Pitbulls have a mixed reputation thanks to years of being used as fighting dogs. The name Pit Bull is not a breed, but an umbrella name given to breeds with similar characteristics including American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pitbull Terriers.
Fortunately, Pitbulls are seeing a change in perception, thanks in part to the many rescues and organizations working hard to educate the public about this wonderful and loyal breed.
We have compiled a list of the top 5 Pitbull rescues in the US. Unfortunately, due to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) it is illegal to own or breed Pitbull type dogs in the UK.
1. BOBBIE’S PITBULL RESCUE AND SANCTUARY
This wonderful rescue was started in 2016 in memory of Bobbie Palombo, an advocate of Pitbull breeds. BPRS works to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome “bully breeds” with suitable families.
They do a lot of educational work with the public to bring awareness about Pitbull breeds and responsible ownership. The organization also works with local county animal control and animal shelters to facilitate the adoption of Pitbull breeds to avoid unnecessary euthanasia.
As well as working with local shelters, BPRS also has a network of trusted foster homes that help to care for dogs receiving treatment or assessment before they are ready to be adopted. Due to the nature of Pitbull breeds’ reputation, the adoption process for BPRS is thorough and potential adopters much meet a range of criteria including proving financial stability, passing a background and home check, providing two personal references and passing a personal interview with a BPRS volunteer.
Bobbie’s Pitull Rescue and Sanctuary Details
- Website: bobbiespitrescue.org
- Telephone: (540) 903-1191
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: Bobbie’s Pitbull Rescue & Sanctuary, PO Box 2466, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
2. OUT OF THE ASHES PITBULL RESCUE
Number two on our list is Arkansas Pitbull rescue Out Of The Ashes. This non-profit, foster-based organization rescues Pitbull breeds from death row, rehabilitates and rehomes them with loving owners.
OOTA removes Pitbull breeds from high kill shelters and places them with foster families, where the dogs are behavior assessed and vet checked before being matched with the perfect adopters.
Since bully breeds are sensitive dogs requiring hands-on training and lots of care, OOTA has a thorough and specific adoption application, ensuring potential adopters are well suited to owning a Pitbull breed.
OOTA is dedicated to educating the public about Pitbull breeds and fighting to end Breed Specific Legislation. They are a non-profit, relying on public donations and fundraising to pay the cost of transportation and vet fees.
Out Of The Ashes Details
3. KENNEL TO COUCH
Next up is Kennel To Couch, perhaps the sweetest rescue story ever. A young family found a stray Pitbull type on a busy road and took him home until they could find somewhere safe for him to live. At that time, they believed bully breeds were dangerous and did want him in the home, but a soon as the little dog jumped onto his rescuer’s lap, they knew the dog had adopted them. They renamed him Rocky and he became part of the family.
After his sudden death 4 years later, the family decided to continue Rocky’s story by helping other bully breeds find their forever homes, and so Kennel To Couch was born. They work with shelters, trainers and local community partners to sponsor Pitbull breeds who have spent the longest time in shelters. In turn, the shelters in the partnership commit to removing any sponsored dogs from the possibility of being euthanized due to limited space.
KTC has a customized adoption package that includes training with nationally recognized trainers. This ensures any future adoptive families understand the breed and have professional support throughout the process.
Kennel To Couch Details
4. CALIFORNIA PITBULL RESCUE
The California Pitbull Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization established in 2012. Their aim is to educate the public, abolish miseducation about Pitbull breeds and prevent over-breeding.
They have a network of trusted foster homes as well as a fantastic group of volunteers organizing fundraising events, educational programs and support for owners. Understanding that Pitbull breeds become strongly bonded to their owners, they do not believe in placing such dogs in kennels. Foster homes allow the dogs to relax and decompress before being matched with their forever families.
As with most Pitbull rescues, CPR has an intensive adoption process to ensure they only rehome dogs to the best homes. Potential adopters must be at least 23 years old, agree to a mandatory home check and will complete a trial period where a volunteer will check on the progress of the dog. All adopters must provide proof they have completed or are completing training with an approved trainer within one month of adoption.
California Pitbull Rescue Details
Last but certainly not least, Badrap is possibly the most influential non-profit supporting Pitbull type breeds. Based in the San Francisco bay area, Badrap was established in 1999 to tackle the many issues facing Pitbull type dogs. They provide a nationally recognized resource for dog owners and shelters.
Not only do they facilitate adoptions of Pitbull types, but they also offer free and low-cost Pit Ed training classes, they run community outreach programs including vaccinations, microchipping and on-site spay/neuter surgeries.
They also offer behavioral assessment and evaluation of dogs rescued from cruelty cases and natural disasters, so they can be placed into suitable adoption programs. Finally, Badrap has The Rescue Barn that runs as a kind of halfway house for dogs saved from crisis situations. Dogs spend a short time here in the peaceful kennels set on a half-acre site, where they can decompress before moving to their new homes.
Many Badrap dogs have gone on to be therapy dogs, PTSD service dogs for veterans and canine detection dogs for State Police agencies.
- Website: badrap.org
- Address: BAD RAP, PO Box 27005, Oakland CA 94602-0005
Pitbull types may still have a long way to go in terms of their reputation, but given the right training and lots of love, they are remarkable, loyal and affectionate dogs waiting for their forever homes.