spayed. Our evaluators even met us at the Vet to give us some paperwork. Even though Emma is a failed foster now & one of our first of 3 adoptions, I never have problems when needing advice or support. I’ve seen nothing but a desire to help these dogs. One foster we traveled a couple hours to meet another volunteer. Everybody offers to help & get involved to help each other & especially the dogs!! I belong to 3 rescues. I trust these great people & appreciate them.

2 Carrol Thames G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with this organization as a foster to Zoe, one of a litter of 7. I am a foster fail and Zoe is happily in her forever home. Since that time I have picked up dogs and completed home evaluations. I have found it to be a tremendous experience and have worked with some unbelievably generous people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our relationship with MRF has been nothing but amazing! I call it a relationship, because it is more than just adopting a dog. We had been wanting for a mastiff puppy for years, but I wanted to go through a rescue instead of breeder. I had been secretly lurking for months before I decided to put in an application. The whole experience was much more in depth than other rescues I had worked with. They truely care about where they are placing them. I had many questions along the way, and they were always answered. The puppy/dogs best interest always coming first. The support and love didn’t stop after we picked up our new family member. I know I can reach out at any point with a question or concern and receive wonderful support. They have a lengthy adoption contract, and all items are in the best interest of the puppy/dog. The training is a must with these big babies. I 100% stand behind MRF and what they are doing for this wonderful breed. Such an amazing group of people.

3 mastifflover

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mastiff Rescue of Florida works tirelessly to save and rescue mastiffs from abuse, neglect and homelessness. The Board of Directors, volunteers and carefully screened fosters and adopters are dedicated to the breed and work hard to regain their health and provide training so the mastiffs live as long and happy lives as possible as good stewards of the breed. Many mastiffs have been saved and have lived their lives in loving homes due to the tireless efforts of this dedicated network.

3 Debi Pagnard L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've fostered dogs for Mastiff Rescue for several years. It has been a very rewarding experience to welcome sick, emaciated, and emotionally damaged mastiffs into my home. I've had intense support & guidance from the rescue. These are dogs who would have been euthanized had not Mastiff Rescue stepped up to rehabilitate these dogs and support financially. It costs a lot to care for a giant & they spend their money responsibly. Wonderful organization.

3 Lisa S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with MRF is outstanding. As a rescue should be, MRF is a group of selfless people that put the dogs well being first and also for everyone involved, safety. They are so helpful once you foster or adopt a dog. You are always part of the MRF family once involved. Their home evaluation process prior to fostering is impressive, and needed. The thorough process that is taken to make sure these sweet souls are placed in the appropriate home is exceptional. From my perspective they go above and beyond to make sure a mastiff is placed in the right home so the dog finds his or her forever home. I am on my 6th foster with MRF and this group is like family. Any questions or help I need someone is always there. The love and care I see from MRF is beyond phenomenal. They continue to support you and the dog(s) indefinitely. It takes a special group of people to take on and devote so much effort to a great cause. I am always honored to be a part of it.
The Smith family, Naples FL

3 Nathalie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with MRF after I lost my Mastiff-mix to cancer. I looked around at other Mastiff-breed rescues but settled on MRF. It wasn't long until I was paired with Monty, a neglected and malnourished Mastiff. It was love at first wag. The rescue process was seamless and the support I received from the rescue was outstanding. Having worked in rescues for the last ten years, I find MRF to be one of the more exceptional rescues because they do everything to help the dogs in need from all over the state and sometimes from out of state. In addition, MRF is a wealth of knowledge on the breed and is extremely supportive and responsive to their adopters. So much so, I became a volunteer for this rescue. As a result, I get to see how much they truly help so many Mastiffs (and non-Mastiffs) in need. I will continue to support MRF as long as they keep doing what they are doing...putting Mastiffs first and giving these gentle giants a new leash on life.