Adoption Requirements & Process

Adoption Requirements

  • WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TECHNICAL PROBLEMS.  IF YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, PLEASE FORWARD THAT EMAIL TO:  Adoptions@outofthepits.org   
  • All applicants must be at least 21 years of age (we do not make exceptions)
  • Any children in the home MUST be at least 5 years of age (we do not make exceptions)
  • Any current animals in the home must be spayed or neutered
  • We adopt to locations within a 4 hour radius from the Albany NY area (excluding Canada).
  • We DO NOT ship dogs.  It is important to us that you meet a dog prior to adoption.
  • Opposite sex placements are preferred.  Exceptions are made only for homes where the current same sex dog is a senior, or the adoptable dog is an adult known to be dog social with dogs of the same sex.
  • Everyone in the home must be in agreement about adding a new dog to the household.
  • You must own your home to adopt a puppy.  If you rent we will ONLY consider an adult placement (over the age of 2).
  • If you rent please verify that your landlord will allow pit bulls (we will check).  And renters must have a 1 year rental history at current location.  We Do Not adopt to apartment complexes.
  • If you own, verify that your home owner’s insurance covers the Pit bull breed (if not, we would be happy to give you the name of companies that do not breed discriminate)
  • Please verify that your community does not have any breed specific legislation

Adoption Process

  • WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TECHNICAL PROBLEMS.  IF YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, PLEASE FORWARD THAT EMAIL TO:  Adoptions@outofthepits.org  
  • Fill out our adoption application online.  Please do not leave anything out.  We will not respond to incomplete applications.
  • Once your application is received we will email you to arrange a time to speak with you on the phone.  We can then talk more about your application, our process, the dogs we currently have available and what might fit best into your home.
  • We call your references and call your vet to verify all current animals are altered and vaccinated.  Please call your vet office and ask them to note your file that it is OK to speak with us about your pets.
  • Once we have spoken with you and verified your references we will then schedule your home visit.  We are not looking for beauty, just a safe environment for a dog.
  • If approved to adopt you will be required to sign our legally binding adoption contract.   You can view our adoption contract by clicking here.  We recommend reviewing the contract prior to adoption and if you are not agreeable to all parts of our adoption contract, please do not apply.
  • Our adoption fee (due at time of adoption) is $275 for puppies under 6 months of age / For dogs over 6 months of age the fee varies.  Please see the individual pet listing for the adoption fee of the dog you are interested in adopting.   * We also have special adoption prices for Seniors adopting Seniors (over 7) and discounts for veterans adopting adult dogs (over the age of 2).  ** Adoption fees are not refundable.

Adoption Application:

WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TECHNICAL PROBLEMS.  IF YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AND RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, PLEASE FORWARD THAT EMAIL TO:  Adoptions@outofthepits.org  

Click Here to Complete our on line application