The APBF Resource Center

The purpose of the American Pit Bull Foundation is to promote responsible breed ownership through providing owner and public education, positive alternatives to pit fighting, programs to endorse and recognize responsible breed ownership, provide medical and financial assistance for dogs with responsible owners and aid in adoption of Pit Bulls to responsible individuals or families.


Looking for a local Charlotte trainer? We now offer limited spaces for private and public training through APBF. If you are interested in learning more about our training services, please click on Training Request and submit the form below:

Training Request

Training Request

  • Please select all that apply.
    Is your dog intact or spayed/neutered?

Rescue Group Training Referral Program

  • Please fill out the form below to receive a referral code to give to your adoptive families. You will receive an email back with your permanent referral code. Each code submitted with training signup will generate a $100 donation to your organization upon completion of any training course with APBF. **Please be sure to tell your adopters to enter their referral code in when they signup so that your group will get a donation - we cannot backtrack signups if referral codes are not used at signup**

Pet Sitting Services

The APBF recommends using www.rover.com. Your dog(s) can stay in their own homes, you can read a review of each sitter and some donate a part of their proceeds to APBF. They have many options to fit your wallet and your needs.


Heartworm disease is prevalent and deadly. The key to keeping your pet Heartworm free is prevention.

If you can’t afford prevention, you should be even more concerned about the cost to treat the disease when your pet acquires it. Weigh your options. Prevention for a 50lb dog is roughly $10 a month. Treating a 50lb dog for the disease is roughly $1200. If you are willing to risk your pet’s health over $10 a month, you are not being a responsible dog owner. If you need help, reach out through your veterinarian, through organizations such as APBF and get the help you need to keep your pet protected. Also, start a small savings account for your dog. Even if you only put $3 a week in the account, it will help you have the funds available when you need them for your pet.

Indoor dogs are susceptible as well. Even if your dog is potty pad trained and never sees the outside world, (not recommended), mosquitoes, (which transmit the disease) still have the ability to enter your home when doors open, windows open and through small cracks. Mosquitoes are out for a blood meal and do not respect human home boundaries.

The APBF spends about $300 a month keeping our dogs current on Heartworm & Flea prevention. Please consider making a donation to help with this expense – every little bit helps.

Compare Heartworm & Flea Preventatives

Spaying or Neutering

Yes. We can help make sure your dog gets safely spayed or neutered. Please contact us with your information and one of our volunteers will reach out and help.


There was a great article written in Atomic Dogg Magazine about the life-saving benefits of microchipping. You can read the full article titled – Microchipping Your Bully.

If you would like more information or help getting your dog microchipped please contact us and one of our volunteers will reach out and help.

Found a stray Pit Bull

Always be cautious when approaching a dog you are unfamiliar with. Be aware of the dog’s body language at all times. The following are guidelines to follow if there is no visible identification such as a collar with tags.

If a dog is on the road or highway and does not come when you call for it; shout in low, firm voice to direct the animal away from the road and contact Animal Care and Control. Do not chase the animal if it is fearful; it could likely run back into the road.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control: Dial 311, select option 2
Humane Society of Charlotte: 704-377-0534

Lost my pit bull

Below is a list of steps to take to in the event that your Pit Bull becomes lost. The key to avoiding tragedy is responsibly containing your pet, and taking preventative measures to identifying your dog in the case that an accident occurs.

  1. Contact Animal Care and Control and physically visit the facility to look for your lost Pit Bull, (visit at least every 24 hours).
  2. Contact your veterinarian.
  3. Communicate with neighbors by phone or knocking on their door to ask if they have any information.
  4. Contact the local Humane Society and Rescue organizations to see if anyone has called or posted signage regarding your pet.
  5. Call the local emergency veterinary facilities for postings and/or patients brought in from good Samaritans.
  6. Network on your social sites such as Facebook and Twitter to send out an alert.
  7. Post Lost dog signs with a recent picture and your contact number, in, and around your neighborhood.

Helpful Tips
  • Always keep a collar with identifying tags on your Pit Bull.
  • Have your dog microchipped in the event that he is found and brought to a hospital or shelter.
  • Obtain a county license for your Pit Bull.
  • Never leave your dog unattended, unleashed, (except for designated areas), or outdoors while an adult is not home.
  • Do not leave a dog unattended that is contained by an Invisible Fence where a physical fence is not also implemented.
  • Lock Doggie doors while you are not home.

Re-Homing A Dog

If you would like more information or help getting your dog re-homed please contact us and one of our volunteers will reach out and help.

End of Life Care

For dog owners, end of life care is a difficult topic. What do you do when your pet passes away or you are faced with the decision to humanely euthanize?

Some veterinarians offer at-home euthanasia services, while others will only do them in-office. A sedative is usually given to your pet prior to make the process as stress free as possible for both you, and your pet. The injection given is painless and typically works very quickly.

You may wish to take your dog home for burial, or, most hospitals offer communal or private cremation options.

If you reside in the North Carolina or northern South Carolina areas, APBF recommends using the services of Terry Davis with Charlotte Pet Cemetery and Crematory. You can reach Terry at 704-875-2582 and he will be happy to help you with all of your aftercare questions.

Carolina Pets Animal Hospital
5922 Weddington Monroe Road
Wesley Chapel, NC 28104
(704) 220-0226

Highlands Pet Hospital
10050 Edison Square Dr. NW
Concord , NC 28027
(704) 464-4463

Animal Medical Hospital
3832 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Sycamore Animal Hospital
Dr. Angela Abendroth, DVM
7210 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd
Mint Hill, NC 28227

Monroe Road Animal Hospital
Dr. Marty Davis, DVM
3736 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28205

Brookdale Animal Hospital
Dr. James Pressley, DVM
13521 Plaza Road Extension
Charlotte, NC 28215

KeenDog Training (Phil and Katrina Kensington)

Dogs as a Second Language (Alfredo Ayala)

Highland Canine Training
(866) 200-2207

K9s Unleashed (Amy Ferguson)
(704) 243-0920

Dogmatic Training
(704) 649-6562