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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Metro Atlanta Pitbull Rescue Wins $50,000 Grand Prize in National Fundraising Competition

Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue took home 1st Place among Tier 1 organizations in the Michelson Found Animals’ Fifth Annual Saving Pets Challenge, raising $198,257 and winning $57,795 in cash grants. Funds received through this competition will go toward building the organization’s own shelter.

ATLANTA, June 15, 2018 — Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, a non-profit rescue organization, won 1st Place in Tier 1, and raised more funds than any other participating organization in this national month-long fundraising competition, receiving a total of $256,207 in donations and grants. FTTF previously competed in the Saving Pets Challenge in 2016 and placed 2nd overall.

“It’s a good feeling when people tell you to chase your dreams. But it’s an amazing feeling when they actually show support for your dreams. Raising this money brings us that much closer to meeting the needs of our community and the dogs who need us,” said FTTF founder, Jason Flatt.

All funds raised and won are going toward the organization’s shelter capital campaign. Over one million pitbull-type dogs are euthanized in shelters nationally, over 2,000 pitbulls per day, mostly due to overpopulation. Building its own facility will allow FTTF to grow their rescue, educational, outreach, and spay/neuter efforts to combat pitbull overpopulation within the Metro Atlanta community.

Facility plans include state-of-the-art sanitation and energy features, spacious indoor and partially-covered outdoor runs, on-site veterinary care, and multiple play and enrichment areas. Current estimates for Phase I are around $2,000,000, with a goal to break ground by 2021. To date, nearly $480,000 has been raised toward this capital campaign.

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About Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc.

Founded by Jason Flatt in 2009, Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 rescue and animal welfare organization based out of Dallas, Georgia. The mission of Friends to the Forlorn is to do all we can to better the world by changing the world for pitbulls, other animals, and sometimes humans. Focusing on pitbull-type dogs, FTTF has rescued and found loving homes for over 600 dogs, and spayed/neutered over 5,000 pets at no cost to the community.

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