CRESTVIEW — A local business is offering to match the fees for adopting pit bulls.
Flex Fitness is running a promotion starting this week that will send a matching amount to a shelter for those who bring in proof of a pit bull adoption. The promotion also offers a free six-month gym membership for those who adopt a pit bull.
“If you come in and you adopt a pit bull, we’ll basically refund it back to the shelter so they can help the next dog that comes in line,” owner Daniel Foster said. “So basically if you’re adopting a dog, you’re helping to save two.”
Foster opened the gym in August 2017 in Northview Plaza in Crestview. Aside from running the gym, he has been working with multiple rescues and shelters in the area to help pit bulls find the right homes.
“The gym itself, we named it Flex Fitness after our pitbull, Flex,” Foster said.
Foster’s goal is to encourage people to adopt pit bulls and help educate them on how to raise the dogs responsibly. He said he is concerned about how the breed is portrayed and that the negative public perception is due to the way some owners treat pit bulls.
“They’re so over-bred. They’re so over-neglected, fought, misunderstood,” Foster said. “We want to help their image a little bit in any way possible.”
Flex Fitness will also be holding an adoption event on 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 at the Crestview location. This adoption event is not specifically for pit bulls but will be open to all breeds of dogs.
H.E.A.R.T Animal Rescue of DeFuniak Springs will bring in dogs from their shelter for adoption. Kids will also have an opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny and have their picture taken at the event.