The Polished Pitbull, a pitbull-only rescue in the Philadelphia suburbs
A proper bully loves people
We are a dedicated group of pitbull lovers in the Philadelphia area. Our goal is to take temperamentally-sound dogs and find them great homes. We teach our dogs basic obedience skills and have a wonderful relationship with Above and Beyond Dogs in New Jersey who fosters several of our dogs and trains them as well. We need adopters and the public alike to have a better understanding of pitbull and pitbull mix dogs. There is way too much misinformation out there! Unscrupulous people are using them as a cash-crop, for illegal dog-fighting and gambling. It wasn't always this way. Back in the day, Petey of the Little Rascals, a happy pitbull in the neighborhood, is a dog we all (most of us) remember! We are NOT a shelter. If you are thinking of surrendering your pitbull to a shelter and your dog is a people-loving pitbull, please think twice. Every urban shelter in the United States is full of pitbulls; most of them are euthanized due to lack of space. Many will ONLY euthanize pitbulls, so please consider this carefully before you take that final step. We do not normally take owner surrenders, but we will try to help you re-home your dog, IF it is NEUTERED OR SPAYED.
Adopting a friend
1. You must be at least 25 years of age. Sorry, but the younger you are, the more you like to move around and this is not a good situation for most dogs and they end up, back in the shelter.
2. Fill out an application and agree to a home check, before and after adoption. We don’t care about your décor. We care about whether your home is safe for your potential new pal.
3. Show solid references, including your veterinarian and friends who can vouch for you.
4. Landlord approval, if renting. If you own your home, we need to see a good environment for the dog, which in most cases, means a solid 6 foot fence. Hey, these are terriers! They like to jump. However, not having a fenced yard does not eliminate you as a potential adoption candidate. We DO need to know however, how your dog will get the required exercise that he/she needs.
5. Be interviewed. While you may have never owned a pitbull before, we need to see that you are willing to do your ‘homework’ when it comes to owning one of these incredible dogs.
6. Have a clear understanding of what is involved with adopting and owning an American Pitbull Terrier. This is not the breed for everyone, but for the ones that do own them…well, as they say, once you go pit, you don’t quit!
7. Everyone in your household must agree to the adoption. That’s right, all of you.
8. Sign a legally binding adoption agreement.
9. Our adoption fees are very reasonable, much less than many other rescues. Why is this? Because we are not looking to make money on our dogs; we are looking to place them in good homes.
Note: All dogs are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on shots; Adoptions are most successful between opposite-sex pairings. Therefore, as a policy, WE WILL NOT DO SAME SEX ADOPTIONS. We like our dogs to do a two week TRIAL OVERNIGHTS if you are an approved adopter.
Feel free to contact us if you want guidance in managing your dog. We've made all the mistakes ourselves, so you might as well learn from us and avoid those mistakes if you can. A BIG mistake is a dog park. A pitbull should never, ever be in a dog park. Why? Even if your dog is the most dog-social dog in the world, if he/she is attacked by that friendly-looking lab over there, for instance, what do you think will happen? Your dog will protect itself and guess which dog will win? Your pitbull will win and why? Because he/she is a terrier and they have a real stick-to-it attitude...and guess who will be blamed? Your pitbull...and if the media is around, YOU and YOUR DOG will be on the front page of the local paper. So please, rethink what you are doing, because all of us pitbull owners are counting on each other to be responsible with our dogs!
For even more information about the American Pitbull Terrier, please go to Diane Jessup We learned tons from Diane Jessup, the grande dame of information about pitbulls, a former ACO who has worked with pitbulls for over 20 years.
The Polished Pitbull