We are your
We strive to pair approved families with the dog that will be a great fit for their lifestyle.
what makes us different?
We know how it feels to add a member to the family. It can be exciting, happy, and slightly nerve-wracking all at the same time.
That's where our adoption team comes in.
Not only are we bully breed experts, but we have years of experience assisting
adoptive families to make the transition home a smooth one.
We want your new dog to have a lifetime of success with you!
Our adoption team will be in contact after you bring your new dog home. We are available for:
Information on what to expect with your new dog and any tips or tricks from their foster home
Training and obedience questions
Integration assistance with your new dog and any resident pets
Celebration of your successes together, no matter how big or small
General post-adoption support
We even offer obedience classes for alumni and their families!
These classes are for dogs over one year of age and are currently free for alumni.
how to adopt
1) The adoption process begins with the online application.
The application will ask you for information about your current living situation, past and present pets, to list personal and veterinarian references, and the top three dogs you are interested in.** All male and female dogs available for adoption have their own individual pages.
Take some time to look at their bios and think about which dogs might fit well in your home.
2) Volunteers check your references, and talk with you over email and the phone.
After we receive your application, you will be emailed a packet of information and a volunteer will check your references. We will call your landlord (if you are renting) to make sure they allow pit bull type dogs at your property. We also confirm that pit bull type dogs are allowed in your City (otherwise known as Breed Discrimination laws). We will also call you to have some preliminary conversations and answer questions you may have at that time.
3) Volunteers schedule a home visit.
We schedule a visit with you in your home. This is a when you and a volunteer can visit face-to-face
and talk about the educational material, our process, and any questions you may have. This is not a time where we judge your home, but an important time for us to sit down and chat more in-depth.
NOTE: We will complete adoptions that are outside of the Sioux Falls area on a case-by-case basis. If you
live outside of the Sioux Falls area, your home visit will be completed over a free video conference tool.
Please also note that all applicants must travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to complete their adoption.
We do not ship or deliver dogs.
4) The adoption team begins the match-making process.
Once we have completed all of the above information, successful applicants will work with their adoption team to determine which three dogs would fit your family, lifestyle, and home the best.
We call this your Top Three! We know our dogs inside and out, and work very hard to help you choose
which dogs will be a lifetime member of your family
5) You meet your Top Three!
Finally, we set up a meet and greet with your top three dogs!
This is a time for you and your family to sit down with each of the dogs you are interested in one at a time, talk with their foster family, and learn more about each dog. This meet and greet helps everyone get acquainted and see each other's personalities. After meeting each of your potential pittie bachelors or bachelorettes, you get the opportunity to go on a group walk. You'll walk each dog, ask any additional questions, and learn more about each of them with a "test drive". After our walk, you get to think about your options. At no time are you obligated to adopt a dog! If you feel ready, you select a dog to adopt, do some brief paperwork, and then are on your way home with your new family member! Our adoption team will then follow up with you as you settle into your new life together.
** We work hard to make sure each placement is the best one possible for both the dog and the adoptive family. We know our dogs inside and out and we work with you to find the right dog for you. The dogs that you are originally interested in may or may not be the best fit for your family.
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!
Families with children 4 years of age and under wanting to adopt puppies will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Raising a puppy properly takes a lot of time, and we understand that in families with small children, time can be a limited commodity.
*Due to the different levels of dog-to-dog tolerance in the breed, SEPR does not recommend same-sex placements.
*All other pets must be spayed or neutered and be up to date on vaccinations.
*Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
*SEPR dogs are to be inside, “part of the family” dogs only.
*SEPR recommends all dogs attend a training class with their adoptive family within 90 days of their adoption. If an adoptive family completes this training class, they will be refunded $100 of their adoption fee. (SEPR offers classes called Train-A-Bull to alumni over 1 year of age on a seasonal basis.)
All SEPR adoptions are $300, except for puppies which are $400. This cost includes: adoption fee, full vet care with spay or neuter, vaccinations, microchip and microchip registration, Gentle Leader, and two tie downs for use in your home. (Learn more about the benefits of tie downs here!)
SEPR requires all adopted dogs attend a training class with their adoptive family within 90 days of their adoption.
When an adoptive family completes this training class, they will be refunded
$100 of their adoption fee.
SEPR even offers an obedience class called Train-A-Bull to alumni over 1 year of age on a seasonal basis. These classes are currently free!