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Adoption Procedures

Miniature Bull Terriers are rare and rarely homeless. The MBTCA’s goal is to adopt our homeless bullies into permanent, loving, and responsible homes.

Before you decide to contact us, please research this breed to be certain that this is the right companion for your family. (Click here to get started.) Also visit our health page to see what diseases are common in this breed. Also, please read “6 Common Mistakes Adopters Make When Bringing Home a New Dog”.

Who can apply?

Our club is responsible for rescue all over the nation and will consider applications throughout North America. You MUST be 21 years of age or older to be considered as an applicant.

Homes with fenced yards are preferred; however, applications that do not have fenced yards will be reviewed and may be approved on an individual basis.

How will I get my dog if I am approved?

Personal pickup is preferred. We can arrange volunteer transport legs if the distance is not great. Please note our organization does not typically ship rescue dogs; shipping is considered case-by-case.

How do I get apply?

Potential adopters are required to complete and submit an adoption application as the first step in the adoption process. MBTCA adoption applications will not be processed if the form is not completed in full, or if the application does not contain the signatures of the applicant and their spouse/significant other. The information provided in the adoption application will help us find the best bully for you and your family. All information provided in the form will be kept confidential.

If you live in an apartment or other rental, we will check with your landlord to verify that you are permitted to have an animal at your residence.

We will check with your veterinarian about the consistency in the level of care that your current animals receive. Please call your veterinarian and give them permission to allow the MBTCA to check the records for your pets. Without this permission your application cannot be approved.

View and download the Adoption Application here.

Please note that adoption application may take 7-10 business days to process. Processing time may vary as we are all volunteers, so your patience is appreciated.

How much does the adoption cost?

A minimum adoption fee of $350 in cash is required and will be payable at the time of adoption. The adopting family also will be required to sign a final adoption agreement at the time of the adoption. All dogs are spayed or neutered, inoculated, dewormed, heart worm tested and kept on monthly heart worm preventative prior to adoption.

How can I help?

If you are interested in adopting or fostering a Miniature Bull Terrier or know of one that needs to be surrendered or rescued from a bad situation, please contact MBTCA Rescue at

Common Breed Rescue Adoption Mistakes

Rescues are always looking for happy endings: a dog settled happily in a caring forever home. We do our part by asking you lots of questions and doing our best to match our adoptable dogs with the right owners. We need you to do your part, too! These are some of the most common mistakes adopters make that lead to adoption failure (and very sad doggies coming back to us!).

  1. Not doing your homework about the breed. Particularly with breeds such as Miniature Bull Terriers, adopters may get caught up in cuteness and forget the particular realities of living with their dog. Before you approach any breed rescue, learn all you can about the breed. (Click here to get a start.)

  2. Having unrealistic expectations. You probably are not going to get your “dream” dog. Unless the rescue gets an owner surrender, you probably won’t get a pedigreed dog. The dog may need some TLC (e.g., extra training, behavior therapy) if he came from a home where it wasn’t properly cared for.

  3. Giving the dog free run of your home right away. For the first few weeks, keep your new dog in one room of your house. Use gates to block access to the rest of the house while still allowing the dog to hear and smell things. Let the dog get acclimated to the house in small ways, not all at once.

  4. Having lots of friends or family over right away. Your rescue dog needs time to bond with you before she meets everyone else. Once your dog knows who her family is — whom she can trust, who loves her — then you can show her off.

  5. Showering your new dog with love and toys. Your new dog is under a lot of stress — everything is new! Hugging, excessive petting, and loads of new toys just add to that stress. Think of these first weeks as your first date. You’re getting to know each other, and too much affection is just … weird.

Click here to download our guide on Introducing a new rescue to your home.

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