We would like to start by saying that our rescue does NOT accept owner surrenders. What does this mean? This means, our dogs come from euthanasia lists at shelters, not from people who are no longer able to care for their dogs. And this is not because we do not want to help - it is because there are too many dogs already in urgent need so we have to go by most urgent first. Right now, our rescue is being forced to turn away an average of 20 dogs a day. This is NOT counting the dogs that are in shelters that we are unable to take in. These are just the dogs we get calls and emails about from private parties. In the United States, an estimated 5 to 8 MILLION dogs and cats are euthanized each year. HEALTHY and ADOPTABLE pets. It truly is a crisis. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS.
The breed we try the hardest to help is the American Pit Bull Terrier. They have, sadly, become the most popular breed with the type of people who should not own any pet. They make up an estimated 30% of the dogs currently occupying shelters today. probably more than half of those shelters never even put them up for adoption. One local shelter here KILLS more than 30 pit bulls every week. Euthanasia is a sterile word, but the fact remains the same - the dogs die, and it is a simple matter of no decent homes. People get them as puppies because they are cute and quickly discover that they are energetic, require attention, are often athletic and capable of getting out of fenced yards. They are extremely exuberant dogs with a need to DO something. They are HORRIBLE guard dogs, as a rule, because they think of strangers simply as best friends they have not met yet. They are FABULOUS with children but if they have not gotten proper training, they may jump all over them, knock them down, and basically be ill mannered oafs. There is also the issue of people who don't make sure they live in an area free of Breed Specific Legislation, opt to not clear the breed they are getting with their landlord (and many landlords will simply not allow pit bulls), or discover their home owners insurance will drop them if they own one of several breeds deemed "dangerous".
I really want to make the point clear..if you do not find a way to KEEP your Pit Bull..your dog is most likely going to end up going out the back door of a shelter. Is this harsh? Yes, but this is a reality that people need to understand. And pit bulls are not the only dogs dying in shelters. So don't assume that the dog you are considering finding a new home for is safe.
Now..I have covered the negatives. On to the positives. I hope you are still reading. If you have been contacting rescues, you will probably have already been told no over and over again. And now you just got another no. But here is what we WILL offer to you. We will do everything within our power to help you keep your dog friend. If you need training help? our members have an enormous amount of experience and expertise and are both willing and eager to help you. We will either give you pointers and assistance to fix whatever training/behavior issue you have or, barring us knowing how to help, we will find you someone who can. Cannot afford spaying and neutering? We will find you help. Cannot afford dog food? If you are TRULY in need, we would be only too happy to help. Have to move and cannot find dog friendly housing? We might be able to help you find that as well! PLEASE do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. We will work with you for as long as it takes, as long as you are willing to be responsible and work with your dog.
We all understand that sometimes dog ownership isn't all it's cracked up to be. We have dealt with every possible behavior issue. We know how frustrating it can be. But we also know that with committement, consistency and love, you CAN create a happy functional family member out of dear Fido. And we are here to help.
Still with us? Ok..now..suppose you simply can NOT keep your dog and you are desperate. We know there are times when you just don't seem to have control of your life and there are no options. Feel free to contact us if this is the case. We can offer some assistance but you are going to have to help us to help you. If your dog is a pit bull and it has to be gone within 24 hours, there is sadly, little we can do to help. But if you are in a situation where you have a little bit of time, or we can help you BUY some time, we can possibly help you. What we will do on occasion is, meet and do a temperament assessment on your dog. If your dog is adoptable, meaning it has a proper temperament and can be responsibly rehomed, we can do a courtesy listing. We will get adoption photos and make a bio to list your dog as well as a date the dog must be adopted by. We will screen applicants for you. We WILL require that your dog be altered and vaccinated before listing. If finances are an issue, we will help you find free or low cost vet care for this. YOUR responsibility is to continue trying to find a placement on your own. And to keep in touch with us.
Even with this assistance, we can not promise to be able to find your dog a home. Unfortunately, it often takes us six months to a year to find a proper home for a pit bull or a pit mix. But we will do our best.
NILIF links (Nothing In Life Is Free)
This is a printable PDF of NILIF
Housebreaking your dog or puppy
(this also gives some good tips for crate training)
Some more housebreaking tips