Where to get a pit bull

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Myths about pit bull adoption

NOTE: Rescue links on this page are provided for your convenience only and do not constitute an endorsement. Always do your homework before doing business with any organization!

Long List of Pit Bull Rescues

Nothing for your state? Try your local animal shelter or Petfinder.


Pit Bull Rescue Central
Pit Bull Rescue and Adoption (search engine)
Ethical Bull Breed Rescue and Referral


Bama Bully Rescue (throughout state)
Rescue-a-Bull (North Alabama / Tennessee Valley)


Adopt-A-Bull (Tucson)
Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue (Mesa)
Mayday Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy (Phoenix)
Tough Love Pit Bull Rescue (Tucson)


Gentle Souls Pit Bull Rescue


BADRAP (San Francisco)
Chako Rescue Association (Sacramento)
Fresno Bully Rescue (Fresno)
It’s The Pits K-9 Rescue (San Diego)
Paw Printz Pit Bull Rescue (Modesto)
Pit Bull Rescue San Diego (San Diego)
Reunion Rescue (San Francisco)
Our Pack (South San Francisco Bay)
Just a Dog Pit Bull Rescue (San Diego)
Orange County Pit Bull Rescue (Orange Co.)
Even Chance (Southern CA)
Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue (Riverside)
Daisy Davis Pit Bull Rescue (Fort Bragg)


Mariah’s Promise (Divide) – while not breed-specific, they have taken in a lot of pit bulls due to Denver’s ban
Colorado Pit Bull Rescue (Longmont)
Grand Junction Pit Bull Rescue


Connecticut Pit Bull Rescue (Plainville)


Mike’s Dog House (Palatka)
Buster’s & Foster’s Haven Rescue (Brooksville)
Second Chance Pit Bull Rescue (Clewiston)


Georgia’s Pit Bull Rescue
Shelter Angels Pit Bull Rescue (Atlanta/Dekalb Co.)


A&S Rescue (Northern IL)
Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue (Chicago)
Bombshell Bullies Pit Bull Rescue (Vernon Hills)


Casa del Toro Pit Bull Rescue (Indianapolis)
Halfway House Pit Bull Rescue (throughout state)


American Pit Bull Terrier Rescue (Baton Rouge)
Villalobos Rescue Center (New Orleans)
Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue (Lake Charles)


SOME Pit (Southern Maine)


Ethical Bull Breed Rescue and Referral, Inc.


PittieLove Rescue (Framingham)
Braveheart Pit Bull Rescue (Lakeville)


The Buster Foundation
Michigan Pit Bull Rescue (Stockbridge)
A Better Place (not breed-specific, but they have lots of pits and are pit bull advocates and educators)


A Rotta Love (pits and Rotties)
Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue (Minneapolis/St. Paul)
Save-A-Bull Rescue of MN (Minneapolis)


Broken Hearts, Mended Souls
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue
Even Chance (St. Louis)


Michael’s Angels (Las Vegas)

New York

Animal Farm Foundation, Inc
Seneca County SPCA
Pack Ethic Rescue (Upper State)
Out of the Pits (Albany)
Smilin’ Pit Bull Rescue (East Aurora)

North Carolina

Southern Belle Pit Bull Rescue (Wilson)

North Dakota

4 Luv of Dog Rescue (Fargo) – not breed-specific, but has lots of pit bulls


PetPromise (Columbus) – not breed-specific, but specializes in “pit bull” type dogs
Petey’s Pals (Youngstown)
Measle’s Animal Haven Pit Bull Rescue (Columbus)


Bully Breed Humane Society


Dead Dog Walking Pit Bull Rescue (The Dalles)
Born Again Pit Bull Rescue (Portland)


Sunrays Pit Bull Rescue (Easton)
Modified K9 (Philadelphia)
Pittsburgh Pit Bull Rescue (Pittsburgh)


Bless the Bullys: Pit Bull and AmStaff Haven
Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue
Break the Chain Pit Bull Rescue (Lenoir City)


Heaven Sent Pit Bull Rescue (Pinehurst / Houston)
Treat ‘Em Right Rescue (Houston)
Guardian Pit Bull Rescue (Woodlands/Houston)
Love-A-Bull (Austin)
Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue (Dallas/FT Worth)
Pits n’ Pups (Copperas Cove)
Hardin County Pit Bull Rescue (Southeast TX)


Have Pittie (Park City)


Ring Dog Rescue


BullsEye Dog Rescue (Seattle)
Recycle-A-Bull Rescue (Snohomish)

If you know of a pit bull or bully breed rescue group that is not listed here, please send me an e-mail at happypb@gmail.com.

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