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Our Featured Windsor, VA Partner:

Bully Advocate & Rescue Collective (BARC)

Contact this shelter/rescue group to see their pets for adoption.
Windsor, VA 23487

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.

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BARC was created to help ensure that pit bull type dogs in the rural Isle of Wight Animal Shelter are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, microchipped and professionally photographed and marketed to give them a better chance of finding a FOREVER loving home.

About Our Rescue Group:


I adopted Lexie in 2008, and felt the need to give back to the shelter that held onto her for 5 1/2 months till I found her. I started volunteering there. As a photographer, I knew I would be an asset in marketing the dogs.

Volunteering at a shelter turned out to be a bit of an addiction for me. I felt needed. I also felt like I had to do more.

That still wasn’t enough.

I started my own pit bull rescue group with plans to help spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinate and market pit bull type dogs at my local rural shelter.

I hope to create a network of foster homes to take in the dogs that need extra help finding their forever families.

I want to show the community, by example, what wonderful dogs bully breeds can be.

If you are interested in fostering, send me a message at

I ended up adopting 4 more dogs from that shelter before I moved on to other shelters. Each shelter, and each dog I helped, taught me something new.

Before long, a friend and I were directly responsible for getting many pit bull type dogs adopted out of the shelter and into loving homes.

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Come Meet our Pets:

Contact me at to set up a meet and greet with one of our lovable BARC dogs!

Our Adoption Process:

So You Want to Adopt a BARC dog

We've had people asking about what we are looking for in an adopter for one of our dogs, and what it would take to bring one home, so I thought I would answer some questions and get the ball rolling, so to speak.
First off...
A dog that has already been spayed/neutered, heart worm tested, microchipped and is up to date on their shots.

A dog that has been pulled from a shelter and has spent time in a foster home so that we can give you a better idea of their personality and temperament.
By adopting a BARC dog, you give us the chance to evaluate and save another shelter dog. You save two dogs at one time! 

You receive knowledgeable support from our BARC crew. If ever you have questions, we are here to help.
Love, Loyalty and a Forever Commitment...Everything you will get back a thousandfold from a BARC dog.
We will be doing a home inspection to make sure the new surroundings will be safe and secure for the dog you are interested in, therefore our dogs will only be available in the greater Hampton Roads (VA) area.
If you rent or have a homeowner's association, we would need something in writing stating that pit bull type dogs are allowed to reside in your home. 
Many insurance companies will not cover accidents involving breeds that they have deemed "dangerous", and pit bulls are listed among those. Those companies will refuse to continue coverage at the end of your term if they find out you own a pit bull; some will even drop you immediately. It is an unfair practice, but something we must consider before adopting one of our dogs out. To date only three of the major insurance companies do not discriminate based on breed: State Farm, Farmers and USAA. If you have a different insurance carrier, we would need documentation stating they have no problem with you owning a pit bull type dog. 
The adoption fee is $150; well under what all their vaccinations, spaying/neutering, heart worm testing, heart worm preventative, training, flea treatment and microchipping has cost. No one is trying to make money here; we are just trying to make sure our dogs goes to good homes and will never again find their way back to a shelter.
Any questions, or if you would like to meet one of our dogs and fill out an application, you can contact me @

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.