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.

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Adoptables

Honey

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Honey - This girl is as sweet as her name. Honey is about a year old, 50-pound spayed female, that was also transferred from another facility. Miss Honey has not been able to trust anyone her whole short life so it can take her a moment to warm up to you, but treats are the way to her heart. Honey also seems to be good with the dogs she has met while with us, but if you have another dog a meet and greet is required. Please contact us today if you're looking for a little sweetness to add to your life!

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

Adopt Honey

Mililly

Not good with cats.
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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female

Meet Mililly! This 50lb bundle of absolute joy is probably around 3 years old. Somehow there’s enough bad stuff in her past to do an entire Lifetime movie, but you wouldn’t know it from her massively positive vibes. This gal is 100% pure happiness, and bound to make you feel good inside just from being near her. 

Mililly is super into all of the regular dog stuff, but somehow her giant personality means she loves it even more than any other dog. She looooves her outside time and would happily spend all day lying on the deck, moving from the sun to the shade as she pleases. She looooves her people even more, and is a mega snuggle bear. You know you have a dog that likes to chill when you see her flip on to her back with her feet in the air and her tongue hanging out. Pure bliss. 

Mililly is extremely well crate trained. She’s doing a great job trying to learn her basic commands. She loves a car ride, even a longer one. She loves baths, when is the last time you read that about a dog??? She walks well on a leash (although she does prefer a brisk pace). 

She does have some leash reactivity towards other dogs. We’ve been able to deal with this on walks by simply putting some space between her and the places where we know the dogs are, but her best home would not be in a heavily urban downtown type environment where she had to walk past other new dogs constantly. 

This can make meeting other dogs a little challenging. She dearly loves her doggy roommate and they have the best time playing (and eating each other’s breakfast), but she needs a very slow introduction via crate and rotate as well as a buddy that is not reactive.

No cats, but Mililly has been great in her limited interactions with kids. 

You're just going to love her big personality!


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

Adopt Mililly

Snowy

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Westley

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male
Age
Young
Size
Medium

Westley is a energetic young 10 month old puppy who needs someone with time, to help him continue his training. He does walk on a leash, he is good with kids, and knows how to sit. He is food aggressive with other dogs so he will need to be fed separately from any other animals in the home, but he does get along well with other dogs. He has had his first round of vaccinations. If you are interested in meeting Westley give us a call or email. Thanks so much!

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

Adopt Westley

Snickerdoodle

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Snickerdoodle is a wonderful energetic pup and estimated to be between the ages of 2-3. He knows sit, how to walk on a leash and loves treats and playing ball. Snickerdoodle would be an amazing addition to anyone's home

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

Adopt Snickerdoodle

Duke

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Duke is a sweet energetic 1-2 two-year-old male pit-bull mix who came to the shelter as a stray. He is good with kids, mostly house broken and does not know how large he is so he might need to be monitored around smaller children. He loves to play fetch and knows how to drop the ball and sit and wait for it. Plus, he is also good on a leash!

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

Adopt Duke

Baloo Berry

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male

Say hello to Baloo Berry, the big hunk of love! Baloo is a big boy but don’t let his size trick you, he is a 90-pound baby!  He is a constant companion and full of love. Where you are is where Baloo needs to be! He is a great housemate, reliably house broken and understands what he is allowed to play with and chew on. He does not love his crate, but his foster home has been working hard with him to understand that this is own safe place and he is doing amazingly well. Baloo loves going out for a stroll but is not one that needs tons of exercise before being ready to come home and snuggle up with you for a nice long t.v. binge. He has had multiple surgeries on his back legs so he does need to get enough exercise to keep his girlish figure. Baloo loves to lay his beautiful, gargantuan head in your lap while you concentrate on a book or your laptop. As long as you are with him, he doesn’t need constant entertainment making him a perfect ‘work from home’ buddy. Due to his size, Baloo does need someone that will continue to work with him on leash manners.  He is not overly reactive on walks but if he sees something of interest, he can put his weight into getting to it. Baloo is being fostered with multiple other dogs and while he enjoys their company, he is fairly indifferent to them.  He would do well with another calm pup but would be perfectly fulfilled by being' the center of attention in a home. Baloo is ready to meet his perfect new family. Are you it?

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

Adopt Baloo Berry

Lilith

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female
Age
Adult
Size
Medium

Lilith is a pretty, pocket-pittie who weighs in just over 35lbs (without her pearls). She came into foster after being found emaciated and with heat exhaustion in a parking lot in Petersburg. Despite her rough start, Lilith is the most loving and gentle dog her foster parents have ever met. She wants nothing more than to be with her people. Lilith in currently in a foster home with dogs who can be cranky around other dogs so she's fallen into her foster families' "crate and rotate" routine, which is not ideal given her potential. We think she would be fine around children and do best in a house with another laid-back dog who allows her to be "Cuddlier and Chief". She walks really well on a leash and loves to ride in the car so she would be a great companion for outings. She is house and crate trained. Lilith does struggle with separation anxiety so her new family would have to agree to work with her on that.

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

Adopt Lilith

Lucy

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female
Age
Young

This is Lucy, or as we call her Miss Juicy or Juicy Lucy Caboosie! She is in search of her forever home, and boy has she been through the ringer in her short life. She was at the shelter for an entire year, and is in need of some stability to continue making progress in her training.

She absolutely adores people and is happy to give kisses and snuggle with you on a rainy day, and when the weather is nice she will hike, run, play- Lucy is down for whatever! She has such an enthusiastic soul and zest for life, it’s contagious. She enjoys the water, so river days could be in her future, maybe with you?

You never have to wonder what Lucy is feeling, she has a strong personality and likes to express herself. She is happiest and most secure when she knows she doesn’t have to share high value items like toys or bones- and has been learning new games like “drop” and “trade up” for a different toy or treat. She is figuring out life in the house, learning how to play and is getting better every day! Her adopters will have continued support from the trainers for the rest of Lucy’s life.

Due to her exuberance around toys, we feel Lucy is not suitable as someone’s first dog but would be her best self in a more experienced home.

Lucy is very much so a people dog, and because of her strong opinions would do best in a household without cats, dogs, or small children- but she’s fine going out for a walk with another dog or to the park!

She can go with you shopping to Lowe’s or Tractor Supply, and even sit with you at a brewery while you feed her snacks and enjoy the scenery. She will happily take treats and attention from strangers, and always greets them with a wagging tail.

Lucy is very easy going in the house. She knows sit, lay down, come, walks well on the leash past dogs and people, and is crate trained as well as house trained. She loves to play catch with a ball, and toys are her favorite thing in the world.

Please reach out if you want to learn more about Miss Juicy Lucy!
If you are interested in adopting Lucy, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Lucy

Coco Colada

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Female

Just in time for backyard cocktail season, meet Coco Colada! This adorable, playful, spunky girl is two to three years old and around 50 pounds - a whole party packed into a squatty little body and topped off with a set of amazing ears! A previous Ring Dog Rescue outreach dog, this cutie spent the first part of her life outside with minimal interaction. Thankfully, her owner realized she could have a better life and wanted to give her that opportunity.

A super resilient and adaptable girl, Coco Colada isn't letting the past hold her back and will likely do best in a moderately active home. She hasn’t met a stranger and has LOVED everyone she has met, often leaning in for some attention or a cuddle. While she is interested in other dogs (in a good way), Coco Colada isn't quite sure how to play (remember, she lived outside all alone) she would do best with a friendly, similarly sized dog who can help teach her the ropes and give her the space and structure to do so successfully. 

This girl has a TON of potential and simply needs an owner who help her be the best version of herself! 

Coco Colada is very food motivated, aims to please, is attentive and is super responsive to correction. She is also doing really well with her crate training, happily going in the crate to earn treats and meals. While she briefly protests closure of the crate door  (apartments not recommended), she quickly settles down and is fine crated for a normal workday. 

She would love nothing more than to land a new family who can take her on lots of adventures, introduce her to ALL of their friends (she will make new friends for you too), spend plenty of quality time curled up on the couch, teach her a ton of new tricks, throw a ball for hours (she hasn't quite perfected bringing it back, but loves the chase) and provide her with an endless supply of durable chew toys. If you're looking for a sidekick for all of your backyard parties or summer brewery trips, Coco Colada might just be the girl for you! 

Coco Colada is quite agile and interested in all things small, fast, and furry so a cat-free, chicken-free home is required. 

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

Adopt Coco Colada

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

Doug

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Breed
Pit Bull Terrier
Gender
Male

Meet Doug!

Doug is 2-3 years old. He's as sweet and gentle as he is cute and won the heart of his foster parents immediately.

Amazingly, he has even won over the heart of his 6-year-old (can be picky with dogs) foster sister! Doug is the perfect family dog as he loves attention but is willing to sit quietly until it is his time to be loved on. He would enjoy a moderately active family, with a large fenced in backyard that he can run, play and sunbathe in. He loves long walks, treats and being near his people. Doug's cuddling skills are 11/10.

He has been through a lot in his short life and needs another dog sibling to continue building his confidence. Doug is happy to go into his crate, but he doesn't love it there (yet)! He will need continued patience and work in that area. He is loved beyond measure by his foster family and will be the sweetest addition to another loving family.

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

Adopt Doug

Zeus

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

Hello future family! Allow me to introduce myself. Zeus here! I am ready to be your new baby man! I am house broken, super quiet inside and love my crate!  If I need a time out or a nap, I just find my way to my crate and make myself comfy.  When I go out for a walk, I am super chill and kinda reserved, not like some of those other dogs that bark at everything they see.  I could be a running buddy, forest explorer, beach chiller or just a pal to join you for a little stroll! I am a different boy at home with my people though.  I love to snuggle and hang out with you, no matter what you are doing. 

My perfect home would be a quieter home with a calm loving adult or two.  I would do well in a home with a fence to run and play and just as easily in an apartment with someone that wanted to take me out to see my neighborhood.  I am an easy to please boy!  I am more concerned with making you happy!  Please ask about me if you have questions.  I am ready to get the next portion of my life started!

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

Adopt Zeus

Dessie

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Breed
Shepherd
Gender
Female
Age
Young
Size
Medium

I was surrender at no fault of my own or my mom. The landlord updated their pet policy and told my mom I had to go. Therefore, mom did the hardest thing she had to do and brought me here to the shelter to find a more suitable home.

Good with Dogs: YES! I am overly playful with them! I would likely do best with a companion my size or bigger! Male or female is fine!
Good with Cats: Yes, they actually scare me.
Good with Children: Yes- Keep in mind though – I am STILL LEARING and very much like a puppy, I jump and I am quite excitable!
Energy Level: Medium-High - I love to play! I also enjoy cuddling up next to you and taking a nap.
Other Info: I also know basic commands like sit. I am crate trained as well. I would LOVE a family to cuddle with and to explore the outdoors with! I also am still getting used to being walked on a leash.

Adopt Dessie