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Greyhound Friends Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To provide placement and care during placement of greyhound dogs and other animals; to inform and educate the public regarding the needs and conditions of a particular breed of dog, namely the greyhound, in an effort to encourage an humane standard of care for the breed of dog; to promote educational programs concerning the responsibilities of ownership of greyhounds and other animals in schools and elsewhere. Generally to do all acts necessary to prevent cruelty to animals and to further the organization's exclusively charitable and educational purposes.

Target demographics: find loving homes for greyhounds and other dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 44 dogs during covid

Geographic areas served: animal adoption & advocacy

Programs: Greyhound friends inc. , located in hopkinton, massachusetts, is a small non-profit organization dedicated to re-homing retired racetrack greyhounds and placing them in responsible loving homes. Greyhounds passing through the kennel have gentle dispositions and make wonderful companions. Since its inception in 1983, greyhound friends has found homes for more than 10,000 dogs. The organization maintains a kennel to receive greyhounds and as soon as a dog is adopted another one comes in from a racing kennel. Dogs, who come to the kennel are well cared for. Most respond immediately to kind treatment and are readied for adoption. Greyhound friends relies on volunteers who help with all aspects of the work. Greyhound friends also works on a national and international level to educate and raise awareness about the challenges facing this particular breed of dog, to further internationals rescue and adoption efforts, and to influence public policy. The reach of the organization's educational and advocacy work is a direct result of a deep organizational understanding of the breed and racing industry, as well as active engagement with the community working to end greyhound abuse. Greyhound friends' annual international update program reflects this. Held each year in hopkinton, program participants from spain, argentina, ireland, italy and other places around the world shared perspectives about greyhound and hound issues and a variety of advocacy initiatives. Other initiatives have included documentary film making and community outreach efforts. A sad reality is that greyhounds past their racing prime in the united states are often discarded by the racing industry and dumped abroad where they are held in deplorable living conditions and forced into illegal straight racing. Historic racing cultures in other countries also undermine greyhound standards of care. Two recent documentary films, produced on behalf of greyhound friends by photo-journalist john mottern, expose these dark realities: land of the magpie & the crow (highlighting the changing attitudes and marketplaces both domestically in ireland and internationally for greyhounds) and a crime to be born in argentina (exposing greyhound abuse in argentinean straight racing). The films and are important tools to both educate the public and influence regulation of the racing industry. The recent argentinean legislative ban on greyhound racing is a tangible reminder of the impact these kinds of advocacy efforts can have. A crime to be born in argentina was widely distributed by animal advocates and viewed across argentina in the months leading up to the legislative vote.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

John D.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, MA is a fantastic organization. I adopted a male greyhound from them in 2018. His new name is Gumbo.

Their staff is so friendly & professional, and their kennel is very clean and organized.

I am forever grateful for the work they do in rehoming greyhounds & for providing me with a great dog and friend.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been adopting from Greyhound Friends since the mid nineties and couldn’t love this organization more than I do today! Everyone at GHF is so knowledgeable and helpful. They truly care about the animals they take in. We even got to adopt a three legged dog from them because they took the time to get her medical care and place her with us in her forever home! My family proudly supports GHF!

Donna N.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both an adopter and a volunteer at Greyhound Friends. I have adopted a number of greyhounds in the past and I've been impressed with the care given to the dogs and thought that goes into ensuring adoptions are a good fit, both for the adopters and the dogs. I especially like that, while they get in many wonderful, beautiful, easy dogs, they also welcome dogs that may be harder to adopt, such as older or black dogs, dogs with previous injuries or on-going needs. I have adopted a few of those and they made great companions, and Greyhound Friends was willing to work with the dogs to find their special home. As a volunteer, I enjoy spending time with the dogs, but I also appreciate that Greyhound Friends is committed to raising awareness in the community and helping dogs both locally and internationally. There are opportunities to get involved in any number of events and projects, which creates a real sense of community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since Greyhound Freinds re-opened, their programs have been exemplary. They have a fine updated kennel, new management and a caring staff. The dogs are in good hands at this facility - they are happy and well taken care of at all times. I just volunteered at their Open House and it was a wonderful event filled with so many happy adopters and supporters. The dogs are lucky Greyhound Friends is there to help with wonderful placements.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer on and off since 2010 and am now a board member. I've adopted 4 greyhounds from this rescue over the years and have had a great experience every time. The kennel has been recently updated and new leadership is in place. The living conditions for the dogs are excellent. I am proud to serve this organization and look forward to many more years of helping dogs to find the loving homes that they deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our first 2 greyhounds in 1999 from Greyhound Friends and we’ve been supporters and fans of Greyhound Friends ever since. After years of impromptu visits, attending many of their scheduled events, and now as a weekly volunteer, I’ve seen first hand the compassion and commitment Greyhound Friends has to the well-being of each and every dog they take in, and the steps they take to ensure each dog is placed in a loving home.
The all-new Board of Directors and Management team has brought fresh energy and unwavering dedication to maintaining the highest standards in kennel operations. It’s a privilege to be associated with this animal rescue group, and a highlight of my week to visit and help take care of the dogs.

Kathleen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our association with Greyhound Friends is closing on 30 years. From our first adoption, Lark in 1993, through a line of beloved greyhounds to Lucky today. I have volunteered at the kennel for over 15 years and supported the organization financially. Greyhound Friends has stayed strong and straight in its goal of rehoming greyhounds, whether off the track or from other countries. In my role as volunteer on committees and functions I have knowledge of the work of the staff and board, all of whom are excellent. I can highly recommend any association with Greyhound Friends.

Review from Guidestar

2 Michael S.24

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Greyhound Friends for years. It is a fantastic organization, with people dedicated to all kinds of dogs, not just greyhounds. They take great care of all of their dogs. They are exceedingly careful at finding the right people for every dog that comes in. I am honored to have been recently elected to their Board.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for greyhound Friends since 1989, in a wide range of roles. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with such devoted and dedicated people, including the staff, volunteers, and board members. New leadership in recent years has reinvigorated the organization and its commitment to adoption and advocacy for greyhounds, other sighthounds, and dogs generally, both in the US and abroad. Collaboration with other animal welfare/adoption professionals has deepened, and successful adoptions have continued through the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. Over the years Greyhound Friends has grown into a strong and widespread community of dog lovers/adopters with shared values and goals to help dogs everywhere. I am proud of my association with this group.

Review from Guidestar

3 Cathy D.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Greyhound Friends kennel underwent extensive renovations in 2017 /2018 and was re-opened in 2019 under new management after thorough reviews & inspection by the Town of Hopkinton, the Mass Department of Agriculture and an independent assessment by the MSPCA. The individual kennels were enlarged and new sanitation and enrichment programs were enacted. The kennel is now licensed for 1/2 the amount of dogs it used to house.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I volunteered there and left because I worried that they were not caring for the dogs properly. Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton has been shut down since January 2017 because of unsafe and unsanitary conditions. The state also found they were neglecting sick dogs.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This shelter has been shut down by the State for deplorable conditions and the former director has been charged with animal cruelty.

Review from Guidestar

2 Dominic in Melbourne

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our retired racing greyhound from Greyhound Friends.
Visiting their kennel and seeing the staff and volunteers in action was inspiring. They make the most of every penny, and it is all about the hounds.