Grey2k Usa

Rating: 4.04 stars   305 reviews

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: 1 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

Grey2k is a lobbyist group whose sole mission is to end dog racing and eradicate gambling entertainment options. While this 501c4 is a non profit, it is not a charitable one, nor even one with much ethics. They utilize donations to lobby to eliminate the livlihoods of thousands of dog professionals, wipe out a century of history and thousands of years of careful breeding that make up what the greyhound is today. They pay themselves a salary, take vacations in the name of 'lobbying' and travel the world asking for donations. Even looking at the President's response to some of the honest reviews on here from adoption people, general public, their own donors and, yes.. industry people, you get them actually asking for money to shut down honest reviews. The racing industry has for years had open discussions and offered to open up farms, kennels and operations to Grey2k board members but they refused to accept these invitations. Instead, they delete and ban comments that might have opposing view in their quest for additional dollars in their ongoing donation drive.

I am an adoption person. I have had greyhounds for nearly 20 years as pets. I did come into direct contact with the racing community about 3.5 years ago and realized that there was a lot of good, honest people who love their dogs.

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

I'd like to see more transparency. They often put out "reports." Once published, these reports are the only ones sited as facts. I'd love to see Grey2k quit using copyrighted photos without permission, and when they do use photos, use current ones from the United States to depict their claims on the USA. Mr. Theil will say my review is "fake" but I'm a real person that has taken the time to know all the issues. I don't have a donate to me button & I don't make my living off the greyhoun

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

You're a real person, Leslie, who is a dog racing supporter. You have come here at the request of people in the greyhound racing industry, and asked to post a "review" in the hopes of driving down our review score on this site.

carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

The claim that GREY2K USA employees take "vacations in the name of lobbying" is completely false. Similarly, the claim that we use photographs from other countries to depict what happens in the United States is not accurate. These are some of the conspiracy theories that greyhound breeders have circulated, in an attempt to save their cruel business.

carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

As of October 2012, Leslie Csokasy owned at least two racing dogs that were competing at a commercial racetrack in Iowa, a fact she omitted from her "review."

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have had a total of 13 grand greyhounds, each one was special! truly grateful for being rescued and was openly thankful for the love they received. If not for GREY2K, all,of the rescues would not be taking place.
Grey2K is the most outstanding non profit organization I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
This organization has and continues to lead the way to closing down dog racing for good. I will support them in any way I can.
Dog racing and the conditions the dogs are kept in are horrendous.
Grey2K is leading the nation in their efforts to end this heinous act.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your review, and thanks for adopting so many greyhounds!

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a 20-year adoption representative for a greyhound rescue organization, I have received invaluable help from Grey2K USA through their educational outreach. They have provided excellent, non-biased information about the industry of greyhound racing which I could then pass on to my local volunteers in order that our group can be as well informed as possible. Grey2K USA never resorts to smear tactics to make the greyhound racing industry "look bad". They report well-documented facts about the industry.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your review. We are very proud of our research work, and truly strive to know the dog racing industry better than it knows itself.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

GREY2K USA is one of those wonderful, underdog organization (but not for long, I hope) that's been working for stronger protection laws for racing greyhounds. They've had great success already in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida and even Texas.

They're fighting for incredibly basic things getting the public informed about the number of greyhounds injured while racing, and forcing breeders and racers to report on the ultimate fate of current and former racing dogs. GREY2K helped pass the first state-funded greyhound adoption trust fund in US history! They're doing the angels' work, and I'm so glad they're around.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you so much for your review uberholly.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

They do great work, and get the job done !!!! for the greyhound dogs..
Very dedicated -- and tirelessly fighting for the greyhound dogs --
and to stop this racing industry that has hurt in so many ways these beautiful loving dogs
and to mention the killing of these dogs from this horrific industry..

Saying that one of the high members of Grey 2K USA -- should have been at the Marathon bombing -
Well, that shows the mentaility that your dealing with here ??? THAT ALONE IS NOT AN EASY JOB..
So YES -- shut down all dog tracks !!!!!!!!

Best Wishes to ALL THE GREYHOUNDS AND GREY 2K USA

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

N/A -- if anything ---------keep going and keep going !!!!!! for the dogs !!!!! eveywhere ....

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks so much for your review!

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

These people seem to be operating some sort of rip-off by preying on people's emotions using lies as their medium.
Almost nothing goes directly to help greyhounds whilst the operators of this shambles pocket nice salaries.
All they ever want is more and more money.
A shame I can't award zero stars.

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

Shut it down immediately.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

This "review" was posted by a dog racing supporter, and is part of an organized campaign to drive down our review rating on this website.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

First of all, this is not a charity. All they do is exploit people who know nothing about greyhounds or greyhound racing to get their pity money. The owners of this group pay themselves big salaries, and have never, ever lifted a finger to help one greyhound.

Greyhounds are taken very good care of at the tracks. Grey2k likes to lie, and to use very old information, usually from other countries to get people to donate to them. The people who follow them don't think for themselves, but follow their "leader".

If you want to learn more about them, it's easy to do your own homework on this "shell" organization.

Now this is the stuff they spew when the truth comes out:

carey2 wrote: September 23, 2013
Virtually every statement in this "review" is false. GREY2K USA is effective in part because we have a full-time staff that is knowledgeable and professional. All of these staff members earn salaries that are modest in the non-profit community. Further, we support greyhound adoption in many ways. We give adoption referrals, we give contributions to greyhound adoption groups across the country, and we regularly encourage our supporters to adopt. Finally, the notion that our data is based on "very old information, usually from other countries" is completely and utterly false. Our data is recent, from sources such as state records and mainstream news reports, and specific to the state in question.

It's very easy to search the internet to find the information that tells the truth. The IRS needs to look into them. Carey2 knows most people will just donate and not question where the money is going, but some of us want to see where the money goes, and doing some digging has proved over and over this is a bogus organization that does indeed need investigating. They do NOTHING to help anything but themselves. Check them out like I did!

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

Put them out of business for lying to people for money.

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2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Virtually every statement in this "review" is false. GREY2K USA is effective in part because we have a full-time staff that is knowledgeable and professional. All of these staff members earn salaries that are modest in the non-profit community. Further, we support greyhound adoption in many ways. We give adoption referrals, we give contributions to greyhound adoption groups across the country, and we regularly encourage our supporters to adopt. Finally, the notion that our data is based on "very old information, usually from other countries" is completely and utterly false. Our data is recent, from sources such as state records and mainstream news reports, and specific to the state in question.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

AS A rescuer of Engjish Mastiffs I became interested in Grey2K. It is a wonderful organization and helping to stop[ the abuse of Greyhounds to allow another form of gambling!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We appreciate your review!

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been rescuing greyhounds since 1992. I have been behind the scenes at tracks, breeding and training farms and in the kennels where these dogs are housed. No person would ever treat their beloved companion animal the way these dogs are treated. They are purely a commodity to the dog racing industry. Make no mistake in believing all these dogs receive daily massages and whirlpool baths. These dogs are expendable - when one breaks down or gets too slow, there are plenty more waiting in the wings to take that dog's place.

Breeder/trainers/owner of racing greyhounds are not concerned about longevity, thus the genetic pool has been contaminated with genes that cause cancer and all sorts of other diseases. This has been proven in a study by one of the world's foremost experts on racing greyhounds, Dr. Guillermo Couto. His findings were published, and specifically stated racing greyhounds are at a higher risk of cancer due to breeding purely for speed. AKC greyhounds do NOT have the same high rate of cancer as those registered through the NGA (National Greyhound Association) for racing.

GREY2K USA understands the only way to protect these greyhounds is to end racing. This organization is committed to their mission, as are those of us who have seen the death, pain and suffering of greyhounds we rescue.

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

Give them more of my time and money to expedite their mission of shutting down the dog racing industry.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you Judy, for this review. You are a true hero to us and an inspiration, and we are grateful for everything you continue to do for the dogs.

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have known about this organization since it's inception. I have written to them many, many times over the past ten years to ask for everything from humane education materials I could distribute in the schools and at animal events to advice on holding a demonstration at our local dog race track. The more I learned about this organization, the more I felt I wanted one myself. Grey2KUSA inspired me to adopt a greyhound from a local rescue organization. I adopted a dog I named Eli and had him for six years before his death of natural causes.

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

I would like to see more local representatives around the country but I know that all depends on volunteers.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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carey2 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks Michelle. We are so happy that we helped inspire you to adopt! We also wish we had more local representatives around the country, and will continue working on that.