Frequently Asked Questions

Why does BAPBR refer to these dogs as “Pit Bull Terriers”?

There is a lot of misinformation about breed identification out there. This is not actually a breed, but a category of similar breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (plus about 18 other breeds with some similar appearance characteristics). This is why we sometimes refer to these dogs as "Pit Bull Terriers" —it's impossible to categorize any one breed-specific behavior or physical characteristic from this large collection of breeds and blends.

Why is this breed so misunderstood?

Quite simply, fear sells. Have you seen the news? Read the paper? Here is a link to an eye-opening story on how fear sells news, which has directly contributed to why the general public is scared of these dogs: ASPCA: Pit Bull Bias in the Media

I need to re-home my dog—what do I do?

Please don’t wait till the last minute to re-home your dog. Time is never on your side when re-homing Pit Bull Terriers. It takes anywhere from 3-12 months to re-home them. Pets are not disposable. They are a lifelong commitment, so please stick by your pet until you find a new, responsible, and committed home for your dog.

Does BAPBR take owner-surrender dogs (a dog I can no longer keep)?

Yes – when we have availability in the organization, which is not often. We can always help you by “courtesy posting” the dog for you on our web site and social media streams. If we are able to take in your pet, the dog needs to be spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations before he or she can be taken. A copy of the dog’s vet paperwork, including rabies certificate, is necessary as proof. We will also need to evaluate your dog to confirm temperament before we can take him or her. We are not able to help dogs that have a bite history, regardless of how minor. Any courtesy listed dog MUST be spayed or neutered prior to going on our web site, no exceptions. If you want to find a home for your own dog, you can list your dog for adoption yourself on and (both are free and for everyone).

I found a Pit Bull Terrier—what do I do?

Please take the dog to your local vet to be scanned for a microchip—if positive, please contact the person listed on the microchip. Also, please contact your local animal shelter. We do not take in stray dogs.

Can I come visit and meet the dogs at your facility?

BAPBR does not have a physical building or facility. The dogs in our program all live in foster homes with our volunteers. To meet a particular dog, you must first fill out the online application and be approved. This is for the safety of our dogs and volunteers.

What is a "courtesy posting" and why does BAPBR do them?

A courtesy posting is something BAPBR does on your behalf to help you re-home your dog. We share your dog's bio online on our web site and social media streams. BAPBR is not responsible for your dog—we just act as a third party entity to help get your dog the online exposure needed in order to get adopted.

Why does BAPBR also adopt out Not-a-Bulls?

While visiting a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles, we couldn’t believe that “Not-a-Bulls” (small dogs or “Littles” as we refer to them) were being euthanized by the thousands each week because of lack of kennel space and not enough interested adopters in that area. We had to help—and now that we’ve seen the problem with our own eyes, we will continue to do so whenever we have room and there is a need.

I submitted an application, but then learned the dog was already in the process of being adopted. Why did the dog look available?

Great question! BAPBR’s policy is to leave the pet listed as “available” until the adoption contract is officially signed and the animal is placed into their new home. If we changed an animal's status to “pending," we would risk losing interest from backup applicants if the pending applicant doesn't work out due to a unsuccessful home visit, etc. Also, by reviewing your application, we might be able to suggest another dog in our program or at a partner shelter that is a better fit for your home.

Why so many questions? It’s not like I’m adopting a child—it's just a dog.

You are right, it is a dog and not a child. However it is a long-term commitment (sometimes as long as 17 years!) depending on the age of the dog at the time of adoption. This is a serious responsibility. You are responsible for the welfare of a living creature. This animal will need to be fed, walked, adequately housed and exercised, provided training and other mental stimulation for the rest of its life. Nine thousand pets die every day in our nation's shelters just because someone decided they no longer wanted their dog or cat… because it sheds, it made a mess on the furniture, it got pregnant, the owners had a baby, they are moving, or they just simply don’t want a pet. We want to make sure that our dogs NEVER end up in that situation. We strive to ensure that these homes are permanent. That’s why we ask so many questions—to make sure you have thought through the whole process.

Why is BAPBR so insistent on spaying and neutering dogs?

We exist as an organization due to pet over-population. There are more homeless dogs than people willing to open their homes to them. In the case of Pit Bull Terriers, the figures are even more disproportionate. These dogs are among the most popular breeds in the country, while at the same time they are the most misunderstood by the media and the general public.

BAPBR is a “rescue”—why won't you help me?

BAPBR is also a resource. We are a family of volunteers trying to do the right thing, and much of the dogs’ care comes out of our own pockets. We are not paid for what we do. We do it because we care and we want to make a difference. We are not able to rescue every dog. However, if we cannot help you, we will try to put you in contact with another resource who can help. Regardless, we will always do what we can to help you spay or neuter your dog.

I'd like to help—what can I do?

Fantastic! We are always looking for volunteers to help out, especially at special events. If you can spare a few hours on a weekend to man a booth at an event, just let us know. Our special events cater to providing education, talking about our organization, and sometimes they are adoption events where we bring in adoptable puppies and adult dogs—fun! There are so many things you can do to help, even if you don’t have a lot of spare time. We also need people to do home visits of potential adopters or to help with short (1 hour) transport legs to get dogs to their new homes, etc. Are you ready? Fill out a Volunteer Application.

I don't have the time to volunteer, but I would still like to help—what can I do?

Please DONATE! We are a non-profit organization and rely completely on donations. Even $5 or $10 at a time is very helpful, as it adds up quickly! Please find the "Donate" button on our web site or mail a check to our P.O. box. Donations go directly to pay for medical expenses, food, transportation, training, enrichment, and marketing the dogs for adoption. If you can’t donate, just help us get the word out about rescue and adoption. Talk to people about spaying and neutering their animals so there are fewer homeless dogs in the community. Thank you!