10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Pitbull

Let’s just get the pink elephant out of the way now: Pitbulls have a bad reputation. This stereotype is just that – the “big, scary pitbull” stereotype is a foolish theory, just like most stereotypes. No matter the breed, every dog’s mentality and temperament are shaped from the story of its life and environment combined with its genetics. Are they the right type of dog for everyone? Of course not. Being a pitbull owner requires commitment, a thick skin, and an even bigger heart. What a lot of people don’t know or fail to realize, is that in the right hands, pitbulls can be the most caring and affectionate pet you’ll ever have. They have big personalities and are very loving, loyal, easy to care for, hilarious, trainable, and more. They truly encompass everything a great dog should be!



Pitbulls are extremely affectionate, loving, and devoted animals. Their zest for life is truly infectious. They like to cuddle, wiggle, and give you kisses. And, don’t forget about that incredible pittie smile! Pitbulls are smart and very in-tune with human emotion – they like to remind you regularly of how they much they love you. Pitbulls have a ton of personality and appreciate their owner’s attention and approval more than anything. You truly can’t have a bad day with a pitbull. Why? Just take one look at them – their huge smile and flopping tongue will undoubtedly make you smile as well.



Repeat: No matter where you are, the bed or the couch, cuddling IS mandatory! Pitbulls are GREAT cuddlers, so you may need to consider a different breed if you aren’t a fan of snuggling up close with your dog. We’re pretty sure pitbulls have a cuddle gene in their DNA, because impromptu cuddle sessions are very frequent and necessary!



Pitbulls are lovers! Since the 1900s, pitbulls were given the title of “Nanny Dogs” because they are natural caretakers. Many tend to show particular affection towards children, understanding their vulnerability and being a warmhearted companion to them. This is also why they make great family pets, because they are so devoted to their family. It’s always super encouraging to watch someone’s reaction when meeting a loving pitbull, especially when the pitbull is better behaved and affectionate than other dog breeds that they have experienced. Of course, it is worth mentioning all dogs should always be supervised when around children, regardless of breed.



Pitties make sure you never go a day without smiling. They are goofy and love to make us laugh by clowning around. They are natural entertainers, whether that’s their intention or not. Their expressive faces and charming antics make them great companions. Pits are fun and playful – even as they get older, they love to play around. They are extremely friendly, always wagging those big tails and quickly bond very strongly to their owners.



If there was one word to describe a pitbull, it would be “loyal”. When you visit a shelter, you won’t find another type of dog that is happier to see you than a pitbull. A best friend is all a pitbull is searching for, and they are eager to quickly grant that honor to you when you choose them. Still doubtful? Reach out to Friends to the Forlorn and come meet a few of them; our dogs will undoubtedly speak for themselves.



Pitbulls are easy to work with and super smart; they learn quickly and pick up proper training very well. They crave consistency, structure, and strong guidance from their human. Give them that and watch them thrive. Pitbulls have gone on to become therapy and service dogs, agility champions, search & rescue dogs, and even military heroes. Pits are great listeners and, when their training in consistent, they will amaze you with their obedience skills – and maybe teach you a thing or two as well!



Pitbulls can be very sociable dogs. Many love meeting people and even other animals. They are eager and quick to make new friends and are typically quick to trust others. They tend to love human contact, so if you’re a people-person their friendly personality is a perfect companion match for you. When your pittie sees you being social with another person, they will often follow your lead and treat your friend in the same manner with plenty of kisses, wiggles, and excitement, which is also another great way to spread the awareness about how great pitbulls truly are.



Pitbulls are typically athletic by nature and generally love to exercise just as much as they love to lay around and snuggle on the couch. Their drive for activity, stimulating the mind as well as burning off some energy, helps to keep their owners active as well. They are muscular and fit, and typically excel in agility and weight-pulling. If you are looking for a new jogging partner, a pitbull could be your dog! Just be aware their shorter snouts can cause them to be sensitive to heat, so know the signs of overheating and be prepared with lots of water and cool air. No worries if you’re not a runner, pitbulls are also happy with a walking pace. Many pitbulls also love to swim if you have the opportunity to provide them with a cool pool, lake, or even creek. They just need to exert their energy and prefer to do so while bonding time with their owner – you’ll instantly notice how happy it makes them!



As a diversified dog, pitbulls typically have had the advantages of vast and extensive genetics. The ancestors of pitbulls were working dogs due to their strength and long life expectancies, descending mainly from farming lifestyles. Minimal grooming? Yes, please. With short coats, pitbulls only shed moderately and just require regular bathing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning. They don’t tend to have health disorders like some other large dog breeds thanks to often having DNA made up of different types of dogs, and, as long as they exercise regularly, they are normally satisfied living in any home setting.



When you adopt your pitbull, your life will never be the same. It will be changed forever because from that day you bring your pitbull to their forever home, they will return the favor and spend every day of the rest of their lives rescuing you right back. They cling to their owners with fierce loyalty. They will stay by your side all day and night, giving you all their love, and are there for you no matter what.


It’s so unfortunate that there is an extreme overpopulation of pitbulls and simply not enough good homes to offset the need. Whether it be encouraging responsible ownership, supporting spay/neuter, providing proper training, or educating owners so they can keep their pets, we all have to work together to save these amazing animals and help them spend their lives in loving, furever homes. At Friends to the Forlorn, our goal is to help them do just that!

Thankfully, there are a lot of people who have joined us in educating the public about the breed and are helping to dismiss the negative stereotypes and false myths. Even if you aren’t able to adopt just yet, please take this opportunity to spread the word about wonderful pitbulls really are. Spreading awareness and education is crucial to saving the lives of the dogs we love.

Ready to make a pitbull part of your family? Visit our Adopt page to learn how you can give one of our pitbulls a second chance and adopt the best friend you’ll have ever have!

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!