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So You Found a Stray Pit Bull, What Now?

Before you decide you want pick up that stray dog on the street or 'rescue' a dog off of death row, please consider reading this article. Then ask yourself can you see it through to the end, no matter what that end may be?
ACBBU is by no means discouraging rescue but there is much more to rescue than taking that dog off the street or pulling it from ACS. Rescue doesn't end there; it's where it begins.
If you are reading this, you've likely found a Pit Bull and don't know where to start to help him or her. You may have already contacted local shelters only to find out that most of them have a policy against the breed and don't adopt out Pit Bulls. Yes, things may not be easy, but if you are committed to helping this dog, we can help you in your quest for a good home.
Note that most groups are completely full and your chance of finding a place that will take the dog is very slim. ACBBU cannot take dogs either as it is not a dog shelter. We don't maintain a database of referrals and all the foster homes we know are full. The dog's best chances are if you can foster him/her or find someone who can until a suitable home can be found.
If there is no response to these efforts, you can try to contact a Pit Bull-friendly shelter or a specialized rescue group. ACBBU has a list of Pit Bull friendly organizations throughout the state, please see the list here; Texas Rescue Organizations.

First, you may want to check the "lost" ads in your local paper to see if someone is looking for their dog. You could also place a "found" ad in your local paper. Often these are free. You should also report the dog found to the animal shelter that covers the area where the dog was found. We recommend that you give very little information about the dog (e.g. found Pit Bull). If an owner contacts you they will need to provide some identifying characteristics (gender, collar information, color, etc.) This will ensure that the correct owner claims the dog. Post "found" flyers in and around the location the dog was found. Finally, have the dog scanned for a microchip (a permanent form of ID implanted between the shoulder blades) at the local shelter or a veterinarian's office.

Be advised, it can take months to find the "right" home for a Pit Bull. 
​Before you take the responsibility of placing the dog please make sure he/she has a good and stable disposition towards people of all ages. People-aggression is not a well-tolerated trait with this breed. The help of a professional trainer or animal behaviorist is recommended if you don't have experience with this. Contact our recommended evaluator; Karen Pearce @ Karen Pearce Training to set up an appointment for an evaluation. 
The dog should be spayed or neutered and have current shots. 
You can call the following numbers for low cost spay/neuter referrals and vouchers: 1-800-248-SPAY or 1-800-321-PETS. Be aware that placing an intact dog will only make things harder for the dog and for you, not to mention all the Pit Bulls who die homeless. Please don't take a chance that the dog you saved will contribute to more Pit Bulls in shelters. And remember, responsible and caring individuals would rather adopt an altered dog, while dog fighters and breeders prefer intact dogs. You will increase the dog's chance of find a better home if he/she is altered before being listed. Click here for a list of low cost spay/neuter clinics in San Antonio.
When the dog has been evaluated and is current on all shots, we invite you to list the dog with ACBBU to help get the word out about him/her. You will need to fill in the available dog form and send a few pictures. Part of our mission is to provide free web pages for people in the San Antonio area seeking internet exposure for Pit Bulls in need, as well as to provide adoption information and breed education. All of the dogs available for adoption in the web site are in independent foster care or animal shelters. ACBBU is not responsible for the dogs listed or their placement
We've created a page with recommendations specifically for caretakers that are fostering and placing Pit Bulls, and another with tips on screening potential homes.
Avoid same sex-placements and multiple dog homes (unless the adopter has extensive breed experience), and do not place a Pit Bull without providing essential breed information to the new owner(s). 
​You need to understand these dogs in order to find a good home for them. ACBBU has a breed temperament and a breed history page that both contain excellent information. Please, take the time to read it so you can, in turn, educate potential adopters.

We hope some of these suggestions are helpful. Don't hesitate to email us at if you have additional questions.

There are many places online to advertise, too, including Adopt a Pet and
Don't rely ONLY on the ACBBU listing to place the dog; other ways to advertise include posting flyers at veterinarian's offices, grooming shops, pet supply stores and anywhere there is a public bulletin board.
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