Out of the Pits

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Out of the Pits holds adoption and public education clinics regularly at various locations in and around the Albany area. Check Here to see where we'll be next. Lots of great dogs will be waiting to meet you!

Who We Are

Out of the Pits is a not for profit organization that was founded in 1994. We seek to educate the public about the true nature of the American Pit Bull Terrier and to make them aware that they used to be one of America's favorite breed of dogs. Our efforts are aimed at restoring the breed to its former position of esteem in the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Our main focus is education. We visit dozens of schools with our certified therapy Pit Bulls to teach humane education throughout the New York Capital District, as well as nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. We are also a rescue organization. Since our inception, we have successfully re-homed over one thousand dogs, and helped many more stay in their homes.

Our educational program continues to expand as we are currently developing curriculum for working with children in areas where Pit Bulls are particularly at risk. In the near future we hope to have fully developed presentations available for delivery at all levels from elementary through college. If interested in bringing one of our programs into your school, please contact us at info@outofthepits.org.

Children will determine the future of the Pit Bull and their acceptance of our in-school programs has been heartwarming. But our education efforts must continue to grow. For every acceptable home found for one of our dogs, we receive hundreds of calls asking that we rescue a Pit Bull. Only when the true nature of the breed is recognized, will a sufficient number of loving homes open up to the many thousands of displaced dogs filling streets and shelters.

To address this need, we are launching a Free Pit Bull Spay-Neuter Program this year, called "Fix-A-Bull." The Fix-A-Bull Program is an attempt to address the Pit Bull overpopulation problem and the fact that there are not enough responsible owners or good homes for Pit Bulls. Sadly, we receive approximately 1,000 requests per week to take unwanted Pit Bulls. Shelter statistics are equally staggering and it is estimated that more than 80% of Pit Bulls in shelters are euthanized, and typically only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls finds a loving home.

Please visit our "Spay-Neuter" page for information on how to get your Pit Bull spayed or neutered for free (or a discounted price), or visit our donations page if you would like to make a contribution to help support the Fix-A-Bull Program.

Adopting a friend

If you are interested in adopting one of our wonderful dogs, please visit our website and complete our online application. We will get back to you very quickly. Please note that we adhere to the following criteria when approving applications:

~All applicants must be at least 21 years of age. (we do not make exceptions)
~Any children in the home MUST be at least 5 years of age. (we do not make exceptions)
~Any current animals in the home must be spayed or neutered.
~We adopt to locations within a 4 hour radius from the Albany NY area. (excluding Canada).
~We DO NOT ship dogs. It is important to us that you meet a dog prior to adoption.
~Opposite sex placements are preferred. Exceptions are made only for homes where the current same sex dog is a senior, or the adoptable dog is an adult known to be dog social with dogs of the same sex.
~Everyone in the home must be in agreement about adding a new dog to the household.
~If you rent please verify that your landlord will allow pit bulls (we will check). And renters must have a 1 year rental history at current location.
~If you own, verify that your home owner's insurance covers the Pit bull breed. (if not, we would be happy to give you the name of companies that do not breed discriminate)
~Please verify that your community does not have any breed specific legislation.

Come Visit Us!

If you would like to visit our website to learn more about our rescue group and what other services we offer please click here: Out of The Pits

Out of the Pits Inc.
P.O. Box 2311
Albany, NY 12220
Email: info@outofthepits.org
Click here for a list of dogs with this organization

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