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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: The GREY2K USA Education Fund is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping greyhounds. We work to sponsor the release of greyhounds from closing dog tracks and also to educate the public about the history and lives of greyhounds, from their origins as royal companions to their exploitation today at commercial racetracks. Our mission is to spread the word about these gentle dogs and promote adoption efforts worldwide.

Results: The GREY2K USA Education Fund has conducted groundbreaking research into the dog racing industry. This research has helped close 30 dog tracks in the US and helped to prevent the expansion of dog racing to countries such as Jamaica, the Philippines and South Africa. Our work has been reported by mainstream news organizations all over the world. We directly support greyhound adoption groups and promote adoption generally through the international rescue page on our web site.

Target demographics: save greyhounds

Direct beneficiaries per year: to sponsor the rescue of dozens of greyhounds from one dog track alond and by offering free programs to kids all across the United States, focusing in the state of Florida, this nation's biggest dog racing state. 8,000 greyhounds are used for racing there every year, and many discarded once they slow down. Our programs encourage and show kids how to help save these dogs.

Geographic areas served: worldwide

Programs: We sponsor the release of greyhounds from closing dog tracks through our "Second Chance for Greyhounds" Fund. We also offer free presentations on adoption and advocacy to schools through our signature Greyhounds in the Classroom and Greyhounds in the Library programs, and perform ongoing research into the dog racing industry to promote an understanding of the cruelty of dog racing. Participating children are given free age-appropriate materials including a coloring book for younger kids, a hard cover book for older kids to read, "Save the Greyhounds" wristbands, adoption posters to hang, greyhound magnets and more.

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11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization and their staff are open, honest, accountable, and informational. During two previous military advisor assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan, this organization provided me with information and moral support that greatly assisted my efforts in rescuing eight dogs to forever safe and happy homes in the United States.

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christine It is a pleasure to work with dedicated service people like you! Thanks for your kind words!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I live is South Florida and I regularly conduct greyhound presentations at schools in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. I talk to the children about dog racing and the need for adoption of these beautiful and gentle dogs.
The GREY2K USA Education Fund provides me with the necessary material to conduct these classes. For example, brochures, coloring books, wristbands, and buttons. These classes are a success and the children love them.
Thank you GREY2K USA Education Fund for making this possible.

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christine 07/11/2017

Kathy, thank you so much for being such a big part of our ongoing "Greyhounds in the Classroom" program! You work so hard! Christine Dorchak, Esq. President, GREY2K USA Education Fund

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Because of the Grey2K USA Education Fund, I have supplies which I use to help educate school age children in South Florida about the need to adopt the racing greyhounds when their racing life is over. I give the children a "Pele's Forever Home" book which is a sweet story about an ex-racer finding his forever home. The distribution of these books has resulted in the adoption of many greyhounds.

Thank you GREY2K USA Education Fund for making this possible.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

GREY2K USA consistently exceeds expectations with their non profit Education Fund.
They are creative in their approach to reach out and educate the community (and world) regarding the inhumanity of greyhound racing around the globe. We are so lucky to have this organization creating the awareness that is needed on this subject. Many thanks for all they do. The world is a better place because of them!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The GREY2K USA Education Fund plays such an important role in educating audiences--both domestically as well as internationally--on the cruelty of greyhound racing in our country and abroad. The Education Fund also promotes greyhound adoption to help the dogs discarded by the racing industry. Anyone who is familiar with them knows...this organization is top notch and I give them 5 stars!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the GREY2K USA Education Fund for 13 years, ever since I adopted my first greyhound and began to learn of the cruelty of greyhound racing. I have watched the growth of the organization and the impact it has had through in-depth research of the abuses of the racing industry, public education and outreach to children in libraries and schools. Through raising public awareness of the brutality of the "sport" and promoting adoption, it has saved countless greyhound lives.

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christine 08/20/2014

Paula, thank you for putting your compassion into action for the greyhounds! Christine Dorchak, President GREY2K USA Education Fund

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After teaching for 30 years within the public school system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I retired and am now working as the Education Director for Animal Protection of New Mexico. The Grey2K USA Education Fund has been overwhelmingly helpful and generous in supplying beautifully illustrated books for primary grade children in my Humane Education programs. "Pele's Forever Home" tells the story of a racing greyhound who dreams about a forever home, with a family, away from the track. The story is a precious one, and elicits empathy from the children for all dogs looking for their forever homes. The children gather in a circle and read out loud to Rico, my rescued greyhound (now therapy dog). Rico does not judge his readers' abilities, but basks in the comfort of their little hands reaching out to touch him, pet him, as they read about his "friend" Pele. This books have been donated by GREY2K USA Education Fund by the hundreds and each child is allowed to keep his/her copy and share it with his/her family. This program is in highly disadvantaged neighborhoods, where books would not typically find their way into the students' home. What an incredible gift to these children and what an incredibly caring message it delivers.

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christine 06/06/2013

Thanks so much for participating in our programs Sherry! http://www.grey2kusaedu.org/education/index.html

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kathy Florida wrote:
I have been a supporter/volunteer for over ten years and a board member for almost one year.

During that time span, the GREY2K USA Education Fund has provided me with material to conduct educational classes at the local Humane Society and schools throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County. The children learn about these beautiful dogs and the need for adoption through videos and books that have been supplied by the GREY2K USA Education Fund. This is important work that needs to continue.

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carey2 05/02/2013

Thanks for this review Kathy. It has been an honor to work with you on these programs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud board member of GREY2K USA and a long time supporter of its work to promote the adoption of greyhounds like my dog Molly. I also applaud its efforts to educate the public about the cruelty of dog racing.

As long as greyhound racing continues, these gentle dogs will suffer. In Iowa, state records showed nearly 200 greyhounds injuries from January 2011 through July 2012. The most common injury was a broken leg and other injuries included sprains, muscle injuries and a broken neck. Additionally, twenty-four greyhounds were euthanized during this 18-month period.

I will keep educating the public through rallies and classroom presentations through the GREY2K USA and its sister organization the GREY2K USA Education Fund.

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carey2 10/31/2012

Thanks for this review!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The allegations that GREY2K USA and the Education Fund are wasting "millions" of dollars or "lining their pockets" instead of helping greyhounds are simply ludicrous. These organizations operate extremely efficiently on shoe-string budgets. (Want proof? Check out their audited financial statements on their web sites.) They are a group of dedicated, caring people who have made great sacrifices in their own lives so these beautiful animals can live better lives. They take their commitments to the dogs -- and the organizations' donors -- very seriously and base their information on data that comes directly from the tracks. I know, because I count myself lucky to have worked with them for a decade. And, like many of the organizations' volunteers, I also worked with a local greyhound rescue and adoption organization. During that time I saw hundreds of broken, emaciated, and traumatized dogs come directly off of tracks in the U.S. and Europe. But don't take my word for it. Volunteer at a local rescue kennel for a few hours or a few days and decide for yourself what's true and what isn't.

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carey2 11/08/2012

Thanks for this review Denise. We have been honored to work with you, and are proud of the progress we have made for the dogs by working as a team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The GREY2K USA Education Fund helps to educate members of the public about the current situation facing greyhounds, their plight, and ways to help these magnificent dogs. What a wonderful outreach program to help spread the word about greyhounds!

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carey2 05/16/2012

Thanks for this review.