1. Read through our required training (see below) and what we expect from adopters.
2. Check out our available dogs.
3. Fill out the adoption application.
4. You will hear back from the rescue within 48 hours M-F.
5. Through communication with a Case Manager, your possibilities for a good match will be determined and you will plan for either a meet-and-greet at one of our public events or a private meet-and-greet with the dog and foster family. After the meeting, if you wish to move forward, please email the case manager to continue the process.
6. If all parties are on board, application processing will be finalized (references, vet check, any pre-adoption discussions on ownership issues or concerns).
7. You will sign up for a training class and send confirmation to your case manager. Contract, link for fee, etc will be emailed for you to complete.
8. Home check (if not completed prior) and drop off of your new 4 legged family member! (Occasionally at home check, it may determined that the dog is not a good match after all or more communication needs to take place before the dog can come home to stay; please be aware of this possibility.)
Time from application to adoption can vary depending on the dog and the applicant/s; sometimes it is mere days, other times there is more to consider and it can take weeks. Please be patient with our volunteers as they strive to make the best matches possible and we as a rescue do our due diligence to ensure best placement for our dogs.
Check out the Bringing My Dog Home tab for the suggested list of supplies for the home check/drop off.
The adoption agreement, adoption fee, required training, and joining our Facebook Adopter Group will all take place via email/online. All items need to be completed before the dog can stay at the adoptive home.
Adoption fee is as follows: 2-5 months old: $400, 6-9 months old: $350, 10+ months old: $250.
We require ALL adopters to attend an obedience course. It does not matter if you have trained 1 dog or 100 dogs, all dogs adopted through us are required to go to training WITH their adopted owner. The owner is expected to participate in class and make improvements in their skills with the dog during the obedience course.
If you do not want to train your dog and put in the time and effort to make your dog a great breed ambassador through training, we are not the rescue for you. The responsibility you take on for your own Pit Bull AND the breed as a whole when you adopt is huge. You owe it to the breed to make your Pit Bull a breed ambassador and that does not ONLY mean that your dog is great with people. It means your dog is great with people, when working and out in the public eye showing just how wonderful this breed (or any dog!) can be when given the proper direction and guidance. Because it is more than how you raise the dog, it is also how you train the dog.
Why do I have to attend training? I’ve trained dogs before or I just want a pet.
(Whatever your “reason” may be)
1. Pit Bulls aren’t just ANY breed. They are breed faced with prejudice and misconception. It’s our responsibility to our breed to make them an ambassador of the breed. Realistically they should be able to perform (on any given day or time or location in any environment) the AKC Canine Good Citizen program.
This level of training with most dogs & people relies on group classes. Really to obtain this level of training you need many levels of training. By requiring an 8 week course it’s our hope that you see the value and necessity of continuing with your dog.
2. If you are adopting a dog you should love dogs. This includes spending time with them right? Going to training is like “date night” with your dog. You are hanging out with your best friend. If you cannot commit to training once a week for several weeks (better yet months), then you may want to rethink dog ownership. Owning a dog is a big commitment. Adopting a Pit Bull is a much bigger one. It’s not just “your dog”…it’s for the betterment of the breed.
Really evaluate your life and commitment before adopting a dog. There are so many dogs (Pit Bulls) capable of amazing things that never get to accomplish them and the only thing holding them back is the other end of the leash.
Paws and Reflect K9 Training
Location: Maple Grove
The Canine Coach
Location: Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Louis Park
(online classes do not count toward the required training)
Location: South, West, and North Metro, Group Classes in Blaine
RR Professional Training
Location: Sturgeon and Carlton (Duluth)
Funtastick K9 Training
Location: St. Paul
(board and train only)
Good Dog Camp