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Our Featured Gainesville, VA Partner:

Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue

PO Box 622
Gainesville, VA 20155

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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Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue (APBR) is a local breed specific rescue/placement organization dedicated to the rescue and responsible rehoming of neglected, surrendered or otherwise homeless Pit Bull type dogs in the DC Metropolitan Area (Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia). Concurrently, APBR is dedicated to educating the public about responsible dog ownership, proper care, and training.

About Our Rescue Group:

APBR is an all-volunteer rescue organization consisting of seasoned rescuers who have been rescuing and placing Pit Bull type dogs for many years. None of APBR’s officers, directors or rescuers receives any salary or compensation of any kind. Additionally, all administrative costs are kept to an absolute minimum, as every penny spent on administration is considered money taken away from the dogs. Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue submitted an application for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on March 1, 2012.

Our mission is to restore the positive image of the once “nanny dog”, back to its original glory. We have all fallen head over heels, madly in love, with Pit Bull type dogs. Through education and outreach, we hope to inform people about their true nature and restore the breed to its former position of esteem in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. Through our network of dedicated volunteers, it is our goal to place every one of our ambassadors with an educated, responsible owner. Until their forever home is found, all of the dogs in our program reside in qualified foster homes where they receive medical care, training and love.

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Our Adoption Process:

We know our dogs well and we want to get to know you well too! Our experienced volunteers carefully review each application in order to ensure responsible and permanent placements. We strive to find the best home possible for each dog, based on the lifestyle of the applicant and the Ambassador’s individual personality and needs. If you have any questions about the requirements below, please contact us.
Must be 21 years of age to adopt an Ambassador
Own their home or have landlord approval
Live in the DC Metro Area

ABBR Adoption Process:
Applications are reviewed by an experienced adoption counselor
You will be contacted for a phone interview
Personal and vet references are checked
A background check is performed
A home visit is scheduled and required prior to any adoption
If applicable, a dog-to-dog introduction will be performed and is required
prior to any adoption

Puppy Guidelines:
In order to adopt a puppy, you must own your home. APBR will not adopt
any dog, less than six months of age, to anyone that is renting their home.
Puppies will not be adopted to families with children under the age of three.
Puppies are very popular. If more than one application is received for the same puppy, the adoption counselor will determine the best match for the Ambassador and applicants.

Adoption Fees: All adoption fees go directly to APBR to help pay for medical expenses, spaying/neutering, food and care.
Puppies (under 1 year of age) - $375.00
Dogs (1 year of age and over) - $325.00

APBR will honor a seven day return period for every adoption. The
adoption fee will be collected with the adoption contract.
The dog may be returned to APBR for a full refund during this time,
if for any reason you feel that the placement is not a good match.
If returned within 14 days, you will be refunded half of the adoption
fee. No refund will be issued after this time.
If for any reason you are ever unable to care for you Ambassador,
you must return the dog to APBR.

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.