Adoptable Dog: Tyson!

Meet Tyson!

By Danielle Rivera, Foster Mom

Tyson is a 4.5 year old Staffordshire Terrier, American Bull Dog, Presa mix (A DNA test was done). Tyson weighs 95 pounds, and is a big old teddy bear. Tyson loves to cuddle, play with other dogs, or just hang out on the couch. He is great with children & cats.

Tyson is a confident, outgoing boy who loves to play. He loves people and is happy to greet anyone with his puppy like enthusiasm. He is housebroken and crate trained. Although he has a heart disorder, you would NEVER know it upon meeting him as he has zero outward signs of a heart condition. He has no physical or activity restrictions so he is happy to play with other dogs or go for walks and adventures with his people!

Tyson has lived with another large male Pit and a female Pit Mix and he does great with them. He can often be found playing with them or snuggled up with them in a pile. His favorite toy is anything with a squeaker, but above all, he loves treats! A Kong filled with some yummy peanut butter is sure to keep him busy for a while. Tyson is also very smart, especially when treats are involved. He knows sit, down, wait, and come. He has yet to turn down any food given to him, although sweet potato chews, cheese, and broccoli seem to be his favorites. Tyson would likely be fine with children, but he does like to jump up when excited. He is also a cat friendly guy!

Tyson now has annual visits to the UGA Cardiology, every January. We graduated from every 6 months. At every visit the Doctors run an echocardiogram, to check his pressure gradient. Everything still looks fine. Tyson has started episodes of syncope, which causes him to faint for a few seconds when his gets overly stressed. This is part of his condition, and has only happened two times now. He recovers within a matter of a few seconds, and it is not harmful to him. Tyson loves going on walks, and hanging with his foster family. This poor boy seems to always get overlooked because of his size, and his condition. Tyson deserves a loving person/family of his own. He is a great boy, and just needs someone to give him a chance. Can you believe that in his 3 years in rescue no one has been interested in him??

Update May 2016 – FTTF oversees Tysons care at GVS and UGA for his heart issue. His follow up echocardiogram earlier this year revealed his heart function severely declined. Tysons heart was pumping at 4 times the normal rate and he had to undergo a 2nd Valvoplasty at UGA. This time around, UGA added 5 days of radiation to his treatment. The radiation is experimental, but UGA has had some great results with it in the past. Tysons surgery and radiation took place at the end of April. He has recovered well and is back to his incredibly silly and sweet self. He will have a follow up echocardiogram in a few months to see if the 2nd surgery with added radiation made improvements to his heart function. You would never know upon meeting him that he has a heart condition. We are going to do everything we possibly can to ensure he has a fighting chance at the longest and healthiest life possible.

Tyson had a DNA test done and these were his results!

American Staffordshire Terrier 25 percent

Perro de Presa Canario 25 percent

Bulldog 12.5 percent

Mixed Breed 12.5 percent

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

Adoptable Dog: Chester

Meet Chester!

By Elle, Foster Mom

Why did you decide to foster Chester?
Chester caught my eye at Fulton County Animal Services January 2017 because he looked like a manatee in his intake picture. I spent the next 6 months taking him out and letting him have long weekends or weeks out of the shelter. He was adopted on his 6 month anniversary. Unfortunately, 13 months after his adoption he was found as a stray again. Fulton County Animal Control was at max capacity, so I brought him home to foster. I reached out to FTTF to see if they would take him, and they said yes!

Does Chester have any nicknames?
Nah, Chester is the only name that suits him.

How would you describe him in three words?
Spazzy, smart, and snuggly.

What is Chester’s favorite thing?
He loves to get kisses on his muzzle, and he loves doing zoomies in the rain.

Describe Chester’s perfect day:
Morning zoomies, standard breakfast with maybe leftover sausage if foster mom goes to Homegrown, walk on the Atlanta Beltline learning leash manners, snuggles on the couch, play time with foster sister Zoey, dinner, and more couch snuggles

Describe Chester’s ideal family:

His ideal family will be willing to dedicate time to training. He is very smart and is relearning the good manners he had prior to his failed adoption.

He cannot be in a home with any cats inside or out. Older children to teenagers would be best as he doesn’t know his size. He does require a fenced in yard because he sometimes refuses to do all his business on a leash. He is currently in a home with two small dogs, and one medium female dog, however he has been hesitant meeting new dogs after his failed adoption.

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

Adoptable Dog: Moxie

Meet Moxie!

How did Moxie end up in the Forlorn Family?
Moxie, formerly known as Penelope, was surrendered to Henry County Animal Control. She belonged to a military veteran, struggling with his mental health. Moxie is deaf. He had her trained on a shock collar, but he let her off leash and would shock her at a high level until she cried in order to find her location. This poor man who served our country and was unable to take care of himself let alone a dog so Moxie ended up at Animal Control.

Does Moxie have any nicknames?
Crazy town.

How would you describe her in three words?
Energetic. Smart. Determined.

What is Moxie’s favorite thing?
She loves to play with her kong toy!

Describe Moxie’s perfect day:
She loves to be anywhere where you are. She loves to snuggle, but is content to sit next to you and chew on her kong.

Describe Moxie’s ideal family:
She would love an active family. Her new family would also have to be understanding of the challenges that come with owning a deaf dog. Due to her high energy level small children may not be a good fit for her.

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

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