Dog adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
Our focus is on Public Education, Rescue and Responsible Dog Ownership. Although we are headquartered in Central Indiana - we have dogs available throughout the MidWest.
The Halfway House is a small home based rescue dedicated to placing deserving pit bull type dogs in homes that both understand and appreciate the breed. We think the quality of our placements for both the dog and his or her new family is much more important than the quantity of placements we make.
Our goals are to promote rescue, education and responsible dog ownership. We will strive to assist Pit Bulls in need and try to help the public gain acceptance through understanding. We envision a time when public will judge the breed on it’s own merits rather than by the news headlines, which are caused not by dogs but by irresponsible owners. We hope in some way, however small, to help stem the flood of abuse and over population problems that plague this breed.
Why Pit Bulls?
Well we would ask.... Why not? While we agree that this is not the breed for everyone, we also can tell you that Pit Bulls are fun loving, loyal and have a zest for life seen in few other breeds. We also believe that no breed of dog in history has been asked to endure more than these dogs have. They are vilified by the media, over bred by those who have no knowledge of nor interest in the breed beyond their ability to turn a quick buck, pitted against each other by those who get their enjoyment from watching other living creatures suffer and generally seem to draw irresponsible, neglectful and out right abusive owners. The truth is that these dogs need our compassion and our help. But all to often all they get is dismissed by the public as "one of those dogs" as though some how their breed means they suffer less or are less deserving than other dogs. As people who know what truly wonderful companions they can be we are unable to sit quietly as they go by the thousands to their deaths in local shelters or suffer short miserable lives at the hands of unkind or uncaring owners. Together we can all make a difference - one dog at a time though it may be. And maybe, with luck, we can change a few minds along the way.
Our dogs come from local shelters. Most are what is referred to as "death row dogs" meaning either the shelter would not adopt them out due their breed or they are out of time - having been overlooked again and again by potential adopters because they are a pit bull or bully breed type of dog. All dogs are thoroughly vetted (vaccinations, heartworm tested and checked for internal parasites) and altered prior to adoption. All HHPBR dogs have been evaluated in a family environment and in most cases started on housebreaking and crate training. How complete this process is will depend on how long a dog has been with us. Although the average stay for a dog is 6 to 8 months it can vary widely from dog to dog. We are always available for questions, assistance with behavioral problems or training advice for the life of your adopted dog.
Please carefully review the information below before completing an application. Please be sure to also review the breed information located on our FAQ page. at www.hhpbr.com. Feel free to ask if there is information you feel we have not covered - the time to research a dog is BEFORE you make your final choice.
We are located in Central Indiana but long distance adoptions are fine so long as we are able to arrange a home check with a rescue in your area. We've adopted dogs to homes as far away as Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama and Michigan. No dogs will be adopted without a home check and either proof of home ownership or landlord approval.
Please do not take exception with our desire to verify your ability to provide a good home to a dog in need! We do not mean for adopting a dog to be an overly complicated or invasive process. However, you must remember that all of our dogs have been failed in some way by their former owners or they would not be with us. Some have been rescued from situations of neglect and abuse, while others were abandoned by their caretakers when the responsibility of owning a pet became an inconvenience.
We feel very strongly that it is our responsibility to ensure that our dogs never have to endure those situations again. We don't want to look in your closets and we don't care if the dishes need done. We only want to verify that you are able to provide a safe and caring environment for a dog in need. But please remember that these dogs have been in our homes and our hearts. We will not place them hurriedly or carelessly – Your understanding and patience are much appreciated!
All dogs start their adoptions with a two week trial period. This is kind of a "test drive" for you and the dog. Within this time frame you should have a pretty good idea if you and your new dog are going to be a good match. Remember that a dog is a 13 to 15 year commitment and, like a child, they depend on you to make sure that all of their needs are met.
Many dogs in shelters are there only because their family had a change of lifestyle. Their owners got married, got divorced, had children, moved, or just got too busy to have time for the dog they so adored only a couple of short years ago. Obviously these owners had not taken to the time to thoroughly think about their decision to add a pet to their lives.
We encourage all of our adoptive owners to attend at least a basic obedience course with their new dog. Not only is an obedience-trained pit bull a better pet but it’s also an excellent way to bond with your new dog. Plus a well-trained Pit Bull in public makes for some much-needed positive PR for the breed. And of course we are always available for behavior and training advice. All dogs adopted with in driving distance of Indianapolis will come with pre-paid basic obedience classes courtesy of a kind HHPBR sponsor.
All of our dogs have been evaluated in a family environment and in most cases started on their housebreaking and crate training. How complete this process is will depend on how long a dog has been with us. Although the average stay for a dog is 6 to 8 months, it can vary widely from dog to dog.
The adoption fee is $150.00 - this covers the dogs’ spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm testing, heartworm preventative as well as testing, and treatment (if needed) for internal parasites. We are entirely volunteer staffed and rely 100% on our adoption fees and donations to provide for the dogs in our care.
We apologize but we are unable to facilitate adoptions in the state of Ohio or in other area's where breed specific legislations exists.
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog or puppy versus getting dogs for sale or puppies for sale from a dog breeder? When someone is breeding puppies, they are creating new dogs who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog or puppy and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale from a puppy breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog or adopt a puppy at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.