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Adoption Policy for Large Breed Dogs

The Gibson County Animal Services has adopted a specific policy regarding American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers, Mastiffs, Saint Bernards, Rottweilers, Presa Canarios, Cane Corsos and other large breed dogs.Large Breed Dogs

  1. All prospective adopters must be at least 21 years of age and a homeowner.
  2. All prospective adopters must pass a home check.
  3. Some dogs are microchipped before they leave the shelter.  The prospective adopter will incur this cost.  Microchipping and registration costs approximately $60.
  4. Our shelter will adopt these breeds out of area; however, we will not adopt out a dog to an area that has breed-specific legislation banning or restricting the particular breed.

We have not developed this policy out of prejudice, but rather out of respect and concern for these breeds.  It is difficult for shelters to place these animals, so we want to ensure any adopted from Gibson County Animal Services will go to a forever home. 

Because of irresponsible pet ownership on the part of a few deadbeats and thugs, many breeds have been maligned by the press, which has caused a public backlash.  Many insurance companies refuse to insure these breeds and many apartment complexes and landlords won’t rent to people with breeds such as pit bulls.