We work very hard to make sure every dog that comes into rescue is adopted by and moves on the best home possible. Because we want to be sure, we have a thorough adoption application process. We ask lots of questions, we check references, we dot our ‘i’s and cross our ‘t’s. In the end it’s all worth it when a deserving dog finally becomes part of the perfect family.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the adoption process as well as some of our adoption policies.
So you’ve decided you want to adopt a dog – that’s awesome! Whether you have a specific dog in mind, have met that dog at an event or are waiting to meet them, you need to start with the Adoption Application.
Your application will come to our adoption volunteers who will begin to process it within 24 hours. We read your answers to the questions and try to evaluate if the dog you’re interested in is a good fit for your home and your lifestyle. We call your references and your veterinarian and ask them to tell us why you’re the perfect dog owner. We check with your landlord if applicable to make sure he’s on board with a dog moving into your home. If we have any questions or need more information, we’ll contact you.
Once the application is approved, we contact your dog’s foster who will reach out to you with the next step which is usually a home visit. The home visit allows you to meet the dog if you haven’t already, and see how he or she will fit in with your family. All family members as well as resident pets must take part in the home visit! This is an important part of the adoption process.
If all goes well and you decide that this dog is the dog, a good fit for your entire family, then we proceed to the final steps. You’ll get the adoption contract via email, instructions on how to pay your adoption fee, and then your new dog will be ready to come to his or her forever home!
While this may seem like a lengthy process, it’s really only a few diligent steps on our part to make sure we’re setting you and your dog up for the best possible success. The entire process can take up to two weeks or as little as a few days, but here are some tips you can follow to make sure things go as smoothly as possible:
Tips for Filling out Your Adoption Application
• Fill out your application with the most complete information possible! The more information you give us, the faster we can process your application and avoid delays. Don’t skip any of the questions or leave them blank.
• Let your references, landlord and veterinarian know we will be contacting them. The biggest cause of delay is references that don’t answer or get back to us quickly enough.
• Make sure our emails to you and your references are not getting caught in your spam filters. Lost emails are another source of delay, check your filters if you think you’re waiting for an email from us.
• Have a backup plan if the dog you are interested in isn’t available. Sometimes we get multiple applications for the same dog on the same day. We process applications in the order they are submitted so there is a chance the dog you are looking at may not be available. Are you possibly interested in another dog as well? Include that in your application so we can quickly move your application if necessary.
• Don’t ask for a status update on your application on Facebook. We can’t answer every post or message, we’re busy processing applications!
• Be patient. All of our volunteers are just that – volunteers! We make every effort to start processing your application within 24 hours, but sometimes work, family and life get in the way. We’re dedicated to finding these dogs homes and we’ll work on it as quickly as possible.
All animals in an adopter’s home must be spayed/neutered. As a rescue group, our #1 goal is to eliminate the pet overpopulation 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.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet’s’ health and of responsible pet ownership. All animals in the household must be up-to-date on vaccinations.
In order to adopt a pit bull or pit bull type dog, you must have insurance that welcomes these breeds. Please check with your agent to see if your insurance accepts bully breeds.
If you rent your home, we must personally verify with your landlord that bully breeds are allowed under the rental policy.
We will not adopt a dog to a home if it puts you over the city allowed animal limit, whatever that number may be.
A fenced-in yard is preferred, but in the cases where there is no fence, adequate exercise may suffice. We do not support the use of electronic fences as a means of containment for any dog. 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 a multitude of behavior problems. All domesticated animals in the household must sleep indoors.
Many pit bulls have food sensitivities and allergies and a high quality and grain free food is highly recommended. 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. You must be willing to invest in a high-quality food for your dog. (Please click here for a list of recommended dog foods.)
In general, we prefer not to place two female dogs together. Females may be placed in homes with other females if the adopter is comfortable with all aspects of dog behavior and if the temperament of the two dogs is suitable.
By adopting a pit bull, you must be prepared to be a breed advocate. Having a trained, well-behaved dog and abiding by good ownership practices are a must from here on out! Our website has many resources available to help.
What is your adoption fee?
Adoption fees for all dogs in the rescue are $300, regardless of age, breed or gender. The fee includes a $50 training reimbursement credit: you’ll get a $50 refund when you complete basic training with your dog within the first six months. Click here to learn more.
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! 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 the necessary items like 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 just making sure that the dog will be safe and you’re prepared for his arrival!
Do you do adoptions outside of the Twin Cities?
In general we like to keep adoptions within the Twin Cities metro area. Home visits are done by our volunteers and we don’t have many outside the immediate area. However, we do make exceptions whenever possible! We welcome applicants from other neighboring areas, but if you live more than 90 minutes from the Twin Cities, please check with us before submitting your application to be sure we can accommodate your location.
Do you require adopters to have a fenced-in backyard?
No, a fenced yard is not a requirement for all dogs. Keep in mind however, many of our dogs were strays, so they already have a tendency for escape. If you do not have a fence, you should be prepared to explain how you will exercise the dog adequately. There are some dogs in rescue 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. Part of being a responsible dog owner is having the proper insurance. 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.
Do you adopt siblings or multiple dogs at one time?
We will not adopt multiple dogs into the same household at the same time. We encourage you to bring one dog into the home at a time so both the dog and owner can establish relationships and routines before adding another new dog.