Welcome to It's The Pits!
PO Box 720008 San Diego, CA 92172-0008 (858) 220-7546
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Adoption Process


1)      Fill out the adoption application on our website, www.itsthepits.org.

2)      Someone will contact you within 24-48 hours and do a phone interview.

3)      After you are approved through the phone interview, we will do an interact between the dog you want to adopt and any current dogs you have.

4)      After you select a dog and we confirm that dog likes your other dogs (if you have them) then we will schedule a home check.  In a few cases, we will do the home check before you meet dogs – we will also do the home check first if you are interested in puppies.

5)      We require that all current dogs in the house are spayed/neutered. This is not only a health concern but also a safety concern with a multi-dog household.

6)      Signing the adoption agreement and paying the non-refundable processing fee is the last step.


Non-Refundable Processing Fees


  • Puppies (under 1 year)
    • $225 and that includes spay/neuter, microchip, current on shots up to when you take the puppy home, de-flea, de-worm, and a free vet exam.
    • Depending on how old your puppy is, they will come to you with at least their first shot.  They need 2-3 more vaccines after that, each 3- 4 weeks apart, which you are financially responsible for as well as all expenses after you have taken your puppy home except the spay/neuter and microchip. 
    • For puppies under 4 months of age and not spayed/neutered yet, we do a Foster to Adopt process. You will sign a Foster to Adopt Agreement and an Adoption Agreement. We cannot officially adopt out a dog unless they are spayed/neutered. The puppy will technically be yours but they will stay in our name until they are spayed/neutered. You will get all the puppy’s medical records via email within a week of taking him/her home so you can get them registered at your vet and get them any remaining shots needed.
    • When it is time to spay/neuter we will contact you and have you take the puppy to one of our vets because we cover the spay/neuter cost. You will be responsible for the cost of the pain meds and e-collar, which are both required for the comfort and safety of your puppy. Once we get the spay/neuter certificate from the vet, we will then mail out the microchip to you (which the pups get at the same time as the spay/neuter) and you can register the pup in your name.
    • We cannot hold puppies for you. If you are approved and pay for a puppy but cannot take them home that day, we will give you a 2 day courtesy hold so you can get things in order. After 2 days, there is a $15/day boarding fee to hold puppies.


  • Adults (over 1 year) - $195 and that includes spay/neuter, microchip, shots, de-flea, de-worm, and a free vet exam.


  • Seniors (over 7 years) - $100 and that includes spay/neuter, microchip, shots, de-flea, de-worm, and a free vet exam.



We don’t do “first come, first serve” we do best home for the dog


We prefer that dogs aren’t left for more than 6 hours in a crate. If you can come home for lunch to let the dog out to go to the bathroom, that is the best thing. Dogs are not to be kept outside all day or in the garage; they need to have access to indoors, water, and shade. If you want to eventually let the dog free roam between the house and backyard, we recommend crating for the first few weeks until the dog has become comfortable with you and their new home. If you are looking to adopt a puppy, you absolutely cannot leave the puppy outside and you have to be able to come home every few hours to let the pup out to go to the bathroom. You CANNOT let a puppy free roam the house/yard when you are gone until they are at least a year old – they are still very curious at this age and will be looking to get into anything they possibly can.