My name is Ava!

Pit Bull Terrier Mix Dog for adoption in Cranston, Rhode Island - Ava
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I'm being cared for by:
Handsome Dan's Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs

Facts about Ava

  • Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
Ava is still waiting!

While she's been very well cared for at the Cranston Animal Shelter for the last 6 months, she'd much? rather? prefer a home and family to call her own. Ava would do best with an active family who would continue her training. She has mastered many commands; sit, down, stay, look & leave it. She would be a great dog to take through a training class to help establish a bond with her new owner. Through Handsome Dan's Rescue's Take My Lead program, Ava and her new family can attend Outbound Hound's Pits & Pals C.L.A.S.S. free of charge.

Ava is a volunteer favorite and loves her time outside of the kennel running, playing & basking in the sun. She can often be seen rolling in the grass, seeking belly rubs and sitting politely for treats.

Although Ava does need to be the only pet in the home, she has such a big personality and so much love to share, she is all you will need!

Please contact Ava's enrichment specialist, Pam for more information:

Ava is part of the Handsome Dan's Rescue Shelter Dog Enrichment Program where she is getting training and socialization while at Cranston Shelter.

About Handsome Dan's Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs

About Our Rescue Group...

We help with the placement, care and the overall wellbeing of dogs in local shelters, rescues, and other facilities throughout the state of Rhode Island.

We Provide Foster Homes
We advocate the rescue​ and placement of pit bull type dogs from local shelters previously considered "unadoptable" through a network of volunteer foster homes. Many dogs have been rescued from severe abuse and neglect, often including victims of dog fighting. Because the dogs in our program often require extra care, including medical, training and rehabilitation, our rescue is small by design.

We Give Enrichment to Shelter Dogs​
Long days of boredom can take their toll on even the most solid of dogs resulting in kennel stress. HDR's Enrichment Program pairs one of our enrichment specialists with a dog in crisis.

We take shelter and foster dogs through Outbound Hounds' Pit C.L.A.S.S.
Classes offered free to dogs in foster care or current residents of local shelters thorough our partnership with Outbound Hounds.

We Sponsor Free Spay/Neuter for At-Risk Dogs
Each year we are able to assist a small amount of owned dogs whose guardians are unable to afford the surgery. This program often results in at-risk dogs being able to stay in their homes rather than being turned in to local shelters.

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Come Meet Our Pets...

All of our adoptable dogs can be seen on our website ( and at We will list special events on our website as well, and on Handsome Dan's facebook page.

Our Adoption Process...

We have a standard application that requires information about past and present pets, the home and yard, veterinary references and at least two non-relative references. All references are checked and a meet and greet is scheduled, typically in the foster home, prior to approval. A thorough home visit is then conducted (with photographs) and then we will allow the potential adopters to have any resident dogs and children meet the foster. HDR provides full support through and after the adoption process to minimize potential failures that can be stressful for the fosters and devastating for potential adopters.