Born into a New York city household, Jason M. Flatt was living in a happy family with his parents, his brother and a pet – a pitbull called Calvin! Deeply inspired by the animal-loving spirit coming from his parents, Jason realized from an early age that he would make a wonderful vet. Life did not turn out as he expected though, because years later, Jason joined Wall Street and became a successful businessman.
After the sudden death of his beloved brother in 2005, Jason fell into a state of despair, finding his life meaningless. He then moved to Georgia and adopted a pitbull called Angelo, a pup who would have been euthanized if it had not been for his support. This was a life-changing moment for Jason, as he quickly found comfort and happiness from watching his little baby growing up day by day.
But the story did not end there. During his attempt to get another pitbull, a playmate for his Angelo, Jason came across many pet centers in which pitbulls were treated horribly. Most of them were left to their own devices, unfed and not being taken care for. Some of them were even marked with an X, meaning they were chosen to euthanized.
Soon, Jason got to know more about the living conditions of pitbull. It turned out that due to certain stigma surrounding this species, pitbulls were a source of hatred. People would leave them get ashtray on the streets, not caring when and how they would end up.
Spending his entire teenage years with a loving pitbull, Jason knew the stereotypes of pitbulls being inherently violent and dangerous could not be further from the truth. To him, maltreating a species of dogs just because they look different was not excusable, and Jason was determined to make a change.
Jason started his pitbull-rescue journey by joining animal control and worked there as a volunteer. It did not take him long to understand that much more had to be done if he was truly devoted to freeing pitbulls.
October of 2009 witnessed the advent of Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, a breed-specific pitbull rescue organisation founded by Jason himself. Initially, people were rather sceptical about his proposal. The neighborhood he lived in and basically anyone he talked to found the idea captivating and inspiring, yet barely viable. “This is not gonna work out!” was the general reaction, but Jason did not back down from his intentions.
Now, 10 years have passed since the day he first began adopting pitbulls and giving them a loving home. Over the period, he has purchased 14-acre of land, large enough to nurture hundreds and thousands of dogs. Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue started out with the love and compassion of Jason only, but today, it has grown to become one of the biggest volunteer-based pet rescue organisation.