Any suggestions on finding home for a pit bull terrier?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2005
Any suggestions on finding home for a pit bull terrier?
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Thu, 01-03-2013 - 2:19am

My son was living in an apartment for a while.  A couple months before he ended up moving back with me, he got a pit bull puppy.  My other son has been taking care of her most of the time she's been here.  She has some bad habits, like chewing things up, that we don't know how to deal with.  Also, my landlord says no pit bulls.  She's a beautiful, mild mannered puppy, about five months old now.  I want her to be with a family that will be able to give her the training and attention she needs and want to keep her as long as she lives.  With the bad rep the dogs have, I want to be careful and not just let anyone take her whose intentions might not be acceptable.  I'm having trouble finding anyone to help me, around here, so I thought I would ask here, just in case someone has some ideas. 

I'm sure there must be some pit bull lovers here! I wanted nothing to do with the dogs, at first, but since I've gotten to know several of them, including the one my older son and his wife got for their kids, who has spent a lot of time here, I've changed my opinion of them. She gets her feelings hurt when my cats won't play with her and runs when my crotchety old female cat hisses at her.  I think they are wonderful dogs who are only vicious if they are mistreated. 

Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated!!

 

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999

Ask the Friends of the Shelter in your area for the contact info for a rescue group.  They can probably find the dog a good reputable foster home while they look for a family.  Here, the rescuers of pitts and pitt X's have to pass background checks and a physical check of the fence and property.  Good luck!


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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001

Many times it's not the dog....it's the owner.  Let's hope that Red has finally found his true forever home...

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999

The two beautiful blue pits are still there, but Red got adopted today!  He was on the urgent list and out of time.  Second time in the shelter.  Adopted a couple months ago and returned by his owner.  He is not a bad dog; the owner just didn't want to bother with training him.  Hopefully, this time will stidk.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2005
Stories like your make it unconscionable that people just keep breeding these dogs like crazy! Maybe I'm all wet, but I think breeders should take orders for puppies and only breed their females when they have enough to be able to depend on placing every one of an average litter. Bringing puppies into the world who have a good chance of not living out their lives is just absurd! Good luck on your efforts to place the two brothers, and other Pit Bulls!

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999

I volunteer at our municipal shelter.  I was there yesterday, and we are full of pitties.  I mean, pit bulls and pit mixes everywhere.  The shelter has an 80% live release rate, but we simply cannot place all those pitties.  A puppy has a better than average chance of making it out alive,  because people who are not completely afraid of the breed know that , properly raised, they are wonderful dogs.  Many do not want to take a chance on an adult, because they don't know how they have been raised.

We have two blue pits - brothers - who are stunning young dogs.  I had one or the other of them in meet and greets about six times yesterday, yet they are still at the shelter.  I thought I had Darius adopted, but I guess the adoption fell through, or the line was too long and the adopter walked out, I don't know, but he is still there.  They are a bonded pair, but there isn't an ice cube's chance you-know-where that they will be adopted together.  If they were poodles, they would be lying on someone's couch by now.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2005
Thanks for that resource! I'll see if they have any suggestions!

 

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001

It's so sad that most of these dogs are so sweet and loving...and have such a bad reputation.  Which is even worse is that landlords think it's OK to ban a breed.

Here is the website for the Animal Farm Foundation - http://animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/home

I'm connected to their Facebook page and they specifically work to make things better for pit bull dogs.  Maybe they can give you some insight as to what you can do.

Good luck...and I hope you find a wonderful forever home for this little girl.

Laura
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2005

Thanks for you response!  I don't envision sending her to any kind of shelter, unless maybe if I find one that says the best chance of finding a good home would be for them to have her to show people.  I know the shelter here in town is not a no-kill shelter, so she isn't going there, for sure!  We do have an Animal Oasis here in town, but they won't accept animals from individuals, for some reason.  The only way to get an animal in with them is to take them to our shelter here and just hope that Animal Oasis will choose to take them on, 

She hasn't been spayed, yet.  The cost would be difficult for me to cover, but I think I am going to it, both to make it easier to find the kind of family I want and to protect her from being used in breeding.  I do not think the breed deserves the reputation they have, but the fact that that exists makes it so that many of them are euthanized. 

Breeders will say, "But I find families for all of my puppies". But many people will get a puppy and then take it to a shelter when it isn't as cute any more or start chewing things up or something like that..

 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2000

How sad - that poor puppy. Unless you find someone you know who would give this puppy a good forever home you might try your local no kill shelter. You could also google for some shelters in your area. Good luck!