Merit Pit Bull Foundation focuses priority on shelter dogs that are rescue only. We do take owner surrenders, but rarely ever on an emergency basis as dogs have to be evaluated and placed on the waiting list for an appropriate foster home to become available. There is an option to “community foster” your pet or a stray to help in the process. We also have resources through our ROCC’s program to assist where we can to help you keep your pets instead of surrendering them. Because of our growth MPBF receives over 20 requests daily from shelters and families in hard situations who are looking for help. We are only able to help so many dogs at a time. MPBF has established our intake policy in order to evaluate as many dogs as we can in order to determine if they fit into our program's standards and guidelines.

Keeping dogs in their home is our main goal!

If there is anyway we can help you keep your dog please respond to with the title “Owner Support” or visit our owner resources program ROCCS

Because of our process, we are not an organization that can move quickly to intake a dog.  We are rarely in a position to help in last minute or “urgent” situation. Our foster homes are continually at capacity and we have an active waiting list.

We do not board dogs while we wait for a foster space to open up.

In order for a dog to be accepted into our program, the dog must be SAFER tested by a member of our intake team or an approved volunteer. The dog must have a favorable SAFER score in order to be considered for our adoption program.

  • For owner surrenders we host quarterly testing times in the Greensboro and Raleigh area. We also have very few foster homes that can house and train dogs with behavioral issues.

  • Once a dog is approved, they may have to wait until we have available foster space.

If you are interested in surrendering a dog to our program please email with “Owner Surrender” as the subject and we will respond with the needed paperwork to get the process started.

Be advised that completing the paperwork does not guarantee your dog a place in our program.

Please remember that all parts of Merit Pit Bull Foundation, including intake are run by volunteers. Please be patient as we respond to your requests.

Courtesy Listings

If you are able to take care of the dog that you can no longer keep and would like help promoting it for adoption and tips to help re-home a dog responsibly please email with the title "Courtesy Listing".

**Please note that all Courtesy Listings need to be altered (spayed or neutered) and be current vaccinations and rabies. Please include a description of the dogs needs in a forever home and 3-5 clear pictures of the dog**

As long as requirements are met we will then post the photos that your sent along with the information to our Courtesy Listing Faceboook Page