Remember, when you adopt a dog from MPR it makes room in our program to save another life...
MPR dogs come from all walks of life. Some are bailed out of shelters, some were found as strays, some were removed from difficult situations, some lost their homes due to BSL, etc.. The dogs in our program are kept in boarding or in foster care until a good home is found. Some spend several weeks, sometimes months, waiting for the right 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, socialized, house-trained, crate-trained and taught basic manners. Note that an evaluation is not a guarantee of the dog's future behavior. The evaluation allows us to determine how the dog behaves when introduced to certain situations while in our care and gives us a good idea of their personality.
When you adopt from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue:
MPR dogs are spayed and neutered prior to adoption
All dogs are microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and on heartworm prevention according to age.
Adoption fee is minimum $135.00 to cover cost of spay/neuter and shots.
Adoption fee for puppies under 4 months of age are a minimum of $150.00
Adoption fee for American Bulldogs is $150.00 or more
On-Line Application, homecheck and references are required.
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue is licensed with the state of Missouri
Dogs with a next to their name have "special needs". The ones with a are heartworm positive or have other medical problems. Those dogs may need additional financial help but their adoption fee remains the same. MPR is currently fund raising to help those dogs. If you are interested in becoming a Bully Hero for dogs in need, please CLICK HERE
Though no one likes to think about the sad past of the breed, we are not 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.
MPR group conducts a homecheck before placing a dog in a new home. The goal of the home visit is not only to see where our protégés 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 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 let you try another dog, during this 2-week trial period.
MPR is however, committed to all of our dogs for the remainder of their lives and will always take a dog back even after the 2-week trial. In such case however, we keep the adoption fee. Please click here for more info about our return policy.
Why Adopt a Pit Bull?
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. To learn more about the breed, visit our breed information page.
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 a reputable breeder and what we call a "backyard breeder". MPR has yet to meet a reputable breeder in Missouri, but we have a long list of "backyard breeders" that have been keeping us very busy with countless homeless dogs born every week in the state. Buying a dog under $300 from an ad in the paper 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 your 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 spent time in a foster home. 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 chose a dog that will fit well with 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 can be wonderful 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 and that the APBT is the right breed for you before you make the commitment to adopt. Welcoming a dog in your home is a 10 to 15 year commitment.
You can view our adoptable dogs via Petango. However, more pictures and information about each dog are available here on our site.