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Is a pit bull right for me?

Are you:

  • able to commit at least 30 minutes to an hour of exercise every day with your dog? If you love pit bulls but are not physically active, consider adopting a senior pit bull (8 years or older) who may be more content to live a more sedentary lifestyle.
  • able to provide lots of love and attention?
  • prepared to change minds and act as an example of how a responsible dog owner can produce a great dog?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, you could make a wonderful pit bull parent.

Where can I find a pit bull of my own?

Come to PAWS! Pit bulls of all ages, sizes, and colors are available for adoption. City shelter systems are usually overflowing with pit bulls, and Philadelphia’s is no exception. PAWS adopts out more pit bulls than any other type of dog.

If you don’t find the right pit bull for you, staff members can refer you to dogs living in foster care. PAWS, like any reputable rescue, performs temperament screening on all dogs placed up for adoption.

To see some of the PAWS dogs looking for homes, click "Find your new best friend" on the left side of this page.

Never buy a pit bull from:

  • a classified ad in the newspaper
  • an online classified ad, unless it is advertising a foster or shelter dog
  • a pet store

Sadly, most pit bull breeders are in business not for the dogs, but for money. Philadelphia is overflowing with puppies sold by "backyard breeders" who give little to no consideration of the dogs’ health, genetics, or disposition. Unlike rescue organizations, which screen their dogs to ensure sound temperament, backyard breeders may be selling you a dog that may be unhealthy or intentionally bred for aggression.

While there are certainly exceptions to this rule, pit bull overpopulation is so dire in the city of Philadelphia that there is no reason to buy when you can adopt instead.