Adopt A Pit.
Not the Bull.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Adopt A Pit's Adoption rules?

  • All dogs in the home must be spayed or neutered.
  • All dogs in the home must be current on all age appropriate vaccinations.
  • All dogs in the home must be on regular, year-round heartworm preventative. 
  • We will contact your vet to confirm the above.
  • If you rent, we will contact your landlord to verify your ability to have a dog, and any restrictions on breed or size. 
  • We require that you fill out an application and be completely honest on the application.
  • We do not require a fence, but ask about it in our application.
  • We require a home visit for all of our dogs.
  • We adopt within a 2 hour radius of Dayton, Ohio.
  • AAP Adoption Representatives make the final decision on placement of our dogs after the home visit.


What are AAP's Adoption Fees?

  • Adoption fees for puppies are $200
  • Adoption fees for adult dogs are $175
  • Adoption fees may differ for special breeds or cases


Why do puppies cost more than adults?

We rely on adoption fees and donations to support our rescue. Puppies typically require more vetting due to additional vaccines being required. This increases our cost to care for them, so their adoption fees are higher.

Are all AAP adoptable dogs vaccinated?

All dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, & heartworm tested prior to being adopted, as well as on heartworm preventative in their foster home.


I applied but haven't heard anything about my application, when will I hear back?


We receive many applications each day for our dogs, and if a dog we post on Facebook gets a lot of attention, we may be inundated with applications. We only have 3 people who process applications, and they work full time jobs in addition to volunteering with the rescue, so it takes us a good deal of time to review the applications. Once we decide which applications meet our guidelines, we must call the applicant's landlord and veterinarian (if applicable) to make sure that everything checks out. It's only once all of these checks are complete that you will be contacted, unless there is a problem with the information you provided. For approved applications, someone from our adoption team will reach out to you to set up the home visit. In the event your application is declined, we try to let you know as soon as possible why the application was declined. However be aware that our Directors make these decisions and they typically receive 100s of emails a day to sort through, so it may be a week or more before you hear something. Please be patient! 


I applied for the dog I saw on Facebook but then saw that it was adopted to someone else. What gives?!


We process eligible applications in the order they are received. The first good application we receive for a dog is the one that will be offered a meet & greet first. It is very important that the information you provide on your application is accurate and truthful, because if we cannot reach your vet or landlord to verify, we may move on to the next applicant.


Can I come visit a dog I saw online?


We are a foster home based rescue, which means all of our adoptable dogs live in foster homes with families until they are adopted. We do not have a shelter or kennel like some rescues. We don't feel a shelter or kennel environment is a good environment for our dogs. This also means that in order to meet an adoptable dog, you must fill out an application and be approved to adopt before we can arrange a meet & greet. Once approved, one of our adoption team members will contact you to arrange a home visit and we will bring the dog to meet you and your family.


I live over 2 hours from Dayton. Why won't you adopt to me?


Our rescue is comprised solely of volunteers. No one, not our adoption team, our fosters, or our Directors collect any sort of payment for the work they do with the rescue. This includes reimbursement for gas. Therefore, we cannot ask our adoption volunteers to drive more than 2 hours one way to perform home visits, and we require home visits for all of our dogs to make sure they are going to safe homes. If you live outside of our adoption radius, we encourage you to find a shelter or rescue closer to you. You can get a good list here


I have a dog that I cannot keep anymore/I found a dog. Can you take it?


We focus on rescuing dogs from high kill shelters before their time is up. 99.9% of the time our foster homes are full and we cannot take in owner surrenders or strays. For more information on rehoming your dog or what to do if you find a dog, please visit our Relinquishment Page.