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Pit bull rescue group organizes pet wellness day
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
June 07, 2012 12:00 PM | 3418 views | 2 2 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Jason Flatt, owner of Una the pit bull, and veterinarian Dr. Clay Leathers of New Hope Animal Clinic, who helps with Flatt’s organization Friends to the Forlorn.
From left, Jason Flatt, owner of Una the pit bull, and veterinarian Dr. Clay Leathers of New Hope Animal Clinic, who helps with Flatt’s organization Friends to the Forlorn.
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Friends to the Forlorn, a pit bull rescue organization, has organized a pet wellness day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Paulding Senior Center.

Jason Flatt, the rescue’s group’s founder, said the purpose of the event is to educate pet owners on the importance of spaying and neutering animals.

“Over seven years, one female dog can lead to 65,000 dogs,” said Flatt. “I see the numbers for animal control — we [Paulding County Animal Control] killed 2,500 animals last year. It bothered me.”

Flatt founded Friends to the Forlorn in 2009.

“One out of 800 pit bulls makes it out of the pound alive,” Flatt said.

Friends to the Forlorn currently has 63 pit bulls under its care.

“Some of them are adoptable and some aren’t,” said Flatt.

The rescue group is a completely volunteer-based organization and relies solely on individual donations.

Flatt and volunteers have taken in 13 dogs with the sometimes-fatal parvo disease this year, and all of them have survived.

“We don’t give up on them,” he said .

The pit bull lover and rescue group founder doesn’t want Paulding County residents to give up on spaying and neutering, either.

The Saturday event will provide free vaccines, spay and neuter registration, pet food and other supplies for Paulding County residents.

Beat the Heat 2012 is sponsored by Pet Buddies Food Pantry, Spay/Neuter Coalition, LifeLine Animal Project and Dogs on Death Row.

Dr. Clay Leathers at New Hope Animal Hospital has volunteered to spay and neuter animals registered during the event.

“He explained to me what he was looking to do, and I was more than happy to help,” Leathers said.

Flatt expects about 500 to 700 residents to attend the event.

The event is first-come, first-served, and residents must provide proof of residency.

Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres’s company, Halo, donated 1,000 pounds of dog food to the event, according to Flatt.

Other companies and nonprofits have donated dog collars, bowls, and flea and tick medicine for the event.

While free medicine, vaccines and other supplies are certainly a plus, Flatt doesn’t want residents to forget the purpose of the event.

“We’re doing this to prevent unwanted litters,” Flatt said.
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Lesha Martin
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June 07, 2012
Thanks to all.... including Dr. Leathers! Your concern for animal welfare is genuine and helping to stop unwanted litters that are 100% preventable is a true hero!

Saved Pittie Girl
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June 07, 2012
Absolutely wonderful what is happening. And we're proud of Friends to the Forlorn Pit Bull Rescue for everything that they do for canine and community. While their focus is on PB's, they care, period.
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