OUR DOG SELECTION
MPR dogs come from all walks of life. Many of them are bailed out of local city pounds as our goal is to alleviate the huge demand for space in open-door facilities. Some were found as strays, some were removed from difficult situations, some lost their homes due to BSL, others were victims of a divorce, incompatibility with other pets, landlord issues, etc. Sometimes we have information regarding a dog's background, but in many cases we just don't know what happened to them, how they were raised, or why they became homeless.
The dogs in our program are kept at MPR shelter or in foster care until a good home is found. Some of our proteges may spend several months in our program, while others arrive one day and are placed the next.
While in our care, the dogs are evaluated to the best of our ability and depending on the length of their stay. They receive basic training and are socialized according to their personalities. Note that an evaluation is not a guarantee of the dog's future behavior. Character assessment allows us to arbitrate how the dog behaves when introduced to certain situations and under certain circumstances. It gives us a basic idea of their personalities, as well as helps us inform potential owners to perform good matches.
To increase the likelihood of successful placements, all of MPR’s potential adopters undergo a meticulous screening process and receive breed education. This task is conducted by a team of experienced Adoption Counselors.
Because of the Pit Bull breed's upsetting but undeniable ancestry as fighting dogs, MPR does not encourage same-sex placements. We approve adoptions with a compatible companion but ask our adopters to provide diligent supervision. For more information about Pit Bull dogs, please read MPR's APBT Breed Overview.
Our adoption process, requirements, and restrictions are based on 30 years of experience with Pit Bull rescue. Our goal is to minimize disappointing experiences and improve happy dog-parenting. If all potential Pit Bull owners were better informed about the breed’s characteristics prior to adopting, if they understood Pit Bull's potential and limitations, received critical breed education, and very importantly - worked with experienced adoption counselors to assure a good match, shelters would not be overloaded with Pit Bulls. Our objective is to ensure long-term placements by pairing the right dogs with the right homes. For MPR, quality of adoptions takes precedence over a quick turnaround.
MPR is a private organization, operated solely by volunteers; A dynamic group comprised of teachers, bakers, IT professionals, moms and dads, contractors, students, etc. with the love for this breed as common ground. Please be patient and understanding during our adoption procedures. We process applications as quickly as we can.
Submitted applications are reviewed by our Adoption Coordinator within 72 hours and assigned to an Adoption Counselor. If your application meets our criteria and we believe to have potential matches for you, a MPR volunteer will contact you within a week.
Incomplete applications will not be contacted. Please take the time to answer all questions. The online questionnaire is more convenient to use on a computer rather than a phone.
Long distance applications are handled on a case-by-case basis. For various reasons, some of our dogs are local placement only, while others are candidates for out-of-state adoptions.
Renters: Please note that if you rent your home, we will not process your application until receiving your Landlord’s approval. Make sure to provide their name and contact info on your application. Allocate a few more days to receive a reply from us, as we may be waiting for confirmation that pets are allowed without size or breed restrictions.
BSL: We may need to verify Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) in your municipality, and this could take a few additional days as well.
Applications are reviewed in the order they arrive. If your application specifies a certain dog (or dogs), we analyze many factors to determine suitability. A dog’s known temperament, other pets living in your home, a dog’s behavior with children, energy level, special needs, etc. Your application will be handled based on compatibility.
*Note that we may be processing many applications for the same dog, in which case we will consider your flexibility, availability, and location as well.
Please do not contact MPR via email or Facebook messenger to inquire about the status of your application. The volunteers in charge of replying to general requests are not the same as those processing applications. They will not know the status of your application and will not be able to answer your questions.
CONNECTING WITH APPLICANT
You will receive the initial contact via email, text or phone call depending on the outcome. Please make sure to check all your mailboxes as our emails often go into Spam folders. Since you will be contacted by a private individual, a text or call may appear to be from an “unknown number.”
You will be informed via email if a dog(s) you applied for has been adopted, already has applications in process, is not compatible to your situation, does not meet local BSL requirements, etc. We may also send you an email asking for a few clarifications before assigning your application to an Adoption Counselor. Again, check your spam folder!
Please keep in mind that our turnaround is unpredictable. Although we do our absolute best to keep the dogs' listings up-to-date, we may conduct several adoptions in one day and the site won’t be immediately updated. Some of the dogs listed as “AVAILABLE” might have recently been adopted, while not all available dogs may be listed.
If your application qualifies for an interview, the assigned Adoption Counselor or foster parent will schedule a phone conversation. The initial exchange will discuss general dog ownership, review breed-specific information, address previous pet history, consider your expectations, experience, etc.
The next step will give you a chance to speak with someone who knows the dog(s) of your interest well enough to answer your questions (i.e. a foster parent or shelter volunteer). In some cases, this volunteer may also be your Adoption Counselor.
Home visit: When possible, an Adoption Counselor may conduct a home visit prior to adoption. 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 dogs from us and to provide breed education prior to our placements. Meeting with everyone in the family facilitates this exchange. Our home visits are not intrusive. The most important part for us is to know that our dogs are going to safe and caring homes and that all members of the family are well informed and prepared for a life-long commitment with their new companion.
Most of our meetings take place at our private shelter in Kansas City MO, located near Swope Park. Shelter visits are by appointment only and a phone interview must have been completed before a meeting is scheduled. Visits occur on weekdays or weekends, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Please allocate at least one hour for a visit, but keep in mind it will likely take longer.
Due to limited space at the shelter and an abundance of caution, we only allow one group of people inside at a time. You may be asked to wait until the previous meeting ends before entering the shelter.
Dog Meeting: Our experienced Adoption Counselors will help you narrow down the dogs that would best fit your lifestyle, but may have other options available once you schedule your visit. It’s very common for adopters to apply for one dog but opt for a different one after having the opportunity to meet several dogs and choose the best contender.
Children: If children are attending, we ask the parents to keep the little ones strictly supervised and under control at all times - Out of respect for all parties involved, as well as to prevent the dogs from being overwhelmed or overstimulated, it’s important that kiddos be on their best behavior. Please do not allow running and jumping around, throwing things, screaming, etc.
Covid-19: We do not require our visitors to wear a mask since it sometimes confuses the dogs. However, anyone visiting the facility is free to wear a mask and to request that everyone present wears one as well. We welcome all visitors with hand sanitizer and ask you to respect social distancing. Per routine procedures, our shelter is thoroughly sanitized daily.
If together we agree that a dog you like is a good match, you have a few options. Some adopters prefer to go home and discuss their thoughts and then make a decision when ready. Other adopters make up their minds on-the-spot and want to bring their new family member home that day. Either option works for us!
Reservations: Some of our dogs are very popular. We do not “hold” dogs while potential adopters make a decision or prepare for the dog’s arrival at home, unless the full adoption fee has been paid as a deposit. We do not hold dogs for more than 2 weeks.
Two-week trial: We believe the best way to know a dog is to bring them home. We grant our adopters two weeks to make a final decision in regards to their adoption, during which time the dog will be listed as "Pending" on our website. In our experience, this period should allow you to determine whether the dog is a keeper and will work in your home or not. However, if more time is needed before a decision is made, we are flexible.
Please remember that adopted dogs need a period of time to decompress and get back to their normal state of mind. The amount of time varies with each dog. At a minimum, expect it to take at least a full week for them to adapt to their new environment.
If you decide that a dog you adopt from MPR does not work within the two-week trial period, MPR will refund the full amount of the adoption fee or suggest other dogs that might be more compatible to your lifestyle or 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 dogs under 6 months old. We believe that anyone adopting a puppy should be aware of the challenges encountered with juvenile dogs. We will take the pup back if needed, but will not refund your adoption fee.
Heartworm Positive Dogs: Due to misinformed or irresponsible ownership, many of the dogs that arrive in our program are Heartworm Positive. A heartworm treatment requires 8 weeks of convalescence from day 1 to completion. The dog is administered 30 days of antibiotics prior to the first injection. This initial injection will be followed by 2 more, one month later. The dog must then be kept on full rest for 6 additional weeks. The injections are done at our Veterinarian located in the NorthLand (Kansas City).
Adopters that have the ability to keep a dog calm for the entire duration of the treatment and are able to visit our veterinarians for the injections, can adopt heartworm positive dogs if they wish. There are no extra cost to adopters, as we provide the treatment.
Adoption Fee & Payment: Our adoption fee is $200 for all Pit Bull type dogs over 6-months-old. The fee of full blooded bully breeds might be higher to prevent “dog-flipping”.
Puppies: Adoption fees of puppies may vary between $300 and $500. Puppies are always very popular and generate so many applications that we take the opportunity to raise funds for older or sick dogs that are not as lucky. The adoption fee will be lowered if a puppy is not adopted in a reasonable time frame.
We accept checks, cash and PayPal. We do not take credit, debit cards, or Venmo at this time.
We send our dogs to their new homes with the following:
A solid buckle collar, as recommended for powerful dogs.
A small bag of current food to facilitate the transition.
Rabies and microchip tags.
Primary vet records & vaccine information (additional medical information may be sent via email within 2 weeks of adoption).
Current medication if applicable.
*We ask our adopters to bring a solid leash.
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue makes no expressed or implied warranty, representation, or promise to the age, health, breed, habits, disposition, behaviors, obedience, or safety of the dogs in our program. Our behavior assessments are subjective, and based on information we receive when selecting the dogs for our program, as well as observations and reports from our volunteers and caretakers. Adopters must understand that no one can predict how a dog will react under all circumstances and situations.
Some of the dogs in our program are adopted before we get to know them. Some dogs stay longer but require several weeks to show their character. Some dogs receive additional evaluations and training by professionals if needed. We work hard to provide as much information as possible but the process is not perfect. Our goal is to give the dogs the best chance to stay in their home for the rest of their lives, so we will be honest regarding what we know about them.
We provide information on the individual dog’s pages and update their bios as quickly as we can. In many cases, dogs are adopted before we are able to revise their listing. Please do not contact MPR via email or messenger to inquire about a dog’s personality and/or temperament. The volunteers in charge of replying to general requests are not the same as those handling and evaluating the dogs. They will not not be able to answer your questions.
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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 badly need a chance. Too many people seem to forget that Pit Bulls are man's best friends too. The dogs are often blamed for the irresponsibility of their owners and labeled vicious when they are in fact victims of abusive ownership and unscrupulous breeding practice. Remember that dogs are not responsible for the way they are bred, raised and trained, but are captive of the environment humans choose for them.
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 assure a dog in their care will not be put in situations unsuitable to their genetic inheritance.
ADOPTING VS BUYING
Some people are worried about adopting a dog of unknown background and prefer purchasing from a breeder. This is understandable and we can't force anyone to rescue a dog if that option concerns them.
Unfortunately, while creditable breeders are few and far between, unscrupulous breeders abound in the Kansas City area. The over production of Pit Bull dogs, with little to no concern in regard to their temperament and outcome, has kept MPR team overwhelming busy throughout the years. There is no guarantee of quality when buying a cheap dog from an unethical breeder as opposed to rescuing one from a reputable organization.
If you adopt from a legitimate rescue organization however, you will save 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. Adoption candidates 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 a rescue organization can't provide guarantees either, it 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 disappear.
ARE YOU READY?
Pit Bull dogs may have special characteristics that can be challenging if not understood well but 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.