Bully Advocate & Rescue Collective
So You WAnt To Adopt A BARC dog

We've had people asking what we look for in an adopter for one of our dogs, and what it would take to bring one home, so we thought we would answer some questions and get the ball rolling, so to speak. 


First off...




A dog that has already been spayed/neutered, heart worm tested, microchipped and is up to date on their shots.



A dog that has been evaluated before being pulled from a shelter. A dog that has spent time in a foster home so that we can give you a better idea of their personality, energy level and temperament. We don’t just pull any dog. We are looking for a well-balanced temperament and the ability to get along with others.


By adopting a BARC dog, you give us the chance to evaluate and save another shelter dog. You help us save two dogs at one time! 


BARC dogs are delivered by a local trainer, who spends an hour with the new owner helping them integrate the dog into the home and answering any questions the new owner may have. The trainer is then just a phone call or email away should any questions arise in the future.

You receive knowledgeable support from our BARC crew. If ever you have questions, we are here to help.




Love, Loyalty and a Forever Commitment...Everything you will get back a thousandfold from a BARC dog.


We will be doing a home inspection to make sure the new surroundings will be safe and secure for the dog you are interested in, and delivering the dog with a one hour training session, therefore our dogs  will only be available within a 75 mile radius of Chesapeake, VA 23321.


If you live outside of this range, please check with your local shelter and/or rescue group and ask them to help you find the perfect dog. Not every dog is lucky enough to have it’s own Facebook page, but I promise you “perfect” dogs overflow every local shelter or rescue; they just aren’t always lucky enough to have a crack staff of volunteers documenting their every adorable move.

If you rent or have a homeowner's association, we would need something in writing stating that pit bull type dogs are allowed to reside in your home. 


Many insurance companies will not cover accidents involving breeds that they have deemed "dangerous", and many insurance companies have pit bulls listed among those breeds. Those companies will refuse to continue coverage at the end of your term if they find out you own a pit bull; some will even drop you immediately. It is an unfair practice, but something we must consider before adopting one of our dogs out. To date only four of the major insurance companies do not discriminate based on breed: State Farm, Farmers, Allstate and USAA. I’ve recently gotten word that Nationwide *may* insure if the dog passes an AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test, so please discuss with your agent before you decide to adopt a dog. If you have a different insurance carrier, we would need documentation stating they have no problem with you owning a pit bull type dog. If your current insurance company is breed-biased, it’s an easy enough endeavor to change policies. You might be surprised to find out that you can also save money by shopping around a bit. Besides, who wants to give their hard-earned money to a prejudiced company in the first place? Send a message to those companies that try to tell you what kind of dog you can adopt. Bully breeds, just like every other dog, should be judged on their own merit, not some arbitrary set of conformational qualities.

*And while you may not be REQUIRED to carry a liability policy by your state or mortgage company, we strongly believe that anyone thinking of adopting a bully breed dog should carry this relatively inexpensive insurance to help protect them against litigation and loss. We live in a very litigious nation, with neighbors, friends and even family who fear blocky-headed dogs, who would have no compunction about taking you to court if your dog even jumps up and scratches them. It’s crazy, but it happens. So if you don’t think it’s a good idea to carry insurance, maybe you should rethink the decision to add a dog to your family.*


They really are! We temperament test them and send them to their foster homes with one of our certified, positive reinforcement trainers to set them up for success. Our fosters then share the dogs’ successes on Facebook pages dedicated to each individual BARC dog.

The adoption fee for a BARC dog is $200, well under what all their vaccinations, spaying/neutering, food, medical and surgical care, heartworm testing, heartworm preventative, training, flea prevention and microchipping has cost. Every dog comes with a collar, a leash, a harness, a slow-feed “puzzle” bowl, a dose of heartworm prevention and enough food for a week. Your new friend will also be delivered by a certified, science-based trainer.  If you add up what you get when you adopt one of our dogs, including access to a certified trainer, you will see that a BARC dog is the best deal in town! Charging an adoption fee also allows us to be able to continue helping other dogs.

 You can view our current adoptable dogs by going to our BARC Dogs page. Feel free to contact us at info@barcdogs.org with any questions you might have. If you would like to fill out an application for one of our available dogs, which is required before we set up a meet and greet, you can do so here: BARC Adoption Application

We realize filling out a long application is not very appealing when you haven’t even met the dog yet, but please do your best to give us as much detail as possible when you do. We want to know exactly what kind of family member you are looking for so we can help make the best match possible. Some of the important things we look for: How will you keep the dog safe? How will you make sure the dog gets the exercise and mental stimulation important to keep them healthy, happy and from becoming a nuisance? Are you willing to work on obedience training, or are you looking for an already “finished” dog? Is your idea of “medium energy” the same as ours? The more info you give us, the better. We possibly have another dog, not yet listed, that may be a better fit than the dog you are applying for. If we don’t feel a dog in our rescue would be a good match, we may know of another dog in a different rescue or shelter that may be. The more details you give us, the better. We want to ensure this match is a love connection!

*While we do not require a fenced in yard, some dogs in our rescue are avid ball-players (etc) and we would prefer to see them placed in homes with suitable enclosed play areas. Underground fencing does not qualify.*


Please be aware that this is a 100% volunteer run organization. We will do our best to reply to any inquiries in a timely manner, and all opinions and policies stated here are our own.

We look forward to helping you find your perfect new furry friend!


BARC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All Donations are 100% tax deductible as allowed by law.

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