Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 rescue and community outreach organization. Our mission is to promote responsible pitbull ownership, provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, fight unfair legislation, find qualified homes for sound pitbull-type dogs and other dogs in need in Georgia, and help people and animals within our community.
Our Founder: Jason Flatt
We built Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue on Integrity, Compassion, Commitment and Love for all animals. My style of rescue is a little different than most. I rescue with my heart, and not with my pocket. I never wanted to start my own rescue – I did not want to deal with the bureaucracy that is usually associated with the industry. To this day, I do what I can for the dogs. I started Friends to the Forlorn for them.
I am often asked why, of all the dog breeds, I chose to rescue pitbulls. The answer is simple. Nobody steps up for pitbulls…not even dog lovers. I chose a breed that I felt needed the most help. Most people, including dog lovers, avoid pitbulls. These dogs have such negative stigmas attached to them. I want to help open people’s eyes to the truth. The dogs deserve it.
The pitbull overpopulation problem is out of control. I get hundreds of emails everyday regarding pitbulls in need of forever homes – from 2 week old puppies, to senior dogs, to those who were found abused or neglected. For me, the challenge doesn’t lie in rescuing, rehabilitating, and vetting these dogs. The problem I face is where to place the dogs once they are well enough to go to their forever homes? In my experience, mostly the wrong people are lining up to adopt pitbulls. Those who offer proper homes and who love the breed already have multiple dogs—many of these families have adopted 2 or 3 pitbulls from me already.
I do not believe that everyone should have a pitbull. In my opinion too many people shouldn’t have any dog at all, let alone a pitbull. Pitbulls require a certain type of owner. And unfortunately, those owners are far and few between… But with your help, we can start to spread the word about these wonderful companion animals and remove the unfair stigmas they have received. If more people give these dogs a second chance, we can make a huge impact and save lives in the process.
It starts with education. Spay and Neuter. Spread the word about the wonderful characteristics that make the pitbull a wonderful companion animal. Let’s keep the dogs out of the shelters. I believe the stats today are that 1 out of every 800 pitbulls makes it out of the pound alive. We need to reduce these numbers. Encourage everyone you know to rescue their next dog.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. Whether you pass along an email, donate items or money, foster a dog, adopt, attend an event, visit a dog at the vet, or post a comment letting me know you appreciate what I do, your support has made a difference. – JMF