Adopt a Pit Bull

Thank you for your interest in a rescued pit bull type dog! We take the adoption process very seriously and hope you will, too.

We want you to think this decision through and be fully aware of the challenges that come with pet ownership. We want you to treat the animal as a full participating member of your household. Adopting a pet should be looked upon as a lifelong commitment of love and responsibility for the welfare of that animal, just as you would have for a human member of your family.

The entire process can take 1-3 weeks to process, so please be patient and understand if you live outside of the Greater Richmond Area, the process may take longer. Our goal is to place the right pit bull in the right home.

We have many dogs in treatment who are not quite ready to be adopted yet. Our available dog list does ebb and flow, so it's not unusual to see only a few at times and then many at others.

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Ring Dog Adoption Process

Our adoption process intentionally has several steps and cannot be completed in one day.

  1. Fill out an Adoption Application
  2. Phone interview
  3. Reference Checks
  4. Meet and greet with the dog you are interested in (and any dogs you may have)
  5. Home inspection
  6. 1 week trial run (in home)
  7. Finalize adoption (contract, collection of adoption fee and transfer of medical records)

Our adoption fee is due at the BEGINNING of your week trial, and includes spay or neuter, rabies (if of age), vaccinations, worming, microchip and any other medical required for the health of the particular animal.

Adoption Fees

  • $150.00 for any dog in our program unless it's noted otherwise

The entire process can take 1-3 weeks to process, so please be patient and understand if you live outside of the Greater Richmond Area, the process may take longer. Our goal is to place the right pit bull in the right home.

If you're considering or want to find a new home your pit bull breed dog, click here for more information.

Downloadable files

Ring Dog ByLaws - PDF
Things to Think About Before Adopting - PDF

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Adoptables

Bertie

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier / Labrador Retriever / Mixed (short coat)
Gender
Female
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Bertie is a fun young girl who has travelled a great distance to find you. At 8 months of age, Bertie has survived a hurricane, travelled 1300 miles, had her broken leg repaired, learned to be crate trained, and to play with other dogs. Bertie would love an energetic home, someone to run with, or who likes to play in the yard. Bertie would really like to continue her training and maybe even have a try at agility. Are you the active person who has been looking for an adventure partner? Look no further, Bertie is your girl! 

If you are interested in adopting Bertie, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Bertie

Professor Honeydew

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

This sweet little pup is full of puppy energy. He would love an active family to go on adventures with for he is always on the go. He spends his day playing with his big foster siblings and helping around the farm. He loves playing in the yard with his toys and a good game of cat and mouse with his foster sister. He also enjoys watching the goats and chicken frolic around him.  He is still learning and will need some further training. He has been doing wonderful in his crate and is working on his potty training and his basics.

If you are interested in adopting Professor Honeydew, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Professor Honeydew

GoKart

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

GoKart is a rough and tumble man about town just looking for his forever home. Though mostly deaf (he can hear some things!) this guy shows no signs of that hindering his go get em lifestyle. GoKart also happens to be really smart, so learning hand signals will be a breeze! This guy lives fast and always on the go, and would do best with an active family- he loves kids, other dogs, and would even befriend a strong willed cat willing to remind him that cats rule. He is well behaved in his crate, and is pretty dang good at pottying outside for his age. If you’re looking for a new addition who isn’t a couch potato, Go Kart is your man!


If you are interested in adopting GoKart, please fill out an application today!

Adopt GoKart

Louis

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Large

This handsome and happy dude is Lewis, though his foster family calls him Louis (pronounced Louie) for short. His background is mysterious as he came to us with a misshapen head, though not a misshapen heart! Lewis has so much love to give and wants to be by his persons side no matter what they are doing. You will definitely never be lonely with this guy! He enjoys watching his foster family garden or cook, and is happy to spend the day lounging either on the deck or on his bed; Lewis doesn't need to be super active!

Lewis has never met a stranger! He adores his 2 doggy foster sisters and has been great at respecting their space. He doesn't even mind the bossy one!  He loves children and his foster cat siblings though does best with the confident cats who are not afraid to tell him he's playing too rough.

Lewis is a quick learner who just wants to make you happy. He adjusted to potty and crate training like a champ and is working on sitting on command.

If you are interested in adopting Lewis, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Louis

Rocco

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Large

This handsome gentle boy, Rocco, is a dream!  He is a neutered 3-5 year old, dog friendly, crate trained, walks like a dream on leash, couch potato!  Despite being left at the shelter when his owner was admitted to the hospital he is still not giving up on love.  Could you be the one to complete him?


If you are interested in adopting Rocco, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Rocco

Katie

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Female
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Looking for the perfect combination of brains and beauty? Look no further than 9 month old Katie! This stunning young pup is smart as a tack and quickly picked up on crate training. She has no problems relaxing in it while her foster parents are at work or for bedtime. Katie has already mastered “sit”, is working on “wait”, and is a huge people pleaser so other commands are sure to follow. She is polite when taking treats and will sit nicely for her turn at dinner when her three foster dog siblings are fed first.

Katie is very gentle in nature and LOVES to snuggle with her foster family and dog siblings, although she doesn't understand why the kitties she lives with won't be her friend! She hopes her forever family will have a large couch and an active Netflix account for some major cuddles at night. She's incredibly social, has never met a stranger, and her favorite thing in the entire world is giving kisses (although your shoes are a close second)! Katie can't wait to get to know you better and hopefully go home!

If you are interested in adopting Katie, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Katie

Rocky

Not good with cats.
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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Meet ROCKY! This handsome boy is sure to make you smile every day with his silliness, his wiggle butt and his soulful, warm eyes! He just turned 4 so he’s in the prime of his life! He’s housebroken, listens well and has good house manners except for the occasional counter surf! He has lived with other dogs and prefers non-confrontational dogs for his friends. He has lived with kids from toddler to teenager, but because he’s a solid boy and still acts like a puppy at times older kids would probably best. He loves showing off and will often dance around and jump for treats. He does prefer a cat free home. His favorite things are rolling up in blankets, car rides, belly rubs, giving kisses, long walks and just being close to you. Oh and toys, he loves playing with toys, especially ones that squeak! This sweet, funny boy is ready for a new beginning with a loving family to call his own!

If you are interested in adopting Rocky, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Rocky

Sherman

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Large

Sherman is a sweet, handsome and eager-to-please boy, approximately 1 year old.  He is housebroken & crate trained, and rides in the car like a pro. Sherman will chew on his Kong or toy as long as you will allow, and he is quick to understand the difference between “toy” and “leave it”.  He is curious and respectful around the house; still exploring and learning the rules.

He is polishing his leash manners, and loves walks with his foster family.  Sherman can still be a mouthy, gamboling puppy at times, so continued education will ensure he becomes the gentleman he is destined to be.  Sherman has some energy and would prefer a playful female companion.

If you are interested in adopting Sherman, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Sherman

Boofus

Not good with cats.
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Breed
Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Large

Sweet Boofus is a 3 year big boy lab X. He is about 75lbs. Boofus has had a really rough go at life until Ring Dog Rescue brought him in.  Prior to rescue he has spent his entire life tied to a tree in a small pen. Once Boofus joined us he had to go through heartworm treatment. Boofus recently finished his treatment and his crate rest. So now Boofus is trying really hard to learn leash manners and basic obedience. He is slowly being introduced to his four legged house mates and is doing well playing with his female pit bull friend. He doesn't read doggie language very well so his friend Lana is helping out and showing him the way. Boofus still has a way to go to get him use to being a companion and learn how Awesome it can be to be a inside dog. Boofus will need a patient and active family.   

If you are interested in adopting Boofus, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Boofus

Adoptables

Shiloh

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Breed
Beagle / Mixed (short coat)
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Small

Shiloh is an petite guy who hopes to land himself in a home with lots of attention and snuggles. Shiloh does prefer a quiet home, and would like to either be the only dog or be with a companion dog roughly his size. While he thinks children are neat, older kids are a much better fit as noise scares him. Shiloh walks well on leash and although he had a severe break to his leg, his orthopedic surgeon said he is now all healed and ready for more activity, although he is perfectly content just chilling with his people. Shiloh is housebroken and crate trained too.

If you are interested in adopting Shiloh, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Shiloh

Marge

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Breed
Hound (short coat)
Gender
Female
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Marge is a beautifully shy hound dog that was rescued after her "owner" (that didn't even give her a name) dumped her at the shelter when he was done breeding her.  She has been with her foster family for several months as she was heartworm positive and had to undergo treatment.  Marge LOVES eating and hanging out in her crate, other dogs, and taking her morning walks.  She is still very shy and unsure with people, but she wants to trust and she will eventually get there.  Marge needs someone that will be gentle, patient, and not have any expectations of her.  In turn she is low maintenance and a companion to other dogs.  Marge simply needs a chance to know and experience love.

If you are interested in adopting Marge, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Marge

Rosie

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Breed
Hound (short coat)
Gender
Female
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Rosie had a rough time before she found her way to Ring Dog Rescue.  She was adopted from a rural shelter where she got away from her adopter on the first day she was adopted and spent the next 9 months on the lam!  She was finally caught and brought back to the shelter where an RDR volunteer could not bear to leave her there.  Rosie has adjusted fabulously to living life on the inside!  She loves the couch (can you tell?), her crate, and her foster family (human and canine).  She is housebroken and a very quiet girl.  She would do best in a calm quiet home that will allow her to bloom into her full potential without a specific timeline and a lot of expectations.  In return she promises to love you unconditionally...a win win!

If you are interested in Rosie, complete an application today!

Adopt Rosie