The organization has won the Animal Rescue Site’s periodic contest five out of the past six times it has been conducted, said Jason Flatt, president and founder of the rescue group.
“The contest is a popularity contest,” he said.
Animal Rescue Site hosts the contest on the website theanimalrescuesite.com. The site is a nonprofit which raises money for animals and is part of the Greater Good family.
Fans can go to the site and vote for the rescue group, Flatt said. The Friends have a large following in many different states and countries, which helps them in the contest, he said.
The rescue group was created in 2009 as a nonprofit, and is staffed by 15 volunteers who have a “heart” for the dogs, Flatt said.
It is one of the few pit bull rescue entities in the United States, Flatt said.
Pit bulls are a breed some people do not want to deal with, not even dog lovers, because of their reputation as an unfriendly breed, Flatt said.
The organization also focuses on telling residents about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets to help control the pet population, and how to properly take care of their animals, Flatt said.
“We do a lot of education work,” he said.
The rescue group also fosters the animals in volunteer homes, Flatt said. There are around 100 dogs in the program at any one time, he said.
“If there is something we can do for a dog we do it,” Flatt said.
The organization goes through $4,000 of dog food each month. In 2012 they gave away 1,200 vaccines, and 500 animals were spayed or neutered, Flatt said.
“We are grateful for any money that comes to the dogs,” said volunteer Justin Richardson.
With all of the work they do it is still hard to find residents to adopt the dogs, Flatt said.
“My hardest problem is finding ‘forever’ homes,” he said.
Flatt receives around 1,300 emails, 200 phone calls, and 200 Facebook messages a day nationally asking him to rescue a pit bull, he said.
To adopt a dog from the group the fee is $195. All of the dogs adopted have micro chips to track them, are up to date on all of their shots and have been spayed or neutered by Dr. Clayton Leathers, the group’s main veterinarian, Flatt said
To adopt a dog visit friendstotheforlorn.com. There, residents can see all of the dogs up for adoption, and read their biographies.