Adoption FAQs

What is your adoption process?Print
Adoption begins with your interest in a particular dog. An application for adoption is required from all interested parties before a meeting with said dog can take place. Once the application has been received and approved, we can set up a time at a neutral location for you to meet the dog and introduce him/her to all the members of the family. It is also encouraged that, if you have other dogs, you bring them to this meeting. If all goes well and you determine that the dog is a good fit,

Save-a-Bull usually requires that you wait 24 hours to think it over. Once you have made your final decision the dog will be brought to your home by one of our volunteers and the home visit and adoption will take place.

What is required for the home visit?
Most people are nervous about the home visit because they think their homes will be critiqued and judged. This is far from the case with Save-a-Bull Rescue. When we conduct a home visit we are looking to see that you have all the necessary things in place for the dog. This means that you have taken the time to choose a quality dog food, you have purchased necessary items (i.e., a crate, food bowls, leash, collar, toys, etc), and that you have dog-proofed your home in cases of pups and young dogs. Basically we are trying to ensure that the dog will be safe.

What are your adoption fees?
Adoption fees for all dogs in the rescue are $275.00, regardless of age, breed or gender.

Are adoptions permitted from outside the Twin Cities?
In general we like to keep adoptions within the Twin Cities metro area. This is because, with most dogs, we require a home visit, and we do not always have volunteers available to drive long distances. We do make exceptions on rare occasions and welcome applicants from other neighboring areas.

Do you require adopters to have a fenced-in backyard?
A fence is not a requirement of Save-a-Bull for all dogs. Many of our dogs were strays, so they may be escape artists if left unattended.  If you do not have a fence, however, you should be prepared to explain how you will exercise the dog adequately. There are some dogs for which a fence will be required based on their temperaments and energy levels. We evaluate these on a case-by-case basis.

Why do you need my homeowner’s insurance information?
Many home insurance companies have breed restrictions and will not cover you if you own a pit bull. We want to make sure this is not found out after the dog has already been adopted. The only major insurance provider in the metro area that currently allows pit bulls is State Farm. There are some smaller companies that do not have restrictions as well.

All animals in an adopter’s home must be spayed/neutered. As a rescue group, our #1 goal is to eliminate the pet over-population problem. Spaying/neutering not only ensures that you are doing your part to control this epidemic, but it also ensures a healthier lifestyle for your pets. Rare exceptions will be made for dogs that cannot go through an alteration procedure for medical reasons.

Outdoor Facilities
A fenced-in yard is preferred, but in the cases where there is no fence, adequate exercise will suffice. Under NO circumstances can a dog be left on a tether, tie-out, run or outdoor kennel unsupervised. This leads to boredom and frustration which can manifest into aggression. By NO means can an invisible fencing system be used. Pit bulls especially are notorious for breaking right through the shock wall.

Breed Awareness
Adopters must prove that they are well educated on bully breeds and comfortable with their temperaments and behavior. Links and resources can be provided if you are seeking additional information.

Adopters must be willing to change foods if the current food is of low quality. Many pit bulls have food sensitivities and allergies that high quality and grain free food can eliminate. The majority of Save-a-Bull’s dogs come from neglectful situations and at the very least, they deserve the utmost care which includes a high-quality diet. (Please see our article in Nutrition for a list of appropriate dog foods.)

Female Pit Bulls
We prefer not to place two female pit bulls together. Female pit bulls may be placed in homes with other female pit bulls if the adopter is comfortable with all aspects of Pit Bull behavior, and is willing and able to break up the occasional fight.

Dogs under six months old will not be placed in homes where owners are gone for more than 8 hours a day, unless proof of a dog walker is provided.

In cases of a renter wanting to adopt, the landlord must be contacted to guarantee that bully breeds are allowed under rental policy.

Local ordinances
No dogs will be placed for adoption if it causes their owners to exceed the city limit for allowed dogs, whatever that number may be.