GREY2K USA

Rating: 4.05 stars   304 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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This organizations main goal is to siphon money from people who believe they are placing greyhounds into homes. This is a LOBBYING organization that does not place any greyhounds. What that is a lie? When this group did take in 6 greyhounds to place after the tracks closed down, they were placed in a kill shelter. Their success in ending racing has been limited however they are financially stable. A closer look at their tax forms paint an interesting financial setting that is a maze of misinformation. If you believe your money will be placing greyhounds into homes, you are mistaken. Donate to your local greyhound placement organization and not these crooks.

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

remove their current organizational structure with good honest people.

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

Somewhat badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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. Further, the claim that we have placed greyhounds in a "kill shelter" is complete nonsense.

Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is a scam...They are not helping one greyhound find a home after racing. Less than 1% of their donation money goes to actual greyhound charities. They are strictly a lobbying group to eliminate greyhound racing, and wagering on greyhound racing. They are always saying on their websites, if you want to help greyhounds, donate to grey2k. However if they ever succeed in eliminating greyhound racing there will be 1000's of racing greyhounds with nowhere to go. Grey2K will not help any be adopted. They will have created the problem with zero help in solving it.

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

make sure people are aware, they do not HELP any greyhound get adopted

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?

2012

Was this review helpful? 

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.

Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

There was a protest by G2K on approx. January 28, 2012 at a retail shoe/sneaker outlet in Boston against the store selling their product due to a ad where they displayed a video involving greyhounds racing. Their agenda was "Greyhound Racing Kills" on one of their signs at the protest. I was there in defense of the greyhound and their adoption after racing. As they were telling people passing the negative agenda I was telling the postive side. I asked the G2K people involved how many greyhounds have they adopted out after racing in the past year in finding their "Forever Homes". They had no figures for any adoptions done by this group but continued to try and stop me from my postive agenda by saying" we have no idea why you are here". I told people the money donated to this group does not find homes for greyhounds and it is a waste of your money. I was informed by one of the leaders they would be at the state capital in Florida to continue to aid in the de-coupling of racing from the tracks. They are a political action group, not a adoption group for greyhounds. Told him I would meet him in Florida to add my side of the real truth. The Florida Bill was stopped in committee and never got to the senate floor for discussion.

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

Not donate to this group

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

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Was this review helpful? 

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.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I adopted my first retired racing greyhound in 2001. When I first heard about this group, I assumed it was a non-profit 501c3 that supported the rehoming of retired racers. After learning more about retired and current racing greyhounds, I also discovered this is NOT a 501c3, but a 501c4. BIG difference when it comes to what I "thought" was a group supporting greyhound adoption after the track. Instead, this is a group trying to put the end to greyhound racing and our NGA racing greyhounds. They do NOT support ANY greyhound adoption group, but spend their money on lobbying efforts to close down the greyhound industry. NEVER will I allow myself to be so fooled and NEVER will I give another cent to Grey2K. Their are misrepresenting what they are all about. Any potential donor, dig a bit and all their nastiness comes right to the surface.
OF COURSE CAREY2 WOULD RESPOND. I AM NOT PART OF AN ORGANIZED GROUP NOR DO I REPRESENT ANY GREYHOUND OWNER,BREEDER, KENNEL OR TRACK. I SUPPORT ADOPTION GROUPS AND HAVE RETIRED RACERS. G2KUSA MIGHT WANT TO CHECK THEIR MAILING LISTS AS THEY CONTINUE TO SEND ME SOLICITATIONS FOR DONATIONS SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR. WHAT GROUPS DO THEY DONATE TO AND WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THEIR DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO HELP GREYHOUNDS? I HAVE DONE MY RESEARCH AND ANY DONATION IS MINISCULE IN SCOPE OF THE MONEY THEY RAKE IN TO SPEND ON FIGHTING RACING - NOT SUPPORTING ADOPTION. PEOPLE - YOUR DONATIONS ARE BETTER USED DIRECTLY TO ADOPTION GROUPS IN YOUR AREA - NOT THIS 501c4!!!

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

Represent my organization for what is is and quit trying to pass for what it is not. They do not care about retired racers - only about feathering their own nest wIth donations fleeced from unsuspecting people who believe they are donating to help retired racers find their forever home after the track. AWW SHUCKS CAREY, YOU COULD AT LEAST SPELL MY NAME CORRECTLY. BUT PERSONALLY, YOU FOLKS COULD DO SO MUCH GOOD HELPING THE GALGOS WITH ALL THOSE DONATIONS AND BE LEGIT WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING .

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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This is one of several 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. The claim that GREY2K USA does not support greyhound adoption is completely false. We promote greyhound adoption, make direct contributions to greyhound adoption groups across the country, and give adoption referrals on an ongoing basis.

These aren't canned responses Tibbi. We know very well who you are. You are one of the dog racing supporters who has been organizing a campaign of phony "reviews" on this site. The fact that you won't admit what you are doing speaks volumes.

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Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Carey in reading all your comments your statement says you take modest salaries, could you please tell us what you consider a modest salary? It is my understanding that you've recently gave yourself a raise even though donations are down. How much money has been donated by grey2k to adoption groups to help them--- When you brag about closing Mass. tracks did you see that all those animals were place or was that not your problem? And referring to cwood review regarding when you "closed mass race tracks they were given a 14 month notice" well 14 months is nothing in the greyhound industry. A pup doesn't even start on the track until the age of 17-18 months old so what happens to all the pups on the farms, how are they to be fed ? Do you plan on donating money to feed them, pay the farm payments so they have a place to live or finding them a home, I think not -this would be another "not my problem" I don't even think you thought about all those beautiful puppies NEXT TIME YOU DECIDE TO TRY AND CLOSE A TRACK there needs to be a 4-5 year window. We love our animals and they love to run !!!!!!!!

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

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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This isn't a review, it is a rant from someone in the dog racing industry. The "reviewer" is wrong on several substantive points. 1) When dog racing ended in Massachusetts, virtually all of the dogs that left the racing industry found homes. According to state records, during the final year of dog racing in Massachusetts 781 greyhounds were adopted. During the same period, only 11 greyhounds died or were euthanized. GREY2K USA worked with non-profit organizations throughout the state to create an adoption plan, and were prepared to step in and help. Greyhound breeders refused to work with us, and found homes for the dogs themselves -- a great outcome. 2) The dog racing industry knew for years that greyhound racing could end in Massachusetts. Citizens very narrowly voted, 51% to 49% to continue allowing dog racing in 2000, and it was a full eight years later that citizens opted, in an overwhelming vote, to end the activity. Finally, I do agree that greyhounds love to run. That is one reason why it is so cruel for them to endure lives of confinement, kept in small cages for long hours each day.

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Rating: 1 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Scam Artists! This group pretends to be about greyhound welfare. In fact, everything they do hurts greyhounds!

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

Okay

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?

2012

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This review was authored by a dog racing supporter, and is not factually accurate.

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Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Any group that spreads falsehoods in order to perpetuate its views is pretty worthless in my estimation. This group uses shock photos of greyhound racing atrocities that are either decades old, predating most animal cruelty laws, or that originate outside the USA where there are no such laws. They allow the public to think their funds are going directly to help find homes for greyhounds, when in fact, none of the money goes for this purpose. Lots of money, however, goes toward salaries for its board members. Give this one a miss and give your donations to a group that prefers finding homes for hounds over lining their pockets.

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

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This review is from a dog racing supporter, as part of a campaign to try to drive down our review rating. It is not factually accurate. The photographs we use to illustrate the problems with greyhound racing are recent, local to the track that is being discussed, and from credible sources. For example, when we passed a ballot question in Massachusetts in 2008 to phase out dog racing, we used photographs and video footage that had been taken by the Massachusetts racetracks themselves. Regarding greyhound adoption, the claim that we do not support adoption is false. In reality, we support greyhound adoption in several ways. We give adoption referrals, promote adoption efforts, and make direct financial contributions to local greyhound adoption organizations all over the United States. Finally, other than one exception (a board member who also happens to be a full-time employee) members of the GREY2K USA board of directors are volunteers and receive no compensation.

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

GREY2KUSA is a great organization. They work tirelessly to help greyhounds.

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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Thanks for this review.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Tertullian said “The first reaction to truth is hatred” and you can certainly see that in the virulence of the reaction to Grey 2K from members of the greyhound racing industry. Grey 2K was substantially responsible for ending greyhound racing in Massachusetts; they have been involved in campaigns to end the cruelty of greyhound racing from Arizona to Florida, and have been successful. They constantly shine the light of public awareness on an industry that treats living, sentient creatures as commodities to be used and discarded. It's no wonder they've made enemies, but the enemies they've made are fighting to maintain a brutish industry built on brutality and one that, thanks to the efforts of Gery 2K is slowly moving to the ash heap of history.

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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

That last review was written by Carey Thiel, the head of Grey2K. I have been involved with GHs for over 15 years and NEVER have had a GOOD interaction with Grey2K. They are lobbyists.. They raise money for themselves.. Their tax returns speak the truth.. Hundreds of thousands of dollars raised.. and NONE spent on the hounds they profess to protect. They have made adoption groups work hundreds of times harder, trying to place "displaced " hounds.. And they are supported by another money making organization HSUS (Humane Society of the US) NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH YOUR LOCAL HUMANE SOCIETY.. Neither of these organizations are worth the public dollar.. but the public is duped into making contributions by the lies they tell and the distortions they make. I bred and raced GHs for several years. I no longer do that. I DO,however, adopt and foster hounds to this day. I also, when possible, take part in transporting hounds going to their forever homes.. I do fundraisers for my local adoption groups (I am a professional photographer).. and I don't take money that belongs to the hounds and PUT IT IN MY BANK ACCOUNT!

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

Badly

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The claim that I (Carey Theil) have written any of the reviews here is false. This review was written by a greyhound breeder and is not factually accurate. Although GREY2K USA is an advocacy organization, we support greyhound adoption in any ways. We promote greyhound adoption, we make adoption referrals, and we directly support local adoption groups.