Friends to The Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Commits $130,000 to Spay & Neuter Program in Paulding County

Metro Atlanta rescue organization earmarks winnings from national fundraising competition and grant toward animal welfare through spay & neuter program.

JUNE 11, 2019 (ATLANTA, GA) – Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, a nonprofit rescue organization based out of Dallas, Georgia with a reputation for community and spay & neuter outreach, is designating $130,000 toward spay & neuter for dogs and cats in Paulding County.

To support or receive help through the Friends to the Forlorn Spay & Neuter Program visit us at

Friends to the Forlorn raised the majority of these funds through the 2019 Fund the Shelters Challenge. The rescue placed 2nd in the national fundraising competition, out of over 100 organizations, raising $221,768 in donations and winning over $35,000 in prize money. Friends to the Forlorn is splitting the money raised in the Challenge between its spay & neuter program and capital campaign to build FTTF’s own shelter. The BISSELL Partners for Pets Program contributed another $5,025 in grant funding for FTTF’s Spay & Neuter Program.

The rescue’s founder, Jason Flatt, will be making a presentation at the Paulding County Commissioner’s Meeting on Thursday, June 13 at the Paulding County Board of County Commissioners Office to officially allocate these funds toward fixing pets in Paulding County. This meeting is open to the public.

Since its start nearly 10 years ago, Friends to the Forlorn has fixed over 6,000 pets for families in Paulding County and Metro Atlanta, at no cost to the community. The rescue’s spay & neuter efforts have made an impact in Paulding County, helping reduce animal control intake and euthanization numbers as well as educating the public on the importance of spay & neuter as part of responsible pet ownership.

About Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc.
Founded by Jason Flatt in 2009, Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue is a volunteer-based 501c3 rescue and animal welfare organization based out of Dallas, Georgia. The mission of Friends to the Forlorn 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. To date, FTTF has rescued and found loving homes for over 600 dogs.

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Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Hosts 6th Annual Candlelight Vigil & After Party on November 3

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 (ATLANTA, GA) – The 6th annual Candlelight Vigil and After Party will take place on November 3, 2018, at the Strand Theatre in Marietta. The event is hosted by Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. Atlanta rescue & welfare partner organizations, advocates, and pet families will come together to do more to help animals. Join animal welfare leaders and celebrate the collaborative success in honor of the animals we were not able to save.

“I always thought someone should do something about that…then I realized, I am that someone”, describes founder Jason Flatt. Be part of the Forlorn Family and be that someone too.

This kid-friendly event includes a FREE screening of The Champions documentary, meet and greets, and educational sessions with Best Friends Blood Bank, Dog Safety for Kids with Millie Travis, and Dog Nutrition from The Good Dog Company & Shoppe. The Candlelight Vigil event is also free and will be followed by a celebratory party. The guest speaker for this year’s Vigil is Jamie Beuhrle: pitbull mom, advocate and wife of MLB pitcher Mark Beuhrle, whose family is featured in The Champions.

The After Party will feature a silent auction, raffle, food by Ibiza Catering, and music by Kristin Tinsley. After Party tickets start at $25 for general admission, $60 for VIP, $10 for kids 7-14, and free for kids 6 and under. Sponsorships opportunities are available.

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About Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc.

Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. (FTTF) was incorporated in 2009 as a non-stock, nonprofit corporation with Federal Tax Exemption as a public charity under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. FTTF relies solely on donations for the care of the rescued dogs admitted into our 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. FTTF has rescued and found loving homes for over 600 dogs, and spayed/neutered over 5,000 dogs and cats at no cost to the community. FTTF recently kickstarted a trap-neuter release (TNR) program for feral cats in Paulding County.

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Lauriel Leonard



See Beautiful: Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue Creates Beautiful From Unexpected Places

Written by Jordan Sutherlin for FTTF
Edited by Rachel McLeroy for See Beautiful

Forlorn: pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely.

The word forlorn isn’t one that you would to describe beauty. However, beauty from despair is exactly what Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue strives to create. FTTF was founded in 2009 after founder Jason Flatt learned the plight of the pit bull. Pit bulls are the breed that even dog lovers love to hate. These dogs are discriminated against, abused, discarded, and forgotten, but we seek to step in and change fate for these pups. Read more…

Seven Tips to End Your 4th of July Holiday with Ease and Calm

By Iris Grimm, Volunteer & Foster Mom, Professional Trainer – It’s Not the Dog

Imagine I take you to Six Flags Over Georgia and force you on one of the extreme roller coaster rides. You know, the ones where you see Facebook videos of people passing out. 😉 Now, some of you may be completely excited about this, some of you could care less and take it in stride. And some of you may get scared to death, cry, throw up, faint, or even run away before I could grab you, force you and strap you in the rollercoaster seat.

That may sound a bit extreme for you, but that is how some dogs feel when they hear the first fireworks in the early evening hours of July 4th or New Year’s Eve. Some dogs could care less and sleep right through it. But, there are a lot of dogs who get so scared that they either freeze, shake, hide, or run. Whether a dog feels completely calm or freaked out depends on many factors – genes, socialization, environment, and also lifestyle.

So before you get too excited about celebrating the independence of your country, let me share with you seven tips that allow you and your dog to have a good holiday experience.

1. A tired dog is a calmer dog
If you know that your dog freaks out during fireworks, I recommend you to take your dog on a good long walk in the early evening hours. The more tired your dog is, the less he will pay attention to his fears. You want to wait until the sun goes down or walk your dog in a shaded area or on the grassy area so you don’t have to go to your emergency vet due to overheating your dog. Physical exercise and mental stimulation are the best cures for many behavioral issues, including fear of fireworks.

2. Take your dog on potty breaks before the fireworks start
Of course, you don’t know when your neighbors start this (for me, senseless) activity, but you may want to time the moments when you take your dog for her last potty break for the night. If your dog can easily jump your fence or if you have a fenceless yard, I recommend you to keep your dog leashed. It just takes one loud bang near your house, and your dog can be so scared that he will run for his life and won’t listen to any of your commands.

3. Ensure your dog has his collar on with current tags
If your dog escapes your home and one of your neighbors find him, having a collar on will help them to reunite you quicker with your dog. If that is not the case, many people will call animal control. Once they pick up your dog, she will be taken to the shelter, an environment that is even more fearful and stressful. Losing a dog that doesn’t wear a collar is always more difficult to get back than a dog with a collar.

4. Let your dog settle on her own
If your dog starts pacing through the house or wants to hide under the bed, let her be. A lot of people communicate with their dogs with human psychology, and that makes the situation worse. They hug their dogs, they pet their dogs, they reaffirm the dog “it’s okay.” What they fail to realize is that they reinforce the fearful behavior and keep the dog trapped in anxiety. Instead, allow the dog to do what he wants to do. If he wants to hide in a corner of your home, let him be. If your dog paces, let him until he finds the spot where he feels safe. Animals in the wild will look for cozy and tight spots where they can hide and feel safe; that is exactly what your dog is looking for as well.

5. Keep your dogs separate
This tip only applies if you have dogs in the home that may not always get along or who have different energy levels. So for example, if you have one dog that is scared to death and the other could care less and just thinks about playing and having fun, I would recommend you to keep them in separate rooms for the night. During nights like this, your fearful dog will be stressed and will not have the patience to deal with another dog. A situation like this can easily escalate into a physical argument. If your other dog is pretty chill and obedient, this suggestion may not be necessary.

6. Medications, supplements, essential oils, and Thunder Shirts
There are now many commercial products on the market that have a calming effect on dogs. You can go to your vet and ask for a medication that will knock your dog out – but, remember, you should only give medications under veterinarian direction. There are also many homeopathic and natural products available that calm your dog down. Just Google them and read their reviews. One of the latest products that can decrease anxiety are CBD oils (cannabinoid oils), but you want to ensure they come from a reputable distributor. Some people are able to calm their dogs down by fitting them in a Thunder Shirt. Using natural essential oils such as lavender can also be helpful to create a calming environment. As you can see, there are plenty of resources out there; you just have to find the one that works best for your pooch.

7. Stay at home
I know there are some people who don’t like to make too many compromises for their dogs, but they will lose all the fun of the evening when they come home to a destructed home, a hurt dog who tried to escape a crate, or a dog who ran away from the pet sitter’s home. That’s why I recommend people who have a noise-sensitive dog stay at home to ensure they can keep their dogs safe.

Fireworks are an inevitable evil of a luxury society. We can’t avoid them, but we have several options to make them bearable for our dogs. I wish you and your canines a happy, healthy, and stress-free holiday!

Iris Grimm –