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A female dinosaur and one of the main characters from the TV miniseries, "Dinotopia.". Shanise has light lavender skin, light pink spots and blushes when shy. The name Shanise means "God's mercy". 

Before applying for a dog, please take a moment to review our Adoption Information & Procedures


Some of the dogs in our program are adopted before we get to know them. Some stay longer but require several weeks to show their character. Some dogs receive additional evaluations and training by professionals if needed.

We work hard to provide as much information as possible, but the process is not perfect. Our goal is to give the dogs the best chance to stay in their home for the rest of their lives so we are genuine regarding what we know about them. For MPR, quality of our placements takes precedence over a quick turnaround.

We do our very best to update the dogs' bios as quickly as we can. In some cases, dogs are adopted before we are able to revise their listing. 


Please do not contact MPR via email or messenger to inquire about a dog’s personality and/or temperament, compatibility with other pets, etc. The volunteers in charge of replying to general requests are not the same as those handling and evaluating the dogs. They will not be able to answer your questions.

Missouri Pit Bull Rescue makes no express or implied warranty, representation or promise to the age, health, breed, habits, disposition, behaviors, obedience, or safety of the dogs in our program. Our assessments are subjective and based on information we receive when selecting the dogs for our program, as well as observations and reports from our volunteers and caretakers. ​Adopters understand that no one can predict how a dog will act or react under all circumstances and situations.

Background Info:


Shanise sure is lucky to be alive. The odds were against her but thanks to a dire plea from the city shelter, she has been given a chance to find a home that will never set her up to fail and then shoot her for it 😱 Indeed, the poor girl was owned by irresponsible people who didn't understand the breed. She was kept with another female and the two were possibly used for breeding. Sure enough, a conflict happened and the dogs got into a bad fight.

Adoption Fee: $0
Sponsored by: Project Happiness LSMO 

Breed: Pit Bull Mix
Sex: Female
Age: 2-4 yrs
Weight: 80-90 lbs

The owners were unable to get them apart and proceeded to shoot them. Shanise got hit with three bullets but survived. The other dog survived as well. Shanise was taken to the city shelter, treated for severe injuries, and then after two months of convalescence, was scheduled to be euthanized since she could not be placed with other dogs🤦


This is when a staff member intervened and asked MPR to welcome the loving girl into our program. After all, her disposition with people is fantastic. Being an only pet isn't much to ask, and we know there is a loving home out there that will treat this princess with love and handle her responsibly. She has a very deserving heart. 


Health Condition:

When Shanise came to us, we treated a neglected ear infection that had affected the eardrum but eventually healed. Shanise also had a minor surgery in April to fix a mild case of entropion. Her eyes have since healed nicely and she is now ready for adoption.  She might have a mild intolerance to some fabrics, whish isn't difficult to manage. Other than that she is healthy and strong as an ox. 

Physical Description:  

Shanise is a rare beauty who turns heads everywhere she goes! This girl is indeed stunning with her exquisite red merle coat and her amazing conformation. Shanise is larger than average for a female Pit Bull and might have some Presa Canario in her background, or other type of Molosser.  It's hard to say but she sure is very unique looking and absolutely striking. 


Current Living Situation:  

Shanise is being a trooper at the MPR shelter. This dog was raised in a home so we expected her to handle shelter life poorly, but she's being as stoic as she can. She doesn't have accidents inside and doesn't destroy her bedding. She's a volunteer favorite, and a real princess who loves to be pampered ❤️ 



Shanise is friendly and outgoing. She has a happy-silly personality and positive demeanor. The first time we met her she seemed a little reserved, but has since come out of her shell and shown her fun-loving nature. The volunteers now describe her as a total love-bug. 

Her level of energy is moderate and controllable, although she does require structure and leadership. She loves to play and to have a good time. She'll do a few rounds of zoomies in the yard when she is first let out, and then will settle for love and cuddles. She's not exactly a couch potato but her energy is manageable and typical for a young, healthy female. She would be a great candidate for long walks in the country side or even a little run. 

Shanise is full of loving expressions and easy to read. She smiles when greeting her favorite volunteers. She is especially fond of men. 

Behavior with people: 

Shanise is a people-lover. We suspect would quickly become very loyal and attached to her loved ones. She might have a protective side, but hasn't shown any signs of human aggression since in our care. She's meeting a ton of people at the shelter and welcomes everyone with friendly manners! We have been told by the volunteers that she loves to sit right next to them and soak up their love. She definitely has a flirty side! She has our male volunteers head-over heels and eating from the palm of her paws. 


Behavior with children:  

Unknown. There are no children in our environment so we don't know how she would do with little ones. Shanise is a powerful dog who requires responsible management and solid leadership. She was failed by her previous family and almost paid the price with her life. We prefer a home with well-prepared individuals that have the maturity to manage a dog of her caliber, with respect and confidence. 


Behavior with other dogs:  

Shanise needs to be an only pet. It is possible that she could live with the right male companion under proper management, but we prefer not taking a chance in her case. She's too good of a dog when it comes to people, and we want to make sure she is in a situation that will allow her to shine and succeed. 


Behavior with other animals:  

Unknown. A home with no other pets is the best situation for Shanise.


Shanise is one clever cookie and she loves to show her smarts! Volunteers have a great time working on commands with her. She is so sharp and has such a good response timing! One might say she's even be a little smarter than your average Pit Bull. Please note that Shanise is very strong and requires leash training. She is learning but we're not there yet. 

Best Attribute:

Her beauty is quite remarkable but her intelligence is really impressive as well. This dog was forced to deal with an especially unfortunate set of circumstances but managed to make it to MPR. She has received another precious chance at life, and now she waits for that special person that will give her the home she deserves. We are certain that her new owner will be just as enamored with her as we are. This darling princess is just impossible to resist!

Even if you can’t adopt this sweetheart, you can still help by donating for their care.

Information updated on 1/10/2024

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