Adopt a Pit Bull

Thank you for your interest in a rescued pit bull! 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.

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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

  • Pit Bull Type Dogs $150.00*
  • Rottweilers $150.00*
  • English Bull dogs $300.00

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

Shyloh

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier / Mixed
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

This beauty is Shyloh! She has been waiting forever for her happily ever after and we don't know why! This little lady loves to play with her toys, but her most favorite game in the world is CHASE! She will run around the yard with the biggest smile living life to the fullest. Shyloh can be shy upon meeting new people but comes around if given the chance. She needs someone willing to take it slow and be patient with her. Shyloh can be picky about her doggie friends and has made a few, but she doesn't enjoy the presence of felines. She enjoys her walks and is motivated. We promise if you just give her a little love and time, she will be your next best friend!

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

Adopt Shyloh

Zeppelin

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male

Zeppelin
1.5 yrs
Male
Buckskin

Zeppelin is an outgoing guy, he loves playing fetch and outdoor activities. Zeppelin would do best as an only dog in the home, also no cats for this kid. Zeppelin would do best with an active human, he would be a great jogging or trail running partner. Zeppelin has completed training and has lots of knowledge and is smart as a whip. Zeppelin is crate trained, housebroken, and is very attentive to his human. If you are looking for a cross country travel companion, an early morning jogging partner, a hike the Appalachian kind of best friend, then look no further. 

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

Adopt Zeppelin

Dandy

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female

Dandy
Female
Spayed
Approx 2.5 yrs
Brindle

This short stack of love is Dandy Lion, but we just call her Dandy! 

She is about 40 lbs and 2.5 years old, with a whole lotta spunk. Dandy is very short in stature but makes up for it with BIG personality! The way she jumps and bounces when she’s playing, or her half “smile” greeting you will melt your heart. 

Dandy is incredibly food motivated and loves to work. She knows basic commands, walks well on the leash, and loves to ride in the car and go on adventures. She can have a little “selective hearing” when she’s excited or there’s something really good to sniff, but she understands No means No -as long as you’re consistent and encourage her she will be the best road dog you could ask for! 

Dandy is crate trained, currently eats her meals/treats inside and doesn’t chew her blankets. 

She has had a few stints with cats in her past that left a bad taste in her mouth and has a healthy terrier interest in small animals so we would recommend a medium/large dog only home. Dandy prefers male dogs over female dogs, she’s a bossy girl! 

Dandy has a good off switch inside and loves to sit on your lap to cuddle. She’s super content to chill the day away or go outside and play- as long as she’s by your side she’ll be happy. 

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

Adopt Dandy

Snacks

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male

4 yrs
male neutered
white with tan

Snacks is a 4ish year old, happy go lucky guy looking for an affectionate home with someone who has a sense of humor. 

Snacks is the perfect blend of couch potato and life of the party. You can say he’s well rounded, both temperament wise and body type.  Snacks is a bowling ball weighing in at 65 pounds, but don’t worry, he will still insist on fitting in your lap. 

Snacks is a simple man who is just happy to be here! He absolutely loves to cuddle but also entertains himself nicely with toys.  Snacks gets playful spurts of energy, performing uncoordinated zoomies, but he’s mostly loungin’ or curiously following his person around. 

Snacks loves going for rides in the car, walks in the park, meeting new people and their dogs, and could even enjoy a restaurant patio with you.  He’s a ham for attention with a calm demeanor, making him the ideal dog for anyone who wants to enjoy their lifestyle with their dog at their side.

Snacks is also good with the kids he has met and respects the cats in the home! He forgets his size sometimes, and can be a little forward, so you must be willing to initially establish boundaries through a little training for Snacks if you have cats or kids. 

Snacks is house trained and crate trained.

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

Adopt Snacks

Finnegan

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Breed
Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male
Age
Young

Finnegan, meet everyone. Everyone, meet Finnegan!

This charming lad is looking for his forever person. Finnegan is approx. 1.5 years of age. Like so many foster pups, his young life was awful.  But, as fate would have it, on a cold day, a kind person spotted him on the streets, picked him up, bought him a sweater, and brought him to Hopewell animal control.  Luckily, someone from Ring Dog Rescue saw him, and he came home to get healthy.

You see, Finnegan was not healthy.  His body mass was 1.5 (1 being the worst); he had pressure sores on his hips.  His white fur was stained yellow, and his skin was in bad condition.  He didn't weigh much more than 20 pounds.  So, Finnegan began his road to recovery.  He received special creams to heal the pressure sores and was fed carefully so he could gain weight slowly. 

A couple of weeks later, Finnegan moved into a new foster home, where he continued to heal. In less than a month, he doubled his weight, the sores healed.  And he learned to be a dog.  Toys are the best things (okay, second best, just behind food and treats).  He continues to work on his manners in his crate.  He gets fussy but only because he wants to be with his foster family.  He can get excited and jump around; he's learning proper manners.  He is house trained and lets you know if he needs to go outside.  Once outside, he loves to run and bounce.  At mealtime he gets super excited, so he's working hard to keep calm.  He loves to relax in the evenings and nap on the couch while snuggling with his humans.

If you're making resolutions that include being more active, exploring the outdoors, and adding a pup to your life, Finnegan will be the perfect fit.  While he hasn't met too many pups, he could do well with a well-established, balanced older pup brother or sister to teach him the ropes. Because of his energy level, he wouldn't do well in a home with small children (older children, who can handle his energy level, would be okay).  Because of his fussiness in crates and his level of energy, a home with a fenced in yard (or long, active walks) would be a perfect fit.  He doesn't live with any cats.

Finnegan is ready to begin again. 

If you are interested in adopting Finnegan, please fill out an application today! You won't be disappointed.

Adopt Finnegan

Lucy

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female
Age
Young

You want Lucy Diamond (a.k.a. Goose) in your life! She has an incredible zest for life, so full of joy, personality, and a sense of adventure. She wakes up every day with her tail going 100 miles a minute, and it never stops while she is awake. She greets every new adventure (from a new toy to a trip somewhere new) with such excitement and curiosity it will bring the biggest smile to your face. Lucy loves water, car rides, toys, and playing fetch. She is crate-trained, house-trained, rides well in the car, and can go on leashed walks with other dogs after a proper introduction.
Lucy is affectionate and loves to be with her people. When it is time to sleep, however, she likes her space and often puts herself to bed so as not to be disturbed. She’s also working on sharing her toys. Because she takes nap time so seriously and is insecure with her toys, Lucy would do best in a home with no small children and no other dogs. She, of course, finds cats to be highly objectionable, so no kitties either.
If you are looking for a companion that will make you smile and laugh every day, shower you with affection, and is ready for any adventure, please ask about adopting Lucy. You will not regret it!

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

Adopt Lucy

Hippo

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Ya'll this land Hippo is everything! She has been waiting at the shelter for months..often overlooked because she is a black dog and yes, that is really a thing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_dog_syndrome). I promise this black beauty has so much love to give. Although she is not a fan of dogs or cats, her favorite thing in the world are children of any age. I have never seen a dog literally melt into a puddle for children. She craves love and affection, and can walk with another dog..she just cannot live with one. However, this land hippo has more than enough love to make it worth letting her beach herself right into your life! Give her a chance and you won't be disappointed.

Adopt Hippo

Jack

Not good with cats.
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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier / Border Collie
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Meet our man Jack! If you like a jack of all trades he's your man! This pit bull type dog/ border collie mix and is looking for a soft place to land, and in return he will heal your wounds with his affections, sucker you with his puppy eyes, and snuggle his way into your heart! Jack is very affectionate with his people once he gets to know them! Previously he lived in a home with older children and did very well. He has been good with most of the dogs he has met, but of course a meet and greet is required! Jack doesn't care for cats..he thinks they are entitled and we can't really disagree.

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

Adopt Jack

Eeyore

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Eeyore has the best ears...most of the time only one stands up straight! This young lad has an amazing zest for life all the time..nothing gets him down! He loves to play with other dogs and will match their play style, and already knows basic commands (sit, down, paw, speak)! He enjoys his walks and is trying to learn some leash manners, but it's just so hard when you want to explore the trails! He would do well in a home willing to give home the exercise and structure he needs. He is fine around children, but does sometimes jump and he loves the zoomies so children over 10 years would be ideal. We are unsure about cats, but we aren't either....

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

Adopt Eeyore

Ernest

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male

Ernest affectionately called Ernie did not have a great start to his short life.  This boy was taken from a rural shelter with such severe heartworms his back was bowed due to the amount of fluid in his belly.  Fortunately, he made a complete recovery in his awesome foster home and is looking for someone to call his own.  

Ernie knows how to sit and wait for his food until you tell him it's time, is crate trained and house broken. He will need someone that is willing to continue working with him to solidify his obedience and behavioral skills. He loves going out, on walks and riding in the car, but most of all he loves NYLABONES AND BELLY RUBS!  

Ernie likes the other dogs he has met, but he’s not met any cats or small dogs as of yet! Patience, exercise, structure and understanding are what Ernie needs to thrive. He would be perfectly happy in a home without other animals or as a second dog to one that fits his energy level. 

If you are interested in being the Bert to this Ernie, or have more questions, please contact Ring Dog Rescue.

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

Adopt Ernest

Nikki

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Breed
Unknown breed
Gender
Female
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Meet Nikki! This beauty is estimated to be 2 years old in December. She is as sweet as she is beautiful. Nikki is super soft, knows sit, and is learning down. She does need a little work on walking on a leash as she likes to pull, but she’s easily trainable. She has a lot of energy so she would love to have a fenced in yard to run and play in...she LOVES playing with her foster brothers! She is crate trained and will cue you to go outside to potty. Nikki is very smart, likes to lay in your lap and follow you around. Nikki is so silly and fun. She will make a great companion for just about any family willing to give her the exercise and structure she needs.

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

Adopt Nikki