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Placing a Shelter Dog AmStaff or Pit Bull?

If you are reading this, you may be a shelter's visitor, volunteer, or employee, and would like to help a pit bull (or pit bulls) in a shelter.. Note that rushing an adoption to get a pit bull out of a shelter may not be doing the dog a favor. If the dog has less than two weeks of availability, we suggest working hard to find him a foster home.

First, you may want to contact specialized rescue groups in your region to see if they have room, but don't set your hope too high. Most pit bull rescues are overloaded and will probably tell you they are full.

PBRC cannot take dogs either as we are not a dog shelter. We don't maintain a database of referrals and all the foster homes we know are full. PBRC's mission is to offer educational materials, adoption information and funding to facilitate placement of dogs.

Be advised, it can take months to find the right home for a pit bull. The dogs should be temperament tested by someone experienced with this before being approved for adoption. While people-aggression should not be tolerated with this breed, animal-aggression, to a certain degree, is to be expected with a fighting breed. If the shelter doesn't have the staff to evaluate dogs, it may be in everyone's best interest to not adopt out impounded pit bull type dogs other than to specialized groups that take precautions and only adopt out pit bulls with sound, stable temperaments.

The dog should be spayed or neutered and have current shots. Please do not rely on spay/neuter contracts, especially with popular, indiscriminately-bred breeds, like pit bulls. Responsible, caring individuals would rather adopt an altered dog, while dog-fighters and other unsavory individuals prefer intact dogs. You will increase the dog's chance of finding a good home if s/he is altered prior to adoption.

Please avoid same sex-placements and multiple-dog homes, and do not place a pit bull without providing essential breed information to the new owner(s). You need to understand these dogs in order to find a good home for them. PBRC has a breed-information page that contains excellent information. Take the time to read it so you can, in turn, educate potential adopters.

Our recommendations page was specifically created for caretakers that are fostering and placing pit bulls. Check out the screening page for tips on evaluating potential homes.

Other ways to advertise include posting flyers at veterinarian's offices, groomers, pet stores and anywhere there is a public bulletin board.

There are many places online to advertise, too, including
Adopt a Pet
www.petfinder.com
Rescue Me
My Pet Harmony

Visit our Links page for additional rescue resources.

We hope these suggestions are helpful. Good luck and don't hesitate to email us if you have additional questions.

 


 

Pit bull is a generic term for many bulldog and terrier crosses including the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), the American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff), the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and for some, the American Bulldog and the Bull Terrier.

The American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier are essentially the same dog. In fact, dogs of these breeds can be dual-registered. The American Staffordshire Terrier is simply the AKC name for the American Pit Bull Terrier. However, these breeds have been bred for different purposes since 1936. ASTs are bred primarily for conformation and temperament, while APBTs are still often bred for performance and temperament.

An AKC-registered AST can also be registered as an APBT in the UKC. However an American Pit Bull Terrier that is ADBA- or UKC-registered is not allowed to be dual-registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier in the AKC.

For more information, including pictures of both breeds, please read PBRC's FAQ.