Adopt a Dog

What is the cost of adoption and what is included?

The Pit Bulls for Life Foundation’s adoption fee for adult dogs over 6 months of age is $375.   The fee for puppies under 6 months of age is $425.  Adoption fee is due in full upon trial conclusion.

This includes:

  • Spaying or neutering
  • Full vaccination including rabies.  All puppies will receive 3 sets of vaccines as reccomended by the AVMA.
  • Microchip identification

Please read the following before considering adoption

  • Are you familiar with this particular breed? Energy Level? Life span? Reputation?
  • Are you prepared to take your dog to obedience classes?
  • Do you live in a pitbull restricted or BSL area?

We recommend before you consider adopting from us that you become familiar with the breed and the reputation that they have. We pride ourselves on providing the public with advocates for the breed and believe any dog is capable of doing so under the right leadership. If you would like to learn more about the breed or canine leadership our behaviorists’ and local trainers can assist you before you consider adopting.

How can I adopt from Pit Bulls for Life?

Our adoption protocol if not followed can become lengthy and complicated. We highly recommend you follow the guidelines so that your pitty may come home sooner than later. Our adoption process is intended to ensure that all new dogs placed in the home are going to be in the same home for the lifetime of the newly adopted family member. The potential adopter must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Fill out an adoption questionnaire
  • The application if accepted will be followed by a telephone interview
  • Home Check
  • Meet and Greet
  • Trial period in your home
  • Adoption finalization

The process starts by the potential adopter filling out an adoption questionnaire.  Once the foundation has received the questionnaire, a member of Pit Bulls for Life will contact you to discuss both your questionnaire and the dog you are interested in adopting. Dogs are adopted based on suitability of the dog and the family, not on a first come, first serve basis. If we feel this dog is not a suitable adoption we will offer suggestions regarding other dogs we have in the program. After it is determined which dog the adopters would like to meet, the foster home will contact you to discuss more about their foster dog and set up a time to do a meet and greet at their home. We do ask that all members of the family attend the meet and greet. A home check will be made during the adoption process either before or after the meet and greet.

A Pit Bulls for Life member will visit your home after contacting you. If the meet and greet goes well at the foster home and you are still interested then a 1 week pre-adoption trial is required.  You may take the potential foster dog home for a minimum of 1 week and see how they do. A Pit bulls for Life member will then contact you to finalize the adoption if you so choose to.

Pit Bulls for Life will not ship any dog to a potential home. If you live outside of the area that the foster dog lives all family members of a potential adoption must come to the foster home to visit the dog that they are interested in. Our foster homes are located throughout Alberta so be prepared to travel.

One Week Pre-Adoption Trial

Our 1 week Pre-Adoption trial period is designed to ensure that the dog you are interested in is the right dog for you, and that the dog fits into your home and lifestyle.  Before a pre-adoption date can take place, the other prerequisites outlined in the adoption protocol must be fulfilled. We recommend this period to include a weekend as well as a day or two of your normal working schedule. If you are interested in adopting the dog after the program, one of the Pit Bulls for Life representatives will come to your home and complete the adoption. If you have decided that this is not the dog for your family the dog will be placed back into its foster home and the Pit Bulls for Life team can determine if a pit bull is the breed of dog for you and if we have a more suitable candidate.

Puppy Program

Who doesn’t want a cute cuddle pitty puppy to raise as their own! Our puppies are a very hot commodity and tend to go to their homes immediately upon intake or when they have received their first set of vaccinations and medical clearance from our vets.  This program acts like a foster to adopt situation.  You are treated like a foster home for this puppy prior to finalizing their adoption into your family.  As a foster home  everything is supplied for you from food to crate and all medical requirements. The puppy will be in your care as a foster dog until the standard medical care is completed at which time finalization of the adoption would occur. Finalization time of these puppies is dependent on their age and completion of medical care.

Manageable Dog Program

A “Manageable” dog is a dog that is adoptable with special training needs. Pitbulls for Life believes every dog is suitable for adoption to the right home. To ensure these dogs find their forever home we have teamed up with 780 Kennels Trainer, Adam Kidd, to provide training packages for these “manageable” dogs. These packages will help integrate the dog effectively into your home and ensure that you are the leader in every aspect of the dog’s life. You will understand what is expected of you for that particular dog and how to manage his/her needs appropriately so that you and your dog can live a happy, healthy life together. Finalization time of these dogs are dependent on the specific dog of interest. Please visit our Manageable Dogs page to see who is available.

Hospice Care Program

Occasionally we do get some pit bulls in need of extra special care and attention. These dogs rarely are adopted out due to their age and medical care so their foster homes are sometimes their final home. We do keep these dogs up for adoption in case an angel comes to their rescue, but we do understand that most applicant want younger dogs.

If you are interested in adopting a specific geriatric pit bull please state so on your application form and we will discuss this further in your interview process.

If you are interested in supporting the medical care of a geriatric pit bull in our care please donate to us in their name and we will ensure that the donation goes to caring for our special needs pitties.

What support do we have after the adoption?

Pit Bulls for Life takes pride in helping newly adopted dogs and their families with the transition into their forever homes. If the need arises Pit Bulls for Life is always there for questions or concerns that the home may have.  Although we are not in any position to financially care for your dog after adoption we can assist you in behavior issue’s your dog may have as well as recommend a behaviorist to assist in whatever you may need. We highly recommend you take your dog to obedience classes as it helps ensure that you bond with your dog and understand canine behavior at a higher level. We also offer a one hour free training session with all our adoptions via trainer Adam Kidd at 780 Kennels in Spruce Grove AB (this can be taken during the trial period or post adoption up to one year).

Pit Bulls for Life will not take dogs back into the program for convenience purposes if you can no longer care for your dog, a surrender application will need to be filled out and followed as well as the standard fees will still apply.

We enjoy hearing from the adoptive families with updates and photos on their new family member.

Pit Bulls for Life have the right to refuse any potential adopter without reason.

Think you’re ready to adopt? Fill out the adoption application form!