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Saturday, November 2, 2019

7th Annual Pitbull Awareness Candlelight Vigil

10 Years: The Past, Present, and Future of the Forlorn
Earl & Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Admission – FREE
Candles – $5 (online & at the door)

Reflect on a decade in the lives of pitbulls and Friends to the Forlorn, and hear from the next generation on the future for pitbulls and what it means to be part of the Forlorn Family. Come together with us to stand for pitbulls and other animals who are euthanized each year in animal control facilities nationally, and learn about FTTF’s vision for our next phase of helping pitbulls, other animals, and people in need. We have done a lot – but WE CAN DO MORE!

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Check-in and Candle sales open at 5:00 PM.


FTTF 10th Anniversary Party

We can’t wait to celebrate with everyone on Saturday night!
Even if you missed out on getting tickets to the party, you can still join us for our 7th Annual Pitbull Awareness Candlelight Vigil at The Strand at 6:00p before the party. Vigil admission is free, so come on out and bring your friends!

The Brickyard
7:30 – 10:30 PM
Adult General Admission – $25 online / $30 at the door
• Includes event bag, food, and nonalcoholic beverages.
Adult VIP Admission – $60 online / $70 at the door
• Includes event bag, food, nonalcoholic beverages, event tee, two drink tickets, and five raffle tickets.
Kids (7-14) Admission – $15
• Includes food and nonalcoholic beverages.
Kids (under 7) Admission – FREE
• Includes food and nonalcoholic beverages.

Join us to celebrate ten years of saving lives, community outreach, spay & neuter, and finding loving, forever homes for hundreds of Forlorn dogs! Ten years is a proud accomplishment for any nonprofit organization, but an amazing feat for a breed-specific, especially a pitbull-specific, rescue organization. We cannot wait to spend a night enjoying this milestone with our friends and Forlorn Family members. It will be a night you won’t forget!

Party festivities include live music, entertainment, delicious food & drinks, raffle, custom painted pitbull statue auction, and more!

Check-in opens at 7:00 PM. 


Free parking is available around Marietta Square, but can be difficult to find during busy times. If free parking is not available, the best option for paid public parking is in the parking deck across from The Strand on Cherokee Street.



Join us for the 7th Annual Pitbull Awareness Light for the Lost Candlelight Vigil and our 10-Year Anniversary Party on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

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Why is the 10-Year Anniversary so special?
Friends to the Forlorn will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary in October 2019. That means ten years of saving lives, community outreach, spay & neuter, and placing hundreds of Forlorn dogs into loving, forever homes. It is not an easy feat for any non-profit or animal rescue organization to reach this ten-year milestone; it’s even more uncommon for a breed-specific, and pitbull-specific, rescue. However, we are proud to say after ten years FTTF is not just existing, we are thriving, growing, and planning for the next ten years!

We are excited to share this amazing accomplishment with our Forlorn Family: the friends, volunteers, fosters, adopters, supporters, team members, and partner organizations who have helped us get here! With so much to celebrate, and so much to look forward to in the near future, our 10-Year Anniversary Party on November 2 at The Brickyard in Marietta will be an unforgettable night of great music, delicious food & drinks, entertainment, and FUN!


What is the “Light for the Lost Candlelight Vigil”?
In 2014, Jason Flatt, founder of Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, decided he wanted to bring awareness to the pitbull overpopulation problem and the sad state of affairs for pitbulls all across the country in a big way. Friends to the Forlorn had been working for years to rescue pitbulls all across the metro Atlanta area, as well as creating its “Beat the Heat” spay & neuter program to help reduce the unwanted pet population. Even more, Jason wanted the public to understand the magnitude of the problem Friends to the Forlorn and other pitbull-based rescues were facing.

How big is the actual pitbull overpopulation problem? Why are pitbulls not making it out of shelters? What can people do to help solve this overwhelming silent crisis among our favorite breed?

From that one idea, the Forlorn Family sprang into action. How can we represent the large number of pitbulls euthanized in animal control facilities nationwide while also celebrating those we have been able to save? From reflection on that question, the Vigil was born!

The Vigil is an opportunity to celebrate the dogs FTTF has rescued, but also a chance for us to take a moment and recognize the pitbull overpopulation problem and honor the pitbulls and other animals euthanized in animal control facilities every day. Each year, the Vigil has grown in size and scope. We have seen the word for this event spread like wildfire among the rescue, pitbull and animal lover communities. Friends to the Forlorn will continue to spread the word and educate the community on the seriousness of the situation we face and how we can all can be part of the solution.


Who is Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue?
In 2009, Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue was founded by a single man, Jason Flatt, who wanted to save the dogs that no one wanted. He built his rescue on integrity, compassion, commitment, and love. By using these founding principals, Jason and his team of dedicated volunteers, fosters, and supporters – known as The Forlorn Family – grew FTTF into the largest and most well-respected pitbull rescue in Georgia.

Friends to the Forlorn believes in: Transparent & responsible rescue practices, community involvement,
breed & ownership education, spay & neuter, and responsible pet ownership. Since our inception in 2009, we have successfully rescued and found loving, forever homes for over 640 dogs. We also have spayed/neutered over 6,000 pets at no cost to the community. We will continue our work within the community because the lives of our dogs, and the lives of all dogs, depend on it.


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November 2, 2019
6:00 pm to 10:30 pm
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Marietta Square
Marietta, GA United States