My name is Lennon!

Neapolitan Mastiff Dog for adoption in Yakima, Washington - Lennon
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Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue

Facts about Lennon

  • Breed: Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
  • Age: Young
  • Size: X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10636557

Please take the time to read the entire profile. We spend alot of time putting as much info in them as possible. Thank you in advance.


Lennon is a stunning young neo boy. He is a great dog and we adore him. He is a big boy and getting sweeter and sweeter every day. He is a stunning tawny color with a natural tail and ears. He came to us a mess, but we know that he will find an amazing home and will be taken care of. He is a typical neo and needs a home that can work with him as he came to us very scared of the world, partly because of his cherry eye, as he could not see well. But we are hoping as his eyes heal from his operations that will improve.

Lennon came to us from a high kill shelter. The staff there is great at making sure that the dogs are helped and reaching out. He was reactive in the shelter environment because he could not see and there was so much commotion going on he was unable to tell what was going on. And being a Neo, he was not going to let anyone walk all over him. So he had to be tough in the scary environment. Often shelter staff does not have the training to deal with large dogs and its better to be safe and error on the side of caution, so they put him in isolation, which only made things worse. We had a great friend who went down to break him out and said that within a few moments and a piece of chicken that he was doing much better. He even gave her kisses. But he needed someone that understood what he was, and how to treat him.

Lennon is just starting to show us the handsome guy he is. He came to us very thin, sick, and with multiple medical issues. He did not know what to do with toys, treats, or how to play with other dogs. He has come along way and loves a good romp with other dogs big and small, and even has done well with cats. He acts as if he was likely a back yard guard dog, as when someone comes up to a fence he barks and sounds mean. But once you talk to him he settles down. So for this reason we are suggesting either a quiet home, or a home with no small kids. He needs a home that will work on some training as this is a breed who does best with a good leader in the home. He is amazingly smart and learning fast. He does great and really loves attention and has come so far.

Lennon came to us a medical mess. He is up to date, dewormed, flea treated, and altered. He has had his cherry eye fixed and his wounds are healing. He was VERY thin and is slowly gaining weight. He is learning how to walk on leash, about house breaking and crate training. He is still being treated like a puppy when it comes to coming in and out of the house. He does great as long as he is kept on a routine. He does well in the car, but has not had many good car rides, most of ours were to and from the vet. He does great with other dogs and people, but he does need an owner to work on greeting people. He greats rough. He thinks he needs to bark at everyone first then be friends. He is a great dog who just needs a great home.

We spend a lot of time trying to get to know the dogs in our program as best as we can. This means that we have spent time introducing them to dogs, cats, kids, animals, people and as many things as we can. We try to do as much as we can to evaluate them, both with in our group and if the dogs come from other rescues or shelters their evaluations as well. However dogs are individuals and will react to different situations differently. This means that we do not know how a dog will react in every situation. We give out our best guess based off information provided but the handler of a dog and the way they are introduced to a situation makes a huge impact. So if you have any questions of how to introduce a dog to your home, please let us know and we will provide as much info as we can from pamphlets to helping find a trainer in your area. 

Our rescue aims to help dogs who are passed by and over looked by most rescues and people. We help the dogs who are in need of medical care, vetting, training and breeds that most will not help with. In most shelters if you are large dog, a big dog, or a male dog; from the moment you walk in you are on barrowed time. If you have docked ears or are a guardian breed your time was over before you walked in the doors. We aim to save these dogs and give them a second chance. Please help us save more lives by helping with our medical bills as they grow. This year has already been hard and we have many medical dogs in need.


If you would like to adopt this pet please send us an email. Applications will be sent to you via email. We do our best to get back to emails in 24 hrs. If it has been longer then that please resend another email. We would love to hear from you. We welcome any questions that you may have. Our goal is to find the right fit for every home, not just any home! 

We have been informed that some of the links to email us regarding our adoptable dogs are not working. This has been on going for a few weeks with petfinder and a few other links. If you find this to be an issue that you are having please send an email directly to us at:

If you are inquiring on a specific pet we do ask that you put the name of the pet in the subject line. So we know who it is that you are inquiring regarding. Thank you in advance for understanding as we work through this.

As with any rescue we are always in need of donations. MANY of our dogs come in with special needs or medical issues. These need to be resolved before going home. If you would like to make a donation toward a dogs medical care you can use our paypal address you can also email us for a physical address. We are always in need of dog food, soft food for some of our special needs dogs, collars, leashes, crates, and toys!

About Rising Phoenix Mastiff Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

We are a no kill non profit mastiff rescue. We work with all breeds of mastiffs including rare breeds and power breeds of mastiffs. Such as Presa, Fila, Corso, Tosa, Dogo, Ect. We are founded by a small group of dedicated people who have a passion for large breed dogs. We often take in animals who are not mastiffs if there is a need. We work with both purebred dogs and mix breeds. We also work with dogs who need further training since many dogs that come in are simply in need of medical care and training. We also work on educating the public to these breeds and helping owners train and help with the dogs they have so that not all are put into rescue. Sometimes the best home is the one they are already in. We spend alot of time on education. We were founded because there was a lack of help for many of the misunderstood mastiff breeds. Many were dieing in shelters and refused by rescues becuase they did not understand the breed. We felt the need so we offered to help.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

All our adoptions are set up by appointment only. Our dogs are kept in foster homes. Not in a rescue center. This is so we can get to know everyone better. Because of this we can only do adoptions by appointment.

Our Adoption Process...

We require all adopters to fill out an adoption application for the pet they are inquiring about. This gives us basic info if the dog they are interested in even fits their lifestyle. If that is passed we do a home check, and background check as best as we can in the area. We also contact their vets for any info on their current or past animals. If things go well from there we do require them to come meet and greet the animal they are adopting. In some cases its easier for us to bring the animal to them, and that can be done as well to see how everyone gets along. If that goes well we have an adoption contract that must be signed. We require different things for every animal depending on their exact needs. Some cant be around kids, cats, other dogs ect. Some can. But everyone is required to have a fenced yard, Own their home or they must have proof from their landlord that states that the animal is allowed there. Our adoption fees are based on the animal. They help cover the vaccine, alter, vet check, training, and care of the animal. Also they sometimes help on further medical care if more is needed.