We frequently hear from people who want to relinquish their dog. We do not maintain a shelter environment and do not house any dogs. Most rescues are inundated with dogs and don’t have the resources to take in owner surrenders. The very first thing you should do is contact the rescue or shelter you adopted the dog from. You can also contact rescues local to you to inquire if they can help place your dog if you are willing to keep the dog in the interim. Please see our list of Pit Bull Friendly Organizations. Do you think giving up your pet is the only way to end unwanted behavior? Make financial ends meet? Deal with a family emergency? Surrendering your pet may not be your only option. Contact us for suggestions and help with training or meeting immediate or short-term needs: email@example.com.
Please, keep in mind it can take a long time to find a pit bull a good home, so please do what is best for your dog and give yourself plenty of time. Try every way possible to keep your dog. If you take a Pit Bull to a shelter, understand that Pit Bulls are the first dogs euthanized due to lack of space. Your dog’s best chance is you – so do everything you can to help your dog find the best home.
If your desire to relinquish your dog is due to behavior issues, please don't hesitate to contact a professional dog trainer or behaviorist to help you with the behavior issue. You can seek trainers in your area using the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. You can also ask your veterinarian for referrals and contact local training facilities. If the issue is a multidog home and the dogs are not getting along, this is very common due to Pit Bulls’ unique heritage as a fighting breed. Many Pit Bulls do not do well in multidog households. Many owners find that they can keep multiple dogs while maintaining a Crate and Rotate routine. Please read here for information on how to separate your dogs safely: Crate and Rotate Lifestyle If the issue is housing, please consider seeking a liability insurance policy and training your dog for a CGC – Canine Good Citizen certificate; sometimes, that is enough to alleviate a landlord's concerns. If you are moving, there are realtors dedicated to helping you find a place that allows you to rent with your dog. Keep in mind large property management companies often have blanket policies that may be more difficult to alter. Contact landlords of smaller properties directly, and be sure to show off your well-behaved dog. You can also use the My Pit Bull Is Family housing database and the Facebook group Pet Friendly Housing & Rentals in the US.
If the issue is needing temporary foster housing for your Pit Bull, friends and family are typically your best option. You can also board your dog for a short period, more extended periods will not be good for the dog. If you are becoming homeless, you can also check with Petsmart Charities Family Promise, Pets with a Promise program, providing housing for families and their pets in some areas.
If you still need to rehome, you will want to make your dog as attractive and well-behaved as possible to potential adopters. Please read our Rehoming Pit Bulls page. Make sure they are spayed or neutered and take the best photos you can. You can use Rehome through Adopt a Pet to list your dog as well as Rescue Me as they allow private listings. Email friends and family and share your listing on social media to let them know that your dog is looking for a new home. Get a brightly colored “adopt me” bandana and hit the pavement in shopping areas, parks, etc.
Please DO NOT list your pet on Craig’s list, Nextdoor, Facebook, or anywhere else you can advertise as “free.” There are too many people posing as good, caring people who want to adopt an animal interested in cruelly exploiting animals. Just SOME of the fates commonly met by pets acquired through “Free to Good” Home ads or sold for a low price include neglect, starvation, torture, lab testing, hunting, and killing.
Be sure to charge an adoption fee, screen potential adopters, and conduct home visits to see where your dog will be living.