MPR dogs come from all walks of life. Many of our dogs are bailed out of local city pounds as our goal is to alleviate the huge demand for space in open-doors facilities. Some of the dogs in our program were found as strays, some were removed from difficult situations, some lost their homes due to BSL, some were victim of divorce, incompatibility with other pets, landlord issues, etc. Sometimes we have information regarding a dog's past but in many cases we just dont know what happened to them and how they became homeless.
The dogs in our program are kept at MPR shelter or in foster care until a good home is found. Our proteges can spend several weeks in our program or sometimes months or even longer, waiting for a compatible home. MPR believes it is important to match the right dog with the right owner and we keep our dogs as long as it takes to find their perfect family. Call us eHarmony for APBTs.
While in our program, the dogs are thoroughly evaluated, receive basic training and are socialized to the best of our ability. Note that an evaluation is not a guarantee of the dog's future behavior. Behavior assessment allows us to determine how the dog behaves when introduced to certain situations while in our care. It gives us a basic idea of their personality, helps us inform potential owners and perform good matches.
Remember, when you adopt a dog from MPR, it makes room in our program to save another life...
When you adopt from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue:
MPR dogs are spayed and neutered prior to adoption.
Dogs are chipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and on heartworm prevention according to age.
Adoption fee is minimum $150.00 to cover cost of spay/neuter and shots.
Adoption fee for puppies under 6 months of age and for other bully breeds may be higher.
On-Line Application, a phone interview, a home visit and references are required prior to adoption.
Though no one likes to think about the sad history of the breed, we cant be in denial about it either. Because of its undeniable ancestry as a fighting breed, MPR does not encourage sex-placements and will not place a Pit Bull in multiple dog homes. We might place a Pit Bull in a home with a compatible dog of the opposite sex, but we ask our adopters to follow certain safety measures. Some of the most important are: never to leave the dogs unsupervised, always monitor roughhousing and avoid triggers that could cause conflicts such as bones, toys, or food. We also require that the dogs we place not be taken to dog parks. For more information about the Pit Bull breed, please read MPR's Breed's Overview.
When possible MPR group conducts a home visit before placing a dog in a new home. The goal of the homecheck is not only to see where our proteges will live, but also to give our adopters a chance to get to know us better. We like to develop a good relationship with people who adopt a dog from us and to provide breed education prior to our placements. Meeting with everyone in the family facilitates this exchange. Our homechecks are not intrusive. The most important for us is to know that our dogs are going to safe and caring homes and that all the members of the family are well informed and prepared for a life long commitment with their new companion.
2 week trial and return policy
Our goal is to make the best possible match. To ensure this, MPR offers a 2-week trial period to all adopters of dogs over 6 months of age to make sure a dog they welcome into their home is the right fit. MPR does not want anyone to feel pressured to keep a dog they don't have a good connection with. If a dog you adopt from MPR does not work in your home for any reason, MPR asks that you immediately return said dog to the organization within 2 weeks. The full amount of the adoption fee will be reimbursed or we will suggest other dogs that might be more compatible to your situation. .
Even after the two-week trial is over, MPR remains committed to the dogs we place for the remainder of their lives and will always take a dog back even years after an adoption. In such case however, we do not return the adoption fee.
Note that the two-week trial is not applicable to puppies. We believe that anyone adopting a dog 6 months and under should be aware of the challenges of raising a puppy. We will take the pup back if needed, but will not refund your adoption fee. Puppies go fast when they are a certain age, but become harder to place after 6 months old. We hope to give them the best possible chance and being bounced from home to home is not a successful upbringing.
Why Adopt a Pit Bull?
The breed is not for everyone but most Pit Bull owners are loyal advocates. While not perfect (no breed is) Pit Bull dogs have remarkable qualities that make their "pit-falls" (yes, it's a pun ;-) well worth it.
There are many reasons to adopt a Pit Bull but one them is simply because those dogs need help like no other dog out there. Too many people seem to forget that Pit Bulls are man's best friends too. The dogs are too often blamed for the irresponsibility of their owners and labeled vicious when they are in fact victims of abusive ownership. Remember that dogs are not responsible for the way they are bred, raised and trained, but are indeed captive of the environment humans choose for them, as well as unscrupulous breeding practices.
MPR seeks responsible and caring owners, willing to educate themselves on the breed, understand the pros and cons, respect the breed's potential and limitation, and asure the dogs will not be put in situations that are not suitable for their genetic inheritance.
Adopting Versus Buying
Some people are nervous about adopting a dog of unknown background and prefer obtaining their dog from a breeder. This is understandable and we can't force people to rescue a dog if they are uncomfortable with this option.
It is very important however, to understand the difference between reputable breeders and unethical breeders, also referred to as "backyard breeder". MPR has yet to meet a creditable breeder in Missouri, but we have a long list of "backyard breeders" that have been keeping us very busy by producing countless homeless dogs, with little to no concern about the outcome of those dogs. Buying a cheap dog from an ad on craigslist is the same as getting a dog from the shelter. Those animals are most likely the product of backyard breeders and by buying one, you encourage this deplorable activity. For each new Pit Bull born, one dies at the shelter.
If you adopt from a serious rescue organization however, you will be saving the life of a dog that really needs help instead of encouraging the production of more homeless dogs doomed to die at the shelter or in the streets. The dog will come fully vaccinated, heartworm tested, and spayed or neutered, saving you hundreds of dollars. The dog will also have been evaluated and receive health and behavior assessments. In many cases, the dog will already be housebroken, crate trained, and have some basic obedience. In addition, the rescuer will work with you to choose a dog that will fit your lifestyle, and will give you training tips and breed-education. While rescuers can't provide guarantees either, we will take the dog back if things don't work out. Rescuers don't do this for the money, but for the sake of the dogs. Backyard breeders will take your money and go.
Are you ready?
Pit Bulls have special characteristics that can be challenging if not understood well, but that they are delightful companions in the right hands. They will show you their gratitude by a lifelong commitment of love and affection. Please make sure you are ready for this serious responsibility and that the APBT is the right breed for you before you make a vow to adopt. Welcoming a dog in your home is a 10 to 15 year promise to the dog.