The most inexpensive way to acquire a pit bull puppy is to adopt from a local animal shelter, such as the Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Typically, the cost of the general veterinary exam, spay/neuter, parasite treatments, first vaccinations, and microchipping is included in the adoption price.
The SPCA typically charges an adoption fee of $125-$250 for puppies, but often allows people to adopt pit bull puppies for no charge. Further incentives for adoption sometimes include free ID tags, dog food, and a collar. Purchased from a breeder registered with the American Kennel Club, a typical purebred American Staffordshire terrier puppy sells for $800-$900 with no veterinary care included in the purchase price, as of 2015.
Besides local shelters, there are several online resources for finding adoptable pit bull puppies. The non-profit organization Pitbull Rescue Central is a virtual shelter for the adoption of American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, and pit bull mixes. While not breed-specific, the Shelter Pet Project, launched in 2009 as a public service ad campaign for adoptable dogs.
When considering purchasing a puppy from a breeder, a mixed-breed pit bull puppy is normally less expensive than a purebred Staffordshire bull terrier.