FTTF Shelter Capital Campaign


Conceptual Shelter Rendering | Credit: Formations Studio

In Spring 2016, Jason, our Board, and the core FTTF team decided we were ready to start planning for our next big step: building our dream pitbull rescue facility. We knew this would be a huge undertaking and began by kicking-off our fundraising efforts for this project through the Saving Pets Challenge. Little did we know our incredible supporters would help us raise over $170,000 in less than 5-weeks through the SPC to get us on our way!

FTTF will be participating in the Saving Pets Challenge in May 2018, with hopes of raising another $200,000 in donations and winning the $50,000 grand prize to get us that much closer to our goal of $2,000,000. Once again, all funds raised during this competition, which lasts from May 1 to May 31, will go toward the capital campaign for our own shelter. You can help us get closer to breaking ground on our shelter by providing your support during the Saving Pets Challenge, donating if you are able and promoting our organization within your social, personal, and professional networks.

Why Do We Need a Shelter?

Over ONE MILLION pitbulls are euthanized in shelters nationally, at an unconscionable rate of 2,000-3,000 pitbulls a day. Education around responsible pitbull ownership and rescue efforts, as well as spay/neuter programs, are key components in reducing this number.

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.

The Plan

Phase 1: ‘Halfway house’ for new dogs to provide temporary, safe housing and receive medical care before moving into private foster home; no time limit; includes dog kennels/runs, veterinary/surgical area, office, conference/event space, apartment, therapy pools, isolation, will not have the feel of ‘warehousing’ animals

Phase 2: Senior dogs, unadoptables, sanctuary

Phase 3: Game-bred fighting dogs


  • In or near Paulding County/Cobb County border
  • Building: 10,000-12,000 sq ft for first building (Phase 1 of 3)
  • Property: 40-90 acres (for safety zones and expansion); needs to be purchased


  • Kennel design
    • Low maintenance
    • Minimize stress: Music; noise level kept at minimum
    • Indoor runs: 6’-10’ wide x 10’ long
    • Outdoor runs: 6-10’ x 40’ long; half concrete under overhang, half grass; with lighting and heating elements
    • Guillotine doors: Open/close easily from source outside of run
    • Large ceiling fans
  • Isolation unit
    • 10 runs, completely enclosed; one return system
    • Dogs in for 10-14 days after intake to ensure they will not break with illness before being put into the general population
  • Water/Sanitation
    • Drainage: No cross contamination; each kennel has own drain
    • Track overhead spray cleaning system, high pressure
    • Commercial laundry room: energy efficient washer and dryer
  • Solar power
  • Windows: Up high 18”-24” height; able to partially open for air flow
  • Medical Care
    • Vet area: 20’ x 30’ with surgical table, sink, storage, x-ray, and blood machine
    • Vet on staff: Hired for once a week site visit at the beginning until ultimately hiring full time
    • Therapy pool/lap pool design: Underwater treadmill and therapy pool for numerous orthopedic injuries
  • Grooming and bathing area
  • Play areas
    • Indoor Play area: Agility, viewing area for guests
    • Outdoor play area: Partially covered, concrete and grass; seating included; used for meet and greets as well
  • Office & meeting space
  • Event space: Entertaining donors, educational and fundraising purposes
    • Glass wall between event space and play area (viewing area)
  • Staff: One overnight 7pm to 7 am, two 7am to 7pm
    • Apartment: one bedroom with pull-out option; bath with shower, toilet and sink; kitchenette; storage
Conceptual Diagram | Credit: DEX Industries


  • Security system: indoor and outdoor, gate at front entrance
  • Walking trails around facility
  • Memory garden
  • Five boarding areas: for FTTF alumni only; to provide additional funding


  • Community Organic Garden: to be maintained and run by community, not near facility
  • Spay/Neuter clinic: to help fund rescue and offer low-cost vet services; separate building


GOAL: $2,000,000
TOTAL RAISED: $221,000
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11% to Goal


If you have questions about donating to our capital campaign or would like to donate by check, please contact Lori Ragan Harkey at lori@friendstotheforlorn.org.

Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 licensed nonprofit organization.
All donations are tax-deductible.

I would like to thank everyone who has helped Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. Whether you pass along an email, donate items or money, foster a dog, adopt, attend an event, visit a dog at the vet, or post a comment letting me know you appreciate what I do, your support has made a difference. – JMF