Please consider a few of the following before rehoming your dog.
In the United States, it is currently reported that we euthanize 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats. That is merely what is reported but doesn’t include all of the non-reporting agencies throughout the US. With that being said, the safest place for an animal is in its own home with its own family. Before you consider rehoming your animal, please consider the reasons you are rehoming that specific animal and if those reasons can be workable. Here are some things that we can help you with, to keep your family together:
- Finding housing with your pit bull
- Bringing a newborn baby into the house or young kids
- Behavioral issues such as barking, marking, leash pulling, (issues with being able to “control” the dog)
- Affording healthcare / nutrition
We view rehoming as a second to last resort, euthanasia being the last resort.
If you are rehoming an animal due to a behavioral problem, please be aware that the problem still needs to be addressed whether in your home, or a new home, and people are less likely to adopt dogs that come with behavioral problems. Rehoming increases the stress level of the dog which can make any underlying behavioral issues even worse in a new environment.
If the animal is a pit bull type dog, pit bulls make up one of the largest populations of animals euthanized due to the sheer number of them, and to the still lingering misaligned stereotype affecting adoption numbers. We estimate based off of collected data that anywhere from 740 to 1200 pit bull type dogs are still euthanized every single day across the United States.
If the dog is a good adoption candidate, (please note that there is a difference between a good dog and a good adoption candidate), well-behaved, not animal or human aggressive, social, low to no anxiety and absolutely must be rehomed, (i.e. the owner dies) please refer to our list of rescue and adoption agencies located in the section below to recruit assistance in safely rehoming your dog.
In the event that you have multiple animals that are not able to get along in the household and you have tried working with a behaviorist and/or trainer, consider rehoming your easiest dog/best adoption candidate for the best survivability/outcome for all involved.
The American Pit Bull Foundation is not an open intake rescue and adoption agency. Our rescued dogs are pulled from shelters, raised and trained as service dog for veterans with PTSD. We do adopt out the mothers from our litters as well as any puppy that is not selected for service dog work, however, we do not currently take in animals that need to be rehomed.