GREY2K USA

Rating: 4.05 stars   304 reviews 6,048

Issues: Animals

Location: P.O. Box F Arlington MA 02476 USA

Mission: Formed in March of 2001, GREY2K USA Worldwide is the largest greyhound protection organization in the United States and now works internationally. As a non-profit 501(c)4 organization, we work to pass stronger greyhound protection laws and to end the cruelty of dog racing on both national and international levels. We also promote the rescue and adoption of ex-racers across the globe.
Results: We have written and passed bills making dog racing illegal in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Colorado. When we first began our campaign, there were 49 tracks in 15 states and now there are just 21 in seven states. Additionally, we have worked to block the expansion of dog racing to countries such as Jamaica, the Philippines and South Africa. Our research has led to the exposure of hundreds of media documented cases of greyhound cruelty and neglect, including dogs testing positive for cocaine, dogs suffering terrible injuries and dogs experiencing severe neglect at racing kennels both here and abroad. See more at http://www.grey2kusa.org/action/states.html and http://www.grey2kusa.org/who/victories.html
Direct beneficiaries per year: by passing a bill to make Colorado the 39th state to ban dog racing
Programs: We document the cruelty of dog racing and use our research to pass greyhound protection laws with the goal of ending dog racing worldwide. We also promote the adoption of ex-racers worldwide. Read more at http://www.grey2kusa.org/who/index.html
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

4 people found this review helpful

GREY2K USA is a very professionally managed organization with an unprecedented track record for saving dogs from a miserable life in the dog racing industry. Its strategic campaigns have played a vital role in the closure of many dog tracks in the US and in achieving state bans on greyhound racing. It has also been successful in stopping the spread of this industry to other nations, including South Africa, India, the Philippines and Jamaica. I can highly recommend supporting this effective organisation.

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Thank you Jeroen for your encouragement and commitment to helping greyhounds across the globe. Christine Dorchak, President GREY2K USA

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2 people found this review helpful

As a member of a greyhound adoption group in Florida, I can say that we here in Florida are at the epicenter of the battle to end greyhound racing. Grey2K USA is working to make this happen. And they work on every front...public relations, education, legislatively and importantly, by involving grassroots activists. Best of all, we are seeing real progress because of their initiatives. We will see the end of greyhound racing and Grey2K USA will be the largest part of the reason. I am proud to be affiliated with them and to support their efforts.

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3 people found this review helpful

From being a state-wide organization, to a national activist organization and now to a worldwide greyhound advocacy and protection organization, this remarkable group and these intensively dedicated people have never lost sight of their (and my) ultimate goal: to see an END to greyhound racing internationally. I am proud to support them. I will continue to support them and want to be on hand to celebrate with them when the ultimate goal is achieved.

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Thanks for your review Joyce!

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2 people found this review helpful

I have supported this organization with both effort and donations for many years and personally know the two principals. What has always impressed me is that every position Grey2K USA has taken and every statement they release is 100% grounded in provable fact. I live in FL, belong to a greyhound rescue & adoption organization and have owned greyhounds for almost 20 years...and I will say this: Grey2K USA has been fearless in exposing the underbelly of greed and abuse that marks the dog racing "industry." They have made real progress in speeding the demise of this inhumane activity. They are making real progress in helping to better the lives of those dogs still used and used up as the commodities upon which this industry depends. I am proud to share their values and, most especially, their many victories.

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5 people found this review helpful

Grey2K does nothing for the greyhounds. Grey2K is against the Smith Greyhound Safety Bill in Florida. This bill would require injury reporting, have the tracks install a breakaway lure and cover the live rail to help stop greyhounds from getting electrocuted.

Now grey2K will come on here tell you that the track at Palm Beach has installed the covering on the rail and a dog still got electrocuted there and that is true. However, instead of donating money to try and find a way to cover the rail in a spot that was still exposed, Grey2K wants to leave the whole rail exposed so anywhere on the track that a dog or person might come in contact with the rail will get electrocuted.

When I said person I wasn't kidding. A worker at the Woodlands track in Kansas dropped a tool on the other side of the rail and as he reached over he touched the live part of the rail and was electrocuted.

Grey2K may tell you they didn't know about the worker, but they do because I have mentioned it before on forums they read.

So don't you have to wonder why a group that tells you they are all about protecting the greyhounds, doesn't?

As a follow up to Carey's post

Carey that isn't what you said in this article.

http://wlrn.org/post/competing-greyhound-racing-bills-filed-tallahassee

But executive director Carey Theil of the Boston-based non-profit Grey2K USA, promoting greyhound protection, says the Greyhound Safety Act Cory is backing is not the way to go. Theil's organization supports Senate Bill 2 and greyhound injury reporting in general.

It's like you supported Rep. Young's bill that was for expanded gambling and casinos in Florida, but in Massachusetts you are aligned with Repeal the Casino Deal.

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This "review" was posted by a well-known greyhound breeder, as part of an organized campaign to lower our review score on GreatNonprofits. His claim that oppose the Florida "Greyhound Safety Act" is nonsense. This measure was filed this year by Senator Chris Smith and Representative Kevin Rader. Here is the thank you note that Representative Rader sent GREY2K USA a few weeks ago, thanking us for our support of his bill: http://grey2kusa.org/pdf/Rep.%20Rader%20Version1.pdf

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Grey2k takes the bad and makes it the norm. While bad people exist in every segment of society they are not the norm.

Grey2K preys on your emotions to get donations, donations that do nothing to help greyhound adoption.

Don't be fooled by them, check them out and you will see.

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Some

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2013

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This is one of several fake "reviews" that were posted shortly after September 20, 2013, as part of an organized campaign by greyhound breeders to drive down our review score on this website. Proof of this can be found at http://www.grey2kusa.org/pdf/Greyhound_Breeders_Post_Phony_Reviews.pdf.

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1 person found this review helpful

Grey2K USA works both domestically and internationally to protect these wonderful creatures! If you love greys, this is the right org for you.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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4 people found this review helpful

It's rather amusing that any time a person leaves a less than "five-star" rating for this company, its executive director (Carey2 - aka Carey Theil - "husband" of Grey2k USA president Christine Dorchak) claims that it is not a valid review because it's from someone in the "commercial racing industry". What a load excrement. It's a proven fact that Grey2k uses misleading propaganda and outright lies to slander individuals who own and race greyhounds. It's also proven that Grey2k USA donates less than 1% of its "take" to actually help greyhounds. Carey Theil has also spoken out AGAINST the Greyhound Safety Act in Florida. Legislation that would actually prevent injuries to racing greyhounds.

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Nothing in this comment even approaches the truth. GREYK2K USA is a non-profit entity with a Gold Star Rating from Guidestar as well as GreatNonprofits Top Rated Nonprofit for 2014. The organization was indeed formed by two greyhound advocates who, finding common goals to protect the greyhounds, were later married. GREY2K USA Worldwide and the GREY2K USA Education Fund contributed to over 50 greyhound adoption groups last year alone, with an average gift of over $300. That said, we are a non-profit ourselves and not a foundation formed to redistribute the donations received. Dog advocates support our work because they want to see dog racing end, and that is what we are aiming to do worldwide. Finally, the poster is misinformed and ill-willed about our position on the Florida Greyhound Safety Act. We are in favor of its language, some of which is language already proposed and filed by us in separate bills before the legislature or lobbied for administratively before the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Unfortunately, a dog was just electrocuted at Palm Beach dog track despite the adoption of the "safety device" that breeders say will make injuries a thing of the past. http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/greyhound-electrocuted-at-pbkc-cited-as-need-for-l/nkSGL/#f08a66ad.3563902.735668 GREY2K USA works to pass laws to protect greyhounds and we support any meritorious bill to accomplish this aim. Our clear goal, however, is to end dog racing and stop the cruel breeding and disposal of innocent dogs by industry promoters such as the poster. As long as dog racing continues, greyhounds will suffer. That is the inexorable fact that motivates us to keep working every day to save them. See our newly released report on dog racing in the United States here: http://grey2kusa.org/pdf/USreportWeb.pdf Board of Directors, GREY2K USA Worldwide

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2 people found this review helpful

This is such a worthy organization, helping to save the greyhounds who have lived terrible lives for entertainment, and now are getting help from this wonderful relief organization. It is time to end this cruel form of animal abuse.

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Courtney, you are so right! Greyhound racing is a relic of past ideas and times when greyhounds were raised, used and killed as mere commodities. Together, we can end this cruelty! Christine Dorchak, Esq. President, GREY2K USA Worldwide

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Grey2K is an amazing organization. I have been involved with them since 2010. They have saved 1000s of Greyhounds from unspeakable lives and deaths. Grey2K is professionally managed and operates with a very small staff--almost all monies raised go to their efforts to rid this country and others of dog racing.
I know Ms. Dorshak, the President of Grey2K, personally. She is a selfless and honorable person and her only mission is to help end this horrific "sport".
Paula Levine

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Thank you so much for your kind support of our work all these years, Paula. You are one of the many wonderful people who helped bring dog racing to an end in our great state of Massachusetts! Go teeam! Christine Dorchak, Esq. President, GREY2K USA Worldwide

Rating: 5 stars  

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GREY2K l International is one of the best animal groups that exists. I know for a fact that the money that this group raises goes to help the greyhoyunds, and nothing else. The folks that run GREY2K International work non-stop to help the dogs. Any salary they take is matched by hard work, honesty and professionalism. Their work to end dog racing is without peer. I stand by them.

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Thank you, Connie, for your kind support. You have been one of our best volunteers, from day one. That's why dog racing is over in your state! Christine Dorchak, Esq. President, GREY2K USA Worldwide

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My wife and I have been involved as volunteers with Grey2kusa for over ten years now, down here in Florida, trying to put an end to the cruel and abusive industry of greyhound racing. Civilized people are not amused and entertained by the exploitation of animals. Apparently some of the reviewers on this page never got the memo. What is wrong with wanting to treat an animal that has been used and abused for centuries, like a companion pet? No animal, Greyhounds included, should be exploited for entertainment and certainly, no one should be able to profit from their exploitation. When will these misinformed detractors of Grey2kusa wake up and realize that Greyhound Racing is a dying industry? I think that what Christine Dorchak and Carey Theil of Grey2kusa and those of like compassion have done for the Greyhounds of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is nothing short of fantastic. They speak for those who have no voice of their own. I can only hope now, that the people of Florida, with the help of Grey2kusa, can fight this cruel and abusive industry with the same passion that those in Massachusetts and Rhode Island did. "If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." (Black Beauty by Anna Sewell)

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Thank you, Chuck, for being one of the leaders in the fight to end dog racing in Florida. People like you and your wife Mary are great examples for us all! Christine Dorchak, Esq. President, GREY2K USA Worldwide

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My wife and I became aware of Grey2K and their mission to end the cruel and inhumane "sport" of greyhound racing back in 2004. We became volunteers and donors when Carey visited Florida to advocate for the defeat of Amendment 4 which was going to help pave the way for slot machines and help the tracks recoup profits that were being lost while maintaining their dog racing (unfortunately it passed). As ardent dog lovers and animal advocates we believed in their mission and in the sincerity and passion they showed towards achieving it. We realize what amazing and gentle creatures these greyhounds are and continue to sympathize with their plight. We don't believe that any animal should be used for entertainment and that no one should be able to profit from their exploitation. There's a reason that greyhound racing is illegal, or was never made legal, in 38 states.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Set up the newsletters so they can be shared on Facebook directly, without have to go to the Facebook page to share them.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thanks for your review Chuck!

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3 people found this review helpful

My wife and I became aware of Grey2K and their mission to end the cruel and inhumane "sport" of greyhound racing back in 2004. We became volunteers and donors when Carey visited Florida to advocate for the defeat of Amendment 4 which was going to help pave the way for slot machines and help the tracks recoup profits that were being lost while maintaining their dog racing (unfortunately it passed). As ardent dog lovers and animal advocates we believed in their mission and in the sincerity and passion they showed towards achieving it. We realize what amazing and gentle creatures these greyhounds are and continue to sympathize with their plight. We don't believe that any animal should be used for entertainment and that no one should be able to profit from their exploitation. There's a reason that greyhound racing is illegal, or was never made legal, in 38 states.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that I would do differently.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks so much for your support Chuck!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Laws are changing, stadiums are closing, fewer dogs are being bred, less money is being wagered, and the inherent cruelty of the greyhound racing industry is being exposed. GREY2K USA Worldwide continues to push for the elimination of commercial greyhound racing. It's no surprise that a small but vocal minority of people intimately involved in the industry try to cast aspersions, but their claims are baseless and completely exposed with even a modicum of research. GREY2K USA Worldwide has earned top status from Great Nonprofits because of their transparency and thoroughness. You will certainly not see anything of the sort from the industry.

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Eric, you are so right. Greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane and the world is realizing that greyhounds deserve better than to be treated like trash, used and then disposed of, once their speed declines. Together, we can end this terrible situation around the globe! Christine Dorchak, Esq. President, GREY2K USA Worldwide