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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Pit Bull Terrier

This is Ernest, one of the happiest, never look back, live for the day like it’s the first and the last all rolled into one dogs you will ever meet! He has been in foster care for quite some time and is finally ready for a home all his own so he can be someone’s number one man!  He is looking for a home that is active, this is important, he is not a 'sit at home on the sofa all day' kinda boy. He loves a good hike or romp in the river, both at the same time if he has any input on the matter. His family would preferably own stock in a chew bone factory. This is not a requirement, but he reeeeeally loves his Nylabones and Benebones. He will actually hang out, sort of still for a while, happy as a lark.  Other favorite things include belly rubs. Ernie tries really hard to chew on his bone and get belly rubs at the same time which takes some talent! He must spend at least 1/3 his life on his back hoping to convince someone to touch that belly!  It doesn’t matter if he knows you or if you are a complete stranger that he has run across during a walk or an outing of some sort. Ernest knows basic commands. Even if he gets a little enthusiastic with life and wiggles like there is no tomorrow, he will do everything in his power to make you happy... or for a treat.  But a treat means you are happy right? He 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. Ernie has not been around cats or small dogs in his foster home and for the sake of setting up everyone for success we will not let him go to a home with either at this time. His foster home has been working on his leash skills but due to his prior medical issues which caused him to be on activity restrictions for a long period of time he gets easily excited when he sees people and other dogs.  Ernie likes the other dogs he has met, but needs introductions and a walk first. 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 Ernest’s hero, his one and only, or have more questions, please contact Ring Dog Rescue. We are excited to have him continue his life with his own person or people.

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

Adopt Ernest


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Pit Bull Terrier

This sweet lady is now healthy and ready to find her furever home! In her first four years she was likely an overworked mama dog. Azula (aka Zuzu or Zuli) would do best with at least one other dog to follow their lead and continue learning how to enjoy the good life. She can have some separation anxiety at first so she will require patience the first few weeks in her new home. With consistency she settles right in and enjoys leisurely walks. And now that she’s healthy she can make short trips without getting carsick but she probably won’t be a good road warrior. Zuzu loves to just relax at home and be near her humans. If you’re looking to add a chill vibe to your pack consider adopting this gentle giant!

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

Adopt Azula


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Pit Bull Terrier

Meet Poppy! She's been through A LOT in her 4 years on the planet, as she came to Ring Dog heartworm positive and severely underweight, not to mention scared of everything and with a deformed front leg. Now she enjoys the finer things in life: Dog beds are heaven, sunbathing is AMAZING, and being able to trust people for the first time, and then there is the true magic of going on walks. She's happy to sleep in her crate all night and fully house trained. Poppy is extremely picky in terms of her dog friends and quite shy when making new people friends, but she bonds very strongly once she warms up to a new person. Once her happy tail starts wagging, you simply can't wipe the smile off of her face. Like a secret comedian, Poppy will bring her new home smiles and laughter every day! 
If you are interested in adopting Poppy, please fill out an application today!

Adopt Poppy


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Pit Bull Terrier

2 years
50 pounds
Blue brindle and white
Neutered male

Meet Malachi aka Mali!  This squishy face is a total baby, but his kennel presence wasn’t so great and as a result he was labeled rescue only by the shelter.  His foster family (human and K9) ADORE him.  He is house broken, crate trained, walks well on leash, is quiet, loves to lizard hunt, his shadow, and to burrow under blankets.  His foster family lives in the boonies so they don’t receive many visitors so Mali does have some stranger danger (loud barking), so he’d do best in a home without frequent visitors or a family that will understand this and work with him.  This dog is totally delicious! He must go into a home with other dogs and he is most comfortable with canine companions around. Submit an app today if you can give him all her deserves!

If you are interested in adopting Malachi, please fill out an application

Adopt Malachi


Not good with dogs. Not good with cats.
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Pit Bull Terrier

Sweet Annabella is a mostly furry, extremely loveable couch potato. She has been with her foster mom for the past 6 months recovering from Demodectic mange and getting more beautiful every day. She has been a perfectly polite and trainable dog. She is very food motivated which makes training a breeze. Annabella knows commands like sit, shake, and down. She does great with kids who are a little older, she does not typically jump on anyone but sometimes she doesn’t realize how big she is, and in all honesty if she could sit on your lap all day she would. She is not the most athletic dog, but walks great on leash. Annabella is not an adventurous dog and prefers short neighborhood walks as going to new places can be very over-whelming for her. Her short burst of energy and excitement are short lived and she settles down great. She meets new humans in a polite and sweet manner but has not had much experience meeting new dogs and would do best in a home as the only dog. She gets a bath with medicated shampoo about once a week as her skin continues to heal. Annabella is housebroken and crate trained. Annabella would prefer a quite neighborhood over city life and home that is kitty free!

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

Adopt Annabella


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This precious little girl is Millie! She looks like a beagle but snorts like a little pig! Millie is about 5 years old, sweet as sugar, and on a diet!  Her favorite things include bird watching, going for walks, snuggling, and laying frog legged in the sun!  Millie is practically perfect.  She’s housebroken, crate trained, loves her foster brothers and sisters, and is a quiet girl.  She’s easy going and adapts to just about any situation.  Whoever adopts this girl will hit the jackpot!

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

Adopt Millie