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My name is Shenga - Take My Lead!

Facts about me

Presa Canario/Mastiff
(When grown) X-Large 101 lbs (46 kg) or more
Pet ID

My info

Small red x Not good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

Meet Shenga - Take My Lead Dog
Mamba, Nikko, Shenga, and the puppies are all part of the same cruelty case.

Shenga is about two and just a stunning dog. He is hesitant at first but has learned to trust shelter staff and our volunteers. He is a wonderful gentle guy.

Shenga is the recipient of a Handsome Dan's Rescue Take My Lead grant giving him up to $500 in private training and free Outbound Hounds Pit Class training.

For questions about Shenga please email Lyn at

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Handsome Dan's Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs

Contact info
Pet ID
Cranston, RI 02910

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

We have a standard application that requires information about past and present pets, the home and yard, veterinary references and at least two non-relative references. All references are checked and a meet and greet is scheduled, typically in the foster home, prior to approval. A thorough home visit is then conducted (with photographs) and then we will allow the potential adopters to have any resident dogs and children meet the foster. HDR provides full support through and after the adoption process to minimize potential failures that can be stressful for the fosters and devastating for potential adopters.

Go meet their pets

All of our adoptable dogs can be seen on our website ( and at We will list special events on our website as well, and on Handsome Dan's facebook page.

More about this rescue

We help with the placement, care and the overall wellbeing of dogs in local shelters, rescues, and other facilities throughout the state of Rhode Island. We Provide Foster Homes We advocate the rescue​ and placement of pit bull type dogs from local shelters previously considered "unadoptable" through a network of volunteer foster homes. Many dogs have been rescued from severe abuse and neglect, often including victims of dog fighting. Because the dogs in our program often require extra care, including medical, training and rehabilitation, our rescue is small by design. We Give Enrichment to Shelter Dogs​ Long days of boredom can take their toll on even the most solid of dogs resulting in kennel stress. HDR's Enrichment Program pairs one of our enrichment specialists with a dog in crisis. We take shelter and foster dogs through Outbound Hounds' Pit C.L.A.S.S. Classes offered free to dogs in foster care or current residents of local shelters thorough our partnership with Outbound Hounds. We Sponsor Free Spay/Neuter for At-Risk Dogs Each year we are able to assist a small amount of owned dogs whose guardians are unable to afford the surgery. This program often results in at-risk dogs being able to stay in their homes rather than being turned in to local shelters.