Greg and I began fostering for Friends to the Forlorn a little over 5 years ago. Through chance and happenstance and a very special dog named Pittman (aka Cooper), we fell into an incredible organization dedicated to helping dogs most in need. While primarily a pitbull rescue, FTTF works hard to help out any dog in need. Sometimes that means the worst cases, and sometimes that just means healthy dogs scheduled to die because of their breed. We have fostered many dogs for FTTF. Some stayed for months to get well (Cooper, Finley, Winston); some never left because they became ours (Mira), and some just stopped in long enough to get a chance at a good home (Hiccup, Rhino, Blue, Franny, and Duke). Regardless, FTTF foot the bill. They paid for vet care, medications, food, surgeries, resources, and rehab. More importantly, we received guidance, support, and access to an amazing community of fosters and volunteers. FTTF has never tried to profit off our dogs, even those in terrible shape. We raise what we need for vet care, and no more. For many of our dogs, FTTF never even fundraised. They just quietly paid whatever it took to ensure all our dogs are in good health and ready for a new home. Not only that, FTTF has paid to spay and neuter over 6000 dogs in the metro Atlanta area. This rescue means a lot to us; we are fosters, volunteers, donors, and Board members. And we need your help to do more. Because, we can do more.
Jason Flatt, President and Founder, began our rescue efforts in October 2009 and we will be celebrating our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR! We average between 80-100 dogs, primarily pitbulls, in our foster-based rescue at any given time. Over the past 9 years we have rescued and responsibly adopted out over 600 pitbulls into loving, forever homes. By pulling urgent dogs, that rescues do not want, from high-kill shelters, FTTF is able to help these dogs, who without us would likely not make it out alive. The dogs we rescue include pitbulls and occasionally other breeds who are on the euthanasia list due to overcrowding, lack of responsible owners and adopters, breed restrictions, and complex medical or behavioral issues.
FTTF needs to grow and expand our rescue efforts to support the needs of the community dogs and cats that need our help. The monies raised from our participation in the Fund the Shelters Challenge will go directly towards our next step of growth: our Capital Campaign for our own one-of-a-kind, pitbull rescue facility and towards our spay/neuter program.
We have raised $478,129 of our estimated $2-$3 million for the facility. We are have been diligently looking for the right land for the past year. Also, want to continue supporting our community by funding spay/neuter and vaccine programs for owned dogs and cats, regardless of breed. We have fixed over 6,000 dogs and cats for at no cost to the community thanks to generous donations and grants. Help us fix 6,000 more!
It takes a lot of support to reach our goals and make our dreams come true… and that’s why we need you!