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Because of their bad reputation, pit bulls, and even pit mixes, can be very difficult to place. Everywhere you look, it seems, there are beautiful, young, healthy pit bulls (or other similar breeds) with nowhere to go. We have many pits and pit mixes who live here at Pets Alive. Most of them are wonderful, friendly, intelligent, attractive dogs, but we will have many of them forever, because they are so hard to place.

Unfortunately, we may not be able to take your dog at the sanctuary. Because we do not euthanize to create space, we are limited in how many animals we can take in. Our dogs live in groups whenever possible, in a very stimulating environment and without constant supervision. Because pit bulls often donít do well in a large group environment, they must be housed in special areas where they either live alone or with one other dog. In addition to pit bulls, many of the dogs that come to us with serious behavioral problems must also reside in individual and dual runs.

Since pit bulls take much longer to be adopted out from our sanctuary, space in individual or dual runs donít open up very often. Unless a pit bull or dog with behavioral challenges that we currently have is adopted out or passes on due to natural causes, we are often unable to take in additional pit bulls or dogs with serious behavioral problems. When a space does open up, it is usually filled very quickly due to the number of requests we receive each week for such dogs, however we DO consider every request on a case-by-case basis and depending on need, health issues, or type of training or work an animal needs, we can possibly take him in.

We strongly encourage you to try to place the animal directly into a new home using the guidelines described in the Best Friends guide, "How to Find Homes for Homeless Pets," which you can download from their website at: http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/pdf/howtofindhomesforpets.pdf. This guide gives specific instructions on how to word ads and screen potential adopters.

Please screen any possible home for your dog very carefully. Screening is particularly important when placing pit bulls, because, sadly, many people are attracted to them for the wrong reasons. Many people who seem perfectly nice are actually fronts for adopting animals that they then sell to pit bull fighting rings (as bait dogs) or to labs for testing. FREE TO GOOD HOME ads are almost always hunted by these types of people. PETS ALIVE WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU SCREEN APPLICANTS AND WILL EVEN DO SO FOR YOU IF YOU GET GOOD REQUESTS! The website Pit Bull Rescue Central has excellent suggestions for screening for a good home for a pit bull, here: http://www.pbrc.net/adoption/owners.html.

A few tips about advertising: It makes a huge difference to include a photo of your pet. Also, whenever possible, describe the traits, likes and dislikes, habits, and some of the little things that make him or her special. Photos and descriptions really help people form a connection to an animal.

We strongly suggest that you use the tips for writing eye-catching adoption ads, shared by Best Friends writer Elizabeth Fowler, which you can download from the Best Friends website at: http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/pdf/adoptionblurbs.pdf. In our experience, weíve found that well written adoption ads and flyers grab the readersí attention, and even if they are not in a position to adopt a pet, they often inform their friends and family members who may be interested in adopting.

You might also try posting your pet on the following adoption websites:
http://www.petfinder.com/classifieds/prepost.html
http://www.petbond.com (see instructions at the bottom of the home page for information on how to post to the site)
www.pets911.com
www.1800SAVEAPET.com

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to have the pet spayed or neutered before placement. Puppies and kittens can be neutered as early as 8 weeks old. Visit the following link or call 1-888-PETS911 for low cost or free spay/neuter resources in your area: www.pets911.com.

I also encourage you to check out the website Pit Bull Rescue Central, which includes a wealth of valuable information and also allows you to list a pit or pit mix in need of a home. We encourage you to check it out: http://www.pbrc.net/. Another website you may want to visit is BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls): http://www.badrap.org.

You may also want to contact the pit-friendly rescue organizations in your area to see if they can help in some way, such as connecting you with potential adopters, or posting your dog on their websites. A list of organizations is available on the website Pit Bull Rescue Central, at this link: http://pbrc.net/webapp/cgi-bin/orgs_by_state.cgi/d2bc62629b36a0b7840e1843d0025e95.

We wish you good luck in finding a home for your pet. Please do all you can to keep your pet with you. You and s/he will be better off for it!

Thank you to Best Friends for allowing us to use these help sheets.