We rescue and rehabilitate dogs who are at risk in overcrowded shelters, including many who have been victims of cruelty and dog-fighting, and then place them in permanent homes. We also advocate for pit bulls through educational and outreach programs and work to build a community that supports the bond between dogs and people.

Why pit bulls?  Our rescue concentrates on pit bulls because breed prejudice makes them less adoptable and subject to high rates of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  We also just love these dogs, for their playful, affectionate natures and generous hearts.  Many of us live with pit bulls who are family dogs, agility dogs, therapy dogs, bed warmers, and sources of endless love and fun.  We always love to talk about dogs – please ask!

We rescue and rehabilitate dogs who are at risk in overcrowded shelters or who have been victims of cruelty and dog-fighting and place them in permanent homes.  We also advocate for pit bulls through educational and outreach programs.  Our friendly, constructive, and open-minded community of dog lovers is always looking for new volunteers, fosters, and friends – please join us!

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Dogs Adopted

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Dogs Saved

Most of our dogs need TLC and often medical treatment before becoming available for adoption. During this time, they settle into a foster home and we get to know them. Please see our “Adopt” page for more information about adopting one of our dogs.

Since we began adoptions in 2012, we have found great homes for over 150 dogs. Our dogs are adopted by all kinds of people, including families with young kids, retired people, college students, and many more. To see some happy endings, please take a look at our success stories! We do not have a kennel or other facility and cannot take in either strays or privately owned dogs.  Please see the “Resources” page on this site for tips on rehoming a dog privately.

POPB takes in dogs from the public shelters in Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Gilchrist, Levy, Orange, and Putnam counties.  In addition, we sometimes take dogs from from cruelty seizures, in collaboration with national animal welfare agencies.

All our dogs live in foster homes, where they learn basic manners and we get to know their likes and dislikes, personalities, energy levels, and more, in order to make the perfect match with an adopter.  In addition, of course, they get the veterinary care they need.

We have adoption events in Gainesville every Saturday from noon to 4 pm, alternating between Petco (6869 W. Newberry Rd.) and Millhopper Petsmart on NW 16th Ave. at 43rd Street.  Please visit our Facebook page for details about each weekend’s events.  It’s always possible to arrange a private meeting if you can’t attend or if you’re interested in a dog who doesn’t attend events.

MAKE AN IMPACT

We have been very fortunate in the last couple of years to have found so many great homes for our dogs.  Even though we are all-volunteer organization with no kennels (all our dogs live in private foster homes), in 2013 we had over 70 adoptions.  By mid-July 2014, we have already adopted 72 dogs!  Our dogs are adopted by all kinds of people, including families with young kids, retired people, college students, and many more.

If you have been giving thought to adopting or even fostering a pit bull, please take a moment to review and see how they fit perfectly into all types of families and lifestyles. To see the great dogs we currently have available for adoption visit our adoption page.