FEATURED DOG: Diego
FEATURED DOG: Diego
Sex: Male (Neutered)
Age: 1 year old
Color: Tan/Blue and White
Good with dogs: Some
Good with cats: Yes
Go, Diego, Go!! This young spunky pit/boxer mix found himself abandoned at an Iowa kennel where, after 6 weeks with no luck in finding a new home or rescue, the staff felt they had no choice but to euthanize him. But a Christmas miracle was in the works and SEPR found a foster opening in the nick of time. Diego quickly found himself off the euthanasia list and in a real home for the holidays!
Once Diego arrived with SEPR our volunteers instantly fell head over heels for this stunning man. He has the most soulful eyes outlined with a beautiful grey/blue coloring. Diego is very social with people and loves meeting new, 2-legged friends. He has gotten to meet many new people and has greeted every one with great enthusiasm. Though, like any young kid, sometimes he needs a quiet break and a nap.
This puppy is a lot of fun to be around. He loves to do anything to please and is usually up for trying anything once. He does have a little more energy than your average couch potato due to his age and breed mix, but he also has an off button. Diego will just melt in your hands if you give him a good scratching! Traveling is also no problem for him. He does well either kenneled or loose and just relaxes for the whole trip but he isn’t super happy to be left alone in the vehicle.
Diego is a VERY smart boy and enjoys learning new things. Already he has learned sit, lay down, stay, eat, no, down, and is working on a couple other tricks just for fun. He walks very well on a leash and Gentle Leader and is quickly catching on to “heel”. He is house trained and crate trained. He has learned to wait patiently for his food and for people to open the door for him. Diego came to SEPR as a counter surfer, but has quickly learned that’s not good manners. Instead he sniffs and waits for help…most of the time! When he does do something wrong (he’s young!) he can be easily redirected with a quick “no” or a squirt from a water bottle.
While Diego is very social with people he tends to be dog selective. SEPR feels he would do best as an only dog, but given very slow introductions with good leadership he could learn to get along with a chill female canine friend. He is very eager to greet most dogs but he is unsure about his new found friends and sometimes wants plenty of personal space but isn’t sure how to ask for it politely or find it for himself. Cats, on the other hand, are no big deal to this big puppy. He’s very interested in them for the first week or so but the novelty of new kitties wears off quickly and he’d rather be hanging out with humans anyhow! He loves being around people of all ages but young children can make him nervous so we do recommend he go to either an adult home or a home with children over 7. Wherever he goes, Diego will need a home that is willing to give him plenty of time to settle in. He can be nervous and unsure in new situations, which translates to a bit higher energy in this boy. We have found that wearing a D.A.P. collar for a few months really helps Diego settle in quicker and he will go to his new home with one on. When he does finally settle he is the most lovable dog you can ask for and will snore away on the couch for hours in the goofiest positions you can imagine!
This dog is just looking for a home where he can be himself. From the energy and fun of a boxer to the loyalty and love of a pit bull, Diego is like a two for one package deal! He is ready to give your family hours of entertainment and years of love. Come adopt Diego today!
Sex: Male (Neutered)
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.
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.
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. Please come on out and visit the dogs you might just fall in love with one of them!