Generally, the first step in adopting a bull terrier is to fill out an adoption application with a bull terrier rescue group. Next, the adopter must interview with the group and meet potential dogs to select one and pay an adoption fee.
The exact adoption process varies depending on the rescue group, so adopters should ask about a group's policies before deciding to work with it. Many groups also describe the entire process on their websites. Potential adopters can locate a nearby bull terrier rescue by searching pet adoption websites, such as Petfinder.com, or by contacting their national, state or regional bull terrier breed associations.
After the adopter submits an application, rescue staff generally conduct an interview either in-person or over the phone. Many groups also require a home inspection to make sure the home meets their standards, including being sufficiently clean and free of hazards. If the adopter is renting the home, the rescue may require proof that the landlord knows about and approves the plan to get a dog.
Many smaller breed rescues keep their dogs in foster homes rather than kennels, so they may suggest a few potential matches and take them to meet the adopter. Once the adopter finds the right dog, the rescue generally has him sign adoption contracts and pay the fee. After all that, the dog can go to its new home.