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.

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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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Adoptable Dog: Leo

Meet Leo!

Why did you decide to foster Leo?
Jason had mentioned that there was a possible Neuro dog in need of help. After having the pleasure of taking care of Decker the Palace crew all agreed that if we could help another dog with neurological problems we should. Leo was added to the Palace.

Does Leo have any nicknames?
Lee Lee, Little Bit

How would you describe him in three words?
Determined, spunky and funny

What is Leo’s favorite thing?
Leo loves playing with other dogs.

Describe Leo’s perfect day:
Leo’s perfect day would be frolicking in the yard on a sunny day with his dog friends followed by treats and snuggles from his people.

Describe Leo’s ideal family:
Leo is one of those dogs that could get along with anyone and any type of family.

Interested in making Leo part of your family?
Visit our Adopt page to learn more about our adoption process and download our adoption application!

Adoptable Dog: Camo!

Meet Camo!

By Brianne Peterson, Foster Mom

Why did you decide to foster Camo?

As a small boy, I wound up in doggy jail in a county where us Pit Bulls are labeled “rescue only” and if we are not pulled by a rescue, we are euthanized. ? Luckily, a foster with FTTF had a spot for a male puppy and I got my freedom ride on May 22nd, 2018. I proved to be a good boy and eventually went on a trial adoption with an approved family, but they returned me 3 months later. I promise it wasn’t my fault. I really was a good boy, but I got caught in the middle when their teenager wasn’t taking care of me like they expected her to. I’m not sure why a teenager was expected to be fully responsible for the lifelong commitment of a dog, but that’s neither here nor there. I just know I was part of a family, and then I wasn’t.

Lucky for me, Walter is living with his new family and I got to take his spot. Of course, I adjusted easily because I’m just a happy-go-lucky boy like that ? I’m now about 11 months old and 68 lbs. Foster mom says I’m a big, chunky mush.

Does Camo have any nicknames?
Nope, but sometimes I sing to him … “Camo Wamo Bo-Bamo, Banana-Fama-Fo-Famo, Me-My-Mo-Mamo, CAMO!”

How would you describe him in three words?
Giant, silly, sweet.

What is Camo’s favorite thing?
Balls. All of the balls. Tennis Balls, Rubber Balls. Any durable toy is good, but balls are best. He will fetch them inside and outside in the back yard. Him and Zoey are always back and forth taking them from each other. Within an hour, all of the balls usually have made their way under the couch so then he resorts to the rubber toys. He will get on the couch, tennis ball in mouth, and bury the ball in the couch cushions, only the frantically try to dig it back out. Camo lives for the ball. I’m transitioning him to rubber balls because I have to throw away about 4 broken tennis balls a day. He’s a power chewer for sure. One time I poured out a zillion tennis balls on the floor and he was so overwhelmed that he couldn’t choose just one so he was going from ball to ball chasing them all around (there’s a video of it somewhere) until they all ended up under the couch. He tries, but has not yet mastered the art of carrying two tennis balls at once.

Describe Camo’s perfect day:
Every day is his perfect day. This dog is slap happy all the time. He is super happy if one day contains a game of fetch, a game of Nascar in the backyard with Zoey, food, and snuggle-time. He needs to burn off a little bit of steam since he’s really just an over-sized puppy, but it’s not overly excessive. A game of fetch and maybe some zoomies around the yard with Zoey is enough to satisfy his exercise requirements. At the end of the day, he really wants to snuggle-up (dogs and/or humans, he doesn’t discriminate!). He also likes it when you tell him he’s handsome and take his picture.

Describe Camo’s ideal family:
Camo is pretty versatile and could fit into a lot of families. He tends to be submissive with other dogs so some doggy-siblings would be fine. He also tends to match the energy of the other dogs he is around. If the other dog is extremely playful, he will play all day long (sometimes to the point of excess!), but if the other dog is an antisocial couch potato, he will just hang out. Any play buddy should be durable and about his size, but he’s a freight train when he gets to running full speed. His bestie now is only 45lbs so he bulldozer her sometimes, but for the most part, she holds her own with him. Camo is like Velcro and does not want to be left alone so he will follow his humans from room to room. His humans can be any shape, size, or gender, however he would probably do best with older children. He would not maliciously hurt a child, but he is large and goofy and will likely knock them over since he’s just an over-sized puppy. Camo doesn’t chew on things he’s not supposed to when his humans are home, but he needs to be crated when left unattended because he will probably chew something. His family will have to be up for his goofy puppy mannerisms and be able to give him a little bit of exercise. Otherwise, he’s really pretty easy going and just wants affection. We have not cat tested him so I have no idea if he’d be good with cats, but he can be upon request.

Interested in making Camo part of your family?
Visit our Adopt page to learn more about our adoption process and download our adoption application!

Adoptable Dog: Calvin

Meet Calvin!

By Morgan, Foster Mom

Why did you decide to foster Calvin?
Calvin found himself in Henry County Animal Services which does not adopt out bully breeds. The shelter workers described him as a calm and collected guy in his run as he kept it clean and was quiet. He also showed off his sit, shake and lay skills to them. I stepped up as he obviously was abandoned by his previous humans when they were evicted and he needed new humans to save his life.

Does Calvin have any nicknames?

How would you describe Calvin in three words?
Affectionate, intuitive and bright

What is Calvin’s favorite thing?
Being with his hoomans… preferably snuggled next to you.

Describe Calvin’s perfect day:

Being with the hoomans all day doing whatever they are doing. If the hoomans want to…

Hike, I shall go anywhere with you

Walk, I shall explore

Nap, I shall curl up next to you

Watch tv, sports, This is Us, etc

House chores, I shall assist

Visit other hoomans and/or dogs, off we go

I do whatever you do hoomans as being with you is ultimate happiness

Describe Calvin’s ideal family:
A hooman or hoomans that can spend time loving on me as it makes my soul happy. You can see it in my body and face that I melt when I am with my hoomans as I feel safe and loved.

What my foster family wants others to know about me?

  • I likely was hit by hoomans in the past so I am a sensitive guy. As a result, I am looking for a forever family who will protect me from harm and mean hoomans.
  • I use my front paw like a hand. I will reach out while snuggling next to you to wrap it around your arm or lay across you. I also use it at times when I need to get your attention.
  • I sit like a good boy when I know I am going on a walk or adventure so you can put my harness on.
  • I have piercing eyes so I can capture hoomans with my love spell.

Interested in making Calvin part of your family?
Visit our Adopt page to learn more about our adoption process and download our adoption application!