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Causes: Animals, Dogs

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, Colorado, Arizona and Florida. When we first began our campaign, there were 49 tracks in 15 states and by next year there will be just 6 tracks in five 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 https://www.grey2kusa.org/who/victories.php

Target demographics: shut down dog tracks and save greyhounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In November 2018., we passed a constitutional amendment to make Florida the 41st state to ban dog racing

Geographic areas served: all places where dog racing exists

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work of GREY2K USA Worldwide continues to grow, combatting dog racing across the globe. It is such an honor to be part of this wonderful non-profit campaign.

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christine Thank you for being part of our team! Together, we will succeed in ending this terrible exploitation of greyhounds.

6 Linda77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HI - I volunteered with Grey2K for several months helping bills to change greyhound racing. I've also staffed tables promoting awareness of the inhumane treatment that greyhounds suffer through greyhound racing.I've met both Christine and Carey and they are both honest, hardworking, decent people who put the cause of the greyhounds first.Unfortunately, many pro-greyhound racing people try to discredit this wonderful organization by misinformation or other misleading means. Grey2K USA is just about the only hope for ending greyhound racing and the organization is always ready to help and support other greyhound organizations in ending this inhumane industry.

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carey2 05/17/2012

Thanks for the review.

6 gigglingpixie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Florida and work near a dog track. When people from other states visit my office...they are AMAZED that dog racing is legal. Here in FL...the dogs have to run so that the tracks can have gambling. Out of curiosity, I visited the track on a Thursday night & found the casino packed and only a handful of people watching the dog racing. It is HOT here in FL!!! Can you imagine being forced to run in 90+ degree heat in the afternoon sun...or maybe in the evening when it is 85 degrees! GREY2K works hard to end this archaic practice here and elsewhere. They are a wonderful organization!

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carey2 05/17/2012

Thanks for this review.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Grey2K is a 501c4 organization. That tells everyone that their intent from conception was to effect various legal aspects of greyhound racing...to bring about change. And they have. They are an excellent resouce for those of us in the treaches of adoption who don't have the time necessary to stay on top of the activities in the remaining greyhound racing states or elsewhere in the world. They are not and never will be an adoption program, but I believe they have all adopted retired racing greyhounds because they find them as sweet and pleasant as the rest of us do.

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carey2 05/17/2012

Thanks for this review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group is not to be trusted. The more you learn about them, the more you realize they are not in it for the dogs. Do your own reasearch folks. The findings should concern you. Especially when you find hidden assets all the while the groups heads purport they only get a tiny salary. This group is money collecting machine whi does little to really help the dogs. Be careful, be very, very careful. And in repsonse to the rebuttal that Carey Theil will likely make--I AM NOT in the racing industry. I get no perks, income or anything from the racing industry. I am a volunteer for an adoption group who does NOT take a stand on racing. All we care about is the dogs which is more than I can say about Grey2k.

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carey2 05/17/2012

Several negative reviews have been posted on this site in recent days. These reviews are part of a campaign to artificially skew our review rating. In fact, greyhound breeders are openly asking people to submit negative reviews to skew our rating. If the individual posting this review is not a dog racing supporter, then it is an incredible coincidence that the review was submitted at the same time this cynical campaign is taking place. In any event, the financial claims made by this reviewer are completely false. GREY2K USA employees earn modest salaries, and we use our resources effectively.

7 Eric_NM

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved in greyhound adoption when we adopted our first grey from a local adoption group. I started volunteering for that group soon after. As I learned more about the greyhound racing industry, I became increasingly disgusted by it. I then became involved in greyhound advocacy. I became a member of the GREY2K USA Board of Directors because I fully support their mission and the work they do. All of the members of the Board of Directors are volunteers. We don't make a dime off the greyhounds, despite claims by industry supporters to the contrary.

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carey2 05/17/2012

Thanks for this review!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I have read many reviews, interviews and other articles and arguments for both sides. I find it interesting that every negative review on this site is critical and called track supporter. I find that doubtful at best. I have been a volunteer for greyhound adoption for 13 yrs. Never have I received any salary, or pay for what I do. I don't take funds or food for my fosters and I travel a great many miles to assist in finding homes for retired racers. I chose to honor greyhounds with that title, never calling them rescued. I would advise both sides to be respectful of ALL opinions, and be very careful about what you call "facts". I find it very hard to respect GREY2K USA for what they do, and yes, that is my opinion. And before Carey2 labels me as a track supporter, I am not, nor have I ever been for or against greyhound racing. BUT I do know if it were not for greyhound racing, I would not have had been blessed with 10 angels and my current pack of 8. They give me all the joy I could ever ask for. An AKC grey is not the same, so for me, give me a retired racing greyhound any day.

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carey2 05/17/2012

Several negative reviews have been posted on this site in recent days. These reviews are part of a campaign to artificially skew our review rating. In fact, greyhound breeders are openly asking people to submit negative reviews to skew our rating. If the individual posting this review is not a dog racing supporter, then it is an incredible coincidence that the review was submitted at the same time this cynical campaign is taking place. In any event, this reviewer is not a volunteer for GREY2K USA and in that regard this "review" is deceptive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never come across a more dedicated, hard-working knowledgeable group of people than the staff of GREY2K USA. They are indefatigable in their mission to end the cruel 'sport' of dog racing, and thus save the lives of countless greyhounds in the process.

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carey2 05/16/2012

Thanks for the review!

11 Linda76

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have a rescue from A Place For Us Greyhounds. He came to me in great condition. He is a happy, well adjusted friend. I believe that NRA and AKC can peacefully coexist. There are good and bad on both sides. I know Greyhounds can be injured or mistreated no matter who has them. Miss Summerville does more than just show her dogs. They also work and appear to love what they do. I am a member of several Greyhound Forums and have found that my Ukraine friends treat their racing dogs' with love and respect. No, I have not personally seen them but have a good feeling about the people. They do not negate me because I believe both types of dogs have their place in this universe.

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carey2 05/18/2012

It's not clear what this review has to do with GREY2K USA. It doesn't seem to address our work as a non-profit organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The fact that GREY2K USA is not an adoption group has been addressed many times on many forums. I can’t say why the handful of those who try to detract from GREY2K USA seem not to understand the difference between a greyhound advocacy group and a greyhound adoption group, but here goes:

Greyhound advocacy groups are IRS 501(c)4 charitable organizations that have the ability to lobby and legislatively pass laws without restriction (but donations are non-tax-deductible);

Greyhound adoption groups are IRS 501(c)3 charitable organizations that can only spend an "insubstantial part" of their budget to lobby (and donations are tax deductible).

This is easy to understand, and since GREY2K USA is an advocacy group, I’m wondering why GREY2K USA is criticized for not adopting greyhounds, except possibly . . it is an easy criticism to try to make in the hope that it sticks.

When speaking about greyhound racing in Massachusetts, I can’t say why the handful of GREY2K USA detractors seems not to understand, but here goes:

Greyhound racing ended in Massachusetts because it was voted out by the public. Question 3 on the ballot was brought by GREY2K USA, because that’s what advocacy groups do. But the outcome of Question 3 was the will of the voting public.

That statute to end racing in Massachusetts, which was authored by GREY2K USA President and General Counsel Christine Dorchak, provided for a 14-month phaseout, from Nov 2008 to Jan 2010. That’s 14 months’ longer notice, or 60 weeks’ longer notice, or 420 days’ longer notice than so many people receive from employers. During that time, the racing greyhound owners and kennel operators in Massachusetts could have (and in my opinion, should have) made provision for each and every greyhound in their care / possession. They could have made arrangements to move their greyhounds (and themselves, if they desired) to racetracks in other states; or they could have made arrangements for each of their dogs to go to adoption groups if they themselves chose to go into another line of work. 14 months is a long time to accomplish either of those decisions. Also quite unusual, during that 14-month period, and afterward, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offered free job re-training to greyhound industry workers, supplementing a federal program that was already in place.

Thankfully, it is worth mentioning that the high majority of greyhounds leaving Wonderland and Raynham Parks were made available for adoption (nearly 1000), while others were sent on to continue racing at tracks in other states. This was the decision of their legal owners, and greyhound advocates could not force their release to rescue groups.

These facts are also easy to understand, which makes me wonder why GREY2K USA detractors don’t point out that when racetrack owners have decided to close tracks, there were no such provisions for industry workers. In 2009, Phoenix Greyhound Park announced its impending closure out of the blue and gave 90 days’ notice. Also in 2009, Dairyland Greyhound Park announced its impending closure on short notice. No job re-training was offered in each of those instances.

No one expects everyone to be on the same page regarding greyhound racing. But, for those in the greyhound racing industry to actually not understand what I’ve just described, or try to make it seem as if they don’t understand, just falls short.

As a board member of GREY2K USA, it is my opinion that the greyhound racing industry’s own reputation is a major contributor to the public’s (and lawmakers’) increasing disdain for dog racing. On a personal level, my experiences (since 1997) seeing firsthand the condition of greyhounds coming to adoption from the tracks keeps me engaged more than any pro- or anti-racing discussion ever could.

GREY2K USA works to get to the root of the problem - - to end the inhumane existence racing greyhounds have no choice but to suffer - - by ending an outdated activity. Greyhound racing's popularity is over; today's general public does not support it.

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carey2 05/16/2012

Thanks for the review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I find it very strange for a person who was the 'founder of a greyhound adoption group', whilst breeding greyhounds, tries to undermine the incredible work of GREY2KUSA - with silly comments such as Grey2K leaving 'dogs without a place to go' - but then she has also pointed the finger at Shelters in the USA importing dogs, in need of homes, from '3rd world countries'. Anyway enough of how a breeder and pro-racer perpetuates the plight of greyhounds and her attempts to safe-guard her own interests. Without the valuable work from GREY2KUSA I fear many more greyhounds would suffer and would have suffered. The Lobbying/advocacy/and awareness work they achieve is immense. I have adopted greyhounds for 16 years after learning of their plight, and i know of people who have adopted greyhounds after learning of their plight from the awareness raised by GREY2K. The lobbying work of GREY2K has achieved much success in furthering the awareness of greyhound suffering and exploitation through many media outlets not just in the USA but throughout the world. Their lobbying to help bring about the first notion of adoption for the greyhounds in Macau, where death is and has been the ONLY retirement, as part of their campaign to bring an end to racing at the horrific Canidrome track(Macau) - is and has been a measure of capabilities that the conscience of any animal lover/rescuer/campaigner should recognise. GREY2KUSA do not directly re-home greyhounds - but they work hard to help bring about a time when greyhounds will no longer have to suffer for an industry sustained by their plight. A commendable service to greyhounds.

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carey2 05/16/2012

Thanks for this review!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The role of greyhound advocacy should not be underestimated by caring animal lovers, and should also not be undermined by the selfish individuals who gain from this deplorable industry. Grey2K does a fantastic job of advocacy, and internally does a lot of work facilitating rehoming by connecting adoption agencies with greyhounds that have been dumped including the demanding transportation issues that come with such a large country. I know for a fact that many board members personally contribute financially to a vast range of rescue missions undertaken, because they are that kind of people. BUT, please realise, Grey2K are not an adoption agency. Adoption is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Grey2K seeks to stop the dogs getting pushed over in the first place. Many racing supporters are either too thick to understand this, or deliberately make a big noise about adoption alone, seeking to mislead the public about the great work this organisation does. The way they operate should serve as a template for other animal welfare organisations. They are in fact the pathfinders. Don't doubt this organisation, look up to it.

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carey2 05/16/2012

Thanks for your review!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Grey2k started out with an idea: to end greyhound racing. It is possible that they started out with the best of intentions, but, their two directors have turned it into a cash cow for themselves: a way to make hundreds of thousands of dollars off the very dogs they say they are trying to protect. Their media savvy is impressive, and their ability to turn a phrase, and to twist any news story to their own advantage is quite extraordinary. Their support of greyhound adoption groups has been dismal. During their successful efforts to close the tracks in Massachusetts for instance, they promised to help adoption groups place dogs when the tracks closed. They said that they had lists of hundreds of adopters and organizations prepared to help. What happened when the tracks did close? Grey2k was nowhere to be found. Recently I read a blog post from Carey Thiel, one of the directors. He was bragging that his organizations has since 2009 made financial contributions to 50 adoption organizations. Nowhere in his blog did he say how much: for all we know it could be $1 each. Neither did he explain why there were no contributions in the eight previous years of Grey2k's existence, though with $300,000 to $500,000 per year in donations, you'd think that they could find a few dollars to actually "protect greyhounds". We find Grey2k tactics and honesty questionable at the very least.

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carey2 05/15/2012

This review was posted by a dog racing supporter, and is not factually accurate. Our non-profit staff all earn modest salaries and are very effective at what they do. Regarding greyhound adoption, we give adoption referrals, regularly ask our tens of thousands of supporters to consider adopting, and directly support local greyhound adoption organizations.

30 Elaine S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

As the founder of a Greyhound adoption group, A Place for Us Greyhounds, I can state that Grey2K does nothing to help the dogs. They come in and leave nothing but destruction in their wake. They leave people without jobs and dogs without a place to go. When asked to help with the dogs, they say, "not my problem" and walk away. Grey2K has an effective propaganda machine. Much of the info that they divvy out to the unsuspecting public is either old, from overseas, and/or an outright fabrication. They take "facts" and distort them. One such "fact" surrounds injuries. G2K makes every injury out to be catastrophic, when the greatest portion of them could be something as minute as a broken toenail. Examples of this exist in all of New England, especially MA, RI & CT. G2K takes in hundreds of thousands of dollars. They pass themselves off as an 'adoption' group. None of that money is ever used to provide direct services for the dogs & the groups that serve them. All that money, which could do so much good, is spent on lobbying, propaganda, and salaries. None of it is tax deductible. Also, Grey2K is under investigation for election fraud. Grey2K is a sham, not a charity.

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carey2 05/15/2012

This review was posted by a dog racing supporter who breeds show greyhounds, and is not factually accurate. The notion that we do not support greyhound adoption is false. Although we are an advocacy organization, we actively support greyhound adoption in several ways. We regularly ask our tens of thousands of supporters to consider adopting, and also directly support local greyhound adoption organizations. Regarding our research, it is based on data from the dog racing industry itself. For example, the injury data we have obtained comes directly from state records. Finally, GREY2K USA has no position on gambling. We are a non-profit greyhound protection organization.

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carey2 05/18/2012

Also, the claim that GREY2K USA is "under investigation for election fraud" is completely false.

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G2K is nothing more than a sham. They claim to help the greyhounds. Yet, when they close a track, people are left without jobs, and the greyhound adoption groups are left to try and help them. G2K does nothing, and I mean nothing to help these dogs. They lie about everything they do, and the only thing they do is line their pockets with the money they take from people who don't know better. I could go on and on about everything they do that is wrong.

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carey2 05/15/2012

This review is from a dog racing supporter, and is not factually accurate. For example, when we successfully passed a ballot question in 2008 to end dog racing in Massachusetts, we included a 14 month phase out period to give those in the industry an opportunity to make other plans. We also asked elected officials to ensure that retraining programs were available to anyone that was affected by the ballot question.

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