About NEPRAS, Inc.

Our Vision

At Northeast Pit Rescue and Sanctuary (NEPRAS) we seek to rescue, rehab, and house animals that have been subjected to abuse, neglect, and/or surrender situations including high-kill shelters.

We concentrate on the “Bully Breeds” because, in our opinion, they are the most misunderstood breed out there.

No matter the breed, we take time to understand their abilities & work to teach to their strengths.

Our Fantastic Team


Kelli Anne Stein

Founder & President

Kevin Newman

Vice President & Director of Operations

Andrea DeMilio

Director of Events

Gloria Newman


Staff Rescues


Our Mission

Through coordinated community efforts we rescue, rehabilitate, and connect vulnerable animals to loving homes and families. Utilizing intentional community-based education and outreach techniques we cultivate a deeper understanding and trust between both the rescued animals and the communities in which they are placed. We proudly give these animals a second chance at a better life.

We are a foster-run rescue with all of our transitioning pets living with volunteer fosters until they find their “fur-ever” home.

For every new foster that opens their home, we rescue another dog in need.


[They] brought love back into my life with my Bella Dora. [They are] the best.

The love and dedication shown by all members of NEPRAS is incredible. Recently Kitty came to live with me after being abandoned and driven a long way from where she lived to avoid detection of neglect and poor health by her “owner”. Kitty is pure love and joy, one of the best dogs I have ever been fortunate enough to be in my life. Her happy howling and dancing is MUSIC to my ears, unlike the last owner.

This is one of the BEST Rescues I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with! Kelli is professional and very accommodating! Everything she does is from her heart, she’s strictly in this for the absolute best interest of the dogs! She’s very thorough and continues to inform all on the progress of her rescues! The pups that make it to NorthEast Pit Rescue & Sanctuary are in very good hands & will find their Happy Forever Families & Home!!

What a wonderful organization! The dedication and love they have for rescuing and finding these beautiful dogs loving homes is beyond incredible! The rescue dog I adopted from NEPRAS was a perfect match for next! I am beyond ecstatic with my new fur baby Griffin!