About Us


Our featured dog is Harper, our handsome black and white boy! Harper is a lean and lanky adult who came to us from Iowa on a wing and a prayer. Our foster program was full when we came across Harper, but luckily we found a caring individual who thinks he’s as special as we do!  Harper thinks sleeping in a warm bed in South Dakota is a vast improvement over shelter life in Iowa!

Harper was a little unsure about his new foster home at first, but with strong leadership and the recommended two week shutdown he has come out of his shell in no time! Despite his shyness, Harper is a quick learner and has already learned to sit and wait before going outside or eating his food. He also has learned sit, kennel, and lay down; stay and come are the commands he’s working on mastering next! Harper also walks nicely on his gentle leader - he can sometimes be slightly distracted if his foster brother is along on the walk, but the majority of the time he is a breeze to walk.

Harper had an serious ear infection when he first came into his foster home and after spending some time in his foster family SEPR understands that Harper does have a chronic ear issue. However, his ear infections are very easily managed by being pro-active with medicated drops and cleaning each week. Harper allows his foster mom to apply and clean in his ears with no fuss. He does enjoy hot dogs as a reward for being such a good boy, though. 

Harper loves being where you are, whether it’s going for a walk or just chilling on the couch. He doesn’t bark or cause commotions; when he meets new people he is friendly but doesn’t jump up. 

Harper lives with a male pit/mix and female Chihuahua. He puts up with his foster pit bull brother who loves to lick him and play with him, and is good with the foster home’s resident Chihuahua as well. He has met people ranging in ages from 13-65 and is good with all.

Harper is perfectly house trained and crate trained. He seems to know now that he is in a safe place and someone will always come back for him to spend some time cuddling him or playing tug. This gentleman will stay off furniture unless you invite him up, but how could you say no to that face? Will you let Harper be your couch budd

Adopting A Friend

As for adopting a pit bull, they are wonderful dogs for the right family! Pit bulls are very intelligent and they need a structured home that will teach them how to be well mannered and socialized. Pit bulls are not a type of dog you adopt to ignore and leave on the end of a chain. Pit bulls are great in families with kids. They are rough and tumble type dogs that are not easily scared or hurt-making them a great jungle gym. Pit bulls love their owners with a heart and devotion unlike any other breed and with this kind of admiration comes great responsibility! To know the love of a pit bull is like none other and families that are responsible, committed owners know their dogs are well worth it!

The adoption process begins with the 
online application. Take some time to look through the adoptable dogs on our site and read their bios—the application will ask you to list the top three dogs you are interested in. The application will also ask you to list references; this is simply to ensure that the wrong kind of people—such as those who may be interested in them only for their reputation—are not adopting our dogs. A volunteer will check your references and do a home visit. Don't be intimidated by the home visit—this is not for us to judge you or your home! Instead, think of it as a time when you and a volunteer can visit face to face about the dog(s) you are interested in. Finally, we will set up a time for you, your family, and your dog (if you have one) to visit with the dog or dogs you are interested in. This meet and greet helps everyone get acquainted and see each other's personalities. Remember, this process is to help you get the best dog possible for your home and family situation. Our dogs desperately want to go to forever homes, and we think they deserve it! 

SEPR's adoption fee of $170.00 means that all dogs adopted out by the rescue are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and micro chipped. They have been seen by a vet and any health concerns have been addressed. Since SEPR is an all foster home rescue, you know that you will be getting a dog who has been living with a family and working on manners/obedience, socialization, kenneling, house training, crate training, walking on leash with a 
gentle leader—all the good stuff that comes with living in a home! You can also rest assured that we will know these dogs inside and out—their personality quirks, whether they are cat, dog, or child friendly, their health needs, etc. These things all help you have a successful adoption experience!

Due to the 
different levels of dog aggression in the breed, SEPR has a few adoption restrictions. Please remember that we have these restrictions in order to give our dogs and their adoptive families the best shot possible at a peaceful, happy, long life together!

    *SEPR does not encourage same-sex placements. Two (or more) dogs of the same sex are more likely to end up in tussles, and we want to avoid that from the get go! SEPR asks that the following guidelines be kept in your home: Do not leave dogs together unsupervised. Watch play time so that it does not become too rough or escalate. Be very careful to monitor things that could be triggers for fighting such as toys, bones, and treats. This goes for kids and dogs, too, as kids are notoriously bad at heeding a dog's “stop it” signs.

    *All other canines in the residence must be spayed or neutered. 

    *SEPR dogs are not allowed at local dog parks. Play dates/Socialization? SEPR is all for it, but dog parks can be a recipe for disaster with negligent owners often not paying close attention to what their four legged canines are doing. Dog parks also can be a breeding ground for disease as there is no way to ensure other canines are current on vaccinations.

    *SEPR requires all applicants must be 21 years of age.

    *SEPR dogs are adopted to be inside the home, “part of the family” dogs only.

Who We Are

An all volunteer 501C3 rescue group in Sioux Falls South Dakota, Sioux Empires  mission is to promote responsible Pit Bull ownership, provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, and find qualified homes for sound Pit Bull dogs in the United States.
Sioux Empire Pit Rescue (or SEPR) volunteers come from all walks of life: we are nurses, teachers, nonprofit employees, farmers, coaches, and more. The one thing we have in common is a love for dogs, specifically pit bull type dogs. 

Our dogs come from all walks of life as well! The dogs SEPR takes in may have come from a shelter, where they were days—even minutes—from being euthanized, from neglect/abuse situations, or from “busts” of suspected dog fighting rings. All dogs that SEPR  takes in, however, have one thing in common: they come from difficult pasts and are ready to become part of a loving family!

Because of our love for dogs and our knowledge of each dog's particular situation and needs, we work hard to make sure each placement is the best one possible for both the dog and the adoptive family. Please do not be discouraged by our application process—think of us as doggie matchmakers! We know our pit bulls inside and out and will work with you before, during, and after the adoption process to find the right dog for you and to make the transition into your home a smooth and successful one—that is our commitment to you and to these dogs.

Come Visit Us

Sioux Empire Pit Rescue does not have a facility and runs strictly through volunteers. If you have questions and would like more information please feel free to email and a volunteer will quickly respond to you.  SEPR is also now on FACEBOOK, become a fan and get daily and weekly updates about what is happening and how the dogs are doing!


Sioux Empire Pit Bull Rescue is always at Petco the first Saturday of every month from 1-3 p.m. for meet and greet adoption days.  If you check our events page on our website http://pitrescue.weebly.com/events.html you will often find other scheduled public events to visit us at as well. Please come on out and visit the dogs you might just fall in love with one of them! 

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